Snippets #5

It is timely to present a few assorted items. Any one of them may be of interest to The dear readers. ¬†ūüėÉ

Another e-book from The History Book Man

Another release from the¬†The History Book Man¬†with their latest e-book ‚ÄúForeign Regiments in French Service 1795-1814 Volume Four: The Portuguese Legion and Iberian Troupes Etrangere 1808-1814″. The official blurb ‚Ķ

This popular title was fIrst published in 1974 but has now been considerably enlarged and includes those troops from Portugal and Spain who served with the Army as Troupes Etrangere during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Now includes all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

152 pages

As usual the e-book is packed with history, unit organisation and uniform details for a surprisingly large number of units. Hard to beat for and hard to go wrong for £3.99.

 

More national dice

The dice folly continues. More¬†of the products from¬†Dice of War¬†have arrived to provide close dice support to their national army. French dice – of the laurel wreathed “N” type – and Saxon dice have now been safely obtained.

Yet still the dice madness continues. Austrian and Russian dice are now back in stock so the appropriate procurement documents have been despatched. Which only leaves Bavarian and Polish dice to complete the set for the locally raised Napoleonic armies.

The previously acquired Prussian dice got their first run outs with the two Wagram games due to the unavailability of the genuine Austrian articles. They started both games in a less than satisfactory manner but perhaps they should be forgiven as deciding the fate of Austrian troops was not the reason for their creation! ¬†ūüėÉ

 

The painting(?!) desk

The rush of preparing Austrians and to a much lesser extent Saxons for the Wagram extravaganzas saw an unprecedented level of productivity at New Schloss von Peter. Unfortunately the prodigious efforts have been completely undone ever since with the gifted … what the ??? …. hands of von Peter himself not clasping a paint brush since. Never the less¬†von Peter himself now presents a quick update on the current state of the painting desk. Please ignore any dust that may be seen in the photo! ¬†ūüôĀ

Back row:

  • four Prussian limber horses
  • two Prussian mounted¬†Feldjaegers and their horses. There’s actually a third Feldjaeger deprived of his paint stand (horse) and out of sight.

All work on the above was put on hold with the demands of the pre Wagram work schedule … and sadly has yet to recommence!

Middle row:

  • a GW knightly figure in goldenish armour who has never seen any progress since being added to the paint desk with the thought that he’d get a little love every now and then
  • four figures for the last stand of the Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.

Front row:

  • The commanding colonel and adjoint from the Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3 along with their trusty steeds. Annoyingly the base blue coat seems to be a little light
  • the second to last stand of the Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.

Shelf below:

  • Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment awaiting the reinforcements above.

Next level down:

  • the mounted adc from¬†Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3. By way of explanation von Peter himself provided a small Saxon brigade for the Wagram games. The thought occurred that it would probably be nice to supply a commanding officer of a Saxon disposition for the brigade. This figure on his temporary one man and his horse base is the result of that thinking. If the¬†commanding colonel and adjoint – see the Front row above – ever get completed all three figures will be grouped together on a single base.

 

Stop Press: Trees

Four packs of 4Ground trees have just arrived. Ordered on the 5 September from England with delivery on the 11 September in New Zealand. Not a bad turn-a-round. von Peter himself had performed his pre purchase internet snooping on these trees and was pleased enough with what he read to get these trial sets of trees. If they are a success there will be more imports of lumber in the future.

The trees come with sabot style mdf basing which von Peter himself plans to decorate in the same manner that he bases his figures. There is a stirring in von Peter himself to get the trees done. So perhaps these trees are what gets the creative juices churning again and the pigmentation of figures will follow … albeit at the traditional crawl. One can perhaps allow oneself a little optimism. ¬†ūüėÉ

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Wagram II

Wagram II has come and gone. Gone several weekends ago in actuality. von Peter himself really should write up something about it!

Why Wagram II? Because Wagram I had been fought a few weeks prior. If this is news to The dear reader then details can be found here. Wagram II was enlarged in almost all respects over Wagram I …

  • Paul W had confirmed his particular brand of madness by expanding his custom terrain
  • more units had been added
  • the game was to be played over two days rather than just the one
  • more terrain and more units of course meant more players.

For the record Wagram II was played over the weekend of the 5 & 6 August 2017 at the Wellington Warlords annual Call to Arms convention in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wagram II may have been scheduled for two days but von Peter himself was scheduled for Day 1 – Saturday – only. von Peter himself would be reprising his¬†GdK Freidrich Hohenzollern role as commander of the Austrian II Army Corps. It was fervently hoped that at the end of Day 1 there would still be a II Corps to hand over to Ray H who would take over on Day 2. Fortunately only a single battalion had been lost from II Corps by the time of the hand over. Admittedly some of the other units were a little battle worn … but this was war. What does one expect?! ¬†ūüėá

Above: the extension to the playing surface at the extreme right of the Austrian line. A burnt out Aspern at the near table edge and Essling at the far edge are on display. The scene before the battle commenced.

Above: The extreme left of the Austrian line shows more additional real estate in the environs of¬†Markgrafneusiedl. This image from the end of day 1 – Saturday. The gentleman stooped over the table is Garage Gaming Terry¬†who herded the cats to make the game an actuality. Most people had already left the convention for the day. Only a few fools left! ¬†ūüėÉ

Above: early action in the environs of¬†Markgrafneusiedl. Grouchy – Brian S – commanded the troops at this extreme end of the French line and by all accounts his command rolls were the worst ever seen by the the surrounding players. Failed command rolls and blunders were to be Grouchy’s constant companion over the two days of the game. It is to Grouchy’s great personal credit that he suffered these continual disruptions to his plans with good humour and sangfroid. A fine example of gaming etiquette to us all.

And before any unfortunate rumours should start the stain / wet patch on the table between the opposing lines was a donation from a spectator who leaned over the tale with his cup of coffee! ¬†‚ėēÔłŹ¬† ūüöę

Some more pictures from the end of Day 1 …

Above: the French have finally claimed Markgrafneusiedl at the bottom left of the photo though the tower remains Austrian territory. The fall of Markgrafneusiedl has meant that  the adjoining French have begun their attacks over the stream.

Above: the central battlefield. One of the first actions in this sector was the powerful French cuirassier command blundering and disappearing off the back of the table … and not coming back until near the end of Day 1! Shame!! ¬†ūüėÉ ¬†Rumours circulated around the Austrian command that many a French brigade had been chewed up and spat off the table in this sector.

Above: Aspern has just been reclaimed for France. The Austrians had made a lightening raid down the table to claim Aspern despite the off board French batteries from¬†across the Danube. Napoleon released several formations including the Bavarians, cavalry and some guard artillery from his reserve to hold and then push back the brave Austrians. Not that¬†Archduke Charles was as thrilled as one might expect. The charge down to Apsern had meant charging past the open flank of the main French line. A quick left turn and an even quicker piling into that open flank had been the Archduke’s plan! The joys and unpredictability of multi player gaming. ¬†ūüėÉ

Unfortunately this is where the photography ends. von Peter himself arrived near the end of Day 2 to see the final moves – and recover his figures! – but there was an almighty rush to pack away the figures, terrain and tables once the final dice had been rolled.

From the keen observations of von Peter himself throughout Day 1 the game had been a success on several levels …

  • the game had spurred on the painting output of several gamers
  • there seemed to be many gamers having fun playing the game and the related social intercourse
  • quite a few spectators spectated over the game. Some making multiple visits to keep abreast of the proceedings. Some were even lucky enough to engage in verbal dialogue with von Peter himself and they were universally complimentary in their comments.

As to the result … not that it really matters with the hobby being the winner etc etc etc.¬†Once the points for brigades lost, commanders lost, terrain features lost and held had been totted up the Austrians were ahead by a whole 3 points. Given the scale of the game this was an amazingly close result and some would argue not without reason – and mostly with a French accent! – that it really was a draw. There are many reasons to agree with such a politically correct sentiment but we – the victorious Austrians – know differently!! ¬†ūüŹÜ¬†¬†ūüėÉ

Idiots corner – the latest rendition

So there was von Peter himself¬†on the Saturday morning of the game all ready to travel from New Schloss von Peter to the field of battle. Those unbearable over reaching and overly smug French required a damned good kicking for the honour and glory of Austria. They were due!¬†von Peter himself was planning to do his bit by (hopefully!) holding his portion of the line whilst other Austrian commanders garnered the glory by crushing their opponents … or at least not suffering too severely. It’s always good to have a plan!

Fraulien von Peter herself had most kindly “volunteered” to play the part of the Austrian Transport Corps and deliver von Peter himself, troops and assorted supplies to the venue. The carriage¬†car was loaded and we were all set to leave on the big military adventure. But something didn’t quite feel right. von Peter himself set his sights on a quick final check inside New Schloss von Peter¬†to make sure that nothing had been inadvertently overlooked. However upon trying to reenter New Schloss von Peter¬†the evil and apparently French sympathising Keela – the local Irish Terrier of ever growing ill repute – managed to escape her incarceration and make a dash for freedom or at least the grounds of¬†New Schloss von Peter. After much cursing and cajoling the errant still a puppy thing was finally restored to the prison that is the inside of¬†New Schloss von Peter. Crucially no check had been made of the internals of¬†New Schloss von Peter.¬†(The Keela thing could now relax. Her job was complete. Surely that¬†Ordre national de la L√©gion d’honneur would now be hers!)

“Have you quite finished and can we get going?” enquired the uppity transport driver¬†Fraulien von Peter herself.¬†She had many plans for her day once she had divested herself of her toy soldier playing spouse. A still muttering von Peter himself clambered into the¬†carriage¬†car and good time was made to the venue as we beat the worst of the traffic. A quick unloading of the contents of the¬†carriage¬†car and a much relieved¬†Fraulien von Peter herself¬†finally made her escape to her own day.

After some obligatory socialising – well you’ve got to really don’t you – the task of unpacking and setting up the troops began. This was going swimmingly with the usual associated banter until someone asked for von Peters Austrian dragoons that they were to command. Immediately von Peter himself had a good old fashioned heart stopping “Oh bugger!” moment. The tray of Austrian cavalry had not made it into the¬†carriage¬†car. The Austrians would be down a unit each of hussars and dragoons … and two units of kuirassiers!

On the plus side of the ledger the evil Keela had been outed as a French agent by her dastardly actions of distraction. On the minus side those four Austrian cavalry units were required to help see off the French and their minions.

In the end all was put to rights. The cavalry literally came riding to the rescue thanks to the good offices of transport driver Fraulien von Peter herself who wasted a further two hours of her finely tuned day on an extra return journey in an ever increasing morass of traffic to the venue. Not that she was totally happy about it. Not that you could blame her. A big thank you to the Austrian transport drivers who put in a battle saving performance on the day.

Now … where did that Keela get to? We have some business to discuss … again!!! ¬†ūüźē¬† ūüöę

If any more pictures of Wagram II come to light they may get posted in the future. And there is an accumulation of bits and pieces that await dissemination that similarly await a future post. For now this is von Peter himself signing off.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #4

Wagram II … it’s nearly time

The second coming of the Wagram game is on this coming weekend Р5 & 6 August 2017 Рat the Call to Arms convention in Wellington, New Zealand. This iteration will be played over two days with an expanded battlefield / tabletop, a few more players, a few more troops and a few tweaks to the game itself. von Peter himself is expecting a more torrid time than the cake walk the French gave him in the first game. Sob!

Since the first Wagram game von Peter’s Austrian forces have been busily recruiting and have welcomed …

  • a second grenadier battalion
  • a command stand for the grenadiers
  • a couple of ADCs.

With the probable exception of the ADCs the rest will have their introduction to simulated warfare in the upcoming Wagram game. Here’s hoping that they manage to avoid the anecdotal fate of all new units in their first game, i.e. to flee in disgrace at the first opportunity! The potential for a shameful display is definitely there but it is thankfully offset by the the all important and redeeming feature that they will not be under the command of von Peter himself! ūüėÉ

Pictures of the newly pigmented figures in a later post when some photos are taken.

 

Foreign Regiments in French Service Volume 5: The Polish Legions 1798-1814

The History Book Man¬†have released their latest e-book ‚ÄúForeign Regiments in French Service Volume 5: The Polish Legions 1798-1814‚ÄĚ. The blurb ‚Ķ

THE POLISH LEGIONS 1798-1814 Was originally published in 1974 and was on of the earlier r titles in the ‘Armies and Uniforms’ series of books written by W. J. Rawkins. This new E-book edition has been substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material which was not available or was incomplete in when originally released. The original black and white line drawings have been replaced with new illustrations in full colour and the volume now contains many illustrations from contemporary or authoritive sources.
235pp

The Dear reader may be aware that von Peter himself is a huge fan of The History Book Man’s e-books. Still ¬£3.99 and still an e-book bargain.

 

General de Brigade scenario Book #7

This new scenario book arrived reasonably promptly. It’s full colour on glossy paper and though von Peter himself has only had a quick skim read the scenarios themselves seem to be of interest.

Unfortunately the skim read quickly betrayed the fact that the book was written in Italy – by the good folks of the Milan Wargames Club. Of course this of itself is not a bad thing but what is a bad thing is not having the English version properly edited. The text at times betrays its non English origins and the maps have not been translated from Italian to English at all.

None of this means that the scenarios will not provide good games but it is a shame. And none of this means that von Peter himself wont pore over the contents of the book … but it is a shame.

 

Prussian dice

What’s life without a little frivolity? Dice of War make a range of … surprise … dice such that one can have dice to match one’s army. They do this by making the dice in a colour suitable for the army and by replacing the spots on the ‘6’ face with a graphic appropriate to the army. von Peter himself has started an assault on the Napoleonic Dice range. All of a sudden it seems to be a fantastic idea to have matching dice for each of the armies collected.

The Austrian dice were to be the first purchased for use in the Wagram games but agents of the cursed French have obviously infiltrated the supply chain and these were out of stock … as fyi are the Russian dice. D’oh! ¬†A fall back nation was required for the first ‘trial’ purchase. Obviously it had to be the Prussian dice but this was not so straight forward. Two varieties of Prussian dice are on offer. One has an iron cross shape and the other a Prussian Eagle. von Peter himself chose the cross as it is more immediately obvious as to the nation – ok, it could be generic German dice but lets not get too picky! – and several other nations have a variety of eagles so staying away from an eagle seemed like a good idea.

The dice have appeared and where I was expecting 10 dice 12 arrived which is a little bonus …

A second order has been placed for a couple of sets of French Dice – one for von Peter himself and one for Garage Gaming Terry – and a set of the newly released Saxon Dice. Once again the French Dice come in two varieties – one with a ‘N’ surrounded by a laurel wreath and one with a French Eagle. We are getting the ‘N’ dice.

Time will tell how long this fascination with army specific dice will run. von Peter himself has Austrian, Russian and Bavarian armies as yet without their own dice plus an unpigmented and likewise diceless Polish army. von Peter himself can sense their quartermasters raising requisitions for dice to call their own. ¬†Ah … the luxury of frivolity! ¬†ūüėé

The Great Wargaming Survey 2017

It’s that time of the year again. The good folks at¬†Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine magazine are after the holy grail of what makes wargaming and wargamers tick. And their tool of choice –¬† The Great Wargaming Survey 2017. ¬†Apparently …

filling out the entire survey shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes, and we’re taking responses until August 19th, 2017

… and …

As before, and thanks to our gracious sponsors, we have quite a few prizes to be won. Leave your email address at the end of the survey to be entered into the raffle. Entering the contest does not automatically mean we’ll subscribe you to any communication. That is a separate question which does not influence the raffle in any way.

..and even better …

As a thank-you for taking part, everyone who completes the survey will get a ‚ā¨5 gift¬†code for the¬†Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy /¬†Karwansaray Publishers webshop. Though it does not apply to shipping costs, this code can be used for any (combination of) item(s) in the shop apart from our Premium and Digital subscriptions.

Really you’ve not got much to loose … apart from 5 – 10 minutes of painting time. ¬†ūüėÉ

 

But for now von Peter himself must leave The dear readers and prepare to don his best Austrian general’s uniform in preparation for the weekend’s Wagram game. There is a real concern that all the feasting celebrating the successes of the last Wagram game may have resulted in a little judicious letting out of the uniform being required! ¬†ūüėá

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Wagram

Perhaps The dear reader has heard of the Battle of Wagram. Garage Gaming Terry has and it has long been his dream to refight the battle with massed gaming pieces shaped and pigmented so as to present themselves as replicas of the men of that era.

For the less learned of the readership the Battle of Wagram was fought between Napoleon’s French and Allied Army and the Austrians under Archduke Charles over the two days of 5 & 6 July, 1809. On the second day of the battle fearing the deteriorating situation the Austrians withdrew their army.

To counteract the French (slight) superiority in numbers, their advantage in command and control and slight advantage in the quality of their units (on average) Garage Gaming Terry had devised some evil schemes to make the game a little more interesting. Chief amongst these was the probability that in the refight Archduke John would put in an appearance with some(?) of his troops to give that French Emperor another element in the battle to process and deal with. Likewise elements of the Austrian V Corps were likely to arrive in contradiction to the occurrences back in 1809.

Somewhere along the line one of the Garage Gamers – Paul W – announced that he would make custom terrain for the battle. This was of course quite crazy. The sheer size of the table, the long hours of thankless work, the cost of the materials, the storage and the transportation. The man’s obviously a certifiable lunatic but as the pictures show he delivered. A first for von Peter himself – playing on custom built terrain for the battle. Luxury.

Above: Paul W’s custom built terrain prior to being sullied by the presence of the two armies. Photo care of John H.

Once again von Peter himself was summoned forth to don the white and red – and black and gold and green plume and … … … – of an Austrian general’s uniform. GdK Freidrich Hohenzollern commander of the II Army Corps was the part to be played. Closer inspection of his command revealed …

  • an Advanced Guard Brigade lead by Siegenthal of
    • 8th J√§ger battalion (which was promptly substituted with a battalion of Grenzer as von Peter himself has pigmented Grenzer but his jagers remain unpigmented)
    • a battalion of Archduke Charles Legion (Landwehr)
    • Vincent Chevaulagers (which were promptly substituted for by von Peter’s Hessen-Homburg Hussars)
  • an Infantry Division lead by FML Thomas Brady
    • 5 large line battalions
    • 2 landwehr battalions
    • 2 batteries
  • an Infantry Division lead by FML Josef Ulm
    • 5 large line battalions
    • 1 landwehr battalion
    • 2 batteries

Hohenzollern’s job – hold the escarpment behind the Russbach Stream and associated swampiness from the town of Wagram on the right flank to just past the village of Baumersdorf on the left flank where a junction was made with the Rosenberg’s IV Army Corps who were holding the village of Markgrafneusiedl against Davout. Ominously Oudinot’s troops could be seen across the stream opposite II Corps.

Scenes from before the storm

Some images taken just prior to the first shots being fired. The sharp eyed may notice the occasional Prussian battery or battalion. The needs of the game were vast and the local resources not quite up to those needs despite some valiant efforts with paint brushes.

Above: the join between the right wing of Rosenburg’s IV Corps – Paul G – ¬†and Hohenzollerns’s II Corps – von Peter himself. As is his way von Peter himself has managed to deploy his troops and left a battery out of the line. That will be his pudgy hand rearranging the troops to make room for the second base to complete the battery. The one base battery – soon to be two! – marks the left most unit of the II Corps. Oudinots French in the distance. The building on the left is the tower on the outskirts of Markgrafneusiedl. The buildings by the pudgy hand represent the village of Baumersdorf. This was initially garrisoned by¬†a battalion of Archduke Charles Legion (Landwehr) from the Advanced Guard.¬†Photo care of John H.

Above: Perhaps more of Oudinot’s French – who can tell … they all look the same! ūüėᬆWhatever their fit in the French Army’s orbit they are under the masterful command of Alan H. The buildings to the left represent Wagram. The Austrians across the stream on the escarpment from the battery on the road to the right are von Peter’s charges. There was a rule in place to keep clutter off the table. Some idiot has broken the rule. In the idiot’s defence the game has not yet started.¬†Photo care of John H.

Above: Nansouty’s French Cuirassiers way around opposite the Austrian right flank. These were destined to cause a few challenges for the Austrian command.¬†Photo care of John H.

Above: The extreme left of the Austrian line as the game commenced. The French of Davout (and Montbrun’s cavalry?) posture aggressively against Rosenburgs IV Corps. More of Davout’s troops through the tree line. The burning buildings are those of¬†Markgrafneusiedl.¬†Photo care of John H.

Above: immediately to the Austrian right of Wagram the table looked something like this. Wagram on the left of the picture and Aderklaa on the right. Keith G. held Wagram for the Austrians and most of the Austrians in shot are his to command. von Peter himself¬†strongly suspects that some of the Austrians to the right may be part of Ray H’s Austrian command who were to attack Aderklaa in the game. The mass of French facing Wagram are the play things of Alan H while John H defends Aderklaa and hinterland. ¬†Photo care of John H.

Above: Moving a bit further to the right of the Austrian deployment. That’s Wagram (again!) ¬†upper left with Aderklaa to the right. Those Austrian grenadiers and heavy cavalry are part of Ray H’s command. Photo care of John H.

Above:¬† An expanded overview of the prior image. Ray H’s Austrian grenadiers and cavalry nicely on show. John H’s opposing French garrison the burning Aderklaa and the immediate supports don’t look up to the job of holding it … but the French had a cunning plan. The Austrian battalion partially in picture bottom right on the other side of the wall are possibly the beginnings of Brian T’s Austrian force. Top right are Russell B’s French being an assortment of guard, cuirassiers, infantry and cavalry. French bully boys to the last man … errr, figure. ¬†ūüėᬆ Photo care of John H.

Above: An overview looking down the Russbach Stream. Wagram is represented by the nearest set of buildings. Paul has perhaps eaten something that is a little too hot!  Photo care of John H.

Ready, set, let the killing and maiming begin

The clock was set to 10am, 6 July, 1809 – day two of the historic battle. Generals start your armies please. ¬†ūüėÉ

Though probably the least busy of the players – see why below – von Peter himself has a limited knowledge of the detailed events elsewhere on the table. He’s also idle. So there is not going to be a detailed blow by blow recapitulation of the game. Just a few photos of the general action and a few more focussing on the glory of Hohenzollern’s Austrian II Corps actions … remembering of course that von Peter himself was wearing Hohenzollern’s uniform for the day! ¬†ūüėá

So why was von Peter himself¬†probably the least busy of the players? The French devised a cunning plan to give themselves an unexpected jump on, and an advantage over, the Austrians in the central sector around¬†Aderklaa. Immediately the game started instead of attacking across the Russbach Stream¬†as the history books dictated Oudinot sent the brigades of his second line towards the gap between Wagram and Aderklaa. So a quick quarter turn to the right and a “march” from them and they were departing Hohenzollern’s front.

“The cowards” and “read your history books” loudly proclaimed Hohenzollern to all that cared to listen while he silently thanked his lucky stars at this fortuitous turn of events. Hohenzollern’s finely tuned military brain creaked and complained as it calculated that he should sit still for a turn or two to ensure that those redeploying French troops had indeed left the scene before getting a little aggressive. Unfortunately at that same moment the Austrian suprissimo¬†Archduke Charles – aka Garage Gaming Terry – rode past with some reinforcements for the soon to be hard pressed Rosenburg. Two quick instructions to poor Hohenzollern …

  1. I’m appropriating two of your battalions from your left to assist Rosenburg
  2. attack across the Russbach … now!

D’oh!

Not much later the interfering Archduke Ludwig appeared and made off with two more of Hohenzollern’s battalions from his right flank this time and headed off in the direction of Wagram with them. Double d’oh!

The few photos of the action …

Above:¬†Brian T’s Austrians are attacking the village Breitenlee which is burning. John H’s defending French look to be outmatched … but there’s a lot more French coming down the pike. Garage Gaming Terry’s Austrians hold the extreme right of the Austrian line and there’s a whole bunch of hurt coming his way down that pike. Photo care of John H.

Above: ¬†Davout takes big bites out of Rosenberg’s defensive position. Markgrafneusiedl may be burning but it’s now burning in French hands. Photo care of John H.

Above: Rosenburg – Paul G – feeling the pressure of a well organised attack from Davout. Better quality troops, better command and control and even the dice are making a mockery of the Austrian defensive position. This photo just had to be published as it captures Paul looking like a bewildered man truly suffering under the repeated hammer blows of the cruelly uncaring fates. ¬†ūüėɬ† The French on the right facing away from the main Austrian position have turned to face the ahistorically arriving Archduke John … who didn’t achieve much this time around either really. Photo care of John H.

Above: The beginnings of the glory of Hohenzollern. The Grenzer have crossed the Russbach Stream and the landwehr gather in a threatening manner. The round command stand at the bottom is Archduke Charles on his return trip to the centre having delivered reinforcements to Rosenberg The square command stand represents the heroic Hohenzollern himself. Photo care of vPh.

Above:  Action around Wagram. Continuing with their cunning plan the French do not attack Wagram itself put poor troops into the area to the right Рfrom the Austrian perspective Рof the village. The edge of this action can be seen on the right of this image. Photo care of John H.

Above: Hohenzollern’s Landwehr have stormed across the Russbach Stream and it’s bayonet – or pitchfork?! ¬†ūüėɬ†– time. The central landwehr battalion has pushed back it’s opponents and it’s neighbours are striving mightily. The whitecoated Austrians are proving to be not that keen to move down off the escarpment to assist their lesser trained comrades. Fuzzy picture care of vPh.

Above: the same scene as the prior image zoomed in and from the French perspective. The Grenzer in the upper right are attracting all sorts of fire and will soon be recovering back behind the buildings of Baumersdorf. Photo from vPh.

Above: Two battalions of landwehr still exist on the French side of the Russbach Stream … and finally here come some of the boys in white. Hurrah! Another fuzzy survivor from vPh’s¬†photographic efforts.

Above: ¬†End of game. Paul G acknowledges the efforts of Hohenzollern’s troops in crossing the Russbach Stream and securing a French free enclave. The Grenzer can be seen reorganising behind Baumersdorf. To the right a division or two of French line that same Russbach Stream. They failed their command roll to cross four turns in a row. Being in line rather than column wouldn’t have helped. And in the interest of full disclosure those two battalions of landwehr at the back of the table aren’t really there. They are rightly to be found recently appended to the casualty lists. Photo care of John H.

Above: Heroes of the Hapsburgs and all around fine upstanding fellows. Left to right Brian, Raymond, Keith, Garage Gaming Terry, von Peter himself, Paul G. Photo care of John H.

Above: Wannabe Napoleons. Left to right Russell, John, Alan, Daniel, Paul W. Photo care of John H.

But there’s more! In effect this one day game was the dress rehearsal to the real reenactment yet to be had. This will take place over the two days – 5 & 6 August 2017 – of the Call to Arms convention in Wellington, New Zealand. Paul W will be adding 3 more boards for the game; reinforcements will not be rushed in as quickly; and a few tweaks may be made. So if you’re in the vicinity please feel free to drop in for a look and a chat.

Idiots corner

von Peter himself is indebted to John H for providing much of the photographic images of the game. Many photos were taken by von Peter himself on the day but his camera settings were incorrectly set for posed, tripod mounted, delayed shutter, long exposure photography not the shaky hand held photography as practiced on the day. The totally predictable result – many blurred and unusable photographs. And as if that was not enough the lighting setting was not quite as it should have been either. What an idiot! Few of von Peter’s photographs escaped the cutting room floor. So a big thank you John for saving the day … … … even if you did masquerade as an evil Frenchman on the day!! ¬†ūüėÉ

BTW John’s grandfather’s¬†adventures in WWI¬†serving in the 15th Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery are presented on the blog Walk March,¬†Diary of a New Zealand Artilleryman, 1917-1919. New entries are being released on the 100th anniversary of the original diary entry. von Peter himself has read through the blog to date and will keep an eye on the proceedings of Gunner Godfrey Lincoln Lee’s war.

Since we’re in Idiot’s corner … it is highly likely that von Peter himself has butchered some of the history, geography, players, game play or anything really. Should Garage Gaming Terry raise an alert to any of the larger faux pas then von Peter himself may fix it and note the changes.

And for those with an interest … the adjudicating rules were Black Powder with some minor local amendments. The game was hosted by the¬†Wellington Warlords Wargaming Club¬†during one of their regular club days on the 1st July 2017. And if anybody really cares a quick summing up of victory points adjudged the game an honourable draw. Of course the hobby was the real winner on the day! ¬†ūüĎć

Don’t forget to click on the images for larger and clearer versions of the same.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Ongoing Austrian preparations for war

A quick photo of the latest output from the Napoleonic Austrian recruitment and refurbishment activities of von Peter himself. This most unusual rash of productivity is in preparation for the upcoming multiplayer battle with those dastardly French. Click on the image for a larger and clearer view.

Front and centre is a new 12 pounder battery. Something for those arrogant French to think about … … hopefully!

The command stand pictured is the CinC stand for von Peter’s Austrian forces and is finally available for use. The trooper in blue behind his betters is from the¬†Stabs-Dragoner. They¬†along¬†with¬†the dismounted¬†Stabs-Infanterie constituted the¬†Stabs-Truppen.¬†Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field. An infantryman from a Grenz unit is disdainfully walking by at the back of the stand … not that he can be easily viewed here.

The three battalions of infantry are¬†from the Reus-Plauen Infantry Regiment. They have been faithfully serving von Peter himself for literally decades. The poor devils! ūüėɬ†As a reward for their long service they have been presented with new flags from GMB Designs¬†as the old ones were tired and faded. They’ve also had static grass and some tufts applied to their bases. Thankfully the figures themselves were still in good condition and so needed no work. The first battalion has the white flag; the second a yellow flag and a mounted officer; the third a yellow flag but no mounted officer.

All figures sourced from Front Rank Figurines and painted by Nigel Fun-nel Рthe official pigmenter of Napoleonic Austrians for von Peter himself. Horses, cannon by von Peter himself.

Finally watching on from the background is the latest  Napoleonic Civilian also from Front Rank Figurines. von Peter himself painted this  worthy for himself.

There are more preparations required for the impending Astro – French slugfest including but not limited to more Austrian units awaiting their long service refurbishment. von Peter himself should really get back to the painting desk as the game day approaches and he’d rather have everything complete without a last minute mad rush. More illustrative pictures of the new artillery battery and CinC stand may be issued in the future.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Horse and musket bits #2

As per the immediately prior post von Peter himself presents a few public service announcements for The dear readers betterment. And once again those announcements by themselves would be but a meagre offering. Therefore as padding von Peter himself has repeated his raid on the photographic archives to present two more images – albeit of the same scene – from the Seven Years War (SYW).

The SYW Austrian and Prussian armies of von Peter himself were perennially short of commanders. As a triage exercise before a demonstration game at the local Call to Arms convention von Peter himself knocked out an infantry command stand for the Prussians.

The mounted officer’s uniform is based on that of Infantry Regiment 42 – Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment. It’s not impossible that the officer on foot’s uniform is based on Infantry Regiment 19 – Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment.

The faces have come out very smoothly. von Peter himself is left wondering what concoction he used for the effect. Unfortunately it’s a mystery that will never be revealed. D’oh!

The figures are the products of Front Rank Figurines, the tree / bush / shrub is from K&M Trees. The photos were snapped in August 2008 … just in case anybody cares. ūüėÉ

 

More video wizardry explaining General d’Armee

von Peter himself has stumbled across the YouTube channel¬†A Dash of √Član – Wargaming. It contains many videos on various wargames rules and other wargames topics. Of particular interest is the General d’Armee set of videos.¬†At the time of writing there are 16 videos ranging in duration from 1 minute 32 seconds through 58 minutes and 8 seconds.

Included is a three part Gd’A Game Play¬†…

A THREE part series taking a look at me learning to play General d’Armee.
Covers TWO complete turns of me offering my observations, clarifications, and tips on playing these Napoleonic miniatures rules.

…¬†which run through the rules as used during a game. Collectively the three videos run for around 2.5 hours. von Peter himself has viewed the first of the three and was sufficiently impressed to write/type about it here. Here’s the first of the three …

Some of the other videos may be excerpts from the three Gd’A Game Play¬†videos and allow direct access to various segments off the rules, e.g the Command Phase.

 

General de Brigade scenario Book #7

von Peter himself was caught off guard to discover that a seventh Napoleonic scenario book – Shadows Over the Empire –¬†for General de Brigade has been released.

OUT NOW! The latest in our range of Napoleonic Scenarios books, Volume 7 ‘Shadows Over The Empire’ includes 11 scenarios covering Kalisch, Mockern, Konigswartha, Weissig, Reichenbach, Goldberg, Blankenfelde, Gross-Beeren, Thiessen, Wartemburg and Lindenau.
All are designed for use with any Napoleonic set of rules, though recommended for General de Brigade.

Providing players with terrain maps, troop deployments, objectives and orders of battle – the scenarios can be played individually or in chronological order as per the real campaign.

Available from Caliver Books for £17.99 plus p&p.

Eleven more scenarios from von Peter’s preferred year of 1813. How could this be a bad thing? ūüėÉ

 

Impending

There is a game afoot. Quite a big game actually and von Peter himself is destined to be a confused and befuddled participant. Saxons, Bavarians and most importantly Austrians are to be provided from the local resources as the cost of entry. The gods of war have demanded that many Austrians be deployed so von Peter himself is making some meagre additions to his kaiserliks. Hopefully there will soon be some newly raised figures to show off. At least that’s the great hope.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Horse and musket bits

The main reason that von Peter himself brings to The dear readers this post is to be found as the last item below. But that by itself would be but a paltry offering therefore two visions of Prussians of the Seven Years War (SYW) variety are offered up as filler.

The images are from 2007 and show¬†von Peter’s other Prussians deployed ready for battle against some long forgotten foe. That foe is most likely not the SYW Austrians of von Peter himself because a couple of Austrian command stands are deputising as Prussian commanders! Old Fritz would be turning in his grave!!

The SYW project was started not long after von Peter himself completed his university years. So quite a while back. We won’t dwell on how far back! ūüėÉ At the time Military Miniatures – based in Auckland, New Zealand and since morphed into Battlefront – had a licence to cast Front Rank figures. This included the Front Rank SYW range and the easy availablity and relatively good pricing may have played into the thinking of von Peter himself to ‘do’ the SYW. Who now knows?! Two main armies were collected – the Prussians and Austrians. Later a few units of Hanoverians and French were added to the SYW collection.

The basing aesthetics are from a scheme long since abandoned and the units look a little skimpy at 12 figures a unit. Many of the flags were drawn by that clever Alan Hollows with a small number from GMB Designs for those units added long after the initial rush of collecting was over. The figures are Front Rank Figurines.

The infantry:

  • 9/10 von Mollendorf Grenadier Battalion (top picture in the second line with the yellow on their mitres)
  • 19/25 von Ramin Grenadier Battalion (top picture)

Commentary: the grenadier battalions are constituted of the grenadiers from 2 seperate Infantry Regiments. Thus half of each battalion wears the uniform of their parent regiment which includes the unique regimental mitre (tall grenadier head gear with metal front plate, coloured rear and pompom).

  • 1/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (bottom picture, flag has a pink cross on a white backgound)
  • 2/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (top picture, flag has a pink cross on a green background)
  • 1/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white flag)
  • 2/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (top picture with a blue flag)
  • 1/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a red Maltese Cross on a white background flag)
  • 2/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white Maltese Cross on a red background flag)
  • 1/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly white with some orange flag)
  • 2/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly orange with some white flag)
  • Kleist Freicorps (top picture in green uniforms skirmishing)

The cavalry:

  • 7th Driesen Kuirassier Regiment (first line)
  • 4th Katte Dragoon Regiment (second line)
  • 7th Gelbe (Yellow) (Malachowski) Hussar Regiment (third line)

Commentary: each regiment is present on both wings.

Hopefully the figures still look much as they are seen here. It’s been a while since their boxes were opened.

There is something gentlemanly about mid Eighteenth Century warfare that was lost with the vulgarity of Napoleonic warfare and the mass conscription that fed it. And there is something very pleasing with the simpler SYW uniforms that could still differ significantly from line regiment to line regiment. von Peter himself seems to have a particular taste for horse and musket gaming so it would be a brave man who would bet against these troops once again marching across the table top.

 

General d’Armee: more videos

The TheTooFatLardies have released four more videos to support their Рunder the guise of  Reisswitz Press Рsoon to be released Napoleonic rules General d’Armee. Once again the introductory wording has been stolen from the mouths of the TooFatLardies.

Here Game Designer Dave Brown talks about movement and how that is handled in General d’Armee …

General d’Armee author and game designer Dave Brown talks about Firing in this video as he continues his stroll through the game sequence …

In the seventh video in this series, Dave Brown talks about melee in General d’Armee …

In the final video in this series, Dave Brown and his minder play a game of GDA ..

This completes the current release of videos for General d’Armee. And just in time too as the rules are now officially released and available for purchase.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself