Join the army they said … see the world they said

The tramp tramp tramp of 28mm Polish feet have finally marched themselves on to this here blog. von Peter himself is pleased to announce the arrival of the first battalion of the 4th Polish Infantry regiment …

A few points of interest for any of The dear readers who may be interested …

  • the figures were sorted, cleaned up, eagle attached to the standard pole and sent to Nigel Fun-nell as the 2nd battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment. Later it slowly dawned on von Peter himself that really only the first battalion of each regiment should have an eagle. Quick communication with the aforementioned Nigel quickly altered it to be the 1/4 Infantry Regiment
  • figures from Front Rank Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs, pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell, horse and basing by von Peter himself
  • that Front Rank Miniatures only supply a solitary mounted infantry officer with no variants that is suitable for this unit is moderately irritating. And to be clear von Peter himself is not big on figure conversions. But with two more battalions of Poles to come he has a cunning … and hopefully eventually two … plan(s) to save the repetition of a distinctively posed figure.

Thinking ahead the 1/4 Infantry Regiment also comes with a couple of casualty figures. Under the questionable generalship of von Peter himself these are bound to come in useful …

The 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813 is beginning to take shape and is now roughly half formed. Two more battalions, another uhlan regiment, some artillery and a few more leaders to come.

Above: the Poles holding a flank in the vastness of the Russian steppe. Certainly not a vision of the part of the world imagined when young Stanislaw joined up! Of a more positive nature Stanislaw ruminated over the rumour that perhaps some rather useful artillery will be along soon 😃

All images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A graduation and knife fighting

Congratulations are due to the The son & heir who has earned himself a degree. To be fair there were suspicions amongst the support crew that maybe there was some cunning scam being played. So a trip to Dunedin and the graduation ceremony was organised as a means of verification. A little surprisingly the graduation parade and ceremony all seemed above board. And careful examination of the certificate likewise failed to raise any concerns of any authenticity shenanigans. It seems that The son & heir has indeed earned himself a degree. Congratulations and well done that man.

During each of the three years that The son & heir has been domiciled in Dunedin getting himself all degreed up yearly visitations were undertaken by his proud parents. And never once – despite multiple attempts – did von Peter himself manage to get to frequent The Duke of Wellington public establishment with its 20ish imported beers and militaryish surroundings. To make things worse The son & heir was a frequenter of said establishment. That wrong has now been put to right … on the way to the airport …

Above: von Peter himself did not sample the Spitfire brew available but he did quite enjoy their promotional material …

Little wars

Having covered himself in academic glory The son & heir returned to Neu Schloss von Peter for a few weeks of eating, consuming electricity, catching up with friends and general battery recharging. Last summer The son & heir created a terrain board – a first of several? – and this was dragged out for a couple of Sharp Practice games. Because The son & heir wanted to use plenty of the available terrain both ended up as urban knife fights which presented some challenges different tp the normal.

The first game was set in 1813 and saw opposing Prussians and Saxons scouring an urban environment for a posse of informers who had been two timing both sides. Seven civilian figures were spread across the table and these would move randomly on their own card in the game deck.

Above: a sleepy war weary little town somewhere in Saxony 1813. The locals go about their business with a mere three concerns – the ever nearing war; the fool standing in the way of the sunlight; and the finger partially covering the lens upper left.

Above: a little later and the sleepy little town is sleepy little town is about to be rudely awoken by the whoring warring Prussians of The son & heir himself and the humanitarian Saxons lead by that internationally beloved philanthropist von Peter himself.

Above: a little little later on. Men have started turning into casualties. The Prussian jägers in the centre have just dealt a severe hand of death (red markers) and shock (green markers) to a some Saxon Musketeers which has pushed them back as the shock is greater than the remaining figures. Fortunately for the Saxons these musketeers managed to avoid further Prussian ire and were to slowly regain their composure and be still in the fight at the end of the battle.

On the far right further Saxon musketeers manfully stride down the side of the town to get the jump on the Prussian jägers which they manage to do but over a series of two separate “fisty cuffs” were banished from the table by those same jägers.

To the left of the battered Saxon musketeers can be seen what looks like a Russian mounted officer. Actually he’s a Saxon officer that looks like a Russian officer from a distance! To the right of the same musketeers is a Saxon officer who looks like a Saxon officer. Officer identification can be a tricky thing! They are both where they are as they are attempting to bring on further troops.

Over the central wall from the Prussian jägers some Saxon jägers can just be made out and are currently interrogating a Lady of quality dressed in yellow in an attempt to flush out a two timing agent of espionage.

On the far left further Saxon musketeers advance down the side of the town. They were to be met by superior numbers of Prussian musketeers and were swiftly erased form the Saxon muster rolls. Sob.

At the back of the board mostly hidden by the orange roof tiles are more Prussian musketeers.

The battle raged with various units coming & going and the usual ups & downs for both sides. Several turncoats were uncovered but all managed to escape when their “escorting” infantry were “dispersed”. Ultimately the Saxons squeaked a victory and so earned the right to write the history of the battle and its protagonists.  😃

I – N – T – E – R – V – A – L

Off came the european buildings and on came some eastern / Russian domestic structures. The clock was turned back to 1812 and the scene to the northern flank of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The Bavarians were keen to spring an ambuscade to grab some Russian supplies as they were being ferried through local village. The rumour was that previously captured bratwurst was in that wagon!

Above: the Bavarians can almost smell the bratwurst but have turned to tackle the Russian rearguard rather than fill their knapsacks. The dice knew their duty and the Bavarians were not long for participating in this battle.

This was a much quicker game as the dice firmly came down on the side of him who had procured them – von Peter himself. Nearly everything The son & heir tried failed or was shabbily treated by those special Bavarian dice. Reinforcement refused to come on until they were in a position to be massacred by their Russian opponents. “Fisty cuffs” and shooting likewise came to very little. A short sharp brutal encounter to the glory of Mother Russia. Huzzah.

Above: joint MVP of the Bavarian vs. Russian petite battle. The dice

 

Remember Dear readership that many of the images can be “clicked” for larger and clearer versions.

 

And now for something completely different … can you hear the tramp tramp tramp of approaching 28mm Polish infantry. von Peter himself can. Stand by.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

All the news that was news a week or two back

A pre Christmas offering for The dear readers. As is usual this news bulletins was started literally weeks ago but for a number of probably not very good reasons not completed. But undeterred von Peter himself has bravely tarted it up for a pre Christmas treat. You’re welcome.  😃

Unbelievable as it may sound von Peter himself is well on his way to completing some “projects”. As a result it is quite possible that this may not be the last post before Christmas … or New Year … or shortly thereafter!

 

Calpe Miniatures news

Welcome news out of Calpe Towers

For family reasons I have to close down for December. All outstanding orders will be sent out but no new orders will be accepted until 1st January 2020. Please do not send your orders in during the closure as this creates a daunting backlog on my return.

I am well aware that there have been few updates to the website in 2019. This was mainly caused by a neccessary update to the site to make it compatilbe with mobile phone and tablet orders as some of these were not reaching me. Hopefully this has now been sorted! Updates have also been on hold as I am having to learn how to update the website myself. Chris Bodley who designed and run the site for me is now gainfully employed and can no longer do this for me.

Design work on the Saxon range has continued despite the website problems. The light infantry sets in march-attack and firing line/skirmish poses are complete, the third and final set in advancing poses will be ready by the end of January 2020. Also complete, but not yet in production moulds, are the Saxon Guard Grenadiers in march-attack poses and campaign dress. I intend to release all four sets at the end of January 2020.

Once these have been released, I will go on to work on the Saxon light cavalry – the Uhlans and the Hussars. I will also sculpt the horse artillery and hope to have the caissons, limbers and artillery train ready by the last quarter of 2020.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your continued support.

Peter

The bad news is that if The dear reader is planning on a quick pre Christmas Calpe order then good luck with that. The good news is that new Saxon figures are on the horizon.

 

Perry Miniatures news

For lovers of Perry Miniatures, lovers of plastic figures and especially lovers of Perry Miniature plastic figures there are some pre Christmas delights available …

Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry ready for PRE-ORDER!

We’re expecting to receive both French Infantry sets by mid-December but you can put your pre-orders in, although be aware the Christmas postal service might affect the arrival.

FN 250 French Infantry Battalion box; this will include a 36 man battalion that allows all the fusiliers and elite companies to be posed marching or attacking. This set will also include 8 additional Elite companies skirmishing. All figures are in the pre-1812 long tailed coat and overalls.

FN 260 Elite companies, French Infantry box; this set contains the same frames but in a different mix, designed for the skirmish wargamer. So the mix is heavy on the skirmishing Elite companies’ frames

A full (A3) painting guide covers French, Swiss, Kingdom of Italy and Neapolitan troops.
We should be getting the command frame in early next week so we’ll show it on our Facebook page when we have it in. Renedra have been working very hard to get these sets out for Christmas.
We also have up for pre-order two metal sets of bicorned heads, one for Fusiliers and the other for Elite companies to convert the plastic infantry for the 1805-07 period (although some regiments still had them).

We have a few lovely painted examples from John Morris and Francesco Thau on our Facebook page but there will be more shown as we build up to the release.

Alan and Michael
http://www.perry-miniatures.com

Quickly followed by a …

French Infantry OUT NOW!

We’re pleased to announce the New Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry are now out. Pre-orders started going out today.
Renedra surprised us all by hitting the deadline 2-3 days early!!! Thanks Renedra!
We have a few more painted examples too from the like of Maurizio Amadori, Chris Adcock Aly Morrison and Alan (P). These can be seen on our Facebook page.

Also you may have noticed we have won the Wargames Illustrated ‘Best Manufacturer 2019’!
A big thank you to all who voted for us! It really was a surprise!! We just make the stuff we’re interested in and we’re very glad people seem to like it too.
Thanks again!

Alan and Michael

 

TooFatLardies audio Advent Calendar

The TooFatLardies have taken it upon themselves to enrich – pun intended on Lardy Richard Clarkes name – the run down to Christmas 2019 with an audio Advent Calendar. Listen here at your peril.

 

The end off an institution is nigh

For lovers of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast bad news is afoot.

 

In the event that this should be the last post before Christmas 2019 then Merry Christmas to all of The dear readers. And subsequently should this be the last post before the New Year then Happy New Year to all of The dear readership. We’ll all have to wait and see.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #14

One day von Peter himself hopes to get back to pigmenting his figures but until then a quick drive by of some items of potential interest …

Aventine Byzantines

Aventine Miniatures have started a 28mm range of early Byzantines. The first unit type out off the gate is the heavy infantry. Lighter armoured infantry are apparently in the works.

 

Skirmishing’ish Ancients rules

The TooFatLardies are working on a skirmish’ish level game set in those ancient times. Think Sharp Practice sized games though it has been stressed that this is a new game and not Sharp Practice with the gun powder removed. See …

 

But there’s more …

 

The son & heir raised Clash of Spears into the consciousness of von Peter himself. Victrix has  partnered with the rule writers to provide Punic Wars “warbands” and guess who already has Victrix figures for the Punic Wars. A clue – it’s The son & heir.

More details can be found here including links to further details on the rules themselves.

 

Stalingrad

von Peter himself has seen and heard multiple awestruck reports of a Stalingrad table. And here’s a little video on it …

 

A newly discovered Podcast

For those with an interest in WWII a couple of patriotic Brits host a podcast on that conflict. von Peter himself has listened to around ten episodes as the time of typing and finds the presentation and topics entertaining. The official blurb …

Achtung! Achtung!

Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don’t expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.

Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com

Battle stations!

Search for “We Have Ways of Making You Talk” on your favourite podcast provider.

 

Would von Peter himself have been as indomitable?

Very sad and poignant yet also positive and uplifting …

Totally worth it

Some very wise words with the bonus of having a health message built in.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #13

Catherine the Great teaser & trailer

von Peter himself has had a long time soft spot for the Seven Years War in Europe. Catherine the Great is contemporous of that time so the HBO series of that well known German lady would be of interest. “Would be of interest” as von Peter himself does not have HBO but who knows what possibilities will present themselves in the future.

Some stolen blurb and then some viewing …

“Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics. Catherine the Great premieres October 21 at 10PM on HBO”

 

Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow podcast

BBC Radio 4 have a series of podcasts called In Our Time which seem to have a host of interesting topics … and to be fair a bunch of not so interesting ones! What brings about this notification is a podcast in the podcast entitled Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow. It could have been improved by the inclusion of someone like Dominic Lieven but still generated some interest if The dear readership has time to kill. FYI – von Peter himself sourced his copy from iTunes for ease of local playback.

As has been mentioned before for some listening on the causes and some history of the 1812 campaign and through to 1813/14 ….

 

 

Barons’ War – 28mm Medieval Miniatures kickstarter

It closes soon – Monday 30th September 2019 8:00 AM UTC +13:00 – but if the Barons’ War is of interest to The dear reader then this kickstarter may be of interest.

For many years, Andy Hobday – of Footsore Miniatures & Games – has had a great passion for the often overlooked periods of British history. One of these passions is The Barons’ War – an English civil war in the early 13th-Century between rebellious barons (and their French allies) against King John.

Andy has been chatting with renowned sculptor Paul Hicks about The Barons’ War for some time now, and earlier this year they decided to put together a range that not only represented the arms and armour of the time, but could be used for a number of different rulesets and other locations too.

These miniatures can be used for games set during The Barons’ War, and not only that, they’ll work for both sides of the conflict! Additionally, they’ll work well for games that take you Crusading in the Middle East, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Crusades (and a few years/decades either side).

Like many of the Footsore ranges, The Barons’ War range will be packed to work well for games like Saga and Lion Rampant. Of course, should the range be very popular, Andy hasn’t ruled out releasing a ruleset of his own.

 

10mm ancients from Gripping Beast

Gripping Beast are known for their 28mm miniatures. But they have been teasing the occasional picture of 10mm ancients – Parthians and opposing Romans – on their Facebook page.

In a post dated 20th September 2019 …

“We’ll be announcing a release date for the Parthians and Romans soon, so stay tuned!”

von Peter himself has always thought that 10mm would suit himself better if he were to look at smaller scale gaming as there is a bit more figure to be seen than with 6mm Progress shall be observed … form a distance at this stage.

 

Perry’s soon to reveal a new range/period

See on the Perrys Facebook page in their “Korea 1592” post of 24 September 2019 …

Now this might look like we’re enjoying ourselves playing games all the time………which we are But we are also ‘hard at work’ making quite a lot of figures too. So don’t worry there will be new stuff out, including a new range/period…….”

Hmm. A new range. The mind boggles with the possibilities.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #12

Fathers Day came and went several weeks ago here in Godzone – aka New Zealand. von Peter himself managed to obtain two hobby related items. Undoubtedly The dear readership are desperate to hear what those two hobby related items were so …

Hobby item #1: Murat’s Army. Spotted on an email from Naval & Military Press for the princely sum of £3.99. What could go wrong? Oh yeah …. the £6.35 postage from the UK to New Zealand! Bought as a curiosity really. The official blurb …

Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendour of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.

This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

 

Hobby item #2: Young Oak/Beech Trees x 4. These are 4Ground Trees that you can’t actually get direct from 4Ground currently. There have been corporate machinations and 4Ground are currently rebuilding themselves and their website. von Peter himself has a taste for the 4Ground trees and not seeing them on the new website he enquired as to their potential future availability and received the polite reply  …

“Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future”.

4Ground may not be selling the trees but Mighty Ape here in New Zealand are as they still had some stock. Fortuitously von Peter himself had a discount voucher for the Ape and so the trees were got.

 

A table for Christmas perhaps

For those looking to get organised early for Christmas then perhaps the Hobby/Game Table from Deep-Cut Studio will provide that loving gift.

The blurb explains …

Hobby / game table in a most purified form. It serves as a standard house furniture in a size of a dining table, yet transforms into a functional hobby area in a simplest way possible. You can enjoy your activities, close the lids when you are done without having to tidy up and resume from where you left later on.

– Manufactured from recycled laminated A grade plywood. Weights over 40 kg (80 lbs), which makes it exceptionally sturdy and robust
– Size: 112 x 142 cm ( 44 x 56 inches) surface, 83 cm ( 33 inches) height to upper tabletop and 70 cm ( 28 inches) height to bottom
– Special upper tabletop construction grants stable surface, smooth connection of both halves and does not allow dirt or crumbles fall into the inner area
– Upper tabletop halves easily taken off without excessive use of strength and stored in a specially designed space under the tabletop. These halves can be hidden completely behind the inner surface or serve as extra space for any activity, private area or as shelves for additional or temporary materials, manuals, etc.
– Transforms into a table with 91,5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 inches or 3×4 feet ) inner surface dimensions, 10 cm ( 4 inches) deep
– Sold unassembled and grants the joy of putting it together with all the parts, tools and manual included. Challenge rating: low, fun factor: rewarding
– Available in black or white laminate colours
– Same or next day dispatch, delivery in 4-5 days to EU

Available in white or black and currently priced at 490.00€.

Too small for the games von Peter himself likes to play so he will be passing. Others may find it more to their liking. And thanks to Deep-Cut Studio for unknowingly supplying the photos.

 

What’s happening at Front Rank Figurines?

It seems like aeons since Front Rank Figurine’s last release. That was the latest in their later Napoleonic Prussian range – Generals & Staff. Since then all has been quiet with the News section of the Front Rank site giving no clue as to what the future might hold. Happily the friendly folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum have provided a whiff of what may be in the Front Rank future as collateral damage in this thread. The important wording is …

Hi James,
Hope all is well with you, yes there is truth in the rumour I have been working on Brunswickers however it seems like I get less and less time to do designing so they are taking a while, I may have the first releases available during the Autumn/winter.

 

What’s not happening at Front Rank Figurines?

As an aside please note that von Peter himself does not want to say that the Front Rank Generals & Staff are the last release in their Prussian range. Where are the limbers and caissons that a dedicated collector of Napoleonic Prussians would desire? Of course the same question could be asked of Front Rank regarding their Austrians, Russians etc. Without actually checking – a simple case of idleness – it seems that only the French & British are provided with such luxuries which surely is not fair, right or even equitable. von Peter himself suspects that the problem is that the anticipated sales of Austrian, Russian etc limbers and caissons are not anticipated to reach the level required to make their creation and sale economically viable.

Whatever the reason von Peter himself pines for limbers and caissons for his Napoleonic Russian and Austrian armies both of which are mostly provisioned using Front Rank figures. Perry Miniature’s limbers and caissons are an obvious alternative but are too small and slight in the eyes of von Peter himself to be a suitable match.

Of course for the Prussians Calpe Miniatures can provide limbers and caissons – and obviously the rest of the Prussian Army 😀 – in a similar style and heft to the Front Rankers.

Above: life really is easier with limbers! “Forward By Bricole!” by Keith Rocco

 

Jimbibblieblog Plancenoit

What better way to end but with another miniature architectural marvel from Jimbibblyblog / Oshiro Models. This time it’s a Plancenoit. Check your history of the Battle of Waterloo if this means nothing to The dear reader. What could be more soothing than the wonderful model of a place of mighty endeavour and no little carnage?!

See Plancenoit for many more pictures of the models – there are two pieces that can be arranged together in several ways or individually – as well as some words on the church.

The two photos from the Jimbibblyblog blog.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #11

A couple of small thoughts …

Alatriste

The 2006 Spanish produced fictional yet historically based film Alatriste has for many years been fading in and out the consciousness of von Peter himself. The draw was that it was set in 17th century about a Spanish soldier and the stills seen looked mighty impressive.

Above: Spanish Tercio at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste. You’ve got to blow on your match occasionally to keep it alive / lit

So one dreary afternoon – before going out to the movies! – a version of the film with English subtitles was found and viewed. To be honest the plot was a little difficult to follow in detail as several books worth of story telling were apparently compressed in to the one film but the visuals were well worth the cost of entry. The battle scenes were well done with files of men going down sequentially to cannon balls; the tops of upright pikes being removed by over shooting cannonballs; standards falling in the background only to be re-raised by presumably another bearer; firing and retiring to reload; charging armoured cavalry; pike block on pike block action with the two sides slowly coming together and seemingly taking a deep breath before engaging with a final little surge. Unfortunately the representation of the Battle of Rocroi was just a single Tercio vs. the French but I guess one could only find, outfit, train and pay so many men!

Oh – and Viggo Mortensen plays our hero Diego Alatriste and in the opinion of von Peter himself does a damned fine job of it too. And to help sort the plot issues see Alatriste for a plot summary.

And you’ve just got to love those stylish large brimmed hats on display in the film.

Above: Spanish Tercio vs. cavalry at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste

 

Podcast corner

von Peter himself has stumbled over Henry Hyde’s Battlechat podcast. At the time of typing there are 26 episodes with many of them being with some interesting guests. Your author has listened to 2/3 of Episode 1 and the experience has not deterred from him bringing the podcast to the attention of The dear readership.

 

Ooops … pushed the publish button and not the Save Draft button. Oh well lets just go with it! 😎

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself