As part of his prior post von Peter himself showcased several Orthodox churches available from GrandManner. Why stop when you’re on to a good thing?
Above: The Russian Elizabethgrad Hussars file past a back steppe Orthodox Church while the rather militant Father Disputin exhorts them to great martial feats for Mother Russia
First up the Russian village of von Peter himself has taken a great step forward with the consecration of its Orthodox Church. Father Disputin is pleased. As with the rest of the village the model is a product of Hovels – H3 Timbered Church from the 25mm Eastern European / Russian range. Its completion leaves one Russian building left to paint – a damaged house. Damaged by design but also just plain damaged as the casting has several cracks. Not a major problem as it will be glued to a base just as soon as the various casting flaws in the model are cleaned up. Unfortunately the cleaning up – mostly with a craft knife – is sorely testing the integrity of the model. von Peter himself would much prefer it to stay in one piece as that would seem to be the simplest way forward. Enough of the real estate painting. There are figures to paint so the remaining damaged building has gone back into the wargaming wardrobe for now as its time has not yet come.
Above: the other two sides of the Orthodox Church in a slightly different light. The sun kept coming and going! Photographic facilities at Neu Schloss von Peter need some serious sorting. We can’t be having backgrounds like that! 👀
Grand Manner and von Peter himself are not the only ones to have been busy with their Orthodox Churches. Mark Strachan has scratch built one for himself and in double quick time. His methods and the Church’s progress have been documented in a series of posts on his blog – 1866 and all that. Mark’s output – both in the hobby and blog sense – far surpasses that of von Peter himself so as a service to The dear reader the first instalment can be found here and then move to the “Newer Post” post. As per the blog the church is complete but the based model has yet to be seen. Hopefully Mark has not forgotten! 😃
Plastic Gripping Beast Late Romans
According to their Facebook page Gripping Beast will be adding a box of plastic Late Romans and they’re “coming soon” what ever that means [edit – Salute 2016]. These are multi part models to some degree or other because …
“By design, they are fully compatible with our Dark Age Warriors – we have stuck some hybrids together and they look cool.”
von Peter himself has the beginnings of a metal Late Roman army from Gripping Beast tucked away. Being from the same company hopefully the two lines of will be compatible to some degree or other.
And tantalisingly the Facebook post ends with “Cavalry next”.
Above: 3-Ups of the Gripping Beast Late Romans to be
Ebor Late Romans
This is a joint venture between Paul Hicks and Ebor miniatures with Paul receiving money from every sale so the more sales the more figures will be released.
Paul has scaled the figures to the GB range in height although they are slightly slimmer, he has made the shields the same size so the LBM transfers for GB fit them.
As mentioned above von Peter himself has a “hibernating” Late Roman army of Gripping Beast metal figures. Their future is to hold off the Gripping Beast Sassanids / Sassanians of von Peter himself. Reinforcements are of course always welcome.
von Peter himself has become enmeshed in fortnightly role playing using 5th edition D&D. This pastime has not been partaken of for many decades and the rules sure have moved a long way since last von Peter himself played. Luckily you don’t need to know the finer details of the rules as a player. It has been amusing to watch the group getting their role playing feet. We have made some really foolish decisions but nothing fatal so far – to us anyway. 😎 Craig is our honourable Dungeon Master and has been enjoying himself by throwing the unexpected at us … and then trying to coach us through our resultant indecision and plain poor judgement. To date no figures have been used but that may change. If it does then von Peter himself will be needing a figure with the visage of a human cleric with a martial bent. Fortunately he has a couple in store.
Front Rank price rise alert
As per their newsletter some news from Front Rank Figurines …
It has been over 2 years now since we have had a price rise, so with regret sometime during May 2016 our prices will increase.
We have been warned … though there is not anticipated to be any action from von Peter himself. Undoubtedly more Front Rank figures will be bought but with the backlog of figures already waiting to be painted and an anticipation that the increase will not be extreme the money is probably better off sitting in the bank for now.
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself