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

I should be UNpacking … but …

Well the packing is complete, the move is complete … but the unpacking will go on for an extended period it is much feared. So not much wargaming output from von Peter himself to report on but still the insatiable demands of The dear readers must be fed. How about this lot then …

Calpe Spring Update

When a man is down what better way to pick him up then for Calpe Miniatures to issue a Spring Update which is presented here for The dear readers consumption …

As you can see, I have released the packs I promised before Christmas. These include F21, the mounted light infantry officers and F46 and 47, the battalion command packs with covered and uncovered shakos. I had targeted this release for early February but I picked up a very unpleasant tropical bug on a short family trip to Bali and was rather ill for most of February. I am now working on the last Line figures for the march-attack set before starting work on the light infantry command packs to complement this set.

On the Saxon front I have released two new packs; S6 which is the head turns and greatcoat roll pack for the Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos and levelled muskets. Also released is S7 which is the first of the rear ranks packs with muskets held at high porte. This is a 6 man pack with covered shakos. Packs S8 to 13 are complete and most are out of the master moulds but the last consignment of rubber I received is not ready for use yet so the production moulds have not been made. I am currently concentrating on the Saxons and I’m working on the command packs for this set of figures. I may be able to release some of these command packs in my next release before the summer.

Peter

Brilliant. And hopefully the new packs are on their way to Neu Schloss von Peter.

F46 Battalion command in uncovered shakos

One of the new packs. Image ‘borrowed’ from Calpe Miniatures

Perry Miniatures Napoleonic releases

The Perry twins have not been as manic as usual lately. Perhaps they have been a little busy with the 54mm Gallipoli diorama figures, conventions and generally enjoying themselves. Whatever the reason the comparative drought has broken with the release of two Waterloo vignette packs ,,,

  • NX 1 ‘A Hard Contest’ Sergeant Ewart and the capture of the 45e at Waterloo 1815
  • NX 2 ‘Secure the Colour!’ The capture of the 105e at Waterloo by Captain Clark and/or Corporal Stiles at Waterloo 1815

Both of these sets have been shown as greens before but they are now available to be purchased. The twins have even created a new Napoleonic sub category – Napoleonic Extras – for such items. von Peter himsellf still wonders what might make its way into this range.

NX1 A hard contest

Photo kindly – if a little unknowingly – supplied by Perry Miniatures

Baden follow up

In his last post von Peter himself spoke of the new yet to be released range of 28mm Napoleonic Baden figures from Murawski Miniatures. Based on “it never rains, it pours” thinking he also wondered if Westfalia Miniatures were also bringing out a range of Badeners or just a few miscellaneous items. A quick viewing of Westphalia Miniature’s Workbench reveals …

The Badeners were sending an amagalmated infantry Regiment and a battery of guns to aid their French allies in the Peninsular. We will see 2 sets. 1 Command Set with 2 Officers, 2 Drummers, 2 Ensigns and 2 sets with 6 Rankers. Additionally I shall get 1 mounted officer made. 

Sculptor is Alan Marsh.

So I guess it’s a little bit of a “Yes” and a little bit of a “No” to a range of Badeners from Westphalia Miniatures.

Westphalia badeners_01

Image backed up from the Westphalia Miniatures website.

And now for two items that should have been in the last post ( it really was a very busy time!) …

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: The Duchy of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Wurzburg & The Saxon Duchies

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book – The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: The Duchy of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Wurzburg & The Saxon Duchies. Actually the book was released nearly two weeks ago but someone inept failed to notify The dear readers until now. From the announcement email …

This new edition brings together three earlier volumes which were published in 1979 and 1980 and an unpublished manuscript from 1984. The original work has subsequently been substantially revised is now illustrated with the original colour artwork which was not used in the earlier monotone publications and selected illustrations many of which are drawn from the work of authoritive established or contemporary artists. This volume looks at the 1 – 4 Regimenter der Rheinbund during the era of the Confederation of the Rhine and the War of Liberation 1813-1814.

148 PAGES.

Quite a mouthful of a title but considering that the next book due out is The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarrzburg, Waldeck & Mecklenbburg-Schwerin one can understand that a little differentiation in title is required.

Not a book for the interests of von Peter himself to be honest but no doubt with Perry Miniatures releasing figures for many of the smaller Rheinbund contingents there is some pressure for such offerings.

Rheinbund Pt 1 cover

 

Terry Pratchett – RIP

von Peter himself is fairly sure that everyone would have heard the sad news of the passing of Terry Pratchett. But still homage to the great man needs to be paid. It’s the least von Peter himself can do in return for all the hours of happy reading Mr Pratchett has provided. The son & heir is also amassing quite the list of Mr Pratchett’s books read. We are both very grateful.

Rest in peace.

Pratchett

 

Enough. Back to the unpacking. Don’t forget to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

I should be packing but … # the last

After months (and months) of preparation tomorrow is the big day for the move from Schloss von Peter to Neu Schloss von Peter. The last minute rush is well under way but who knows when we’ll have telecom’s again so here’s a quick update.

von Peter himself had hoped to have his Napoleonic Russian Kuirassiere Brigade command available to flaunt. But while most of the basing was complete ‘most’ was not good enough and too soon the time came to pack it away. For the next post then … assuming it can be located at the other end!

Victrix Sale

 One reason to rush out this post is because there is a sale at Victrix Ltd … but it ends on the 22 March 2015 so you’d better get a move on if you wish to partake.

Victrix FRENCH 25 PERCENT OFF DEAL MARCH 2015 WEB

Murawski Miniatures  reveal their nearish future

Murawski Miniatures are going to move on to Badeners after their Poles …

Murawski Baden 1. jpg

Picture care of Archiduc Charles via the la Bricole forum.

Westfalia Miniatures update

Westfalia Miniatures are in the process of renewing their website. Interestingly their ‘Shop’ has an as yet unused category for Napoleonic Baden. Are we going to see a rash of Napoleonic Baden offerings? Admittedly Westphalia often offer jus a few specialty figures in a range rather than a complete offering.

Westfalia Miniatures

New Front Rank Russians

In many ways the most exciting news. Front Rank Figurines have started to release their Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement packs.

  • RNRPK1 Infantry in Kiwer, marching
  • RNRPK2 Infantry Command in Kiwer, advancing

RNRPK3

  • RNRPK3 Grenadiers/Carabiniers in Kiwer, marching (above)

RNRPK4

  • RNRPK4 Grenadier/Carabinier Command in Kiwer, advancing (above).

Excellent news. And the good times are due to keep rolling as per the following sentence stolen from the latest newsletter …

Lots more Russians, including the long awaited Russian Guard, PLUS line in 1809 style shakos, lookout for more releases over the next couple of months!

Pictures ‘borrowed’ from Front Rank.

CitadelSix Custom Design Heraldry Decals & Design Commissions

Check the Citadelsix Custom Design website from which this has been “borrowed” …

CitadelSix Custom Design is the home of high quality heraldic water-slide decals, created to make your miniatures stand out from the others on the war-gaming table. Whether fantasy or historic, your army will be unique.

Most popular gaming scales catered for, from 15mm to 54mm.

Large range of designs available to choose from and more being added all the time, or if you don’t see any that catch your eye, then contact me to commission your very own heraldry, decals and decal-sets.

Interesting.

 

That’s all for now. An early start tomorrow beckons.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself