Snippets #17

Some dated news that has been sitting around for a while in a draft form …

The ongoing thirst for terrain gets a little quenching

Fathers Day finally delivered something of use in a hobbying sort of way. More explicitly it delivered the Timber House Lift Off Roof from the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range of Total Battle Miniatures. Another nice model from this vendor. Note to self: place orders earlier in these COVID-19 disrupted times.

Perhaps the Church Lift Off Roof from the same source would be an appropriate Christmas acquisition.

Napoleonic Bavarians

Back on the 2 September 2020 Victrix Ltd announced on their facebook page a little more on their Napoleonic Bavarians …

Bavarian Napoleonic Infantry has now moved to the tooling stage

Ok, that’s a very “efficient” example of communication but they did provide three pictures …

 

The media section

Some video that may prove of interest. First up a piece on that never ending question – Is historical Wargaming Dying Out? This video sparked several responding videos. Thankfully the consensus to the question appears to be “no”.

For those that listen to the “We Have Ways of Making You Talk” podcast the chaps now have a website at https://wehavewayspod.com

Those well known Perry twins are popular guests on hobbying related media. Here they are primarily chatting about their involvement with Game Workshop’s Middle Earth game but there are also some interesting side bars.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Polish ADCs and a Vauban inspired piece

The fledgling local Polish forces have been patiently awaiting some ADCs to assist the “top brass”. And two dashing Polish ADCs have been patiently awaiting their mounts to be suitably prepared. Finally everyones patient awaiting has paid off. von Peter himself proudly presents said gentlemen …

Figures from Front Rank Figurines. Pigmentation of the men by Nigel Fun-nell. Horse pigmenting and basing can be blamed on von Peter himself.

 

Anyone up for a Vauban Fort

von Peter himself is a sucker for this sort of thing. “This sort of thing” being grandiose terrain pieces and in this specific case it refers to the Vauban Fort 2 from More Terrain. This time it is the fault of Simon Miller and his BigRedBatCave blog – in particular the entry Going full Vauban – for signalling the existence of the piece … or rather pieces. Artillery fortresses have a particular fascination for von Peter himself perhaps heightened by his interest in the Seven Years War and earlier “squabbles”

Above: a decent image of the Vauban Fort “borrowed” from The BigRedBatCave

The fort comes pre-painted with a choice of two colours. Pictured above is the “beige” version but it can also be had in grey …

The fort’s dimensions are 70 * 70 * 15cm and while not insignificant von Peter worries whether it is big enough to accommodate his based figures. Hopefully the BigRedBat will eventually post some pictures of a garrisoned fort to help gage the practicality of the piece.

The fort comes fully painted for the not insignificant sum of 195.00 € … and don’t forget the shipping. A tricky figure to get past the good Fraulien von Peter herself!  😃

All images are clickable for that larger and clearer view beloved by some.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde in the metal addendum

A very quick update.

Calpe Miniatures have posted pictures of the contents of their Saxon Guard Grenadiers packs. And the pictures are of pigmented figures which provide an excellent reference for any prospective pigmenters out there. Go to the Saxon bit of the Shop to see them.

Even better we are presented with pictures of the front …

…and of the back …

Click for a larger and clearer view. Pictures kindly provided by Calpe Miniatures … even if they were unaware they were doing so!  😃

For further information on the regiments uniform remember that Calpe Miniatures have a Uniform information and painting Guide for them. And for yet more information Brigade Uniform Plates have a nice … errr … plate (PLATE 100: KINGDOM OF SAXONY: LIEB-GRENADIER-GUARD 1810-1813) on the regiment which is listed for sale on the Calpe Miniatures site.

von Peter himself is obviously still a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😇

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde in the metal

As previously revealed Calpe Miniatures have released their Saxon Guard Grenadiers – also known as the Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde. That was great news which only got better when the local postal service delivered a battalion of them to Neu Schloss von Peter. That battalion is required in the 1813 order of battle for the Saxons of von Peter himself.

Happily for The dear readership the order contained an example of every pack excepting the S91 – Six Saxon Guard Grenadiers in skirmish poses pack. As yet another social service von Peter himself proudly presents some images of those packs to tide everyone over until Calpe Miniatures place their pictures of painted figures on their web site. But first the usual stock standard copy and pasted caveats …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with a craft knife and the fingers of von Peter himself. Those same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
  • The figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back images so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step to the benefit of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has quickly ‘washed’ the figures with the ‘Badab Black’ wash from Citadel / Games Workshop to bring out the details a little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on The dear readers device of course!
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Above: S85 – Six Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. All figures are in campaign dress with covered shakos

Above: S86 – Four Saxon grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. All figures are in campaign dress but with calfskin shako covers

Above: S87 – Four Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. Two have their heads turned and two have grestcoat rolls. Three have covered shakos and the fourth has a calfskin shako cover

Above: S88 – Four Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. One bareheaded figure, One with a gadaged head, one wears the forage cap and the last is in an enthusiastic pose

Above: S89 – Six Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. Command pack made up of a standard bearer (finial included but not the flag), two NCO standard guards, one senior NCO, a drummer and a sapper. Four figures have covered shakos and two have calfskin shako covers

Above: S90 – Four Saxon guard grenadier officers in advancing poses. Three are foot officers and the fourth is a mounted officer (horse included)

 

Closely followed by some more generic Calpe Miniatures news

Of course having excited many of The dear readers with these further tidings on the Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde von Peter himself will avail himself of the the latest News posting on the Calpe Miniatures website

News

Calpe Miniatures is now closed until the 1st September.

The website itself will remain open and you can send your orders in if you so wish but no orders will be sent out until the 1st of September. I have not seen my parents for 6 months now due to Covid and I have decided to chance a trip to Gibraltar to see them for a couple of weeks before the Autum and Winter bring a possible return of the problems we have been having with this unpleasant virus.

For many years I have closed down for August so that I could holiday with the family. I also use part of the month to carry out maintenance work on machines and workshops. On my return in September I will increase prices to £1.30 for figures and £1.80 for horses. I will also review prices for equipment pieces. Any orders which come in during August will be honored at the old prices. I have held my prices for some years now but the cost of metal, rubber moulds and energy have continued to rise. My last purchase of metal wiped out my “emergency money pot” coming in at several thousand pounds above what I expected. I can only keep going if I can afford the raw materials to produce the figures. The price rise is a necessity.

On the figure front you will all have noticed that I have updated the website with the last of the Saxon light infantry and the Saxon Guard Grenadiers. I will try to put up some photos of the painted Guard grenadiers on the website before I leave for Gib. I am currently working on the Saxon light cavalry. The Uhlans will be released first, followed by the Hussars and then the horse artillery and Artillery train (figures, limbers and caissons). I have been working on the light cavalry for a few weeks now and hope to have the first release ready by early October. I will remind you all that I will not be doing the Saxon heavy cavalry at this stage as they did not fight with the main Saxon force in 1813. If I ever get to cover the forces at the Battle of Dresden they will be the first units I will tackle.

Have a good summer and keep safe in these disconcerting times.

Peter

30-7-20

So some bad news – Calpe closed until 1st September & price increases – and some good – announcements of the latest Saxon additions and unveiling a road map for the remaining Saxon releases.

 

Birthday loot

The actual day was a couple of months ago but better late than never to reveal the haul. A few hobby related requisitions cunningly obtained under cover of the birthday …

Requisition #1 was the battalion of Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde from Calpe Miniatures – see above – plus a few packs of Saxon Light Infantry and a pack of their French infantry.

Requisition #2 was the Infamy Infamy! rules from the TooFatLardies. The package selected returned a physical copy of the rules; a pdf copy of the rules; an Infamy Infamy! card deck and an Infamy Infamy! token set. This is first of three in a series with – from an admittedly faltering memory – the Punic Wars and the Eastern Mediterranean to follow.  The son and heir is particularly keen on the Punic Wars focused bit AND he is talking of moving back to Wellington early next year AND he already has Carthaginians and their Roman opposition in hand. Hmmmm

Requisition #3 was the Barn/Stables Lift Off Roof from the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range of Total Battle Miniatures.

Above: the Barn/Stables Lift Off Roof. Image “borrowed” form the Total Battle Miniatures website

Next up is Fathers Day here in New Zealand. Periscope up to select more loot!  🤣

 

Above: from front to back – a roughly constituted unpigmented recently acquired Saxon Leib Grenadier Garde battalion – the recently acquired Barn/Stables building unpigmented – the prievioulsy acquired Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof also from Total Battle Miniatures … and also unpigmented 😥

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The Great Wargaming Survey 2020 Edition

Yet another public service announcement …

Dear history fan!,

The seventh edition of the Great Wargaming Survey is here, running till the end of August.

As always, we’re asking you to take a few minutes of your time to let us know what YOU think about wargaming. We’ll be using the results to try and track trends and changes in the hobby, with the results published online in a variety of ways and perhaps an academic paper as well!

Besides our undying gratitude for completing the survey, everyone who completes the survey gets a 20% discount coupon for our webshop, a bunch of articles selected from the fifty+ issues of WSS I edited, and of course you get a chance to win a number of interesting prizes, including boxed sets, books from various publishers and of course subscriptions to Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy or our other magazines. So why not take a few minutes now to help us out– it’s fast, fun and might net you some free goodies!

Kind regards

Guy Bowers
Editor, Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

Just a few minutes of your time so that we can learn a little more about ourselves.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

 

Advancing Lights and Guard Grenadiers of the Saxon persuasion

Calpe Miniatures have snuck some new releases out the doors of Calpe Towers. More later Napoleonic Saxon infantry which should come as no surprise to anyone who follow these things.

There are more Light Infantry. This time around they are in “advancing” poses. So now you can model your Light Infantry as firing/skirmishing, march attack (muskets held vertically) or advancing (muskets held to the front high porte, low porte etc).

    • S75 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Muskets at low porte. Covered shakos
    • S76 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Muskets at high porte. Covered shakos
    • S77 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Calfskin shako covers. Two with muskets at low porte and two with muskets at high porte
    • S78 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Head turn pack. Two with covered shakos and two with calfskin shako covers. One of each pair at high and the other at low porte
    • S79 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Greatcoat roll pack. Two with covered shakos and two with calfskin shako covers. One of each pair at high and the other at low porte
    • S80 – Four light infantry figures in advancing poses. Two bareheaded and two forage cap figures. In each pair one carries the musket at high porte and the other at low porte
    • S81 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Two are falling casualty figures and two are in enthuiastic poses. Two figures have covered shakos and the other two have the calfskin shako covers

Above: S81 – Enthusiastic and falling casualty pack sure looks useful for more than just the advancing poses

    • S82 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in advancing poses. Command pack composed of NCO, drummer, bugler and sapper. Two figures have covered shakos and two have calfskin shako covers
    • S83 – Four light infantry officers in advancing poses. Three are foot officers and one is mounted (horse included)
    • S84 – Headquarters pack. Two mounted figures and two foot figures,. This vingete is based on the Schubauer painting and drawing of the Saxon light infantry at the battle of Pobodna in Russia.

The Calpe website Guides & Research pages go into more detail on the Schubaur drawings on the Saxon Light Infantry page.

Above: the relevant detail from the bottom left of the Schubaur drawing below …

Above: the The Battle of Podobna on August 12, 1812
Schubauer, Friedrich Leopold (1862)

 

But there’s more. The Saxon Guard Grenadiers have also put in an appearance.

Above: A Saxon Grenadier Guardsman as seen on a Knötel and Lezius Sturm cigarette card. Many thanks to Befreiungskriege 1813-14 Saxon Army Resources

    • S85 – Six Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. All figures are in campaign dress with covered shakos
    • S86 – Four saxon grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. All figures are in campaign dress but with calfskin shako covers
    • S87 – Four Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. Two have their heads turned and two have grestcoat rolls. Three have covered shakos and the fourth has a calfskin shako cover
    • S88 – Four Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attack poses. One bareheaded figure, One with a gadaged head, one wears the forage cap and the last is in an enthusiastic pose
    • S89 – Six Saxon Grenadier Guards in march-attcak poses. Command pack made up of a standard bearer (finial included but not the flag), two NCO standard guards, one senior NCO, a drummer and a sapper. Four figures have covered shakos and two have calfskin shako covers
    • S90 – Four Saxon guard grenadier officers in advancing poses. Three are foot officers and the fourth is a mounted officer (horse included)
    • S91 – Six Saxon Guard Grenadiers in skirmish poses. Two are firing, two are loading and two are holding fire. Four figures have covered shakos the other two have calfskin shako covers.

As is the norm for Calpe Miniatures those wanting their guardsmen in their bearskin headgear are out of luck. Calpe Miniatures present their figures as they would be seen on the battleground, not the parade ground.

Above: as of typing the Calpe website does not show any images of the Guard Grenadiers … yet. Hopefully images will soon appear and hopefully when they do appear they will of painted figures which will be an excellent painting resource

 

One suspects that this will complete the infantry phase of the Saxon range. By the reckoning of von Peter himself that leaves the cavalry, the horse artillery, limbers & caissons … and whatever else is left!!  😃

 

Gratuitous helpful hint: many of images above are “clickable”.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Presenting General de brigade Zoltowski

Polish General de brigade Zoltowski has arrived to take command of the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division and immediately his staff are keen to draw a pressing point to his attention …

The figures are all from Front Rank Figurines Polish range. The “General of Division in bicorn” figure is used for Zoltowski with the mounted “Aide de Camp, pointing” and the “Officer standing pointing” on foot providing his assistants.

The more knowledgable of The dear readers will have noticed that General de brigade Zoltowski has a fine set of white feathers adorning his bicorne … and that a general de brigade should have black feathers leaving the white feathers to the superior General de division. von Peter himself has decide to allow Zoltowski to keep his flashy white feathers. At least for now.

Pigmentation of the men actioned Nigel Fun-nell. Horse painting, figure selection, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. The latter gentleman(?) is to blame for the mould line on the ADC’s horses from left leg. Irritating but apparently that’s what you get when modelling in short bursts with a lack of concentration.

Click on the above three images for a larger and clearer view.

Or perhaps the staff have just spotted Wally hiding out behind a building and are pointing him out!!

And as a final unveiling the Oak Tree trying to intrude in the photographs is the latest addition to the vegetation stocks from the plant nursery of von Peter himself.

More Poles to come. Hopefully soonish.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #16

There are more figure unveilings of a Polish nature planned but life is a little hectic right now. A little is presented right here and right now to keep The dear readers “warm” as the marketers would say …

 

Yet more Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released another tranche of their Napoleonic Brunswickers. This time it’s the turn of the …

  • Light Infantry – marching and firing packs and command packs for each
  • Avantgarde Light Infantry – a firing pack and a command pack
  • Avantgarde Jagers – a skirmishing pack and a command pack.

All packs are £7.80 inclusive of VAT.

Above: Code BWNRPK9 – Brunswick Light Infantry, marching

Above: Code BWNRPK13 – Brunswick Avantgarde Light Infantry, Command standing

Above: Code BWNRPK15 – Brunswick Avantgarde Jagers, skirmishing

And there are apparently more releases for the Brunswickers over the coming weeks.

Pictures borrowed from the Front Rank website.

 

Yet more plastic Napoleonics

Victrix Ltd are working on some more plastic Napoleonics. This time it’s the turn of the Bavarians …

Our sculptors have been working hard to produce this splendid Bavarian line infantry figure.
At present the plan is to create a 36 man march attack set including 4 dynamic command figures. The command element will comprise officer, standard bearer, sergeant and drummer””. There will be a number of options such as extra arms, back packs with cooking pots and even an arm option smoking a large Bavarian pipe. This is very much work in progress and other variations may be added as we develop this set.
The figure represents the Bavarian infantry from 1809, when they adopted more of a French style kit instead of the slung backpack. We went for the gaiters as they look great, although both gaiter and trousers were worn in the field.
There will be head options with plumes and facial hair for Grenadiers and sharp shooters. It will probably take up to a couple of months to get all this sculpted but we will be posting regular progress updates.

Above: a work in progress view of the Bavarian infantry. click for a larger and clearer view

 

Yet more gardening

The latest gardening has resulted in a 4Ground  TSM-101 1 x Mature Willow & Base being available to fight around and over.

Above: some Front Rank Figurines Poles of the 1/2 Line Infantry Regiment are shanghaied into providing a size reference. Notice that the grenadiers are a little fuzzy having found a stash of Russian vodka the previous evening! 🤣 Click for a larger view.

 

Website woes

The website of von Peter himself – as opposed to the blog currently being read – is undergoing some woes which reveal themselves mostly as missing images. When life allows this will be “corrected”. It is also due some updates. D’oh!

 

A new way to fight ancient skirmishers

The TooFatLardies Infamy, Infamy! rules are available for preorder in the form of various bundles.

Infamy, Infamy! is a game that will, ultimately, be divided into three parts. This is the first rule book which covers Rome’s conflicts with the western barbarian between 60 BC and AD 100. Covered in the rules are lists for Late Republican forces that can be used for Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and Britannia and against the German tribes raiding across the Rhine. The Early Imperial Roman lists are perfect for the conquest of Britannia under Claudius and the continuing campaigns through to Agricola’s conquest of the North and beyond. The British lists cover the period from Caesar’s invasions through to Mons Graupius, including lists for Boudicca’s revolt. Gallic lists cover the classic period of conquest of the Gallic Wars with the Belgea and Aquitani represented and make every effort to reflect the more advanced culture of the Gauls. The Germans, on the other hand, are the ultimate Barbarians, with lists for the tribes of the Rhineland and those of the dark forests of Germania Magna and for the Batavian Revolt.

The rules are scheduled for release on Monday 29th June.

See “Infamy, Infamy! Advanced Order Now Available” for details on the bundles. At the time of “going to press” they can be purchased here.

As is their way TooFatLardies have embraced modern technology with videos of setup and game play …

By the time The dear readers consume digest this there will probably be more. Perhaps a “Infamy, Infamy! The Movie Part Four”?!

Stop Press 25 June 2020: Infamy, Infamy! The Movie, Part Four has been released.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #15

A few odds and ends.

Front Rank Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released their first Napoleonic Brunswickers. They come as six mixed figure Reinforcement Packs or as multiple pack Reinforcement Sets of 36 figures.

Above: Code BWNRPK2 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Command advancing

The initial release provides for the Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion and the Line Infantry. Both types get …

  • marching other ranks
  • marching command
  • firing line other ranks
  • command standing.

All packs £7.80 (incl. VAT).

Above: Code BWNRPK3 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Firing line

The two images above “borrowed” from Front Rank Figurines.

 

Victrix French Imperial Guard Lancers

Victrix Ltd have released their plastic French Napoleonic Imperial Guard Lancers

This fabulous set represents Napoleons lancers of the Guard, The Polish (Blue) and Dutch (Red) regiments. They fought in Spain, Europe and Russia and finally at Waterloo with great distinction.

You can also use these for numerous other nations lancers with a little conversion work you can make Prussians, Polish Line Lancers, Lancers De Berg and Russian lancers to name but a few!

We think this is one of our greatest sets to date, the detail is superb and the figures are packed with animation and character.

For your £26.95 you get 12 multipart and possibly multi posable(?) figures which can create some impressively dynamic figures …

Both images above “borrowed” from Victrix Ltd.

These are far from a surprise as their creation has been widely signalled on the web for a while now. von Peter himself has a need for two regiments of Polish lancers which these figures could potentially have provisioned but figures for those regiments have already been secured. And miraculously one of those regiments has even been pigmented. And von Peter himself is quite happy with the metal figures he has.

 

Possibly of some help with figure photography

von Peter himself stumbled across Photography for Wargamers from Henry Hydes publishing arm Gladius Publications

Photography for Wargamers by Henry Hyde

A compilation of articles on digital photography which, as editor, I originally wrote for Miniature Wargames with Battlegames.

The first article, “Digital Photography for Wargamers”, was published in issue 361 – the very first of the new, combined magazine – in May 2013. The series of three “Wargames Photography” pieces appeared in issues 377, 378 and 379 (October, November and December 2014) after numerous appeals from readers for more in depth information on the subject.

These guides contain a great deal of information that is timeless: the principles of taking a good photograph of any kind, including those of our miniature soldiery arrayed on beautiful terrain, remain exactly the same as they were when my father, as a professional photographer back in the 1960s, pointed his lens at a captivating view or an interesting face. I hope, therefore, that you will find this collection of value for some time to come, regardless of the equipment you use and where and when you use it.

All profits from the sale of this guide will go to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal.

And don’t some of us need all the help we can get with our figure photography! For the princely sum of 1.99USD for a pdf with all profits going to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal what could go wrong?

Well of course there is always something that could go wrong. When trying to purchase said pdf von Peter himself could not seem do so without the payment system wanting further details so that it could set up a PayPal account. von Peter himself does not want to create a PayPal account. A message has been sent to Henry Hyde asking for directives &/or assistance. Henry is investigating. It seems like a lot effort for a 1.99USD pdf but if all purchases from Henry’s Gladius Publications behave the same way he may be missing out on sales. Or perhaps von Peter himself is just doing something wrong.

STOP PRESS: Henry has sorted von Peters PayPal problem. You can pay either using PayPal or Stripe now. von Peter himself successfully used Stripe to pay.

 

Hobby gardening

A brace of TSM-103 Mature Oak Trees from 4Ground have joined the miniature shrubbery at Neu Schloss von Peter. Their lot will be to be hidden behind, shot at etc etc. Why the little plastic acorns bothered is a moot point!  😃

von Peter himself took the clickable quick photo above of said Oak Trees and though he may complain of the sun not playing the game etc etc it is a fine illustration of why the Photography for Wargamers book may prove to be of considerable benefit!  🤣

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Welcome to the 4/132 Ligne

On the 24 September 2013 at 11:16pm von Peter himself took a photo of the 4th battalion of the 132 Ligne as it then stood. Five companies were present which left one to paint to complete the battalion. The four figures of the second fusilier company were all that stood in the way of a complete 4/132 Ligne battalion.

On 6 May 2020 von Peter himself was finally able to take a photo of the completed 4/132 Ligne battalion. As the actress said to the bishop – “OMG!”.

The second fusilier company with their rather pleasing sky blue tufts atop their shakos and incidentally carrying the battalions fanion – flag for those not in the know – have been waiting quite a while for their pigmentation to be complete. von Peter himself is nothing if not the master of under statement! They got caught up in the current clean-up of the painting desk to their amazement. Part of the problem was that the battalion played in many games quite happily – if not always successfully – without its second fusilier company. So other seemingly more pressing painting tasks were undertaken as the poor fusiliers of the second company watched on. But no longer.

Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

Perhaps surprisingly the 4/132 Ligne is the first French battalion that von Peter himself has ever pigmented. And perhaps even more surprisingly the first French battalion von Peter himself has ever owned – at least in 28mm. Call himself a Napoleonic gamer! Bah!! More battalions are to follow. The local forces of that Corsican emperor chap are comprised of Bavarians, Saxons & Poles and they sure would appreciate more actual French support in fighting the emperor’s battles.

On a more esoteric level the local basing standard works well for the French. Six bases of four figures neatly accommodates the six companies of a French Ligne or Légère battalion on a one to one basis. Each stand represents a complete company with it’s company distinctives. Absolutely wonderful if one is anal about such things.

Of course the figures are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. The self confessed zealotry continues. The fanion – not that the photo reveals much of it – is from GMB Designs.

For a little more detail on where this battalion fits into greater French designs head on over to the Napoleonic French Army Inspections page on von Peter’s website.

Now … what else lurks pushed to the back on the painting desk?

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself