Figure and more Calpe figures

Apiata patrols down a street

Above: Willie Apiata on patrol … care of two Good Samaritans. Click for a larger and clearer image

Many moons ago Empress Miniatures had a kick starter or some such similar ‘thing’. As an enticement they offered a special figure available only as part of that kick starterish ‘thing’. That special figure looked remarkably like Willie Apiata as seen in a controversial photograph after an action in Kabul. Apiata was a member of the NZSAS and had already won his Victoria Cross of New Zealand.

“Responding in the aftermath of the January 2010 attacks in Kabul Apiata was photographed by French photojournalist Philip Poupin. Poupin, who did not know Apiata, photographed Apiata and two companions as they were leaving the “thick of the fight” because “They looked like foreign troops and they were tall and had a specific face, they looked tough and strong”.”

Willie Apiata VC in Kabul

Good Samaritan 1: von Peter himself has had a long time long distance electronic relationship with Burkhard of the dhcwargamesblog blog. We comment on each others blogs and have even been known to exchange the occasional email. Somehow Burkhard discovered the admiration von Peter himself had for both Apiata himself and the Empress Miniatures figure of him. In a fit of generosity Burkhard posted his Apiata figure to a most surprised and grateful von Peter himself. This was many many MANY years ago. Burkhard must really have wondered what was going on as a painted Apiata never appeared. Sorry Burkhard … von Peter himself works at a very ‘considered’ pace!  😀

Good Samaritan 2: von Peter himself has never painted anything like modern camouflage and scaling the real thing down to a 28mm figure so that it looked right appeared a little daunting. Fortunately von Peter himself has a good friend who has quite some experience scaling down camouflage to 28mm figures. And so the long suffering Craig undertook to paint the Apiata. In the end Craig painted and based the Apiata at the same time as he did one for himself and von Peter himself could not be more happy.

von Peter himself has no (current!) plans to collect a ‘Modern’ force. WWII is the closest to ‘Moderns’ that is planned. But this does not mean that this trophy figure is not cherished. A huge thank you to both Burkhard and Craig for their generosity. It is well appreciated.

Apiata front Apiata back

Above: Apiata front and back. And don’t forget that this is a 28mm figure

 

More Calpe packs

Calpe Miniatures have some new figure packs. Hurrah! Five new packs for the French and seven for the Saxons. Below are the new French packs. The new Saxons will follow shortly.

The French packs contain Light Infantry command / leader figures for the March Attack French though there is no real reason that they could not also be utilised with the Route March figures.

  • F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
  • F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.
  • F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.

The less von Peter himself says about these figures the less he is likely to get wrong so it’s time for the pictures. First to repeat the normal caveats regarding these photographs …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with a craft knife and the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has ‘washed’ the figures with ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms to bring out the details a little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device of course!
  • The english descriptor with each pack has been ‘devised’ by von Peter himself on examining each pack. The pack code identifier is as set by Calpe Miniatures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Calpe French F54 front

Calpe French F54 back

Above: F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.The photo does not do justice to the eagle.

Calpe French F55 front

Calpe French F55 backAbove: F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.

Calpe French F57 front

Calpe French F57 backAbove: F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff. Excuse the blob of metal still attached to the spear point – von Peter himself considers that he is far less likely to loose it if it remains so attached.

Calpe French F58 front

Calpe French F58 backAbove: F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. The officer on the right as The dear reader observes the screen is holding a pistol.

Calpe French F60 front

Calpe French F60 backAbove: F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. Once again the officer on the right brandishes a pistol though in one hand this time.

An unforgivable oversight

A couple of posts back in Birthday Bounty von Peter himself was boastfully(!) recapitulating the birthday books that he had accumulated for his birthday. As usual there was a rush to get the post written, checked and out the door. Sadly in that rush two books of a historic bent that also came in the birthday haul were inexcusably missed! And those two books were actually a present from another party and not self organised by the library expanding von Peter himself!

Time to make amends. The son & heir provisioned von Peter’s library with two volumes by C.V. Wedgwood on the English Civil War …

  • The King’s Peace 1637 – 1641
  • The King’s war 1641 – 1647.

Word has it that The son & heir risked life and limb to obtain the books by climbing a rickety ladder in an old style disorganised bookshop to get the books.

So many thanks to The son & heir for the presents — it seems that you can be trusted to shop on the behalf of von Peter himself. And most humble apologies for leaving them off the original post.

The Kig's Peace cover    The King's War cover

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A brace of new gaming experiences

von Peter himself has had his horizons of the wargaming world expanded yet further by playing  games in two periods that he does not have much personal history in.

Modern Skirmish

The day before von Peter himself and The son & heir travelled up to Auckland to see Cold Play in concert – which by the way was excellent – there was an evening of modern skirmish gaming. This was a first for von Peter himself as the most modern period that von Peter himself played up to that evening was WWII. And the results of the two games played showed that von Peter has much to learn if his modern skirmish gaming is going to take him anywhere other than the morgue!

The terrain fought over was constructed by Craig and was the same as that seen by the Perry twins at the local Call to Arms convention. Sadly – because we don’t want certain terrain constructors getting ahead of themselves! 8O) – when questioned later the twins gave the terrain glowing reviews. Truthfully though the heading photo does not do the layout justice. Don’t forget to <click> on it to see a larger view.

The rules used were the yet to be published Skirmish Sangin – Skirmish Wargames Rules for Modern Afghanistan. And a luscious set of rules they will be once published … but von Peter himself digresses. The Perry twins had apparently been impressed with the rules as well as the terrain and had enquired about a WWII version. No doubt thoughts of 28mm desert WWII gaming were weighing heavy on their minds at the time.

The game was run by author Colin and the enemy were under the fanatically efficient command of co author Craig. The first game was to see von Peter’s brave Brit’s being picked apart by a gifted sniper or advancing with alacrity to the rear due to poor morale. First man down was the British leader von Peter himself <mutter mutter>. Obviously a MAJOR loss to any force. Sadly the sniper never was spotted and there were other Afghan terrorist types running around causing havoc and hurling looted grenades around in a most unsafe way. The end of the game came in a most unsatisfactory manner. The last operational Brit was just about to drop a grenade through the roof hatch/door of a building into the lap of the sneeking Afghan inside to hopefully get one back for the good guys when a burst of gunfire broke his nerve and sent him scurrying away. Damnation!!!

Ok. That was over quickly. Let’s swap sides and play again.

Game two started much more favourably as von Peter himself tasted his first – and only -success of the evening by capturing one of the invading infidel … errr … ummm, British. There then followed some inept and ill judged moves by the Afghan freedom fighters which included running around rooftops, falling wounded through canvass awnings and the total misuse of the sniper. For some reason the sniper held his fire, though perfectly good shots presented themselves, and then tried to ascend through a roof hatch/door that didn’t exist!! Gross negligence all round. To rub salt in the wounds the hosts magnanimously allowed the move to the roof top to go ahead which just made it all the worse as the sniper was promptly spotted and became the target of quite a bit of decadent western military projectiles! We shall speak no more of this.

An enjoyable evenings gaming with only a few figures per side. Even von Peter himself had picked up the basics of the rules by the end. Next for von Peter’s modern skirmish gaming education will be an expansion of forces and/or the addition of vehicles. Jolly good old chap.

In case of interest Colin has a Skirmish Wargaming facebook page which he keeps quite active with various postings on figures and some information on the comings and goings with the rules.

An English Civil War game 

von Peter himself has not been the only one rebasing ECW figures. Raymond has been as well and Craig had gone so far as to have developed some as yet untested in battle figures. But what rules to use? There were several possibilities but no decision on which one to go with. So for our first game we went down the path of least resistance which was Clarence Harrison’s Victory Without Quarter rules. And as a freely downloadable set of rules they were damnably fine value for money.

Craig and Raymond sucked up to the King while Michael and von Peter himself took the path of righteousness and fought for Parliament. Victory Without Quarter is a card based game. In the main units get to act when their card is pulled and leaders get to do leadery type things when their card is revealed.

Musketry seemed to replicate the gradual wearing down of units but melees could go on for quite a number of turns as happened in some of our cavalry melees. We never got to the push of pike as morale failings intervened but a pike based unit did comfortably crunch some dismounted dragoons in melee. Units morale seemed quite volatile. To be honest I’m not sure if this is right for the ECW, or if we could rate units differently – I’m sure we could – or if we played it correctly!  8O)

I think that everyone enjoyed the game and the company was as good as ever. A reread of the rules will no doubt point out where the Royalists took advantage of the incomplete knowledge of the rules! Beneficially there is a rules forum on the League of Augsburg site where the author – Clarence Harrison – is an active participant.

And yet another post goes by with out any Napoleonics. How long can this continue? How sustainable will it be? Stay tuned for answers to these and other questions!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself