Polish Infantry appear at the front

As recently mentioned von Peter himself has been honoured with an invitation to play in Goldies Birthday Bash Game. It is believed the game will be based on a portion of The Battle of Leipzig 1813 and von Peter himself is to play the part of the Polish Prince Poniatowski. All that crimson in the uniform should go spiffingly well with von Peter’s varicose veins!!

So it is most fortuitous that von Peter himself has recently commenced his recreation of General de division Dombrowski’s independent 27th (Polish) Division of 1813. Admittedly the current roll call of Poles falls a little short of what is required for the game but each individual gamer’s forces will not be large and that gentlemanly Garage Gaming Terry will make up most of the shortfall … in exchange for the use of some Austrian grenadiers. Worringly there is a distinct possibility that this exchange may end up being none too clever as von Peter himself suspects that he may be seeing those same grenadiers up close and personal in the game. But what can one do?!  

The game will see the blooding of the 1st battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment recently raised and itching for a fight. It seemed best to present them here before they are shot, bayoneted and sabred in the battle.

The mildly attentive of The dear readers may have noticed the strap of the horsey tack that goes over the horses snout has not been painted black. von Peter himself wishes he had noticed this before taking the photograph and uploading it to the web for the world to see! Easily rectified of course but who knows when – if ever – a replacement photograph will be created.

And what’s a battalion if it doesn’t have any supporting casualties? So here is a supporting casualty.

The figures are Front Rank Figurines. Pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nell. Figure selection, horse pigmentation and basing by von Peter himself. The flag is a GMB Designs product.

A Polish battery is required for Goldies Birthday Bash Game. von Peter himself has the figures for that Polish battery but they are currently firmly entrenched in the unpigmented pile of figures … ummm …. that are kept as a large strategic reserve! 😃 In the fullness of time Nigel Fun-nell – the pigmenter of things Polish to von Peter himself – will get these.

Also squirrelled away were some Calpe Miniatures Saxon foot artillerymen that needed pigmenting so a batteries worth were extracted from that unpigmented pile of figures and pigmenting commenced. Historically the Poles & Saxons had a shared relationship so von Peter himself has no qualms substituting a Saxon foot battery in for a Polish one. Miraculously it looks like the battery will be finished in time for the game. Admittedly there won’t be much time to spare but on present trending it should get there. A work in progress image has been deployed below by way of proof that the artillerymen at least are not just fragments of a fevered imagination. More pretty Saxons … but still in that manly way you understand.

Further details on the Saxon 6pdr foot battery in the future.

Todays top tip: all photographs are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Varnishgate

The men of the Polish 2nd Uhlans have been sworn in to the Napoleonic Polish Army of von Peter’s himself. But not without incident.  😥

All was well until the penultimate stage of their formation – the varnishing stage. von Peter himself cannot recall ever having problems with varnish before but sadly this is no longer the case. A can of Army Painter “Anti-Shine” was procured and tested and all seemed well. A light spray was applied to the figures as the first of several planned layers … but it soon became evident that not all was well! 💀

On inspection the figures were revealed to be frosted! And what had been smooth surfaces now had a distinctly rough feel to them!! Bad words may have been uttered. This was a first Army Painter purchase and though it may not be the cans fault there will not be a big rush to acquire many more of their products. This is life and death “stuff” we are talking here after all!

Apparently one potential solution is to respray the varnish with the theory being that this will dissolve the applied varnish and all will hopefully dry correctly. von Peter himself was not brave enough to attempt this technique as his first remedy. It was discovered that rubbing a damp finger over the affected areas seemed to slowly remove the varnish or at least improve its looks. So rubbing has been undertaken though a close look at the picture below will reveal that more is required. As evidence see the dusty looks around the front legs of the leading elite uhlan’s horse and the white speckle marks on the neck of his fellow elite uhlan’s horse. A click on the image will reveal the flaws more clearly. More remedial work required.

It’s all a bit of a let down. Sob!

Close inspection of the image below may also reveal a horse without a rider. Uhlan Wolkonski has been delayed in his journey from the recruiting school to the front. He is expected imminently.

Front Rank Figurines figures, GMB Designs flag and pennons, men pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell, horses and basing by von Peter himself. Varnish supplied by Army Painter.

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki watches the 2nd Uhlans pass through a Russian village.

“Zere iz somezing not quite right vith za men today. Zey seem to lack zeir normal lustre”

More fantasy Arabs

The son & heir has long since returned to Dunedin in preparation for another year of hard working study. At least that is his parents dream – the hard working bit! 😃 Of course there was no room in his luggage for any figures … and of course he wants to continue painting some and even play with them. So von Peter himself carefully packed up some paints and brushes and his Lord of the Rings Haradrim – minus the painted cavalry for which there was no room for such fragile sculpts – and sent them down.

Three of the figures packed and sent were painting in progress Haradrim Abrakhân Merchant Guards. These are big men of fearsome strength if von Peter himself has the fluff understood. They looked interesting so a quick photograph before they disappeared into the box was snapped and here it is …

 

von Peter himself has been invited to a Birthday Bash game in early April – thank you Goldie. The scenario is based on a portion of Leipzig 1813 and von Peter himself is to play the part the Polish Prince Poniatowski. As long as a swim is not required at the end of the game von Peter himself is happy enough with his allocated role. This is especially so as the Poles are currently getting some attention at Neu Schloss von Peter. It may even be that a few Poles will be available to be sourced locally for the game.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Send for the 2nd Uhlans

It’s time to unveil the first three – six if you count the horses separately!  😎  – figures for the latest Napoleonic nation to be represented in the stables of von Peter himself. The impending arrival of the Poles of the Duchy of Warsaw has been foreshadowed for a little while and it has finally now begun.

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 1

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki spies out the ground for the following Polish forces

The more dedicated of The dear readers will be aware that the 28mm Napoleonics of von Peter himself are fashioned after the armies of the 1813 campaign. Post the Armistice of Plesswitz to be precise. Further as a dedicated follower of history the various national army contingents are generally collected to replicate actual orders of battle of the period. For the Poles this means the independent 27th (Polish) Division under the command of General de division Dombrowski from around the time of the Battle of Leipzig. A nice compact four battalions and 2 cavalry regiments …

27th (Polish) Division: General de division Dombrowski

  • Brigade: General de brigade Zoltowski
    • 1/2nd Polish Line Regiment
    • 2/2nd Polish Line Regiment
    • 1/4th Polish Line Regiment
    • 2/4th Polish Line Regiment
    • Foot battery
  • 18th Light Cavalry Brigade: General de brigade Krukowiecki
    • 2nd Polish Uhlan Regiment
    • 4th Polish Uhlan Regiment
    • 1st Polish Horse Battery

The 4th Uhlans are interesting in that they were originally the 4th Chasseur à Cheval Regiment. In early 1813 they were converted into uhlans. It is the belief of von Peter himself that by Leipzig the unit would have transitioned into its uhlan style uniform. A uniform not quite the same as the usual uhlan uniform. The search for suitable figures continues … sporadically.

To set the Polish ball rolling von Peter himself presents General de brigade Krukowiecki, brave leader of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade.

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 2

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki has summoned his Aide de Camp to deliver an order – the 2nd Uhlans are to be brought on to the field of battle. The requisitioned trumpeter of the 2nd Uhlans looks on.

The trumpeter of the 2nd Uhlans wears the regimental trumpeters uniform as documented from 1809. Perhaps it would not have survived into 1813 … but perhaps it did! With information a little scant on the ground von Peter himself has ordered that the 1809 uniforms be retrieved from the regimental stores. They’re just too pretty to leave to be eaten by the moths in the stores!  😎

The figures are sourced from Front Rank Figurines. The Poles are a later released line of figures from From Rank and to the eyes of von Peter himself these figures most comfortably sit alongside the Calpe Miniatures figures which are an ever growing proportion of the Napoleonic collection. They also match the other Front Rank figures in the Napoleonic collection!  😀

The chaps were pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell. Horses, choreography and basing by von Peter himself.

Next up will be the 2nd Uhlans. The figures are in hand but their steeds need further work, pennons need hoisting etc. It’s best not to rush these things you know!!

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #7

A few disassociated bits and pieces …

The History Book Man offer up another e-book

“The Army of Portugal 1793-1814” is the latest e-book release from the The History Book Man.

This popular title was originally published in 1974 and has been out of print since 1982.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Portuguese army from 1793-1807 and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

235 pages of historical background, organisational detail and the all important uniform information backed up with many colour illustrations. And all for a measly £3.99. What could possibly go wrong for Peninsular gamers? Yes von Peter himself is a History Bookman fan.

 

In a distant future

The official pigmenter of Napoleonic things Austrian and Bavarian for von Peter himself Nigel F. is nearing the end of his current Bavarian assignment. This will mean that Nigel will  soon add pigmenter of Napoleonic things Polish for von Peter himself to his acclamation. Truly a proud moment!  😃

Front Rank Figurines will provide the Poles as to the eyes of von Peter himself their figures fit in best with his stocks of mostly Front Rank (surprise!) and Calpe Miniatures. The Poles are a later creation in the Front Rank Catalogue so they come with some variants within the more common product codes and suffer less from the portly figure syndrome of their early ranges.

Normally the beginnings of a new nation would be marked with a stock standard bread and butter line infantry battalion. But a survey of the local forces of the petite Emperor reveals a distinct lack off cavalry so it is the 2nd Uhlan Regiment that will lead off for the Polish contingent.

Multi pose lance arms have been attached to uhlan bodies. Lances have been created from brass rod and attached in hands and where possible at least one other point on the uhlan for that extra strength. A Polish Eagle has even been presented.

Troops need a commander and so General de Brigade Krukowiecki – commander of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade – his appropriated trumpeter and his trusty Aide de camp have also been prepared for pigmenting.

The lot of them minus the horses will soon be winging their way to Nigel.

Above: The Polish 2nd Uhlans preceded by their brigade command all in their silvery glory. The men ready themselves for transportation and subsequent pigmentation. The poor horses are to remain at Neu Schloss von Peter for their pigmentation.

 

Roly fighting in the library – sssh!

Fraulien von Peter herself happened to be reading the Saturday morning paper while supping her hello morning cup of tea when she spied a picture with Roly staring back at her from the pages of said Saturday morning paper. And there were pictures of toy soldiers and a spiel about how he would be running a demonstration Maori Wars wargame in the library based on an almost local skirmish grandly entitled the Battle of Boulcotts Farm from May 1846. The good Fraulien decreed that we should pay a visit to Roly and his game. And von Peter himself knowing what was good for him promptly agreed!  😊

von Peter himself would bang on with further details but fortunately there is no need as Roly has provided a perfectly good description of his day of high adventure in the library on his Dressing the Lines blog.  😇

Above: an overview of what is thought to be the second game of the day. The chaps in red seem to be getting the worst of it! Much more to be seen over on Roly’s blog.

 

1 to 1 modelling – Leipzig reenactment 2017

Some interesting pictures from the 2017 reenactment of the 1813 Leipzig battle can be found here. A plethora of photos and short videos. And fun aplenty playing spot – or guess! – the units represented by the reenactors.

Above: a nice photo of a reenactor’s Saxon Grenadier shako. Image “borrowed” from http://thrifles.blogspot.co.nz/2017/10/leipzig-1813-in-2017-reenactment-zum.html

 

Quickfire Lardy’s shenanigans

The TooFatLardies have released episode two off their TooFatLardies Oddcast.

The not very tightly held secret project of an impending fantasy skirmish game based on a TooFatLardies set of rules has been partially outed in the Meeples and Miniatures podcast episode 233 – Oppy Wood.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Public service announcements

Polish lancers vs Russian artillery

It is with the greatest pride and sense of civic duty that von Peter himself provides this post for the readerships edification. You’re welcome and carry on.  8O)

The Great Wargaming Survey

Karwansaray Publishers – the good people who bring us the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine as well as the Ancient Warfare and Medieval Warfare magazines – are after information on the current state of wargaming and wargamers. From their website …

We are very curious people (probably in more senses of the word, but that doesn’t matter now). Mostly, we are curious about this hobby and the people in it. There is always much debate about the health of the hobby, the age of the average wargamer, which scale or size of miniature is better and endless other questions. Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, being a team of intrepid people, decided to solve at least some of these debates by way of the Great Wargaming Survey. And YOU are cordially invited to take part.

Joking aside, this won’t take long (5-10 minutes), it’s entirely anonymous, it’s nothing every attempted on this scale and best of all, you’ll have a chance at winning some great prizes. What’s not to like? Just click here and spend a few happy minutes contemplating your favorite pastime.

So if you feel so disposed as to feed your situation and viewpoint into the data collecting apparatus then click on one of the links above in the promotional splurge and go for your life. Alternatively you can take the slightly more scenic and one click longer root by clicking here.

von Peter himself has partaken of the survey thereby consigning 5 minutes of his ever decreasing life to the data collecting apparatus and perhaps some usefulness to the hobby. In the interest of full disclosure there was the occasional question that caused some mild irritation whereby none of the available answers truly stated the position of von Peter himself on the topic at hand. These things are sent to try us and one must face such moments with a degree of philosophical fortitude and make the best of the situation!  8O)

The electronic book arrives

Rawkins-The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814

In the immediately preceding post von Peter himself got all forgetful! von Peter himself had reason to reveal the publishers The History Book Man. So thrilled was von Peter himself to hear that the old W. J. Rawkins booklets were back in a revised and expanded form that he ordered The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814 for the princely sum of £3.99 plus postage to discover what was what. The statistics and results of said order …

  • order placed the evening (New Zealand) of 9th June 2014. Postage was charged at £3.68.
  • von Peter himself falls out of bed the next morning and an email is discovered explaining that the order has been shipped.
  • A scant few days later (Thursday 12 June? – it’s dreadful becoming aged!) a package arrives containing the dvd and a printed round sticker to attach to it. It’s been a while since von Peter himself has suffered such levels of service. The book is immedialtey loaded onto the computer for ease of future reference.
  • The electronic book is 132 pages long and is packed full of information on the Poles including organisational details; uniform descriptions including the inevitable changes over time and much kudos for putting some of the information in tables for ease of discovery; flag details; line drawings and colour illustrations. All that will be required to appropriately colour the figures for the Poles that von Peter himself plans to have – Dombrowski’s Independent 27th (Polish) Division from around the time of Leipzig … though the label “Division” is a little misleading – appears to be present.

von Peter himself would award high marks to this book just as a book but when the price is factored in it is a true marvel. Do yourself a big favour if you are looking for information on the painting of your Duchy of Warsaw troops and get your grasping hands on a copy of this electronic book. Truly you are risking very little and just as truly you are unlikely to be disappointed. When the Bavarian book becomes available an order will be placed for it …. and perhaps one or two others from the series.

Perry news

From the Perry Facebook page

We are aware that there are rumours flying around that we have left Games Workshop! Thought we should set the record straight and let you all know that…we have! After 36 years, man and boy, working on Warhammer, 40K and of course, for the last 15 years LotR and the Hobbit we are now able to focus our energy on our historical ranges.This means more time to dedicate to Perry Miniatures, and of course Mr Jackson who we continue to make 54mm WW1 figures for. We had an excellent evening on Friday at The Trip to Jerusalem with GW, and ex-GW, colleagues and friends who got us very, very drunk – cheers!

Now von Peter himself knows that this news has terrified some gamers out there. The output of Perry Miniatures was astounding when the famed twins were sculpting for themselves in their spare time outside of their day job with GW. The potential quantity of releases if they sculpt for themselves full time worries many who foresee their bank accounts being stripped, childen going unfed etc etc etc.

von Peter himself awaits developments with interest.

Meanwhile new packs keep appearing from Perry Miniatures such as the 4 new packs of French Pontooniers and gear.

Perry French Pontoons

Perhaps they could be used to create …

French bridging 1809?

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More pyjamas, a new book and another terrain source

With pyjamas through a whiff on grapeshot

Carlo Pagano has gone absolutely stark raving mad. It must be all that sun and lack of drinking water up the Sudan with his With Pyjamas through the Desert blog. Whatever his reasons might be he has started a second blog With Pyjamas through a whiff of grapeshot! to flaunt his other gaming periods. We are told that …

my first love Napoleonics will certainly feature prominently however Ancients, Renaissance, Modern, fantasy will also appear on a regular basis.

The advice of von Peter himself is to keep an eye on Carlo’s latest foray as much in the way of ‘wargames porn’ is expected to be on view.

Polish Troops in the Service of Napoleon 1797 to 1815

It had been far too long since von Peter himself had given up some of his hard earned cash in exchange for a book related to this wargaming hobby. That state of affairs has now been corrected.

Because it is the desire of von Peter himself to have too many armies of too many figures to ever be useful in a typical day’s gaming of the Napoleonic variety he has long had his eyes on the independent 27th (Polish) Division of General de Division Dombrowski/Dabrowski to bolster the forces of that Corsican chappie. Constituted of four battalions, two uhlan regiments and two batteries around the time of Leipzig 1813 it is purpose made as a small self contained force for the tabletop. To this end Polish troops have started to be squirreled away under the wargaming table as opportunities have presented themselves. At some stage they will make their way up the painting queue to get some colour added to them which is where the book Polish Troops in the Service of Napoleon 1797 to 1815 comes in. Written by George Street and published by Partizan Press – the bookshelf of von Peter himself would be much less congested without Partizan Press’s efforts in a somewhat specialised military publishing field – this book provides organisational and uniform details on the myriad of Polish and Lithuanian legions and units that fought for Napoleon in the time period stated.

Besides the expected organisational and uniform details the 293 page book also musters chapters on Personalities, Polish generals, Orders of Battle, a Glossary of Polish Terms and a Guide to Polish Pronounciation. For those who crave illustrations there are line drawings, photographs of uniform items and plenty of colour illustrations by the likes of Richard Knötel, J. Chelminski, Bob Marion and many others.

A quick looksie later and von Peter himself has an initial impression of lots of detail that may take a bit of reading if all the details are to be extracted. Sometimes a table of uniform details by regiment is a thing of great utility and a few more of these would have been nice. But then again one does learn quite a bit reading the text. If only it would all find a place in the brain from whence it could be reliably retrieved!!  8O)

As a bonus von Peter himself discovered L’Epoque which he strongly suspects is George Street’s site. From here if one selects …

Click here to go to the area about Napoleonic Publications

and then …

Various Napoleonic Article Downloads

one can get at a little W.J.Rawkins seven page booklet on France – Line Dragoon Regiments Trumpeters & Musicians, 1806-14.

Adrians Walls

There’s another terrain maker out there. Adrian’s Walls …

We specialise in the finest quality impact resistant resin buildings, walls, ramparts, battlements and terrain tiles for the Miniature Warfare enthusiast and gamer.  Here at Adrian’s Walls we enable you to purchase all of our items in only one format – PAINTED TO SHOWCASE STANDARD.   We believe that you and your painted figures (and vehicles etc) deserve to be able to game “straight from the box” with exquisitely painted buildings and terrain.  That is why we are proud to claim that our products are … terrain worth fighting over…….

Currently the ranges include …

  • 28mm Dark Age
  • 28mm World War II
  • 28mm Urban/Future/Sci-Fi.

Hopefully some more Horse & Musketty type terrain will join the catalogue. See …

‘Adrian’s Walls’……coming to surround a town near you..?

‘Adrians Walls’ – Now available built and painted…!!!

for some earlier work from Adrian’s Walls that has not made it on to their current catalogue.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself