Standards … at last

Finally the deal is signed and sealed for the Napoleonic Russian 1/Bourtirki (or Bourtiski or any number of alternate spellings!) Infantry Regiment. Standard poles have been made from brass wire, glued to hands and painted. The standards have been ordered, arrived, cut out, glued to the aforementioned standard poles and shaped. And the now complete battalion has been photographed for propaganda purposes!  8O)

Napoleonic Russian infantry standards have always been a bit of a mystery to von Peter himself. Several designs were issued throughout the wars and listings of these by regiment is not difficult to discover. But which regiment actually received which flag design and when has alluded von Peter himself. And to be honest this lack of detail is a bit of an artistc boon. The regiments already present in von Peter’s growing Russian army have to date been given 1803 issue Inspection based standards but this has become a little boring. Hence the Bourtirki Infantry Regiment is graced by their older 1797 onwards issue standards – a much more colourful and interesting option. A bit of a push perhaps for the 1813 version of the Bourtirki Infantry Regiment but apparently some regiments – who knows which ones – didn’t get their replacement flags until 1813 … coincidently when a new 1813 line infantry pattern flag began its introduction! And von Peter himself has not even mentioned the 1800 line infantry pattern flag!  8O)

Being the first battalion of the regiment this battalion gets one white regimental standard and one coloured battalion standard. The third battalion will receive two coloured battalion standards whenever it is formed.

The standard poles are perhaps a little long. This is because von Peter himself modelled them on the standard poles he had already created for his other Russian battalions. A fine plan excepting that all those battalions fly the 1803 line infantry pattern standards of their Inspections which are physically larger than the 1797 onwards issue standards. Damnation!! This oversight was discovered just before attaching the flags to the painted standard poles that were already glued to the hands of the standard bearers. Far too late for the fragile mental state of von Peter himself to even contemplate ripping them off and cutting them down to size. Obviously the 1/Bourtirki are extremely proud of their standards and want them flown as visibly as possible on extended poles!  8O)

For the record the figures are all from Front Rank Figurines and were painted by the Greater Queeg. Standards from GMB Designs and composition, basing etc by von Peter himself.

Muskets & Tomahawks

Last Sunday von Peter himself and The son & heir ventured back to the French & Indian Wars in North America care of a time machine provided by Raymond Hutchison. 28mm black powder skirmish was the order of the day using the card driven ‘Muskets & Tomahawks’ rules from Studiotomahawk. This is the same French company that produce the Dark Ages skirmish rules ‘Saga’. Apparently ‘Muskets & Tomahawks’ predates ‘Saga’ but ‘Saga’ was  the first of the two to be published in English. If you’re interested you can check out Studiotomahawk’s forum.

von Peter himself was allocated the French allied Indians – the Hurons – while The son & heir was in charge of the partly regular, partly irregular French Marines. Michael had the French regulars but spent most of the game making his way through the woods. Craig & Colin ran the British who had the primary task of protecting a village and it’s citizenry that was placed roughly halfway between the two forces. Their task was always going to be of  the uphill variety.

Officially the French were not into wanton slaughter of civilians but what did the pale faces know. The Hurons had been promised plunder and the campaign to date had been noticeable for its lack of plunder. And there was bound to be plunder in the buildings!

In short the Hurons successfully plundered the village taking a few scalps along the way. Craig made them pay though with two of the three warbands gutted. In reality this would have been serious losses but was not a gaming consideration.

Raymond supplied the figures and terrain … and von Peter himself hardly took any pictures at all being fully occupied scalping civilians and militia. D’oh. The picture above of the three Indians gives an idea of the quality of the figures used in the game. There were actually six Indians present but the photos showing all six game out blurry while these good ones managed to hide the three rearward figures behind the front ones. Double D’oh! As can be seen Ray should be justifiably proud of the game he put on.

And don’t forget to click on the images for a larger more refined version.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself