Birthday bounty

Another birthday has come and gone. And the number associated with that event has risen to become quite alarmingly large. But what can one do except begin to count down to the next even higher numbered birthday!  💀

As is the way at Neu Schloss von Peter the time honoured tradition of von Peter himself organising the bulk of his own presents was … well … honoured! Who else could possibly know the deep desires of the great man?! This year the deep desires turned out to be a benefit show for the world famous Neu Schloss von Peter Library.

The first two books may have been mentioned in this here blog before. At last they now reside in the Neu Schloss von Peter Library.

Napoleon and the struggle for Germany. The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume II: The Defeat of Napoleon to give it its full title follows on from Napoleon and the struggle for Germany. The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume I: The War of Liberation, Spring 1813. With the acquisition of volume II the complete set is now in the possession of von Peter himself. There is quite a marked difference in page count between the two books with the respective volumes coming in at 488 and 887 respectively. Perhaps this is not so surprising when one considers the activity pre and post the 1813 armistice.

Michael V. Leggiere has crept into the affections of von Peter himself as a favoured author and so the reading of these tomes is much anticipated. Yes – shockingly the implication of the prior sentence is true. Volume I is yet to be read. There is a backlog of reading to be read … which is why so many books have been purchased?!!  👀

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany vol 2

As all of The dear readers should be aware the greatest year of interest in things Napoleonic is 1813 for von Peter himself. So what is one to do when a book entitled Napoleon 1813 Decision at Bautzen by a reputable author is released. Why purchase a copy of course.

Napoleon 1813 - Decision at Bautzen

Not quite Napoleonic but still Horse and Musket. When von Peter himself reintroduced himself to wargaming after his university days one of his first projects was 28mm Seven Years War. Great was the satisfaction derived from this project as Prussian and Austrian adversaries were collected. For now the figures are detained in their ‘barracks’ but their day will come again quite possibly using either Sharp Practice 2 or perhaps Honours of War. von Peter himself has heard many intriguing – in a good way – things of this Osprey published rule set. Besides – von Peter himself is ever curious regarding rule systems.

Honours of War

And now for something completely different. The most dedicated of The dear readers will be aware that von Peter himself has a Late Roman army buried in his reserves of unpigmented figures. For von Peter himself the experience of researching an ancients army is quite different to the that of researching a horse and musket army. So when a book was discovered that would perhaps enhance the local understanding of the Late Roman Army … and with the implicit permission granted to obtain said book because the birthday purchase scheme was still in operation … said book was rapidly ordered. The Late Roman Army now resides in the hobby library of Neu Schloss von Peter as do all the other books mentioned above. Now the challenge will be to get them read.

Tha Late Roman Army book cover

 

The Great Wargaming Survey – 2016

von Peter himself computes that this is the third time that those happy go lucky chaps and chapesses(?) at the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine have come eliciting wargamers views on their hobby. In both prior instances they have fed back their findings which if nothing else have been of curiosity interest. It took the normally indecisive von Peter himself only a few minutes to complete the survey so it is not a big investment in time … and there are inducements in the form of prizes and a 5 euro gift certificate … …

You can get at the survey from here.

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A Sharp Practice 2 warm up game

The local Call to Arms wargames convention is scheduled for the 6 & 7 August 2016 here in Wellington, New Zealand. Raymond and von Peter himself have for quite a while had an understanding that they would host a demonstration game of Sharp Practice 2 at the convention. A couple of weeks ago it slowly dawned on us that the convention really wasn’t that far off. At least Raymond had managed to play a few games of Sharp Practice 2. von Peter himself had managed to read through the rules but had not actually played them. Obviously we needed a game so that we would at least be on the same page with the rules on the day.

Raymond hosted and we played the “Fondler’s Duke” scenario from the Too Fat Lardies “The Compleat Fondler” scenario book. This is an all cavalry affair from the Hundred Days Campaign. Our hero Dick Fondler is with the Brunswick Hussars and is trying to make contact with the Prussians. The Prussians are trying to keep the road running the length of the table open so that Wellington’s Army can march to their assistance as agreed – good luck with that! 😄 The French have orders to take the village of Thyle – through which the afore mentioned road runs – and detect any allied activity in the area. As mentioned every figure in the game sits astride a horse.

Four – rising to five – of us played the game. The son & heir, Dan and eventually Michael were the misguided French dancing to the tune of that emperor. Raymond and von Peter himself waved the flag for the good guys. The game had its ups and downs for both sides but at the end it was ups for the French and down for the Allies. As one of the last acts of the game von Peter himself arranged for Dick Fondler to lead a decisive charge of the Brunswick Hussars into some French dragoons. The French were decisively beaten with many slaughtered … but unfortunately and not part of the plan so was Dick Fondler. Oops!

The game had been fun and most importantly the rules – to some degree at least – learnt at the practical level of pushing figures around the table. Now to sort the scenario for next weekends convention game.

Sharpe Practice 2 at Rays

Above: Nearing the end of the game at Raymond’s. The infantry are dismounted cavalry recently pushed back from the banks of the river. Unbeknown to himself Fondler is breathing his last few breaths just on the other side of the river as he readies the Brunswick Hussars for a glorious charge. Oops!

 

By the way – it’s not too late to send birthday presents. von Peter himself is not so proud as to have a cut off date for their receipt!  😄

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Listening while going native

Three … two … one … GO …

Podcast Corner

A couple more podcasts have been added to the listening roll of von Peter himself.

The History of Byzantium 

Not surprisingly this is …

A podcast telling the story of the Roman Empire from 476 AD to 1453.

Its creation was inspired by the “The History of Rome” podcast which is another fine podcast in case you missed von Peter’s earlier recommendation on the prior blog of von Peter himself.

The bad news is that von Peter himself is just a little late to the party on this one with the first episode published on 1 May 2012! On the plus side there are many episodes (114?) to listen to without having to wait for new episodes to ‘drop’. And new episodes are still dropping.

von Peter himself gets his episodes from iTunes or you can visit the The History of Byzantium site.

The history of Byzantine

 

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy Podcast

The chaps from the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine have started a lively podcast described as …

An irregular podcast looking at wargaming.

von Peter himself is a little more up to date with this one as their first episode dropped on 13 June 2016.

Most of us at the WS&S offices spend at least some of our free time painting minis – and when we do, we like having something to listen to. There are already quite a few great wargaming podcasts out there, but that’s doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more, so we’re happy to introduce the brand new Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy podcast. Each episode will be short (30 minutes) and thematic (like our magazines). Our pilot podcast is already available for download via iTunes. Please have a listen and let us know what you think. Since we’re just starting out, feedback is much appreciated. It will help us build the perfect show.

wss podcast

 

Paramount Chief  – for 5 minutes – von Peter himself

As presaged in the prior post von Peter himself and Fraulien von Peter herself took themselves off to Kerikeri way up at the top of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands for some richly deserved rest & relaxation. Fear not – there is no way that the leisure loving von Peter himself is going undo all that rest & relaxation by documenting this most recent of travels in excruciating detail for the entertainment of The dear readers. Suffice it to say that the time away from work – and The son & heir 😎 – was fully enjoyed and not long enough.

There was one event of note that must be telegraphed around the world however – the raising of Paramount Chief von Peter himself. Well Paramount Chief for at least 15 minutes anyway.

The site of this honour was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds …

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s most important historic site where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document was signed: the Treaty of Waitangi.

von Peter himself and Fraulien von Peter herself paid a visit to the Treaty Grounds and signed up for a Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance. The former was we’ll lead but it is the latter that is of concern to us here Dear reader. The Cultural performance was conducted as if the gathered audience were a Maori tribe  – the pre European occupiers of New Zealand – being hosted by the local Maori tribe. For this visit to occur a chief was required for the visiting tribe.

The astute eye of our hostess was cast over the assembled newly minted visiting tribe looking for a man of distinction, a man of fine carriage, of noble bearing and of general worthiness. In short she needed a chief. von Peter himself in false modesty may feign surprise but where else was her eye going to settle but on the modest von Peter himself?

And that is the story of how von Peter himself got to be a Chief – surely it must have been a Paramount Chief – for maybe 15 minutes. As such he took the Wero Challenge outside of the meeting house, remained rocklike as the Taiaha whirled around his head at times, gave a well received speech and performed a Hongi.

5 minute chief 1

5 minute chief 2

5 minute chief 3

5 minute chief 4

Eureka Maori additions

And surely it cannot be a coincidence that just after von Peter himself is raised to Paramount Chief Eureka Miniatures should choose now to start talking about extensions to their Maori range. It makes one think!  😎

Eureka Maori 1

Eureka Maori 2

Eureka Waka 1

Thanks to Eureka Miniatures for unknowingly providing the pictures above.

Standby for some figure photography in the soonish future.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Aspern-Essling – the rematch

von Peter himself has recently returned from a short no work to be seen or thought of sojourn in the winterless north of New Zealand. Yes, von Peter himself has been on holiday. Base camp was established in Kerikeri from which day long ‘campaigns’ were launched into the surrounding hinterland. Holiday pictures to follow in a later post you lucky Dear readers!

Before taking himself off on holiday a call to arms from the Hapsburg dynasty needed answering. The military talents of von Peter himself were required – stocks of available military talent being at a particularly low ebb – for a rematch of day two of the 1809 Apsern-Essling battle. Garage Gaming Terry and some of his Garage Gaming associates had organised a multiplayer rematch of said battle and von Peter himself and more critically his 28mm Austrians were in demand. Hurrah for Archduke Charles and his righteous ambition to throw off the unwanted shackles of French tyranny … … … and their bizarre insistence of adding garlic to absolutely everything! It’s just not the Austrian way.  😃

After the seemingly inevitable late withdrawals were withdrawn seven players remained to fight the fight with one extra substituting in near the end. The venue was kindly provided by the Wellington Warlords during one of their regular Saturday club days and Black Powder ruled the proceedings.

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The forces of von Peter himself hug the edge and corner of the table field of battle. Their job – retake Essling. High command decided(?) on an indirect approach. The table behind holds the Austrian reserves and should be considered contiguous with the main table. That gap between tables can do funny things to general’s minds.

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The defending French in and around Essling

von Peter himself was given the honour of commanding the Austrian left flank presumably with the aim of recapturing Essling. On the main table there was a huge central gap / hole between the forces reporting to von Peter himself and the next Austrians in the line. There is absolutely no truth to the various rumours that the Austrian high command were keen to keep the rest of the army away from the influence of von Peter himself or that the rest of the army had naturally removed itself from that portion commanded by the same von Peter himself! The French were destined to pour into this hole in one of their typical preemptive uncontrolled and undignified strikes. Where did the gentlemanly way of war go?! A back table held the Austrian reserves who were not to be held in reserve for very long lest the central hole filling French got into the flanks and rear of the main Austrian lines.

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A look down the main table with the Austrians arrayed on the right showing the central hole in the Austrian deployment. This empty area was not to remain empty for long. Aspern is at the far end of the table. Our 1:1 scale models for this photograph are Brian, John and Terry. Thank you gentlemen. The sun streaming through the windows into the dark room was somewhat of an annoyance to this photographer. It’s almost as bad as the sun of Austerlitz. Mutter mutter!

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The Austrian right flank and opposing French pre the nastiness of simulated warfare. The village is Aspern.

Special scenario rules and ‘stuff’:

Because they had recently been ousted from Aspern and Essling by the early morning whatever happened to gentlemanly warfare French attacks the left and right flanks of the Austrian host – those deployed along the short board edges – were prohibited from any forward movement in their first turn. This represented their reorganising after their forced evictions.

Garage Gaming Terry kept mysteriously turning cards during the game. They had something to do with the bridge(s) over the Danube in the French rear. What their effect might have been and whether anything came of the them during the game von Peter himself cannot say!  😃

The Granary in Essling was considered effectively impervious to attack … so it could not be attacked. In compensation it had restricted offensive capabilities – it could only issue one dice of fire out of each side.

Generally there were more Austrians than French but the French had much better Command & Control. In Black Powder terms for many of the French the maximum triple move was the expected result. Not so for the Austrians. In compensation the larger Austrian line battalions could absorb and dish out more hurt than their average French opponent.

The more astute of The dear readers may spot the occasional Russian unit in the photographs. These are really Austrians. Similarly some Saxon battalions are really Austrian grenadiers and Nassau battalions are really from Hesse Darmstadt batting for the French.

Time to let some pictures tell a story …

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The situation from the edge of Essling looking towards Aspern at the end of turn 2(?). Did von Peter himself mention that the French were to quickly attempt to exploit the hole in the Austrian deployment. Infantry plus lots of French cavalry including their heavies. Part of the central Austrian command have advanced in a sort of double echelon formation trying to protect their flanks(?) while more of them are attacking the church in Aspern. Much like the troops of von Peter himself the Austrians coming in from the far short side of the table are having trouble moving forward. Obviously more reorganising required after their mornings eviction.

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A view of Aspern from the Austrian main lines. The eagle eyed viewer will notice that it is an Austrian standard in the churchyard. Hurrah! Not for long however as the French would soon retake the church. Not for long however! The church was to change hands several times but in the end it would be the Austrians as sitting tenants.

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Late mid game around Essling. The impertinent French are being pushed back having previously been much closer to the road. The Austrian battalion at the corner of the hedged in orchard / woods / gardens is about to charge said hedged in orchard / woods / gardens. Three consecutive rounds of close combat would see the Austrians bested by the French but the weee Hapsburgs held their position. The fourth round would see the French take a beating and disintegrate. In a mistaken application of the rules the Austrian battalion also performed a Break Test and disintegrated. If only von Peter himself knew then what von Peter himself knows now. The Austrian battalion immediately behind is shaken (has 4 casualty markers) and disordered (has a misaligned stand) and is totally disinterested in listening to any commands that may be issued to it. The Austrian battalion in the middle of the photo with the white flag will fail it’s order to charge the disordered (one stand misaligned remember) French battalion to its front. The Austrian battalion with the yellow flag next to the cavalry and artillery will not have an order issued due to the prior failed order and will continue to sit in front of the French artillery. Time to move on!

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At the same stage as the prior photograph but on the alternate Essling front. von Peter himself seemed to have perpetual command failings here. Either he failed command / order attempts or his troops were disorganised as the result of French firepower and hence not amenable to receiving orders … or von Peter himself just plain missed opportunities while wandering around the table being sociable as a real gentleman of breeding should. For example in this photograph the Austrian battalion in column behind the two battalions in line is disorganised – remember the misaligned stand? It was part of intended bayonet attack but having been disordered it isn’t listening to any command to bayonet the enemy … or do anything! As an alternative a firing line has been set up to hopefully soften up the pesky Frenchmen. A third battalion of white coated Austrians has gotten itself left behind earlier due to a failed order and has not yet had a chance to catch up. It’s not all gloom, doom and incompetence though. The Grenz battalion dressed in brown and in skirmish formation in the left foreground of the photograph is about to advance closer to the French Battery and eventually destroy the battery with their fire. At the far end of the Austrian line 2 batteries of artillery have taken a section of Essling under continual and accurate fire. This would eventually result in there being no (living!) Frenchmen being in occupancy … and no immediately available Austrian battalion to occupy it!!!! Such are the wonders of 1809 Austrian staff work!

The end of game photographs from Aspern around to Essling …

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The wooded area on the French side of Aspern is / was apparently called the Gemeinde Au and at the battle’s beginning was teeming with vermin … le petite Emperor’s vermin! 🐭 Not that von Peter himself is in anyway biased you understand! 😃 Here we see that the Gemeinde Au has been cleansed with good honest Austrians now in charge. Now what was that about not being biased?! 😎

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Aspern is still a town in dispute with both sides claiming sectors with the church in a firmly pro Hapsburg state of mind. There appear to be ample Austrians in the vicinity. Not so much for the French if this and the prior photograph are reviewed.

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A view centre of the battle. Through these Austrian eyes there seems to be a dearth of French compared to Austrians here as well.

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The somewhat chaotic scene around Essling. With the last turn called some squadrons of the Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars have given in to their frustrations at sitting idle for most of the game and have attempted to charge the French battalion in line between the woods – now containing two battalions of Frenchmen – and the Danube. Of course they did not muster enough moves to get there. The Austrian battalion to the hussar’s rear is disordered as is the right hand battalion in line and the left most of the two batteries – yes it’s those misaligned stands again! 💀 The French battalion in line and the column behind the woods – both with white standards – may have been of the Young Guard. With the superior French command represented by higher commander ratings the French could reasonably reliably get triple moves for their commands. So depending on how the fight was looking brigades of Young Guard &/or cuirassiers would appear magically and just as soon depart as their services were required elsewhere. Meanwhile Austrian commanders were left jumping up and down in fury at their impotence as command rolls were failed. Much like that fateful day back in 1809 if one is to believe what one reads about the Austrian command.

Of course mere photographs only tell a portion of the tale. How battered individual brigades and divisions were and how much fight was left in them is an imponderable to The dear reader … much as it was to some of the Austrian commanders! What can be said – and it is the firm belief of von Peter himself that the Austrian commanders were unanimous in this – is that the though the French still held the majority of Aspern & Essling their army was rapidly becoming a battered wreck that would need to cede the battlefield lest it risk a complete and comprehensive destruction. And le petite Emperor would not like that one little bit. Not at all. He was already drawing up plans involving those troops for the follow up battle for which he appears to be favouring the name “Wagram”.

If this report has sparked any sort of interest then The dear reader should head on over to head organiser Garage Gaming Terry’s report. Lots more pictures and details are to be found over there.

Don’t forget to ‘click’ on the photographs for larger and clearer images.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Of pdf’s and plastic

With the home front forges continuing at a low ebb von Peter himself presents some information on a couple of worthy pdf’s received and some information on a couple of plastic castles.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

Some of the more astute of The dear readers may have noticed that von Peter himself has had a long  l-o-n-g  association with the Saxon Army of the later Napoleonic Wars. The first Saxon figures von Peter himself ever painted were while he was at university … and that is a long  l-o-n-g  time ago. For the historical record the figures were Saxon …

  • line infantry from the regiment König using Minifigs French fusiliers with a modified pompom
  • a squadron of Leib Kürassier Garde also from Minifigs through the donor figure type has long since slipped the memory.

The History Book Man has released their latest army and uniform guide e-book and what do you know … it’s The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814. Historic, organisational, uniform and flag information on the army is presented with many colour illustrations contained in 311 pages including information on the less well known units. And all for the princely sum of £3.99. What the much m-u-c-h younger von Peter himself would have given for such a guide all those decades ago!  😀

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

 

Sharp Practice 2 pdf arrives

Bang on time the pdf for Sharp Practice 2 from the TheTooFatLardies arrived in the electronic Inbox of von Peter himself. A quick scan has revealed what appears to be an easy on the eye and well laid out rulebook. Not that von Peter himself intends to learn the rules via the pdf as the physical printed rule book and a bunch of gaming paraphernalia should be on their way from the top of the world – the UK – to the bottom of the world – NZ – and are expected any day.

Without hunting down a count von Peter himself is aware of four other gamers locally who have ordered the rules. This bodes well for future gaming especially given the truncated time requirement for the setup, playing and packing away of a Sharp Practice game. Real world ‘stuff’ needs to take a back seat for a little more gaming.

Two minor soon to be remedied disappointments so far …

  • There is no Quick Reference Sheet with the rules. This is expected to be remedied with versions on the ‘net … perhaps even from the Lardies themselves.
  • With the possible exception of the listing for the American Civil War the Army Lists in the the book are of no interest to von Peter himself. It is the understanding of von Peter himself that this will be rectified in May via the ‘net on the TheTooFatLardies site where many more Army Lists are expected to be published … for free! In particular von Peter himself is after central Europe Napoleonic lists suitable for around 1813 and Seven Years war lists for his Prussians and Austrians.

There is also talk of more scenarios becoming available which would be a bonus.

Sharp Practice v2

Castle Wars

Contender 1 – Renedra Limited

Once upon a medieval time castles tended to be built of stone – at least the ones in Western Europe were. How times have changed as they can now be procured in plastic. Both Renedra Limited and Warlord Games have seen fit to release their medieval – or if it suits The dear reader better fantasy – castles. And just like their real life 1:1 scale forbears they are not for the peasantry. One needs to be prepared to hand over a fair chunk of wealth if one is sit safely behind ones own stone … err, plastic walls.

As pictured below the Renedra Castle (standard) costs £250.00. The Castle (standard) …

  • has a frontage of 86cm and sides of 65.5cm
  • 5 towers
  • 1 gatehouse
  • 8 wall sections

If this too much castle for The dear reader then one’s sights could be lowered as there is a Castle (small) available. Alternatively if The dear reader would not be seen dead in a mere Castle (standard) there is of course the option of the Castle (large). One can purchase the individual components if one would prefer to custom design one’s castle and having just started to listen to Meeples and Miniatures episode 130 – Salute 2016 – there is a breached wall section on the way.

To the eyes of von Peter himself the windows on the sides of the towers seem a little less than desirable security features though wonderful creations for cloisters etc – see what Alan Perry is kit bashing with the sprues from the Renedra Castle here.

Renedra Standard Castle

Contender 2 – Warlord Games

Meanwhile Warlord Games have their ‘The Citadel’ Plastic Castle as pictured below. It can be yours for £175.00. While a simpler creation than the Renedra Castle (standard) it is more technologically advanced having round towers as opposed to square. Once again individual sections of the Warlord castle are available to purchase individually.

Warlord castle

Fortunately von Peter himself is immune to any temptations from this latest crop of plastic castles because he already has one in stock – the Warhammer Fortress (see below) as produced by Games Workshop many moons ago. Obtained on the cheap it waits largely unbothered by a painter’s brush for its time of glory. Sound familiar?!  😀

Warhammer Fortress

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Moving pictures

A quickie inspired by some of those new fangled moving pictures that may be of interest to some of The dear readers.

Salute 2016

Salute 2016 has come and gone. A bit of an extended tramp from New Zealand to the UK – though that didn’t stop that dastardly Valleyboy who will have a lot of describing to do once he returns – but via the marvels of moving pictures it’s possible to do a flyover of some of the games. If your wife / husband / partner has left you a spare 31 going on 32 minutes have a look at the Salute – 2016 video from JonLawVids. If nothing else there is plenty of soothing / meditational music to groove to!

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Painting Horses

There are many painting tutorials on the interwebs. Here’s a slightly different way to paint a horse … at least different for von Peter himself. It’s all about the hair texture. Moving pictures from Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic’s How to Paint Horses. Thanks to Theo on a forum for the heads-up on this. There are several horse painting tutorials on the interwebs … in fact there are many tutorials on general miniature figure and terrain painting out there. Let your web searching go wild.

How to play Aurelian

Aurelian from Sam Mustafa from his Honour series provides the rules to fight the crisis of the 3rd century when it looked like Rome would not make it to the 4th century. It has come to the belated attention of von Peter himself that SirTobi has created a series of tutorials on the rules. Very nicely presented and well worth a look if The dear reader has any interest in Aurelian.

Aurelian-Cover

Glory, Hallelujah!

Thanks to Garage Gaming Terry a copy of Glory, Hallelujah – the American Civil War supplement for the Black Powder ruleset – now resides at Neu Schloss von Peter. On first flush this appears to be a well written 180 pages which is going to take some reading on account of its size. Being sourced directly from the publishers Warlord Games the book came with the ‘free’ Dead-Eye Davy metal miniature. Dead-Eye Davy is a prone sniper that comes with a choice of head to make him more obviously a Union (kepi) or Confederate (broad brimmed hat) figure. It will most likely be a kepi for von Peter himself who prefers to be on the side of the angels! 😀

The book is full of pretty pictures of war games figures. The proverbial war games porn. But excepting a couple of pictures of Dead-Eye Davy (from Warlord Games) all the figures pictured are the products of Perry Miniatures. Not a bad thing in itself as the Perry twins are rightly feted for the quality of their product but maybe some other manufacturers product might have been used on occasion. Perhaps it’s the Nottingham mafia at work! 👀 Or perhaps it was just convenient to have the Perry’s stage the photographs from their collection. Certainly flicking through the book there is a consistency provided by the use of a single range of figures.

Glory Hallelujah

And it may be just coincidence but look what long lost plastic set has appeared all of a sudden on the the Perry Miniatures Facebook page …

Perry ACW

Sharp Practice 2

The release of Sharp Practice version 2 from the TheTooFatLardies is now but a few days away on the 23 April 2016. von Peter himself has finally made his decision as to which pre release bundle to purchase and being his normal greedy and uncontrolled self has ordered Bundle 5. The biggest most expensive bundle with greatest savings … albeit that the cards and poker chip set are effectively duplicates of one another.

The Lardies have extended their explanation of the game by adding another two episodes  using moving pictures …

Sharp Practice 2

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A Sharp Practice heads-up

Sharp Practice v2

From the outside looking in it’s looking more and more likely that the TheTooFatLardies will hit their target of releasing Sharp Practice version 2 on St. Georges Day … which of course we all know is the 23 April. Of itself this is a good thing as von Peter himself is figuring to get his hands on a copy for perusing and with any luck actual gaming. But even better it appears that if one were of a mind to order the rules and assorted gaming paraphernalia prior to the actual release date then not only will one get the rules and assorted gaming paraphernalia in a timely manner but one will also get them at a discounted price …

BUNDLE 1: Rules & Cards
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
Free PDF of the rules.
At £29 this saves you £17 as a bundle.

BUNDLE 2: Rules & Chips
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Free PDF of the rules.
At £28 this saves you £17 as a bundle

BUNDLE 3: Card Sharp (as per Bundle 5 but no Poker Chips)
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £35 this saves you £19 as a bundle

BUNDLE 4: Chips with everything (as per Bundle 5 but no card deck)
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £34 this saves you £19 as a bundle

BUNDLE 5: The monster of a bundle with everything anyone would wish for on the Sharp Practice front.
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £38 this saves you £21 as a bundle.

By way of explanation as “borrowed” from the Lardies website …

  1.  The rules.  Its a 120 page book which contains the rules and Army Lists for five different conflicts.  These are the French Indian War, the AWI, Peninsular War, ACW and Indian Mutiny.  However, the rules won’t stop there.   We have lost of other periods ready as free downloadable Army lists covering stuff like Garibaldi in Italy, Napoleonic warfare, Revolutionary Wars in Italy, US Mexican Wars and a whole host of other exciting stuff.
  2. The Cards or Poker Chips. You can choose whether you want to use a card deck or pull chips from a bag or cup.  It’s entirely up to you which you use.  You will need ONE set or cards or chips to play a game.  You do not need one per player.  The poker chip set are 34 tokens in engraved MDF which are very easy to paint up and look superb when they are done.  The cards are a proper poker standard set with rounded corners and come in a tuck box.  As it happens we got 40 cards to a deck as this suited the printer card sizes so the card deck is slightly larger.
  3. Game Tokens.  A set of 18 acrylic tokens to indicate when units Present (ready to fire a controlled volley), when they are firing an uncontrolled volley and when they are broken.  We have played many many games and this set of 18 tokens have been all we needed for any game situation.  No need to duplicate unless you are really going to push the boat out on game size.

So some sharp 😃 pricing with not inconsiderable savings are to be had for the organised purchaser … assuming that the organised purchaser is wanting the rules in both hard copy and PDF format and is also wanting some of the game aids as supplied ex the Lardies. So which bundle is it to be for von Peter himself? Hmmmm!

But there’s more …

To support the rules The Lardies have started a series of Youtube videos on the rules …

with more expected soonish. It’s all go on the Sharp Practice front.

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This has been a public service announcement generously brought to you at not inconsiderable expense and effort by von Peter himself Media International Ltd.  😎

Home made Orthodoxy

A couple of posts back von Peter himself had reason to report on Mark Strachan’s scratch built 28mm Russian Orthodox church. Mark has now completed the basing of said Russian Orthodox church and was kind enough to allow a couple of his photos to be replicated here for The dear readers education. More photographic recordings of the finished church – remembering that its a Russian church …. not Finnish … ha ha ha ⚠️ – can seen herevon Peter himself has yet to attempt to scratch build a terrain piece and is in awe of such endeavours.

Mark Strachans Russian church1

Mark Strachans Russian church2

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Stop Press … March 2016

Map Leipzig

These here blog postings are a bit like buses. You don’t see one for ages and then two turn up at once! 😃

Sometimes von Peter himself comes upon some nugget of information as he stumbles around the internet attempting to skry the present, past and future of wargaming. (And yes he knows that he should be using this time more profitably sitting at his painting desk but let’s just move on shall we! 😎).

General D’Armée

Recently the Donald Featherstone Memorial Weekend gaming event was hosted at the Wargames Holiday Centre. The game played was the southern battle(s) from that biggie the Battle of Nations, aka Leipzig 1813. Many days, many tables, many players and many many figures. But what was the interesting bit was that the game was played using Dave Brown’s latest rules, “General D’Armée”. The same Dave Brown of the General de Brigade rules renown. These “General D’Armée” rules are in development, are for large games and according to Henry Hyde – see below – may be published late this year or early 2017.

For some pictures from the game see Henry Hyde’s coverage on the Miniature Wargames FaceBook page starting on the 19th March.

WHC Leipzig

Above: this Leipzig game image “borrowed” from the the Miniature Wargames FaceBook page

Sharp Practice 2

The TheTooFatLardies have released a few more details on Sharp Practice 2 on their Lard Island News. Rumour has it that the TooFatLardies are working to a St Georges Day – 23 April – release. Those who listen to podcasts – and have not heard it yet – may want to download “Maples & Miniatures – Episode 167 – Royal Armouries And Sharp Practice 2” as there is quite a bit of talk on the new rules. Get it from iTunes or here … or wherever!

While interested in the updated rules von Peter himself is a bit of a grumbling grognard and is a little concerned about some of the changes. e.g. hopefully “deployment points” don’t act too much like modern day or science fiction “drop zones” allowing the magical deployment of troops as desired to counter the enemies cunning plans. We shall see. But as the author Richard Clarke says in the podcast – if you don’t like something in the rules then don’t use it. You can’t say fairer than that really.

Sharp Practice 2

Above: a look at the layout of Sharp Practice 2 as provided by the TooFatLardies. The presentation of war-games rules have certainly moved on since the original Sharp Practice

And one more little snippet … those dedicated followers of Calpe Miniatures may in the nearish future be able to build a new Napoleonic unit type. Such a tease!  😎

Don’t forget to click on the images for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself