Frank Ziegler is back again and he continued with a set of The Austrian Emperor and his staff, riding into Vienna after the battle of Aspern.
Here are the applauding Civilians for it. Ok, applauding may be the wrong word:-)
Just ten weeks ago, I wrote about the loss of Thomas Lauble. Yesterday, I have got another shocking phone call from Vienna.
My friend and fellow figure enthusiast Martin Macalka died last Saturday. His hart simply stopped beating and he broke down. He was just 47 years old.
A peaceful death, but much, much too earlyL
I met Martin years ago digital through a forum. Over 30 years he collected plastic figures in scale 1:72. Nearly every month he sent me his actual list, where he always added the latest additions to his collection.
If you collect plastic figures in 1/72, you maybe know Martin’s own try to produce figures – His Swiss Vatican Guard -
When we started Hagen Miniatures in 2013, I asked him, why he does not increase his collection into metals too. I sent him some figures from my collection and just a few days later the answer came “From where can I get such figures”. Later I told him about the Hagen concept to create your own figures and he was with us (of course) at once. As an Austrian, he wanted to cover his nation’s history. We started with his range of Radetzky 1848. He had many plans and I often had to tell him, the sculptors only have two hands and it takes some time, to produce everything.
The last time, I met Martin was at the second Dioramica nearly 3 years ago. His last package to me was a gift of two special figures – Napoleon from Caesear miniatures. My parcel to him is still on the way….
Martin was an educated, friendly and helpful man. Years ago he served with the Austrian army as military chaplain, in his last days he worked in a home for elderly peoples as a pastoral agent.
No joke, he took a special service form the Austrian post and ordered stamps with his image
May God rest his soul!
Here I want to show the photos of a diorama, we sold at Ebay last week. It was from the heritage of our late hobbyfriend Wolfgang Hartung, who wanted us to get his dioramas and figures.
We will put some of his work in the museum, while we sell others to organize the exhibition and cover the costs of it and the 3rd Dioramica figure fair on the 22nd May 2022.
I hope, this way people can enjoy his work long over his too early death.
Our Hobbyfriend Steffen put his focus on the French campaign in Prussia 1806. I must say, this is an interesting subject for which we don't have many figures on the market. So he has awoken some other ideas in my mind:-) But first I want to finish the Spanish 1808 and Dutch Belgian 1815 armies.
Steffen sent me some photos of his figures, all Art-Miniatures, some conversions of them (for example SYW Prussian cuirassiers into 1806 uniforms.