Valleyboy’s lament

Possibly because The family does not get up there very often The family still retains some friendships around the Tauranga area of New Zealand. With The son & heir due back at Neu Schloss von Peter for one of the seemingly incessant holiday breaks to his tertiary education the decision was taken to lumber him with responsibility for the dog and the house and flee to the supposedly sunny north** – in this case meaning Tauranga and surrounds – for a few days rest & relaxation. The question to be answered – could the friendships survive actual face to face meetings?  😇

** ‘supposedly’ because the weather in the home base of Wellington was better than that in Tauranga and surrounds during the visitation. Typical!

Many thanks to those who put us up by providing accomodation … or just put up with us! But those poor souls are of no interest to The dear readers here on a wargaming blog. We will be focussing on the re-aquaintence with one Kerry T – aka Valleyboy – and also Anthony M.

In which von Peter himself gets educated, well provisioned and generally spoilt at Valleyboys ranch

Some history: von Peter himself had made Kerry’s and Anthony’s acquaintance over the internet on some forum or other. Some years ago the North Island Wargames Convention was held in Tauranga. The Republic to Empire Napoleonic rules had not long been out and Kerry and Anthony – both living in/around Tauranga – were going to be hosting a two day game utilising said rules at said convention. Craig and von Peter himself travelled up from Wellington to take part in the game. Friendships were formed.

Kerry and his better half Nicki have built themselves a swanky home on a lifestyle block near Tauranga. Designed as a four bedroom house it is in actuality a three bedroom plus wargaming room house. Brilliant! It was to this room that von Peter himself was invited for a game come lesson of General d’Armee using a small portion of the in-house 15mm armies. Kerry favoured his guest by deploying a Prussian army for him to use while Kerry fielded French. The Prussian army was larger but contained some landwehr rated as recruits. In contrast the French fielded a smaller force but contained more veteran / elite units. Unfortunately we had to abandon the game with quite a bit of play still in it because dinner guests arrived. But von Peter himself enjoyed the game and Kerry had managed to impart quite a lot of information re the rules. Some images with accompanying commentary from the game …

Above: the table with the troops deployed. Brave freedom fighting later Napoleonic Prussians to the left. To the right are the troops of the would be continuing oppressors – the French. Note the reflection of the photographer in the large central picture on the back wall. Artistry at its finest!

Above: a couple of moves into the game. In the foreground the Prussian cavalry brigade of a kuirrassiere and a dragoon regiment are trying to get the jump on the hopefully outmatched French light cavalry brigade of a hussar and a chasseur a cheval regiment. The French have spotted this ploy and have activated their reserve heavy cavalry brigade of two cuirassier regiments which have made alarming progress to the scene thanks to the cunning use of ADCs to spur their forward march.

Above: a few turns in on the Prussian left. The Prussian battery deployed next to the hill in the distance have been distracted from causing pain and suffering on their opposites by the posturing of a French light cavalry brigade. Battalions have been rushed to shore up the artillery’s position and the reserve brigade of one uhlan regiment and one horse battery – to the left of the image – have been despatched in their general direction.

In the end the French cavalry felt it had to charge the guns in a now or never move. An interesting touch and go situation spiced up with a generous helpings of canister and supporting infantry fire had the cavalry failing to charge home. A pass for the rules. As an amusing finale to this action we then realised that the cavalry brigade was “Hesitant” and therefore the cavalry charge could not have taken place! Mine ever gracious host Kerry pronounced that the result should stand as a monument to some steadfast military actions from both sides.

Above: the scene on the Prussian right at the same time as the previous image. By one of those gruesome military coincidences the artillery of both sides lined up opposite one another … and then proceeded to target each other in a most sanguine manner. All very pleasing to the infantry in the area one imagines!  😃

Above: the centre of the battle lines. From the Prussian perspective the damaged building – damned French vandalism! – separates a brigade of four recruit classed landwehr battalions to the left and a regular brigade to the right. von Peter’s original cunning plan was to hold the landwehr back a little but during the course of the battle an opportunity seemed to arise where the brigade might be able to gang up on a single French battalion deployed in line. Nothing ventured nothing gained and in the interests of giving the rules a decent run through the landwehr were duly launched in the general direction of the French battalion. The canny Marshal Kerry divined the Prussian plan and prepared to launch a spoiling attack on the landwehr with some of his infantry. This image shows the situation before the action ‘went down’. The French battalion with the blue ‘1’ die behind it charged the landwehr battalion to it’s front. The landwehr’s musketry failed to halt the Frenchmen and they were pushed back taking the (rear) supporting landwehr battalion with them. This left just one landwehr battalion – with another in support – to charge the French battalion in line. You can just see the lead landwehr battalion besides the command stand on the left of the image. Sadly this depleted force proved insufficient to move the Frenchmen.

FYI the little numbers on display keyed the units to a printed order of battle which greatly aided any players … cough  cough von Peter himself … who may not have been familiar with the model army they commanded.

Above: The Prussian Silesian Cuirassier – Prussian unit of the day. They spent much of the game involved in charges, counter charges or melees. They saw off two light cavalry regiments and a French cuirassier regiment and were still in play – if a little battered – when the game was called. And all this despite von Peter himself playing them as regulars rather than the veterans they should have been for most of the game! D’oh!! The supporting dragoons in their brigade could only sit back and applaud!

Not that luck has much to do with it but Kerry is a truly lucky wargamer to have his dedicated wargames room. Included in the room is a cunningly designed wargames table that shrinks & expands as required and provides copious storage for armies and terrain. Also included is a glass display case for the flaunting of a small portion of Kerry’s impressive painting output. The images below hopefully give a flavour of the mighty fine toys historic replicas currently on display. More and better – d’oh! – images on Kerrys blog.

Above: an overview of the display case

Above: Seven Years War Prussians. What a sensible man that Kerry is!  😃

Above: a shelf of Napoleonic Poles underneath a shelf of Napoleonic French

von Peter himself mentioned the post game dinner for a reason. It was wonderful. Mrs Valleyboy – Nicki – produced a gourmet meal that was consumed with great enthusiasm by all present … as was the fine wine selection!  🥂  All present included the additional dinner guests Fraulien von Peter herself, Anthony from that first game all those years ago and his wife Karen. A great evening that has left the residents of Neu Schloss von Peter well and truly indebted.

Die Kriegskunst 2

“Die what?” I hear the less well travelled Dear reader exclaim. Die Kriegskunst are a set of rules based on the General de Brigade rules for gaming the (European hosted?) battles of the Seven Years War.

It appears that there is to be a Seven Years War version of General d’Armee by the author of  Die Kriegskunst – Angus Konstam.

From the beginnings of a game report

This week we were off to High Germany, for our first proper playtest of Die Kriegskunst 2, or Son of Kriegskunst, or whatever we’re going to call it. Essentially the rules are a modified version of Dave Brown’s General d’Armee, with a lot of the original Die Kriegskunst thrown into the pot.

The SYW figures of von Peter himself have lain dormant for a while now. Hmmm! Play testing is expected to run “well into next year”.

 

Perry Napoleonic Swedes

From the latest Perry Miniatures newsletter …

Alan has started work on the Swedish Napoleonic Army and these are the first greens.  He is concentrating on the 1808-9 period first but will cover earlier and later uniforms too.

From the viewpoint of von Peter himself the later uniforms sound like the favoured 1813  period will be covered for anyone who would like to raise some of Bernadotte’s Swedes for the Allied Army of the North. Not that Bernadotte ever really put them in harms way as he played his own longer game in 1813.

 

Garage Gaming Terry’s Wagram II update

The one time Archduke Charles has posted another missive on the Wagram II game imaginatively entitled Wagram 1809 – Part 2.

 

A Clash of Eagles

As to that Garage Gaming Terry – von Peter himself has within the last hour or two exchanged military goods with him. From von Peter himself to Garage Gaming Terry went a set each of Austrian and Russian dice from Dice of War. Coming back the other way was a copy of the recently released A Clash of Eagles from Warlord Games. The latter is the Black Powder supplement covering the 1812 campaign in Russian. Some of the The dear readers may have a passing familiarity with that campaign!  😃

I’s a reasonably hefty publication coming in at 200 pages. A quick flick reveals …

  • an overview off the campaign
  • overviews of the armies involved including many of the French ‘allies’ that provided components to the Grand Army
  • some new rules for Black Powder
  • six scenarios and ideas for pick-up games
  • army lists
  • Appendix 1: An overview ofNapoleonic warfare
  • Appendix 2: Bibliography
  • lots of wargames porn – pictures of gaming figures and units.

The author is Adrian McWalter. von Peter himself believes that the is is very same Adrian McWalter who authored the Napoleonic rule set Over the Hills and the Napoleonic skirmish rule set Forager. A man of many talents and activities our Adrian!  😃

von Peter himself looks forward to disagreeing with some of the content re nationality and unit ratings etc. von Peter himself always does find something to disagree with and this keeps him most happy and content!!  😇

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Snippets #5

It is timely to present a few assorted items. Any one of them may be of interest to The dear readers.  😃

Another e-book from The History Book Man

Another release from the The History Book Man with their latest e-book “Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795-1814 Volume Four: The Portuguese Legion and Iberian Troupes Etrangere 1808-1814″. The official blurb …

This popular title was fIrst published in 1974 but has now been considerably enlarged and includes those troops from Portugal and Spain who served with the Army as Troupes Etrangere during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Now includes all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

152 pages

As usual the e-book is packed with history, unit organisation and uniform details for a surprisingly large number of units. Hard to beat for and hard to go wrong for £3.99.

 

More national dice

The dice folly continues. More of the products from Dice of War have arrived to provide close dice support to their national army. French dice – of the laurel wreathed “N” type – and Saxon dice have now been safely obtained.

Yet still the dice madness continues. Austrian and Russian dice are now back in stock so the appropriate procurement documents have been despatched. Which only leaves Bavarian and Polish dice to complete the set for the locally raised Napoleonic armies.

The previously acquired Prussian dice got their first run outs with the two Wagram games due to the unavailability of the genuine Austrian articles. They started both games in a less than satisfactory manner but perhaps they should be forgiven as deciding the fate of Austrian troops was not the reason for their creation!  😃

 

The painting(?!) desk

The rush of preparing Austrians and to a much lesser extent Saxons for the Wagram extravaganzas saw an unprecedented level of productivity at New Schloss von Peter. Unfortunately the prodigious efforts have been completely undone ever since with the gifted … what the ??? …. hands of von Peter himself not clasping a paint brush since. Never the less von Peter himself now presents a quick update on the current state of the painting desk. Please ignore any dust that may be seen in the photo!  🙁

Back row:

  • four Prussian limber horses
  • two Prussian mounted Feldjaegers and their horses. There’s actually a third Feldjaeger deprived of his paint stand (horse) and out of sight.

All work on the above was put on hold with the demands of the pre Wagram work schedule … and sadly has yet to recommence!

Middle row:

  • a GW knightly figure in goldenish armour who has never seen any progress since being added to the paint desk with the thought that he’d get a little love every now and then
  • four figures for the last stand of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.

Front row:

  • The commanding colonel and adjoint from the Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3 along with their trusty steeds. Annoyingly the base blue coat seems to be a little light
  • the second to last stand of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.

Shelf below:

  • Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment awaiting the reinforcements above.

Next level down:

  • the mounted adc from Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3. By way of explanation von Peter himself provided a small Saxon brigade for the Wagram games. The thought occurred that it would probably be nice to supply a commanding officer of a Saxon disposition for the brigade. This figure on his temporary one man and his horse base is the result of that thinking. If the commanding colonel and adjoint – see the Front row above – ever get completed all three figures will be grouped together on a single base.

 

Stop Press: Trees

Four packs of 4Ground trees have just arrived. Ordered on the 5 September from England with delivery on the 11 September in New Zealand. Not a bad turn-a-round. von Peter himself had performed his pre purchase internet snooping on these trees and was pleased enough with what he read to get these trial sets of trees. If they are a success there will be more imports of lumber in the future.

The trees come with sabot style mdf basing which von Peter himself plans to decorate in the same manner that he bases his figures. There is a stirring in von Peter himself to get the trees done. So perhaps these trees are what gets the creative juices churning again and the pigmentation of figures will follow … albeit at the traditional crawl. One can perhaps allow oneself a little optimism.  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Christmas 2016 stocking fillers

It’s nearly Christmas … again. This will be the 2016 edition. In their time honoured fashion – and to cut their losses! – the employer of von Peter himself has proclaimed …

“do not darken our door ever again … at least not until the 9th January 2017”.

So von Peter himself is on enforced leave. Not that Fraulien von Peter herself seems to have the slightest understanding of the concept of annual leave as she pronounces each days activities like a maddened town cryer at some hard labour penitentiary establishment.  Apparently hosting the great Christmas feast means that Neu Schloss von Peter and its grounds must be up to the highest standard for the honourable guests. Damn their squinty little eyes!!

Of course the view of von Peter himself could be a little tainted and really most of the days are his own to consume as he pleases. But far be it from von Peter himself to pass up the opportunity for a good cathartic moan.  😇

While the good Fraulien’s back was turned von Peter himself availed himself of the opportunity for a quick recce of the ‘net to make two joyous discoveries …

Calpe Saxon Command

The Calpe Miniatures website has had a most pleasing update.

Firstly remodelled mounted officers are available for the Saxon musketeer battalions …

S22 Four mounted musketeer officers (Horses included)

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Next up are figures representing the Saxon higher command personages …

SC1 – Divisional command. Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff, Adjoint and ADC (Horses Included)

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SC2 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses included)

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SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses Included)

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Both four mounted figure packs cost £11.00 with the three mounted figure packs coming in at £8.25. Quite the bargain.  ✅

And for those that may struggle to select the appropriate pigments when colouring these new figures then Calpe Miniatures have of course come to your rescue in their Guides & Research pages, more specifically at Saxon Brigade and Divisional command groups.

Another option is the The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814 e-book from The History Book Man.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

What haven’t yet appeared on the Calpe website are the Saxon grenadiers as revealed in  “Saxon grenadiers marching from Calpe Towers” but it is still the understanding of von Peter himself that these figures are available. Just ask for them when ordering. Maybe the command type figures are now also available for the grenadiers.

Likewise the French light infantry command packs reported in “Figure and more Calpe figures” have not yet made their way to the website. Once again ask for them when ordering.

Pictures “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website where one can also see pictures of the rear of the models.

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A campaign system for those small wars

The TheTooFatLardies have released their first supplemental for their well received black powder skirmish plus rule set Sharp Practice. Dawns & Departures provides a campaigning system to add context for you heroes table top adventures. From the website …

In search of adventures for your Sharp Practice characters? If so you have just found them with Dawns & Departures, the campaign handbook for Sharp Practice, providing endless campaign options with our easy to manage and fun to play Narrative Campaign system.

79 pages in length, Dawns & Departures provides everything you need to generate your campaign world, find out what your mission is and then get cracking on some fabulous adventures. Make valuable friends, gain influence at court and a reputation as a fighting man. Battle sworn enemies across a whole world and seek your fortune as you make your name in the black powder era.

Like At the Sharp End for Chain of Command, Dawns & Departures has been designed for ease of play and an absolute minimum of paperwork. Whole campaigns can be run from one sheet of paper with this simple but elegant campaign system.

This is a PDF product formatted for low ink use and easy reading on a tablet.

Available only as a pdf Dawns & Departures sounds like it is well worth the £7.50 asking price. A likely stocking filler for von Peter himself this festive season.

dawnsan-departures

 

And a Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year to all The dear readers. Many a thank you for keeping von Peter himself company through the course of 2016.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

For Napoleonic Austrian modellers, painters and appreciators

The Bavarian battalion is finished … has been for a while … but it hasn’t been photographed. Bad von Peter himself. The following public service announcement has been patiently waiting for those blasted Bavarians for quite a while.  It has been decided to release it on its own to a world that probably knows all about it by now. Mutter mutter.

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Above: brave Austrian infantry setting the scene by holding a village in a game from February 2007! The stacked orange chairs give a burning glow to the scene. Front Rank figures from von Peter’s private collection, painted by Nigel Funnell. Buildings created by Rhys.

The History Book Man have released another e-book in their ARMIES AND UNIFORMS of the Napoleonic Wars series. And this time the country of focus is one of the heavy weights of the Napoleonic Wars. Their latest e-book is titled The Austro-Hungarian Army 1792-1814.

At over 440 pages and containing many colour images this is a far cry from an earlier monochrome well worn version that von Peter himself purchased many decades ago. That earlier version remained a treasured resource and this one is so much more. For von Peter himself truly are these e-books wonderful references in of themselves but for a measly £3.99 they are one of life’s genuine bargains.

The release blurb …

The Austro-Hungarian Army was engaged continually against the armies of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire from 1792 until after the Battle of Waterloo and Bonaparte’s final defeat and exile in 1815. For twenty years the Austrian army shouldered the greater part of the war on land against France being actively at war for some 108 months more than twice the war commitment against France of either Prussia or Russia.

The first edition of this small work was originally published in 1977 which was a compilation of a number of earlier booklets and privately commissioned research papers first published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The 2nd Edition published in 1980 expanded the scope to encompass the Revolutionary Wars and the 3rd edition of 1984 corrected many of the earlier errors and omissions and was the only book in the original series to have a coloured facings chart, and included several of the Ottenfeld pencil drawings, but only saw one very brief print run at the end of that year. The Army of the Austro-Hungarian Army 1798-1814 was always the most popular title of the series, the 1980 edition was reprinted over 40 times.

448 pages

Available on DVD-ROM or as a Digital Download.

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Figure and more Calpe figures

Apiata patrols down a street

Above: Willie Apiata on patrol … care of two Good Samaritans. Click for a larger and clearer image

Many moons ago Empress Miniatures had a kick starter or some such similar ‘thing’. As an enticement they offered a special figure available only as part of that kick starterish ‘thing’. That special figure looked remarkably like Willie Apiata as seen in a controversial photograph after an action in Kabul. Apiata was a member of the NZSAS and had already won his Victoria Cross of New Zealand.

“Responding in the aftermath of the January 2010 attacks in Kabul Apiata was photographed by French photojournalist Philip Poupin. Poupin, who did not know Apiata, photographed Apiata and two companions as they were leaving the “thick of the fight” because “They looked like foreign troops and they were tall and had a specific face, they looked tough and strong”.”

Willie Apiata VC in Kabul

Good Samaritan 1: von Peter himself has had a long time long distance electronic relationship with Burkhard of the dhcwargamesblog blog. We comment on each others blogs and have even been known to exchange the occasional email. Somehow Burkhard discovered the admiration von Peter himself had for both Apiata himself and the Empress Miniatures figure of him. In a fit of generosity Burkhard posted his Apiata figure to a most surprised and grateful von Peter himself. This was many many MANY years ago. Burkhard must really have wondered what was going on as a painted Apiata never appeared. Sorry Burkhard … von Peter himself works at a very ‘considered’ pace!  😀

Good Samaritan 2: von Peter himself has never painted anything like modern camouflage and scaling the real thing down to a 28mm figure so that it looked right appeared a little daunting. Fortunately von Peter himself has a good friend who has quite some experience scaling down camouflage to 28mm figures. And so the long suffering Craig undertook to paint the Apiata. In the end Craig painted and based the Apiata at the same time as he did one for himself and von Peter himself could not be more happy.

von Peter himself has no (current!) plans to collect a ‘Modern’ force. WWII is the closest to ‘Moderns’ that is planned. But this does not mean that this trophy figure is not cherished. A huge thank you to both Burkhard and Craig for their generosity. It is well appreciated.

Apiata front Apiata back

Above: Apiata front and back. And don’t forget that this is a 28mm figure

 

More Calpe packs

Calpe Miniatures have some new figure packs. Hurrah! Five new packs for the French and seven for the Saxons. Below are the new French packs. The new Saxons will follow shortly.

The French packs contain Light Infantry command / leader figures for the March Attack French though there is no real reason that they could not also be utilised with the Route March figures.

  • F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
  • F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.
  • F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.

The less von Peter himself says about these figures the less he is likely to get wrong so it’s time for the pictures. First to repeat the normal caveats regarding these photographs …

  • 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 muskets 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 in the service of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has ‘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!
  • The english descriptor with each pack has been ‘devised’ by von Peter himself on examining each pack. The pack code identifier is as set by Calpe Miniatures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Calpe French F54 front

Calpe French F54 back

Above: F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.The photo does not do justice to the eagle.

Calpe French F55 front

Calpe French F55 backAbove: F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.

Calpe French F57 front

Calpe French F57 backAbove: F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff. Excuse the blob of metal still attached to the spear point – von Peter himself considers that he is far less likely to loose it if it remains so attached.

Calpe French F58 front

Calpe French F58 backAbove: F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. The officer on the right as The dear reader observes the screen is holding a pistol.

Calpe French F60 front

Calpe French F60 backAbove: F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. Once again the officer on the right brandishes a pistol though in one hand this time.

An unforgivable oversight

A couple of posts back in Birthday Bounty von Peter himself was boastfully(!) recapitulating the birthday books that he had accumulated for his birthday. As usual there was a rush to get the post written, checked and out the door. Sadly in that rush two books of a historic bent that also came in the birthday haul were inexcusably missed! And those two books were actually a present from another party and not self organised by the library expanding von Peter himself!

Time to make amends. The son & heir provisioned von Peter’s library with two volumes by C.V. Wedgwood on the English Civil War …

  • The King’s Peace 1637 – 1641
  • The King’s war 1641 – 1647.

Word has it that The son & heir risked life and limb to obtain the books by climbing a rickety ladder in an old style disorganised bookshop to get the books.

So many thanks to The son & heir for the presents — it seems that you can be trusted to shop on the behalf of von Peter himself. And most humble apologies for leaving them off the original post.

The Kig's Peace cover    The King's War cover

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Birthday bounty

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

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

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

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

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

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany vol 2

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

Napoleon 1813 - Decision at Bautzen

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

Honours of War

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

Tha Late Roman Army book cover

 

The Great Wargaming Survey – 2016

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

You can get at the survey from here.

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A Sharp Practice 2 warm up game

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

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

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

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

Sharpe Practice 2 at Rays

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

 

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

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Of pdf’s and plastic

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

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

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

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

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

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

 

Sharp Practice 2 pdf arrives

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

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

Two minor soon to be remedied disappointments so far …

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

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

Sharp Practice v2

Castle Wars

Contender 1 – Renedra Limited

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

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

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

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

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

Renedra Standard Castle

Contender 2 – Warlord Games

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

Warlord castle

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

Warhammer Fortress

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself