We interrupt your ‘net viewing for a most exciting announcement

von Peter himself has been watching with keen interest from his little piece of the world for a certain auspicious “thing” to pass … and that “thing” has now come to pass. Ot at least to partially pass. A clue …

For those Dear readers still a little in the dark Calpe Miniatures have released the first of their Saxon Light Infantry. This lot are posed for firing line and skirmishing duties. More poses are reportedly yet to come.

Available packs are …

  • S61 – Light infantry firing line and skirmish figures – 3 loading, 3 firing
  • S62 – Four Light infantry figures holding fire
  • S63 – Four light infantry figures. Head turn and greatcoat roll variants
  • S64 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures. Forage and bareheaded pack
  • S65 – Four Light infantry figures. Command pack – abugler, a drummer a pioneer and an NCO
  • S66 – Four Light Infantry officers in firing line and skirmish poses – 3 on foot and 1 mounted
  • S74 – Four light infantry prone casualties

Note that gap between S66 and S74. On might think that further Light Infantry packs may be destined to plug that gap might one not? Happy days.  😎

von Peter himself requires two battalions of these gentlemen for the first brigade of his 24th (Saxon) Division of 1813. Locally at Neu Schloss von Peter it has become the custom to model light battalions as firing lines so this release is rather fortuitous. One battalion has been ordered but the second will be delayed as von Peter himself will peruse the later releases for any packs that may usefully be added into a firing line. In particular a second differing mounted officer will be sought.

Count the self confessed Calpe Miniatures zealot von Peter himself as most content with his lot.

The pictures are “borrowed” from the Calpe website and as usual Mr Calpe has done a wonderful job pigmenting his creations. They are clickable for a larger and clearer view. All of the new packs are likewise shown in their painted states front and back on that same Calpe Miniature website.

And while on Calpe Saxons von Peter himself suspects that more of the Saxon Foot Artillery now have pigmented pictures on the website to inspire, aid in the interpretation of the figures and just act inspirationally.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Generalmajor Raigencourt ready for active duty

The Austrian Generalmajor Raigencourt commands the only brigade in the 1st Division of the Austrian 1st Corps in 1813. A few years earlier this brigade would have been entitled as an Advanced Guard consisting as it did of a mix of cavalry, Grenzer infantry and a cavalry battery but such old fashioned terms were apparently now out of date in the modernised Austrian Army.

When organising the Austrian army for presentation in the Army Inspections portion of the vonpeterhimself.com website it quickly became apparent that a command stand was “missing”! Absolutely outrageous!! Figures were ordered and eventually forwarded to Nigel Fun-nell – painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself – for pigmentation. The pigmented figures were married to horseflesh from the paint brush of von Peter himself. The Deutsch-Banat Grenzer infantryman on the base was painted literally decades ago by the same Nigel but was not required for his battalion. He has waited a l-o-n-g  t-i-m-e for his place in the army.

Whilst painting the good majorgeneral two figures destined to be based singly as ADC types were also painted. One in the uniform of the Stabs-Dragoner regiment …

The second ADC isn’t quite ready for a public unveiling on account of his horse not yet being fully pigmented by the ever idle von Peter himself! His time will come.

All figures from Front Rank Figurines and all pictures clickable for larger clearer images.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Join the army they said … see the world they said

The tramp tramp tramp of 28mm Polish feet have finally marched themselves on to this here blog. von Peter himself is pleased to announce the arrival of the first battalion of the 4th Polish Infantry regiment …

A few points of interest for any of The dear readers who may be interested …

  • the figures were sorted, cleaned up, eagle attached to the standard pole and sent to Nigel Fun-nell as the 2nd battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment. Later it slowly dawned on von Peter himself that really only the first battalion of each regiment should have an eagle. Quick communication with the aforementioned Nigel quickly altered it to be the 1/4 Infantry Regiment
  • figures from Front Rank Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs, pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell, horse and basing by von Peter himself
  • that Front Rank Miniatures only supply a solitary mounted infantry officer with no variants that is suitable for this unit is moderately irritating. And to be clear von Peter himself is not big on figure conversions. But with two more battalions of Poles to come he has a cunning … and hopefully eventually two … plan(s) to save the repetition of a distinctively posed figure.

Thinking ahead the 1/4 Infantry Regiment also comes with a couple of casualty figures. Under the questionable generalship of von Peter himself these are bound to come in useful …

The 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813 is beginning to take shape and is now roughly half formed. Two more battalions, another uhlan regiment, some artillery and a few more leaders to come.

Above: the Poles holding a flank in the vastness of the Russian steppe. Certainly not a vision of the part of the world imagined when young Stanislaw joined up! Of a more positive nature Stanislaw ruminated over the rumour that perhaps some rather useful artillery will be along soon 😃

All images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A graduation and knife fighting

Congratulations are due to the The son & heir who has earned himself a degree. To be fair there were suspicions amongst the support crew that maybe there was some cunning scam being played. So a trip to Dunedin and the graduation ceremony was organised as a means of verification. A little surprisingly the graduation parade and ceremony all seemed above board. And careful examination of the certificate likewise failed to raise any concerns of any authenticity shenanigans. It seems that The son & heir has indeed earned himself a degree. Congratulations and well done that man.

During each of the three years that The son & heir has been domiciled in Dunedin getting himself all degreed up yearly visitations were undertaken by his proud parents. And never once – despite multiple attempts – did von Peter himself manage to get to frequent The Duke of Wellington public establishment with its 20ish imported beers and militaryish surroundings. To make things worse The son & heir was a frequenter of said establishment. That wrong has now been put to right … on the way to the airport …

Above: von Peter himself did not sample the Spitfire brew available but he did quite enjoy their promotional material …

Little wars

Having covered himself in academic glory The son & heir returned to Neu Schloss von Peter for a few weeks of eating, consuming electricity, catching up with friends and general battery recharging. Last summer The son & heir created a terrain board – a first of several? – and this was dragged out for a couple of Sharp Practice games. Because The son & heir wanted to use plenty of the available terrain both ended up as urban knife fights which presented some challenges different tp the normal.

The first game was set in 1813 and saw opposing Prussians and Saxons scouring an urban environment for a posse of informers who had been two timing both sides. Seven civilian figures were spread across the table and these would move randomly on their own card in the game deck.

Above: a sleepy war weary little town somewhere in Saxony 1813. The locals go about their business with a mere three concerns – the ever nearing war; the fool standing in the way of the sunlight; and the finger partially covering the lens upper left.

Above: a little later and the sleepy little town is sleepy little town is about to be rudely awoken by the whoring warring Prussians of The son & heir himself and the humanitarian Saxons lead by that internationally beloved philanthropist von Peter himself.

Above: a little little later on. Men have started turning into casualties. The Prussian jägers in the centre have just dealt a severe hand of death (red markers) and shock (green markers) to a some Saxon Musketeers which has pushed them back as the shock is greater than the remaining figures. Fortunately for the Saxons these musketeers managed to avoid further Prussian ire and were to slowly regain their composure and be still in the fight at the end of the battle.

On the far right further Saxon musketeers manfully stride down the side of the town to get the jump on the Prussian jägers which they manage to do but over a series of two separate “fisty cuffs” were banished from the table by those same jägers.

To the left of the battered Saxon musketeers can be seen what looks like a Russian mounted officer. Actually he’s a Saxon officer that looks like a Russian officer from a distance! To the right of the same musketeers is a Saxon officer who looks like a Saxon officer. Officer identification can be a tricky thing! They are both where they are as they are attempting to bring on further troops.

Over the central wall from the Prussian jägers some Saxon jägers can just be made out and are currently interrogating a Lady of quality dressed in yellow in an attempt to flush out a two timing agent of espionage.

On the far left further Saxon musketeers advance down the side of the town. They were to be met by superior numbers of Prussian musketeers and were swiftly erased form the Saxon muster rolls. Sob.

At the back of the board mostly hidden by the orange roof tiles are more Prussian musketeers.

The battle raged with various units coming & going and the usual ups & downs for both sides. Several turncoats were uncovered but all managed to escape when their “escorting” infantry were “dispersed”. Ultimately the Saxons squeaked a victory and so earned the right to write the history of the battle and its protagonists.  😃

I – N – T – E – R – V – A – L

Off came the european buildings and on came some eastern / Russian domestic structures. The clock was turned back to 1812 and the scene to the northern flank of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The Bavarians were keen to spring an ambuscade to grab some Russian supplies as they were being ferried through local village. The rumour was that previously captured bratwurst was in that wagon!

Above: the Bavarians can almost smell the bratwurst but have turned to tackle the Russian rearguard rather than fill their knapsacks. The dice knew their duty and the Bavarians were not long for participating in this battle.

This was a much quicker game as the dice firmly came down on the side of him who had procured them – von Peter himself. Nearly everything The son & heir tried failed or was shabbily treated by those special Bavarian dice. Reinforcement refused to come on until they were in a position to be massacred by their Russian opponents. “Fisty cuffs” and shooting likewise came to very little. A short sharp brutal encounter to the glory of Mother Russia. Huzzah.

Above: joint MVP of the Bavarian vs. Russian petite battle. The dice

 

Remember Dear readership that many of the images can be “clicked” for larger and clearer versions.

 

And now for something completely different … can you hear the tramp tramp tramp of approaching 28mm Polish infantry. von Peter himself can. Stand by.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #12

Fathers Day came and went several weeks ago here in Godzone – aka New Zealand. von Peter himself managed to obtain two hobby related items. Undoubtedly The dear readership are desperate to hear what those two hobby related items were so …

Hobby item #1: Murat’s Army. Spotted on an email from Naval & Military Press for the princely sum of £3.99. What could go wrong? Oh yeah …. the £6.35 postage from the UK to New Zealand! Bought as a curiosity really. The official blurb …

Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendour of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.

This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

 

Hobby item #2: Young Oak/Beech Trees x 4. These are 4Ground Trees that you can’t actually get direct from 4Ground currently. There have been corporate machinations and 4Ground are currently rebuilding themselves and their website. von Peter himself has a taste for the 4Ground trees and not seeing them on the new website he enquired as to their potential future availability and received the polite reply  …

“Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future”.

4Ground may not be selling the trees but Mighty Ape here in New Zealand are as they still had some stock. Fortuitously von Peter himself had a discount voucher for the Ape and so the trees were got.

 

A table for Christmas perhaps

For those looking to get organised early for Christmas then perhaps the Hobby/Game Table from Deep-Cut Studio will provide that loving gift.

The blurb explains …

Hobby / game table in a most purified form. It serves as a standard house furniture in a size of a dining table, yet transforms into a functional hobby area in a simplest way possible. You can enjoy your activities, close the lids when you are done without having to tidy up and resume from where you left later on.

– Manufactured from recycled laminated A grade plywood. Weights over 40 kg (80 lbs), which makes it exceptionally sturdy and robust
– Size: 112 x 142 cm ( 44 x 56 inches) surface, 83 cm ( 33 inches) height to upper tabletop and 70 cm ( 28 inches) height to bottom
– Special upper tabletop construction grants stable surface, smooth connection of both halves and does not allow dirt or crumbles fall into the inner area
– Upper tabletop halves easily taken off without excessive use of strength and stored in a specially designed space under the tabletop. These halves can be hidden completely behind the inner surface or serve as extra space for any activity, private area or as shelves for additional or temporary materials, manuals, etc.
– Transforms into a table with 91,5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 inches or 3×4 feet ) inner surface dimensions, 10 cm ( 4 inches) deep
– Sold unassembled and grants the joy of putting it together with all the parts, tools and manual included. Challenge rating: low, fun factor: rewarding
– Available in black or white laminate colours
– Same or next day dispatch, delivery in 4-5 days to EU

Available in white or black and currently priced at 490.00€.

Too small for the games von Peter himself likes to play so he will be passing. Others may find it more to their liking. And thanks to Deep-Cut Studio for unknowingly supplying the photos.

 

What’s happening at Front Rank Figurines?

It seems like aeons since Front Rank Figurine’s last release. That was the latest in their later Napoleonic Prussian range – Generals & Staff. Since then all has been quiet with the News section of the Front Rank site giving no clue as to what the future might hold. Happily the friendly folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum have provided a whiff of what may be in the Front Rank future as collateral damage in this thread. The important wording is …

Hi James,
Hope all is well with you, yes there is truth in the rumour I have been working on Brunswickers however it seems like I get less and less time to do designing so they are taking a while, I may have the first releases available during the Autumn/winter.

 

What’s not happening at Front Rank Figurines?

As an aside please note that von Peter himself does not want to say that the Front Rank Generals & Staff are the last release in their Prussian range. Where are the limbers and caissons that a dedicated collector of Napoleonic Prussians would desire? Of course the same question could be asked of Front Rank regarding their Austrians, Russians etc. Without actually checking – a simple case of idleness – it seems that only the French & British are provided with such luxuries which surely is not fair, right or even equitable. von Peter himself suspects that the problem is that the anticipated sales of Austrian, Russian etc limbers and caissons are not anticipated to reach the level required to make their creation and sale economically viable.

Whatever the reason von Peter himself pines for limbers and caissons for his Napoleonic Russian and Austrian armies both of which are mostly provisioned using Front Rank figures. Perry Miniature’s limbers and caissons are an obvious alternative but are too small and slight in the eyes of von Peter himself to be a suitable match.

Of course for the Prussians Calpe Miniatures can provide limbers and caissons – and obviously the rest of the Prussian Army 😀 – in a similar style and heft to the Front Rankers.

Above: life really is easier with limbers! “Forward By Bricole!” by Keith Rocco

 

Jimbibblieblog Plancenoit

What better way to end but with another miniature architectural marvel from Jimbibblyblog / Oshiro Models. This time it’s a Plancenoit. Check your history of the Battle of Waterloo if this means nothing to The dear reader. What could be more soothing than the wonderful model of a place of mighty endeavour and no little carnage?!

See Plancenoit for many more pictures of the models – there are two pieces that can be arranged together in several ways or individually – as well as some words on the church.

The two photos from the Jimbibblyblog blog.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich”

Goldie’s birthday bash wargame was looming over the horizon. von Peter himself Prince Poniatowski knew what his order of battle would be and between the local Polish resources and those of Garage Gaming Terry they could be provisioned. Except for a foot battery.

There is a Polish foot battery resident in Neu Schloss von Peter. The problem was that it resided in the unpigmented figure pile and Nigel Fun-nell – the painter of Napoleonic things Polish to von Peter himself – had already been tasked with applying the appropriate pigmentations to a second Polish infantry battalion. So an actual Polish battery was not going to happen.

Also residing in the unpigmented figure pile were – and still are! – several batteries of Calpe Miniatures Saxon foot artillery. And a battery of these was hovering near the top of the units to pigment list. And von Peter himself would be the designated pigmenter. The pigmenting of 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” commenced.

The usual procedure in Neu Schloss von Peter when creating artillery batteries is that the battery is represented by two cannon – or three for the large Russian batteries not that that is relevant here! – and a crew of four figures for each cannon. Calpe dispense their Saxon Artillery in packs of four figures – a loader, a rammer, a vent man and a firer – posed so as to present a gun crew all working in a synchronised manner towards the same goal. This is good. What wasn’t so good is that Calpe also sell a couple of packs of NCO gun captains and a battery command pack that contains amongst other items some artillery officers. Now how could one in good conscience not provide command figures for each of the two cannon – an officer for one and an NCO gun captain for the other. So now we have five crewmen for each cannon. A whole two extra figures to paint! Damn those cunning marketers at Calpe Towers!! 😃

As mentioned the gun crew packs come with four figures. What wasn’t mentioned was that all those figures in each pack wear the same head gear – either covered shakos or uncovered shakos. There is also one outlier pack of “Head and forage cap variants”. Upon receiving the packs von Peter himself assumed that when the time came to paint them that he would just pick a pack and use it in its entirety as supplied to crew a cannon. The problem was that doing this would mean that all the crew for a cannon would either wear covered or uncovered shakos … or “Head and forage cap variants”. This did not seem right so each cannon is crewed by figures extracted from different packs giving a mix of covered shakos, uncovered shakos and “Head and forage cap variants”. This provided a much more satisfying result. It must be the rebel in von Peter himself! Take that you marketers at Calpe Towers. 😇

The placement of the figures is a bit less random than is normally the case for the batteries of von Peter himself. This is because the Guides and Research section of the Calpe Miniatures website has a section on the Saxon Foot Artillery which not only supplies details on the uniforms but also the placement and activities of the various crew specialties. It is to be hoped that von Peter himself has managed to interpret and replicate the positioning of the crewmen with at least a modicum of accuracy.

Uniform details were distilled from two main sources …

  • the aforementioned Guides and Research section on the Calpe website
  • The Peter Bunde Brigade Uniform Plate 188 – Kingdom of Saxony Foot Artillery & Engineer Corps 1810-1813. von Peter himself sourced his from Calpe Miniatures but they are also available from the Brigade Uniform Plates website. Don’t forget to change the little flag at the top of the screen to the Union Jack if you are ignorant and mostly speak English!
  • and a third source – yes von Peter himself knows that he said two! – was the painted Saxon Foot Artillery pack “SA6 – Team 1 covered shakos” on the Calpe website with both front and rear views available. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The more astute of The dear readership will have noticed that the wheels on the two cannon are different. One set is finer and more detailed. The other is less fine and less detailed! It is thought that the less fine and less detailed are from a preproduction version of the 6 pounder Saxon cannon that von Peter himself got his mitts on … preproduction! Certainly a quick review of the remaining Saxon cannon in stock – 6 & 12 pounders and howitzers – does not reveal any more of the less fine and less detailed wheels. Luck of the draw when von Peter himself pulled the cannon out of the unpigmented figure pile.

If the dreams of von Peter himself are to ever come to fruition then his 24th (Saxon) Division of the Grand Army as it mustered at the end of the 1813 armistice requires one more 6 pounder foot battery and additionally a 12 pounder foot battery from the Corps artillery reserve. Fortunately Calpe produce enough Saxon Foot Artillery packs that there will be no need for the duplication of packs or figures to man the batteries. Excellent provisioning Calpe Towers … and grudging respect to the Calpe marketers.

Above: Saxon artillery earning their keep. Action from The Battle of Grossbeeren (von Peter himself thinks!) – 20th August, 1813

By the usual standards of von Peter himself the battery was painted in rapid mode. The night before Goldie’s birthday bash game saw the completion of the battery with the static grass and tufts added yet that was the result of cunning planning rather than the much more normal blind panic. Nothing short of amazing really! 😇  As usual the Calpe figures made the painting of piping, buttons etc a simple exercise by sculpting the detail in relief. All one has to do is take ones time when picking out the supplied detail.

There are a few touch ups required and a spray to fix the static grass – von Peter himself is a little gun shy of doing this after Varnishgate – but overall von Peter himself is content with his latest unit.

The pictures of the battery are “clickable” and The dear reader is encouraged to do so to see a larger and clearer images.

And in the interest of full disclosure the usual caveat: von Peter himself remains a self confessed Calpe zealot.  🤓

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The Battle for Dolitz April 2019, was October 1813

Goldie’s birthday bash war-game has come and sadly gone. The good news is that Prince Poniatowski had some sketches drawn and left some notes of his battle …

Above: looking down the table very early on in the game with the Allied forces starting to appear on the table on the right. The birthday man Goldie himself is seated to the right with Garage Gaming Terry showing a distinct interest in something. Both were honorary Austrians for the day. Rob playing Murat in one of his less flamboyant uniforms can be seen making adjustments to some of the French to the left.

The three urban areas that can be seen are Dolitz (nearest), Dosen and Probstheyda (furthest away).

Poniatowski‘s Polish command can be seen in the foreground of the photo arrayed in accordance with Emperor Russ’s general instructions. Lining the edge of the swamp in skirmish order is a battalion of Poles (dressed in French issued uniforms!). Behind them in line is another Polish battalion – the 1/2nd Polish Infantry who were tasting battle for the first time. The artillery besides the village are the very recently completed 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” likewise participating in their first battle. The static grass etc had been added to their bases the night before the game. More to come on the battery later. Inside the village of Dolitz were two battalions of the Vistula Legion who don’t show up to their best in this photo! To the rear of Dolitz are two regiments of Polish Uhlans one of which is the 2nd regiment also seeing battle for the first time. So many new units. Would they follow the generally held old wargamers tale of new units breaking and routing at the first opportunity in their first game? Poniatowski certainly hoped not.

The scenario was loosely based on the  Leipzig: The Battle for Dolitz Napoleonic scenario from the Scenarios 6: Imperial Sunset book.

Above: a little after the prior photo. A menacing horde of Austrians seem intent on claiming Dolitz to enhance their property portfolio. The rest of the table contained additional hordes of Austrians, Prussians and Russians appearing to be likewise in the middle of a frothing property acquiring extravaganza.

Above: Prince Poniatowski managed to find the perfect command post for much of the battle. Nice and safe and as an accidental bonus fairly central to the whole of his command! Sadly the Austrians slow but inexorable acquisition of Dolitz made the nice safe command post much less so and a move to the open battlefield became necessary.

Above: the Austrian property magnates have concluded negotiations with a battalion of the Vistula Legion and taken possession of the far half of Dolitz. The expelled Vistula battalion can just be made out at the back of the far side of Dolitz. Not happy with half of Dolitz the Austrians have opened negotiations with the second Vistula battalion for the acquisition of the near half of Dolitz with one of the large Austrian battalions banging on the front door. These negotiations were to prove just as successful with the entirety of Dolitz soon to be part of the Austrian property portfolio. With the transfer of Dolitz to the Austrians looking highly likely the Polish lines have commenced a tactical withdrawal.

Did you know … the round “N” counters denote hits or casualties on a unit as did the square counters for the Austrian units. Most units could sustain three hits before becoming “Shaken”. The Polish infantry were deemed to be tough SoBs and were able to sustain four hits before becoming shaken as were the large Austrian battalions. The smaller rectangular counters denote that a unit is disordered. The independent Polish casualty figure was for decorative purposes only.

Sadly the sketch artist contracted dysentery and so not all the sketches that should have been available are. A quick reading of various regimental histories reveals that …

  • as recounted above both battalions of the Vistula Legion were evicted from Dolitz in a battered state. Yet one of them bravely charged back into Dolitz to support a French battalion charging in from the side. A vicious multi turn melee involving two battalions from each side ensued that turned out quite well for the by now embarrassingly voracious Austrian property magnates.
  • this left both Vistula battalions battered and outside Dolitz. In the last Allied turn a single battalion of Austrian grenadiers spurred on by their leader via a “Follow me” order stormed out of their brigade across seemingly kilometres of the table to melee one of the Vistula battalions. The Poles lost and fled the table. Their supporting Vistula battalion liked not what they observed at all and likewise fled. When the state of the rest of the infantry brigade was assessed – hint: like the fish in Fish & Chips it was  well battered – it was considered to have broken.
  • the cavalry brigade stayed on over watch protective duties. Particularly watching out for any Austrian cavalry shenanigans. Poniatowski had reasoned that any offensive cavalry action would pay limited returns. The swamp was impassable to the cavalry and the large Austrian battalions in the area were a challenging prospect even if they didn’t form square. And if they were forced into square there was no offensive capability in the Polish infantry to take advantage. Perhaps Poniatowski was wrong! With this in mind one of the uhlans regiments was sent off to support the Emperor Russ while the other remained on local overwatch duties to survive the battle without a scratch. The uhlans despatched to the Emperor Russ were not so fortunate … but were surely glorious in their demise.

Above: end of game. The battered but defiant 2 remaining battalions of the now broken Polish infantry brigade. The Saxon artillery battery is still plugging away … even scoring the occasional hit. The edge of the bases to the rear of the artillery belong to the surviving uhlan regiment still on protective duties.

Just like the real Battle of Leipzig in 1813 the Allies had managed to scrape a win across the table … … … by quite a large margin.

As for the new units:

  • the 1st battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment received quite a pounding from Austrian artillery and musketry but had survived all Break Tests asked of it. The battalions was still on the table at the end although it was shaken and the brigade broken!
  • the Polish 2nd Uhlans were calmly standing their ground at the end of the game. Their brigade was still in good order, ie. was not broken. Although to be fair they had done nothing other than move about a little and no one had actually tried to harm them. But a regiment can only do what it is asked to do so an official  “well done chaps” to them.
  • the 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” had likewise survived the battle unscathed though they at least had come under enemy fire. An ugly rumour that the novice gunners ran in fear from the noise every time they fired their cannons was never actually proven and really Poniatowski should not be saying such things about his own troops! 🤣 They even managed to hit the Austrians intermittently.

So all up the new units had proved the old wargamers adage of new units running at the first opportunity to be wrong. At least this time around.

As The dear readers have possibly noticed Poniatowski’s sketch artist never did get to travel far from Poniatowski’s command. Fortunately Garage Gaming Terry is expected to provide an overall – if potentially biased as he was an honorary Austrian for the day! – view of the battle. If it’s not available yet it’s probably not far away.

The game was played during a Wellington Warlords club day using the Black Powder rules.

PS. Prince Poniatowski had the great honour of being played by von Peter himself in the battle!  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself