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

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

Rose tinted memories

SYW Journal V5-4 V6-1

Moving abode from Schloss von Peter to Neu Schloss von Peter involved the packing, moving and unpacking of more than a truck load of accumulated possessions. And in case there is any thought that the many many boxes of hobby related contraband moved may have been included in that above total the answer is a most definite NO! There should be absolutely no doubt that all those years decades of collecting was going to be entrusted to anyone other than von Peter himself and one or two understanding and trusted confederates.

The son & heir obviously had a degree of understanding of the stakes involved … not to mention a certain degree of self interest. We two made several journeys with the car stacked full of the precious cargo in the days leading up to the move. The vendors of Neu Schloss von Peter had kindly provided a storage area for such early arrivals and we took full advantage. The second trusted confederate was Terry who not only assisted with the remaining few precious possessions but also took a days leave from work to provide general assistance with the move. This act of self sacrifice deserves some sort of medal as von Peter himself was of limited use on the day as his hips weren’t really ‘into’ the whole moving thing … and we really weren’t fully ready / packed. Thank you Terry. You were a life saver.

What a load of drivel the dear readers are probably rightly thinking but the point of this drivel is that one of the long lost items rediscovered in the move was von Peter’s stack of Seven Years War Association Journals. The Seven Years War Association used to publish their journal and hold an annual convention in the USA. von Peter himself is not sure whether the journal is currently being regularly produced but it would appear that the convention is still held on an annual basis. von Peter himself would have eagerly attended one of those conventions. Especially one of those conventions featuring Christopher Duffy.

Long before the internet was the all pervasive beast that it is today von Peter himself would receive a journal in the mail with much excitement. He would proceed to feverishly read and re-read the issue many many times. Initially they were just back and white eventually moving up market with colour. The memories of von Peter himself would rate the old black and white ones as the ones most enjoyed.

SYW Journal V8-4 and members

As a nod to (his own!) nostalgia von Peter himself presents a few of the journal covers here. Click on them for a larger and clearer view to reveal the headline contents of each edition.

SYW Journa V10-2 and 3

And we’ll conclude with a couple of the colour editions …

SYW Journal V11-1 V14-3

Truly does von Peter himself have fond memories of these journals.

Part of the reason that the Seven Years War Association Journals were so avidly collected was that when he returned to the gaming fold after his university years von Peter himself was captured by tricornes, mitres and Christopher Duffy’s Seven Years War books. It didn’t hurt either that the Front Rank Seven Years War range was being cast under licence here in New Zealand which made the collecting much more convenient and cheaper. And so Prussian and Austrian armies were started, later to be joined by a few units of Hanoverians and French.

The two images below are from a game played on the 26 May 2007 which is well past the heydays of the Seven Years War gaming of von Peter himself. It featured Prussians – with a few Hanoverian leader ring-ins! – squaring off against a combined Austro-French force who started with a few units holding terrain while the rest of the army approached.

SYW1

 Above: an overview of the initial stages of the battle

SYW2

Above: Kuirassiers clash with a couple of battalions of Prussian grenadiers advancing in echelon. An Austrian commander top right and some Hanoverian(!) commanders bottom left

Pavlov Grenadiers get Reinforcement Packs from Front Rank

The Napoleonic Russian Pavlov Grenadiers with their mitres proudly worn may not have realised that the era of the Seven Years War was gone yet wargamers love them for their idiosyncratic look. Front Rank Figurines have now indulged these gamers with the release of three Reinforcement packs for this iconic regiment. The good people at Front Rank provide the option for officers wearing the mitre or the kiwer. von Peter himself has no idea whether the choice is defined by year or by officer – or gamer! – preference.

RNRPK13

Above: RNRPK13 Mixed Russian Pavlov Grenadiers in mitre, marching

RNRPK14

Above: RNRPK14 Mixed Russian Pavlov Grenadier Command in mitre advancing

RNRPK15

Above: RNRPK15 Mixed Russian Pavlov Grenadier Command in mitre, officers in Kiwer advancing

Despite his interest in the Seven Years War von Peter himself is planning to eschew the mitres having already selected the two Russian grenadier regiments that he hopes to one day field …

3rd (Grenadier) Corps: Generalmajor Raevsky

1st Division: Generalmajor Sulima

Brigade: Colonel Acht

  1/St. Petersburg Grenadier Regiment

  3/St. Petersburg Grenadier Regiment

  1/Tauride Grenadier Regiment

  3/Tauride Grenadier Regiment

von Peter himself has some of the metal salted away for these units and that metal is sourced from Front Rank albeit pre the Russian reinforcement pack days.

Besides by the time period that von Peter himself has chosen to model his Napoleonic forces on the Pavlov Grenadiers had been elevated to membership of the Russian Guard. Far to rich on the elitist scale for von Peter’s poor overworked Russian infantry.

More Russian Reinforcement Packs are yet to come … marching out of the east!. Infantry in greatcoat are due in late August or September 2015. Hurrah! Take that you Bonapartists!!  😀

Murawski Miniatures release their Baden range

Murawski Miniatures have released the beginnings of their Baden range. Stolen Appropriated from their August Newsletter …

Launch of the Baden figures!

New Range

I am pleased to announce the launch of a range of 28mm Baden figures. These have been designed to fit in with the existing Murawski Poles and are an excellent match for Perry figures.

The first figures are in the long tailed coat and helmet and are suited for the period 1809-1812. First releases are:

1. Commandpack – 6 figures

2. Grenadiercompany – 3 figures

3. Voltiguercompany – 3 figures

4. Skirmishers – 3 figures

5. Fusiliers – 6 figures

These are priced at the same levels as the Poles.

Murawski Baden & Poles

Above: Some Murawski Badeners flanked by a couple of their Poles

Murawski Miniatures also have a Summer Sale under way. Contact …

enquiries@murawskiminiatures.com

for details. von Peter himself hopes he has the correct contact email address!  😀

Victrix French Artillery 1805 – 1812 now available

After some delays due to some “minor fill and flash errors” during test casting Victrix Ltd have released their hard plastic artillery set. The set provides “Lots of head and arm options allow you to create crews in bicornes, shakos and guard bearskins.”

Victrix French arty 1804-12

The Waterloo that keeps on giving

The Waterloo 200th anniversary thing certainly keeps on giving.

The actor Sean Bean who played Richard Sharpe in the television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books presented the two episodes for The History Channel. These totally passed von Peter himself by but fortunately they can be viewed via the good offices of the internet

Episode 2 is still to be fully viewed by von Peter himself but the standout scene so far has been the reconstruction of the effects of a musket ball hitting, penetrating and wrecking a leg. Most sobering.

Of course there is also the Blackadder – Waterloo for a slightly different look at the history of the Battle of Waterloo.

A new blog – in a garage – on the block

We started with Terry assisting with the big move and so we shall finish with Terry’s new blog – Terrys Garage Gaming. Terry is currently coming to grips with this new fangled blog technology and getting blasted photographic evidence out of (his daughters!) fancy camera and onto that new fangled blog but he’ll get there.

He has a very busy and successful gaming operation run out of his garage while his car lives permanently outside – we all need to make sacrifices!

Head on over and take a nosey now and in the future. He already has a backlog of posts to produce and publish. And don’t be put off if some of the heading pictures look familiar to the dear readers. They are being used as place holders and will be replaced with more indigenous ones in due course.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself