Call to Arms 2015 part the second … and some sadness

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

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

Quatre Bras 4 von Peter's 2 brigades

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

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

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

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

Quatre Bras 5 von Peter's 2 brigades up close

Above: a close up of the prior scene

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

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

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

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

Call to Arms 2015 – Part 1 and

Call to Arms 2015 – Part 2.

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

Good bye dear friend

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

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

Laelaps

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself
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12 thoughts on “Call to Arms 2015 part the second … and some sadness

    • Thank you Terry.

      Yes he did love his comforts with the fire being one of them. You could always tell his displeasure when Fraulien von Peter herself would bring out the clothes horse to air some washing in front of the fire which displaced him from his number one position in front of said fire. He would try all sorts of ruses to get in front or under that cursed clothes horse normally to receive a verbal scolding for his efforts.

      And yes he was a big lump that could at times be trying to negotiate. At least he learned to lie still as one walked over or around him. In the early days it could get a bit chaotic as one would be traversing his bulk and he would decide to get up!

      Bless him indeed.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

  1. So sorry to hear about Laelaps!

    Having been there myself, I know how you must feel and can feel your loss. I hope you take comfort from the fact that he lead a happy and good life with you and felt the love you all had for him every day of his life.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family my friend!

    • Many thanks Burkhard.

      Yes I too have been through this before. It’s never easy. And yes we like to think that he had a good life. He certainly seemed happy enough and keen to get involved in everything. Definitely a glass half full sort of dog! 8O)

      Salute
      von Peter himself

  2. von P commiserations on the loss of an old friend.I too have missed old TRUE canine companions when they must go ,but the memories of the childhood pal to the present-day faithful friend never ever dims. For their unquestioning loyalty they deserve a kind home.
    Peter

    • Thank you Peter – great name by the way! 😀

      What you say is very true. The parting is a bit rough but the intervening twelve odd years were full of many good times … along with the occasional blemish it’s true! On balance The Family were big winners with Laelaps.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

    • Thank you Graham. He is currently patiently sitting on the piano awaiting for us to intern his ashes. We always did drive him crazy with our delays – primarily around dinner time! – but he was always very patient.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

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