Late start to 2011
Posted by Martin on January 22, 2011
Now the rush of New Year resolution blog posts and discussion threads has abated, I think it’s time that I got started on my hobby-related 2011. As regular BfKer’s will have heard before, I’m not one for New year resolutions but I certainly am looking forward to the year ahead. I believe there are grounds to anticipate a vintage hobby year – especially if your interests coincide with mine – i.e. “big battalions” 28mm Napoloenic figure collecting and wargaming.
Top of my list of anticipated highlights is the kaledioscope of nationality shifts we’re going to see among the figure manufacturers. My first piece of evidence for this comes in the shape of what just appeared on the Perry Miniatures “On the Workbench” page: several shots of work in progress on their metal Prussian foot artillery figures. Close analysis of the four photos there (I’ve reproduced two here) show sculpts of eight figure poses (in two sets of four: one set firing a gun and one set running up a gun) plus two pieces of ordnance – a six pounder cannon and a seven pounder howitzer. But look even more closely at these pictures: the figures are almost certainly sculpts intended for casting in metal but the ordnance look like grey plastic mouldings. Is this the sign of hybrid metal/plastic packs on the horizon? Take a look and tell me what you think.
So this is continued evidence of the Perrys moving into Prussian territory and giving us a wider choice of quality figures to place alongside the Calpe Miniatures range. What makes the year so exciting is that the traffic will also be flowing in the other direction and the Calpe range will soon include French figures to place alongside the existing Perry ones. My most recent communications with Peter F. indicate that the first set of French infantry is progressing nicely. Peter F. tells me that the fusiliers are ready and he’s now working on the voltigeurs and grenadiers which will be followed by sculpting the command figures. We really will be blessed for choice before much longer!