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Planning for Partizan

Posted by Martin on May 17, 2009

If all goes to plan, at precisely this moment in a week’s time, I’ll be enjoying the refreshments on offer at Kelham Hall as I attend Partizan in the company of Peter F, von Peter and his young ADC, Simon.

Kelham Hall is at Newark (that’s “somewhere up North”) and I live in the West Country, so it takes quite an effort to get there and, as a consequence, I don’t go every year. This year, the trip has taken on the proportions of a ruthlessly planned mission because I have to pick up two of the party on Saturday afternoon and head for basecamp at Calpe Towers. Then we have an overnight stay there prior to our assault on the summit via the A1.

All the planning should bring a worthwhile reward though because Partizan is one of my favourite shows. Partly that’s because the very fact that I don’t go every year means I don’t get the chance to fall into complacement familiarity with it. Also it’s because Partizan has a unique atmosphere of it’s own in the way it combines the qualities of a big national event with the cosy camerarderie of a local club show. But the main attraction of Partizan is that it usually boasts the highest quality demonstration games.

You can never be quite sure which games and traders will be there until the day itself (the website doesn’t seem to be entirely up-to-date) but I’m already licking my lips at a second chance to see the Perrys’ Quatre Bras demo and the League of Gentleman Gamers’ offering. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the latter will provide an opportunity to inspect David Imrie’s new large French units. Ever since I saw some photos on Steve Dean’s forum I’ve been wondering about adopting some of the ideas – in particular the 60x60mm square bases.

The extra real-estate on these bases is something that David has used to enviable effect. It’s provided room for impressive use of the Silflor grass tufts. One thing I quickly realised is that there’s no point in being stingy with these tufts – the mass effect of lots of them to create drifts of grass is definitely the way to go. David also placed other items like dead casualties in this extra space and I intend to emulate him as well as adding abandoned drums, broken artillery equipment and muddy varnish puddles. All of this will come into play as soon as I get started on my first Saxon battalion. I’m also considering a move over to the 3mm thick versions of the Litko plywood bases to avoid warping given the larger 60x60mm size.

In fact, I’m getting really itchy palms just typing this and I’m hopeful of having a full battalion’s worth of Calpe Saxon musketeers in my hot little hands RSN. Peter F. and I have been discussing the changes we will need to make to the Calpe website when the official release date arrives and I hope you’ll appreciate the specific improvements we’re hoping to make.

In the meantime, I’ll be the one at Partizan feverishly looking out for the Andrea Miniatures white paint set (thanks for the tip, Harry the Elder), Silflor 6mm Autumn grass tufts and that trader who had Litko bases at Salute. If any of you know where I should look, let me know!

7 Responses to “Planning for Partizan”

  1. Rob Kenny said

    Any update on the Calpe Saxons would be very appreciated, as the January Calpe update seems a bit out of date now and it would be great to see some of the enthusiasm that there was at the beginning of the year come back. I’m just hoping that all this delay hasn’t demoralized Peter F. too much!

    Also, it would be great to get more info on the research notes that Peter is planning on publishing as any english language info on the Saxons is very welcome indeed.

    On a different note, has anyone reading this who lives in North America found a reliable and reasonably economic way to obtain Silflor products?


    • Martin said

      Rob, you have me on the horns of a dilemma! I absolutely understand your desire for a full update about the Calpe Saxons and I do know enough to be able to provide that information. But, on the other hand, I have promised Peter F. that I would wait until he has everything in place for an official announcement. So what can I offer to keep you going?

      Well, firstly, rest assured that the stage of demoralization for Peter F. has passed. I think the darkest moments were around last September (I remember a particularly grim day at Colours 2008). Now he’s much more optimistic and all the little niggles with the production moulds for the march-attack Saxom musketeers are over.

      Yes, there are still plans for the Saxon research notes to be published n English in some form. Whether they will be freely available (like the Prussian info on the Calpe site) is not yet quite settled.

      When we meet for the Partizan trip next weekend, Peter F. and I will be going through a lot of the detailed changes that are planned for the website. I know it’s been a long wait (I first mentioned the Saxon range here on BfK back in May 2007) but big day really is nigh!

      • Rob Kenny said

        No need to keep me going…. more just my own need to deal with my impatience! I obviously understand that any news should come from Peter himself when and if he is ready to provide it. Still, I just look for whatever scraps of info I can get.

        Looking forrward to the official release date,


  2. Ken said


    Litko bases, check out figures in comfort, Jules got a big shipment last week.


  3. Sparker said

    Yes, like Rob I too am getting impatient for an update on the Calpe site. It seems just about everybody I know has got their mitts on Saxons, except for me! (Well OK, 2 people I know!) A little bit of exaggeration never hurt when blowing steam!

  4. ‘von Peter and his young ADC, Simon’ are all primed, straining at the leash and ready to go. At very short notice we managed to book a flight to NZ for our CinC Natalie and managed to get her on it today as she needs to be back in the old country urgently for a very sad event. 8O(

    … BUT …

    Another major show in the form of Partizan AND a visit to Calpe Towers (I wonder if they’re haunted?). Life certainly has its bad/sad moments but there are compensating good ones to be had on occasion.

    von Peter himself

  5. Bart said

    The 60mm square basing is something I am looking at for my new Napoleonic armies as well. The possibilities for creating small dioramas on a base (or having supernumeraries where they belong) is appealing.

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