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

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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.

great wargaming survey 3

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

A late Christmas present

Christmas Day 2015 has come and gone but the giving kept on giving as at the first opportunity after Christmas Day New Zealand Post delivered into the mail box of Neu Schloss von Peter a package from Calpe Miniatures. Wow … as a self confessed Calpe zealot this meant two Christmas Days in one year!!  😃

Contained within the package were the latest eight packs of later Napoleonic Saxons …

  • S14 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos
  • S15 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with calfskin covered shakos
  • S16 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with uncovered shakos
  • S17 – Officers in blue Interimsuniform, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos
  • S18 – Officers in white coats, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos
  • S19 – 4 officers, with uncovered shakos, 2 in blue Interimsuniform and 2 in white coats
  • S20 – 4 NCOs – 2 with covered shakos, 1 with calfskin covered shako and 1 with uncovered shako
  • S21 – Cherry on the icing pack (to steal a term from the French range!) – 2 enthusiastic musketeers and 2 falling casualties

The pack / code numbers above are correct as the packs came labelled but the descriptions are not official but rather as von Peter himself has interpreted the figures in the packs.

As the more astute of The dear readers will readily ascertain the arrival of these packs along with …

.. means that a Calpe Miniatures Saxon musketeer battalion in the ‘advancing’ pose may now be almost completely built from the new Saxon figures, ie. without having to revert to the Calpe Veterans Saxons march attack range for stand ins. According to a quick count there are currently 92 unique figures available to choose from for the advancing Saxons which should allow for a little variety across battalions! The reason for the ‘almost completely built’ are the mounted officers. Until newly designed mounted officers are available three suitable mounted officers are available in the pack SM11 Three mounted officers in a variety of blue and white jackets from the Calpe Veterans Saxons march attack Saxons. Missing also are prone casualties figures of which von Peter himself needs far too many so as to mark the casualties he invariably racks up playing games!

Enough of mere puny words. Bring on some pictures. First to repeat the normal caveats regarding these photographs first …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with 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 little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
  • The english descriptor with each pack has been ‘devised’ by von Peter himself. The pack code identifier is as set by Calpe Miniatures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

S14 - standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos front

S14 - standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos back

Above: S14 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S15 front

Calpe Saxon S15 back

Above: S15 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S16 front

Calpe Saxon S16 back

Above: S16 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with uncovered shakos

Calpe Saxon S17 front

Calpe Saxon S17 back

Above: S17 – Officers in blue Interimsuniform, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S18 front

Calpe Saxon S18 back

Above: S18 – Officers in white coats, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S19 front

Calpe Saxon S19 back

Above: S19 – 4 officers, with uncovered shakos, 2 in blue Interimsuniform on the left and 2 in white coats on the right

Calpe Saxon S20 front

Calpe Saxon S20 back

Above: S20 – 4 NCOs – 2 with covered shakos, 1 with calfskin covered shako and 1 with uncovered shako

Calpe Saxon S21 front

Calpe Saxon S21 back

Above: S21 – 2 enthusiastic musketeers and 2 falling casualties. The dynamic posing was a challenge for the limited local photographic skills!

And most importantly … these packs will all appear on the Calpe Miniatures website eventually but they are all available for purchase as of right now.

Calpe logo1

 

Summer reading

As part of the Christmas & New Year holiday regime von Peter himself has read the latest historic novel from Harry Sidebottom entitled Blood & Steel …

BLOOD AND STEEL is the second book in the epic Throne of the Caesars series, set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. 

von Peter himself would rate this volume as being more immediately accessible than the preceding Iron & Rust probably because of the ground work laid in Iron & Rust.

There is a rumour that Mr Harry Sidebottom will be reinforcing his wargaming bonafides by partaking in a demonstration game at the first Partizan wargaming convention in 2016. Said rumour states that the scenario used will be based on a battle from one of Mr Sidebottom’s novels. Further the game will be moderated by Simon Miller’s – he of The BigRedBatCave blog fame – To the Strongest! rules and use the figures of Phil Hendry. This should provide quite the spectacle … … … and it is to be trusted that such a frolicsome outing will in no way slow the writing of the third book of the Throne of the Caesars series!!

Blood & Steel cover

 

Paint pot lids

A while back von Peter himself whined on just a little about hobby paints supplies in New Zealand which lead to the ordering of 31 Coat d’arms from Black Hat Miniatures. With the arrival of the credit card bill von Peter himself was happy to see that each paint pot came in well under what the competitors charge locally and for a larger quantity of paint in each pot. Hurrah … possibly a win. ‘Possibly a win’ as von Peter himself is yet to use them though The son & heir reports that the paints are fine.

Though the Coat d’arms bottles / pots seal well von Peter himself has had problems in the past with the style of pot. The clumsy – no names need be mentioned here! – will occasionally break the ‘tab’ off the pot lid which makes for a much MUCH less easily opened pot of paint. This need no longer be a problem however as von Peter himself has stumbled upon the realisation that Black Hat Miniatures sell Paint Pot Lids for £0.15. Hurrah! acclaim the clumsy and destructive.

black hat banner

 

Inspirational Seven Years War and some Piquet ideas

If The dear reader is a fan off war games porn and an elevated figure painting rate then they could do worse than keep an eye on James Roach’s Olicanalad’s Games blog. His latest – and all most complete – Seven Years War project provides some wonderful eye candy. James uses the Piquet ruleset and its offshoots … he has even authored some of those offshoots. The post Testing some new ideas for Piquet – SYW battle report provides both some fine pictures of his Seven Years War project and his tinkering with Piquet

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Colonel Sir Henry Grabbe-Ghoulies has a bad day

von Peter himself finds himself a little perturbed again. The current employer of choice has informed him in no uncertain terms not to come back to work … at least not until after a Christmas & New Years break. Fortunately the current employer of choice has relayed this very same message to most of their employees so perhaps the current employer of choice has not yet found out about von Peter himself after all! Surely it can be but a matter of time?!  😳

The upside of all of this is that von Peter himself now has a couple of weeks away from paid employment. Hurrah! The seemingly much larger downside is that Fraulien von Peter herself may have many plans for unpaid employment over the same period. Sacré bleu! With this sad state of affairs in mind pleasant memories are desperately required. So let von Peter himself transport The dear reader back in time a couple of weeks to a small affair of arms in the Napoleonic Wars, the Peninsular War to be more precise.

Frenchmen for the day Ray and Michael had lured the British for the day von Peter himself and The son and heir to their lair for some historical investigations. Reality would be controlled by Sharp Practice from the the Too Fat Lardies with the scene set by The Compleat Fondler – a scenario book for Sharp Practice which narrates the adventures of Richard Sharp Fondler.

Compleat Fondler

In keeping with the Hollywood’ish daring do nature of Sharp Practice scenarios for the system tend to often include a ‘surprise’ or two so as to up the entertainment value. Unfortunately if von Peter himself were to relate all the ‘goings on’ that went on in the historic investigation of that day in 1812/1813 as hosted in Ray’s lair then he would potentially be ruining the future fun of any of The dear reader(s) that felt the urge to follow Fondler’s experiences via The Complete Fondler. Such a cost would weigh far too heavily on the conscience of von Peter himself and so a detailed blow by blow report of the game is not possible. Of course this unfortunate decision has absolutely nothing to do with the legendary idleness of your correspondent von Peter himself! Rather it is with a heavy heart that the richly deserved tellings of heroic – or otherwise – actions of the protagonists must necessarily be kept quiet.

This heroic or otherwise aspect was especially true as they relate to Colonel Sir Henry Grabbe-Ghoulies the upper class twit gentleman who has recently taken charge of Sharpe’s Fondler’s battalion. He speaks with a decided lisp, thinks that all sense of order has been lost to the army – but luckily he can fix that – and above all is determined to have the rifles off Sharpe’s Fondler’s men to be replaced with honest muskets. For some inexplicable reason von Peter himself was selected to play Sir Henry. The son & heir played as Richard Sharpe Fondler.

The unclassified elements of the scenario have the British needing to deliver a wagon of gold and powder to the Church of Madre de Deus for the notable guerrilla leader El Cascanueces while simultaneously rescuing the Marquesa de Una Paloma Blanca who is under the protection of the British agent Father O’Stereotype.

Colonel Sir Henry Grabbe-Ghoulies submits the following few words on the mostly unclassified aspects of the battle. Do not forget to click on the images for a larger and clearer view.

Fondler's Colonel 1

Fondler's Colonel 2

Fondler's Colonel 3

Fondler's Colonel 4

Notable events included the lead British Group – the one carrying the battalion colours -suffering a man drunk and two men leaving the ranks for a spot of looting. These were not scenario driven events but just the result of playing the rules. It seems that Colonel Sir Henry Grabbe-Ghoulies may have arrived just in time to reinstate some sort of order to the battalion! One of Sharpe’s Fondler’s green jackets also managed to drill a French Lieutenant between the eyes which caused the French some inconvenience as they did not have a Big Man of enough stature in place to control a larger formation

Many thanks to the dastardly Frenchmen for a day Ray and Michael for hosting a most enjoyable game and providing a fine lunchtime repast. The figures and scenery were care of Rays fine Peninsular collection and are certainly of the quality required for this here up market quality only the best will do blog!  😃

Oh and as for the result of the game … let us just say that Richard Sharpe Fondler has some revenge to to garner on behalf of the British Army.

 

The Army of the Kingdom of Westphalia 1807-1813

The History Book Man has been at it again releasing their latest e-book “The Army of the Kingdom of Westphalia 1807-1813″. Once again borrowed from the website …

This completely revised and updated volume was first published in 1979 and has been out of print since 1984. This new edition is illustrated with all new colour artwork and selected illustrations from authoritive artists.

The Kingdom of Westphalia was a totally new state created by Napoleon following the peace of Tilsit in 1807, and consisted of the previous states of Hanover, Brunswick and Hessen-Kassel. The throne was given to Napoleon’s favoured younger brother Jerome, who made his capital at Kassel. The formation of an army was one of the first actions of the new monarch, recruiting from the now unemployed soldiers of Kassel, Hanover and Brunswick. The army of Westphalia provided 25,000 troops to the Confederation of the Rhine who served in Napoleon’s campaigns in Spain, Russia and Germany. 283 pages.

The usual e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y difficult to beat value for money. von Peter himself will be adding this one to his reference materials.

WESTPHALIA COVER ART

 

Aurelian is now available

Aurelian is the latest from Sam Mustafa and his Honour series of games. From the website …

The Roman empire is fracturing. Plague stalks the land. The economy is collapsing. Emperors are assassinated with startling frequency. Barbarians have broken through the frontiers. The Persians have invaded in the east.

That Rome survived is largely due to one man.

Aurelian is a tabletop game about the Crisis of the Third Century. Players take the role of factions – both civilized and barbarian – contending for control of the fragmenting Roman Empire.

The game’s unit tiles and action cards are provided for free download.

For more information, sample chapters, and other supporting game materials, click here.

And for those of The dear readers who like to have a hard / paper copy of their rules then you’ll need to print it yourself as the rules will only be available as a pdf. Actually it will only be available as two pdf’s – one a printer friendly version and the other an all singing and dancing high resolution version with links for tablets etc. You’ll receive both for the price of USD $29.00 irrespective of where you live in the world.

For the reasoning behind the pdf only decision and more insights on Aurelian there is a podcast available which will provide nearly seventeen and a half minutes of such information.

Aurelian-Cover

 

And of course because it’s ‘that’ time of year … a very Merry Christmas to all The dear readers. 

And because there must be at least some doubt that von Peter himself will manage any further output prior to the New Year ticking over let’s play it safe … and a Happy New Year to The dear readers as well.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

It’s December … the month of Christmas

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Back to the WWI imagery from the The Great War Exhibition as started in the prior WWI exhibition, paints and more post.

The next staged scene was of a MK1 Tank – an answer to the trench conundrum – making its way over a German trench. You can tell that it is a German trench because there are various Germans occupants in said trench.

MK1 Tank

A complete replica MK1 Tank was present but it was difficult to get a good photograph of it. Fraulien von Peter herself has snuck into the photo and a glass panel provides distracting reflections. Sheesh!!

In a trench under a tank

The occupants of the trench as the MK1 goes over the top

MK1 with cutout

The other side of the tank had a cutout so you could observe the crew and the conditions they worked in. It also showed a whicker basket containing one or more pigeons! The darkness of the scene and covering glass defeated the reporters attempts to pictorially capture the internal scene

We now enter the year 1917 …

Bruno Railway Gun

A 1/3 scale model of a German ‘Bruno’ railway gun. Obsolete naval 12″ and 15″ guns were pressed into service as railway guns. A German aircraft wing hangs on the wall behind the railway gun. So dearest reader von Peter himself is pleased to present an image containing elements of naval, ground and air warfare WWI style.

Germans in gas masks

The exhibition contained many items of interest and mannequins. Here we have three Germans wearing gas masks toting an array of offensive weaponry including what distinctly looks like a flame thrower. As a bonus we also get the reflected image of some anti aircraft mounted weaponry … … … unless there is a skeet shooting competition!

There were many photos on display throughout the exhibition … and none of them were in black and white. The troops saw the war in colour and Peter Jackson had determined that visitors to the exhibition would likewise see the recorded images of war in colour. How they chose the colours remains a mystery to von Peter himself.

Stormtroopers in a shell hole

Like it says – German stormtroopers shelter in a shell hole.

And then it was 1918 …

New Zealanders with a prize

New Zealanders with a captured prize. von Peter himself wonders if he has seen this particular artillery piece in a park in New Zealand

However the colours were selected when colouring the old black and white photographs the two cameras … phones .. errr, phone-cameras in use on the day produce the following results …

Maori pioneers 1

Members of the Maori Pioneer Battalion as captured by von Peter’s work Samsung phone

Maori pioneers 2

The coloured Maori Pioneers photo again … but as presented by the iPhone 6 of Fraulien von Peter herself

There are many settings on both phone cameras but all von Peter himself can say is … how dare Fraulien von Peter herself show up von Peter himself like this!  😃

MEDIC!!!

Medic!

The cost

Enough said

Remembrance

A poignant scene of a grandfather and grandson at the grave of an unknown soldier. The completed sentence at the top of the photograph is “Join the Brave Throng that goes Marching Along” and is from a propaganda poster designed by the London Parliamentary Committee. Beneath it is “Gassed” by John Singer Sargent depicting the results of a mustard gas attack in 1918

Some reading

As recounted in the pages of this very blog von Peter himself enjoyed following the travails of Ballista and his familia in the six book  Warrior of Rome series by Harry Sidebottom. Mr Sidebottom has a new series – Throne of the Caesars – also set in the Rome of the third century A.D. From the website …

Here comes the first book in a new series set in third century Rome, a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war.

In a single year six emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars…

SPRING AD235

Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty.

Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome.

The Senators praise the new emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice.

In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge and the borders of sanity.

Iron & Rust, the first book in a major new series, creates a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history; a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war, a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.

The son & heir kindly arranged for a library sourced version of this first book – Iron and Rust – to be delivered to von Peter himself for his consumption. It must be admitted that von Peter himself found this book more difficult to ‘get into’ than the first book of the Warrior of Rome series. Possibly this was because the Warrior of Rome series focused on our hero Ballista whereas the Throne of the Caesars has no such single focus and zips around the various theatres in which the book is set – the city of Rome, the northern frontier, the east and Africa. But a connection was finally made and in the end the book was devoured … albeit after a slow start which resulted in an overdue book fine requiring paying!!! Oops. What sort of example was that to set?!  😳  Of course monetary reimbursements were required and have been paid in full with a little interest!  👀

iron and rust

And further on the author Harry Sidebottom – Issue 80 of the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine has an article by the man himself which reveals that he is a lapsed and now recovered wargamer. He can’t be all bad!

More Civilans on the horizon

From a Front Rank Figurines  newsletter …

Following the success of our first two Civilian packs CNPK1 and CNPK2, we are now planning the next releases in the series ~ details to follow!

More walking talking terrain pieces, onlookers or Sharp Practice scenario fodder can never be a bad thing.

Front Rank

Plastic Later French artillery

Victrix Ltd have released their French Napoleonic Artillery 1812 to 1815 …

The set contains 3 guns based on the XI system with options for 6 pounder or howitzer barrels. The set contains 15 crew with multiple arm options including shoulder straps and fringed epaulettes (These are to represent master gunners). There are also many head options with uncovered and covered shakos.

all for the princely sum of £24.95.

Victrix later French artillery

 

More recce …

From the Perry Miniatures Facebook page …

Upcoming new ACW releases!
Alan’s working on 13 codes for ACW range which include a couple of iconic troop types from the war, Berdan’s Sharpshooters and the Iron Brigade. These hopefully, should be out for Christmas, if not just after. They are 28mm and metal.

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Most interestingly of all there are strong rumours of some new Calpe Miniatures releases in the wind. And wouldn’t you know it but it is nearly Christmas time. Self confessed Calpe zealot von Peter himself feels an order coming on … even if it has to be made after Christmas. What a pleasant way to close.  😎

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More landwehr and real estate

More Landwehr casualties

Landwehr casualties

Having given himself quite a scare by completing a battalion von Peter himself set himself a new rather timid goal to paint some landwehr casualty figures to match. By way of ensuring that at least some casualty figures are available for use during gaming the executive decision was taken a while back to create at least one casualty figure / base for each battalion** completed. So at least one casualty stand was required to seal the inclusion of the 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr battalion into von Peter’s Prussian force. In the end a rush of blood to the head of von Peter himself resulted in three [shock horror] casualty stands comprising four figures [good grief!] arriving at the front.

Three landwehr casualty figures from from Calpe Miniatures with the medic sourced from Westfalia Miniatures. von Peter himself is not 100% sure on the medics shoulder straps but he figures that a little latitude with a landwehr battalion’s medic’s shoulder straps is acceptable. The medic sports the yellow shoulder straps to match those of his battalion – yellow being the colour defining the third battalion of the regiment.

Sadly these three stands will no doubt be getting quite a bit of use in the future. Also sadly the white trousers in the photo have been far too much for the photographer’s skills … the git! The white trousers are not so bright in the real world. Honest.

** Artillery and especially cavalry are a bit more tricky as there are not many casualty figures available for them. As a result these unit types have their casualty status marked in battle via the use of infantry casualty stands. You would expect the cavalry in particular to complain about such tasteless shenanigans but to date not a murmur of dissent has reached high command!  😃

 

Please sir … can I have some more terrain sir …

Father’s Day comes but once a year … which is a dashed poor return for the year’s worth of toil and abuse that comes with the territory! But von Peter himself digresses … albeit justifiably.  😃

Anyways Father’s Day in New Zealand (and Australia) is celebrated on the first Sunday in September which made it 6 September in 2015. Besides providing The son & heir the chance to sleep through the breakfast provisioning time [mutter mutter] it also provides the opportunity to increase the stocks of hobby related goods. This year von Peter himself scratched the itch caused by some of the buildings rom the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range from  Total Battle Miniatures.

Total Battle - Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof

The “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” was ordered on the 28 August 215. As was half expected given that it was the British summer holiday season Total Battle Miniatures were on holiday at the time but a pleasant email was received on the 5 September 2015 explaining all. Even better the postie delivered that actual model to Neu Schloss von Peter on Saturday 26 September.

TBM row of houses front

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” front with some washed out looking Calpe Miniatures Saxons hiding in the shadows for size reference

The model arrived snuggly packed in a box in the expected  two pieces – the ground floor and the over hanging two upper stories – with some bubble wrap. The model is reasonably large which may make it better suited to Sharp Practice games than brigade/division level games. Even so von Peter himself is thinking that the two halves will be permanently glued together as he is not a fan of hiding figures in buildings.

The more eagle eyed of The dear readers will have noticed that the ground floor is cast in a pale yellow resin whereas the upper two floors are cast in a grey resin. Total Battle Miniatures replied to a querying email with the following …

“No the resins are basically the same and from the same manufacturer we just decided to start dying the castings grey for a bit more definition and the light yellow is its raw state and was bulk cast earlier in the year.” 

TBM row of houses back

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” back

The building is not the cheapest but then you only live once! All things considered von Peter himself is happy to pronounce himself happy with his “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof”. There is a strong possibility that the …

Total Battle - Timber House Lift Off Roof

… and the …Total Battle - Barn:Stables Lift Off Roof

…and maybe even the …
Total Battle Church lift off roof

… will some day join the local collection so as to form a weeney village for heroic 28mm men to squabble over. One can never have enough villages to squabble over.

Who doesn’t need Napoleonic civilians

Via their News page Front Rank Figurines have divulged that they have in their 28mm Napoleonic pipeline …

NAPOLEONIC CIVILIANS “gentry” figures due out October 2015.

At last the better class of local citizenry will be able to observe and cheer the martial brilliance ‘escapades’ of von Peter himself while simultaneously booing the deplorable and altogether vulgar opposition!  😃

The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814

Another e-book from The History Book Man and it’s not what von Peter himself expected. Rather than the anticipated “Armies of the Confederation of the Rhine: The Army of the Kingdom Of Westphalia 1807-1813” we get “The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814”.

If he were to be uncharacteristically honest von Peter himself would prefer the former and is not that interested in the latter. But then … von Peter’s Prussian and Russian troops are mostly part of Bernadotte’s Army of the North in 1813 which just happens to also contain the Swedes. But then … does anyone make decent Swedish 28mm miniatures that will fit with the highly favoured Calpe and Front Rank figures?

From the official blurb …

“THE ARMY OF THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN 1802-1814 was originally published in 1978 and was substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material when the new e-book edition was released. In particular a lot of new information was added into the chapters concerning the army and regimental organisation which added considerably to the usefulness of the volume. The artwork for the original e-book edition was almost a direct reprint of the 1984 edition and the book was illustrated with mostly black and white line drawings from that edition. This new 3rd Edition corrects some minor inaccuracies in the text and includes the colour artwork which was not used in earlier versions and adds some 100 new illustrations created for this edition, in particular the chapters on regimental flags have been updated and enlarged with over forty new colour illustrations.”

An email tells of 107 pages but the website says 130 pages. Hmmm!

THE ARMY OF SWEDEN - cover

SYWA 33rd Annual Convention

A few posts ago von Peter himself reminisced about the happy days when he would receive Seven Years War Association (SYWA) Journals via good old fashioned snail mail … aka the postman. Just to prove that the SYWA is still alive and kicking von Peter himself presents the flier for the next SYWA Convention. They have that Dr. Christopher Duffy person as the featured guest. von Peter himself would love to attend but not this year … or the next  … and probably not the year after either …sob!!

SYWA 33rd con

 

The standby warning for some of The son & heir’s pigmentation progress is still in effect. Standby!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself