Varnishgate

The men of the Polish 2nd Uhlans have been sworn in to the Napoleonic Polish Army of von Peter’s himself. But not without incident.  😥

All was well until the penultimate stage of their formation – the varnishing stage. von Peter himself cannot recall ever having problems with varnish before but sadly this is no longer the case. A can of Army Painter “Anti-Shine” was procured and tested and all seemed well. A light spray was applied to the figures as the first of several planned layers … but it soon became evident that not all was well! 💀

On inspection the figures were revealed to be frosted! And what had been smooth surfaces now had a distinctly rough feel to them!! Bad words may have been uttered. This was a first Army Painter purchase and though it may not be the cans fault there will not be a big rush to acquire many more of their products. This is life and death “stuff” we are talking here after all!

Apparently one potential solution is to respray the varnish with the theory being that this will dissolve the applied varnish and all will hopefully dry correctly. von Peter himself was not brave enough to attempt this technique as his first remedy. It was discovered that rubbing a damp finger over the affected areas seemed to slowly remove the varnish or at least improve its looks. So rubbing has been undertaken though a close look at the picture below will reveal that more is required. As evidence see the dusty looks around the front legs of the leading elite uhlan’s horse and the white speckle marks on the neck of his fellow elite uhlan’s horse. A click on the image will reveal the flaws more clearly. More remedial work required.

It’s all a bit of a let down. Sob!

Close inspection of the image below may also reveal a horse without a rider. Uhlan Wolkonski has been delayed in his journey from the recruiting school to the front. He is expected imminently.

Front Rank Figurines figures, GMB Designs flag and pennons, men pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell, horses and basing by von Peter himself. Varnish supplied by Army Painter.

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki watches the 2nd Uhlans pass through a Russian village.

“Zere iz somezing not quite right vith za men today. Zey seem to lack zeir normal lustre”

More fantasy Arabs

The son & heir has long since returned to Dunedin in preparation for another year of hard working study. At least that is his parents dream – the hard working bit! 😃 Of course there was no room in his luggage for any figures … and of course he wants to continue painting some and even play with them. So von Peter himself carefully packed up some paints and brushes and his Lord of the Rings Haradrim – minus the painted cavalry for which there was no room for such fragile sculpts – and sent them down.

Three of the figures packed and sent were painting in progress Haradrim Abrakhân Merchant Guards. These are big men of fearsome strength if von Peter himself has the fluff understood. They looked interesting so a quick photograph before they disappeared into the box was snapped and here it is …

 

von Peter himself has been invited to a Birthday Bash game in early April – thank you Goldie. The scenario is based on a portion of Leipzig 1813 and von Peter himself is to play the part the Polish Prince Poniatowski. As long as a swim is not required at the end of the game von Peter himself is happy enough with his allocated role. This is especially so as the Poles are currently getting some attention at Neu Schloss von Peter. It may even be that a few Poles will be available to be sourced locally for the game.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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The son & heir – world building

The son & heir has recently – yesterday – vacated Neu Schloss von Peter to return to Dunedin for some work to generate a little of that that all important commodity money in preparation for his 2019 year of study. During the most recent sojourn at Neu Schloss von Peter there was some hobby related activity. Some games were played with friend(s?) and we played a couple of Lord of the Rings games with the spoils spilt with a game apiece.

The son & heir also managed to waft paint brushes and various other modelling implements around while here. The Haradrim Raiders were built and painted as were a few other Haradrim figures which will be unveiled to the world once some photos have been snapped. A box worth of Haradrim warriors were built and the painting started though these are still a work in progress. Yes, fantasy arabs were the theme of the season.

One other hobby undertaking was undertaken. At the commencement of the PRIOR Christmas holiday season a sheet of mdf type board was purchased as The son & heir had urgings to make a terrain board. Over the duration of that holiday season the board was painted top, bottom and sides … and that was it! Apparently the paint needed to be really REALLY dry!

This Christmas holiday season saw further activity. The board was subtly rendered into smaller constituent pieces with the aid of a circular saw! One of these pieces was then plastered, painted, dry brushed with several colours and then static grass applied. The accompanying pictures detail the results.

FYI and FWIW the board is 60cm square. Click the images for larger and clearer views.

 

The logistics of war – Paints

Way back in November 2017 von Peter himself unleashed “WWI exhibition, paints and more“.

The first – and incidental! – update is that the The Great War Exhibition is now sadly permanently closed. von Peter himself had managed to visit the exhibition several times but really should have visited it one more time! A new section was added to the exhibition – The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. From the official blurb …

Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at Gallipoli, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks. In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!

von Peter himself has received several reports of the The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience and all were very positive. The son & heir even took a young lady friend along – admittedly a little weird 😀 – and they both enjoyed it. A miss for von Peter himself. Idiot!

The second and primary reason to revisit the old post is to re-examine the economics of New Zealand based von Peter himself sourcing most of paints from Black Hat Miniatures in the UK. To feed the brushes of von Peter himself and The son & heir a delivery of 17 pottles of Coat d’arms paints was received before Christmas. The associated – and inevitable bill 😢 – allowed for a little rudimentary mathematics …

  • the landed cost of an 18ml Coat d’arms pottle – NZD 6.16
  • when sourced from the local Games Workshop store a cheap 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 7.00 … and I would have to go out of my way to visit the shop to procure it … though if I mail ordered over NZD 100.00 worth from Games Workshop I would not be charged a delivery fee
  • when sourced from a local online distributer Mightyape that same 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 6.49 … but then I would need to pay postage on top.

von Peter himself may never get rich on his savings but it appears that a little planning ahead to keep a reserve supply of paints in stock still pays off for the bulk of von Peters paints.

Note that a comparison with Vallejo paints has not been undertaken due to a general idleness and because von Peter himself does not like their eye dropper bottles.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Send for the 2nd Uhlans

It’s time to unveil the first three – six if you count the horses separately!  😎  – figures for the latest Napoleonic nation to be represented in the stables of von Peter himself. The impending arrival of the Poles of the Duchy of Warsaw has been foreshadowed for a little while and it has finally now begun.

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 1

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki spies out the ground for the following Polish forces

The more dedicated of The dear readers will be aware that the 28mm Napoleonics of von Peter himself are fashioned after the armies of the 1813 campaign. Post the Armistice of Plesswitz to be precise. Further as a dedicated follower of history the various national army contingents are generally collected to replicate actual orders of battle of the period. For the Poles this means the independent 27th (Polish) Division under the command of General de division Dombrowski from around the time of the Battle of Leipzig. A nice compact four battalions and 2 cavalry regiments …

27th (Polish) Division: General de division Dombrowski

  • Brigade: General de brigade Zoltowski
    • 1/2nd Polish Line Regiment
    • 2/2nd Polish Line Regiment
    • 1/4th Polish Line Regiment
    • 2/4th Polish Line Regiment
    • Foot battery
  • 18th Light Cavalry Brigade: General de brigade Krukowiecki
    • 2nd Polish Uhlan Regiment
    • 4th Polish Uhlan Regiment
    • 1st Polish Horse Battery

The 4th Uhlans are interesting in that they were originally the 4th Chasseur à Cheval Regiment. In early 1813 they were converted into uhlans. It is the belief of von Peter himself that by Leipzig the unit would have transitioned into its uhlan style uniform. A uniform not quite the same as the usual uhlan uniform. The search for suitable figures continues … sporadically.

To set the Polish ball rolling von Peter himself presents General de brigade Krukowiecki, brave leader of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade.

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 2

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki has summoned his Aide de Camp to deliver an order – the 2nd Uhlans are to be brought on to the field of battle. The requisitioned trumpeter of the 2nd Uhlans looks on.

The trumpeter of the 2nd Uhlans wears the regimental trumpeters uniform as documented from 1809. Perhaps it would not have survived into 1813 … but perhaps it did! With information a little scant on the ground von Peter himself has ordered that the 1809 uniforms be retrieved from the regimental stores. They’re just too pretty to leave to be eaten by the moths in the stores!  😎

The figures are sourced from Front Rank Figurines. The Poles are a later released line of figures from From Rank and to the eyes of von Peter himself these figures most comfortably sit alongside the Calpe Miniatures figures which are an ever growing proportion of the Napoleonic collection. They also match the other Front Rank figures in the Napoleonic collection!  😀

The chaps were pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell. Horses, choreography and basing by von Peter himself.

Next up will be the 2nd Uhlans. The figures are in hand but their steeds need further work, pennons need hoisting etc. It’s best not to rush these things you know!!

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The son & heir – raider

It being summer holiday season and nearly Christmas The son & heir has returned from his digs in the student ghetto of Dunedin to remorselessly raid the fridge and other food repositories of Neu Schloss von Peter. This raiding mindset perhaps explains his desire to collect a force of Haradrim from the land of Harad. The more knowledgable of The dear readers will recognise the previous gobbledygook as being of Middle Earth and it’s tales as related in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other books by J. R. R. Tolkien.

The collecting of the Haradrim – or as von Peter himself prefers the Fantasy Arabs – has commenced with some Haradrim Raiders. These are cavalry armed with either spear or bow.

Above: The Haradrim Raiders living up to their name have raided and torched a building. Being Fantasy Arabs in a fantasy world there is no need to justify desert peoples burning down log cabins better suited to much cold regions. Excellent!  😇

Click the image for an improved view.

The figures are from Games Workshop and as such do not come cheap. But The son & heir is no common or everyday fool. He has used gifted vouchers to get his Haradrim Raiders. His girlfriend – Lord have mercy upon her! 😊 – has supplied more figures as a birthday offering and Christmas will provide Haradrim Warriors as well as mounted & on foot versions of The Betrayer care of The son & heir’s much put upon parents. Truly an evilly raided force!!

von Peter himself is most thankful the The son & heir has been creative. Someone needs to be creative and von Peter himself has not recently been that someone. That is about to change with more than little help from Nigel Fun-nell who has added the sobriquet of “painter of items Napoleonic Polish for von Peter himself” to his name.

And finally the residents of Neu Schloss von Peter would like to sincerely wish all The dear readers a productive and Merry Christmas. Please ensure that you all keep safe.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #9

The good von Peter himself and even better Fraulien von Peter herself availed themselves of a Singapore Airlines sale and spent a few days offshore celebrating their joint wedding anniversary and the few days not working. The dear reader can decide which of those two aspects was the more important. 😃 Those away days account for some of the lack of local productivity. Assorted distractions and general idleness cover the remainder. But the lack of local news should not deprive The dear readership of an update out of Neu Schloss von Peter. That would just be cruel, unjust and just plain unfair! So …

 

A new General d’Armee video

A brand new instructional video for the Napoleonic rules General d’Armee starring the rules author Dave Brown has been created. At the time of typing von Peter himself has only viewed a few minutes of said production but what was seen was well worth the time invested. The tactical options available in various situations were discussed as well as the expected rules discussions. From the viewing so far – a big fat “vPh Recommended”.

 

Oddcast Number Ten

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Ten of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. It  can be directly got at here. Apparently …

Our regular team are joined in the studio by international wargaming celebrity Dave Brown as they discuss Richard’s recent visit to Historicon, the demise of the Summer Special and this episode’s Big Issue, BIG Battles.

Unlike the video above of which von Peter himself has viewed only a few minutes this podcast is totally unlistened to by the same von Peter himself. However, based on the experience of the preceding nine episodes the risk of advertising episode ten and it turning out to be a turkey does not seem that great.

Dave Brown is certainly getting around – see the prior item. But then what else would one would expect from an “international wargaming celebrity”.

 

Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery now online

One way or another von Peter himself has been banging on about the Calpe Miniatures  Saxon Foot Artillery for a few posts now. So why stop now?! 😃

The latest is that the gunner packs have now found their way on to the Calpe Miniatures website. The dear reader can now see pictures – front and back – of all the packs and order them online. Sadly only one of the packs is shown in a painted state as not only do the painted figures provide some tasty eye candy but they also provide an excellent uniform guide. Click here for direct access to the wee chaps.

The image above is ah … um … “backed up” from the Calpe Miniatures website to add a little colour and class to the proceedings here. von Peter himself could not resist including the image below as well because it shows off the detail to be found on the rear of figures.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More Saxon foot artillerymen immigrate to NZ

As told in several of the preceding posts Calpe Miniatures have released their Saxon Foot Artillery … though their website is yet too catch up! von Peter himself already had five packs of gunners in hand – see SA stands for Saxon Artillery – and now the NCOs, officers and a few “others” have arrived so that finally it will be possible to create the gun crews for a battery … or two. It is these NCOs, officers and “others” that are the reason for this post.

When selecting the latest artillerymen von Peter himself foresook his default preference for uncovered shakos. These all have covered shakos to reduce the bling and represent what was probably the more likely occurrence of covered shakos being the more common in the field.

Still being of a rather idle disposition von Peter himself proposes to let a couple of images of each pack top all the talking. But first the usual stock standard copy and pasted caveats …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with a craft knife and the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent ram rods etc
  • The figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back images so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step to the benefit of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has quickly ‘washed’ the figures with ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms to bring out the details a little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on The dear readers device of course!
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Above: SA15 – NCOs (gun captains) covered shakos

 

Above: SA17 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, covered shakos

 

Above: SA19 – Battery command – mounted officer, two foot officers, sapper, drummer, Feldwebel. (only available in covered shakos).

FYI – the images do not do justice to the mounted officer.

 

The feeling in Neu Schloss von Peter is that a Saxon foot battery will most likely be the next unit to be painted. But there are still several non unit paint jobs – leaders, limbers, horses etc – sitting partially completed on the painting table. The order of anything being painted truly is a lottery. And there has not been a lot of painting happening recently. Perhaps it’s time to don a hair shirt until the behaviour improves.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The fruits of Fathers Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Limbers etc are expected in the future.

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

Secondly a few Front Rank Austrians and Poles

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

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

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

Thirdly some reading material

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself