The Great Wargaming Survey 2018

A quick public service announcement that most of The dear readers will already be aware of. But what can one do?!

The Great Wargaming Survey 2018

The chaps – and chapesses? – over at Karwansaray Publishers are running their annual survey on the hobby imaginatively yet accurately entitled “The Great Wargaming Survey 2018“.

The blurb on page one of the survey says all there is to say therefore von Peter himself has shamelessly appropriated it for the convenience of The dear readership

Welcome to the Great Wargaming Survey 2018 with an exclusive focus on tabletop miniature wargaming.

Apart from rolling dice, there seem to be few things wargamers like to do better than discuss the state of their hobby. The purpose of this survey is to answer some of the questions that regularly come up in such debates. As before, the results will be published online only for everyone to read.

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

As a thank-you for taking part, everyone who completes the survey will get a 15% discount code for the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy / Karwansaray Publishers webshop. Though it does not apply to shipping costs, this code can be used for any (combination of) in the shop apart from our Premium, Combined and Digital subscriptions.

Finally, filling out the entire survey shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes, and we’re taking responses until September 5th, 2018.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Guy Bowers & Jasper Oorthuys
Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine

von Peter himself spent closer to five minutes than ten making his donation to the 2018 edition of the survey so it really is not a major investment of time.


Enough already.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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The Saxons of the spinning ball

Apologies. The local headline editor is really getting out of control. Whilst not factually incorrect a trip to the eastern front may be required to tone down the sensationalist word compositing. This is after all a serious blog on a most wholesome hobby and as such headlines of a most serious nature are required. Anyways … on with the show ….

Above: Ah ha … zere you are you naughty wee Jäger Korps

The Royal Saxon Army welcomed the birth of the Jäger Korps in August 1809. Formed from professional hunters at a Company strength of 3 Officers, 1 Sergeant Major, 1 Sergeant, 11 Corporals, 6 Musicians and 100 Jägers the unit was considered to be of an elite status.

Staying at home during the 1812 Russian campaign turned out to be quite a good call but with much of the 1813 campaign taking place over Saxony itself participation in that war was not to be avoided! And it was a hard campaign for all involved. By November 1813 the unit was down to 2 Officers and 41 Jägers. The unit was then expanded to battalion strength mostly with drafts from the line infantry which inevitably resulted in the loss of its elite status.

Being mostly interested in the 1813 campaign Calpe Miniatures have produced a six figure pack – S60 – to represent the unit whilst established at Company strength. An officer and five skirmishing jägers are provisioned.

With a whopping six unique figures the unit was a joy to paint as a short & sharp exercise. The available options – grey or white overalls and a variety of headgear/colours – aided the interest of the job at hand. On the downside there was a bit of piping to track and paint. Not all of it is visible in the photos. Worryingly a quick review of the Saxon light infantry reveals a similar level of piping … and two complete battalions of them will be required! Thankfully as is their way Calpe have nearly all of the piping sculpted in relief so that all one has to do is take one’s time and try to create a clean(ish!) job. The red piping on the green is a pleasant colour combination which also helped.

Two sources were used as uniforms reference …

The local detachment of the Royal Saxon Army now has a dedicated skirmish ability. It may be of limited size but as elite troops with rifles and the ability to skirmish they will perhaps be able to make a nuisance of themselves from time to time. One lives in hope … unless one is facing them across the field of battle of course!  🙂

Click the images for larger and clearer views.

Above: za Jäger Korps of za Royal Saxon Army will fall back on zat Royal Saxon Army immediately! Schnell!!

Two new units added to the local Napoleonic Saxon army in the one calendar month is certainly a praiseworthy event due some form of celebratory celebration. Even if it is really nothing more than a technicality! The 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment announced to the world earlier this month was most certainly not started in the month under discussion and the Saxon Jäger Korps being presented now may have been commenced and completed in the month but are a paltry six figures. But never mind all that nit picking. Let the world rejoice! 😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Shocking news … please be seated before continuing

Perhaps the title is a little overblown but the soon to be revealed event has not happened a lot recently. von Peter himself has completed a battalion! And that battalion was totally and all his own work!!! Enough of the applause. We don’t have all day you know!  😃

The battalion in question is the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment which was part of Generalmajor Mellentin’s 2nd Brigade … in Generallieutenant Lecoq’s 24th (Saxon) Division … which in turn constituted part of General de Division Reynier’s VII Corps in 1813. Calpe Miniatures of course with flag from GMB Designs.

The new boys can be seen in the image below being bravely backed up by the other now veteran … and somewhat wary! … Saxon battalions under the stewardship of von Peter himself.

Next up is the six figure Saxon Jaeger company. There were thoughts of starting a Prussian battalion but who can resist a mere six figure unit? And they’ve even been started. All six of them! Well they’ve been cleaned up … an extremely minor undertaking … and undercoated. But still technically they are actually started! von Peter himself wonders how long they will take especially given all the other distractions on the painting table.

 

Why wast an opportunity?

It is no small matter to set the scene for a photo shoot so only a foolish man would not take the opportunity to snap a few more photos. There are still several units that require up to date or improved images for placement on the slowly developing web page of von Peter himself which runs in parallel this here blog.

The lucky units this time around were the Austrian Deutsch-Banat Grenz Regiment and a commander. You can see these on the Napoleonic Austrian page of the aforementioned website.

Please remember that one can partake of the advanced technology provided at no extra charge by clicking on the images to see larger and clearer versions.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

SA stands for Saxon Artillery

Yet another personal anniversary of von Peter himself has recently passed. Tradition dictates that in preparation for such an event contact should be made with Calpe Miniatures to see if there is an urgent need to organise the delivery of critical military supplies to coincide with said anniversary. Contact was duly made and yes there was great need to arrange for the delivery of critical military supplies. The Saxon foot artillery figures have started rolling off the production line.

At the time of contact von Peter himself was able to select an order from …

  • four packs of gunners in covered shakos
  • four packs of gunners in uncovered shakos
  • an alternate heads pack with two gunners wearing fatigue caps, one bareheaded and another with a bandaged head.

von Peter himself arranged for the delivery of two packs each from the covered and uncovered shako packs – exactly which ones were left to Calpe’s discretion – as well as the alternate heads pack.

It is strongly suspected that each pack is constructed in such way that the figures work together as a coherent gun team hard at their work. The current thought is to use them as such with the exception of the alternate heads pack who will get mixed in to the other sets in a random saucey 😲 manner. The arrival of officer pack(s?) may alter this or some bases may just get the addition of an officer. Time will tell.

And now for some pictures but first the usual 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. The same fingers straightened any bent ram rods etc
  • The figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs 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 ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms 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!
  • As yet von Peter himself does not have any pack descriptors … so none are provided! The pack code identifier is as written on the bag containing the figures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

SA6

 

SA8

 

SA11

 

SA13

 

SA14 – artillerymen with head variants. Two in fatigue cap, one bareheaded and one with a bandaged head.

That there are more packs to come is hinted at by the coding of the alternate heads pack as SA14. So another typical Calpe job carpet bombing the covered the topic with many options to use. Excellent! Limbers and caissons are anticipated and perhaps some marching gunners – perhaps even including a musician – as provided for in the Prussian foot & horse artillery ranges.

It is strongly suspected that Calpe Towers will not be promoting the range until more / all of the planned packs are available.

 

Above: Saxon artillery during a hard day at the office. von Peter himself suspects the action is purportedly from The Battle of Grossbeeren – 20th August, 1813

 

Of course Calpe Miniatures have had a variety of Saxon cannon available for quite some time now. von Peter himself has had some in storage for just such an occasion!  😃

Above: image “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

A personal anniversary celebratory book

Another prize from the personal anniversary came in the form of a book – The Saxon Army 1810-1813. This book came out in German several years ago but has since become available in English which is much more useful to any poor ignorant soul lacking in German.

The official blurb states …

This book presents this “new” Saxon Army with numerous contemporary illustrations, with plates by Patrice Courcelle and Edmund Wagner as well as graphic tables of uniforms of all the regiments by Peter Bunde. A description of the war experiences rounds out the presentation and thus the volume gives the reader a good, thorough introduction to the organization, uniforms and history of the Saxon Army of 1810-1813.

Format: Softback 72 pages with 51 colour illustrations, including three maps and 14 full-page pictures with uniforms.

The authors are Peter Bunde, Markus Gärtner and Markus Stein. Whatever else Peter Bunde may have contributed to the book parts of his various Brigade uniform plates on the Saxons are reproduced in the book … though not always identically. The Foot artillery uniforms on page 64 of the book show a bluer grey than on the uniform plate number 188, Saxon Foot Artillery Regiment 1810-1813. This may be  for any number of reasons – a deliberate change based on further research or an error in colour registration with either the book or the plate. Anyway the main takeaway here is that the book reproduces some of the details from the plates but no where near all.

The initial verdict on the book is a 5 star “hell yeah!” rating!  😊

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #8

Oh – von Peter himself had such plans for this post. A completed Saxon battalion or perhaps at a stretch even some Polish troops. But such day dream plannings have all come to nought. So we’ll just have to go with what we have. On with it then …

New History Bookman E-Book

The History Book Man has been hard at work again and The Army of Hannover and The King’s German Legion 1793-1815 has now joined the ranks of available E-Books for the princely sum of £4.50. Outrageous value for money!  😃

The associated blurb goes something along the lines of …

THE ARMY OF HANOVER & THE KING’S GERMAN LEGION 1793-1815

Originally published in 1984, as The Troops of Hanover, Brunswick and the K.G.L 1807-1815 and combined a number of other small booklets and pamphlets from earlier years. The volume had only a very brief run, the single printed edition going out of print very quickly and has only recently been revised, expanded to include the era of the French Revolutionary Wars, and brought up to date with a wealth of new material which it was not possible to include in the original paperback edition. This new edition produced as an e-book, has been totally revised and it is now illustrated with a new set of colour artwork by the author plus many illustrations which are drawn from the works of established or contemporary artists.

322 pages

Available on DVD-ROM or as a Digital Download.

 

Plastic 28mm SYW French … perhaps

The Seven Years War in Europe is a favoured period of von Peter himselfEbor Miniatures have an interesting kick starter – ebor miniatures 28mm Seven Years War French Infantry. The Kickstarter blurb goes something like …

The aim of this project is to manufacture a box of high quality 28mm hard plastic miniatures for the French Infantry of the seven years war.

The box will contain 30 marching musketeer figures in two slightly different poses, two officers, two officer ensigns a drummer and NCO.

It will also contain heads for grenadiers in bearskin bonnets and Tricorn’s with moustached faces to create marching Grenadier figures.

To achieve this I have employed a world class designer in Matt Bickley who has worked for numerous companies to create top quality plastic miniatures over many years.

Also I have agreed with the world leading plastic miniatures manufacturer Renedra that they will manufacture the kit.

The expertise of both Renedra and Matt are second to none and it was their agreement to help me create this kit that convinced me to go ahead with this project..

In an ideal world I would have the resources to create this kit using my own finance but as a one man company I don’t have the resources so I decided to try and finance the kit through Kickstarter.

There are four pictures available of a green …

von Peter himself is not a follower of Kickstarter but a quick review reveals that the prospects for this project are sadly not looking that flash. The Kickstarter looks like it commenced around the 15 May 2018. The goal is £40,000. As of 28 May 2018 – in New Zealand – £1,895 had been pledged with the closing date being the 14 June 2018. There’s still a lot of money to raise and at the current rate … … … Lets just say a sudden rush of investment appears to be required. A shame.

 

vonpeterhimself.com news

A good part of the reason that there is no completed Saxon battalion to reveal in this post is that von Peter himself has been seduced enjoying updating his vonpeterhimself.com website. Partly this has been motivated by the realisation that the remorseless advance of technology may soon make access to the source of the original von Peter himself combined website & blog difficult at the very least. If any articles are to be resuscitated and recycled then the resuscitating and recycling had better get a move on. And partly von Peter himself has enjoyed tinkering with the website. Of course it wont last. von Peter himself will make use of the spurt of enthusiasm and enjoyment while it lasts.

Recent additions have included a Napoleonic battle memoire – the Battle of Biburg – that was played way WAY back in August 2007. Ah – there’s nothing quite like looking back at games through the rose tinted spectacles that memories provide. The Military Obstacles area has been formally opened with a couple of entries … that may yet be amalgamated into one. And a few more links have been added.

Also profuse thanks are due to Burkhard of dhc wargames blog for basically allowing the pirating of his blog post that informs the reader of the changes that have been wrought on the understanding of Napoleonic Russian infantry uniforms … even if it does raise questions on how the Napoleonic Russian infantry of von Peter himself have been pigmented! This information can be found as a link on the Napoleonic Russian page … which is accessed from the Army Inspections page. Or you could just click on Revisions to Vislovatov’s Russian Infantry Uniforms and go straight there.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Blue Bavarians for Butchery in Bonaparte’s Bloody Battles

Who doesn’t like a little bit of alliteration in a title?

More Bavarians to the front

The final fighting Bavarian unit as per the original plan has made its way to the front and is available for the mayhem that generally ensues up there. The original plan was to recreate Generalmajor Beckers brigade of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division circa 1813 plus a few supporting units. This would have provided five battalions, an artillery battery and a cavalry regiment. These are now all present and ready for action.

Above: the 2nd battalion of the 8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment

Four more casualty markers also accompanied the new battalion to the front though only one is specific to that battalion. Those cunning Bavarians have thought of everything!

Thanks to Nigel Fun-nell for painting these chaps and all the other Bavarians. Horses, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. Flags from GMB Designs.

This is probably not the end of the Bavarians however. A few years back The son & heir professed an interest in the Bavarians so several units were purchased. The 2/7th Infantry Regiment was painted – all pretty in their pink facings – and are counted in the available Bavarian order of battle at Neu Schloss von Peter. But there it stopped. The remainder of those purchased Bavarians are lying around in the unpigmented figure pile. To avoid wastage they will probably get pigmented one day so the Bavarian order of battle will likely grow. But first there are some Poles that need some attention! 😃

 

Salute 2018

Yet another Salute has come and gone. Once upon a time von Peter himself would have been referring The dear readers to sites displaying photos of the event but the advancing march of technology means that there are ever more videos of the event to be viewed. Some are linked below if The dear reader has the inclination … and time.

What a Tanker! found in the letter box

How in the world did that happen?!  😇  von Peter himself is hearing good things about these rules from TooFatLardies.

There’s a slight shortage of tanks at Neu Schloss von Peter. In 28mm there are three T34/75s and a KV-1 all ready to game. In 20mm there is a German Stug. IV early version and a Russian SU-85M in a ready to game condition. There are also 3 T34/75s  kits still resting in their boxes.

One option is to get hold of some 28mm German armour. But then von Peter himself sees his long term WWII gaming being in 20mm. Then again there is always the option of a more skirmish level of gaming in 28mm. Decisions decisions.

Of course none of this prevents trials with the game. Maybe those 28mm Russian tanks could take on some of The son & heirs 40k armour!!  😲

Above: A historic view of the available 28mm Russian armour as constructed and pigmented by Greater Queeg

The Lardies have produced an introductory video over in YouTube –  What a Tanker – An Introduction – for the curious …

The Lardies run through a small game of What a Tanker, showing off various aspects of how the rules work. Big Rich has a Stug III and a Panzer IV, whereas Fat Nick has gone unusually lightweight with a Stuart and an M10 Tank Destroyer.

There is also an independent review over on the Skirmish Wargaming site.

And perhaps the clincher – Sparker over in Oz seems to think the game is a little alright. See his What a Tanker! – Down Under… post.  😊

 

BBC sound effects

Should you need some sound effects the BBC have a deal for you at their BBC Sound Effects site. At the time of typing their were 167,016 effects available and some are even of a military bent.

 

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And to finish with a visual treat. OSHIRO modelterrain make terrain. Surprise!

We produce a large range of Japanese wargaming tarrain as well as expanding ranges incuding; Chinese, Boxer Rebillion, Victorian, Sci-Fi and near future.

Perhaps as a commission they have produced what is a second town creation for the 1809 Napoleonic Aspern Essling campaign. The two photos below have been “borrowed” from OSHIRO modelterrain and show this second model. Stunning covers it. This is the sort of model that makes von Peter himself ache with want!  😃

To see more pictures of this second model and also of the first click here for the relevant post in the Lead Adventure Forum.

There may be a third model. Here’s hoping and that pictures of it will be available in due course.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

From the darkness he came

It’s Easter 2018. Not only does that mean a couple of extra days off work but it also brings a new post. Hurrah!! Oh – Easter is also a significant event in the Christian calendar. 😇 Onwards …

 

The son & heir turns to the dark side

Konrad Curze is/was the primarch of the Night Lords Space Marine Legion. He plied his trade up to and including the Horus Heresy. So 30K not 40K in the ever expanding Games Workshop science fiction lexicon. And The son & heir has developed what must surely be an unhealthy interest in Konrad and his legion. Fortunately for The son & heir this disturbing fixation was not the well hidden secret it perhaps should have been and some of his friends banded together to procure the Forge World resin kit of Konrad Curze Primarch of the Night Lords as a birthday gift. I hope there were a quite a few friends as the model currently shows as available for £60!

The Christmas break saw some assembly and pigmentation to create the figure shown below. There are other “bits” that came with the kit. What will happen to those is unknown to your correspondent.

Konrad is shown below in a battle damaged science fiction building as built from a modular kit by The son & heir. The idea was to set a science fiction type scene / ambiance for you The dear reader. So please do not think too deeply about the incongruence of Mr Curze’s base and the building he is in!  😃

As usual around here the photography does not do the pigment application justice. Please click the images for a larger and clearer view.

 

Russia against Napoleon – Military History Night, Nov 12, 2015 with Dr. Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven is the author of the book “Russian Against Napoleon” and if you haven’t read it you really should. It may very well make The dear reader reconsider some of the stereotypes that we all grew up with.

As a teaser to the book you can listen to – and watch – a lecture by Dominic on some aspects of the conflict …

Distinguished Russian historian Dr Dominic Lieven of Cambridge University addressed Military History Night on the less-explored aspects of Russia’s response to Napoleon’s invasion in 1812, and the victories in Europe of the following years.

PS. the preliminary burble concludes and the real show starts after about 30 seconds.

 

New Litko website and sale

von Peter himself likes to think that once based his figures will stay based.* Time will tell whether this will remain a truth or whether a series of rebasing exercises await in the future. The current mantra is that if the rules require rebasing then good bye rules. But such a parting of the ways has not yet come to pass as reasonable gamers can normally sort any issues out.

 * there is a currently dormant project to rebase a purchased English Civil War Covenanter army but that doesn’t count!! The rebasing is to move the army from old style WRG basing to element basing.  😇

Anyways because the figures are theoretically based for life von Peter himself likes to use plywood bases from Litko. Not the cheapest option but worth the peace of mind for this author. Of course Litko manufacture a lot more then just plywood bases now.

And why bring this up? Because Litko have a new redesigned website located at their old address https://litko.net. What’s more they have a 10% off an order deal going …

Use the discount code WELCOME at checkout for 10% off your order. Use it as many times as you like before April 30th, 2018. After April 30th you’ll get another treat in your inbox… another discount code to use on a future order!

 

What a Tanker!

The gentlemen over at TooFatLardies are scheduled to release their latest ruleset “What a Tanker!” on the 9th April 2018. These are rules for WWII tank vs. tank combat … no artillery, infantry or aircraft to mess things up! Apparently they provide for a fairly quick fire game. Each participant controls one to perhaps three tanks with the rules tending to the beer and pretzels end of the scale. Besides one off games there is a quasi campaign system with surviving crews gaining benefits / skills. Preorders can garner savings so if The dear reader is interested get in quick to save some of your hard earned cash!  💰

 

That’s all for the moment. If all goes according to plan the next post will flaunt some images featuring cornflower / medium blue.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself