Snippets #1

A few miscellaneous unrelated random topics after the ego soothing picture of mostly someone else’s hard labours.

Above: “the Russian Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment will form in 2 lines, lance armed troopers to the front as you full well know.” The Russian commands translated to English and sanitised(!) for the benefit of The dear readers.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Hussars as sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.

 

Medieval Warfare Blog

von Peter himself has stumbled across another blog which he has added to his playlist. The good people at Karwansaray Publishers who bring you the Medieval Warfare magazine now bring you the Medieval Warfare blog. You can obtain your very own copy from here or iTunes or who knows from where else.

 

Three Armies

As well as a new blog von Peter himself has recently stumbled across a newish manufacturer of 28mm Napoleonic figures – Three Armies. From the About Us section of their site one can read …

Three Armies is a 28mm Napoleonic miniatures Online Store. I have worked in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Initially with SHQ miniatures but more recently with Wargames Foundry and several new manufacturers as a sculptor. I am currently a one man band. I use the facilities of Sgts Mess for moulding and casting.

Regarding Three Armies plans for the future the FAQ area of the site says …

We plan slowly to cover most of the Napoleonic wars. We have no interests in other periods. Our initial plan is to compliment the many plastic miniatures ranges in 28mm with poses and uniforms that are not offered by them.

They appear to be in the business of creating figures in their full dress uniform currently under the following ranges …

  • French 1800-1806
  • Prussian 1806
  • Spanish 1808
  • French 1812-15
  • Austrian – expected to be released April 2017
  • British – expected to be released April 2017.

Being new on the scene the Three Armies ranges are currently limited. Rome was not built in a day as some wise person* once said. As yet there are no horses in the range so comment on these cannot yet be passed.

* Obviously none of the current acquaintances of von Peter himself! A-ha-ha. One can’t but be pleased with such a cheap shot!!   😎

Spot checks reveal that price range from £1.20 for a single figure through to £6.00 for a six figure pack through to £20.00 for a 24 figure battalion pack.

By way of size comparison the following image is borrowed from Three Armies website. If von Peter himself has got this right …

  • the two metal figures are Three Army figures
  • the plastic figure second from the left is a Perry Miniatures plastic
  • the headless figure at the extreme right is a Victrix plastic.

Finally more images borrowed from Three Armies website. von Peter himself hopes Three Armies don’t mind being pillaged in such a manner!

Above: Prussian Musketeers Brandenburg cuffs

Above: French 1800-1806 Line infantry

But there’s more! The same person – Michael Percy? – also offers commissions. Or at least did offer commissions. Perhaps the birth of Three Armies has curtailed this service. Whatever have a look at at the Saxon Zastrow and Guard du Corps 1812 commission  on the Snodland Miniatures Facebook page for a completed commission. There are others conversions.

 

Doug Mason Figures

If you are of a certain age and used to read the glossy wargames magazines or if you just read some of the older glaossy wargaming magazines you will be familiar with the name Doug Mason. He was often associated with Peter Guilder and the Wargames Holiday Centre and his fame was due to his often converted  figures.

Above:  The caption on page 7 of the magazine reads …

“Front cover photo: Saxon Garde du Corps painted by Doug Mason for the Wargames Holiday Centre”.

It transpires that Doug Mason has a website in which some mighty fine craftsmanship and nostalgia is on display.

That von Peter himself is aware of Doug’s site is down Carlo of With Pyjamas through the Desert and With Pyjamas through a whiff of grapeshot! notoriety. Carlo had commissioned a blast from the past recreation of a “Murat at Eylau” command vignette. A typically flambouyant Murat leading a charge accompanied by a dragoon officer aid. The original vignette dates from 1984. You can see Carlo’s “Murat at Eylau” reports here and here.

 

TravelBattle

There maybe one or two of The dear readers who are unaware of this latest project from the ever productive Perry twins of Perry Miniatures fame. A game in a box. From their website …

TravelBattle-Pre-Order-Available 22nd April

TravelBattle is a complete table top miniatures game in a box.
It is intended for gamers who have limited space, or those who are traveling on a long journey or holiday and need a gaming fix!
All the playing pieces are made of coloured plastic, and include two 3 dimensional green terrain boards with separate woods, grey buildings and red and blue armies. The size of the miniatures is 8mm.
The two terrain boards are designed to be placed together on any edge, giving the potential for 16 different battlefields. The 1″ grid marked on the boards excludes the need for rulers to be used in the game.
The simple rules system should allow a game to played within an hour.
The two armies are generic Napoleonic forces of equal size and composition which make up three brigades for each side. There is a simple painting guide in case you which to enhance your armies and terrain boards.

Contents:
160 x Infantry
24 x Cavalry
4 x Guns and 12 crew
6 x Brigadiers
2 x 10″ 3D Terrain boards
6 x Buildings
4 x Dice
1 x Set of rules

All for the price of £50.00. Apparently if all goes well there may be more boards, figures and presumably terrain to come.

To the mind of von Peter himself it’s a shame that the miniatures are a non standard 8mm. Apparently 6mm was too small and 10mm too big. Being somewhat bitter and twisted one cannot but be a little cynical that not fitting with any other figure ranges might be seen as an advantage to the manufacturers. Then again a range being given the descriptor of 6mm, 10mm 15mm, 28mm etc hardly seems to ensure that they will match the size of other ranges with that same desriptor. So perhaps there are large 6mm ranges or small 10mm ranges that will be close enough to the Perry’s 8mm.

von Peter himself  will be watching with interest to see how TravelBattle is received by the buying public and whether it gets expanded.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

von Peter himself is the owner of several bad habits. One of them is that he persists in working on multiple painting projects at once. And none of them that quickly. A psychologist would no doubt put it down to a short attention span, a traumatised up bringing, dropped on his head too many times etc etc. Currently on the pigmenting table are …

  • seven assorted horses for various personalities and mounted officers of battalions. These will all get painted with the same colours using the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique. This has a long elapsed time – at least a day between steps – but a short actual painting time. Once these are complete another set of horses will take their place to be painted in another colour.
  • two horses for a limber team. These are covered in too much gear for the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique so will be dealt with separately. They will get painted a colour and then replaced with the next 2 limber horses who will be painted a different colour.
  • some more Saxon musketeers for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.
  • a Napoleonic civilian from Front Rank.
  • the cannons for an Austrian 12 pounder battery. As is standard procedure for Napoleonic Austrians at Neu Schloss von Peter the crew have been sent off site for training … errr … painting. The men may be “trained” off site but any horses or artillery pieces are pigmented locally. von Peter himself wants to have their ordnance in hand when the fully trained crew come marching from their “training” camp.
  • The ongoing refurbishment of much of the existing Napoleonic Austrian army. This is mostly replacing tired flags and updating the basing to be closer to current specification. Much of this army is literally decades old and is in need of some love. Thankfully the actual figures are in fairly good shape. The Austrians need to look their best for an event later in the year.
  • a start of Calpe Miniatures Saxons SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. The Saxons are agitating for their own commander now that Calpe  Miniatures supply them.

Based on recent behaviour these little projects will all get worked on sporadically until one will suddenly be granted most favoured status and driven to completion. Not necessarily the most efficient arrangement but it is keeping von Peter himself happy for now.

As an example of this conduct von Peter himself presents the French pack F18 Regimental headquarters as created and supplied by Calpe Miniatures. The official descriptor for the pack is …

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention.

Work on this pack has been slowly progressing or not(!) for “quite a while”. One of the foot figures was completed prior to the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter and the second not long after the shift. The two mounted figures have been sitting incomplete and unloved for … “quite a while”. Scandalous and quite shameful really. But their time finally came and in a rush of enthusiasm and an outpouring of activity they have now finally been completed. Huzzah!!

By way of background The Dear reader should be aware that von Peter himself has a (very slowly) growing French and allied Napoleonic army circa 1813. Bavarians and Saxons support the current small French presence in said army. Obviously command of such an army can’t be left to chance … or an allied general. A French commander was required and now they are in place. Eventually the Petite Emperor will no doubt send a higher ranked commander but for now this French regimental command set will be perfectly acceptable for arranging the Emperor’s affairs.

As is usual for a Calpe command set the figures comprise a natural vignette. The mounted major is pointing out the direction of the local boulangerie to the mounted colonel who is thinking that the mounted major has had too much sun out here in the steppes of the thrice accursed Russia of 1812. The adjutant NCO and fusilier watch on with interest not dreaming that the land that is currently so hot will soon be very very cold.

There is plenty of piping to paint on these models but as is the Calpe way the detail is all sculpted in a raised fashion so it can be picked out with a steady and patient hand. As is his way von Peter himself has used metallic paints for the silver and gold on these figures. Thoughts of non metallic metallic painting have been swirling around in von Peter’s head. The thoughts will probably escape out an ear or two and never come to much. And final thought – the two of gold bands on the colonel’s shako versus the gold and silver bands on the major’s shako are nice a combination.

Helpful hint of the day … don’t forget to ‘click’ on a picture for a larger and clearer view.

Next off the production line? Who knows! And if it’s the Austrian 12 pounder cannon then you probably won’t be seeing them until the crewmen appear from their “training”.  😊

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

And so 2017 begins

The year 2017 is about a week old and von Peter himself has not yet posted a post. Such idleness is unforgivably outrageous!! The following should correct that outrage. If only all outrages were so easily mended.

At the beginning of 2017 it seems only fitting to complete that which was initiated in 2016. The newly released Saxon grenadiers and French light infantry command referred to in the last post of 2016 have now all safely arrived on the Calpe Miniatures website. Hurrah!

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Above: image kindly provided by Richard Knötel

Further there is news on the recent past and future plans from Calpe Towers. To plagiarise part of that news …

Towards the end of the year, I decided to push on with the Saxons. I am keen to get them finished so that I can move on to something else. Over the next year the Saxons will be the main thrust of my work with occasional new additions to the French line (advancing French infantry in greatcoats will be next).

You will see from the new additions that the Saxon Grenadiers have been completed and that three sets of command figures have been added for the Saxon high command. I am currently working on the re-sculpted Saxon musketeers in march-attack poses to replace the figures that were damaged when my mould-making machine failed some years ago. I have explained in the past that I cannot re-make the production moulds for the existing Saxons in march-attack poses (SM codes found in the Veterans section of the website) due to the damage caused to the master mould. I have had to accept that remaking the figures was the easier option. Once the march-attack musketeers are complete I plan to add some skirmishing musketeers. The Saxons trained their third rank as skirmishers. Some Saxon divisions had no light infantry component, so you will need the skirmishing musketeers to provide a skirmish screen. Saxon light infantry in advancing, march-attack and skirmish poses will follow. I have decided to deal with the artillery and cavalry once I am happy with the infantry.

Finishing the Saxons and moving on to something else. Intoxicating stuff!

Another bit of news from the post is one of those inevitabilities of modern life …

I am also announcing a price increase of 5pence per figure, 10pence per horse and 50pence per cannon, effective as from the 1st of January. I have held my prices for two years now. I was able to do this as the price of tin fell in 2014 and I was able to absorb the price rises in just about everything else, particularly electricity. In the last year, tin prices have risen sharply again and my profit margins have plummeted. In January I will be ordering my first consignment of metal of 2017 and I am expecting it to be eye-wateringly expensive!

And if The dear reader is interested in the recently released three new packs of Saxon high command from Calpe Miniatures there is a YouTube unpacking and then visions of the painted articles at 28mm Calpe Saxon Napoleonic High Command 1813.

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From the “my gawd … he’s finished some figures” file

Once upon a time von Peter himself finished the two yellow faced battalions required for his 1813 24th (Saxon) Division of Generallieutenant Lecoq. The next Saxon battalion on the painting schedule was the first battalion of the green faced – and brassed buttoned – Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. But which green to use? An official test figure was duly ordered … partly as a delaying tactic some insightful yet cruel commentators might assert. Ignore them!  😇

But painting a single figure is a little fraught as it can easily fall prey to the vagaries of chance. So a second figure joined the first. Now those paying close attention to the battalions of von Peter himself will have noted that his line infantry are presented to the world four to a base. Why not paint a complete base of four figures then? So the two figures became four. Somehow during the initial painting the four figures became eight. von Peter himself cannot offer a satisfactory explanation as to why this occurred!!

The green chosen for the green facings changed several times during the extended pigmentation of the trial figures so job completed and the trial figures performed their task admirably. And as a bonus two stands of the required six for the battalion are now complete.

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Above:  the aforementioned eight trial figures of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. The figures are from the Calpe Veterans range, ie. the original Saxon marching musketeers, not the remodelled Saxons. Caveats: The light has conspired with the white to removed much of the shading of the white … and the close up does the figure painters skills no favours!  😂 They look much better on the tabletop. Honest! 😎

But there’s more!

Ok … not a lot more. To provide overall command for the Bavarian troops based at Neu Schloss von Peter a base representing Generallieutenant Raglovich leading the 29th (Bavarian) Division of 1813 was commissioned from Nigel Fun-nel – pigmenter of figures Bavarian for von Peter himself. Shamefully the pigmented figures have been lying in wait for horses to be procured via the paint brush of von Peter himself. More on Generallieutenant Raglovich in the future. But in reviewing the figures procured it was decided that there was one dismounted figure too many.

von Peter himself is proud to present this figure in the image below. No longer will he be one of the dandys at the Bavarian HQ. Rather he will be a dashing Leader in Sharp Practice games or potential eye candy in the higher level games.

The figure is from Front Rank Figurines, pigmented by Nigel Fun-nel and based by von Peter himself.

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Above: Bavarian Kapitän Franz practises his voice of command back in Bavaria prior to joining his regiment. One must be firm with the “other ranks”!

Unit of the day: Long suffering Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars

A blast from the past. The Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars have been on the payroll of von Peter himself for literally decades. They have fought bravely, suffered casualties – sometimes needlessly – without complaint and on occasion rapidly manoeuvred to the rear  of their own accord with aplomb.

Again the figures are provided by Front Rank Figurines, pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nel and horses and basing by von Peter himself. The bases were quickly upgraded a couple of years back with the addition of the static grass. The long suffering hussars are surely overdue some war honours … perhaps in the form of some tufts added to their bases! Never let it be said that von Peter himself does not reward exemplary and extended service!  😀

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

Christmas 2016 stocking fillers

It’s nearly Christmas … again. This will be the 2016 edition. In their time honoured fashion – and to cut their losses! – the employer of von Peter himself has proclaimed …

“do not darken our door ever again … at least not until the 9th January 2017”.

So von Peter himself is on enforced leave. Not that Fraulien von Peter herself seems to have the slightest understanding of the concept of annual leave as she pronounces each days activities like a maddened town cryer at some hard labour penitentiary establishment.  Apparently hosting the great Christmas feast means that Neu Schloss von Peter and its grounds must be up to the highest standard for the honourable guests. Damn their squinty little eyes!!

Of course the view of von Peter himself could be a little tainted and really most of the days are his own to consume as he pleases. But far be it from von Peter himself to pass up the opportunity for a good cathartic moan.  😇

While the good Fraulien’s back was turned von Peter himself availed himself of the opportunity for a quick recce of the ‘net to make two joyous discoveries …

Calpe Saxon Command

The Calpe Miniatures website has had a most pleasing update.

Firstly remodelled mounted officers are available for the Saxon musketeer battalions …

S22 Four mounted musketeer officers (Horses included)

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Next up are figures representing the Saxon higher command personages …

SC1 – Divisional command. Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff, Adjoint and ADC (Horses Included)

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SC2 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses included)

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SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses Included)

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Both four mounted figure packs cost £11.00 with the three mounted figure packs coming in at £8.25. Quite the bargain.  ✅

And for those that may struggle to select the appropriate pigments when colouring these new figures then Calpe Miniatures have of course come to your rescue in their Guides & Research pages, more specifically at Saxon Brigade and Divisional command groups.

Another option is the The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814 e-book from The History Book Man.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

What haven’t yet appeared on the Calpe website are the Saxon grenadiers as revealed in  “Saxon grenadiers marching from Calpe Towers” but it is still the understanding of von Peter himself that these figures are available. Just ask for them when ordering. Maybe the command type figures are now also available for the grenadiers.

Likewise the French light infantry command packs reported in “Figure and more Calpe figures” have not yet made their way to the website. Once again ask for them when ordering.

Pictures “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website where one can also see pictures of the rear of the models.

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A campaign system for those small wars

The TheTooFatLardies have released their first supplemental for their well received black powder skirmish plus rule set Sharp Practice. Dawns & Departures provides a campaigning system to add context for you heroes table top adventures. From the website …

In search of adventures for your Sharp Practice characters? If so you have just found them with Dawns & Departures, the campaign handbook for Sharp Practice, providing endless campaign options with our easy to manage and fun to play Narrative Campaign system.

79 pages in length, Dawns & Departures provides everything you need to generate your campaign world, find out what your mission is and then get cracking on some fabulous adventures. Make valuable friends, gain influence at court and a reputation as a fighting man. Battle sworn enemies across a whole world and seek your fortune as you make your name in the black powder era.

Like At the Sharp End for Chain of Command, Dawns & Departures has been designed for ease of play and an absolute minimum of paperwork. Whole campaigns can be run from one sheet of paper with this simple but elegant campaign system.

This is a PDF product formatted for low ink use and easy reading on a tablet.

Available only as a pdf Dawns & Departures sounds like it is well worth the £7.50 asking price. A likely stocking filler for von Peter himself this festive season.

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And a Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year to all The dear readers. Many a thank you for keeping von Peter himself company through the course of 2016.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A newish Napoleonic Bavarian Battalion

It is with a degree of frustration that von Peter himself finally presents his latest addition to his Napoleonic forces of war.

At Schloss von Peter there was a dedicated war gaming room – The Bastion – with effectively a permanently setup gaming table and halogen lighting added in the ceilings as a Christmas or Birthday present. With such a set up even von Peter himself learned where to place figures to photograph them so as to make the best of the lighting. Now resident at Neu Schloss von Peter such luxurious facilities are a thing of the past and photography is a little more challenging. As proof von Peter himself offers up the following photos of the latest battalion to answer the summons to war – the Bavarian 2/3 Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment of the Napoleonic period.

bavarian-2-3-prnz-carl-ir-2Credits:

  • Figures from Front Rank Figurines
  • coloured pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nell
  • flag provisioned by GMB Designs
  • horse painting, flag raising, figure selection, figure choreography and basing by von Peter himself

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One more battalion of Bavarian line infantry to go and the original plan for the Bavarians – Generalmajor Beckers brigade of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division  from XII Corps: Marshal Oudinot XII Corps circa 1813 – will be complete.

Complicating the situation is of course The son & heir. Of course! 😀 Several years ago the young man decided that he wanted to paint some Bavarians. So some Bavarians were requisitioned from Front Rank for him. He painted a battalion before deciding that painting Napoleonics would drive him crazy(er!). This battalion – 2/7 Infantry Regiment – regularly takes the field with the Bavarians of von Peter himself but the unpainted – a battalion or two of infantry, a battery and a Chevauleger regiment – remain in the unpigmented metal reserves of Neu Schloss von Peter. One suspects that in the fullness of time these figures will get the pigmentation treatment and prepare to do ‘that’ Emperor’s bidding.

Please do not be forgetting to click on the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

For Napoleonic Austrian modellers, painters and appreciators

The Bavarian battalion is finished … has been for a while … but it hasn’t been photographed. Bad von Peter himself. The following public service announcement has been patiently waiting for those blasted Bavarians for quite a while.  It has been decided to release it on its own to a world that probably knows all about it by now. Mutter mutter.

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Above: brave Austrian infantry setting the scene by holding a village in a game from February 2007! The stacked orange chairs give a burning glow to the scene. Front Rank figures from von Peter’s private collection, painted by Nigel Funnell. Buildings created by Rhys.

The History Book Man have released another e-book in their ARMIES AND UNIFORMS of the Napoleonic Wars series. And this time the country of focus is one of the heavy weights of the Napoleonic Wars. Their latest e-book is titled The Austro-Hungarian Army 1792-1814.

At over 440 pages and containing many colour images this is a far cry from an earlier monochrome well worn version that von Peter himself purchased many decades ago. That earlier version remained a treasured resource and this one is so much more. For von Peter himself truly are these e-books wonderful references in of themselves but for a measly £3.99 they are one of life’s genuine bargains.

The release blurb …

The Austro-Hungarian Army was engaged continually against the armies of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire from 1792 until after the Battle of Waterloo and Bonaparte’s final defeat and exile in 1815. For twenty years the Austrian army shouldered the greater part of the war on land against France being actively at war for some 108 months more than twice the war commitment against France of either Prussia or Russia.

The first edition of this small work was originally published in 1977 which was a compilation of a number of earlier booklets and privately commissioned research papers first published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The 2nd Edition published in 1980 expanded the scope to encompass the Revolutionary Wars and the 3rd edition of 1984 corrected many of the earlier errors and omissions and was the only book in the original series to have a coloured facings chart, and included several of the Ottenfeld pencil drawings, but only saw one very brief print run at the end of that year. The Army of the Austro-Hungarian Army 1798-1814 was always the most popular title of the series, the 1980 edition was reprinted over 40 times.

448 pages

Available on DVD-ROM or as a Digital Download.

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

An appetiser

There is a Bavarian Napoleonic battalion that has almost made it’s way to the front and hence this here blog. Really!

Worryingly these lead elements will not fill any prospective commander with anything but apprehension. Where said commander would be looking for a fit, drilled and enthusiastic battalion he instead is presented with casualties. Maybe they’ll recover … given time and scarce medical resources!

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The rest of the battalion will be along shortly.

Until we meet again. Soonish. Really! …

Salute
von Peter himself