Tuesday, 24 May 2016

General Von Alten Napoleonic Command Stand

The man himself set in suitably Belgian countryside
In the light of some more command stands being photographed I thought it would be an opportune time to present General Carl August Von Alten who commanded Wellingtons 3rd Division at Waterloo.

This formation was heavily engaged during the battle and Von Alten was severly wounded.



The famous painting that the vignette is modelled upon

The magnificent diorama put on in Hanover at the Bomann Celle Museum is to thank for this wonderful command stand.  As I recall the piece was commissioned through Najewitz Modelbau by Jens Najewitz specifically for the museum at the superb rendition of the battlefield of Waterloo to commemorate the 200th anniversary last year.

Nice Hovels covered well in the background


The pose of the groom and the dog are absolutely perfect
The figure is still available through Schilling-figuren in Germany and was originally scuplted by the very talented Franz Germershaus.

Another view to show that I do, on occassion, get my sons to clear the wargames table!
The Bomann Museum was one that I did have the good fortune to visit many years ago on a business trip to Germany.  My memories of the delightful town of Celle were that it was shut almost exclusively on a Sunday but it was beautiful to wander around in.  The museum itself was delightful with all manner of wonderful uniforms and weaponry from the Napoleonic period and it obviously focussed upon the German contingents of the allied forces.

Lots of uniforms of the Hanoverians, Kings German Legion etc.  Unfortunately very little in the way of English translations on the exhibits and even less available in the somewhat limited shop at the museum itself.  However it was still very good.

It would be amazing to see the Waterloo Exhibit today though.  Maybe next year...

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    1. Cheers Rodger - it is a very nice collection of figures and the fact they are all based on a historical paining is in my mind fantastic indeed.

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    1. It is a great piece of sculpting and casting gif sure Jonathon. Really works well together.

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  3. A very nice piece of work. Thanks for the link to the Celle diorama, not seen it before and wish I had before making my own LHS model!
    Chris

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    1. The Celle diorama is quite spectacular isn't it Chris. So many figures!

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  4. Great little piece, Carlo!

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    1. Thanks Peter - it was a great deal of fun putting together.

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  5. Outstanding job, and beautiful presentation as well...

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    1. Cheers Phil. Just need to get Jim on the table now. We have been threatening to break out the napoleonics for weeks!

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  6. That's a lovely pieces Carlo! Cracking painted to!

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    1. Thank you very much Paul. Can't take credit for the painting but I certainly agree on the sculpting.

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  7. Another great command stand Carlo. And it's very cool to have a picture that inspired it all.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Thank you Peter - always great to have you pop by. The whole concept of the Celle Exhibition and the figures that they commissioned to represent Von Alten based upon the painting is sensational.

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  8. Terrific little dio! I really need one of these...

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  9. Terrific little dio! I really need one of these...

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