STOP PRESS: “1813, The Battles for Germany” released

Let the 1813 goodness continue to roll. David Brown’s “1813, The Battles for Germany” is now available … and von Peter himself has got it! 👍 It comes as a pdf and can be got from here for £9.50.  The official blurb …

1813. The Battles for Germany is a scenario supplement for General d’Armee penned by game designer Dave Brown.  Here Dave provides us with six iconic actions from the decisive campaign which saw Napoleon fight to preserve his German possessions after the disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia.  Beginning with Weissenfels, this scenario supplement goes on to cover the actions at Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Mockern and finally Liebertwolkwoitz. 

This 40 page PDF contains an illustrated historical introduction to the campaign followed by six scenarios which are easily printed out for the game you wish to play and contain complete army lists with unit and commander ratings as well as deployment notes and a breakdown of the terrain.  What’s more the six scenarios can be played individually or as part of a “campaign’, with the result of each scenario affecting the next.

Can you save Germany for the Emperor of the French or will you be the liberating forces of Europe combining to liberate the continent from the terrors of the Corsican Ogre?

1813 The Battles for Germany cover

That’s it for now … so …


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

2/2 Polish Line and Leipzig a wargamer’s guide

The second battalion of the second Polish Line Regiment has finally raised their flag/standard and marched from the recruiters office on to that rather dangerous place – they field under the stewardship of von Peter himself.

The more observant and educated of The dear readers will notice that the mounted officer amongst the ranks is not the usual Polish Infantry Mounted Office. Sadly the battalion’s officer corps has been hard hit so an ADC has been tasked with leading the battalion until things are sorted. Besides the Front Rank Figurines range only has one Polish Infantry Mounted Officer and one could easily get bored with seeing the same old figure over and over.  😇

Nap Polish 2-2nd Infantry

With active service in the field there comes the associated and inevitable issues resultant from not properly cooking the sausages …

Nap Polish 1-2nd Infantry casualties

One more battalion to go to complete the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813.

As always with the Poles of von Peter himself … Front Rank Figurines; pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell; flag from GMB Designs; horse and basing by von Peter himself.

The two images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

LEIPZIG: THE BATTLE OF NATIONS  A Wargamer’s Guide to the Battle of Leipzig 1813

LEIPZIG: THE BATTLE OF NATIONS  A Wargamer’s Guide to the Battle of Leipzig 1813 is quite a mouthful of a title. To its credit it does however seem like quite a tasty mouthful.

Just recently published – 18 August 2022 – by Helion & Company with a complement of 134 pages, 8 black & white illustrations, 33 colour photos, 9 colour maps and 12 tables. This has suddenly and spookily appeared as a gaping hole in the library of von Peter himself! We must have it!

The official blurb …

The Battle of Leipzig was the biggest battle of the Napoleonic wars, involving over 500,000 men. Until the First World War, it was probably the biggest battle in human history. It was also known as the Battle of the Nations because it pitted the forces of France and its satellite states and allies (including Italians, Poles and forces from the minor German states), against those of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden. The fate of Europe hung in the balance. Napoleon’s defeat decided the outcome of the campaign of 1813 and pushed the French back to France.

The battle took place over several days (14-19 October 1813 including the battle of Liebertwolkwitz), and naturally breaks down into distinct phases and sectors. This guide helps wargamers refight the battle on a table top with model soldiers, either as one large battle (suitable as a club game), or broken down into a series of smaller battles covering the different sectors. The smaller battles can be played as individual games or linked together in a mini-campaign, the latter giving strategic dilemmas for each of the commanders to resolve.

The guide sets out the strategic situation in central Europe and contains a thorough but clear account of the historical battle. It provides detailed orders of battle of the opposing armies, scaled down orders of battle for game purposes, maps of the historical events, stylised maps for laying out wargames tables, and instructions for each scenario and the mini-campaign. Design notes explain the rationale and historical background to the scenario instructions.

The scenario maps are set out on square grids for ease of setting up tabletop terrain. Any set of wargames rules for the period should be able to be used to play the scenarios. The key points for the game army lists are the number of units and their quality. There is a section that discusses the quality of the troops of the various nations involved.

A discussion of the historical battle raises questions about the decisions made by the actual commanders. These can be explored by the wargame commanders, for example by their allocation of forces to different sectors (within historical constraints), their deployment within those sectors, or timing their use of reserves. Was Napoleon’s defeat inevitable? Wargaming is a form of counter-factual history, and the guide includes a variation which may answer the question, ‘What if Napoleon had recalled the Dresden garrison?’ Napoleon had agreed with Marshall St.Cyr that it would be madness to leave his 50,000 men in Dresden rather than concentrate French forces for the decisive battle Napoleon was seeking. What if Napoleon had not changed his mind?

Many thanks to Peter O’Brien for supplying the heads-up on this book in a comment on the previous post in this here blog. Much appreciated.

WARNING: the Helion & Company website is a VERY dangerous place to visit. The dear reader’s credit cards have been warned.

LEIPZIG THE BATTLE OF NATIONS A Wargamers Guide to the Battle of Leipzig 1813


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Snippets #24

The second battalion of the second Polish Line Regiment is not yet ready for public exposure. It still needs to be presented its colours (flag)! 😳 And von Peter himself is fairly certain that those colours are in stock!! 🥺 How hard can it be? 🤔 Anyways as an interim stopgap sort of thing von Peter himself presents …

Great Wargaming Survey 2022 Edition

After several years surely this doesn’t need much of an introduction. But here’s the official introduction anyway …

Welcome to the Great Wargaming Survey!
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles” – Sun Tzu

Apart from rolling dice, there seem to be few things wargamers like to do more than discussing the state of their hobby. This survey aims to answer some of those questions and publish the answers for all to see.

Thanks to our sponsors, we’ve got a stack of generous prizes to give to some lucky winners. On top of that, everyone gets a €5 discount voucher for the Karwansaray Publishers website and a selection of WSS articles to download free of charge upon completing the survey.

Filling out the survey shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes, and we’re taking responses until August 31st, 2022. Please tell all your wargaming friends to come take it too!

Thank you very much for participating!

Guy Bowers & Jasper Oorthuys
Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine

So head on over to the Great Wargaming Survey 2022 Edition and fill in the questionnaire. That way we may learn something about our hobby.

The Great Wargaming Survey 2022


The Wargames Holiday Centre has been around ever since von Peter himself can remember and is surely one of the venerable institutions of wargaming. It may have been through several ownership and venue changes but it’s schtick is still big games that are to be enjoyed by the paying punter. Of course they have an online presence …


And for them that like moving pictures …

Wargame Holiday Centre YouTube videos.

Logo Wargames Holiday Centre

Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia Documentary

The good folks over at Real Time History have produced videos on several topics including a 13 part Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia Documentary. Check their channel for other topics of potential interest.

Real Time History

A publication of great interest

The focus of interest for von Peter himself in the Napoleonic Wars is the year 1813. Therefore it was with a squeal of delight that the following was spotted in the General d’Armee section of the Too Fat Lardies Lard Forum

Leipzig Campaign 1813
Post by DCRBrown » Wed Jul 20, 2022 10:27 am

The Leipzig Campaign 1813 is the third of a series of pint sized campaign scenarios for General d’Armee!
The draft is now at Lardy HQ, undergoing editing and other very technical editing type stuff! We are looking to release in August.

This instalment presents six historical battles that follow Napoleon’s 1813 campaign.
Each scenario provides players with terrain maps, troop deployments, objectives and orders of battle.

The scenarios are:
1. WEISSENFELS – Ney’s infantry take on a Russian covering force.
2. LUTZEN – Ney’s infantry hold out against Prussian attacks.
3. BAUTZEN – Ney attempts to breakthrough the Allied right flank.
4. DRESDEN – Ney leads the Young Guard against the Russians and Prussians.
5. MOCKERN – Marmont holds Mockern against the Prussians.
6. LIEBERTWOLKWITZ. Lauriston battles Austrians and Russians at Leipzig.

The previous pint sized campaigns were/are …

They’ll be reaping in some of the hard earned cash of von Peter himself. The cunning devils!

For the ignorant DCRBrown is David C R Brown the author of amongst other rule sets General d’Armee.

GdA Cover


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

 Snippets #23 – a reawakening

Eeek!  It’s been a while since von Peter himself expended any physical effort on this here blog. Lots of thinking but not much action which encapsulates the whole hobby thing for a while now. Too many distractions matched with too little will power. Fortunately Nigel Fun-nell has come through with another Polish battalion so the wheels of activity are slowly cranking up. Expect to see a flaunting of said battalion in the nearish future. Until then von Peter himself presents some now dated intelligence.

The Ultimate Gamer’s Link Guide
This big bunch of hobby related links was stumbled upon and it seemed the decent thing to share. It may be a little dated now but there is bound to be some treasures buried within. Presented by Cigar Box Battle and available on their downloads page.

Cigar Box battle Ultimat Gamers Link Guide

The Price of Crowns 3

Piano Wargames are at it again … or at least were at it again … with another Kickstarter campaign. This time it was the The Price of Crowns 3 – The Grand Duchies of Hessen-Darmstadt and Würzburg in the Napoleonic Wars. And there is a Napoleon figure available too.

The Price of Crowns 3


Another one of those blogs from a(n annoyingly! 😇) great hobbyists. Just Add Water show cases a great talent.

Just Add Water

As a much younger man I used to marvel at Steve Dean’s work and he’s still going … his websitehis facebook page … and his twitter presence.

Logo Steve Dean

4Ground shenanigans

FYI, there is trouble over in 4Ground land …

4ground closing notification

Grandmanor Jubilee raw resin event

Grandmanor are at it again selling their models as raw resin as opposed to the more normal painted versions …

Our second raw resin event which enables customers to order models on special offer in raw resin only and paint for them selves.The event will last 2/3 weeks OR until our price fixed stock of material lasts. It will get busy so please bare with me regarding extended dispatch times. Plans for late summer / end of the year will include a web site shut down for 3 months to complete a major design session. hopefully in time for the new year.


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Such a late notification

Thirty Years War cavalry from 1898 Miniatures – a review

From The Via Regia site comes Thirty Years War cavalry from 1898 Miniatures which reviews the first – and hopefully not the last – Thirty Years War cavalry releases from 1898 Miniatures. Explanations are given as to some of the finer details of the figures, eg. pistol wielding cavalrymen have horses with one empty pistol holster. Very cool! Also presented is a unit of them painted as a unit of Gustav Adolph’s Swedish Cavalry.

Via Regia Banner

Maps on the move

Epic History TV have a YouTube channel which has many historic videos of a warfare nature. The one that came to the attention of von Peter himself was on the Napoleon 1813: Battle of Nations. This particular video gives a 33:15 background and overview of the battle. What  particularly caught the eye were the animated maps of the battle which showed at a high level movements of the troops during the battle. Very instructive.

Price rise incoming – Perry Miniatures

And because it would be harder to leave it any later and still be prior to the event … not the greatest news but contained in an email received from Perry Miniatures …

Unfortunately due to many growing costs we are having to increase our prices.
We’ve been holding off for as long as possible, but production costs for both metal and plastics are still rising. So, on the 12th March we will add 50p on all metal codes and £2 on plastic boxed sets.

That means that there’s only a few hours to place any price rise defeating orders. Jump to it you Perry Miniatures fans.

Perry logo


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Christmas arrives

“All things come to those who wait” is one of those ancient pearls of wisdom. Not that von Peter himself and “pearls of wisdom” have much to do with one another normally. But the mail man has done his best to make the old adage ring true for von Peter himself.

The GrandManor package

Late last week a rather large package arrived all the way from the United Kingdom. More detailed investigation revealed that the source of said package was GrandManor. Hurrah – the unpigmented building pile had been incremented. (Why “Hurrah”? Many will know that you cannot die if you have an unpigmented figure collection. But not many know that this is doubly true if one posses an unpigmented building pile. Honest. 😇)

For those not in the know GrandManor perform the most thorough packaging job that von Peter himself has ever experienced. The box was packed full of packaging and buildings. No potentially destructive movement in there. All buildings were wrapped in multiple, individually sellotaped bubble wrap layers. All hollow bits of buildings were packed with individually fitted polystyrene to keep the walls etc safe. It all adds up to wonderful protection for the items being transported.

The first building ordered during the “Raw Resin Event” was the “Village Night watchman’s cottage” cottage from the “28mm Napoleonic Europe” range. This model has always caught the eye of von Peter himself … and now he has one!

GrandManor village night watchmans cottage

Having ordered the cottage to keep the village’s night watchman happy the thought niggled that perhaps having a single GrandManor building may not be the smartest thing. Perhaps having another complimentary GrandManor building could/would be a good idea so that the two buildings could then be deployed together as a stylistically sympathetic whole on the field of battle. And anyway the Pigsty had also caught the eye of von Peter himself.

Four days after the original order a second order was placed for the Pigsty also from the “28mm Napoleonic Europe” range. A note was added explaining that two orders had been placed and if it suited GrandManor’s purposes they could be despatched together.

GrandManor pigsty

And the rest is now history. Both models featured a lift off roof and interior details. Indeed it is strongly suspected that the Village night watchman’s cottage has two levels of interior details but as yet the inner floor has not yet been removed to view the bottom level due to a stubborn determination to remain in situ! The casting is as expected of a high standard.

Both pictures care of the GrandManor website.

Thirty Years War Cavalry

Ordered on the 10 December 2021 from the Spanish based 1898 Miniatures this fine body of horsemen was despatched on the 13 December 2021 and arrived today – 8 February 2022 – here in New Zealand. So most of the elapsed time was consumed in postage. Not a surprise with Covid playing havoc with shipping … and no doubt von Peter himself selected the most parsimonious postage possible. The e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d shipping was expected and the postal services did not disappoint! 🤬

The recruiters have delivered one of each of the available cavalry packs – TYWCAV1 thru 9 – and a few flags. It’s a start on the cavalry just as a start has previously been made to the Tercios of the infantry.

1898- Miniatures cav advert 2021

Officially this is a Christmas present and so it’s safe arrival is a very cherished thing.

Something to make von Peter himself smile

Stumbled upon this on the Twitter thingy of Alex – Storm of Steel Wargaming or more precisely at As a person of partial Greek heritage this made von Peter himself smile …




Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Get your Front Rank Figurines now

The Monday before last saw von Peter himself break his glasses. He was reduced to wearing his previous generation of glasses that are of course a different prescription to that which is currently prescribed. Happy hint – always keep your prior glasses when receipting the latest pair. You will invariably need them! Don’t ask how they were broken. 🤬 Thankfully the new pair have now arrived  so looking at screens, reading etc is not quite the effort it has been.

Enough of the self pity. Another series of disjointed rambles to hopefully lighten these pestilential times for The dear readership

Front Rank Figurines are go

This “news” is nearly a week old now but for the unenlightened … Front Rank Figurines are back and available to purchase. Similar verbiage is to be found on both the Front Rank Figurines and Gripping Beast news sections …


Hello Everyone!

WEBSITE NOW OPEN! (But please read on….)

Good News! At last! Gripping Beast has finally completed the purchase of Front Rank!

We would like to thank Alec & Angela for their stupendous patience and we wish them a long and happy retirement.

Front Rank has now moved to Beast Towers, lock, stock and barrel. It will, however, take us a few days to get sorted and for production to begin again. In the meanwhile, you can now place your orders on the website in the normal way.

Once we have things organised, we will begin to work through the orders (this will take some days!) We will process the orders strictly in the order in which they were received.

Thank you all for your patience and some level of sanity will be restored as soon as possible


Gripping Beast selling Front Rank Figurines

From the “I always liked the Napoleonic Austrian kuirassier look” file

Outstanding … though von Peter himself has some reservations about the scruffy one on the far right 😇 …

Austrian Kuirassiers - ladies

The image is from the Austerlitz 2013 album as brought to the world by the photographer Thomas T. It’s well worth checking out some of his photo albums. Honest. Click for an enlarged and clearer image.

Easy to make toilet paper sea bases

It’s amazing what one stumbles upon when surfing the ‘net. An interesting video on creating sea bases for ships using toilet paper, pva glue, plaster/ wall filler or spackle if you’re American and paint. The video clip uses Kings of War Armada (fantasy) ships but sea is sea.


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

STOP PRESS: Get your unpainted GrandManner items now – AN UPDATE

As a public service a short and sharp update on the prior STOP PRESS: Get your unpainted GrandManner items now post.

For those contemplating splashing some cash on the raw resin offerings from GrandManner then please be informed that there is now an end date to this offer. As can be seen here

January – Raw resin event – ends 31st Jan 2022

Firstly, Happy new year. Our raw resin event will be available until the end of January. Its great to see so many returning customers taking advantage of our offer which as seen a significant amount of individual orders across the ranges. I will endeavour to process them as quickly as possible but can envisage this taking me well into March for some larger orders. special note – NON UK orders – issues with postal service , long delays and lost items which means this service as been temporary closed.

So if you are humming and ha’ing on whether to take advantage of the offer then von Peter himself strongly suggests you make any decision to purchase before February 2022.

Words from the confessional: von Peter himself placed an order for a terrain piece from GrandManner not long after spotting the offer. Several days later von Peter himself then placed a further order for an additional and complementary terrain piece. It’s a slippery slope. The dear readers have been warned!

Logo GrandManner


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

STOP PRESS: Get your unpainted GrandManner items now

Surely there must be something better to do with New Year imminent. But no … It is imperative that The dear readers must be alerted. Spotted on the GrandManner website


Raw resin models available for a limited period only, once finished will return to painted only from the web page. Using premium couriers for non UK orders, if the postage / shipping fee works out cheaper then I will refund the difference which is fair. Expecting high demand so bear with me to get your orders out. all the best Dave@grandmanner.

The dear readers may or may not know that GrandManner make some amazing terrain pieces but normally / lately they have only been available fully painted which adds quite a bit to the price. von Peter himself has long lusted after particular terrain item but at it’s normal painted price of £192.00 it was a “no thank you” purchase decision. But at an unpainted price of £48.00 the purchasing decision perhaps changes a little.

You have been alerted .. and with less than 10 minutes to go to 2022!

Logo GrandManner


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Snippets #23

Another Christmas has come and gone. The plan had been to complete and post this as a Christmas treat – such delusions! Only missed it by a few days!!  🥺

Württembergers 1806-1812

von Peter himself has stumbled onto another miniature maker of potential interest. Piano Wargames out of Germany is producing some very interesting Württemberg 1806-1812 miniatures. For the modern gamer / collector these figures are available as STL files for 3D printing. For the more traditional figure purchaser it seems that they will also be available as metal castings eventually.

Piano Wargames Württemberg Light_Infantry_marching

The commencement of the Württemberg 1806-1812 range was courtesy of a Kickstarter campaign “The Price of Crowns” which provided the bulk of the infantry. The follow up campaign “The Price of Crowns 2” will provision the cavalry, artillery, Royal Foot Guard, a second set of line infantry command and a General Vandamme figure. If The dear reader is interested the kickstarter closes on 10th January 2022(?) and is already fully funded.

Piano wargames The Price of Crowns2

The figures look good and importantly for von Peter himself come with variants. But how well they work for 1813 is a question and they may be a tad too small for the taste of von Peter himself with his mostly Calpe Miniatures and Front Rank Figurines armies. Then again if 3D printing the figures then perhaps they could be adjusted to print a slightly larger figure but what this may do to muskets, swords etc may not be desirable.

Piano Wargames cavalry size comparison

Above: borrowed from the The Price of Crowns 2 Kickstarter. Figures that fit so well with the Perry ranges are a bit small for von Peter’s liking when accompanied by his larger Calpe & Front Rank figures

As a nice bonus the downloads area of the Piano Wargames website has some downloadable Württemberg infantry flags.

Pictures from the Piano Wargames website, facebook page and their The Price of Crowns kickstarter pages. All of the sites are worth a visit to view some well painted figures and lovely vignettes using them.

Logo Piano Wargames

Painting a Piano Wargames figure

As a corollary to the above Sonic Sledgehammer Studio has a painting tutorial ostensibly on painting white horses but the video actually covers painting the human figure as well. And wouldn’t you know it the figure being painted is a Württemberg mounted officer from Piano Wargames …

Yet more on Thirty years War cavalry

Father Christmas has been beseeched upon to provision the new 1898 Miniatures 28mm Thirty Years War Cavalry. He has even been granted special dispensation to deliver after the 25th of December. In fact this is expected. As long as the requested order arrives all will be well.

1898 Miniatures Cavalry command group I

Above: Cavalry Command Group1

For the benefit of The dear readers the following intelligence discovered via an enquiry is offered as a belated Christmas pressie …

  • the cavalry is being sold as packs. No mention in the affirmative that regimental packs will be offered
  • more packs are to come
  • a cavalry painting article is in preparation. By way of further explanation of this there are various articles on the clothing of, the organisation and tactics of, and how to paint the Tercios – infantry – on the 1898 Miniatures website under the headings of “History” and “Modelling and Painting”.

Logo 1898 Miniatures plain

The continuing saga

Spotted on the Front Rank Figurines website …

Hi Front Rank Customers

The sale of Front Rank to Gripping Beast is still proceeding, we are really sorry but the the legal side is taking much longer than either us or Gripping Beast anticipated.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and patience, both Front Rank and Gripping Beast are doing everything we can to hurry things along.
Our apologies but Front Rank is unable to process any orders at this time.Kind regards

Alec & Angela

Maybe for next Christmas!!!  🥺

And in the spirit of Christmas recently passed the following “borrowed” from the Piano Wargames facebook page

Piano Wargames Christmas 2021


Until we meet again …