WWI exhibition, paints and more

A few weeks ago Fraulien von Peter herself accompanied von Peter himself on a visit to The Great War Exhibition in the old Dominion Museum Building, Wellington, New Zealand. From the Exhibition Guide …

“Designed by Sir Peter Jackson and his team at WingNut Films, assisted by Sir Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop, this exhibition also showcases variety of First World War artefacts from museum and heritage organisations in New Zealand and from Sir Peter Jackson’s private collection”

To the above list of celebrities we should also add Rhys Jones – sometimes to be found hovering over a war-games table – who assisted Peter Jackson et al by being the exhibition’s Executive Director.

The exhibition will be continually developed as the one hundred years anniversary of the First World War rolls on.


The good Fraulien von Peter herself and von Peter himself both went a little camera crazy – albeit with their phones! What follows is a few of the photos resultant of the electronic shutter madness.

Despite the maniacal photographic activity only the more photogenic exhibits got any attention. There were many other exhibits of uniforms, weapons, equipment and coloured photographs that are not represented here. von Peter himself has no qualms about blaming the good Fraulien for such oversights!

Many of the exhibits were behind glass with bright lights and other glassed in exhibits across sometimes narrow walkways. As such reflections were often a problem, especially as photos sometimes had to be snapped rapidly in between other visitors – selfish gits! 😎 – with little time to prepare. So some of the photos actually showcase two exhibits – the prime target of the photograph and a reflected unintentional secondary exhibit reflected in the glass. Such are the results of war time photography.

A village somewhere in Belgium immediately pre WWI

Near the beginning of the walk through of the exhibition one takes a stroll through a Belgian Village as it would have been immediately prior to the outbreak of the war. This view does not do the inhabitants any favours by failing to show the village’s charms. Some such villages looked markedly different by the end of the war. That Exit sign seems quite modern to the eyes of von Peter himself. Perhaps he needs to reappraise his views! 😃

Part of a diorama of a Belgian Belgian fort

A representative model of one of the forts to be found in Belgium and France. It would make for fantastic terrain to game through!

Big Bertha siege gun info

The French and Belgians may have had their forts but the Germans had some fort crackers. There was a 1/3 model of a Big Bertha siege gun being loaded with its next round but no satisfactory photo of it – one must have standards you know when one is running a high class blog! So here is the proof of the models existence.

There was a rather busy 1914 scene with a plane flying overhead, a limbered 18 pounder and a London bus. Several photos are presented covering the action.

Plane, limber and bus 1

The French built plane is a Farman M./F.11 otherwise known as a Shorthorn. It has Belgian markings … not that this photograph shows them! Also in sight is part of the 18 pounder limber.

Plane, limber and bus 2

The front of the militarised London bus … unfortunately in shadow. Apparently about 900 London double decker buses made it to the war. Their duties ranged from troop transport to ambulance to mobile pigeon lofts! Originally they served in their red civie colours but this was found to be somewhat unwise on the battlefield so ubiquitous khaki was applied.

Plane, limber and bus 3

The back of the bus showing off one of the civil street advertising hoardings albeit khaki’ed over.

Plane, limber and bus 4

The rear of the Shorthorn – the plane for those with feeble memories! – showing a. the Belgian markings and b. that it is a ‘pusher’. The exhibited plane is a replica but it has an original engine! The 18 pounder is just out of shot but the fodder attached to the limber is well in evidence. The strange bit bottom left is the edge of the bus.

Moving on to 1915 and a trench scene …

1915 trench 1

Part of life in a rather clean trench. Is that a pet bird, a carrier pigeon … or dinner?!

1915 trench 2

More trench life

BL Six-Inch Gun

BL (Breech Loading) Six-inch Gun. Apparently at the wars beginning there was a shortage of heavy artillery so six-inch naval guns were successfully pressed into land service.. And for a confession – this image is stolen from the Exhibition Guide as none of the photos taken on the day really showed the gun in its full majesty

We’re now in 1916 …

French fortress pre bombardment

A French Fort pre bombardment. While looking at this pleasant scene a technique called “Pepper’s Ghost” mutated the scene into that below …

French fortress post bombardment

The same French fort post bombardment. Modern conservationists would be apoplectic!

1916 - Western Front Diorama

Another exhibit crying out to be gamed over … although all the surrounding glass would need to go!

1916 - Western Front Diorama close up

A close up of the 1916 – Western Front Diorama. Rat-ta-tat-ta-tat.

The stalemate of the trenches inspired the British to invent the tank. And that Dear reader is a clue as to what the next set of photographs will be focussed upon. Their unveiling will need to wait a little longer as von Peter himself is strongly of the opinion that we have had more than enough WWI imagery for one session. But before we leave …

The Great War Exhibition is not the only First World War game on in Wellington. New Zealand’s National Museum – Te Papa – has also got in on the act with their Gallipoli The Scale of our War exhibition. Once again Weta Workshop are involved and this time many of the exhibits are much larger than life. This offering has yet to be annointed by an official visit from von Peter himself. But it will be.



Paints  – the final frontier

Many are the advantages offered up to those lucky enough to call New Zealand home but easy access to decent hobby paint ranges is not to be counted as one of them. Getting back into more regular painting von Peter himself discovered that a not insignificant influx of replacement paints was required. And of course The son & heir has been tottering on the edge of paint oblivion for a while. Time to purchase some more pigmentation liquids. But which ones?

Games Workshop / Citadel paints are not as common as they once were but they are still around for the getting … however … the company insists on continually changing their colour ranges; the paints bottles have a distressing tendency not too keep their contents in a liquid state; and the accountants &/or marketers have lost the plot with their pricing. They have for many years been the mainstay of the paint stocks of von Peter himself but those days look to be coming to an end. Verdict – time to find an alternative.

Vallejo are also easy enough to purchase locally and there are certainly plenty of adherence to their products but their dropper bottle packaging really does not sit well with the painting habits of von Peter himself. Verdict – possibility but hopefully can do better.

Coat d’arms paints. These are apparently the old (first?) range of Citadel paints now expanded in several directions. There is a fantasy range, a military range and a WWII range. There are metallics, ink washes and super washes. They can be bought singly or as Triads – think the Foundry’s base, shade and highlight matched colours – as well as in paint sets – e.g. Ancient Set or Horse Tone set – which provide 10 bottles at a discount. They also have an Army Painter equivalent with their Super Shader range and Brushscape which are textured paints. They generally come in a larger 18mm bottle for £2 that seal well albeit that experience has taught that one must be careful not to break the little tab off the tops else the opening process becomes somewhat more of a challenge. The Super Shaders come in a larger – 60cc? – screw top bottle for £5. von Peter himself has been happy with the few that he has used in the past. By repute some of the colours may be a little thinner but apparently you shouldn’t slop on thick paints anyway … though von Peter himself will sometimes do so as an expedient! They are distributed by Black Hat Miniatures out of the UK but are also available from other vendors. Verdict – to cut a long and getting longer story short 31 paints were ordered form Black Hat Miniatures and have arrived at Neu Schloss von Peter in good time. They have yet to be used. [sigh]

black hat banner

Napoleonic civilians from Front Rank

As von Peter himself forecast a couple of posts back Front Rank Figurines have released some Napoleonic civilians – 2 packs of Napoleonic civilians to be precise …

  • CNPK1 Napoleonic Civilian pack, 4 gentlemen figures and a dog. (figs sold only as a pack)
  • CNPK2 Napoleonic Civilian pack, mounted gentleman figure and horse + 2 ladies (figs sold only as a pack).

To the eye of von Peter himself these are reasonable well off Napoleonic civilians and not necessarily the riff-raff of society. In more ways than one The dear reader can rest assured that they will be getting quality should they purchase them. So convinced of this was von Peter himself that he has acquired the two packs through the kind offices of Garage gaming Terry who was conveniently sending an order off to Front Rank. It is strongly suspected that the figures in their ones or twos will inveigle their way into the painting schedule fairly quickly. Someone needs to cheer von Peter himself on as he seeks a modicum of military glory.  😀

Front Rank Napoleonic civilians

An amalgam of the two Napoleonic civilian packs provided somewhat unknowingly by Front Rank Figurines via their website

Of course should The dear reader require some of the lower classes to enliven their terrain or provide fodder for their scenarios then Front Rank Figurines do provide several packs of civilians in their 18th Century & General Purpose Speciality Packs range …

  • GP1 Civilian wagon drivers x 4 figures (1 walking, 1 standing, 1 seated, 1 mounted pose) suit EH2 horse
  • GP2 Civilians x 4 figures (1 in smock with shovel, 1 walking with pick, 1 carrying sack, 1 walking)
  • GP3 Aristocrats x 4 figures (1 gentleman of quality, 1 lady of quality, 1 dandy, 1 portly gentleman)
  • GP4 Civilians x 4 figures (1 soldier on crutch, 1 maid with basket, 1 old hag, 1 clergyman preaching)

There are a fair few tricornes in these packs but von Peter himself can happily live with this.

Sharp Practice

Also a few weekends back Ray, Craig and Michael were hosted by The son & heir and von Peter himself at Neu Schloss von Peter for a little  Sharp Practice – the …

War-games rules for large skirmishes in the Black Powder era

from the Too Fat Lardies. None of us had played for a while except for Craig. He had never played! In the end we got through two games of large Napoleonic skirmish gaming and were so encouraged as to schedule another day of Sharp Practice gaming at the end of the month. Those new Front Rank civilians could be very useful for future Sharp Practice gaming. Oh, and sorry … no photographic evidence of the gaming was taken.

And it looks like a Sharp Practice version 2 is in the works. See …

… for evidence.

That’s it. There is no more until the next time.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

A first game at Neu Schloss von Peter and a little more

Attention! The son & heir applies himself and some pigments, a game and some commercial stuff.  Forward … March …

The son & heir’s latest pigmentation adventures

Not only have the paint brushes of von Peter himself been busy sloshing pigments on to figures but those of The son & heir have been stirred into action as well. The evidence for the latter would convict in most courts of law. Namely …

  • that the painting desk of von Peter himself has on occasion been occupied by persons other than von Peter himself – specifically The son & heir
  • the two images below are entered into evidence as the output of said pigment application sessions by The son & heir

1-72 WWII Russians 1

Above: 1/72 WWII Russians on manoeuvres somewhere in Russia. The scene comprised of …

  • Italeri Russians from box No 6057 Russian Infantry. Pigmentation applied by The son & heir. He has since painted more including figures from the Italeri box No 6069 Russian Infantry (winter uniform)
  • a Dragon Armour SU-85M as supplied ex the box. The son & heir has gone crazy and wants to dirty the model up a little. The local commissar has not given permission for such activities as yet
  • the buildings were originally created by Scenic Effects for use in 1812 Napoleon invades Russian duties. They are now available from Monday Knight Productions. They are 15mm but these and others are on hand and being of a parsimonious turn von Peter himself plans to use them for the 1/72 WWII Eastern Front action. Pigmentation applied by Craig.

pdf copies of the Battlegroup Rule Book and the Battlegroup Kursk have been purchased and for now these are the rules being aimed for.

The son & heirs ruffians 1

Above: 5 ruffians for and by The son & heir skulk in the back street shadows. These noble creatures have been extracted from a Games Workshop (GW) Warhammer Empire Militia box … of von Peter himself! Ok, permission was requested and granted for their use but by Sigmar the boy has a cheek!  😃

A game … a game

Neu Schloss von Peter had not yet hosted a wargame. Something obviously had to be done so a trip back to late 1812 and the steppes of Russia had to be organised. It had to be Russia as not only had Neu Schloss von Peter not seen any gaming activities but neither had the Russian buildings that von Peter himself had painted!

History had to be tweaked a little for the game. The Prussians had left the Bonapartists clutches a little earlier than the history books relate AND managed to get three battalions of East Prussian landwehr raised and sent to the front in north western Russia. The path to the west for two depleted French Divisions keen to leave the distinctly ordinary Russian hospitality was blocked by a joint Russian and Prussian force. Generals de Division Terry and Roly would be looking for a way through the blocking Prussians of Generalmajor Simon and the Russians of Generalmajor von Peter himself. The action would take place in the environs of the little village of Baooshka and an even smaller village that didn’t seem to rate a name.

Each of the French Generals provided their own troops as did von Peter himself. Generalmajor Simon used the Prussians of his own creation plus those of von Peter himself. Black Powder were the rules of the day. Conveniently General de Division Terry was well versed in their use and the local modifications. He would be a busy man!

Having lost his dedicated large gaming bedroom – The Bastion – with the move from Schloss von Peter games are now to be played in the sunroom or lounge or the double garage as best befits the occasion. For this first game the sunroom was the room of choice so the table was moved to make way for the gaming table tennis table. Sadly taking pictures in the sunroom was a little problematic especially as it was sunny and it was physically impossible to photograph the table from some directions … unless one were to go outside and take the photographs through the glass!!

The scene was set for the small but vicious Battle of Babooshka. Now for the photo essay which mostly reflects the Russian end of the battle as that is the end that von Peter himself was aware of … sorry …

Battle of Babooshka 1

Let the dance begin. The calm before the storm.

Battle of Babooshka 2

The situation at the end of turn 2 …. or 3 … or maybe 4! The French were first into the nearest village but were expelled at the point of Russian bayonets … who were in turn forced out by yet more French who then elected not to occupy the place of death. In the foreground an initial cavalry clash went the Russian way but it was inconclusive. In the far distance the French and Prussians both claimed a town section. Both got shot up and voluntarily abandoned the dubious defensive benefits of the buildings

Battle of Babooshka 3

A turn or 2 … or 3 later on. A decisive cavalry clash has occurred resulting in the Polish lancers no longer being required for this battle. The Russian hussars (front rank with lances bottom right) have fallen back to reorder their ranks and prepare for more deeds of daring. The Russian dragoons (centre foreground with pink facings) have charged the nearest French infantry battalion to force them into square. The cunning plan was that they would fall back next turn and the Russian infantry would then charge the square at an advantage. The French square was not going down without a fight though and their limited shooting managed to disorder the dragoons who therefore would not be able to voluntarily move … to get out of the way of the “weren’t we meant to be charging” Russian infantry. CURSES!! A French infantry battalion holds the near village having ejected a Russian battalion who had entered it as the target rich environment surrounding the village was just too good to pass up for the young Russian aristocrat in command

Battle of Babooshka 4

A zoomed in view of the prior photo. The French can be seen in temporary control of the village. On the far right a now disordered and shaken battalion of Nassauers has charged a Russian jager battalion. The Russians particularly despised these pawns of the Bonapartists as they dare to wear green uniforms and that just aint right – Father Disputin says so! Having disordered and shaken the battalion von Peter himself was fairly confident of the result here … and proved yet again that pride comes before a fall. The Nassau’s held for serval rounds of combat before vanquishing the jager. More CURSES!! Fortunately a supporting battalion of musketeers were later able to charge the Nassau battalion and see them off the table. To the right of the village a column of French infantry has likewise attempted to charge a second jager battalion but fell just short. The French light battalion in the field also attempted a charge – this one aimed at the Russian battery – but this too fell short as they could not clear the mass of infantry to their front. The ‘spirited’ Father Disputin can be seen in the foreground urging on the Russians with his particular brand of fire and brimstone preaching. In the back left hand corner of the table can be seen the French cantiniere camp next to the French 5th Hussars. The cantinieres were possibly the most dangerous element of either army. They were not to be troubled by the Russians! 😃

Battle of Babooshka 5

The same geography as prior but a little later in the battle. Thanks to Father Disputin’s none too delicate exhortations the Russians have managed to reclaim the village, destroy the French square beyond the village via an infantry charge and remove from the table the French line battalion that attempted to charge the jaguars next to the village which took the light battalion from the field with them. This effectively ends the battle at this end of the table. Many are the praises to be heaped upon Father Disputin who pulled out some stirling dice rolling to save the blushes resultant of the commands issued by von Peter himself! Urrah!!!  😃

Battle of Babooshka 6

The end game from the Prussian wing of the battle as seen from behind the French. Renowned beau sabre General de Division Terry has not yet used his Wurttemburg cavalry brigade which hovers in the rear of the French lines (out of picture). Likewise the Prussian cavalry is playing the cat and mouse game towards the rear of the Prussian lines. The Prussians have slowly been worn down but are still full of fight. Much was the muttering from the Prussian commander about getting his landwehr troops to do as they were instructed.

Battle of Babooshka 7

The same scene from the Prussian lines. It was noticeable during the battle that Generalmajor Simon was much harder on those East Prussian troops supplied by von Peter himself than their Silesian compatriots that were supplied by Generalmajor Simon. Very interesting!

The game seemed to be enjoyed – apart from The son & heirs problems with the recalcitrant landwehr! Most importantly the Battle of Babooshka got the right result with the Bonapartists getting a good kicking thanks to Father Disputin’s encouragement and threats of eternal damnation should the French be victorious! 😃 Father Disputin’s rantings preaching most certainly worked wonders on the dice as rolled by von Peter himself some of which was outrageous. Sorry Roly … no honestly!

Another outcome of the game is that von Peter himself is reminded that there are still two Russian buildings to be painted. And one of those two buildings is an Orthodox church. Father Disputin will not be happy should the church remain unpigmented for too long!


Perry American Civil War in a box

From a recent Perry Miniatures newsletter …

We are happy to announce Battle in a Box!
We have been keeping this under our hats for some time but we are getting close to the release now. As you can see this is a full box! It’s a big box too! Everything in the box is plastic, figures and terrain (from Renedra Ltd).
Included in the box there is a new ACW multi-part General sprue (x2) made by Michael.
There’s also a revised set of ‘Firepower’ rules by our good mate Alessio Cavatore included along with flags, bases, painting guide, 4 ft of fencing and the American farmhouse.
The box cover was by that talented artist Peter Dennis.
The whole box works out at about a third off our normal prices.
We’ll keep you updated!

von Peter himself and The son & heir probably have enough ACW to be getting on with – especially as the ACW project seems to be dormant for now. But for someone starting out on their their ACW journey this Battle in a Box could be a great start. Then again 95 pounds is not an insignificant up fromt cost.

Perrys ACW in a box


Victrix sale

Victrix Ltd have a 30% off sale until Sunday 18 October. Of course they do as notification of this sale was received a day after von Peter himself had bowed to The son & heirs birthday request and ordered a box each of …

To be honest only the savings on the decals would have been accrued. The two boxes of figures were sourced from Caliver Books as not only were the boxes a little cheaper but postage was free. With the cost of postage from the UK to NZ von Peter himself does not feel so aggrieved about missing the sale.

Anyways from the Victrix email …

We are running a “30% off all orders” deal from today until Sunday 18th October. This applies to all our product range including shield transfers and flags. Just type in 30%off in the discount box at the check out stage of the shopping cart.

Victrix Ltd


The History Book Man now provides for pdf downloads …

That is to say you are now no longer required to pay postage to receive any of  The History Book Man’s e-books on a disk if you do not wish to. Once again von Peter himself reproduces an email to save himself a bunch of typing …

After six months of testing and a system upgrade digital downloads are now finally available.  Thank you Natalie for all your hard work, and to the many friends worldwide for testing the e-mail links for us. 
From 5 October 2015 an additional delivery option will be available for the ‘Armies and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars’  series of e-Books by W J Rawkins.
Customers will now be able to order these books as a downloadable PDF file simply by selecting the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD option at the checkout. 
Visit the website for more information
The package for online download will consist of the Book File, plus a printable sheet of disc labels and artwork for a DVD case cover for those customers who wish to create a back-up disc.  
(Additional artwork sheets for all titles will be made available to new and existing customers FREE OF CHARGE on request).  The label art work needs only to be copied/cut and pasted in a Paint shop type application to be compatible with most label making systems, such as Cyberllnk, you can now use your favourite label product or even laser print your discs.)   
The download link will be sent by e-mail to the address provided by PayPal at confirmation of payment usually within 2 hours and will be available for 48 hours during which period the files may be downloaded no more than three times.
The option of buying the books loaded to DVD-Rom will still be available and postal charges will be subject to current Royal Mail rates and policies.
Thanking you all for your continued support.
MAC USERS: Older MAC users (Not you McKenzie) may experience some issues if they have not upgraded to accept PC generated files. Please contact us if in doubt.
Bill Rawkins

The History Book Man

Enough. And don’t forget that you can click on the images for a larger and clearer version.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself



More landwehr and real estate

More Landwehr casualties

Landwehr casualties

Having given himself quite a scare by completing a battalion von Peter himself set himself a new rather timid goal to paint some landwehr casualty figures to match. By way of ensuring that at least some casualty figures are available for use during gaming the executive decision was taken a while back to create at least one casualty figure / base for each battalion** completed. So at least one casualty stand was required to seal the inclusion of the 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr battalion into von Peter’s Prussian force. In the end a rush of blood to the head of von Peter himself resulted in three [shock horror] casualty stands comprising four figures [good grief!] arriving at the front.

Three landwehr casualty figures from from Calpe Miniatures with the medic sourced from Westfalia Miniatures. von Peter himself is not 100% sure on the medics shoulder straps but he figures that a little latitude with a landwehr battalion’s medic’s shoulder straps is acceptable. The medic sports the yellow shoulder straps to match those of his battalion – yellow being the colour defining the third battalion of the regiment.

Sadly these three stands will no doubt be getting quite a bit of use in the future. Also sadly the white trousers in the photo have been far too much for the photographer’s skills … the git! The white trousers are not so bright in the real world. Honest.

** Artillery and especially cavalry are a bit more tricky as there are not many casualty figures available for them. As a result these unit types have their casualty status marked in battle via the use of infantry casualty stands. You would expect the cavalry in particular to complain about such tasteless shenanigans but to date not a murmur of dissent has reached high command!  😃


Please sir … can I have some more terrain sir …

Father’s Day comes but once a year … which is a dashed poor return for the year’s worth of toil and abuse that comes with the territory! But von Peter himself digresses … albeit justifiably.  😃

Anyways Father’s Day in New Zealand (and Australia) is celebrated on the first Sunday in September which made it 6 September in 2015. Besides providing The son & heir the chance to sleep through the breakfast provisioning time [mutter mutter] it also provides the opportunity to increase the stocks of hobby related goods. This year von Peter himself scratched the itch caused by some of the buildings rom the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range from  Total Battle Miniatures.

Total Battle - Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof

The “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” was ordered on the 28 August 215. As was half expected given that it was the British summer holiday season Total Battle Miniatures were on holiday at the time but a pleasant email was received on the 5 September 2015 explaining all. Even better the postie delivered that actual model to Neu Schloss von Peter on Saturday 26 September.

TBM row of houses front

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” front with some washed out looking Calpe Miniatures Saxons hiding in the shadows for size reference

The model arrived snuggly packed in a box in the expected  two pieces – the ground floor and the over hanging two upper stories – with some bubble wrap. The model is reasonably large which may make it better suited to Sharp Practice games than brigade/division level games. Even so von Peter himself is thinking that the two halves will be permanently glued together as he is not a fan of hiding figures in buildings.

The more eagle eyed of The dear readers will have noticed that the ground floor is cast in a pale yellow resin whereas the upper two floors are cast in a grey resin. Total Battle Miniatures replied to a querying email with the following …

“No the resins are basically the same and from the same manufacturer we just decided to start dying the castings grey for a bit more definition and the light yellow is its raw state and was bulk cast earlier in the year.” 

TBM row of houses back

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” back

The building is not the cheapest but then you only live once! All things considered von Peter himself is happy to pronounce himself happy with his “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof”. There is a strong possibility that the …

Total Battle - Timber House Lift Off Roof

… and the …Total Battle - Barn:Stables Lift Off Roof

…and maybe even the …
Total Battle Church lift off roof

… will some day join the local collection so as to form a weeney village for heroic 28mm men to squabble over. One can never have enough villages to squabble over.

Who doesn’t need Napoleonic civilians

Via their News page Front Rank Figurines have divulged that they have in their 28mm Napoleonic pipeline …

NAPOLEONIC CIVILIANS “gentry” figures due out October 2015.

At last the better class of local citizenry will be able to observe and cheer the martial brilliance ‘escapades’ of von Peter himself while simultaneously booing the deplorable and altogether vulgar opposition!  😃

The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814

Another e-book from The History Book Man and it’s not what von Peter himself expected. Rather than the anticipated “Armies of the Confederation of the Rhine: The Army of the Kingdom Of Westphalia 1807-1813” we get “The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814”.

If he were to be uncharacteristically honest von Peter himself would prefer the former and is not that interested in the latter. But then … von Peter’s Prussian and Russian troops are mostly part of Bernadotte’s Army of the North in 1813 which just happens to also contain the Swedes. But then … does anyone make decent Swedish 28mm miniatures that will fit with the highly favoured Calpe and Front Rank figures?

From the official blurb …

“THE ARMY OF THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN 1802-1814 was originally published in 1978 and was substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material when the new e-book edition was released. In particular a lot of new information was added into the chapters concerning the army and regimental organisation which added considerably to the usefulness of the volume. The artwork for the original e-book edition was almost a direct reprint of the 1984 edition and the book was illustrated with mostly black and white line drawings from that edition. This new 3rd Edition corrects some minor inaccuracies in the text and includes the colour artwork which was not used in earlier versions and adds some 100 new illustrations created for this edition, in particular the chapters on regimental flags have been updated and enlarged with over forty new colour illustrations.”

An email tells of 107 pages but the website says 130 pages. Hmmm!


SYWA 33rd Annual Convention

A few posts ago von Peter himself reminisced about the happy days when he would receive Seven Years War Association (SYWA) Journals via good old fashioned snail mail … aka the postman. Just to prove that the SYWA is still alive and kicking von Peter himself presents the flier for the next SYWA Convention. They have that Dr. Christopher Duffy person as the featured guest. von Peter himself would love to attend but not this year … or the next  … and probably not the year after either …sob!!

SYWA 33rd con


The standby warning for some of The son & heir’s pigmentation progress is still in effect. Standby!

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

3/4 East Prussian Landwehr

On the 18 November 2010 on his old no longer in existence website & blog – thank you for nothing Apple [mutter mutter] – von Peter himself proudly displayed a picture of the figures he had bought and with which he intended to model a shot up landwehr firing line. The figures safely secured via the mail were added to the unpigmented figure pile.

3-4 East Prussian Landwehr - front

The 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr in a protracted defence of a village somewhere in Saxony 1813

December 2011 and hope was raised in the battalion. The mostly Napoleonic forum la bricole was running another painting contest and von Peter himself had bravely entered. The hope and cunning plan was that participation in such a public forum would spur von Peter himself on to great deeds and the completion a unit. von Peter himself should have known better and was of course wrong. The history of the doomed endeavour is available for public scrutiny here.

Other s-l-o-w painting projects came along and the battalion effectively rejoined the unpigmented figure pile.

With the recent(ish) move to Neu Schloss von Peter various part complete painting projects were rediscovered. The two major items were both Napoleonic Prussian units – a 12 pounder battery and a unit of landwehr infantry. Possessing the guilty knowledge that his Napoleonic Prussian army had been neglected for too long von Peter himself made the command decision that these two units should linger unloved no more. Also the Waterloo 200 refight was looming and Prussian units were in demand.

The 12 pounder battery was completed in time for the Waterloo 200 refight … where it got caught in traffic on the road and never fired a shot! As can be seen in the accompanying photographs the landwehr battalion is now complete and war ready also.

3-4 East Prussian Landwehr - top

An overhead view of the battalion in action. A Napoleonic drone?!

Just in case any of The dear readers are not fully cognisant of the well entrenched habits of von Peter himself the figures are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. Why would one go elsewhere? von Peter himself remains a dedicated Calpe zealot.  😃

Not surprisingly the bulk of the figures were found in the “Prussian Landwehr Infantry: Firing Line” portion of the Calpe catalogue. The casualty figures were sourced from several of the landwehr pose groupings of figures, eg. Route March, most of which have their own casualty figure(s).

By way of explanation and to perhaps preempt confusion – when Calpe Miniatures launched their new (current) website many of the then existing figures were left in the old website now renamed to Calpe Veterans. All the landwehr – both foot and mounted – are listed on the Calpe Verterans site.

The Cape Miniature’s figures were not the only inspiration for the unit. Richard Knoetel’s drawing of a mixed – regulars and landwehr – firing line around the churchyard at Grossbeeren, August 1813 (below) also played its part. As an aside apparently the drawing shows all the steps of loading and firing a musket so have a good look.

Napoleonic Prussian mixed firing line

The units was always going to be the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment. von Peter himself is s-l-o-w-l-y building the Prussian 3rd Brigade of Generalmajor Hessen-Homburg from the latter stages of the 1813 campaign which calls for four battalions of landwehr. Three battalions of landwehr down, one to go.

Well after starting the painting process von Peter himself decided to look up the regiment in Dr. Stephen Summerfield’s “Prussian Napoleonic Landwehr Infantry and Cavalry 1813-1815: Landsturm, Volunteer Cavalry and StreifKorps”. As with the rest of the series the book is chocked full of information. It was not in the possession of von Peter himself when he started painting the battalion which is important as it forms some sort of defence for the coming statement. The book states that the 3rd East Prussian Landwehr Infantry Regiment had grey trousers and black belts. Oops. Too late. We’re moving on! Perhaps the 4th battalion will get it right.  😃

3-4 East Prussian Landwehr - rear

Another challenge for the worn landwehr battalion – incoming Saxons. Please ignore the little bit of green stuff that is visible under the saddle cloth. It’s not normally on display!

The battalion should not really have a standard but who can pass up the various designs on offer and anyway the other two battalions in von Peter’s collection both have two flags each. The flag is a creation of GMB Designs. The red heraldic Prussian eagle links this battalion with the other two who also fly versions of this eagle.

The modelling of a battalion of landwehr as a shot up firing line looks great when deployed in line. A small problem is that under the command of von Peter himself landwehr battalions tend to spend most of their time in column. A minor matter really!  😃

Happily von Peter himself can declare himself very pleased with this his latest Prussian battalion. The battalion is just very pleased to be complete.

Not only has von Peter himself been busy with a brush and pigments but so too has The son & heir. Standby for news on his pigmentation adventures shortly.

Please don’t forget that a click on the images will reveal larger and clearer versions.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Recent recce report

The 100th post by von Peter himself since transitioning to WordPress. Sorry about that! 😃

Here we go again …

Leadbear’s Tufts

In his international travels of mystery and intrigue … on the ‘net … von Peter himself occasionally chances upon a thing of greater than average interest. And even more occasionally von Peter himself is stirred to bring this thing of greater than average interest to the attention of The dear readers for their edification. It is the hope of von Peter himself that for at least one or two of The dear readers this particular thing of greater than average interest will be news and not just some old hat. Such are the perils that we serious journalists face.

A little unusually this thing of greater than average interest hails from this the Southern Hemisphere. Leadbear’s Tufts look to be a great home made product at a great price.

The tufts come pre glued meaning that one removes the tuft from the backing paper and just plonk it on its destination base. Apparently this works wonderfully well but von Peter himself being the world weary cynic that he is would like to see this in action for himself.

Leadbears Tufts 4mm tufts

Leadbear’s Tufts don’t yet have a website but they do have a Facebook page and an eBay store. From the Facebook page …

Leadbear’s Tufts are proudly handmade in Australia by Leadbear (Barry)… on Mrs Leadbear’s kitchen table… much to her annoyance.

And further …

Welcome to my Facebook Page.

Unfortunately I do not have a website yet, but hope to soon. Sorry about that.

Please feel free to contact me at leadbear@internode.on.net if you have any questions regarding the products.

Leader’s Tufts basic catalogue as of 1 September 2015 …

Tufts – Mix (Qty: 140/pack)
These tufts are approximately 4mm high with an additional scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm long static grass to give some contrast.

Light Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass

Tufts – 6mm (Qty: 120/pack)
These tufts are approximately 6mm high with a scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm static grass to give some contrast.

Light Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass

Tufts – 12mm (Qty: 55/pack – 35 dots and 20 larger tufts)
These tufts are approximately 12mm high.

XL Beige
XL Yellow Green
XL Green
XL Dark Green

Please note that I am in the process of review how these are supplied and the 35 dots and 20 larger tufts format may well change in the near
future to sheets of larger tufts only.

Tufts – Various

Wild Grass: Small (approx 4mm high) – (Qty: 140/pack)
Wild Grass: Large (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/pack)

Flowers (approx 4mm high) – (Qty: 120/pack) 24 each of Red, Pink, Yellow, White, Purple).
Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/pack) 20 each of Red, Pink, Yellow, White, Purple).
Sheets of an individual colour can also be supplied upon request.

Yellow Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/pack) These use a lighter green base.

Leafy Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Leafy Tufts with Purple Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
LeafyTufts with Red Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)

Arid – Brown Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Arid – Green Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Light Green Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)

Rusty (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/ pack)
Red Brown (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/ pack)

Unfortunately this item is temporarily unavailable – Stoney Tufts – (Qty: 56/pack) – These tufts have small stones imbedded in the tuft.

Leadbears Tufts - green tufts

Above: green tufts

Regarding pricing .,..

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars.
Packs of tufts are $10.00 and includes the cost of postage within Australia.
Postage to New Zealand is an additional $0.35 per pack.
Postage to the Rest of the World is an additional $1.35 per pack.

As the items can be sent as letters, generally, small orders of less than 5 boxes are sent individually.
For larger orders, the tufts are sent in one package with the postage adjusted accordingly. I don’t profit from postage and you will only pay what the post office charges me.
For Australians, payment can be made by PayPal, Direct Deopsit or Cheque.For the Rest of the World, payment cvan be made via PayPal.

You can also purchase Leader’s Tufts through their ebay store but you will be restricted to what is available in the store as opposed to the complete range.

Leadbears Tufts - Leadbears Tufts - Stony tufts with flowers and leafy tufts

Above: Stoney tufts with flowers and leafy tufts. Something a little different

von Peter himself currently uses several different tufts – plain ‘grasses’ of various sizes and colours, several flowery and a few broad leafed. They are an easy and effective way to spice up the bases of units as well as terrain items. Currently those used are mostly Silflor/MiniNatur tufts but von Peter himself thinks that he might very well give Leadbear’s Tufts a trial. It’s not exactly a trial of high risk. Perhaps an email to


is in order.

If The dear reader is interested in further information a quick search of “Leadbear’s Tufts” will turn up several reviews and unpacking videos. They tend to be very positive.

Leadbears Tufts bear

All images in this section borrowed from Leadbear’s Tufts Facebook page.


More Front Rank Reinforcement Pack Russians

Front Rank Figurines have released the next six – and last? [sob!] – reinforcement packs for their Napoleonic Russians. And these “Infantry in greatcoats” packs will make the speed painters wriggle and writhe with joy.

Those that yearn for a Europe freed from the Bonapartist yoke can but hope that if these are indeed the last reinforcement packs for the Russians then perhaps Front Rank will see their way clear to create limbers and caissons for the Russians to aid the movement of artillery and munitions!  And what about reinforcement packs for cavalry … for all nations? Ah … perhaps not!  😃

The new packs are …

Front Rank RNRPK16

  • RNRPK16 Mixed Russian Infantry in greatcoat & Kiwer, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)
  • RNRPK17 Mixed Russian Infantry Command in greatcoat & Kiwer, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack

Front Rank RNRPK18

  • RNRPK18 Mixed Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in greatcoat & Kiwer, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)
  • RNRPK19 Mixed Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in greatcoat & Kiwer, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack

Front Rank RNRPK20

  • RNRPK20 Mixed Russian Infantry in greatcoat & forage cap, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)

Front Rank RNRPK21

  • RNRPK21 Mixed Russian Infantry Command in greatcoat & forage, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack (above).

And let us keen defenders of Mother Russia not forget that if they work for your particular collection then Reinforcement Sets are also available from Front Rank. They provide 36 figures from the Reinforcement Packs including officers, musicians etc plus any required flank companies for a discounted cost. See the Front Rank Figurines website for details.

The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book “FOREIGN REGIMENTS IN FRENCH SERVICE 1795-1814 Volume One: The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments”. Quite the mouthful. The blurb …

FOREIGN REGIMENTS IN FRENCH SERVICE 1795-1814 Volume One: The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments was originally published in 1982 and has now been substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material which was not available when the original edition was published. This first volume covers those foreign legions and regiments with a national origin in Northern Europe. The original black and white line drawings which illustrated the 1982 edition have now been replaced with full colour artwork and colour illustrations from authoritive and contemporary artists including some of the beautiful cards from the 1st Empire Series by Commt. Bucquoy.

246 pages

Another £3.99 E-Book bargain but not one to suit the tastes of von Peter himself. The next volume may well be a different story – Armies of the Confederation of the Rhine: The Army of the Kingdom Of Westphalia 1807-1813.

cb15 cover


The magnificent (last) 7 march ever closer to the front

As related at the end of the prior post the much extended trials and tribulations of the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment circa 1813 are finally nearing an end. Once the remaining 7 figures are complete … and the unit based [mutter mutter – it’s never ending] … the battalion will be at the point of war readiness.

When last seen these 7 figures were pristine in their shiny silveriness but via the simple expedient of painting a little each night they are now well on their way. Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

The last 7 of the 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr circa 1813

You never know dear reader but the next time we converse von Peter himself may have his third landwehr battalion on display. You just can never tell.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself


Tabletop Gaming News

Many of The dear readers are no doubt aware of The Miniatures Page which provides a Hobby News section as part of its offering. While far from being an all encompassing source for what is newly available in the hobby it still provides a quick overview.

Another site which provides such an overview and may be new to some of The dear readers is Tabletop Gaming News. While much of what they publicise may not suit the tastes of all one can use the “categories” functionality to zoom in on one’s area(s) of interest, e.g Historical; Napoleonics.

From their FAQ …

Where does TGN find its news?
The main source of news to the site is from you, the readers. We’re always getting news submission and are happy for them! We want to post the news you want to read and the best way to make sure of that is to be attentive to news as it’s submitted. We do have other sources of news, such as searching through websites manually for updates, but we wouldn’t be anywhere without your help!

How do I submit news?
The most efficient way to submit news to TGN is by using the News Submission form on the site. You can use this to send in news stories as well as URLs to any images that you want to include in the story. The information in the form is sent to all of the writers at TGN which helps to ensure that it will be posted as soon as possible.

Do I need to pay or be a site sponsor to post news?
Not at all. Any company or manufacturer that produces products related to tabletop gaming should feel free to send any news releases or PR they have about their products.
We’re happy to post up news from the smallest manufacturer to the biggest game companies out there.




For those that want something a little different in their WWII gaming but don’t want the mythical 1946 route or zombie’ised weird WWII route then perhaps Panzerfäuste is the answer.

First there was/are a skirmish set of rules from the Wessex Games website …

Panzerfäuste is a fun set of fantasy WW2 skirmish rules where standard fantasy races such as Orcs, Dwarves and Elves fight out battles with 20th century weaponry. The core system revolves around a system called Guts which helps simulate all the vagaries of modern warfare including morale and fatigue in one simple mechanism. The rules can be used to fight historical WW2 actions is so desired.

But now there is to be more from Wessex Games Facebook page

Panzerfäuste Reborn
I love Panzerfäuste, it is a great game with a great background. It is also a game that has huge potential but sadly a potential that I have not been able to realise through Wessex Games.
Last last year Rob Alderman, a long time fan of the game, approached me about producing a new edition. As you may know Rob has a full-time job working for Prodos Games and has a level of experience in the industry and a portfolio of contacts that I can only dream of. He knows the figure designers, artists, manufacturers and printers that could make Panzerfäuste the game I first dreamed of and the one we both dream of playing!
So we are going to do it!
We have set up Hysterical Games, a jointly owned company to produce a new version of Panzerfäuste.
We have a plan, Rob has a team of artists and sculptors working on some beautiful colour art and brand new miniatures. Rob is working on new rules and I’m having a whale of a time fleshing out the background,
I suppose I should clarify what I mean when I say a new version of Panzerfäuste,..
The new version will be a completely different game. As you know the original game was a section level skirmish game, the new version will be a reinforced platoon level mass battle game. This means that not only will the basic infantry be produced for the game, but (at long last) there will be support weapons produced along with the armoured war-beasts that take on the role of tanks in the world of Panzerfäuste.
The skirmish game will not die and will continue to be available, so in effect there will be two Panzerfäuste games available for you to play, a squad level skirmish one and a platoon level battle one depending on what takes your fancy.

So now there is a company Hysterical Games who will be bringing out a reinforced platoon level game and some of the preview images look to be rather well done. So if a fantasy WWII game is for you perhaps it will be worth checking out their Kickstarter which appears to be timed for the Northern Hemisphere autumn.

Panzerfauste Dwarves

panzerfauste Helga

Panzerfauste Gnomes

Panzerfauste Orc

All Panzerfäuste images above kindly – if unknowingly! – supplied by Hysterical Games.

Now there’s more time I’ll waste each night …


After a hiatus Der Feldmarschall  is posting again on his blog. And even better his 1813 project and blog Immer Vorwärts! has restarted. With another Prussian army headed for the tabletop the German fatherland must soon be free of the Bonapartist scourge!  😀

Immer Vorwärts!


Speaking of Prussian armies …

As with the recently resurrected and completed Napoleonic Prussian 12 pounder battery another long l-o-n-g running project has been dragged back into the land of the living. This one is the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment of 1813 modelled as a shot up firing line. The image below shows the current state of play with seven figures left to paint. These seven have now started the colouring in process and hopefully the whole “shooting match” will be complete in a week or two – you just can’t hurry a perpetually distracted  von Peter himself! More on the whys and wherefores of this unit when it is unveiled in it’s completed glory.

3-4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment 2015-08-24

Enough! To the presses!!

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Call to Arms 2015 part the second … and some sadness

If von Peter himself were to be honest [shock horror] he might admit that the Call to Arms 2015 report was never meant to be a multi part undertaking. Rather late one night after working up the report a little further von Peter himself decided to preview that work to-date to check it for presentation, stupid errors etc. and save it for further work. Somewhere along the line of switching between the preview and the blog contents von Peter himself inadvertently published the update to the whole world! An “oh bother” – not the actual words used at the time 😀 – moment. An out of character rapid command decision was made. The post would stand. More unaccustomed rapid activity to remove some unwanted text and add the “To be continued” epitaph and the deed was complete.

Such is the sad background of gross incompetence to this continuation and conclusion of the Quatre Bras game …

Quatre Bras 4 von Peter's 2 brigades

Above: the two brigades of von Peter’s command for the game. Up front we have Pack’s four British battalions – two lining the hedge adjacent and a little in front of Quatre Bras and the two Highland battalions who have just leapt the hedge to get at the French as old gumboot (Wellington) wanted to apply some pressure on the French in this sector. Behind them are the Hanoverian militia battalions of Best’s brigade. Three battalions can be seen here as Picton has already removed the fourth to the flank where they would remain for the rest of the game.

Once the potential outflanking of the Allied line by the French had been thwarted (see here for the details) the worst of the battle was over for the allies stationed on the left though they did not yet know it. Monsieur Rhys tried heroically to puncture the line but it was not to be. Then again he may just have been foxing to keep allied troops away from the centre and allied right. Damned dastardly cunning those Frenchmen can be! By the game’s end the Allied left was advancing across the field trying to break the French brigades as much as taking ground. As the historical records recount their efforts were in vain as Monsieur Rhys proved to be a dab hand at surviving Break Tests and though his brigades may have been sorely tested none broke [mutter mutter].

A rare visit by von Peter himself to the Allied right delivered quite the surprise. There didn’t seem to be an Allied right flank. Whatever had gone on over there it was not good for the Allies. There was precious little standing between the French and Quatre Bras.

Thankfully the scenario timed out before the French could storm Quatre Bras. A moral victory for the Allies but a summing up of the scenarios victory points gave the game comfortably to the French. Time to fall back to that ridge we spotted near Mont St Jean. With any luck the Prussians will join in to add that victorious touch to the Allied efforts!! 😀

Quatre Bras 5 von Peter's 2 brigades up close

Above: a close up of the prior scene

During the battle the left flank of the Allied Army had no cavalry support and but a single battery. True there was a battalion of British Rifles which the (British!) writers have decided were supermen with plenty of special rules. Not that the special rules stopped them from blundering and running to the rear. 😀 They didn’t unduly affected the battle. And the much famed and feared British first fire turned out to be nothing more than a grave disappointment.

The true heroes on the left were Best’s Hanoverian militia who fought like lions all day. And their brave commander von Peter himself is totally unbiased in this. They invariably rolled high when required and low when required. Whether it was going toe to toe with the French in a firefight or surviving a flank charge by French Cuirassiers they managed it all with the aplomb of veterans. It must be their red caps … or the inspired leadership. 😀

All in all a good time was had. The same seemed to be true of the convention as a whole – at least on the Saturday that von Peter himself was in attendance. There were several other demonstration games and the hall was full of competition gaming in several gaming systems. There were even some visiting public who wandered in with varying levels of understanding of what we were doing. They were all ready and happy to talk.

von Peter himself appears to have ceased taking photographs after the couple above. But never fear – for a bunch more photos of the game garage gaming Terry has posted about a gazillion of them at …

Call to Arms 2015 – Part 1 and

Call to Arms 2015 – Part 2.

Meanwhile at home several painting sessions have moved forward the 3/4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment as modelled as a shot up firing line – Calpe Miniatures figures of course. Perhaps a progress report photo next time around.

Good bye dear friend

Sadly – such an inadequate word – we had to put Laelaps “to sleep” today. This came totally out of the blue.

Thank you Laelaps for being such a fantastic and integral part of The Family. You were a gentle dog who invariably did your best to please … though it must be said that there was the occasional mischievous moment! You are and will be missed. It was The Family‘s great pleasure and honour to run as part of your pack.


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself