Back on deck … or off the deck … or something!

von Peter himself presents himself as back at his post and reporting for duty. He has been sailing the High Seas on a cruise which may have been a bit indulgent but to cruise or not to cruise was and is the prerogative of von Peter himself … and above all Fraulien von Peter herself! And shed not a tear for The son & heir. He was more than happy with his lot stuck at home keeping the household ticking over. Honest! Invaluable experience for the young man!!  8O)

Carnival Spirit

Our home on the waves – the Carnival Spirit – as seen from Mystery Island, Vanuatu. Don’t bother looking for Mystery Island on most maps though as this is the name used by the tourist trade. Rather try Inyeug. According to the information sheet delivered to our cabin the island was “Formerly used as an allied forces landing strip during WWII” so some military history research for von Peter himself to be had there.

But the Gods of War(gaming) did not totally forsake von Peter himself.

The main à la carte dining room was spread over two levels/decks and was to be found at the stern of the ship – that’s the rear end for you landlubbers. It was named the Empire Room. “Any particular empire?” the more inquisitive of the dear readers might ask while feigning a modicum of interest. Well it’s a funny thing that you should ask …

Carnival Spirit - Empire Room

The entrance to the upper level of the Empire Room on Deck 3

As already stated the Empire Room straddled to levels – Decks 2 and 3. Deck 2 was the full deal whilst Deck 3 was akin to a mezzanine floor with a big central hole that allowed for a view to Deck 2 below. Both levels had a main entrance door – see above – behind which was a sculpture that traversed both levels and was wrapped around by a spiral staircase …

Carnival Spirit - Napoeon 1Perhaps not the greatest example of the sculptor’s or painter’s trade but the representation of a seated male dressed in ceremonial attire aroused in von Peter himself some nagging sense of familiarity.

Descending head first down the central pole was the second character – a woman who seemingly was about to place a laurel wreath on the head of the seated male. You can see her head, arms and laurel wreath in the picture above … and one of her descending feet to the left of the pole in the picture below.

Carnival Spirit - Napoeon 2

At the top of the pole and fully resident in Deck 3 was the third character – another woman. This time she is wearing a sash and written on the sash were four words – Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Wagram.

Carnival Spirit - Napoleon Room

The external entrance to the Napoleon Room. Note to self – using the camera’s flash improves the quality of dark indoor photos markedly.

As a final clue to who the seated man was meant to represent there was an annex to the Empire Room on Deck 2. It was called the Napoleon Room. Here endeth todays quiz.

A bit of this and a bit of that …

According to Front Rank Figurines their website at has been “upgraded and improved”. Head on over to their site and see if you agree.

Perry Miniatures have released more Napoleonic Bavarians – artillery and a couple of packs of mounted colonels as well as showing off some more Bavarian ‘greens’ on their Metal Workbench.

Perry greens Bavarians hit by a volley

Perry Miniatures greens. Photo “borrowed” form The Perry’s website.

They’ve also released some more very campaigny looking Retreat from Moscow figures – three packs of French and Hessian light cavalry.

Perry's FN189 French Light Cav Retreat from Moscow

FN 189 French Light Cavalry (Retreat from Moscow) in shakos and Russian caps (these have 6 separate head choices)

A bit of an eye opener this one – A Demonstration of Combat Inside a Full Suit of 15th  Century Armor. von Peter himself would struggle to do some of this in his gym gear … if he had any gym gear of course!  8O)

The The History Book Man have released their latest e-book - The Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795-1814 – Swiss Regiments.

Swiss Regiments

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Wargaming in various media

Bovington Tiger I

A picture from the April 2009 vistit to Bovington. A Tiger I makes the son & heir look even smaller than he was all those years ago! Going back through the pictures taken that day there are plenty of images of various Tiger II tanks but this was the only one of a classic Tiger I. Such unfair discrimination.

Way back in in April 2009 The family were in the midst of their world tour … based in Bristol! Ralph had stumbled across von Peter’s old Apple hosted website and as a regular reader had seen that The family was domiciled in Bristol. He was on a course in Bristol and threw caution to the wind and invited von Peter himself out for a beer/coffee. From this meeting there came an invite of incredible generosity – and no small leap of faith! – for Ralph and his better half Michelle to host The family in Weymouth.

Amongst other attractions Ralph chaperoned von Peter himself and The son & heir around what is apparently now called The Tank Museum which von Peter himself remembers – rightly or wrongly – as Bovington Tank Museum. Much heavy metal in all shapes and sizes and it was very educational to see the beasts up close and in person.

And what is the point of this rambling prose? Ralph – or Sparker as he is known on the ‘net – has a wargaming blog at Sparker’s Wargaming Blog which usually showcases his ‘in the grand manner’ style of gaming. As a diversion from the normal however you can find his In Defence of the Tiger! article on his blog. An interesting read von Peter himself thought …

… even if Ralph did fail to mention the Pink Floyd song “When the Tigers Broke Free” which speaks sings of the prowling Tigers in Italy that killed Roger Water’s father and several hundred others.

“When The Tigers Broke Free”

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black ‘forty four.
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn.
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks held back
The enemy tanks for a while.
And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives.

And kind old King George
Sent Mother a note
When he heard that father was gone.
It was, I recall,
In the form of a scroll,
With gold leaf adorned,
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away.
And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp.

It was dark all around.
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free.
And no one survived
From the Royal Fusiliers Company Z.
They were all left behind,
Most of them dead,
The rest of them dying.
And that’s how the High Command
Took my daddy from me.

How many other tanks have had a song written about them by a super group? And of course the lyrics are a poignant reminder of why we are fortunate to be able to choose to play warGAMES.

Newish wargames site #1

And speaking of Ralph/Sparker – schizophrenia is such a terrible affliction 8O) – those of an inquisitive nature would have seen his comment on the post of 14 August 2014 von Peter’s import emporium in which he raises to the notice of von Peter himself  the newish wargaming website The Wargames Website. With such a name von Peter himself might wonder what the content of the site might be about?! Fortunately the “About Us” page provides some insight …

Welcome to The Wargames Website.

The Wargames Website is run by us; Editor Mike and Editor Sam. We are a UK based couple that are into gaming and we are aiming for The Wargames Website to offer a combined news feed and forum.

The site is in its infancy at the moment as was only placed live on 27th July 2014. As such please bear with us as we work through any bugs that may occur in the first few months. The high level of demand for an alternative to other wargaming sites has lead up to bringing our launch date forward and this may mean there are a few more issues than we (or you) would like.

And there’s more …

So what are we offering?

  • A wargaming site ‘edited’ in UK times which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • A wargaming site that is run, edited and moderated by people with a genuine interest in the subjects discussed.
  • A wargaming site that makes sharing your love of the hobby easy and fun.
  • A wargaming site that makes it easy for traders and manufacturers to get their news out to the wargaming community.
  • A wargaming site that is safe to use for all ages of gamer.
  • A wargaming site that respects all opinions (even if we do not all agree all of the time).
  • A wargaming site that respects all people.

My dear Sparker seems enamoured of the place so perhaps it is worth a little recce.

The Wargames Website

Newish wargames site #2

And speaking of new – to von Peter himself anyway! – websites the 28mm Review site has been stumbled across. More plagiarism …

Looking for 28mm miniatures figures? Here are lists of who makes what and photo comparisons of different manufacturers side by side.

The idea is good. How well it develops will be interesting to see.

Literature update – Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon

And speaking of that 14 August 2014 post von Peter’s import emporiumvon Peter himself was pleased to announce his acquisition of Michael V. Leggiere’s book Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon. von Peter is now pleased to announce that he is a good third of his way through the book – being near the end of the year 1810 - and has enjoyed his reading to date.

The amount of correspondence that Blücher entered into with various Prussian monarchs has been an eye opener and the number of times he would have had Frederick William III declare war on France in the years 1807 through 1810 is truly staggering. von Peter himself cannot help but feel that Frederick William III was wisely counselled not to act upon Blücher’s advice. Such a declaration prior to the momentous events in Russia of 1812 would most likely not have not have ended well for Prussia. In fact it is possible that Prussian could have ceased to exist.

Literature update - Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

And speaking of books mentioned in prior posts …the dear reader was alerted to the impending arrival of the book Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles authored by Bernard Cornwell. The word “impending” is now surplus to requirements as von Peter himself was able to hold a copy of the book while awaiting his departure from Wellington airport on the 16 September 2014. Perhaps we will all soon hear how well the non British participants in the campaign are covered within the books pages.

Hovels H1 Log house with thatched roof

Impertinent French pass by a Russian building on their way deeper into Russia, 1812. They will be crowding into the building on their way back … if they don’t burn it down first!!

Meanwhile back in Mother Russia

Several years ago – 2011 it is believed – von Peter himself invested in some unusual real estate. 25mm Russian buildings from Hovels. The plan was to have them ready for any 1812 bicentenial refights. Ha. How von Peter himself laughs when looking back at his pathetic dreams!! One each of the eight buildings in the range were purchased.

Father’s Day was celebrated here in New Zealand several weeks ago and The son & heir undertook to apply the paint to one of these long neglected buildings as his tribute to his father. Part of the task was selecting and recording the colours applied so that the remaining seven buildings could be likewise coloured.

And now there exists the colour prototype though some tweaking will undoubtedly occur for the others. While complete as a prototype the building is not yet complete in itself. It is to be affixed to a base which will then be textured and along with the cast on base of the building painted.

Hovels Russian 25mm buildings

The set of eight 25mm Russian buildings in the collection of von Peter himself. One down – seven to go … eventually.

Hovels buildings are relatively cheap and cheerful. GrandManner buildings are a step or two further along the sculpting and casting quality continuum and as one could suspect just a wee – spot the understatement – bit more pricey. And GrandManner now produce a 28mm Eastern Europe range. Buildings are available with and without snow covering.

Besides cost etc there is another difference between Hovels and GrandManner buildings. The GrandManner buildings are bigger. Significantly so. To von Peter’s eyes the GrandManner buildings work better for more skirmish level gaming and the Hovel’s sizing better for brigade / division / whatever it’s called level of gaming where von Peter’s double ranked 24 figure units represent a battalion. It just doesn’t seem right when a battalion in line cannot cover the frontage of a ‘run of the mill’ building.

Shamefully considering the quality of GrandManner’s offerings those of most interest to von Peter himself are the ruined buildings that are part of the range.

GrandManner Blown up Russian Farmstead

GrandManner Blown up Russian Farmstead with thatch roofs. Image ‘borrowed’ from the GrandManner site.

From the latest Front Rank News area …

 Date Posted: 19/09/2014

Alec is either currently working on or planning the following :-

28mm Napoleonic HANOVERIAN Reinforcement Packs 

We will have HANOVERIANS for WATERLOO period available October/November 2014.

40mm AWI

Light Dragoons should be available during Autumn/Winter 2014.

Emphasis here on the Hanoverian Reinforcement Packs. As far as von Peter himself has heard the Front Rank reinforcement packs are being well received. These will finally move the reinforcement pack idea on from French and British. Well – a wee bit on from the British! One can but hope that perhaps the reinforcement packs will reach the Austrian and Russian ranges … even if one would not necessarily bet any money on it.

Yet more and more and more on The Great Wargaming Survey

Karwansaray Publishers have released three more looks at the results of their The Great Wargaming Survey …

  1. The popular kids… (survey results pt3)
  2. I’m biased. No, I’m biased!
  3. More bias – a short update


That’s enough for now. Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

My Kingdom for la Bricole and other tales


la Bricole

There used to be a pleasant Napoleonic wargaming focussed forum called la Bricole. By no means could the post count be called prolific but it was a thoroughly happy and agreeable place with none of the back biting to be seen in some other places.

A little history lesson – at least history retold how von Peter himself remembers it:

1. The first la Bricole was presented to the world by ArchiducCharles, aka Iannick Martin, of Clash of Nations fame. The aim of the forum was to be a friendly Napoleonic gaming and related topics meeting place. Incidentally Iannick hails from Canada. Hailing from Canada is possibly of little consequence (meant in the nicest possible way of course!) except that …

2. …spookily Iannick’s successor as master and benefactor of la Bricole is also of Canadian extraction – even if he is currently domiciled in Japan. Spooky huh?! Cunningly hiding his identity behind the moniker Olsuviev we shall call him Robert Swan. For further insights into the mind of a benefactor Robert runs several blogs including Serrez les Rangs! and Skoryi Szag.

Upon the transfer of the mantle of la Bricole benefactor Robert created a brand new la Bricole. Transfer from the first to the second la Bricole was carefully managed. Forum member numbers continue a slow increase though the forum never attains a high post rate. It remained a friendly and knowledgable establishment however. Several painting competitions were run. These are not overtly competitive in nature and were run with the aim of assisting forum members to complete some painting. von Peter himself has a pang or two of guilt over these competitions. He entered one competition but got no where near completing his entry. It seemed that painting competitions were not his ‘thing’. They were however the ‘thing’ of some of the other forum members with some wonderful vignettes and units created. Sadly the address of this forum is now irrelevant as it no longer exists! <shock horror>

first 5 figs of 3:4 Esast Prussian landwehr

Above: the 5 completed figures of the abortive first and only painting competition entry of von Peter himself. The entry was to be the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment modelled as a shot up firing line. The completed battalion – should it ever be completed! – is planned to contain 20 figures … so only 15 to go then. In defence of von Peter himself it must be pointed out that the mounted officer’s horse is also completely painted now!!  8O)

3. 16 May 2014 an unobtrusive email arrives in an email box that von Peter himself does not necessarily monitor on a daily basis. Later a detailed examination of this email would reveal that the old dearly beloved la Bricole had been unceremoniously and unexpectedly kidnapped and moved to another forum address and engine. The email also contained the address of the new forum and von Peter’s new id and password. Simultaneously with the as yet unread email von Peter himself noticed that the old la Bricole has gone off the air. Oh well, such things were not unheard of – it will soon be back were the sage thoughts of von Peter himself. After a while of fruitless waiting von Peter himself starts to get a little worried and asks around as to what has become of la Bricole and is alerted to the new third rendition of La Bricole. Thanks Bryce for the heads up.

It appears that no one, including Robert was expecting the kidnapping. I guess that’s the thing with kidnappings. They aren’t expected!  8O)  Robert lost much of his forum customisations – some of which he is bravely slowly reinstating – and the forum lost many of its members.

The loss of the members is is the crux of this long winded rant. la Bricole may not have had a high transaction count but it was a friendly forum in a world where forums often seem to turn on themselves. If la Bricole is to rise from the ashes then the old members need to find their way back – and perhaps even some new members sign up – and postings need to occur. It appears that the main focus will expand from Napoleonics to a wider Horse & Musket but whatever there is a section of the forum for those periods outside the norm.

So old members or prospective new members please feel free to pay a visitation to the new la Bricole at …

Please be aware that Robert is slowly tidying up the place. The kidnapping act included the transfer of the old posts so there is some interesting ‘stuff’ hidden in there and perchance you may choose to add to a thread or even start a new one.

More on The Great Wargaming Survey

Karwansaray Publishers the publishers of …

magazines have released a second article on the results of their recently conducted survey on wargamers and their habits -  Painting and playing (survey results pt2).

One should take particular note of the last sentence in the article. It is of a particularly  noteworthy nature. Oh the fame … the glory …  8O)


Call to Arms 2014

The weekend just gone was occupied by the local annual wargaming convention – Call to Arms – hosted by the Wellington Warlords. This convention used to be a regular event for von Peter himself but not so now-a-days for a variety of reasons. This does not preclude a royal(!) visitation though. A shame that some nameless plonker would only remember to take his camera while parking his car at the venue!! <mutter mutter>. What must one do to get good help these days?!  8O)

Competitions scheduled to run were …

  • DBMM
  • Field of Glory
  • Flames of War
  • Malifaux
  • Skirmish Sangin
  • Warhammer Fantasy Battle
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • X-Wing.

Of more interest to von Peter himself were the demonstration games. On the Saturday these included a large multiplayer 28mm Napoleonic game based on the slugfest that was the southern front at the Battle of Leipzig using Black Powder rules. What more can one say than the players seemed to be enjoying themselves and the Allies won!

Next door a large Pulp game was being played. Various western nations adventuring parties and some Egyptian Cultists all trying to make their way through a middle eastern town to get the prize which was secreted away in the bowels of a multi level pyramid. Biplanes, omnibuses and all sorts of wackiness seemed to be in order. A mighty effort from Raymond and co.

Although officially a competition Craig & co were playing individual but linked games of Skirmish Sangin. The terrain was great and there were plenty of smiles while von Peter himself was there for a short stopover. Craig’s brother Brent was in attendance – aka Greater Queeg and colouring in artist for von Peter’s Napoleonic Russians – so it was good to get to say hello.

von Peter himself may not have played but he still managed to add a little to the convention. His Napoleonic Austrian heavy cavalry – two kuirassiere and a dragoon regiment – put in an appearance at the Leipzig game and his roads were trodden and driven over on the Skirmish Sangin tables.

Perry Miniatures Bavarians

These have been coming for a while now and now they’re here. If you like your Bavarians with a taste of Perry then your time has come … or at least started as this is obviously not the end of the Perry Miniatures Napoleonic Bavarian range.

Perry Bavarian Line or Light Infantry Marching in overalls

Above: BAV 7 Line Light Infantry marching, overalls - picture borrowed from the Perry’s site.

The initial Bavarian release …

The Bavarian Army 1809-14
28mm metal figures designed by Alan Perry

BAV 1 High Command mounted ( Wrede, Deroy and the Crown Prince)
BAV 2 Mounted Staff
BAV 3 Line Infantry command advancing, overalls  1809
BAV 4 Light Infantry command advancing, overalls  1809
BAV 5 Line Infantry command advancing, overalls  1812
BAV 6 Light Infantry command advancing, overalls  1812
BAV 7Line/ Light Infantry marching, overalls
BAV 8 Grenadiers/Carabiniers marching, overalls
BAV 9 Schützen marching, overalls
BAV 10 Line Infantry command standing, overalls  1809
BAV 11 Light Infantry command standing, overalls  1809
BAV 12 Line Infantry command standing, overalls  1812
BAV 13 Light Infantry command standing, overalls  1812
BAV 14 Line/Light Infantry skirmishing/ firing line, overalls
BAV 15 Grendadiers/Carbiniers skirmishing/ firing line, overalls
BAV 16 Schützen skirmishing, overalls


Above: BAV 1 High Command mounted ( Wrede, Deroy and the Crown Prince) – picture borrowed from the Perry’s site.


The end of another post. von Peter himself really must update his stock of photos to add a little colour and interest to the drab writing!  8O)

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

von Peter’s import emporium

The ongoing paint brush preservation campaign continues unabated with huge success, i.e. not much painting activity going on at Schloss von Peter. The brushes aren’t totally dormant but they are dissapointingly idle. There – the truth is out. It’s all those idle paint brushes fault! Naughty nasty idle brushes!!

On the plus side the presses of this here blog have been running overtime with the number of posts / updates released in the last weeks at a historic high. At least von Peter himself thinks this is on the plus side!  8O)  So here we go again …

A new book

Michael V. Leggiere has rapidly climbed into von Peter’s list of authors most meritorious. Michael will be glad!  8O)  Two of his books are already to be found in the the official military library collection at Schloss von Peter. And now there is a third.

This latest acquisition to von Peter’s library is Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon by Michael v. Leggiere. Few of The dear readers will be surprised to hear that the book focusses on the career of Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher of the Prussian Army.

Assigned the acclamation “Marschall Vorwärts” (“Marshal Forwards”) by his troops Blücher is famous for his part in the Allies liberating Germany in 1813 and removing Napoleon as Emperor of the French in 1814 … and again in 1815. Where would the Allies – and indeed Napoleon – have been without Blücher’s drive and determination?

Some of the myths around Blücher are apparently debunked in this book, e.g. he was not the auto attack leader of repute having retreated more times than he attacked; and he was not the military dullard reliant on his famous Chiefs of Staff Gerhard von Scharnhorst and August von Gneisenau with both of whom he built a formidable partnership.

von Peter himself has reached page 30 of the book and we are still looking at Blücher’s pre French Revolutionary Wars experience. Very easy and interesting reading to date. It’s looking like this purchase will be getting a big tick in the successful purchase column.

Blucher Scourge of Napoleon

As an aside … while snooping around the web von Peter himself stumbled upon Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Vol. I: The War of Liberation, Spring 1813 also by Michael V. Leggiere and due to be published in February 2015.

This is to be followed at some stage by Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Vol. II: The Defeat of Napoleon. von Peter himself cannot get enough information on his favoured 1813 campaign. The sooner these two books are released the better!

If nothing else the books should win an ward for the length of their titles which almost constitute books on their own!!  8O)

Two new e-books

Upon hearing the news that the The History Book Man had released their latest e-book ‘The Army of The Kingdom of Bavaria 1792-1814′ not a minute was wasted before von Peter himself had placed his order for said e-book. Somehow – and there will perhaps maybe possibly be an enquiry into this – the e-book The Army of The Kingdom of Württemberg 1806-1814 was included in the order.

Both e-books promptly arrived and a quick perusal of both reinforce the opinion of von Peter himself that these are wonderful reference e-books. Absolutely unbeatable when the price is factored in.

The Army of the Kingdom of Wurttemberg

More Calpe’s

Another most looked for package from Calpe Miniatures has safely completed the transition from the olde world to Schloss von Peter in the new world.

Part one of the contents was a French march attack battalion for The son & heir … which are to be painted as the 1/2 Italian Line Infantry Regiment. We have had cause to discuss contrary teenagers before. Enough said. Next.

Part the interesting of the contents was a few newly released packs – both French and Saxon. The raw listing looks like …

  • S4 – Advancing Saxons, covered shakos; head turns and blanket rolls
  • S5 – Advancing Saxons, hairy shako covers; head turns and blanket rolls
  • F29 – March-Attack French voltigeurs in non turned back greatcoats and uncovered shakos
  • F30 - March-Attack French grenadiers in non turned back greatcoats and uncovered shakos
  • F32 - March-Attack French voltigeurs in non turned back greatcoats and covered shakos

All the above are four unique figure packs. Note that while the code is official the description is not necessarily the official description.

There are more packs to come. Such astounding in depth shock horror never saw that coming information! An interesting snippet is that there are pack(s) of second row advancing Saxons to come. Presumably these will have their muskets in a 45 degree ‘high porte’ manner. Time will tell.

A quick first inspection reveals the expected joy to paint figures. More more!!  8O)

These figures are not yet on the Calpe Miniatures website. Until they are contact Peter Fitzgerald – see the Contact page on the website. BUT beware the Summer Shutdown notice on the Calpe website …

As most of you know, I have closed down for August for some years now. This allows me to have a family summer holiday. It also gives me a couple of weeks in which I can carry out some maintenance on workshops and machines without the usual pressures associated with running the business. For family reasons, I am closing down slightly earlier this year. As from today, 24th July, I am closed for business until 1st September. I hope you all have  an enjoyable summer.


It looks like von Peter himself will have ‘his precious’ all to himself – or at least mostly to himself – for a little while yet.  8O)

Calpe logo1


The Great Wargaming Survey – the results start leaking

Back in the beginning of July in Public service announcements von Peter himself alerted The dear readers to a wargaming survey that Karwansaray Publishers were running … and von Peter himself is sure that Karwansaray Publishers are eternally grateful for all the survey participants that this blog sent their way!  8O)

Back in the real world The dear readers may be interested to know that The results are in! This little article gives some limited information gleaned from the survey results and to quote from the article …

The full set will need some more processing – there are nearly a million elements of data resulting from this survey – and they will be published in issue 75 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, but here are some preliminaries.

So if your appetite is wetted for more then save up your pounds / dollars / favourite currency and get yourself issue 75 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy when it is released.

There was meant to be more, e.g. news on the La Bricole forum, but that will need to wait for the next post or else this one will never make it to the presses.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Wargamer literature on the horizon

Cavalry at Waterloo

A new book incoming on Waterloo from a celebrity author

So close your eyes quickly and take a guess at who you might think that author might be.

OK, you can open them now!!   8O)

The book Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles is written by Bernard Cornwell who is of course no stranger to writing about Napoleonic warfare … albeit from a more entertaining, heroic, sanitised and not strictly historic point of view.

For the more curious of the dear readers it is possible to read an excerpt from the book. In a way the writing is reminiscent of a Sharpe book but perhaps that’s not a bad thing if one is after a more rollicking and less stuffy read.

Waterloo-The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

A reservation that von Peter himself invariably has with books on Waterloo – especially some of those out of the United Kingdom – is the old …

“we heroic Brits beat down that damned Boney chap despite those allies we were lumbered with and the late arrival of the Prussians who only appeared once the battle was won”.

Obviously that is a bit extreme but hopefully the dear reader gets the idea. During his tender and formative years von Peter himself extracted from the library and read many a tome on Waterloo and it is his considered consideration(!) that he was lead well astray on the actuality of Waterloo by many of them. The grudge is still held but it was a salutary lesson all the same. The “Three Armies and Three Battles” part of the title does give one a reason to hope … but we shall have to wait and see.

The book is due to be published in the United Kingdom in September 2014. You can pre-order the book on Amazon (click here). Interestingly Amazon report the retail price as £25.00 but they will sell it to you for £17.00 for the hardcover. That level of discount on a new release book is being paid for by someone. I wonder what impact such discounting has on any plans for new books by authors and publishers. Anyways the book will also be available fas a paperback £8.99 and a Kindle Edition £8.54 according to Amazon.

An Impetus Magazine

von Peter himself makes a mostly daily visit to the suspect pleasures of The Miniatures Page (TMP). I say suspect because there seems to be something of a bullying and vindictive culture that rapidly comes to the fore in some of the discussions. So much so that some valued contributors – at least in the somewhat jaundiced eye of von Peter himself – have been driven from TMP. That aside von Peter himself keeps an eye on the Hobby News section as many – but by no means all – new hobby releases are reported there.

Impetus Magazine Issue 1

One such item that caught the eye of von Peter himself was the news of the release to come in the – presumably northern hemisphere – fall of an Impetus magazine. von Peter himself has played a few games of Impetus and thought that there was definite potential there. The original ancient period Impetus rules have spawned several other presumably similar rule sets for differing periods and this magazine will have articles related to several of them. From the TMP article …

We are proud and excited to announce the launch of Impetus Magazine. First issue will be released this fall.

It will be a digital magazine, and will not only cover Impetus, but also BaroqueSmooth & RifledKoncordiaBreaking NewsLords & Servants (medieval skirmish game out this fall as well), and all future games released by Dadi & Piombo Publishing.

It will include fictional and historical scenarios, game reports, rules variants, tutorials, articles on game tactics, and all that is needed to provide good support to our games.

The magazine will be a periodical, with one or two issues per year. It will be available as a PDF through Wargame Vault and Ganesha Games’ shop at $2.99 USD.

At $2.99 USD there is not much to loose so von Peter himself may very well pick up a copy

As ever do not be forgetting to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Bavarian bounty

In which von Peter himself interrupts his normal broadcasting to bring you a Bavarian special.

Bavarian 1-13 Infantry Regiment

The Bavarian 1/13 Infantry Regiment and their assigned casualty figure have arrived … and have promptly been assigned to the front line by the rest of the Bavarian Army of Schloss von Peter.

1/13 Infantry Regiment, Bavarian

The 1st battalion of the 13th Infantry Regiment, Bavarian, have trudged to the front to do ‘that’ Emperor’s bidding … apart from the times when they will be assigned to the side fighting against ‘that’ Emperor and his biddings of course. This either side will do approach is one of the benefits of basing ones self in that year of numerous momentous events – 1813. Many of the bullied nations finally got to throw off the shackles of French oppression and actively moved into the anti French and ‘we’re happy to show it’ camp* and so can be fielded on either side of the battlefield.

* It is only with great difficulty and a gargantuan effort that von Peter himself manages to retain his totally unbiased view of these historic events. von Peter himself trusts that the dear reader appreciates the restraint!  8O)

Enough propaganda / ranting. The 1/13 Infantry Regiment were part of Generalmajor Becker’s Brigade which in turn were part of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division … which in turn were part of Marschal Oudinot’s XII Corps. Contained within the machinations of von Peter himself are plans to recreate Generalmajors Becker’s Brigade hence the acquisition of the 1/13th.

Figures are sourced from Front Rank Figurines and were brought to life by the painter of figures Bavarian for von Peter himself Nigel Fun-nell.

They have been assigned a rather plain Bavarian flag from GMB Designs. Most / all (von Peter himself has neither the time nor the inclination to check right now!) of the lower numbered Bavarian Infantry Regiments are named,

e.g. 4th Sachsen-Hildburghausen Infantry Regiment.

The plain flag seemed to go naturally with a high numbered and unnamed infantry regiment.

Figure selection, choreography, painting of the horse, flag raising and basing care of von Peter himself.

And a Bavarian resource is unleashed

The History Book Man have released their latest volume in their Armies and Uniforms of the Napoleonic wars series of e-books for the war gamer and enthusiast. The Army of The Kingdom of Bavaria 1792-1814 is now available to be ordered … and von Peter himself has not been slow to do so.

The Bavarians of von Peter himself have had most of their uniform details decided upon already. Most of those decisions were based on an old OLD paper “The Bavarian Army: 1805-14″ which is a direct precursor of this updated and expanded e-book. Funny.

The History Book Man -The Army of Bavaria

As ever do not be forgetting to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Recently recruited & NAPCON lives

Simon's 1:1 Silesian Infantry Regiment

The first battalion of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 10 (1. Silesian) advancing in line behind a screen of there Volunteer jager. The Silesian Landwehr have been here as evidenced by the casualty they have left behind. The son & heir has a battalion of these Landwehr partially completed … but they have been for a while and probably will be for a while to come!

The machinery of Napoleonic warfare at Schloss von Peter has has been recruited to a new high recently. Both sides of the conflict have benefited so the bloodshed is expected to continue unabated. Most excellent! Today von Peter himself presents for the readers delight some newly recruited Prussians.

The son & heir had rolled up his sleeves and rolled out his second completed Prussian battalion – the first of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 10 (1. Silesian). And when von Peter himself says that the The son & heir rolled up his sleeves he really means it. The vast majority of the unit was painted and based in the two days leading up to the Battle of Gross & Klein Badsdorf.

The figures are from the Prussian Advancing Musketeers range of Calpe Miniatures. The standard is from GMB Designs.

Simon's Prussian command stand

The Prussian command keeping an eye on proceedings from within the skirmish screen. Don’t they know it can be dangerous out there?!

Not content with completing the battalion for the game The son & heir went a little crazy and completed a command stand as well. These two figures had been lurking nearly complete for a while. Finishing touches applied; basing complete; show me the way to the French and glory! Gulp – these guys are a bit ‘focussed’!  8O)

Calpe Miniatures again from the code PC6 - an artillery Lieutenant-Colonel and his ADC – from the Veterans range … from the Prussian Command range to add precision.

More recently recruited Napoleonic Germans in the next post.


von Peter himself has received the following information regarding NAPCON (Napoleonic Convention for the uninitiated) 2014 … and thought he would share …

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Is anyone still out there…
Here’s the Blurb for Napcon


Is pleased to host the

Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28

Venue:, Blind Foundation, 131 Vivian St, NP New Plymouth

$20 for the weekend per person.
No entry forms required, just your fine selves.

This event is not an organised Tournament but a meeting place for those of a Napoleonic Temperament and toy soldiers to play with.

“Traditional” attendees include :

First Volley 15mm games
Warhammer 28mm Waterloo (yes you read it right Warhammer Waterloo)
28mm Sharpes Practice Skirmishes
Napoleonic Naval with “teeny weeny ships”.

Other rulesets that will at least be talked about, but hopefully played:
Lasalle, Blackpowder (and its amendments).

Alastair is keen to put on a 200th Anniversary Battle in 28mm so those interested can email him at: or 021 1589103.

So come on over/up/down to Taranaki, you know we are behind the times anyway so what’s 200 years…. 

Accommodation is readily available in this city there are plenty of camp grounds, motels, hotels, backpackers and park benches.

A surprise performance from some local re-enactors is hoped for but not relied upon.

Contact me for more info (but really it’s all above):
Julian Hannam, or 0275939210.

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As ever don’t forget to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself