Snippets #10

It’s been a little long between drinks. Laziness and extended family responsibilities have sapped both the time and will available for the painting desk so nothing to report from there. A damnably poor show really. But a few items to report on all the same …

 

Some small Napoleonic Austrian thinkings

Being well read I expect most / all of The dear readers will have seen the image below from the Perrys showing off some 3ups for their impending plastic Napoleonic Austrian cavalry. These will be a boon for a great number of gamers many of whom are already salivating at the thought of the boxes of these figures they will acquire. Rightly so and good for them.

One who is not salivating is von Peter himself. And it’s not all down to the usual general bitterness and anti social inclinations! Most of von Peters Napoleonic armies are creations utilising Calpe Miniatures and Front Rank Figurines. In the eyes of von Peter himself the Perry cavalry just do not stack up size wise to the cavalry from these two manufacturers. They are comparatively just too small for von Peter himself to overlook the size differential. And then there’s the  situation that von Peter himself already has the all Austrian cavalry that he needs  … for the moment at least.

What would pique the interest of von Peter himself in things Napoleonic Austrian would be if Front Rank Figurines announced that they were creating reinforcement packs for their Napoleonic Austrians. They’ve done it for several of their older Napoleonic ranges and von Peter himself would appreciate a move in this direction. And while about it perhaps limbers and caissons could be added to the range … and to the Napoleonic Russian range as well. It seems that Front Rank Figurines may have completed their latest range – Napoleonic Prussians – and their website gives no indication of what may be coming next so this could fill the void. Come on Front Rank – you know you want to. One can but dream.

 

A new gaming venue on the Kapiti Coast

A read of Roly’s Dressing The Lines blog – The colonial New Zealand Wars at Kāpiti’s newest wargaming venue post to be exact – revealed what von Peter himself had up to then missed. There was/is a new wargaming venue on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. What makes this of interest locally is that von Peter himself lives in a little township called Paekakariki at the southern edge of the Kapiti Coast.

The Winterdale Tavern is to be found in the Lindale Complex, 111 Main Road, Paraparaumu. It describes itself as “the wargaming and rpg venue for the Kapiti Coast”. Regularly scheduled gaming sessions are hosted each week for a variety of gaming genres as well as one off tournaments. They can host your gaming and they’ll sell you a variety of “stuff” to feed your gaming.

 

Something old … something new

Around 13 years back von Peter himself created his first co-joined blog and website using the Apple supplied software iWeb. It provided a simple what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface that proved easy to get going with … and so von Peter himself got going. The first blog post went out on 30 September 2006. Then Apple decided that it would no longer develop or support iWeb. The software could still be used but the writing was on the wall. And then Apple stopped hosting the sites created with iWeb. Such sites could be hosted elsewhere but with some functions no longer working. That was the end of von Peter’s first foray as a publisher on the web. Many were the dark mutterings to be heard locally about computer companies! The last blog post went out on the 26 June 2012 and access to the site ceased to be on the 30 June 2012. RIP.

von Peter himself has since regrouped and launched first his WordPress based blog – you’re reading it right now! – and then his website – vonpeterhimself.com. Bigger and better – take that Apple! And though the world could no longer see the original website von Peter himself could on his computer because iWeb still worked there. This has proved useful on several occasions as a historic record for researching the past and for plain old reminiscing!

If there is one thing that this experience has shown it is that the world of technology doesn’t stand still and that it waits for nobody. Everything gets deprecated eventually … and it’s about to happen again. Later this year Apple will do its usual thing and release an updated version of its operating system for its iMac computers. This one will be macOS 10.15 which will be called macOS Catalina. For a number of reasons von Peter himself will want to eventually upgrade to this but iWeb will cease to run with Catalina. (Not that it is germane to the discussion here but this is because Catalina will only run 64 bit programs and iWeb is stuck in 32 bit land.) Access to the old website will then be lost … forever … even for von Peter himself!!!

A cunning plan has been devised, reviewed, refined, reviewed again and finally accepted. The more useful articles from the old website will be recreated in the current website vonpeterhimself.com. A new section has been created – Reconnaissance – to host many / most/ all of the selected articles and the first article has been transcribed. This is the report arising from attendance at Salute Zero Nine. It will be the tenth anniversary edition! The plan is to recreate the articles pretty much as they were originally posted with no with hindsight revisions.

 

The annual birthday hobby supplies accumulation

That time of year again. It had been hoped that the Saxon Light Infantry would be available from Calpe Miniatures as two battalions of them are required. But no. Not yet. D’oh!

Plan B part the first turned out to be a fourth Polish battalion from Front Rank Figurines. This will complete the battalions required for the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. Annoyingly Front Rank produce only a single mounted infantry officer for the Poles. He is posed with his sword raised and the thinking locally was that he was getting all too obviously repetitive. The cunning solution was to order one of the mounted Polish ADCs. Obviously the senior command of the battalion have been laid low and the dashing ADC has been sent to lead the battalion and grab a little glory for himself. It will all look rather good in despatches!

Plan B part the second was pure indulgence. Two more dice sets from Dice of War – one each for the Poles and Bavarians. As per the photographic evidence below these have arrived and now von Peter himself can proudly proclaim that he has the appropriate dice for all his Napoleonic armies. “Indulgence’ really is the appropriate word here.

And truthfully the plan to get those Calpe Saxon Light Infantry battalions has not been dropped. Just put on hold a little. They shall be von Peters just as soon as they are released. Two battalions in firing poses will do wonderfully well. The unpigmented pile of figures demands it!!  😎

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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The fruits of Fathers Day

Today – Sunday 2 September – is the day that New Zealand celebrates that most venerable of institutions … “Fathers Day”. Not that von Peter himself is biased at all! 😊  Most importantly the day provides an opportunity to amass treasures for the hobby. von Peter himself can happily pronounce himself pleased with this years efforts.

Firstly some very recently available Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery to complete some Saxon Foot Batteries

With the impending arrival of Fathers Day Calpe Miniatures were contacted. And great was the news received. The remainder of the Saxon Foot Artillery gun crews were available**. For the record the new packs were / are …

  • SA15 – NCOs (gun captains) covered shakos
  • SA16 – NCOs (gun captains) uncovered shakos
  • SA17 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, covered shakos
  • SA18 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, uncovered shakos
  • SA19 – Battery command – mounted officer, two foot officers, sapper, drummer, Feldwebel. (only available in covered shakos).

Three packs (SA15, SA17 & SA19) were immediately requisitioned. When put alongside the artillerymen already collected – see SA stands for Saxon Artillery – and the Saxon artillery pieces already purchased these packs will allow for the organising of a Saxon foot battery … or two. Perhaps a 6 pdr Saxon Foot Battery will be the next unit von Peter himself paints!

The figures have been despatched. More will not doubt appear in these august(!) pages once the figures are in hand.

** Limbers etc are expected in the future.

WARNING – Gossip: von Peter himself has reason to believe that work on the firing line Saxon Light Infantry is underway deep in the foundries of Calpe Towers. This is gossip of a most excellent nature as two battalions of them are required at Neu Schloss von Peter.

Secondly a few Front Rank Austrians and Poles

Whilst documenting the Napoleonic Austrians under arms on his website von Peter himself realised that there was a deficit of a command stand to fit the historic organisation that was being recreated. This had come about because the metal had been collected without thought to represent 1st Amy Corps commander FZM Graf H. Colloredo. With the CinC stand being documented as FZM Graf H. Colloredo a command stand was required to represent Generalmajor Raigencourt who commanded a brigade in the 1st Division. No problem as it was nearly Fathers Day!

An order to Front Rank Figurines – provisioner of articles Austrian to von Peter himself – was concocted. But it was a terribly skimpy order of only a few figures. For a package to be sent all the way from the UK to NZ surely it is only responsible to make it worthwhile? Therefore figures for ADCs – Austrian & Polish – were added. Oh and the figures for a Polish Foot Battery.

Done. Order placed and apparently it has been despatched by Front Rank. Package impending.

Thirdly some reading material

Naval & Military Press are constantly tempting von Peter himself with their books. And then they go and up the temptation with sales. It was all too much!

The two books “Lobositz to Leuthen : Horace St Paul and the Seven Years War, 1756-1757” and “OlmuTz to Torgau : Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60” were on sale as a pair and caught the eye of von Peter himself.

Whilst placing the order it was noticed that the book “The Battle of Minden 1759 : The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War” was available for a mere £4.79 so that was added to the ordering cart. Why not?!

Unintentionally all three books focus on the Seven Years War in Europe. An omen?

They arrived on the Friday prior to Fathers Day. They were in a box inside a Royal Mail bag that had been placed under the table on the back deck. Keela – that most notorious & dastardly French sympathising Irish Terrier – took an instant dislike to the bag and was growling and sneaking up on it in a most feral manner. Most amusing.

No doubt the books will spend some time in the library before being read. And as an observation the two Horace St Paul books must be the heaviest books for their size that von Peter himself has ever happened across.

So three “scores” for Fathers Day 2018. And who knows what hobby rich articles are yet to come care of The son & heir. A-ha-ha! 😃

Fathers Day – what a great idea. How long until Christmas?

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

Snippets of a digital nature

Another digital edition …

Sir Peter Jackson has – or at least his people have! – been reviving old WWI movie footage using the wonders of modern day computers reviving WWI footage from which they are making a film …

 

Spike Milligan and his toy soldiers are to be seen …

 

And because Spike mentions Peter Cushing as a great collector of lead soldiers …

 

As rare look at the Sasanian military

Some of The dear readership may be aware that von Peter himself has a Sassanid / Sassanian / Sasanian army mostly composed of Gripping Beast figures.

Above: Sassanian Infantry of a non elite type. The globe hats have been pretty much discredited but it’s not like von Peter himself can tell them to go and get proper hats on! Gripping Beast figures painted by Craig W. in time for a convention game several years – plus the rest! – ago.

When recruiting the army von Peter himself recalls the frustrations of trying to source information on the army. Well perhaps the situation has improved in a form easily accessible to those able to read this here blog. A Synopsis of Sasanian Military Organization and Combat Units by Kaveh Farrokh, Gholamreza Karamian & Katarzyna Maksymiuk is available online for the worlds education. von Peter himself has to admit that he has only read the first few pages to date but they seemed quite acceptable. One can’t complain about the price. Any complaints as comments please!  😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

2017 – the last word?

The year is almost spent. Perhaps there remains enough time for one last post to get date stamped “2017”. Can von Peter himself bestir himself out of his holiday stupor and get his act together? What are the chances?  😃

The History Book Man gets his act together

The  The History Book Man is one who has managed to get one more product out the door in 2017.

If you’re on the hunt for an unusual unit or two to add to your Napoleonic French Army then the latest e-book from the The History Book Man could be just the inspiration you’re looking for. “Foreign Regiments In French Service 1798-1814 Volume Two: The Mediterranean & Balkan Regiments” is 238 pages worth of a potted history, organisational information and the all important uniform details with plenty of colour illustrations of the “Troupes Etrangere”, or foreign units, that fought for France from the Mediterranean and Balkans.

The official blurb …

Previously published in two volumes in 1976 and 1983 both have been out of print since 1984.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Regiments Etrangere from Italy, Greece, Croatia  and the Balkans, and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.  

As always a real steal at £3.99.

Notorious French agent Mademoiselle Keela strikes again! A Christmas horror story

That dastardly French sympathising Keela has been plying her trade again in a misguided attempt to assist that most petite of emperors! This is her second crime as reported in this here blog.

It was the day – or two but who’s counting – before Christmas. von Peter himself was not working and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Ahhh. It is late afternoon. Yawn stretch. Time to feed the fish in the outside ponds. But what is this von Peter himself spies in his path on the path just outside the sunroom door. Oh the horror!! It is a mauled 28mm outhouse from the stock of locally held 28mm scenery items.

“K-E-E-L-A” – the air is rent with a terrible wailing – “where art thou you deceitful conniving ill spawned agent of evil mongrel dog?”.

Somehow the bitch dog – she is a female dog after all! – had got hold of the small outhouse model as created by Mark Strachan and sold by Military Miniatures long before they transmuted into Battlefront Miniatures. It has taken its place in many a battle over several decades and now is in need of repair.

Thankfully the concoction of resin, plasticard, pva glue and paints does not seem to have been to Keela’s taste The damage is mostly to the base which has been chewed away at the front. A few chips of paint accounts for the rest of the damage. It is fixable.

To aid all gamers around the world a mug shot of the recalcitrant bitch – she is still female dog – follows so that appropriate steps can be taken to protect our most precious hobby possessions. This is her second crime as reported in this here blog. See Wagram II for the first misdemeanour. You have all been warned!  🐕  🚫

There has been some holiday activity

von Peter himself has been in idle mode for just over a week now on his Christmas holiday break. Of course the “idling” has not been as idle as he would have liked as the good Fraulien von Peter herself has been a hard task master ensuring that the Christmas lunch for eleven was suitably prepared for including Neu Schloss von Peter looking spick and span.

As for hobby “stuff” … there has been the normal surfing of the ‘net. No painting to report as yet though – tsk tsk. A game of Sharp Practice has been played with Tho son & heir and it was looking quite good for von Peter himself … until it wasn’t looking so good … and then it looked really REALLY bad! And this afternoon von Peter himself is off to Garage Gaming Terry’s for a four player Napoleonic game. Not a particularly flash report card so far.

What von Peter himself has managed to achieve is progress on his vonpeterhimself.com  website. Nearly all the action has taken place around the Army Inspections and The son & heirs pages/sections.

These sections are a record of units collected with associated notes and explanations. Many of the images have been seen previously in various blogs, websites and even the occasional publication. The website corrals them all together in one place. There are some new pictures and there will be more as the stock pictures of units are either not up to standard or just don’t exist. For example there was no reasonable image of the 3/Chirvan Infantry Regiment from the Napoleonic Russian Army. This has been rectified – click the image below for a larger and clearer viewing.

The website build will continue at a meandering pace. The latest update is notified on the front page and the decision has just this very moment be taken to change this to hold the notifications of the last few updates.

It really is just a vanity project but perhaps The dear reader will gain some pleasure and insights from the occasional perusal.

The build has been both a little planned and a little haphazard. Please feel free to provide feedback either as comments here or emailed to vonpeterhimself@gmail.com.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #7

A few disassociated bits and pieces …

The History Book Man offer up another e-book

“The Army of Portugal 1793-1814” is the latest e-book release from the The History Book Man.

This popular title was originally published in 1974 and has been out of print since 1982.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Portuguese army from 1793-1807 and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

235 pages of historical background, organisational detail and the all important uniform information backed up with many colour illustrations. And all for a measly £3.99. What could possibly go wrong for Peninsular gamers? Yes von Peter himself is a History Bookman fan.

 

In a distant future

The official pigmenter of Napoleonic things Austrian and Bavarian for von Peter himself Nigel F. is nearing the end of his current Bavarian assignment. This will mean that Nigel will  soon add pigmenter of Napoleonic things Polish for von Peter himself to his acclamation. Truly a proud moment!  😃

Front Rank Figurines will provide the Poles as to the eyes of von Peter himself their figures fit in best with his stocks of mostly Front Rank (surprise!) and Calpe Miniatures. The Poles are a later creation in the Front Rank Catalogue so they come with some variants within the more common product codes and suffer less from the portly figure syndrome of their early ranges.

Normally the beginnings of a new nation would be marked with a stock standard bread and butter line infantry battalion. But a survey of the local forces of the petite Emperor reveals a distinct lack off cavalry so it is the 2nd Uhlan Regiment that will lead off for the Polish contingent.

Multi pose lance arms have been attached to uhlan bodies. Lances have been created from brass rod and attached in hands and where possible at least one other point on the uhlan for that extra strength. A Polish Eagle has even been presented.

Troops need a commander and so General de Brigade Krukowiecki – commander of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade – his appropriated trumpeter and his trusty Aide de camp have also been prepared for pigmenting.

The lot of them minus the horses will soon be winging their way to Nigel.

Above: The Polish 2nd Uhlans preceded by their brigade command all in their silvery glory. The men ready themselves for transportation and subsequent pigmentation. The poor horses are to remain at Neu Schloss von Peter for their pigmentation.

 

Roly fighting in the library – sssh!

Fraulien von Peter herself happened to be reading the Saturday morning paper while supping her hello morning cup of tea when she spied a picture with Roly staring back at her from the pages of said Saturday morning paper. And there were pictures of toy soldiers and a spiel about how he would be running a demonstration Maori Wars wargame in the library based on an almost local skirmish grandly entitled the Battle of Boulcotts Farm from May 1846. The good Fraulien decreed that we should pay a visit to Roly and his game. And von Peter himself knowing what was good for him promptly agreed!  😊

von Peter himself would bang on with further details but fortunately there is no need as Roly has provided a perfectly good description of his day of high adventure in the library on his Dressing the Lines blog.  😇

Above: an overview of what is thought to be the second game of the day. The chaps in red seem to be getting the worst of it! Much more to be seen over on Roly’s blog.

 

1 to 1 modelling – Leipzig reenactment 2017

Some interesting pictures from the 2017 reenactment of the 1813 Leipzig battle can be found here. A plethora of photos and short videos. And fun aplenty playing spot – or guess! – the units represented by the reenactors.

Above: a nice photo of a reenactor’s Saxon Grenadier shako. Image “borrowed” from http://thrifles.blogspot.co.nz/2017/10/leipzig-1813-in-2017-reenactment-zum.html

 

Quickfire Lardy’s shenanigans

The TooFatLardies have released episode two off their TooFatLardies Oddcast.

The not very tightly held secret project of an impending fantasy skirmish game based on a TooFatLardies set of rules has been partially outed in the Meeples and Miniatures podcast episode 233 – Oppy Wood.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself