Wargaming the Seven Years War with 40mm miniatures, done by: Johann-Peter Scheck and Anselm Scheck

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tin figures fair at Kulmbach 2011

The weekend of the 13th-14th august we were pilgrims to the tin figures fair at the small city of Kulmbach, nortehrn Bavaria. This is the biggest fair in Germany, happening every second year in august. We found a lot of manufacturers from whole Europe, new for me were the polish ones from Krakow: Krakus figures: www.figurines.com.pl
They fabricate excellent figures in the scale of 54mm, Thomasz Kusion introduced me in his work.
Shortly said, there wasn´t a lot of our preferred scale of 40mm, it seems that this is not the trend in collecting. Only Matthias-Manske had a big desk with hundreds of marvellous figures, where I bought immediately a batallion gun with crew for my saxon army, which is under construction on my table...
What you see on the pictures are the figures of the saxon manufacture of Peipp; wonderful figures, excellently painted and posing in very funny ways. I like them and would wish to combinate them with our 40mm armies, but also here, the scale is different: the exposed Peipp figures were in 54mm. But at the homepage, I found some figures in 45mm, with this typical, very expressive faces, see here:

So, a wonderful weekend with a lot of impressions.

Mademoiselle Anush is as fascinated by the figures as her father...

An afternoon at the fair is quite tiring; Mademoiselle Anush and her sweet Tatar mom.


  1. Marvelous indeed -and remarkably well painted.
    Too bad they are not duplicated in 30mm...
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Peip figures look excellent. i enjoyed the photos of you all at the fair too...

  3. Monseigneur,

    Lucky man, attending Kulmbach. Strangely, I was recently in Germany but went back to the US in early August.

    I too like Peipp's figures, full of character. Unfortunately too large for our purposes. I have some, his 45mm are more like other maker's 54mm. Do you like flachfiguren ? The Schmidttdiel "Barock" hit 45mm much closer to the mark although mixing them with PA or Meisterzinn would require some cavalier disregard for consistancy of scale and style.

    Best regards,

  4. Well, I see two solutions. One is to use perspective, if you mix 54-45-40 in some scene for a viewer to see just put the big ones up front; they seem suited to that role anyway don't they? Museums do it all the time and it works fine, and actually looks strange not to use it.

    And second, put them on a static display somewhere around the house to add to the magic of your home without necessarily putting them in the game itself. They do look very nice, and reminded me first of Versailles and second of Guiacomo Casanova. It would enhance your ambience that way too, as an expression of who you are in part.

  5. Thanks to you all for the comments! Quite interesting purposes indeed you gave me. I am still thinking how to combine this Peipp figures and found them in 45mm - but as Steve wrote that they may be taller than other 45mm, I hesitate. Maybe I will order 1 or 2 figures as specimens for testing the scale. Good ideas from mekelnborg to build a kind of diorama and use the illusionistic effect of false perspective - a baroque theme!
    Steve, I didn´t know the Schmittdiel figures and found only a few in the internet, but I will look for more - the combination could be really exciting!

  6. I have quite a few Peipp figures (Prussians) in 45mm. They are expensive though and the muskets are very flimsy and easy to break. They look wonderful though. I briefly thought of collecting enough of them for a skirmish level wargame, but decided not to do it.