Snippets #10

It’s been a little long between drinks. Laziness and extended family responsibilities have sapped both the time and will available for the painting desk so nothing to report from there. A damnably poor show really. But a few items to report on all the same …

 

Some small Napoleonic Austrian thinkings

Being well read I expect most / all of The dear readers will have seen the image below from the Perrys showing off some 3ups for their impending plastic Napoleonic Austrian cavalry. These will be a boon for a great number of gamers many of whom are already salivating at the thought of the boxes of these figures they will acquire. Rightly so and good for them.

One who is not salivating is von Peter himself. And it’s not all down to the usual general bitterness and anti social inclinations! Most of von Peters Napoleonic armies are creations utilising Calpe Miniatures and Front Rank Figurines. In the eyes of von Peter himself the Perry cavalry just do not stack up size wise to the cavalry from these two manufacturers. They are comparatively just too small for von Peter himself to overlook the size differential. And then there’s the  situation that von Peter himself already has the all Austrian cavalry that he needs  … for the moment at least.

What would pique the interest of von Peter himself in things Napoleonic Austrian would be if Front Rank Figurines announced that they were creating reinforcement packs for their Napoleonic Austrians. They’ve done it for several of their older Napoleonic ranges and von Peter himself would appreciate a move in this direction. And while about it perhaps limbers and caissons could be added to the range … and to the Napoleonic Russian range as well. It seems that Front Rank Figurines may have completed their latest range – Napoleonic Prussians – and their website gives no indication of what may be coming next so this could fill the void. Come on Front Rank – you know you want to. One can but dream.

 

A new gaming venue on the Kapiti Coast

A read of Roly’s Dressing The Lines blog – The colonial New Zealand Wars at Kāpiti’s newest wargaming venue post to be exact – revealed what von Peter himself had up to then missed. There was/is a new wargaming venue on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. What makes this of interest locally is that von Peter himself lives in a little township called Paekakariki at the southern edge of the Kapiti Coast.

The Winterdale Tavern is to be found in the Lindale Complex, 111 Main Road, Paraparaumu. It describes itself as “the wargaming and rpg venue for the Kapiti Coast”. Regularly scheduled gaming sessions are hosted each week for a variety of gaming genres as well as one off tournaments. They can host your gaming and they’ll sell you a variety of “stuff” to feed your gaming.

 

Something old … something new

Around 13 years back von Peter himself created his first co-joined blog and website using the Apple supplied software iWeb. It provided a simple what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface that proved easy to get going with … and so von Peter himself got going. The first blog post went out on 30 September 2006. Then Apple decided that it would no longer develop or support iWeb. The software could still be used but the writing was on the wall. And then Apple stopped hosting the sites created with iWeb. Such sites could be hosted elsewhere but with some functions no longer working. That was the end of von Peter’s first foray as a publisher on the web. Many were the dark mutterings to be heard locally about computer companies! The last blog post went out on the 26 June 2012 and access to the site ceased to be on the 30 June 2012. RIP.

von Peter himself has since regrouped and launched first his WordPress based blog – you’re reading it right now! – and then his website – vonpeterhimself.com. Bigger and better – take that Apple! And though the world could no longer see the original website von Peter himself could on his computer because iWeb still worked there. This has proved useful on several occasions as a historic record for researching the past and for plain old reminiscing!

If there is one thing that this experience has shown it is that the world of technology doesn’t stand still and that it waits for nobody. Everything gets deprecated eventually … and it’s about to happen again. Later this year Apple will do its usual thing and release an updated version of its operating system for its iMac computers. This one will be macOS 10.15 which will be called macOS Catalina. For a number of reasons von Peter himself will want to eventually upgrade to this but iWeb will cease to run with Catalina. (Not that it is germane to the discussion here but this is because Catalina will only run 64 bit programs and iWeb is stuck in 32 bit land.) Access to the old website will then be lost … forever … even for von Peter himself!!!

A cunning plan has been devised, reviewed, refined, reviewed again and finally accepted. The more useful articles from the old website will be recreated in the current website vonpeterhimself.com. A new section has been created – Reconnaissance – to host many / most/ all of the selected articles and the first article has been transcribed. This is the report arising from attendance at Salute Zero Nine. It will be the tenth anniversary edition! The plan is to recreate the articles pretty much as they were originally posted with no with hindsight revisions.

 

The annual birthday hobby supplies accumulation

That time of year again. It had been hoped that the Saxon Light Infantry would be available from Calpe Miniatures as two battalions of them are required. But no. Not yet. D’oh!

Plan B part the first turned out to be a fourth Polish battalion from Front Rank Figurines. This will complete the battalions required for the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. Annoyingly Front Rank produce only a single mounted infantry officer for the Poles. He is posed with his sword raised and the thinking locally was that he was getting all too obviously repetitive. The cunning solution was to order one of the mounted Polish ADCs. Obviously the senior command of the battalion have been laid low and the dashing ADC has been sent to lead the battalion and grab a little glory for himself. It will all look rather good in despatches!

Plan B part the second was pure indulgence. Two more dice sets from Dice of War – one each for the Poles and Bavarians. As per the photographic evidence below these have arrived and now von Peter himself can proudly proclaim that he has the appropriate dice for all his Napoleonic armies. “Indulgence’ really is the appropriate word here.

And truthfully the plan to get those Calpe Saxon Light Infantry battalions has not been dropped. Just put on hold a little. They shall be von Peters just as soon as they are released. Two battalions in firing poses will do wonderfully well. The unpigmented pile of figures demands it!!  😎

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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