Life after Waterloo 200

After the excitement of the Waterloo 200 refight it’s back to a more normal outing this time around. Sorry!

Waterloo 200 – the ongoing story

For better or worse we can’t yet leave Waterloo. von Peter himself presents for the dear readers education and entertainment bits and pieces from around the web on that Waterloo anniversary.

The Waterloo Waterloo reenactment

There was of course the big reenactment on the actual field of Waterloo with reenactors firing lots of blanks – of the gun power variety thank you! Some professional quality photos of the event can be seen here.

Of course there are not nearly enough Prussians represented in the photographs. Where Is Peter Hofschröer when you need him?!  😃 The size of the busby’s worn by some of the cavalry never ceases to amaze von Peter himself due to their large size!

In an attempt to bring some class to the proceedings a New Zealander was given a prominent role … and some Austrian Kuirassieres seem to have got lost and found themselves at Waterloo. The Austrians weren’t the only misplaced unit present. But they are Napoleonic of nature AND they would have added mass to the spectacle AND many people would not have had a clue that they were even looking at Austrians OR that any Austrian units at Waterloo are geographically challenged and living in a fantasy land. But then these latter thoughts perhaps lead too far down the button counter path. No real harm done.

18mm Waterloo 200

Falkirk and District Wargaming Club refought the Waterloo scenario in 18mm. von Peter himself mentions this one because not only was it a spectacle in itself but they really did crack on when playing the game. By comparison the Wellington refighters were a slow pedestrian bunch. See the following video clip for dedicated men hard at work …

The wonders of time lapse photography. Why was this not implemented for the Wellington game? Time for a witch hunt! 😃 For more details on the 18mm game including pretty pictures and more video see Waterloo 200 Anniversary in the General de Brigade forum forum.

Post Waterloo …

Even before the Wellington Waterloo game had started there was worrying word of a Wagram refight for 2016. With all those white uniforms reflecting the light at least photography may be a little easier.  😃

Victrix French Napoleonic Foot Artillery 1804 to 1812

Now if von Peter himself is honest he is not 100% sure if this new Victrix Ltd set is still on pre-order or if they are now available to order. But if it is the former then it won’t be long until they move into the latter category. For £24.95 you get 3 cannon of various denominations and 15 crewmen once again of various potential denominations all in 28mm hard plastic. As they say – you pay your money and you take your chances.

Victrix French Foot Artillery1

Yet more plastic goings on

And just in case there is a dear reader out there who is unaware Perry Miniatures have their plastic Napoleonic British Light Dragoons available for pre-order. A little late for all those Waterloo refights unfortunately. Apparently …

The box covers the Peninsula war as well as the Waterloo campaign uniforms 1808-15. However with a simple paint job (or modelling job) you can add a queue and take the date back to 1800.

The image below shows some of the options available based on the trooper frame.

Perry plastic British light dragoons

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book “The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2″ covering Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarzburg, Waldeck, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg & Frankfurt. From the release notification email …

This new edition brings together three earlier volumes which were published in 1979 and 1980 and an unpublished manuscript from 1984. The original work has subsequently been substantially revised is now illustrated with the original colour artwork which was not used in the earlier monotone publications and selected illustrations many of which are drawn from the work of authoritive established or contemporary artists. This volume looks at the 5 – 7 Regimenter der Rheinbund during the era of the Confederation of the Rhine and the War of Liberation 1813-1814 plus the Armies of Oldenburg and Frankfurt.

270 PAGES

At £3.99 these e-books are great value to the mind of von Peter himself. Sadly another topic which is not really of much interest to von Peter himself. Eventually an e-book of interest will come along and another will be added the collection of von Peter himself.

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

For those Modern types out there

There are some new rules – three of them if the picture is to be believed – on the horizon for the modern gaming period.

See the Greater Queeg’s Blog for details … and some pretty pictures of trial games.

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And lastly a Waterloo themed freebie – you did get it didn’t you?

Those kind folks over at Karwansaray Publishers publishers of several magazines including Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy ran a wonderful promotion for a few days or at least a short period of time around the anniversary date of Waterloo. In short …

You can download these three issues about Quatre Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo at our website for the magnificent price of GBP/EUR/USD 0.

To translate you could download three pdf versions of magazines … for free. See “Can’t Make It to Waterloo?” Have Some on Us! for some details.

von Peter himself managed to cash in – hurrah!! He passed on the information to others … who missed out – hurrah! oh dear.

So smart moves to those of the dear readers who managed to get their free magazines. Life sucks to the other dear readers who didn’t …. or have only just now found out that they missed out! Brew-ha-ha! 😃

WSandS Waterloo mags

That’s just about it for this time around. Next time around there will perhaps be news on what the birthday fairy delivered for a certain distinguished gentleman. Hopefully a book on matters military in 1813 and some new Calpe Miniatures products. It’s all in the hands of the international postal service. HELP!!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Waterloo 200th anniversary refight

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Steve Sands as Napoleon at Waterloo 2015 in Wellington. It’s obviously hard work herding the French commanders into something approaching a winning team! 😃 Image from the Radio New Zealand website

The weekend of the 13th & 14th June 2015 has passed meaning that the local 200th anniversary refight of Waterloo has passed into history … just as the original has.

To recap – one did not need the brain the size of a planet to realise that there would probably be one or two refights to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the epoch ending Battle of Waterloo. But there was only one refight that was being held in the Grand Banquet Room at the Wellesley Club in the city of Wellington … both of which names have distinct associations with the battle.

von Peter himself and The son & heir had both managed to inveigle their way into the game and with extreme good fortune had both been allocated Prussian commands. As gentlemen we could both rest easy that we had been cast on the side of the angels!  😃 von Peter himself was cast as Major General von Ryssel overseeing the operations of the 14th Brigade while The son & heir masqueraded as Cavalry General Prince William of Prussia commanding the Reserve Cavalry of the IV Army Corps. Luckily for The son & heir his last university exam of the current batch had been on the Friday immediately preceding the game and he was available to play.

The game involved around 40 gamers some of whom had travelled from around New Zealand for the event. Over 8,000 28mm figures were used to represent the three armies of the battle. The Black Powder rules were used to adjudicate the game. A set of rule amendments, clarifications etc had been supplied to all involved along with the scenario setup, orders of battle, victory conditions and administrative details for the weekend.

waterloo game map

Four tables were set up as per the graphic above. However only two – ‘La Haye Sainte’ and ‘Plancenoit’ were actually fought over during the game. ‘Mont St Jean’ and ‘La Belle Alliance’ were used as staging areas for the reserves.

An interesting aside: The following pictures show the base cloths bespoke for the game … and that these clothes are covered in a patch work of differently coloured fields. Apparently a British officer surveyed the terrain of the battle environs noting the different fields and the crops growing in them. Paul Goldstone had discovered this and used the information to replicate the fields including researching the colours of those different crops in June and getting the colours right. Brilliant! And then our troops arrived and marched and stomped unceremoniously all over them. What can you do?

The organising committee had excelled.

von Peter himself will now present a series of photographs of the event with an only slightly biased commentary based on the little he has gleaned from those parts of the game where he was not directly involved. Unfortunately these are not technically the greatest photographs one will ever see. The lighting could have been better. To add to this challenge it was discovered that the lights were turned down via a dimmer during the first day … d’oh! The strategy used was to snap a scene several times with the hope that one of them would be ok! Explanations of each photo follow that photo. Each photo is clickable for a larger and clearer view. Onwards …

Waterloo1 - T1 from Allied left flankAbove: Ready for the starters cannon. Looking down most of the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table with the French on the left, and Wellington’s army on the right. Out of shot in the bottom left corner is ‘La Haye’. Looking up the table ‘Papelotte’ is the first building to see followed by ‘La Haye Sainte’ and then ‘Hougoumont’. The dear reader may be familiar with some of the names. 😃

All the buildings were produced by Alan Hollows who has been concocting paper/card buildings for decades and has become quite the artisan with them. They have all been sized as required for the game.

Waterloo2 - T1 from Allied right flank

Above: A view of the same table but from the other end.

The starting positions for the armies was historic but after that anything went … and they certainly did. The French lead by Steve Sands acting as – and dressed as for the first day – Napoleon decreed that the major attacks would initially occur on the flanks of the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table. As a result the area between ‘Hougoumont’ and the table edge – bottom of the photo – became a veritable maelstrom of units firing, hacking, slashing bayonetting and dying.

Waterloo3 - T1 Hougoumont

Above a close up of ‘Hougoumont’ and immediate surrounds.

Waterloo4 - T1 La Haie Sainte

Above: The view from behind the Allied lines in the central sector of the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table showing ‘La Haye Sainte’ itself prior to the starting cannon being fired. The ‘Plancenoit’ table can be seen in the background.

Waterloo5 - T2 Plancenoit table

Above: The view several turns in of the ‘Plancenoit’ table. The Prussians have started arriving on the near edge of the table and the village on ‘Plancenoit’ can be seen way in the distance. Neither von Peter himself or The son & heir have yet put in an appearance which suited them just fine as they were free to wander around, chat, admire the game elsewhere and reacquaint themselves with the rules. In fact the game play on this table was so quick for the first few turns the Prussians went out for a coffee military planning meeting for the commanders.

To replicate the troubles of marching to the battle and to get the Prussian players involved from the beginning the French and Prussians started at the extremes of this table. The Prussian brigades had their order of march and would form a procession marching on. The catch was that while the infantry were able to march on through the woods the artillery and cavalry had to use the single road. This created traffic jams on the road and the dice rolling for movement often resulted in a miserly one move advance – even with the route march modifier applied. The nadir came with a blunder that had the whole column move backwards! Obviously a wheel had come off a cannon which had then rolled backwards!! 😃

The Prussian advance fell behind what the organisers had anticipated. This was later remedied by allowing all units on the ‘Plancenoit’ table a free two turn move to speed up the action.

Waterloo6 - Plancenoit

Above: ‘Plancenoit’ itself. This is the only close up of the town that the dear reader is going to see. Before a single Prussian boot was to make a mark on the table Lobau’s Corps, a Young Guard Division and the Guard Light Cavalry Division were striding down the table … presumably to welcome Grouchy’s arrival.  😃

As a result the action on this table would take place around the middle of the table … which suited the Prussians just fine. The fighting would come quicker, the soldiers would be less foot sore and there would be no attacking into ‘Plancenoit’.

Waterloo7 - Prussians changing tables

Above: Half of the leading Prussian brigade takes the road to ‘La Haye’ on the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table.

Because the Prussian brigades were so large – more like the divisions of the other two armies – and because the Prussian army and a habit of ‘kampfgrupping’ off portions of them to perform particular tasks the Prussian brigades were allocated an extra commander and the ability to divide their brigades as they saw fit. In this case Mark Conroy had broken his 15th Brigade in two and was sending half of it to aid the extreme left flank of the Allied army on the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table. If the Allied army broke then the French would be adjudicated the winners . This would obviously be a travesty for western civilisation and could not be allowed to occur. Supporting the Allied army was the Prussian armies chief concern.

Waterloo8 - Prussians changing tables2

Above: The Prussian 15th Brigade seen exiting the ‘Plancenoite’ table in the previous photograph appears on the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table to succour the hard pressed Allied left flank. ‘La Haye’ itself is under attack and beyond that building the French can be seen pushing through the woods.

Kerry Thomas – aka Valleyboy – had travelled down from Tauranga for the game and had betrayed his heritage to take the roles of Jaquinot and Durutte for the French on this extreme flank. von Peter himself is sure that he appreciated the extra attention the locals lavished upon him!  😃

Waterloo9 - Hanoverians will advance

Above: Action in the middle of the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table a few turns in. With the French attacking on the flanks their centre between ‘La Haye Sainte’ & ‘Hougumonte’ was not as strong as it could have been. This induced a Hanoverian brigade – Keilmansegge? – to advance off the ridge. Not all of the allied commanders were thrilled with this idea but that is one of the beauties of a game with a large cast of players. Command and control confusion is built in. You never know quite what is going to happen.

Waterloo10 - Allies behind Papelotte

Above: The scene around ‘Papelotte’ a few turns in. The French are coming.

Waterloo11 - Rockets too near La Haie Sainte

Above: Meanwhile back around ‘La Haye Sainte’ the action is heating up … literally!

Terry Swain was one of those who had organised the weekend’s activities. As a reward for his efforts he had been assigned a three way split personality. Simultaneously he was …

  • van Trip with the Dutch-Belgian heavy cavalry,
  • Uxbridge overseeing the Allied cavalry,
  • William, Prince of Orange as whom he was expected to dish out the occasional bizarre order to add a little colour to proceedings.

When talking to Terry during the game you always had to look deeply into his eyes to fathom who was talking back!! 😃

As such an important personage he was given the honour of firing the British rockets for a turn … and it is the expectation of von Peter himself that he was never asked to do so again. He managed a direct hit … on ‘La Haye Sainte’ and set it on fire!! Rumour has it that Napoleon himself granted a military award for such a sterling effort on behalf of the French! 😃

von Peter himself is unaware of whom had created the firing rocket but it was quite spectacular on the table.

Waterloo12 - The big French push on their left flank

Above: The mincer gets underway as the French attack on the flank beyond ‘Hougumont’. The mincer was destined to mince for the two days. There must have been many tales of daring do here but sadly von Peter himself was not privy to them.

Waterloo13 - French push between Papelotte and La Haie Sainte

Above: French advancing between ‘Papelotte’ and ‘La Haye Sainte’. At some stage the French stripped the Allied guns from the sector nearer ‘La Hatye Sainte’ in preparation for a later significant attack. Perhaps this is the attack that did the stripping.

Around 4:30pm the gaming, err … reenacting for the Saturday ended for we had an appointment at the War Museum. Rhys Jones had organised for us to get into the museum a little late in the day so that we could see the Gallipoli diorama that had been created care of the assorted inputs of Peter Jackson, The Perry twins, Weta Studios and a bunch of New Zealand Wargamers. See the Mustering the Troops site for more details on that project. Some of the players had contributed their painting to the project and were keen to spot their contributions. Good luck with that were the thoughts of von Peter himself with such a large diorama and so many figures. The task was easier for those who had painted some of the specialty figures.

Dinner was hosted at the  Leuven ~ Belgian Beer Cafe. What choice did we have? Of course dinner had to be in Belgium!

Sunday naturally followed the Saturday. Unfortunately The son & heir fell prey to the weakness inherent in his generation and crashed with a bad head-ache and was unable to take his place in the firing line. For all the doubters this was genuine. He had enjoyed his Saturday and he had been present of his own free will not because of an overbearing paternal parent.

Waterloo14 - Plancenoit table about to get murderousAbove: Back on the ‘Plancenoite’ table the French and Prussians are about to collide … and the congestion on the road shows no sign of abating.

Waterloo15 - Prussian direct entry to the La Haie Sainte table

Above: Alan Hollows wonders what fool put his lovely ‘Papelotte’ so far across the table.

Waterloo16 - Scratch 3 French cavalry regts

Above: The Prussians and French have commenced their deadly work on the ‘Plancenoite’ table. The significant features of this photo are what the dear reader cannot see. In an attempt to clear the three Prussian batteries three French cavalry regiments had charged them. It is a testament to the courage and skill of the Prussian artillerists that all three of their batteries are still to be seen but none of the French cavalry remain in the frame. Much lamenting will be heard from the wives, mothers and orphans of those brave cavalrymen! 😃

The more educated of the dear readers will have noticed the presence of two Saxon battalions and one from Nassau amongst the Prussians. By way of explanation the Prussian orbit required many MANY battalions of landwehr and they were just not available. These battalions helped make up the shortfall. And besides there were Prussian troops at Waterloo still in their old uniforms from Berg, etc so a few oddball uniforms was not totally unhistoric.

Also to be seen in this photograph is the French Guard Light Cavalry – the Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde and behind them the Dutch Lancers. Earlier the Dutch Lancers had pounced on a foolish brave unit of landwehr cavalry that was in march column and way in advance of any other Prussian units. The expectation was that there would quickly be a finely sliced and diced landwehr cavalry regiment fertilising the battlefield but to everyone’s surprised they survived the first round of combat inflicting a casualty … but sadly not the second yet they did inflict another casualty(s?).

However it happened the Dutch Lancers were Shaken which in Black Powder terms meant that they were vulnerable. On the road at the top of the picture can be seen a unit of Prussian dragoons. These are sitting there in a disorganised state because of an audacious plan von Peter himself had dreamed up. With The son & heir’s non appearance due to illness command of the cavalry reserve had fallen to von Peter himself. A follow me order was issued and the dragoons had attacked the shaken Dutch Lancers. The dragoons had ended up throwing nine D6s – six sided dice – needing threes to hit and the Dutch Lancers hit back with ten D6s needing fives to hit. von Peter himself would happily take those odds on most days and the chance of removing the dangerous Dutch Lancers was well worth the risk. Sadly the dice were not with the good guys and the dragoons had bounced to where they can be seen here … and from where they would eventually be removed from the game as control of them was never regained due to ongoing disorders until they ceased to be. Sigh – a chance at an Iron Cross or better had gone begging. 😃

In the bottom left of the picture are some the Prussian troops that have started to chew their way through the French Young Guard Division.

Waterloo17 - Plancenoit table

Above: the same scene from down the table. Another brigade of Prussian heroes has appeared and still the road is a congested nightmare. At least the brigade artillery of von Peter’s 14th Brigade has finally made it onto the table … even if it is still stuck in traffic.

Waterloo18 - overview of La Haie Sainte table

Above: In the foreground the Prussians of Steimetz’s – who looked suspiciously like Rhys Jones – 1st Brigade are making a statement on the ‘La Haye Sainte’ table. Further along the table a life and death struggle continues as the French desperately try to break the Allied army before the Prussian wrath is applied. And the Allies are not that far off breaking Napoleon declares … or is this just one of those bulletins for which Napoleon is renown?

Waterloo19 - French breaking the line

Above: Apologies for the picture  – click on it for a larger and clearer version – but this is the sort of image that gave the French heart. French Guard infantry in bearskins hats supported by Cuirassiers and line infantry on the ridge which the Allies are meant to be holding. If only there had been Allied artillery left in this sector.

Waterloo20 - fear the landwehr cavalry

Above: Perhaps von Peter himself may get his Iron Cross after all. A French brigade tried to deploy so as to bar the way forward for the Prussians but blundered and advanced on the Prussians instead. Seeing a limbered French battery leading the way von Peter himself bravely placed himself at the head of a Prussian landwehr cavalry regiment – yellow and red pennants in the image – and charged. The cavalry came up with five dice to roll in the melee and the image records the result of that throw … btw sixes are good! Fear well lead landwehr cavalry!! 😃

Waterloo21 - Prussian pressure on La Haqie Sainte table

Above: Steinmetz goes to work on both sides of ‘Papelotte’.

Waterloo22 - French guard on the ridgeAbove: Those French chaps in their bearskin hats consolidate on the ridge.

Waterloo23 - bewtween La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont

Above: And it doesn’t look a whole lot better for the Allies on the other side of ‘La Haye Sainte’ either!

Waterloo24 - end game Plancenoit table

Above: The end game on the ‘Plancenoite’ table. On the Prussian left a division of French Young Guards has been consumed and the French are attempting to use their cavalry to cover for their lack of infantry.

On their left the Prussians are trying to reorganise themselves for a push into the woods where the French are ensconced. A series of single moves and disorders – and no doubt some inefficient decisions! – are making this a frustrating exercise for von Peter himself. The infantry supporting the Prussian central batteries have also been released by the high command to aid in this endeavour. The French have created a grand battery which dominates the area between the woods and the Prussian battery. At last the 14th Brigade’s supporting artillery has cleared the chaos on the road and has nearly reached the front. The first battery up is the newly painted 12 pounder battery. The plan was to have it felling lumber and Frenchmen in the wood. Note to self – should paint the limbers.

Waterloo25 - end game ... and still the road is clogged!

Above: The same position but looking down the table. The road is still chocked full of artillery while more infantry march to the sounds of the guns … unlike certain Frenchmen that could be mentioned. 😃

A National Radio consequence

On the Saturday Simon Morton from Radio New Zealand’s program This Way Up was in attendance with his microphones and easy conversational ways. As a consequence of this visitation the forty minute “Waterloo 200″ has resulted and will be broadcast on Saturday 20th June early in the afternoon at 12:11pm.

Currently you can hear the program as a podcast here … for now. I’m not sure where it will be hosted in the future. 😳

Crutches

The weekend came three weeks after the infamous left hip replacement. Fortunately the recovery went about as well as could be expected. von Peter himself was able to hobble around either unaided or later in the day with one crutch or even later in the day with two crutches! A generous regime of pill popping helped. 😃 A big thanks to all those that helped out moving troops etc to and from cars for von Peter himself as he was unable to do so for himself. Also thank you Terry for taking care of von Peter himself once the Sunday gaming finished and the Fraulien von Peter herself was delayed collecting von Peter as she was out at a very nice eatery with friends!

Other sources

Given the significance of this game and the wide cast of characters involved von Peter himself is not the only blogger to record their thoughts on the refight. At the time of going to press von Peter himself is aware of the following ‘reports’ …

And as alluded to way back at the beginning this was not the only 200th anniversary Waterloo reenactment game played over the weekend. There were two note worthy efforts in Australia. These can be checked at …

Did history repeat?

Having suffered through so much the dear reader may be curious as to the result of the battle. To win the French needed to break the Allied army. To do so they needed to break 15 of the Allied army’s brigades. 13 had been broken when time was called. Conversely the French would loose if 21 of their brigades were broken and they too had lost 13 brigades. But because of the inroads being made by the Prussians and because the Allied army had not been defeated in time the game was officially adjudicated as an Allied & Prussian victory … by a nose. As in the original 200 years earlier a damned near run thing.

Good times played in a good spirit backed up by good organisation. A big thank you to all involved.

As always don’t forget that you can click on any of the pictures to see a larger and clearer view of them.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

Big bangers

Prussian 12 pdr Battery  Nr.4- Kapt Meyer

The weekend just past saw the local reenactment of Waterloo to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle. More on this event in another post. The occasion – and all the frantic painting happening around him – did spur/shame von Peter himself to some activity with his brushes. The planned shot up firing line landwehr battalion was several figures too far as prolonged sitting is not overly comfortable for the still recuperating post his operation von Peter himself. But there was the partially painted Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4: Kapt Meyer that could be completed. And the order of battle for von Peter’s command in the Waterloo game certainly called for such a heavy battery.

Work on this battery was started well before The family left on it’s world tour back in early 2009. It had been packed away with the rest of the household goods and moved into storage. Upon the return it was moved out of storage but the figures, cannons etc remained wrapped up unseen and unloved until a few days before the refight.

Painting techniques mutate over the years but the executive decision was made that nothing that was already painted would be repainted. There was not the time to lavish on such luxuries.

Completing the painting was not a major problem. The basing was a different story. What is normally a staged process over several nights so that the latest ‘bit’ can completely dry before the next ‘bit’ is commenced was a no starter. Basing to be completed in one night! Fortunately the wood burner was burning wood and the stands could spend periods of time sitting on the cooler outer skin for some accelerated drying. Mission completed at 1:30 am on the first day of the refight. Hurrah!

Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4: Kapt Meyer is now available for ongoing gaming.

Prussian 12 pdr Battery  Nr.4- Kapt Meyer

Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4 was selected because it was part of the Artillery Reserve in Generallieutenant Bülow’s Prussian 3rd Army Corps in 1813 – the same corps as the 3rd Brigade which von Peter himself is modelling. Administratively 12 pdr battery Nr.4 was part of the Prussian Artillery Brigade and as such wore white shoulder straps in 1813.

The figures and cannon are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. The mounted figures is PCU1, Regimental officer wearing bicorn and open Uberock from the Prussian Line Uhlans Advancing range.

The idea is that the uhlan officer has just arrived on the scene with an urgent message for the battery commander who is currently concentrating on what is to be seen through his telescope. The uhlan officer and several of the gun crew are trying to gain the battery commander’s attention but sadly this gentleman has been around 12 pounder guns too long with the result that he is a little hard of hearing! The dear reader may see the scene a little differently in which case all power to their imagination.

Don’t be forgetting to click on the two images above of the battery to see larger and clearer versions of the images.

Podcast corner

More an individual audio file than a series of audio files podcast but if the dear reader so desires they can listen to nine and a half minutes of Bernard Cornwell talking about the battle of Waterloo and his book “Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles” on the same. Just head on over here and start the audio near the top of the page. If nothing else the dear reader will know what Bernard’s voice sounds like!

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

Front Rank free figure offer

Front Rank Figurines have a special deal for orders placed between the 13th and 30th June.

For every £10.00 you spend on goods, before S&H is added you can choose 1 individual 28mm figure (value £1.20) FREE.

See their website for further details.

Additionally apparently …

28mm Russian Napoleonic Guard Reinforcement packs are nearly ready. Look out for our next newsletter!

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Bits and pieces

A workman like bit of this and a dash of that …

Waterloo hexed

With the rapidly incoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo Alessio Cavatore – via his River Horse company – is utilising the money raising abilities of Kickstarter to fund the boardgame “Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!”.

Waterloo – Quelle AffaireFrom the blurb …

The mechanics:

The game has been designed by Origins-awards winner Alessio Cavatore (Warhammer, Bolt Action, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Terminator Genisys the miniatures game, etc.). The units in the game are activated by cards that represent the Commanders of the various army corps, as well as Stratagem cards that add more fun, strategy and unpredictability to the battle. These cards are full of quotes both from history and from famous Napoleonic movies: “By God, sir, I have lost my leg. – By God, sir, so you have.” or “We shall match them with our lancers!” Nobody can resist reading these with the right accent…

The contents:

The box, the rules leaflet, the map and the counters are beautifully illustrated by renowned historical artist Peter Dennis (Osprey publishing etc.). The counters never stack during the game, so that the gorgeous one-inch square units remain visible for the entire battle.

Waterloo Quelle Affaire game board

The Kickstarter can be found here including several video clips with details of the game … and the costs.

Perry Miniatures

Too late for the reenactment of Waterloo here in Wellington but British Light Dragoons in hard plastic from Perry Miniatures are expected to be available in late June.

Perry Light dragoons

A perusal of their Metals workbench reveals more British infantry on the way and new Napoleonic fronts opened with Danish and Kingdom of Holland infantry.

Victrix Ltd

Victrix Ltd have free world wide shipping for the week of 2 through 9 June 2015. The deal applies to all of their plastic products as long as the order is valued at or above £25.00. See here for the deal on the deal.

This sort of promotion is particularly useful to those of us who are hidden away at the bottom of the world.

Victrix free postage 15-06

Victrix are also expecting ‘test shots’ of their hard plastic French Artillery 1804-1812 in the next few days. This means that preorders for the set may be opened several days after that.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

M-E-D-I-C !!!!

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Undoubtedly due in no small part to his decades of unstinting, selfless and strenuous military campaigning across the wargaming table top von Peter himself was found to have a body that was operating in a less than optimal manner. The solution – rebuild it starting with the hips! Consequent to this decision a team of highly trained professionals was gathered from all over Wellington, New Zealand and a left hip replacement procedure performed. von Peter himself is happy to report that all seems to have gone according to plan and that the patient is recovering well. But as a result things have been a little quiet here at Neu Schloss von Peter.

Please do not send flowers. The good Fraulien von Peter herself will just appropriate them for her own purposes. Sending money would be much more useful!!  😃

Waterloo approaches

While pleased to get some action on the hip front the timing was a little fraught as it was a mere few weeks before the Waterloo reenactment game here in Wellington. If the dear reader knows not of this event then have a look here for details. Thankfully the participation of von Peter himself looks to be assured as his mobilty etc are coming along nicely. Likewise the attendance of The son & heir has the all clear as his last exam is the day before weekend of the game.

Both will be donning Prussian uniforms as is befitting men of honour. The son & heir will be masquerading as Cavalry General Prinz Wilhelm of Prussia with command of IV Korps Reserve Cavalry. von Peter himself will be renamed as Generalmajor von Ryssel for the duration of the weekend with command of the14th Infantry Brigade.

There are still some preparations to complete here at Neu Schloss von Peter for the coming battle – the completion of a battalion of landwehr infantry from each of von Peter himself and The son & heir. von Peter himself finds it ‘uncomfortable’ to sit for any length of time and The son & heir is meant to be studying … … … as well as watching sports & movies and chatting to the world over Facebook etc!  👎 Here’s hoping it all comes together nicely for the weekend.

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Above: Prussian tourists take in the sights of Plancenoite during the Battle of Waterloo

Perry Miniatures still have Waterloo on their minds with another vignette from that battle underway …

capture of the Kings colour at Waterloo

From the “look what von Peter himself found” file

There were not many surprises uncovered during the house move … but there was the  one. Four Russian WWII tanks that were organised many moons ago … and never used in a game! Assembled, ‘distressed’ and painted by the Greater Queeg when he was starting out commercially. If memory serves these are 1/48th scale kits. They were supported by some 28mm infantry.

WWII Russian tanks

Above: a KV-1 leads out three T34/76’s on a sweep of the steppe

The current WWII designs of von Peter himself focus more on 20mm where their fruits  partake in the unpigmented pile of wargaming goodness for future utilisation.

Don’t forget that you can click on the images presented for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Russian Kuirassiere command … at last

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 3

von Peter himself finally got his paint brushes out. Well not strictly true as his stock of paint brushes has still yet to surface post the move. <shock horror> So a few cheapie brushes were purchased so as to complete the task at hand.

And the task at hand was the completion of the basing of the Napoleonic Russian command stand representing the brigade command of Generalmajor Karatiev. ‘Who?’ some of the less well read of The Dear readers may ask. <cue exaggerated sighing from von Peter himself>

Generalmajor Karatiev lead a brigade of Russian Kuirassiere in 1813 – and quite probably other years as well but as should be well known by now the Napoleonic armies of von Peter himself are modelled on the year 1813 – as part of Generallieutenant Kretov’s 2nd Kuirassiere Division.

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 1

The vignette represents an officer of the Astrakhan Kuirassiere Regiment – one of the constituent regiments of the brigade – saluting Generalmajor Karatiev who is accompanied by a member of his staff. These latter doff their bicornes in response.

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 2

A day ago the thought occurred to von Peter himself* that what garb a commander of a Russian cuirassier brigade would be wearing is not readily apparent to himself. If von Peter himself were to be creating the command stand for a French cuirassier brigade – which in time he fully expects to be doing – then he would quite happily have the commanding general dressed in a cuirassier styled uniform. Would his Russian equivalent likewise be dressed as a kuirassiere? Hmmmm.

*By way of a historic note the thought ‘struck’ while von Peter himself was paying a visit to a … urinal. One does not wish to appear crude but the brain is a marvellous instrument that works in truly mysterious ways!  😃

Front Rank Figurines matched with the brushwork of Greater Queeg. Quite the successful combination.

Not quite so successful is the photography which does the figures less than the justice they deserve. The figures are made to look a little garish compared to the reality and the photos are just poor efforts. Apologies to the Greater Queeg! Neu Schloss von Peter has many praiseworthy facilities but a gaming room with a bunch of lighting installed and where one knows how to setup the required photographic lighting is not one of them. Obviously von Peter himself will need to get his act together in his new barracks.

Lights

The lighting installed in The Bastion (gaming room) of the recently vacated Schloss von Peter

Pictures out of Russia

Over on the General de Brigade forum long tan has posted a series of very interesting images from the Artillery Museum St. Petersburgh and the Moscow Museum incorporating the Borodino Panoramic. Check the Images from Russia 2012 topic

So how close is the Kuirassiere in the Generalmajor Karatiev command stand above to the Kuirassiere depictions in the Images from Russia 2012? Answers on the back of large denomination bills please!  😃

General de Brigade scenario book Imperial Sunset 1813-1814

The Napoleonic ruleset General de Brigade is very well served with scenario books. Volume 6 is on the way as announced back in February 2015 – yes this was a couple of months ago – as per this announcement on the General de Brigade and associated rule sets website

IMPERIAL SUNSET 1813-1814

General de Brigade Volume 6 is making steady progress.

Thus far we have tested;

  • The Prussian Charge, Lutzen 1813, (re-worked Gross-Gorschen from Vol. 1)
  • La Garde au Feu, Lutzen 1813
  • Action at Eisdorf, Lutzen 1813, (the aim is for all three Lutzen scenarios to be able to be linked into one large game.)
  • Franquemont’s Attack. Bautzen 1813
  • Hagelsberg 1813
  • The First Day of Kulm, 1813
  • Dennewitz – Ney’s Battle
  • Dennewitz – The Saxon’s at Gohlsdorf

So, now have the three Leipzig scenarios to complete , plus two/three from 1814 and we’re done!

 

von Peter himself is the proud owner of the first three very useful volumes …

  • Napoleonic Scenarios
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 2
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 3: The Glory Years 1800-1809

… though he passed on …

  • Napoleonic Scenarios 4: Against the Ottomans
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 5: Wellington’s Peninsula Victories

… as neither really fall into his areas of interest. Napoleonic Scenarios 6: Imperial Sunset 1813-1814 falls smack bang in the zone of interest of von Peter himself however. This will be a future purchase.

Podcast corner

Aurelian

Sam Mustafa has released his sixth podcast. This time around the big reveal is a new set of rules from Sam – Aurelian – set during the Roman Empire’s crisis of the third century. The rules will allow the players to command either (Late) Romans, Sassanians (Sassanids), Germans or Sarmations. The podcast can be downloaded from …

http://www.sammustafa.com/honour/2015/05/the-6th-podcast-aurelian/

 WW2podcast

A new podcast from one of the brains behind the The History Network podcast has started broadcasting. Not surprisingly the WW2podcast focusses on WWII …

With the WW2 Podcast each month I intend to interview an expert on a subject. No topics are out of bounds (as yet), and I plan on covering all aspects of the war. Hopefully the format will allow for close examination of a topic, and make for absorbing listen.

The first proper – there is also a short introductory podcast – podcast focuses on the The German Halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251 and proved to be an interesting listen for ears of von Peter himself.

German Halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251

 

Don’t forget that you can click on the images presented for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Still settling in … but …

… the wargaming world keeps turning.

25 April 2015 – ANZAC Day – 100 Years

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is New Zealand’s  – and Australia’s! – Remembrance Day. ANZAC Day 2015 was particularly poignant as it marked 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. Gallipoli was not the site of New Zealand’s greatest loss in WWI and certainly was not a campaign that reaped overall military success but it is revered locally as the battle where New Zealand came of age and achieved a sense of its own identity.

Lest we forget

So called Dawn Parades are all the rage … except with The family! An ANZAC Day Commemorative Service in Paekakariki at 8:15 by the Paekakariki War Memorial Hall was more The family’s style it was felt. A warm sunny windless event was enjoyed by all of The Family. The similarity between the venue and ANZAC Cove in Turkey was noted – a gently lapping sea onto the beach with the hills steeply rising in the background not that far away.

Afterwards Fraulien von Peter herself and her subordinate von Peter himself took themselves off to the local delicatessen for a coffee and a bite to eat. The aforementioned deli is situated adjacent to the railway line and just down the line from where the Passchendaele memorial locomotive was building up steam and then departing on her ANZAC Day run. Quite exhilarating to see her moving off and choo choo’ing her way past us in close proximity. But we were seated outside and the resultant billowing steam and smoke quickly made us appreciative of the fact that the local commuter trains are electrified!  😃

And Paekakariki’s contribution to the Great War – according to one speaker at the service Paekakariki was inhabited by 300 souls during WWI. Forty of these went off to fight and of these eleven never returned.

The Family at ANZAC Cove 19 Sept 2009

Above: The family on the Turkey portion of their world tour in 2009. The son and heir in the photo now physically looks down on his betters. We really should have restricted his nutritional intake at an earlier age!

 

A  box from Calpe Towers

A great house warming gift appeared not long after the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter. The arrival of a box emblazoned with a Calpe Miniatures sticker is always a most welcome event. Contained within were an example of each of the new packs from the latest release …

  • F21, French mounted light infantry officers (four distinct officers with four distinct horses)
  • F46, French battalion command in uncovered shakos (Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)
  • F47, French battalion command in covered shakos (Battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)

The two battalion command packs do indeed contain separate ‘spear points’. The standard bearer in each pack carry a shouldered musket as well as the standard. Lucky devils! When I mentioned this to Mr Calpe Miniatures the response received was …

“Yes, the fanion bearers were common NCO’s and all the Rigo plates show them carrying their muskets.”

  • S6, Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses (Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses. Two are ‘head turns,’ two have blanket rolls)
  • S7, Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos (Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos).

Worthy additions to the Calpe catalogue … but I am a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😃

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Image from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

More Front Rank Reinforcement Packs

The goodness from Front Rank Figurines that is their Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs keeps rolling. The latest releases bring infantry in the 1809 shako to those gamers that need them ….

  • RNRPK5 Russian Infantry in 1809 shako, marching
  • RNRPK6 Russian Infantry Command in 1809 shako, advancing

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  • RNRPK7 Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in 1809 shako with busch plume, marching (above)

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  • RNRPK8 Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in 1809 shako with busch plume, advancing (above).

And there’s more to come in the form of Russian Reinforcement packs …

Lots more Russians, including the long awaited Russian Guard, PLUS Pavlov Grenadiers and Infantry and Command in greatcoats ~lookout for more releases over the next couple of months!

Pictures care of the Front Rank website.

Warlord Games hard plastic Chasseurs a Cheval?

von Peter himself listens to several Podcasts most of which are hobby related though not all are directly related to what von Peter himself practises in the hobby. One such example was listened to the other day and it featured John Stallard – owner of Warlord Games – and Rick Priestly as guests. Normally this would not be worthy of bringing to the attention of The dear readers but in this case there was a little snippet or two of information that may be of interest. When invited to announce any news John Satllard mentioned two up coming hard plastic Napoleonic releases …

  1. Portugese Infantry.
  2. A box set of Napoleonic cavalry which is secret for now but planned to be unveiled for Salute.

The first is of no great interest to von Peter himself as his Napoleonic roots are firmly planted in Central Europe circa 1813. And to be honest the second is not of much interest either since Warlord are unlikely to supply many figures to von Peter’s Napoleonic forces … but there is the intrigue of what that mystery cavalry might be.

A little digging uncovered the following photograph in a post on The Miniatures Page – don’t forget to click on the photo for a larger and clearer view.

warlord cavalry The big grey figures at the back right are labelled …

“Napoleonic Portugese Line Infantry – Plastic 3 ups”.

This fits the look of the figures as well as Napoleonic news item 1. above from John Stallard.

The cavalry in the front left of the photograph look like Napoleonic French Chasseur a Cheval figures and the sprues front right seem to match the same cavalry. And by way of confirmation the label says …

“Napoleonic Chasseur a Cheval – Plastic set”.

So is this photograph old news; has von Peter himself shown himself up as a shonky detective; does anybody care?!  😃

As is the way of these things time will tell. And Salute 2015 can’t be that far away for the big reveal. If it is hard plastic French Chasseurs a Cheval then this should make many people happy as these were a very common cavalry type for the French and certainly would have been doing much of the dog’s work as the cavalry attached to the infantry corps. These will presumably provide a cheaper way to collect these utilitarian cavalrymen for those so inclined.

And a thank you to whoever took and posted the photograph.

STOP PRESS: 

It appears that von Peter himself has not been keeping up with world events. It transpires that Salute 2015 was held on 25 April 2015. Yep, ANZAC Day! It also transpires that when one slowly builds the contents of a post on their blog over a few days/weeks events in the world can overtake one. This is a case in point. Apparently the secret plastic cavalry are 1812 Chasseurs a Cheval. So much for all that intelligence work. Some would say that von Peter himself is not cut out for it anyway. Cruel words them!!  😃

Anyways, von Peter himself can now looks forward to the post Salute 2015 outpourings.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself