Befreiungskriege 1813-14

Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

We’ll be right back!

Posted by Martin on July 12, 2011

This is by way of being an apology for the recent lack of postings here. Believe me, it’s not for lack of activty here at BfK HQ or at Calpe Towers. Far from it! The problem is that I can’t fully report from the front line due to technical difficulties. More specifically, my PC is unwell and has been sent away for repairs. This predicament makes normal service difficult for a variety of reasons and it’s difficult to process all incoming e-mail and edit photos for inclusion in postings using a laptop.

So, in order to keep at least some semblance of normality, I’m going to use this opportunity to give a brief synopsis of what you can expect here when the computer is back on active service.

Firstly, and rather exitingly so, Peter F. and I have just returned from our campaign in the Low Countries. More accurately, we’ve just been to Belgium for a few days where we took in the tourist sites of Brussels; visited with renowned Belgian Napoleonic author, expert and collector Paul Meganck; and toured the Belgian Army Museum and the Waterloo battlefield in the company of several other Napoleonic specialists. Both Peter F. and I took copious amounts of photos (including some not so flattering shots of us huffing and puffing up the 200+ steps to the top of the Lion Mound). A full report will follow…

Secondly, several of you have been asking about progress on the Calpe French and there has been a special emphasis on command figures in your questions. While at Calpe Towers, I was able to inspect and photograph some of the greens for the first command pack. When the computer is back working, I’ll post some of the pix for your enjoyment. In the meantime, I think it’s safe for me to provide a few details. The first command pack for the “route march” set will be a regimental command pack of six figures. The greens completed so far are a drummer in greatcoat, an officer with a shouldered sword wearing an habit-veste and a sapper wearing greatcoat and bearskin. The pack will be completed by an eagle bearer and two eagle guards. I think Peter also intends to produce a battalion command pack and during our Belgian trip, he picked up several ideas for unique yet historically accurate figures. As above, a more detailed posting will follow.

In a similar vein, I’ve got photons of more painted Calpe French on the way and we’re going to use those to construct a proper French section on the Calpe website. When we do that, I’ll be able to share with you the pack code for the first pack of fusiliers in uncovered shakos – that’s another set of six figures I’ve got my hot little hands on that technical issues prevent me from showing you just yet đŸ˜¦

You can also look forward to my initial thoughts on Warhammer Historical’s entry into the Napoleonic rules arena!

Sorry for the limited service – hopefully things will be back to normal before I depart for my Summer Holiday in the last week of July.


12 Responses to “We’ll be right back!”

  1. rob said

    Great news! Can’t wait to see those new french. And it will be great to hear your impressions of the waterloo site. Paul Meganck is one of the people behind the excellent Carnets series of Waterloo books, so I’m sure his insights will be very interesting to your readers.


  2. Ralph said

    Thanks Martin, I must admit I’ve been getting withdrawal symptoms..

    Can’t wait to read and see more of your Belgian trip. The long haired Brigadier and I have booked trips to Waterloo several times in the past, only to be foiled by the machinations of Naval movements…Now that I am on the bottom of the world I can’t see me ever visiting, so it will be great to do so vicariously through the knowleagable eyes of Peter F and yourself..

  3. It’s good to see another post. It’ll be even better to see the post that should’ve been had the computer not gotten stage fright! 8O)

    The traditional Calpe Towers holiday season is rapidly approaching so we need to hear & see all the news that is the news just in case it forces our hands to more purchasing before the ‘Closed’ sign goes up.

    BTW, I couldn’t resist painting up and basing a single stands worth (4 fig’s for me) of the “route march” fusiliers in covered shako & greatcoat. A pleasure to paint as expected though I will lighten up my greatcoat colours in future. I’ll get a picture or two up on my site eventually.

    And FWIW (I’m going for an acronym record) I think that where possible Peter F’s own paint jobs should be used on the Calpe website. To my mind his painting style is classic for his figures. Just my small thought.

    von Peter himself

  4. Ralph said

    Yes may I add my considerable bulk to back up Von Peter’s point about the opportunity to order some French prior to the August shut down…

    • Martin said

      You can actually order some of the French packs directly from Peter F. now even though we haven’t added details of them to the website yet. The following are definitely available for route march figures in covered shakos and greatcoats: Pack F1 – six fusiliers, Pack F2 – four voltigeurs and Pack F3 – four grenadiers. You might also be able to order the pack of six fusiliers in uncovered shakos if you ask Peter.

      The as yet unknown question is whether there will be any other packs before the Summer holiday break – the most likely contender is the six figure regimental command pack.

      • Ralph said

        Thanks Martin; good advice. I will email Peter and ask about the uncovered shakoes. I believe there were more than a few Bn’s trogging about in 1813 sans elite companies so might make a start on them – I am loath to have untidy looking Grenadiers!

        • Roland Stark said

          Chaps, when I phoned in my order, on Monday, for one of every French pack Peter F. had available the pack for uncovered Shakos was offered and keenly accepted!

          • Ralph said

            Peter F has advised that prices to Australia tail off over the 2Kg mark. Given the average weight of one of his miniature works of art is 10g, I figure thats about 200 figures. So I guess I will save my pennies and put in a heftier order in September when more info is available and Peter is fresh from his hols*…I only post this for the benefit of others living on the bottom of the globe in case they didn’t know about the UK postage ‘logic’…

            *Not to imply that Peter isn’t fragrant at all times, of course…

  5. Simon said

    Hopefully we will be able to order the command figures soon. Will there be a set of march attack figures in the future too?

  6. David said

    Hurry back! Want to know what you think about ‘Warhammer Historical’ tm Waterloo, looks like good eye candy?

  7. Simon said

    Ralph, the line regiments raised from the national guard originally had no elite companies, just six fusilier companies. It seems they may have
    converted two into elite companies later in 1813 though. Best wishes, Simon

  8. Roland Stark said

    You probably all new this, but if you follow the link on the Calpe web site to the US distributor you will find some photo’s of the available Calpe French. Also, for those interested they have very usefully ordered the Perry metals listing into categories such infantry, cavalry, artillery & command,

    Cheers Roland

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