Front Rank Figurines shock horror …

From Front Rank Figurines – especially their News Page comes this 18TH MAY 2021 – FRONT RANK FIGURINES FOR SALE stunner …

Exciting opportunity to purchase and relocate a Wargames and Collectors business with an impressive reputation. Would suit business-minded enthusiast/s or established Wargames company wishing to expand their ranges.

Conducting largely web-based sales, supply and manufacturing operation of premium quality miniature metal figurines.

Comes with excellent dedicated e-commerce website & lots of further potential.

Sensible offers over £225,000 + £35,000 for stock, plant and machinery are invited for genuine sale after 35 years of successful trading in same hands. Front Rank Figurines was founded by Alec Brown in 1986.

We are selling the assets and not the company shares, the assets consist of :-

The goodwill, all 28mm & 40mm ranges, stock & stock storage units, moulds and mould storage racks, production masters, casting & mould making machinery, unprocessed metal & moulds, e-commerce website, order processing & mail order list, packaging & stationery materials, office equipment.

Front Rank has a very loyal core of repeat purchasing customers and continues to attract new customers worldwide through our good reputation and word of mouth.

Front Rank has been a major part of Alec and Angela’s life for over 35 years and with Alec’s continued passion for the hobby and military history, it has not been an easy decision to put Front Rank up for sale, but now that we are in our 60’s we would like more time to pursue other interests in retirement.

We believe with a forward thinking, enthusiastic person/s at the helm, Front Rank has fantastic potential to continue to grow and develop.

Raising Front Rank’s online profile and presence through social media to the Wargames community, in Wargames publications/online websites etc, will undoubtedly increase sales worldwide.

Front Rank has not supplied trade outlets or attended exhibitions for a number of years and recently we have had in place a maximum order cap.

Front Rank is for sale as a ready made successful business with a long history and proven track record.

The forecast adjusted EBITDA figure for 2020/2021 ending June 2021 is £102,429.

Information/Sales Memorandum and financial details will only be provided once any interested parties have signed a non disclosure agreement.

We would appreciate only genuinely interested parties to contact us through the Contact Us page on our website.

Whilst Front Rank is up for sale we wish to assure all our customers that during this time it will be business as usual.

What can one say. Alec and Angela have run a top rate outfit that has been a pleasure to deal with over several decades. It is true that along the way they have managed to acquire no little amount of what should have been the wealth of von Peter himself. But the quality of their service and the quality of the product have meant that von Peter himself does not begrudge them. Not too much anyway!  😃

SYW Prus inf command stand front

For the record locally Front Rank Figurines provide all – or nearly all – the figures for von Peter’s

  • Napoleonic Austrians
  • Napoleonic Russians
  • Napoleonic Bavarians
  • Napoleonic Polish
  • Napoleonic civilians
  • Seven Years War Prussians
  • Seven Years War Austrians
  • a small contingent of Seven Years War Hanoverians
  • a small contingent of Seven Years War French
  • Seven Years War civilians.

Who will sculpt/create new figures in the style of Front Rank Figurines von Peter himself muses … to himself? Is this the end of new Front Rank Figurines?

Hopefully whoever takes over at Front Rank Figurines will continue the fine tradition of excellent prompt service and great casting. 

Of course a HUGE thank you go to Alec and Angela. You have been a pleasure to deal with. One hopes that you get your well deserved pursuit of other interests and a happy and extended retirement.

Perhaps von Peter himself should get those few figures required to complete the Polish horse artillery battery now rather than later. Hmmm.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Polish bangers

And in this case “Polish bangers” is not a reference to sausages but rather Polish artillery of which a foot battery has finally made it to the front to support the cause.

All of the orders of battle that von Peter himself can recall give the independent 27th (Polish) Division as present at the Battle of Leipzig 1813 a supporting Polish foot battery. But annoyingly they don’t say which battery. To not give a unit an actual name seems callous and unforgivable especially considering the future trials and tribulations that are bound to come their way on the table top. So it has been decided to call them the Polish 5th Foot Battery. This may or may not be correct but until further information is revealed that is what they are to be known as! 😃

Figures from Front Rank Figurines pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell. The French M1808 6pdr. French cannon are from Calpe Miniatures and their pigmenting plus the choreography and basing can be blamed on von Peter himself.

A few whining words on the Front Rank Polish foot artillery range are required here to enable the venting of some frustration. The niggle is that the range consists of a whole six figures. As someone who likes to create each gun crew as a unique and cohesive vignette a mere six figures is somewhat limiting. Hence the loading gun crew contains no less than three of the “Gunner with trail spike” figures. Three may seem excessive and some may quite rightly say that two would have given a normalish four man crew on the base but having completed a Saxon 6dr foot battery with five figures on each base von Peter himself is quite taken with the busier look.

And in the spirit of full disclosure the battery and their supports above are displayed on one of The son & heir’s home made terrain boards. It seems only fair to acknowledge the effort involved.

 

Christmas arrives in the form of a present

The self organised 2020 Christmas present was the “Church Lift Off Roof” from the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range of Total Battle Miniatures. And it arrived a couple of weeks back which was perfectly fine service considering the lateness of the order and the current COVID situation. As can be seen it comes in three pieces …

It is the second 28mm church to join the local collection but seemingly most European villages display at least one spire so perhaps two is not enough!  🤣

As can be seen it towers a little over the current House of God so it will probably be used for the larger urban centres … once it gets pigmented. The 28mm Front Rank Polish ADC gives an idea of the real estate sizings.

Above: a picture of the church from the Total Battle Miniatures website

 

For a larger and clearer view of the images above all are “clickable”.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Polish ADCs and a Vauban inspired piece

The fledgling local Polish forces have been patiently awaiting some ADCs to assist the “top brass”. And two dashing Polish ADCs have been patiently awaiting their mounts to be suitably prepared. Finally everyones patient awaiting has paid off. von Peter himself proudly presents said gentlemen …

Figures from Front Rank Figurines. Pigmentation of the men by Nigel Fun-nell. Horse pigmenting and basing can be blamed on von Peter himself.

 

Anyone up for a Vauban Fort

von Peter himself is a sucker for this sort of thing. “This sort of thing” being grandiose terrain pieces and in this specific case it refers to the Vauban Fort 2 from More Terrain. This time it is the fault of Simon Miller and his BigRedBatCave blog – in particular the entry Going full Vauban – for signalling the existence of the piece … or rather pieces. Artillery fortresses have a particular fascination for von Peter himself perhaps heightened by his interest in the Seven Years War and earlier “squabbles”

Above: a decent image of the Vauban Fort “borrowed” from The BigRedBatCave

The fort comes pre-painted with a choice of two colours. Pictured above is the “beige” version but it can also be had in grey …

The fort’s dimensions are 70 * 70 * 15cm and while not insignificant von Peter worries whether it is big enough to accommodate his based figures. Hopefully the BigRedBat will eventually post some pictures of a garrisoned fort to help gage the practicality of the piece.

The fort comes fully painted for the not insignificant sum of 195.00 € … and don’t forget the shipping. A tricky figure to get past the good Fraulien von Peter herself!  😃

All images are clickable for that larger and clearer view beloved by some.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Presenting General de brigade Zoltowski

Polish General de brigade Zoltowski has arrived to take command of the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division and immediately his staff are keen to draw a pressing point to his attention …

The figures are all from Front Rank Figurines Polish range. The “General of Division in bicorn” figure is used for Zoltowski with the mounted “Aide de Camp, pointing” and the “Officer standing pointing” on foot providing his assistants.

The more knowledgable of The dear readers will have noticed that General de brigade Zoltowski has a fine set of white feathers adorning his bicorne … and that a general de brigade should have black feathers leaving the white feathers to the superior General de division. von Peter himself has decide to allow Zoltowski to keep his flashy white feathers. At least for now.

Pigmentation of the men actioned Nigel Fun-nell. Horse painting, figure selection, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. The latter gentleman(?) is to blame for the mould line on the ADC’s horses from left leg. Irritating but apparently that’s what you get when modelling in short bursts with a lack of concentration.

Click on the above three images for a larger and clearer view.

Or perhaps the staff have just spotted Wally hiding out behind a building and are pointing him out!!

And as a final unveiling the Oak Tree trying to intrude in the photographs is the latest addition to the vegetation stocks from the plant nursery of von Peter himself.

More Poles to come. Hopefully soonish.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #16

There are more figure unveilings of a Polish nature planned but life is a little hectic right now. A little is presented right here and right now to keep The dear readers “warm” as the marketers would say …

 

Yet more Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released another tranche of their Napoleonic Brunswickers. This time it’s the turn of the …

  • Light Infantry – marching and firing packs and command packs for each
  • Avantgarde Light Infantry – a firing pack and a command pack
  • Avantgarde Jagers – a skirmishing pack and a command pack.

All packs are £7.80 inclusive of VAT.

Above: Code BWNRPK9 – Brunswick Light Infantry, marching

Above: Code BWNRPK13 – Brunswick Avantgarde Light Infantry, Command standing

Above: Code BWNRPK15 – Brunswick Avantgarde Jagers, skirmishing

And there are apparently more releases for the Brunswickers over the coming weeks.

Pictures borrowed from the Front Rank website.

 

Yet more plastic Napoleonics

Victrix Ltd are working on some more plastic Napoleonics. This time it’s the turn of the Bavarians …

Our sculptors have been working hard to produce this splendid Bavarian line infantry figure.
At present the plan is to create a 36 man march attack set including 4 dynamic command figures. The command element will comprise officer, standard bearer, sergeant and drummer””. There will be a number of options such as extra arms, back packs with cooking pots and even an arm option smoking a large Bavarian pipe. This is very much work in progress and other variations may be added as we develop this set.
The figure represents the Bavarian infantry from 1809, when they adopted more of a French style kit instead of the slung backpack. We went for the gaiters as they look great, although both gaiter and trousers were worn in the field.
There will be head options with plumes and facial hair for Grenadiers and sharp shooters. It will probably take up to a couple of months to get all this sculpted but we will be posting regular progress updates.

Above: a work in progress view of the Bavarian infantry. click for a larger and clearer view

 

Yet more gardening

The latest gardening has resulted in a 4Ground  TSM-101 1 x Mature Willow & Base being available to fight around and over.

Above: some Front Rank Figurines Poles of the 1/2 Line Infantry Regiment are shanghaied into providing a size reference. Notice that the grenadiers are a little fuzzy having found a stash of Russian vodka the previous evening! 🤣 Click for a larger view.

 

Website woes

The website of von Peter himself – as opposed to the blog currently being read – is undergoing some woes which reveal themselves mostly as missing images. When life allows this will be “corrected”. It is also due some updates. D’oh!

 

A new way to fight ancient skirmishers

The TooFatLardies Infamy, Infamy! rules are available for preorder in the form of various bundles.

Infamy, Infamy! is a game that will, ultimately, be divided into three parts. This is the first rule book which covers Rome’s conflicts with the western barbarian between 60 BC and AD 100. Covered in the rules are lists for Late Republican forces that can be used for Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and Britannia and against the German tribes raiding across the Rhine. The Early Imperial Roman lists are perfect for the conquest of Britannia under Claudius and the continuing campaigns through to Agricola’s conquest of the North and beyond. The British lists cover the period from Caesar’s invasions through to Mons Graupius, including lists for Boudicca’s revolt. Gallic lists cover the classic period of conquest of the Gallic Wars with the Belgea and Aquitani represented and make every effort to reflect the more advanced culture of the Gauls. The Germans, on the other hand, are the ultimate Barbarians, with lists for the tribes of the Rhineland and those of the dark forests of Germania Magna and for the Batavian Revolt.

The rules are scheduled for release on Monday 29th June.

See “Infamy, Infamy! Advanced Order Now Available” for details on the bundles. At the time of “going to press” they can be purchased here.

As is their way TooFatLardies have embraced modern technology with videos of setup and game play …

By the time The dear readers consume digest this there will probably be more. Perhaps a “Infamy, Infamy! The Movie Part Four”?!

Stop Press 25 June 2020: Infamy, Infamy! The Movie, Part Four has been released.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #15

A few odds and ends.

Front Rank Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released their first Napoleonic Brunswickers. They come as six mixed figure Reinforcement Packs or as multiple pack Reinforcement Sets of 36 figures.

Above: Code BWNRPK2 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Command advancing

The initial release provides for the Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion and the Line Infantry. Both types get …

  • marching other ranks
  • marching command
  • firing line other ranks
  • command standing.

All packs £7.80 (incl. VAT).

Above: Code BWNRPK3 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Firing line

The two images above “borrowed” from Front Rank Figurines.

 

Victrix French Imperial Guard Lancers

Victrix Ltd have released their plastic French Napoleonic Imperial Guard Lancers

This fabulous set represents Napoleons lancers of the Guard, The Polish (Blue) and Dutch (Red) regiments. They fought in Spain, Europe and Russia and finally at Waterloo with great distinction.

You can also use these for numerous other nations lancers with a little conversion work you can make Prussians, Polish Line Lancers, Lancers De Berg and Russian lancers to name but a few!

We think this is one of our greatest sets to date, the detail is superb and the figures are packed with animation and character.

For your £26.95 you get 12 multipart and possibly multi posable(?) figures which can create some impressively dynamic figures …

Both images above “borrowed” from Victrix Ltd.

These are far from a surprise as their creation has been widely signalled on the web for a while now. von Peter himself has a need for two regiments of Polish lancers which these figures could potentially have provisioned but figures for those regiments have already been secured. And miraculously one of those regiments has even been pigmented. And von Peter himself is quite happy with the metal figures he has.

 

Possibly of some help with figure photography

von Peter himself stumbled across Photography for Wargamers from Henry Hydes publishing arm Gladius Publications

Photography for Wargamers by Henry Hyde

A compilation of articles on digital photography which, as editor, I originally wrote for Miniature Wargames with Battlegames.

The first article, “Digital Photography for Wargamers”, was published in issue 361 – the very first of the new, combined magazine – in May 2013. The series of three “Wargames Photography” pieces appeared in issues 377, 378 and 379 (October, November and December 2014) after numerous appeals from readers for more in depth information on the subject.

These guides contain a great deal of information that is timeless: the principles of taking a good photograph of any kind, including those of our miniature soldiery arrayed on beautiful terrain, remain exactly the same as they were when my father, as a professional photographer back in the 1960s, pointed his lens at a captivating view or an interesting face. I hope, therefore, that you will find this collection of value for some time to come, regardless of the equipment you use and where and when you use it.

All profits from the sale of this guide will go to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal.

And don’t some of us need all the help we can get with our figure photography! For the princely sum of 1.99USD for a pdf with all profits going to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal what could go wrong?

Well of course there is always something that could go wrong. When trying to purchase said pdf von Peter himself could not seem do so without the payment system wanting further details so that it could set up a PayPal account. von Peter himself does not want to create a PayPal account. A message has been sent to Henry Hyde asking for directives &/or assistance. Henry is investigating. It seems like a lot effort for a 1.99USD pdf but if all purchases from Henry’s Gladius Publications behave the same way he may be missing out on sales. Or perhaps von Peter himself is just doing something wrong.

STOP PRESS: Henry has sorted von Peters PayPal problem. You can pay either using PayPal or Stripe now. von Peter himself successfully used Stripe to pay.

 

Hobby gardening

A brace of TSM-103 Mature Oak Trees from 4Ground have joined the miniature shrubbery at Neu Schloss von Peter. Their lot will be to be hidden behind, shot at etc etc. Why the little plastic acorns bothered is a moot point!  😃

von Peter himself took the clickable quick photo above of said Oak Trees and though he may complain of the sun not playing the game etc etc it is a fine illustration of why the Photography for Wargamers book may prove to be of considerable benefit!  🤣

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The woods for the trees

In a fit of enthusiasm some hobby gardening has been undertaken with the results below excluding the middle base which was already in stock. They are all 4Ground Trees and von Peter himself likes them. Unfortunately since their restructuring 4Ground no longer sell them. An email back in August 2019 elicited the response …

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future.

A further enquiring email was sent a couple of days ago and elicited the following response.

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but we have been looking back into getting more we are hoping for mid summer but it depends on the lockdown and supplies.

So there is hope that more will be be available to be procured in the future. Fortunately local distributer MightyApe were able to provide some of the trees below from their ever decreasing stock and there are a couple of Mature Oak Trees making their way to Neu Schloss von Peter at this very moment.

The trees are supplied as simple kits. A set/kit comprises several mdf pieces – a base plate, a plate for gluing on top of the base plate with holes for the tree bases and the round tree bases themselves to which one must glue the one piece tree. Perhaps the following image “borrowed” from 4Ground gives The dear reader some insights …

Ground filling/texturing, painting and flocking completes the deal. The smallest trees come in sets of five, larger in sets of three, larger yet in sets of two and the largest as singles. The trees can be placed individually on the table or in their multi tree base.

From left to right in the image above …

  • TSM-107: 5 Young Ash Trees
  • TSM-104: 4 Oak/Beech Trees
  • TSM-???: 3 Young Chestnut Trees. These were completed September 2017!
  • TSM-106: 2 Mature Ash Trees
  • TSM-112: 2 Mature Chestnut Trees

All up … very pleasing.

 

 

Another Austrian AD

This poor ADC has been awaiting his horse for a while. One hopes that much wining, dining and general carousing were had while he waited impatiently on the painting desk for his ride to come to fruition. And now it has. And now he can be shown amongst some very topical trees

The man painted by Napoleonic Austrian painter to von Peter himself – Nigel Fun-nell. Horse and basing locally arranged at Neu Schloss von Peter.

 

Bavarian upgrades

Whilst taking photos of trees, an Austrian ADC etc the opportunity to replace a couple of fairly rubbish photos of a couple of Bavarian battalions for vonpeterhimself.com was taken. And here they be to save The dear Readers from having to travel over to that other place to see them.

First up is 2/3rd Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment …

Next up von Peter himself presents the reimaged 2/8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment …

All images are clickable for a larger clearer view.

 

Podcast corner

Finally this COVID-19 thing and associated lockdown really is a bit of utter rubbish, albeit necessary rubbish. Amongst the coping strategies of von Peter himself is listening to podcasts. Two new finds that may be of interest …

History From Home Archive

Dan Hill is a military historian who is currently hosting a weekly historical chat – History From Home. Upcoming topics include …

  • Dr Phil Weir on The Battle Of The Atlantic
  • Alex Owen on The Battle Of Waterloo
  • James Holland On Normandy 1944
  • Ben Mayne On The Battle Of Bosworth

But you don’t have to listen to them live as there is an Archive of them. von Peter himself has consumed the Kate Jamieson on The Battle of Trafalgar and there are several others on the to-do list.

Note that while von Peter himself happily listened to the Trafalgar episode relevant images are displayed on the screen.

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Self explanatory really. Five 15 minute episodes from the BBC on Napoleon: The Man and the Myths. von Peter himself would take exception with some of the statements but isn’t that true for everyone on anything when it comes to Napoleon?!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Generalmajor Raigencourt ready for active duty

The Austrian Generalmajor Raigencourt commands the only brigade in the 1st Division of the Austrian 1st Corps in 1813. A few years earlier this brigade would have been entitled as an Advanced Guard consisting as it did of a mix of cavalry, Grenzer infantry and a cavalry battery but such old fashioned terms were apparently now out of date in the modernised Austrian Army.

When organising the Austrian army for presentation in the Army Inspections portion of the vonpeterhimself.com website it quickly became apparent that a command stand was “missing”! Absolutely outrageous!! Figures were ordered and eventually forwarded to Nigel Fun-nell – painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself – for pigmentation. The pigmented figures were married to horseflesh from the paint brush of von Peter himself. The Deutsch-Banat Grenzer infantryman on the base was painted literally decades ago by the same Nigel but was not required for his battalion. He has waited a l-o-n-g  t-i-m-e for his place in the army.

Whilst painting the good majorgeneral two figures destined to be based singly as ADC types were also painted. One in the uniform of the Stabs-Dragoner regiment …

The second ADC isn’t quite ready for a public unveiling on account of his horse not yet being fully pigmented by the ever idle von Peter himself! His time will come.

All figures from Front Rank Figurines and all pictures clickable for larger clearer images.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Join the army they said … see the world they said

The tramp tramp tramp of 28mm Polish feet have finally marched themselves on to this here blog. von Peter himself is pleased to announce the arrival of the first battalion of the 4th Polish Infantry regiment …

A few points of interest for any of The dear readers who may be interested …

  • the figures were sorted, cleaned up, eagle attached to the standard pole and sent to Nigel Fun-nell as the 2nd battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment. Later it slowly dawned on von Peter himself that really only the first battalion of each regiment should have an eagle. Quick communication with the aforementioned Nigel quickly altered it to be the 1/4 Infantry Regiment
  • figures from Front Rank Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs, pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell, horse and basing by von Peter himself
  • that Front Rank Miniatures only supply a solitary mounted infantry officer with no variants that is suitable for this unit is moderately irritating. And to be clear von Peter himself is not big on figure conversions. But with two more battalions of Poles to come he has a cunning … and hopefully eventually two … plan(s) to save the repetition of a distinctively posed figure.

Thinking ahead the 1/4 Infantry Regiment also comes with a couple of casualty figures. Under the questionable generalship of von Peter himself these are bound to come in useful …

The 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813 is beginning to take shape and is now roughly half formed. Two more battalions, another uhlan regiment, some artillery and a few more leaders to come.

Above: the Poles holding a flank in the vastness of the Russian steppe. Certainly not a vision of the part of the world imagined when young Stanislaw joined up! Of a more positive nature Stanislaw ruminated over the rumour that perhaps some rather useful artillery will be along soon 😃

All images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #12

Fathers Day came and went several weeks ago here in Godzone – aka New Zealand. von Peter himself managed to obtain two hobby related items. Undoubtedly The dear readership are desperate to hear what those two hobby related items were so …

Hobby item #1: Murat’s Army. Spotted on an email from Naval & Military Press for the princely sum of £3.99. What could go wrong? Oh yeah …. the £6.35 postage from the UK to New Zealand! Bought as a curiosity really. The official blurb …

Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendour of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.

This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

 

Hobby item #2: Young Oak/Beech Trees x 4. These are 4Ground Trees that you can’t actually get direct from 4Ground currently. There have been corporate machinations and 4Ground are currently rebuilding themselves and their website. von Peter himself has a taste for the 4Ground trees and not seeing them on the new website he enquired as to their potential future availability and received the polite reply  …

“Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future”.

4Ground may not be selling the trees but Mighty Ape here in New Zealand are as they still had some stock. Fortuitously von Peter himself had a discount voucher for the Ape and so the trees were got.

 

A table for Christmas perhaps

For those looking to get organised early for Christmas then perhaps the Hobby/Game Table from Deep-Cut Studio will provide that loving gift.

The blurb explains …

Hobby / game table in a most purified form. It serves as a standard house furniture in a size of a dining table, yet transforms into a functional hobby area in a simplest way possible. You can enjoy your activities, close the lids when you are done without having to tidy up and resume from where you left later on.

– Manufactured from recycled laminated A grade plywood. Weights over 40 kg (80 lbs), which makes it exceptionally sturdy and robust
– Size: 112 x 142 cm ( 44 x 56 inches) surface, 83 cm ( 33 inches) height to upper tabletop and 70 cm ( 28 inches) height to bottom
– Special upper tabletop construction grants stable surface, smooth connection of both halves and does not allow dirt or crumbles fall into the inner area
– Upper tabletop halves easily taken off without excessive use of strength and stored in a specially designed space under the tabletop. These halves can be hidden completely behind the inner surface or serve as extra space for any activity, private area or as shelves for additional or temporary materials, manuals, etc.
– Transforms into a table with 91,5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 inches or 3×4 feet ) inner surface dimensions, 10 cm ( 4 inches) deep
– Sold unassembled and grants the joy of putting it together with all the parts, tools and manual included. Challenge rating: low, fun factor: rewarding
– Available in black or white laminate colours
– Same or next day dispatch, delivery in 4-5 days to EU

Available in white or black and currently priced at 490.00€.

Too small for the games von Peter himself likes to play so he will be passing. Others may find it more to their liking. And thanks to Deep-Cut Studio for unknowingly supplying the photos.

 

What’s happening at Front Rank Figurines?

It seems like aeons since Front Rank Figurine’s last release. That was the latest in their later Napoleonic Prussian range – Generals & Staff. Since then all has been quiet with the News section of the Front Rank site giving no clue as to what the future might hold. Happily the friendly folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum have provided a whiff of what may be in the Front Rank future as collateral damage in this thread. The important wording is …

Hi James,
Hope all is well with you, yes there is truth in the rumour I have been working on Brunswickers however it seems like I get less and less time to do designing so they are taking a while, I may have the first releases available during the Autumn/winter.

 

What’s not happening at Front Rank Figurines?

As an aside please note that von Peter himself does not want to say that the Front Rank Generals & Staff are the last release in their Prussian range. Where are the limbers and caissons that a dedicated collector of Napoleonic Prussians would desire? Of course the same question could be asked of Front Rank regarding their Austrians, Russians etc. Without actually checking – a simple case of idleness – it seems that only the French & British are provided with such luxuries which surely is not fair, right or even equitable. von Peter himself suspects that the problem is that the anticipated sales of Austrian, Russian etc limbers and caissons are not anticipated to reach the level required to make their creation and sale economically viable.

Whatever the reason von Peter himself pines for limbers and caissons for his Napoleonic Russian and Austrian armies both of which are mostly provisioned using Front Rank figures. Perry Miniature’s limbers and caissons are an obvious alternative but are too small and slight in the eyes of von Peter himself to be a suitable match.

Of course for the Prussians Calpe Miniatures can provide limbers and caissons – and obviously the rest of the Prussian Army 😀 – in a similar style and heft to the Front Rankers.

Above: life really is easier with limbers! “Forward By Bricole!” by Keith Rocco

 

Jimbibblieblog Plancenoit

What better way to end but with another miniature architectural marvel from Jimbibblyblog / Oshiro Models. This time it’s a Plancenoit. Check your history of the Battle of Waterloo if this means nothing to The dear reader. What could be more soothing than the wonderful model of a place of mighty endeavour and no little carnage?!

See Plancenoit for many more pictures of the models – there are two pieces that can be arranged together in several ways or individually – as well as some words on the church.

The two photos from the Jimbibblyblog blog.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself