Snippets #23 – a reawakening

Eeek!  It’s been a while since von Peter himself expended any physical effort on this here blog. Lots of thinking but not much action which encapsulates the whole hobby thing for a while now. Too many distractions matched with too little will power. Fortunately Nigel Fun-nell has come through with another Polish battalion so the wheels of activity are slowly cranking up. Expect to see a flaunting of said battalion in the nearish future. Until then von Peter himself presents some now dated intelligence.

The Ultimate Gamer’s Link Guide
This big bunch of hobby related links was stumbled upon and it seemed the decent thing to share. It may be a little dated now but there is bound to be some treasures buried within. Presented by Cigar Box Battle and available on their downloads page.

Cigar Box battle Ultimat Gamers Link Guide

The Price of Crowns 3

Piano Wargames are at it again … or at least were at it again … with another Kickstarter campaign. This time it was the The Price of Crowns 3 – The Grand Duchies of Hessen-Darmstadt and Würzburg in the Napoleonic Wars. And there is a Napoleon figure available too.

The Price of Crowns 3

Hobbyists

Another one of those blogs from a(n annoyingly! 😇) great hobbyists. Just Add Water show cases a great talent.

Just Add Water

As a much younger man I used to marvel at Steve Dean’s work and he’s still going … his websitehis facebook page … and his twitter presence.

Logo Steve Dean

4Ground shenanigans

FYI, there is trouble over in 4Ground land …

4ground closing notification

Grandmanor Jubilee raw resin event

Grandmanor are at it again selling their models as raw resin as opposed to the more normal painted versions …

Our second raw resin event which enables customers to order models on special offer in raw resin only and paint for them selves.The event will last 2/3 weeks OR until our price fixed stock of material lasts. It will get busy so please bare with me regarding extended dispatch times. Plans for late summer / end of the year will include a web site shut down for 3 months to complete a major design session. hopefully in time for the new year.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Such a late notification

Thirty Years War cavalry from 1898 Miniatures – a review

From The Via Regia site comes Thirty Years War cavalry from 1898 Miniatures which reviews the first – and hopefully not the last – Thirty Years War cavalry releases from 1898 Miniatures. Explanations are given as to some of the finer details of the figures, eg. pistol wielding cavalrymen have horses with one empty pistol holster. Very cool! Also presented is a unit of them painted as a unit of Gustav Adolph’s Swedish Cavalry.

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Maps on the move

Epic History TV have a YouTube channel which has many historic videos of a warfare nature. The one that came to the attention of von Peter himself was on the Napoleon 1813: Battle of Nations. This particular video gives a 33:15 background and overview of the battle. What  particularly caught the eye were the animated maps of the battle which showed at a high level movements of the troops during the battle. Very instructive.

Price rise incoming – Perry Miniatures

And because it would be harder to leave it any later and still be prior to the event … not the greatest news but contained in an email received from Perry Miniatures …

Unfortunately due to many growing costs we are having to increase our prices.
We’ve been holding off for as long as possible, but production costs for both metal and plastics are still rising. So, on the 12th March we will add 50p on all metal codes and £2 on plastic boxed sets.

That means that there’s only a few hours to place any price rise defeating orders. Jump to it you Perry Miniatures fans.

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Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Christmas arrives

“All things come to those who wait” is one of those ancient pearls of wisdom. Not that von Peter himself and “pearls of wisdom” have much to do with one another normally. But the mail man has done his best to make the old adage ring true for von Peter himself.

The GrandManor package

Late last week a rather large package arrived all the way from the United Kingdom. More detailed investigation revealed that the source of said package was GrandManor. Hurrah – the unpigmented building pile had been incremented. (Why “Hurrah”? Many will know that you cannot die if you have an unpigmented figure collection. But not many know that this is doubly true if one posses an unpigmented building pile. Honest. 😇)

For those not in the know GrandManor perform the most thorough packaging job that von Peter himself has ever experienced. The box was packed full of packaging and buildings. No potentially destructive movement in there. All buildings were wrapped in multiple, individually sellotaped bubble wrap layers. All hollow bits of buildings were packed with individually fitted polystyrene to keep the walls etc safe. It all adds up to wonderful protection for the items being transported.

The first building ordered during the “Raw Resin Event” was the “Village Night watchman’s cottage” cottage from the “28mm Napoleonic Europe” range. This model has always caught the eye of von Peter himself … and now he has one!

GrandManor village night watchmans cottage

Having ordered the cottage to keep the village’s night watchman happy the thought niggled that perhaps having a single GrandManor building may not be the smartest thing. Perhaps having another complimentary GrandManor building could/would be a good idea so that the two buildings could then be deployed together as a stylistically sympathetic whole on the field of battle. And anyway the Pigsty had also caught the eye of von Peter himself.

Four days after the original order a second order was placed for the Pigsty also from the “28mm Napoleonic Europe” range. A note was added explaining that two orders had been placed and if it suited GrandManor’s purposes they could be despatched together.

GrandManor pigsty

And the rest is now history. Both models featured a lift off roof and interior details. Indeed it is strongly suspected that the Village night watchman’s cottage has two levels of interior details but as yet the inner floor has not yet been removed to view the bottom level due to a stubborn determination to remain in situ! The casting is as expected of a high standard.

Both pictures care of the GrandManor website.

Thirty Years War Cavalry

Ordered on the 10 December 2021 from the Spanish based 1898 Miniatures this fine body of horsemen was despatched on the 13 December 2021 and arrived today – 8 February 2022 – here in New Zealand. So most of the elapsed time was consumed in postage. Not a surprise with Covid playing havoc with shipping … and no doubt von Peter himself selected the most parsimonious postage possible. The e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d shipping was expected and the postal services did not disappoint! 🤬

The recruiters have delivered one of each of the available cavalry packs – TYWCAV1 thru 9 – and a few flags. It’s a start on the cavalry just as a start has previously been made to the Tercios of the infantry.

1898- Miniatures cav advert 2021

Officially this is a Christmas present and so it’s safe arrival is a very cherished thing.

Something to make von Peter himself smile

Stumbled upon this on the Twitter thingy of Alex – Storm of Steel Wargaming or more precisely at https://twitter.com/SoSwargaming/status/1488067502743724033/photo/1. As a person of partial Greek heritage this made von Peter himself smile …

Ifyoucantseethenumber

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Get your Front Rank Figurines now

The Monday before last saw von Peter himself break his glasses. He was reduced to wearing his previous generation of glasses that are of course a different prescription to that which is currently prescribed. Happy hint – always keep your prior glasses when receipting the latest pair. You will invariably need them! Don’t ask how they were broken. 🤬 Thankfully the new pair have now arrived  so looking at screens, reading etc is not quite the effort it has been.

Enough of the self pity. Another series of disjointed rambles to hopefully lighten these pestilential times for The dear readership

Front Rank Figurines are go

This “news” is nearly a week old now but for the unenlightened … Front Rank Figurines are back and available to purchase. Similar verbiage is to be found on both the Front Rank Figurines and Gripping Beast news sections …

21ST JANUARY 2022 – WEBSITE NOW OPEN

Hello Everyone!

WEBSITE NOW OPEN! (But please read on….)

Good News! At last! Gripping Beast has finally completed the purchase of Front Rank!

We would like to thank Alec & Angela for their stupendous patience and we wish them a long and happy retirement.

Front Rank has now moved to Beast Towers, lock, stock and barrel. It will, however, take us a few days to get sorted and for production to begin again. In the meanwhile, you can now place your orders on the website in the normal way.

Once we have things organised, we will begin to work through the orders (this will take some days!) We will process the orders strictly in the order in which they were received.

Thank you all for your patience and some level of sanity will be restored as soon as possible

GB/FR

Gripping Beast selling Front Rank Figurines

From the “I always liked the Napoleonic Austrian kuirassier look” file

Outstanding … though von Peter himself has some reservations about the scruffy one on the far right 😇 …

Austrian Kuirassiers - ladies

The image is from the Austerlitz 2013 album as brought to the world by the photographer Thomas T. It’s well worth checking out some of his photo albums. Honest. Click for an enlarged and clearer image.

Easy to make toilet paper sea bases

It’s amazing what one stumbles upon when surfing the ‘net. An interesting video on creating sea bases for ships using toilet paper, pva glue, plaster/ wall filler or spackle if you’re American and paint. The video clip uses Kings of War Armada (fantasy) ships but sea is sea.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #23

Another Christmas has come and gone. The plan had been to complete and post this as a Christmas treat – such delusions! Only missed it by a few days!!  🥺

Württembergers 1806-1812

von Peter himself has stumbled onto another miniature maker of potential interest. Piano Wargames out of Germany is producing some very interesting Württemberg 1806-1812 miniatures. For the modern gamer / collector these figures are available as STL files for 3D printing. For the more traditional figure purchaser it seems that they will also be available as metal castings eventually.

Piano Wargames Württemberg Light_Infantry_marching

The commencement of the Württemberg 1806-1812 range was courtesy of a Kickstarter campaign “The Price of Crowns” which provided the bulk of the infantry. The follow up campaign “The Price of Crowns 2” will provision the cavalry, artillery, Royal Foot Guard, a second set of line infantry command and a General Vandamme figure. If The dear reader is interested the kickstarter closes on 10th January 2022(?) and is already fully funded.

Piano wargames The Price of Crowns2

The figures look good and importantly for von Peter himself come with variants. But how well they work for 1813 is a question and they may be a tad too small for the taste of von Peter himself with his mostly Calpe Miniatures and Front Rank Figurines armies. Then again if 3D printing the figures then perhaps they could be adjusted to print a slightly larger figure but what this may do to muskets, swords etc may not be desirable.

Piano Wargames cavalry size comparison

Above: borrowed from the The Price of Crowns 2 Kickstarter. Figures that fit so well with the Perry ranges are a bit small for von Peter’s liking when accompanied by his larger Calpe & Front Rank figures

As a nice bonus the downloads area of the Piano Wargames website has some downloadable Württemberg infantry flags.

Pictures from the Piano Wargames website, facebook page and their The Price of Crowns kickstarter pages. All of the sites are worth a visit to view some well painted figures and lovely vignettes using them.

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Painting a Piano Wargames figure

As a corollary to the above Sonic Sledgehammer Studio has a painting tutorial ostensibly on painting white horses but the video actually covers painting the human figure as well. And wouldn’t you know it the figure being painted is a Württemberg mounted officer from Piano Wargames …

Yet more on Thirty years War cavalry

Father Christmas has been beseeched upon to provision the new 1898 Miniatures 28mm Thirty Years War Cavalry. He has even been granted special dispensation to deliver after the 25th of December. In fact this is expected. As long as the requested order arrives all will be well.

1898 Miniatures Cavalry command group I

Above: Cavalry Command Group1

For the benefit of The dear readers the following intelligence discovered via an enquiry is offered as a belated Christmas pressie …

  • the cavalry is being sold as packs. No mention in the affirmative that regimental packs will be offered
  • more packs are to come
  • a cavalry painting article is in preparation. By way of further explanation of this there are various articles on the clothing of, the organisation and tactics of, and how to paint the Tercios – infantry – on the 1898 Miniatures website under the headings of “History” and “Modelling and Painting”.

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The continuing saga

Spotted on the Front Rank Figurines website …

Hi Front Rank Customers

The sale of Front Rank to Gripping Beast is still proceeding, we are really sorry but the the legal side is taking much longer than either us or Gripping Beast anticipated.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and patience, both Front Rank and Gripping Beast are doing everything we can to hurry things along.
Our apologies but Front Rank is unable to process any orders at this time.Kind regards

Alec & Angela

Maybe for next Christmas!!!  🥺

And in the spirit of Christmas recently passed the following “borrowed” from the Piano Wargames facebook page

Piano Wargames Christmas 2021

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute

Snippets #22

It is early December and there is a whiff of Christmas in the air. Surely there must be several ways that such a whiff can be turned to advantage for the benefit to the hobby …

1898 Miniatures Thirty Years War cavalry

TYWCAV8

Above: TYWCAV8, Cavalry charging with pistol, buff coat and helmet

After teasing their impending release 1898 Miniatures have released their 28mm Thirty Years War Cavalry. Nine packs each of three cavalry figures giving 27 variations and four Spanish cavalry flags is the result. Excellent. Especially as this is the first batch of releases for the cavalry. The release burb on their Blog …

Our range of 28mm miniatures for the Thirty Years War has incorporated a new series of cavalry that is now available. Equipped with light armour and a wide assortment of weapons including swords, pistols and carbines, this new type of universal horse that evolved during the war was able to perform either the shock tactics of the cuirassier (but at a cheaper price!) and the reconnaissance and support roles of the mounted arquebusiers. This new series of Thirty Years War cavalry miniatures can be used in most of the armies of the period, including the Spanish, and the first batch of releases will include cavalry charging with swords and pistols and equipped with breastplates, buff coats, helmets and soft hats.

TYWCAV3

Above: TYWCAV3, cavalry charging with sword, breastplate and soft hat

von Peter himself is hoping that the cavalry packs will be available as collections as the infantry packs are available in “Tercio” collections. Enquiries will be made.

Great looking figures. These are in immediate danger of becoming part of the Christmas haul for von Peter himself. The infantry already acquired are in obvious need of the support of their mounted brethren.  👍

1898- Miniatures cav advert 2021

Above: von Peter himself does not think that this promotional poster has changed as the one used in the release notice still has the words “soon available!” in the top right corner. Four Spanish cavalry standards are also included in the initial release.

Images care of the 1898 Miniatures website and their Facebook page.

Victrix Bavarian Line Infantry

Victrix Ltd plastic multipose Bavarian Infantry180901815 are available to order. von Peter himself probably has as many Bavarians as he will ever need care of Front Rank Figurines so these are of no interest at Neu Schloss von Peter. But that may not be the case for all of The dear readers. The official blurb …

This set includes 58 highly detailed figures. These figures represent the Bavarian infantry from 1809, when they adopted more of a French style kit instead of the slung backpack and gaiters.

Whats in the box?

The breakdown is as follows: 36 marching figures, 16 firing figures, 4 command, 2 mounted colonels.

58 x Figures

36 x Marching units

16 x Firing units

4 x Command units

2 x Mounted colonels

Victrix Bavarian infantryman

Victrix Bavarian infantry

They header card – especially the back – provides some useful information …

Victrix Bavarian Line Infantry header card

Victrix Bavarian Line Infantry header card rear

Images care of the Victrix Ltd website. Many thanks.  😇

TooFatLardies Advent Calendar 2021 edition

For those of a Lardy point of view – please see your doctor! 🤣 – the “gentlemen” of that establishment are once again favouring us with their Advent Calendar. Each day of December leading up to Christmas will see the issuance of a short audio clip of learned and hard won words of great insight and wisdom from one of Messrs Clarke, Skinner or Roundwood.  Get your 2021 TooFatLardies Advent Calendar here.

TooFatLardies Advent Calendar 2021

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Hand-Built History by John Boadle

Last century a slightly younger and spritelier von Peter himself would wait with baited breath each month for the arrival of Wargames Illustrated at the local news agent. Such mind tickling articles; so many advertisements for companies never heard of – e.g. Calpe Miniatures; and such wonderful pictures.

One of the names that often came up in the credits for the pictures was a John Boadle.

Wargames Illustrated 18 front cover - John Boadle

Above: and the caption read …

Front cover photo: John Boadle of the Coventry Wargames Club is responsible for the superb painting and modelling of the troops and terrain pictured here. The figures are from Front Rank Figurines 25mm. SevenYears War. More of John’s collection in tuture issues,till then our French readers can revel in the sight of the British surrendering.

That John Boadle now has a blog – Hand-Built History – and the little introductory burble reads somewhat along the lines of …

This is my blog, to showcase the modelmaking and gaming stuff that I’ve built over the years. I was for some years a professional modelmaker building scenery for many well-known figures in the hobby. More recently I built artillery master models for North Star and Perry Miniatures. Please note though, I am no longer taking any commissions for work at all. Everything you see is in the gaming scale of 28mm, ie 1/56, unless otherwise noted. At some point I aim to add tutorials to pass on the techniques picked up over the years. I hope what you see is of interest or even inspires you to have go yourself.

Currently Hand-Built History is getting a new post almost daily as John is updating the blog with pictures and details of old creations. In the future we may see step by step details of the creation of models.

John Boadle bulding and Nap French Infantry

Above: Napoleonic French occupying a John Boadle creation. Presumably John is quite happy with this picture as it is currently used as the heading picture on his blog

And one more John Boadle creation picture to round out the section …

Wargames Illustrated 19 back cover - John Boadle

Above: This time from half of the the back cover of Wargames Illustrated #19. The editor Duncan Macfarlane had obviously had a photo shoot with John Boadle and was keen to use the photos collected. The caption …

More of Coventry Warmer John Boadle’s Seven Years War collecton, featured on last month’s front cover. Front Rank 25mm. Figurines.

Logo John Boadles Hand-Built History

Found memories were made of these

Seeing the work of John Boadle reminded von Peter himself of a series pictures in Wargames Illustrated of the Scimitar Wargames Group’s Seven Years War project. These mesmerised the impressionable von Peter himself.

Wargames Illustrated 14 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW villages 1

Wargames Illustrated 14 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW villages 2

Above: from Wargames illustrated #14. To keep the buildings theme going two photos of some of the buildings created by Pete Duckworth. If the memory of von Peter himself is to be trusted  – hmmm -the fenced backyards were cunningly contrived to hold infantry units.

Wargames Illustrated 37 - Scimitar Wargames Group SYW march scene

Above: von Peter himself must have spent hours staring at and dissecting this photo. Happy memories. From Wargames Illustrated #37. The accompanying caption …

An Austrian column winds its way out of camp. 25mm Front Rank figures professionally painted by Andy Taylor from the author’s (Richard Madder) collection. Church scratch built by Rich Madder (-using a door handle as the cupola), as was, of course, the camp described in this article.

The pictures are “clickable” for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #20

A quick update as proof that there is still some form of life existing here …

von Peter himself spends way too long on the internet but sometimes it pays off. By way of example we are pleased to present Miniature Addiction. Not only a mighty fine site with mighty fine content but it is authored by a mighty fine fellow kiwi. Well worth a visit.

Recommended.

Seven Years War collection documentation has commenced

With Bastion Number 2 functional – well almost functional as the lighting needs more oomph – the venerable Seven Years War collection has been rescued from its purgatory stored in a shed so that it may be photographed for “documenting” on von Peter’s website. Work has commenced with the Prussians. Not that it really counts as “work” as it is quite therapeutic choreographing the terrain and figures whilst playing music and best of all ignoring the rest of the world.

Sadly the photographic skills of von Peter himself are not all they could be and the poor old camera being used is showing signs of over use and poor treatment. For example it is really REALLY annoying when the camera’s screen won’t show the scene that one is trying to photograph. 🤬 It can take numerous photographic attempts and numerous visits to the computer to review said photographic attempts to result in a single “good enough” photograph. Such is the work flow at Neu Schloss von Peter. But still it is therapeutic.

A new page is being developed on the website but for now it is in a discrete mode as wordage as much as the photographs is developed. It will be revealed soonish however even if the page will be in an extended state of “work in progress” as more photographs are taken. It just needs to be made a little more presentable first.

Above: one of the recently photographed photographs. Two battalions of fearsome Prussian grenadiers – the 9/10 von Mollendorf and 19/25 von Ramin Grenadier Battalions. Click for a larger improved view

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Survey and sites

The folks over at Karwansaray Publishers are at it again with their The Great Wargaming Survey 2021 EDITION. Guy Bowers wrote to von Peter himself personally – yeah right! …

Dear history fan!,

The eighth edition of the Great Wargaming Survey has begun this Sunday, and it runs until the end of August.

As always, we’re asking you to take a few minutes of your time to let us know what YOU think about wargaming. We’ll be using the results to try and track trends and changes in the hobby, with the results published online in a variety of ways (mostly at the GWS blog).

Besides our undying gratitude for completing the survey, everyone who completes the survey gets a €5 discount coupon for our webshop, a bunch of articles selected from the fifty+ issues of WSS I edited, and of course you get a chance to win one of more than thirty(!) prizes, including boxed sets, books from various publishers and of course subscriptions to Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy or our other magazines. So why not take a few minutes now to help us out– it’s fast, fun and might net you some free goodies!

Kind regards

Guy Bowers
Editor, Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

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For the record it took von Peter himself just over ten minutes to complete the survey. And that was with an interruption from the good Fraulien von Peter herself!

Obscure Battles

During his meandering around the interwebs von Peter himself sometimes stumbles across sites that are of a heightened interest. Obscure Battles is one fo those sites. Perhaps not all the battles discussed would von Peter himself consider obscure – Frederick the Greats victory at Leuthen, 1757 or Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge, 1863 – but the battles are all there for a reason. And anyways they make for great reading with some alternate views on how and why occurrences occurred thrown in to stir the brain.

The battles are presented with a background, a narrative, discussion of points of interest, some great maps – versions can be purchased based from the author, pictures of the terrain, paintings, orders of battle giving a little information on uniforms and flags, and references. But there’s more!  As a distinct bonus the author – Jeff Berry – is a wargamer so there are wargaming options / considerations offered up for the battles … at least in the ones von Peter himself has seen.

The list of battles currently covered to date are …

  • 334 BCE The Granicus
  • 1066 Stamford Bridge
  • 1346 Crécy
  • 1704 Blenheim (updated Oct 2017)
  • 1706 Ramillies (updated Mar 2021)
  • 1741 Mollwitz (updated Sep 2017)
  • 1742 Chotusitz (updated Apr 2020)
  • 1745 Fontenoy
  • 1745 Soor (updated Apr 2020)
  • 1756 Lobositz (updated Apr 2021)
  • 1757 Kolin (OOB updated July 2019)
  • 1757 Leuthen
  • 1758 Zorndorf (OOB updated July 2019)
  • 1775 Lexington-Concord
  • 1796 Arcola
  • 1800 Marengo (updated Dec 2020)
  • 1800 Hohenlinden
  • 1805 Wertingen
  • 1805 Gunzburg
  • 1805 Haslach-Jungingen (updated Mar 2019)
  • 1805 Elchingen
  • 1805 Durnstein
  • 1807 Friedland
  • 1809 Aspern-Essling
  • 1812 Shevardino
  • 1818 Gqokli Hill
  • 1862 Cedar Mountain (updated in Sep 2017)
  • 1863 Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge
  • 1863 Chickamauga, Snodgrass Hill
  • 1879 Isandlwana
  • 1898 Omdurman (updated in Oct 2017)

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Saxon Dog – it lives

Finally as yet another a public service announcement … the Saxon Dog blog has sprung back to life recently. von Peter himself believes that this site flaunts the projects of a certain David Imrie. The Dear readers may have heard of him. Whether he’s known to you or not the site is certainly worth an occasional perusal.

Logo Saxon Dog 2

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Making water

Another quickie for the long suffering Dear readers.

Just in case any of the aforementioned Dear Readers missed it the Perry’s Facebook page has a photo tutorial on Alan’s latest technique for making water terrain using a couple of Vallejo products – Thick European Mud and Still Water.

It was posted on 4 July 2021. To glean what tips you can …

Hopefully that makes sense!

Photos above from the Perry Miniatures Facebook page.

And from the sublime to the ridiculous. Many / most / all of The dear readers will have seen the image below. Over the years von Peter himself has found himself in many a good natured “discussion” regarding the painting of eyes on 28mm figures. Being of a naturally idle disposition von Peter himself is firmly in the no painting of eyes camp. The theory is that if they are painted well – which is easier said than done – nobody notices them in gaming situations. If not done well they can turn a perfectly good figure into a mutant thing attracting ridicule. All that is required for eyes is a shadow in 99.99% of cases. Here endereth the lesson rant.

Where this image originated is a mystery. It has been seen in many places by von Peter himself who passes on his thanks to the originator. It still generates a chuckle.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself