Shocking news … please be seated before continuing

Perhaps the title is a little overblown but the soon to be revealed event has not happened a lot recently. von Peter himself has completed a battalion! And that battalion was totally and all his own work!!! Enough of the applause. We don’t have all day you know!  😃

The battalion in question is the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment which was part of Generalmajor Mellentin’s 2nd Brigade … in Generallieutenant Lecoq’s 24th (Saxon) Division … which in turn constituted part of General de Division Reynier’s VII Corps in 1813. Calpe Miniatures of course with flag from GMB Designs.

The new boys can be seen in the image below being bravely backed up by the other now veteran … and somewhat wary! … Saxon battalions under the stewardship of von Peter himself.

Next up is the six figure Saxon Jaeger company. There were thoughts of starting a Prussian battalion but who can resist a mere six figure unit? And they’ve even been started. All six of them! Well they’ve been cleaned up … an extremely minor undertaking … and undercoated. But still technically they are actually started! von Peter himself wonders how long they will take especially given all the other distractions on the painting table.

 

Why wast an opportunity?

It is no small matter to set the scene for a photo shoot so only a foolish man would not take the opportunity to snap a few more photos. There are still several units that require up to date or improved images for placement on the slowly developing web page of von Peter himself which runs in parallel this here blog.

The lucky units this time around were the Austrian Deutsch-Banat Grenz Regiment and a commander. You can see these on the Napoleonic Austrian page of the aforementioned website.

Please remember that one can partake of the advanced technology provided at no extra charge by clicking on the images to see larger and clearer versions.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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SA stands for Saxon Artillery

Yet another personal anniversary of von Peter himself has recently passed. Tradition dictates that in preparation for such an event contact should be made with Calpe Miniatures to see if there is an urgent need to organise the delivery of critical military supplies to coincide with said anniversary. Contact was duly made and yes there was great need to arrange for the delivery of critical military supplies. The Saxon foot artillery figures have started rolling off the production line.

At the time of contact von Peter himself was able to select an order from …

  • four packs of gunners in covered shakos
  • four packs of gunners in uncovered shakos
  • an alternate heads pack with two gunners wearing fatigue caps, one bareheaded and another with a bandaged head.

von Peter himself arranged for the delivery of two packs each from the covered and uncovered shako packs – exactly which ones were left to Calpe’s discretion – as well as the alternate heads pack.

It is strongly suspected that each pack is constructed in such way that the figures work together as a coherent gun team hard at their work. The current thought is to use them as such with the exception of the alternate heads pack who will get mixed in to the other sets in a random saucey 😲 manner. The arrival of officer pack(s?) may alter this or some bases may just get the addition of an officer. Time will tell.

And now for some pictures but first the usual caveats …

  • 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 ram rods 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 to the benefit of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has quickly ‘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!
  • As yet von Peter himself does not have any pack descriptors … so none are provided! The pack code identifier is as written on the bag containing the figures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

SA6

 

SA8

 

SA11

 

SA13

 

SA14 – artillerymen with head variants. Two in fatigue cap, one bareheaded and one with a bandaged head.

That there are more packs to come is hinted at by the coding of the alternate heads pack as SA14. So another typical Calpe job carpet bombing the covered the topic with many options to use. Excellent! Limbers and caissons are anticipated and perhaps some marching gunners – perhaps even including a musician – as provided for in the Prussian foot & horse artillery ranges.

It is strongly suspected that Calpe Towers will not be promoting the range until more / all of the planned packs are available.

 

Above: Saxon artillery during a hard day at the office. von Peter himself suspects the action is purportedly from The Battle of Grossbeeren – 20th August, 1813

 

Of course Calpe Miniatures have had a variety of Saxon cannon available for quite some time now. von Peter himself has had some in storage for just such an occasion!  😃

Above: image “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

A personal anniversary celebratory book

Another prize from the personal anniversary came in the form of a book – The Saxon Army 1810-1813. This book came out in German several years ago but has since become available in English which is much more useful to any poor ignorant soul lacking in German.

The official blurb states …

This book presents this “new” Saxon Army with numerous contemporary illustrations, with plates by Patrice Courcelle and Edmund Wagner as well as graphic tables of uniforms of all the regiments by Peter Bunde. A description of the war experiences rounds out the presentation and thus the volume gives the reader a good, thorough introduction to the organization, uniforms and history of the Saxon Army of 1810-1813.

Format: Softback 72 pages with 51 colour illustrations, including three maps and 14 full-page pictures with uniforms.

The authors are Peter Bunde, Markus Gärtner and Markus Stein. Whatever else Peter Bunde may have contributed to the book parts of his various Brigade uniform plates on the Saxons are reproduced in the book … though not always identically. The Foot artillery uniforms on page 64 of the book show a bluer grey than on the uniform plate number 188, Saxon Foot Artillery Regiment 1810-1813. This may be  for any number of reasons – a deliberate change based on further research or an error in colour registration with either the book or the plate. Anyway the main takeaway here is that the book reproduces some of the details from the plates but no where near all.

The initial verdict on the book is a 5 star “hell yeah!” rating!  😊

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Another quickie … but with oomph!

And the oomph comes out of Calpe Towers.

New Calpe news

There has been an update to the Calpe Miniatures website. Hurrah!

There are the latest figure releases – firing line figures for the Saxon musketeers, grenadiers and the Jaeger company as well as a musketeer regimental headquarters …

  • S52, Musketeer regiment headquarters. Mounted colonel and major. Standing guard and sergeant-major
  • S53, Saxon musketeer firing line. Three figures firing and three loading
  • S54, Four Saxon musketeers holding fire
  • S55, Four Saxon musketeers. Variations of figures from packs S53 and S54. Two figures with heads turned and two with greatcoat rolls
  • S56, Four Saxon musketeers. Variations of figures from packs S53 and S54. Two bareheaded figures and two with forage caps
  • S57, Six figures. Standard bearer and two NCO guards. Sapper, drummer and senior NCO
  • S58, Grenadier firing line. Two firing figures, two holding fire and two loading
  • S59, Grenadier variants of S58. Head turns, forage cap, greatcoat rolls and bareheaded versions
  • S60, Saxon Jaeger coy. Six figures in skirmish poses.

von Peter himself feels an order is imminent. The Jaeger Company is particularly tempting. One pack of six figures completes the unit. Even von Peter himself should be able to complete / pigment the unit within a decade!  😃

There is also an associated News pronouncement which I reproduce here for the convenience of the The dear readership

The website has been updated with the new Saxon codes. These codes mark the completion of the Saxon musketeers and the start of the light infantry codes. S60, the jaeger company, is the first of the light infantry codes. The figures for the two light infantry regiments will form most of the next release – initially in firing line poses and then in march-attack and advancing poses. I’m not sure how I am going to organise the packs for these, as there were only four light infantry battalions. Fewer variations are required, so I’ll have to give some thought to how I structure these sets of figures.

I am also working on the figures for the Saxon foot artillery. I will release these when I feel that I have completed enough figures. Although I cannot give you a release date, rest assured that the foot artillery gunners will be released some time this year. I will tackle the horse artillery when I deal with the Saxon cavalry. I have the Limbers and caissons ready but need the horses and drivers to go with them. I have also come across some new information recently that may require additions to this range of equipment pieces.

I have had a large number of inquiries about additions to the French ranges. I really enjoy sculpting these and they sell very well so more figures will be forthcoming. I am, however, going to concentrate on the Saxons for the next few months in an effort to complete this army. I felt that alternating between Saxons, French and Prussians was just drawing all three out with nothing being completed to my satisfaction. I am going back to my original way of working and hope to finish the Saxons this year before returning to the French.

I have added information on the Jaegers, Headquarters set (S52) and some thoughts on Saxon skirmishers to the “Guides and Research” section of the website.

An important piece of information I need to draw your attention to is that I will no longer personally accept card details for payment. All payments now have to go through the website or agencies such as Paypal or Sage. The reason for this is that the security protocols for card payments are so stringent now, that the old fashioned way of taking your card number by phone or receiving it by email is frowned upon. I have recently given up my card machine, as it was no longer paying for itself. Last year I put less than ten payments through the machine. Paypal and Sage Pay now process almost all of the payments made to Calpe.  The fact that I do not handle sensitive card data means that the vetting procedure I have to undergo each year to continue trading has become straightforward.

**COMING SOON** Last of all, you will see that there is a new section in the website – “Items for Sale.” I mentioned this in my previous update but was overtaken by events and had to leave it for this update. This new section is experimental and I am not entirely sure how it is going to work. My intention is to fine-tune it as we go along. Any comments are welcome.

As always thank you for your support and very belated good wishes for a not so New Year.

Peter

It’s all good news for this self confessed Calpe zealot.

Images “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website.

 

Simon Miller discusses For King and Parliament

Eleven minutes and seventeen seconds of The BigRedBat Simon Miller discussing his upcoming rule set for the English Civil War For King and Parliament which are based on his To the Strongest! ancients rules. Also plenty of footage of his ECW armies which would be the envy of many gamers. Damn that man! 😃  Although one must give him credit for sitting down in front of the camera.

 

Another Oddcast

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Six of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. If you’re keen you can get it here or listen to it directly from here.

 

vonpeterhimself.com progresses in a slow and dignified manner

As a self serving advertorial von Peter himself would like to remind The dear readers that the vonpeterhimself.com website – as opposed to this here blog – is still sporadically developing. The recent big advance has been the opening of the Links section with new links being added every few days. The Army Inspection section is also twiddled with on occasion.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Christmas 2017 news

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Christmas 2017 is looming larger and larger day by day. Hurrah! In the spirit of seasonal festivities von Peter himself brings a little joyous news for fans of Calpe Miniatures. What follows is part of an email responsive from Calpe Towers received on Sunday 10 December 2017 …

The Saxon firing line figures are indeed complete with the exception of the last pack which is waiting for the grenadiers to be completed so that I have enough new figures to make a master mould. The following figures are available at the moment –
S52 – Headquarters pack. Two mounted staff officers and two standing figures.
S53 – Firing line. Three figures firing, three loading.
S54 – Four musketeers holding fire.
S55 – Variants pack. Two head turn figures and two with greatcoat rolls.

The following figures should be ready by the end of next week.
F56 – Variants pack. Four figures, two with forage caps and two with bare heads.
F57 – Command pack. Drummer, standard bearer etc. 6 fig. pack
S58 – Grenadier firing line, two figures firing, two loading two holding fire.
S59 – Grenadier variants pack. Head turns, forage and greatcoat roll variants of figures in pack S58.

S60 is almost complete but will not be available until Jan. of next year. This will be the first of the light infantry packs and will be the Jaegers, a 6 fig. pack in skirmish poses. The light infantry is set to go but has been stalled by conflicting bits of info. Not sure currently of bugle horns on turn-backs, sidearms, officer’s shabraques, pompons or officer’s surtout. Thought I had made all decisions necessary but new info. has surfaced from J. Titze (booklets only available in German) which has thrown a spanner in the works. Will discuss this via email with Peter Bunde over Christmas and get going with the sculpting in Jan.

The firing line figures were expected. The pack S52 – Headquarters pack. Two mounted staff officers and two standing figures was not. The description of this pack has Peter himself thinking of the French F18 Regimental headquarters pack which also contains two mounted and two standing figures. Even in von Peter’s ham fisted hands F18 gave a pleasing result – see below for a recycled picture – so S52 will be looked for with interest.

Further information gleaned that may be of interest to The Dear readers was that …

  • the website will be updated with pictures when the website guy gets some time to do so
  • Calpe Towers will be taking a break over Christmas.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Hear ye, hear ye … Calpe October update

It was with the greatest of pleasures that von Peter himself spotted an update to the listings for the Saxons on the website of his favourite manufacturer Calpe Miniatures. And then on the following day joy of joys his pleasures were multiplied with the discovery of an update in the News section providing some information concerning the future of Calpe Miniatures. The world needs to know.

Saxon listings updates

  • New March Attack Saxon have been released. These have been re-sculpted due to damage to the original masters. There are quite a few figures spread across the various packs. The recreation of this part of the range must have been a somewhat galling exercise!
  • pack S51 – Four Saxon musketeers, prone casualties. These are the first prone Saxon casualties and von Peter himself will be needing several packs of them as they get used as casualty markers during games.

  • while not new listings many of the current listings have had their associated images updated with painted figures – front & back. If nothing else these provide a wonderful painting guide.
  • there are new images of painted units sprinkled through the figure listings and also repeated in the gallery. See the …. errr … “borrowed” image of the Grenadier Battalion Spiegel 1813 at the bottom of this post.

Above: additional painted images – front & back – have been added to Saxon listings

 

Calpe News

And then there was the new News item “October Update” which von Peter himself will fully recreate here for the education, entertainment and pure excitation of The dear readers

October Update

I have finally managed to finish the new march attack Saxon Musketeers as you can see from the updated website. I must admit that the multiple head variations – covered, uncovered and calfskin covers – make the Saxons a bit of a pain but the end result is worth it. I have been asked many times now why these new march-attack figures were necessary when the old SM codes were such nice figures. I’ll explain one last time. The original master mould for the SM codes was damaged by a defective vulcaniser (mould making machine), making new production moulds a tricky proposition. I decided some time ago that the best option was to remake the figures – and here they are! Hopefully I can now turn my back on this and move on with the Saxon range. The next set of releases will be the Saxon musketeer skirmish line or firing line figures. The ‘dressed dollies’ for these are complete and I hope to have the first pack of completed figures ready by the end of next week. I will not release these until the set is complete – probably before Christmas at some point. If things go well, I also hope to have some skirmishing Grenadiers and the light infantry firing line ready for release at that point. 

New to the website is the ‘Items For Sale’ section. Some of the items in this section will be painted battalions of my figures that I no longer require in my collection. Others are higher value items such as the SM moulds together with a variety of master moulds made for this set of figures.  At the time of writing, I am not sure what form this new section will take as it is still in the hands of my website designer.  The important thing is that it will be a new feature of the website. 

I am now in my 60s and quite keen to pass on some of the skills in the trade that I have acquired in the last 25 years. I am looking for figure designers who want to ‘learn the trade’ or update their skills.

Although my intention is to continue producing figures in metal, recent ‘experiments’ in digital design have convinced me that a tie in between traditional sculpting and digital sculpting is the way forward. I do not have the time to properly develop my digital sculpting skills – I recently found a large part of my day disappearing  (pleasurably but unproductively) while dabbling in this medium (zbrush). I need to find competent digital designers to work with to develop this side of the production process. Particularly the hard surface design work necessary for the production of guns and field equipment. I am fluent in Spanish and am reliably informed that over 60% of the world’s population have a working knowledge of either English or Spanish.  This gives me a fairly substantial catchment area for finding new sculptors, traditional or digital.

If you are a traditional figure sculptor or a digital figure designer send me an email to peter@calpeminiatures.co.uk  – in English or Spanish, and I’ll take it from there. Please don’t phone as I am frequently in my workshops where no phones are allowed. If you have absolutely no sculpting talent but know someone who does, please pass on the message!

Finally, thank you all for your continued support.

Peter

The news of the approaching firing line figures is great, especially of the light infantry for von Peter himself who has developed the habit of portraying his high infantry battalions as firing lines.

The revelations re digital sculpting will warrant keeping an eye on the happenings in that direction … though it is the end result that von Peter himself is really interested in. It is hoped that any digital sculpting will not remove the Calpiness of the end result. Then again perhaps digital sculpting may remove the problem of defective vulcanisers destroying masters and necessitating the resculpting of figures!

And finally such a shame that von Peter himself is so totally devoid of any sculpting talent and is so far from Harpenden in Hertfordshire. It seems that a trainee Calpe artisan he is not set to be!  👀

Above: Grenadier Battalion von Spiegel 1813 as painted within the walls of Calpe Towers. This unit is on the ‘to paint’ list for von Peter himself. There will be no comparison images ever presented on this here blog!!  😃  Click for a larger image.

 

It’s all too much excitement for a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😇

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #3

Another odds and sods ends post. Looking to the future one of the numerous mini projects of von Peter himself  is somewhat surprisingly coming to fruition. With a little luck the presentation of said mini project will form the core of the next bulletin. But now we need to start with the traditional Snippets random picture from the archives … from March 2011 …

Above: The first battalion of the Saxon Prinz Maximilian Infantry Regiment marches through a village somewhere in Saxony in 1813. The Allies are out there somewhere and the village may soon be the site of some bloody fighting.

Calpe Miniatures Saxons painted by mineself von Peter himself. The European Village is a Hudson & Allen model sourced from Vatican Enterprises and pigmented with aplomb by Craig Watterson. Tufts added to the village by von Peter himself!  😃

Don’t forget to click the pictures for a larger and clearer view.

Salute 2017: discounts

Once upon a time long long ago von Peter himself and The son & heir were fortunate enough to visit Salute Zero Nine the 2009 iteration of the famed Salute convention in London. It was their first ever major wargames show and it was quite the experience and eye opener.

Above: Barry Hilton’s Peninsular demonstration game for Victrix at Salute Zero Nine. The game was played using Barry’s The March of Eagles rules which at the time were provided in every box of Victrix plastics. I wonder if they still are?

While admiring the game von Peter himself said “hello” to a busy Barry H. and Barry H. said “hello” back. Another precious memory locked away!  😃

Catastrophically a repeat Salute visit is not to be scried in von Peter’s Crystal Ball of Future Seeing. No matter how hard it is rubbed. So it is with a tinge of envy that this blog reports on some of the pre-order discounts available to the attendees of Salute 2017 which by the way is scheduled for 22 April 2017.

Wargame News and Terrain have the article Salute 2017 Convention Pre-Order Discounts Summary for them fortunate enough to be heading off to Salute 2017. Some vendors have been of a thoughtful enough disposition to open up the discounts to them not so fortunate to be attending.

Update for General d’Armee 

Not only will The dear reader be able to avail themselves of discounts if they attend Salute 2017 but they will also have the chance to view a demonstration of the incoming General d’Armee rules by Dave Brown. Gardening at Dresden will feature apparently. This from the Lard Island News.

From the same source comes the news that the these same General d’Armee rules will be released at Partizan on the 21st May. This is a slippage from the previously mentioned April but in the end it will be what it will be. Hopefully a tantalising pre release deal or two will be offered on the TheTooFatLardies site.

A painted TravelBattle

Alan Perry has painted the soon to be released TravelBattle to represent Waterloo Allies and their French opponents. s painted game in a box? See the Perry Miniatures Facebook page for more.

A caged eagle

While browsing through The family’s photo collection von Peter himself stumbled across several photos of the captured Eagle of the Napoleonic French 82nd Line Infantry Regiment. The bird can be seen in the Royal Fusiliers Regimental Museum situated within The Tower of London. So with no further ado …

Above: In 1809, the Royal Fusiliers joined an army sent to capture the French colony of Martinique. After a difficult fight, the French were besieged.  Four days later they surrendered and three Eagle Standards were captured by the British.  The Royal Fusiliers were awarded this standard as a reward for their accomplishments in the battle.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

von Peter himself is the owner of several bad habits. One of them is that he persists in working on multiple painting projects at once. And none of them that quickly. A psychologist would no doubt put it down to a short attention span, a traumatised up bringing, dropped on his head too many times etc etc. Currently on the pigmenting table are …

  • seven assorted horses for various personalities and mounted officers of battalions. These will all get painted with the same colours using the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique. This has a long elapsed time – at least a day between steps – but a short actual painting time. Once these are complete another set of horses will take their place to be painted in another colour.
  • two horses for a limber team. These are covered in too much gear for the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique so will be dealt with separately. They will get painted a colour and then replaced with the next 2 limber horses who will be painted a different colour.
  • some more Saxon musketeers for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.
  • a Napoleonic civilian from Front Rank.
  • the cannons for an Austrian 12 pounder battery. As is standard procedure for Napoleonic Austrians at Neu Schloss von Peter the crew have been sent off site for training … errr … painting. The men may be “trained” off site but any horses or artillery pieces are pigmented locally. von Peter himself wants to have their ordnance in hand when the fully trained crew come marching from their “training” camp.
  • The ongoing refurbishment of much of the existing Napoleonic Austrian army. This is mostly replacing tired flags and updating the basing to be closer to current specification. Much of this army is literally decades old and is in need of some love. Thankfully the actual figures are in fairly good shape. The Austrians need to look their best for an event later in the year.
  • a start of Calpe Miniatures Saxons SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. The Saxons are agitating for their own commander now that Calpe  Miniatures supply them.

Based on recent behaviour these little projects will all get worked on sporadically until one will suddenly be granted most favoured status and driven to completion. Not necessarily the most efficient arrangement but it is keeping von Peter himself happy for now.

As an example of this conduct von Peter himself presents the French pack F18 Regimental headquarters as created and supplied by Calpe Miniatures. The official descriptor for the pack is …

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention.

Work on this pack has been slowly progressing or not(!) for “quite a while”. One of the foot figures was completed prior to the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter and the second not long after the shift. The two mounted figures have been sitting incomplete and unloved for … “quite a while”. Scandalous and quite shameful really. But their time finally came and in a rush of enthusiasm and an outpouring of activity they have now finally been completed. Huzzah!!

By way of background The Dear reader should be aware that von Peter himself has a (very slowly) growing French and allied Napoleonic army circa 1813. Bavarians and Saxons support the current small French presence in said army. Obviously command of such an army can’t be left to chance … or an allied general. A French commander was required and now they are in place. Eventually the Petite Emperor will no doubt send a higher ranked commander but for now this French regimental command set will be perfectly acceptable for arranging the Emperor’s affairs.

As is usual for a Calpe command set the figures comprise a natural vignette. The mounted major is pointing out the direction of the local boulangerie to the mounted colonel who is thinking that the mounted major has had too much sun out here in the steppes of the thrice accursed Russia of 1812. The adjutant NCO and fusilier watch on with interest not dreaming that the land that is currently so hot will soon be very very cold.

There is plenty of piping to paint on these models but as is the Calpe way the detail is all sculpted in a raised fashion so it can be picked out with a steady and patient hand. As is his way von Peter himself has used metallic paints for the silver and gold on these figures. Thoughts of non metallic metallic painting have been swirling around in von Peter’s head. The thoughts will probably escape out an ear or two and never come to much. And final thought – the two of gold bands on the colonel’s shako versus the gold and silver bands on the major’s shako are nice a combination.

Helpful hint of the day … don’t forget to ‘click’ on a picture for a larger and clearer view.

Next off the production line? Who knows! And if it’s the Austrian 12 pounder cannon then you probably won’t be seeing them until the crewmen appear from their “training”.  😊

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself