Snippets #10

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

 

Some small Napoleonic Austrian thinkings

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

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

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

 

A new gaming venue on the Kapiti Coast

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

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

 

Something old … something new

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

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

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

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

 

The annual birthday hobby supplies accumulation

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

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

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

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Snippets #2

Some more miscellaneous news items for the betterment of The dear readers. We start with the picture …

Above: Continuing the Russian cavalry theme of the last post von Peter himself is pleased to present the celebrated Russian St. Petersburg Dragoon Regiment. In 1813 they were brigaded with the Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment – here seen in support in the distance -in the brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Dragoons sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.
And FYI the command stand to be seen between the two regiments is not Generalmajor Manteufel but rather some passing cossack commander.

Click for a larger and much clearer view.

General d’Armee Rules breaks cover

David Brown has provided a view of the cover for his forthcoming Napoleonic General d’Armee rules. von Peter himself is not sure that he approves of French dragoons flaunting a captured Prussian standard circa 1806 as the cover picture but he’ll magnanimously let it go this time!  😊

Publication is set down for April 2017, ie. this month.

And please excuse the pun in the heading! 😀

 

Of a Grossdeutschland nature

A slight deviation resultant of researching the previous General d’Armee item. General d’Armee is to be published by Reisswitz Press – the part of the TheTooFatLardies conglomerate which publishes rules not written by the TooFatLardies themselves. One of the TooFatLardies successful rules is the WWII platoon sized Chain of Command for which TooFatLardies have published several Pint Sized Campaign scenario books.

Just published is the Pint Sized Campaign Storming the Citadel – Grossdeutschland Attack at Kursk.

This Pint Sized Campaign for Chain of Command is the first covering the attack of PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland at Kursk.

So it appears there will be at least one more Pint Sized Campaign charting PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland’s experiences at Kursk.

So why does von Peter himself mention it here? Partly because if he was ever to model an elite WWII German formation then something from PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland would probably be it. A large part of the reason for this is due to the book The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer who recounts his experiences on the Eastern Front much of it as part of Grossdeutschland. A recommended if somewhat sobering read of a German soldiers experiences on the Eastern Front in WWII. There is / was some controversy around the book but this does not detract from a riveting read. Recommended.

 Above: the latest edition of The Forgotten Soldier has a different cover to von Peter’s  current edition* and is now illustrated.

* von Peter himself has bought the book twice as he lent out his first … and it never came back … sob!

Plastic Byzantines?

Spotted on the Wargame News and Terrain website …

Fireforge Games: Possible Plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry

Fireforge Games previewed this sneak peek picture of their next release. Rumors are that these are plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry, we can only hope!

If they are Byzantines and depending on which Byzantines they are time wise this news may over excite a certain Garage Gaming Terry. von Peter himself awaits with interest!   🤡

Flickering explosion / fire markers

In an effort to bring a little bit of high tech life to their gaming tables Garage Gaming Terry and von Peter himself have jointly procured some Flickering Explosion Markers from Annie at Bad Squiddo Games. These are just flickering electric tea lights with some fluffy material stuff coloured and glued on top. There are several ‘how to’ guides on creating these on the ‘webs but for £2.00 each when you buy between five and nineteen of them why bother? Time is money and time is also exceedingly precious.

Watch the promotional video for moving images of the markers at work …

There is some suspicion that some of von Peters terrain items will be suffering from fires in the nearish future!

The painting desk – Aprils’ Fool Day 2017

As an April Fools’ Day treat von Peter himself will now reveal what he currently has on his painting desk. From front to back, left to right we have …

Front row:

  • the first two stands of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. These are completed but are here for reference as the rest of the battalion painfully makes it’s way to the front
  • two Austrian twelve pounder cannon. These are being readied for when their crew marches in from their ‘training’ with Nigel Fun-nel
  • two Prussian limber horses. All undercoated in white and waiting for some horsey pigments
  • a Napoleonic civilian. She is complete and needs to be based … which has a raised an issue. von Peter himself has plenty of bases of all sizes for various armies periods etc. They tend to be of square / rectangular shape and too large for this single figure. A round base would seem a better choice.  Hmmm.

Middle row:

  • A mounted officer and four figures for the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. They are coming along nicely
  • three Prussian mounted Feldjaegers. One was to be painted as the start of a Prussian command stand – von Peter himself is well short of proper Prussian command stands. Then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting one then he may as well paint one of the two Feldjaegers that he has in stock to be single ADC type figures for the Prussians. And then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting two then he may as well paint all three of the Feldjaegers that are in his immediate future. So three mounted Feldjaegers sit on dummy horses for painting purposes. They are undercoated in black.

Back row:

  • eight horse making their way through an oil painting regime. They are destined for a variety of uses …
    • a Bavarian ADC to be part of the Bavarian CinC command stand. The ADC himself sits in the white tissue at the right of the picture
    • an Austrian Adjutant to be used singly as an ADC figure
    • as part of the Austrian grenadier command stand
    • an Austrian General of Cavalry to be part of the Austrian CinC command stand
    • the mounted Saxon officer for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment
    • the Prussian Feldjaeger to be singly based
    • a Saxon ADC as part of a Saxon command stand
    • the Prussian Feldjaeger as part of a Prussian command stand.

And for the record the Austrian battery hiding at the bottom of the picture is being used as reference for the Austrian 12 pdrs.

The good news is that some painting etc is being actioned on most nights. Huzzah!  😀

Oh, and click the picture for a larger and clearer image.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself