Official release of first Calpe Saxons
Posted by Martin on June 1, 2009
Tonight I made an update to the home page of the Calpe Miniatures website that I’ve been waiting to do for almost two years. After many trials and tribulations, Peter F. has officially released the first set in his new range of 1813 Saxons. It’s line infantry musketeers in march-attack pose and comprises 15 different packs totalling 51 different figure variants. That’s why fans of Calpe love the range so much and are prepared to wait for the very best quality.
As usual, I’m not going to repeat Peter’s announcement in full – you can read it for yourselves. But I do want to highlight a couple of things. Firstly, Peter’s mentioned his new PayPal merchant account and the fact that we’ll be adding shopping cart functionality to the site. We’ve got a few configuration decisions to make so bear with us if it takes a few weeks to deploy this. The plan is to start with the Saxons and, assuming all goes well, gradually roll it out to the Prussian range. During that work, I’ll also be adding a Saxon-specific section to the site and that’s where the photographs Peter mentions will go. Secondly, note the news of the painting guide – if you plan to paint a Saxon army, then you’ll need this because published research in the English langauge is scarce and often inaccurate.
We’ve taken on board feedback about people wanting more photos, so there’ll be front and rear pictures for each of the 15 sets! So, finally, since I realize it’ll take a little while to put all those photos on the Calpe website, it seems only fair for me to preview a few of them here as a special treat.
I picked out these ones because they illustrate some of the distinctive features of Saxon infantry of the period. In particular the use of calfskin shako covers and the colourful pale blue-grey (well, they would be if these were painted figures) surtouts often worn by officers. In fact, officers sometimes also wore overalls in the same shade with the outside seam piped in the regimental facing colour. But more of that on another day.