Of pdf’s and plastic

With the home front forges continuing at a low ebb von Peter himself presents some information on a couple of worthy pdf’s received and some information on a couple of plastic castles.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

Some of the more astute of The dear readers may have noticed that von Peter himself has had a long  l-o-n-g  association with the Saxon Army of the later Napoleonic Wars. The first Saxon figures von Peter himself ever painted were while he was at university … and that is a long  l-o-n-g  time ago. For the historical record the figures were Saxon …

  • line infantry from the regiment König using Minifigs French fusiliers with a modified pompom
  • a squadron of Leib Kürassier Garde also from Minifigs through the donor figure type has long since slipped the memory.

The History Book Man has released their latest army and uniform guide e-book and what do you know … it’s The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814. Historic, organisational, uniform and flag information on the army is presented with many colour illustrations contained in 311 pages including information on the less well known units. And all for the princely sum of £3.99. What the much m-u-c-h younger von Peter himself would have given for such a guide all those decades ago!  😀

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

 

Sharp Practice 2 pdf arrives

Bang on time the pdf for Sharp Practice 2 from the TheTooFatLardies arrived in the electronic Inbox of von Peter himself. A quick scan has revealed what appears to be an easy on the eye and well laid out rulebook. Not that von Peter himself intends to learn the rules via the pdf as the physical printed rule book and a bunch of gaming paraphernalia should be on their way from the top of the world – the UK – to the bottom of the world – NZ – and are expected any day.

Without hunting down a count von Peter himself is aware of four other gamers locally who have ordered the rules. This bodes well for future gaming especially given the truncated time requirement for the setup, playing and packing away of a Sharp Practice game. Real world ‘stuff’ needs to take a back seat for a little more gaming.

Two minor soon to be remedied disappointments so far …

  • There is no Quick Reference Sheet with the rules. This is expected to be remedied with versions on the ‘net … perhaps even from the Lardies themselves.
  • With the possible exception of the listing for the American Civil War the Army Lists in the the book are of no interest to von Peter himself. It is the understanding of von Peter himself that this will be rectified in May via the ‘net on the TheTooFatLardies site where many more Army Lists are expected to be published … for free! In particular von Peter himself is after central Europe Napoleonic lists suitable for around 1813 and Seven Years war lists for his Prussians and Austrians.

There is also talk of more scenarios becoming available which would be a bonus.

Sharp Practice v2

Castle Wars

Contender 1 – Renedra Limited

Once upon a medieval time castles tended to be built of stone – at least the ones in Western Europe were. How times have changed as they can now be procured in plastic. Both Renedra Limited and Warlord Games have seen fit to release their medieval – or if it suits The dear reader better fantasy – castles. And just like their real life 1:1 scale forbears they are not for the peasantry. One needs to be prepared to hand over a fair chunk of wealth if one is sit safely behind ones own stone … err, plastic walls.

As pictured below the Renedra Castle (standard) costs £250.00. The Castle (standard) …

  • has a frontage of 86cm and sides of 65.5cm
  • 5 towers
  • 1 gatehouse
  • 8 wall sections

If this too much castle for The dear reader then one’s sights could be lowered as there is a Castle (small) available. Alternatively if The dear reader would not be seen dead in a mere Castle (standard) there is of course the option of the Castle (large). One can purchase the individual components if one would prefer to custom design one’s castle and having just started to listen to Meeples and Miniatures episode 130 – Salute 2016 – there is a breached wall section on the way.

To the eyes of von Peter himself the windows on the sides of the towers seem a little less than desirable security features though wonderful creations for cloisters etc – see what Alan Perry is kit bashing with the sprues from the Renedra Castle here.

Renedra Standard Castle

Contender 2 – Warlord Games

Meanwhile Warlord Games have their ‘The Citadel’ Plastic Castle as pictured below. It can be yours for £175.00. While a simpler creation than the Renedra Castle (standard) it is more technologically advanced having round towers as opposed to square. Once again individual sections of the Warlord castle are available to purchase individually.

Warlord castle

Fortunately von Peter himself is immune to any temptations from this latest crop of plastic castles because he already has one in stock – the Warhammer Fortress (see below) as produced by Games Workshop many moons ago. Obtained on the cheap it waits largely unbothered by a painter’s brush for its time of glory. Sound familiar?!  😀

Warhammer Fortress

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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A late Christmas present

Christmas Day 2015 has come and gone but the giving kept on giving as at the first opportunity after Christmas Day New Zealand Post delivered into the mail box of Neu Schloss von Peter a package from Calpe Miniatures. Wow … as a self confessed Calpe zealot this meant two Christmas Days in one year!!  😃

Contained within the package were the latest eight packs of later Napoleonic Saxons …

  • S14 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos
  • S15 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with calfskin covered shakos
  • S16 – Standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with uncovered shakos
  • S17 – Officers in blue Interimsuniform, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos
  • S18 – Officers in white coats, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos
  • S19 – 4 officers, with uncovered shakos, 2 in blue Interimsuniform and 2 in white coats
  • S20 – 4 NCOs – 2 with covered shakos, 1 with calfskin covered shako and 1 with uncovered shako
  • S21 – Cherry on the icing pack (to steal a term from the French range!) – 2 enthusiastic musketeers and 2 falling casualties

The pack / code numbers above are correct as the packs came labelled but the descriptions are not official but rather as von Peter himself has interpreted the figures in the packs.

As the more astute of The dear readers will readily ascertain the arrival of these packs along with …

.. means that a Calpe Miniatures Saxon musketeer battalion in the ‘advancing’ pose may now be almost completely built from the new Saxon figures, ie. without having to revert to the Calpe Veterans Saxons march attack range for stand ins. According to a quick count there are currently 92 unique figures available to choose from for the advancing Saxons which should allow for a little variety across battalions! The reason for the ‘almost completely built’ are the mounted officers. Until newly designed mounted officers are available three suitable mounted officers are available in the pack SM11 Three mounted officers in a variety of blue and white jackets from the Calpe Veterans Saxons march attack Saxons. Missing also are prone casualties figures of which von Peter himself needs far too many so as to mark the casualties he invariably racks up playing games!

Enough of mere puny words. Bring on some pictures. First to repeat the normal caveats regarding these photographs first …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has ‘washed’ the figures with ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms to bring out the details little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
  • The english descriptor with each pack has been ‘devised’ by von Peter himself. The pack code identifier is as set by Calpe Miniatures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

S14 - standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos front

S14 - standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos back

Above: S14 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S15 front

Calpe Saxon S15 back

Above: S15 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S16 front

Calpe Saxon S16 back

Above: S16 – standard bearer, sapper, NCO, drummer, 2 musketeers with uncovered shakos

Calpe Saxon S17 front

Calpe Saxon S17 back

Above: S17 – Officers in blue Interimsuniform, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S18 front

Calpe Saxon S18 back

Above: S18 – Officers in white coats, 3 with covered shakos and 1 with calfskin covered shakos

Calpe Saxon S19 front

Calpe Saxon S19 back

Above: S19 – 4 officers, with uncovered shakos, 2 in blue Interimsuniform on the left and 2 in white coats on the right

Calpe Saxon S20 front

Calpe Saxon S20 back

Above: S20 – 4 NCOs – 2 with covered shakos, 1 with calfskin covered shako and 1 with uncovered shako

Calpe Saxon S21 front

Calpe Saxon S21 back

Above: S21 – 2 enthusiastic musketeers and 2 falling casualties. The dynamic posing was a challenge for the limited local photographic skills!

And most importantly … these packs will all appear on the Calpe Miniatures website eventually but they are all available for purchase as of right now.

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Summer reading

As part of the Christmas & New Year holiday regime von Peter himself has read the latest historic novel from Harry Sidebottom entitled Blood & Steel …

BLOOD AND STEEL is the second book in the epic Throne of the Caesars series, set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. 

von Peter himself would rate this volume as being more immediately accessible than the preceding Iron & Rust probably because of the ground work laid in Iron & Rust.

There is a rumour that Mr Harry Sidebottom will be reinforcing his wargaming bonafides by partaking in a demonstration game at the first Partizan wargaming convention in 2016. Said rumour states that the scenario used will be based on a battle from one of Mr Sidebottom’s novels. Further the game will be moderated by Simon Miller’s – he of The BigRedBatCave blog fame – To the Strongest! rules and use the figures of Phil Hendry. This should provide quite the spectacle … … … and it is to be trusted that such a frolicsome outing will in no way slow the writing of the third book of the Throne of the Caesars series!!

Blood & Steel cover

 

Paint pot lids

A while back von Peter himself whined on just a little about hobby paints supplies in New Zealand which lead to the ordering of 31 Coat d’arms from Black Hat Miniatures. With the arrival of the credit card bill von Peter himself was happy to see that each paint pot came in well under what the competitors charge locally and for a larger quantity of paint in each pot. Hurrah … possibly a win. ‘Possibly a win’ as von Peter himself is yet to use them though The son & heir reports that the paints are fine.

Though the Coat d’arms bottles / pots seal well von Peter himself has had problems in the past with the style of pot. The clumsy – no names need be mentioned here! – will occasionally break the ‘tab’ off the pot lid which makes for a much MUCH less easily opened pot of paint. This need no longer be a problem however as von Peter himself has stumbled upon the realisation that Black Hat Miniatures sell Paint Pot Lids for £0.15. Hurrah! acclaim the clumsy and destructive.

black hat banner

 

Inspirational Seven Years War and some Piquet ideas

If The dear reader is a fan off war games porn and an elevated figure painting rate then they could do worse than keep an eye on James Roach’s Olicanalad’s Games blog. His latest – and all most complete – Seven Years War project provides some wonderful eye candy. James uses the Piquet ruleset and its offshoots … he has even authored some of those offshoots. The post Testing some new ideas for Piquet – SYW battle report provides both some fine pictures of his Seven Years War project and his tinkering with Piquet

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Opening the Goodies bag

von Peter's Saxon army -  2/ von Rechten and 1/Prinz Maximilian. The next line infantry will be faced with green

Above: von Peter’s 1813 Saxons to date – 2/von Rechten and 1/Prinz Maximilian. Must do better! Click for a larger and clearer view.

Calpe Miniatures celebrate the birthday of von Peter himself with some new packs

Yes it’s all true … well sort of true! Yes the birthday of von Peter himself was recently celebrated. And yes Calpe Miniatures have recently put several new packs of Saxons and French into production moulds. But it is perhaps a little bit of a stretch to claim a cause and effect relationship here. Perhaps correlation is the more accurate term … maybe!  😃

Whatever the truth of the matter von Peter himself has managed to arrange for the delivery of the new packs to himself as a birthday treat. Not that it was overly difficult – the figures are in production moulds and available to order. They do not yet appear on the website as they await painting and photographing before appearing on the Calpe website.

The new releases are as follows …

Saxons (all 4 man packs)

  • S8 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) hairy shako covers
  • S9 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) uncovered shakos
  • S10 – Head variants for advancing set. (forage caps and bare heads)
  • S11 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, covered shakos
  • S12 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, Hairy shako covers
  • S13 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, uncovered shakos.

French (all 4 man – and horse where applicable – packs except where noted)

  • F50 – Mounted chefs in bicorns
  • F51 – Mounted headquarters staff – mix and match pack
  • F52 – Flight of fancy pack one – Tete pack – Drum major, drum corporal, Sapper NCO, Adjutant NCO
  • F53 – Flight of fancy pack two – Tete pack – 6 man, Grenadier drummer. Voltigeur bugler bugling, two sappers, two centre co. drummers

As with all of Calpe Miniature figures these figures are all portrayed in campaign attire.

In homage to the new figures – and as an ego inflating world premier perhaps – von Peter himself is proud to present some cheap and nasty cheerful images of the new Saxon packs. A similar treatment will be meted out to the new French packs in the next post.

A few words on the photographs first.

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners consequential to the casting progress have been removed with the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of the dear reader
  • normally von Peter himself would ‘wash’ the figures with a dilute black paint / ink / wash to bring out the detail. This has not occurred for these figures. Apologies
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
  • The english descriptor with each pack may yet change, though the pack number is unlikely to alter
  • If you are wondering what happened to the advancing rear rank covered shakos (non hairy variety) pack fear not. It has already been released as the six figure S7 – Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos pack.
  • There are twelve photos provided below. If they are of no interest then scroll down the page for further topics.

Calpe Saxon S8 front

Calpe Saxon S8 back

Above: S8 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) hairy shako covers (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S9 front

Calpe Saxon S9 back

Above: S9 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) uncovered shakos (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S10 front

Calpe Saxon S10 back

Above: S10 – Head variants for advancing set. (forage caps and bare heads) (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S11 front

Calpe Saxon S11 back

Above: S11 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, covered shakos (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S12 front

Calpe Saxon S12 back

Above: S12 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, Hairy shako covers (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S13 front

Calpe Saxon S13 back

Above: S13 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, uncovered shakos (front and back)

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That’s enough visual feasting for the time being. Next topic please …

 

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany – The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume 1. The War of Liberation, Spring 1813

Quite a mouthful of a book title. It does come with two built in redeeming features however …

  1. It’s written by Michael v. Leggier who has become one of the favoured Napoleonic non fiction authors for von Peter himself,
  2. It’s topic is the Napoleonic struggle in Central Europe during 1813. A favourite topic of von Peter himself.

It is published by The Cambridge University Press whose website at says …

This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon’s catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the great powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history that covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy, and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy, and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo–Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo–Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding, only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice.

  • The first comprehensive account of Prussia’s war of liberation against Napoleon in spring 1813
  • Provides a follow-up to the well-known subject of Napoleon’s defeat in Russia by examining a less well-known, but equally catastrophic, segment of Napoleonic history
  • Combines analysis of military operations, diplomacy and the experience of battle

The same website also lists some positive reviews.

All of the above explains why von Peter himself has added a copy of this tome to his library under the pretence of a birthday celebratory present.

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany vol 1

 

The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 Edition

They – Karwansaray Publishers publishers of several magazines including Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy – did it for the first time last year with the 2014 Edition. Now it’s time for The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 edition.

After last year’s resounding success with the Great Wargaming Survey 2014, we decided to provide a follow-up. After all, some questions can only be answered by running a survey over and over (such as “Is the hobby greying” – a snapshot can answer if it’s grey, but it’ll require several to determine whether there’s a trend). So we’ve tightened up some questions, added a few new ones in, removed a few (that might return in a year or two) and we proudly present the Great Wargaming Survey 2015. Like last year, it should be doable in 5-10 minutes and, as before, if you leave your email address you’ll have a chance to win some very nice prizes. And again, there’s a 10% discount coupon for everyone who completes the survey.

We fervently hope it’ll be at least as great a success as in 2014!

Go to The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 Edition for details and a link to the survey. The 2014 Edition came out with some interesting data and this 2015 one will be interesting not only of itself but also as a comparison to the 2104 Edition.

wargaming survey 2015

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself … self confessed Calpe zealot

 

 

Still settling in … but …

… the wargaming world keeps turning.

25 April 2015 – ANZAC Day – 100 Years

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is New Zealand’s  – and Australia’s! – Remembrance Day. ANZAC Day 2015 was particularly poignant as it marked 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. Gallipoli was not the site of New Zealand’s greatest loss in WWI and certainly was not a campaign that reaped overall military success but it is revered locally as the battle where New Zealand came of age and achieved a sense of its own identity.

Lest we forget

So called Dawn Parades are all the rage … except with The family! An ANZAC Day Commemorative Service in Paekakariki at 8:15 by the Paekakariki War Memorial Hall was more The family’s style it was felt. A warm sunny windless event was enjoyed by all of The Family. The similarity between the venue and ANZAC Cove in Turkey was noted – a gently lapping sea onto the beach with the hills steeply rising in the background not that far away.

Afterwards Fraulien von Peter herself and her subordinate von Peter himself took themselves off to the local delicatessen for a coffee and a bite to eat. The aforementioned deli is situated adjacent to the railway line and just down the line from where the Passchendaele memorial locomotive was building up steam and then departing on her ANZAC Day run. Quite exhilarating to see her moving off and choo choo’ing her way past us in close proximity. But we were seated outside and the resultant billowing steam and smoke quickly made us appreciative of the fact that the local commuter trains are electrified!  😃

And Paekakariki’s contribution to the Great War – according to one speaker at the service Paekakariki was inhabited by 300 souls during WWI. Forty of these went off to fight and of these eleven never returned.

The Family at ANZAC Cove 19 Sept 2009

Above: The family on the Turkey portion of their world tour in 2009. The son and heir in the photo now physically looks down on his betters. We really should have restricted his nutritional intake at an earlier age!

 

A  box from Calpe Towers

A great house warming gift appeared not long after the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter. The arrival of a box emblazoned with a Calpe Miniatures sticker is always a most welcome event. Contained within were an example of each of the new packs from the latest release …

  • F21, French mounted light infantry officers (four distinct officers with four distinct horses)
  • F46, French battalion command in uncovered shakos (Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)
  • F47, French battalion command in covered shakos (Battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)

The two battalion command packs do indeed contain separate ‘spear points’. The standard bearer in each pack carry a shouldered musket as well as the standard. Lucky devils! When I mentioned this to Mr Calpe Miniatures the response received was …

“Yes, the fanion bearers were common NCO’s and all the Rigo plates show them carrying their muskets.”

  • S6, Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses (Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses. Two are ‘head turns,’ two have blanket rolls)
  • S7, Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos (Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos).

Worthy additions to the Calpe catalogue … but I am a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😃

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Image from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

More Front Rank Reinforcement Packs

The goodness from Front Rank Figurines that is their Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs keeps rolling. The latest releases bring infantry in the 1809 shako to those gamers that need them ….

  • RNRPK5 Russian Infantry in 1809 shako, marching
  • RNRPK6 Russian Infantry Command in 1809 shako, advancing

RNRPK7

  • RNRPK7 Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in 1809 shako with busch plume, marching (above)

RNRPK8

  • RNRPK8 Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in 1809 shako with busch plume, advancing (above).

And there’s more to come in the form of Russian Reinforcement packs …

Lots more Russians, including the long awaited Russian Guard, PLUS Pavlov Grenadiers and Infantry and Command in greatcoats ~lookout for more releases over the next couple of months!

Pictures care of the Front Rank website.

Warlord Games hard plastic Chasseurs a Cheval?

von Peter himself listens to several Podcasts most of which are hobby related though not all are directly related to what von Peter himself practises in the hobby. One such example was listened to the other day and it featured John Stallard – owner of Warlord Games – and Rick Priestly as guests. Normally this would not be worthy of bringing to the attention of The dear readers but in this case there was a little snippet or two of information that may be of interest. When invited to announce any news John Satllard mentioned two up coming hard plastic Napoleonic releases …

  1. Portugese Infantry.
  2. A box set of Napoleonic cavalry which is secret for now but planned to be unveiled for Salute.

The first is of no great interest to von Peter himself as his Napoleonic roots are firmly planted in Central Europe circa 1813. And to be honest the second is not of much interest either since Warlord are unlikely to supply many figures to von Peter’s Napoleonic forces … but there is the intrigue of what that mystery cavalry might be.

A little digging uncovered the following photograph in a post on The Miniatures Page – don’t forget to click on the photo for a larger and clearer view.

warlord cavalry The big grey figures at the back right are labelled …

“Napoleonic Portugese Line Infantry – Plastic 3 ups”.

This fits the look of the figures as well as Napoleonic news item 1. above from John Stallard.

The cavalry in the front left of the photograph look like Napoleonic French Chasseur a Cheval figures and the sprues front right seem to match the same cavalry. And by way of confirmation the label says …

“Napoleonic Chasseur a Cheval – Plastic set”.

So is this photograph old news; has von Peter himself shown himself up as a shonky detective; does anybody care?!  😃

As is the way of these things time will tell. And Salute 2015 can’t be that far away for the big reveal. If it is hard plastic French Chasseurs a Cheval then this should make many people happy as these were a very common cavalry type for the French and certainly would have been doing much of the dog’s work as the cavalry attached to the infantry corps. These will presumably provide a cheaper way to collect these utilitarian cavalrymen for those so inclined.

And a thank you to whoever took and posted the photograph.

STOP PRESS: 

It appears that von Peter himself has not been keeping up with world events. It transpires that Salute 2015 was held on 25 April 2015. Yep, ANZAC Day! It also transpires that when one slowly builds the contents of a post on their blog over a few days/weeks events in the world can overtake one. This is a case in point. Apparently the secret plastic cavalry are 1812 Chasseurs a Cheval. So much for all that intelligence work. Some would say that von Peter himself is not cut out for it anyway. Cruel words them!!  😃

Anyways, von Peter himself can now looks forward to the post Salute 2015 outpourings.

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.

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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

New (Napoleonic) Saxons and a little more Sharp Practice

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A Sharp Practice end game position. More photos and an explanation further down.
If one looks closely one can see some Prussian Silesian volunteer jager skulking in the woods near the back wall of the church. This was the first outing for The son & heir’s latest creation and they will be spotlighted in the next post – assuming that their basing is completed in time!
Slow and steady was their motto for this game. They struggled to get to the front and were never at any stage in any sort of danger. They neither issued or received any shot. von Peter himself is not even sure that they ever saw an enemy figure! Canny fighters indeed!!  8O)
<Click> for a larger and clearer picture.

Calpe’s newish Napoleonic (as opposed to the thuggish dark age variety) Saxons

Another of those quick photo reviews. This time it’s the newish advancing Saxons in their later 1810 onwards uniforms from Calpe Miniatures. Three packs of musketeers in advancing poses. All of these packs contain four distinct figures.

As at the time of writing typing writing these figures do not display in the Calpe Miniatures Shop on their website. An email, phone call or whatever – check the Calpe Conact details – should see a suitable selection of the new figures winging their way to new ‘barracks’ of your choosing should that be your desire.

As usual the figures are photographed in the condition in which they arrived except that any runners have been removed and a black wash applied to help show the details of the figures. And it is here that once again von Peter himself must heap curses upon Games Workshop for their most recent paint range upheaval. This has resulted in their Badab Black wash being replaced with a renamed … and worse … glossy black wash. Glossy does not sound that useful for use either as a wash on figures where von Peter himself prefers a matt look or for quickly splashing over nude unpainted figures figures to prepare them for photographing. Fortunately for von Peter himself he doesn’t use washes a lot when he actually paints but sadly he used to use them when photographing nude unpainted figures. The last of Schloss von Peter’s stocks of Badab Black were eked out to wash these figures but the result was weak sauce and of no use when the figures were photographed. With many silent – and some not so silent – curses the figures were rewashed with watered down black paint  to get the results below. The wash effect is not consistent across the figures so von Peter himself offers profuse apologies and fires off yet more curses in Games Workshop’s direction.

The front on pictures do not show the muskets that well but hopefully the reader will be perceptive enough to get a general indication of the muskets attitude. That they are not all at the same angle will add to a sense of movement in the unit. At least that is the considered thought of von Peter himself!

The packs are pictured front and back. Again von Peter himself has spared no expense in the production of the photographs. He has rearranged the figures between taking the front and back photographs so that the same figure is shown in the same position left to right in the two matched photographs. Such over engineered service.  8O)

S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos

S1 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground)

S1 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground)

S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers

S2 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers.

S2 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers.

S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos

S3 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos.

S3 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos.

The package conveying these new Saxons from Calpe Miniatures also contained a gaggle / dollop / swarm of French artillery guns. More on these later. <tease mode off>

We played Sharp Practice again

Bavarians with some French infantry were matched yet again against Prussian military might controlled by The son & heir. We used more of the rules this time … at least we did when we remembered!

A few photographs from the end of the game. Meaning that the tabletop has been cleaned out of quite a few of the original inhabitants. In general …

  • cotton wool denotes an unloaded unit
  • casualty figures and clear counters denote casualties. Once these equalled a base then the base was removed
  • green counters denoted shock points. These can be rallied off but if a unit has more shock points than figures remaining then uncontrolled retrograde movement commences.
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Overview of the end of battle from behind the Prussian lines

The Prussians won the church side of the battle. Here after the first turn it looked like the French infantry unit was going to stroll into the church to play the anchor role for the left of the Bavarian flank. Ah, ze plan – it eez coming togezer nicely! But then confusion seemingly set in and they stalled and watched in despair as some Prussian landwehr snuck in to the church under their noses. So stunned were the French that they stayed where they were just outside the church in column for several turns acting as a magnet for much of the Prussian fire until it all got too much and they rushed back to Paris via the back edge of the table. Life then got difficult for the supporting Bavarian infantry.

In the centre the skirmishing Prussian fusiliers took a battering from infantry and artillery fire and one of their three groups even had to fight off a bungled opportunistic cavalry charge. In the end one of their groups was heading to the rear but the others were gamely hanging on. The fusiliers will be getting a citation in despatches.

The centre also saw the demise of the Bavarian cavalry who attempted the ultimately unsuccessful charge on the Prussian fusiliers and then sacrificed themselves over several turns as a distraction to the greater good on the Bavarian right where …

… on the Bavarian right the honours were with the Bavarians who were steadily dismembering some Prussian reservists and the Prussian cavalry for no loss to themselves. This is where one should be posted if one were a Bavarian!

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The Bavarian right … from behind the Prussian lines. Look at all those green shock points on the few remaining Prussian cavalry. They’ll soon be passing over the back edge of the table on their way to a refit.
The Prussian reserve infantry are not much enjoying their day either. Their formation has broken into its constituent three groups one of which is making an involuntary tactical move to the rear – to be seen just in front of the artillery – while the other two are on separate sides of the building.

Another satisfactory game. The son & heir is threatening an actual scenario for the next game. He’s even set up the table.

Enough for now. Don’t forget to <click> on the photographs / pictures / images for an enlarged and clearer photograph / picture / image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

von Peter himself is now on leave – so why is he producing this?!

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It’s nearly that Christmas Day time of the year. And here is von Peter himself is slaving away on this the first day of his Christmas & New Years holiday leave to bring you this update. I trust that you’re all excessively grateful!

The son & heir persists with his wretched rabbly rebels

The son & heirs 53rd Virginia

Despite being trapped in ongoing intensive holidays and suffering from long sleep ins and other trials and tribulations of the idle The son & heir has spawned another unit of dirty reb’s. This time it’s the 53rd Virginia that have answered the call to the front … or more correctly this front as they look like they’ve been in the field for a while already. Points of interest include the officer who grips his rifle – by repute he’s quite the shot – and his slave who acts as the regiment’s drummer.

The son & heir’s southern horde now consists of 4 regiments, a battery and a couple of command stands. A fifth regiment is well on the way. Mr Lincoln is not amused!

Figures from the Perry’s ACW 80 American Civil War Confederate Infantry 1861-65 and the flag is from GMB Designs.

The son & heir also shows favour to his Medievals

Simons Medieval handgunners

As per their chronological order in history these skirmishing Medieval handgunners preceded the American Civil War regiment above off The son & heir’s painting desk. (Actually it’s the painting desk of von Peter himself that the Son and heir has appropriated but that’s another story.) This is just another example of how seriously the historical side of the hobby is taken at Schloss von Peter.

The son & heir was keen to paint these in a red and green livery and then repeatedly referred to them as Santa’s little helpers due to that colouration. So much for taking history seriously at Schloss von Peter then. That didn’t last long! <Sigh>

The handgunners are shown during their ill fated defence of a watch tower. Their brave red headed leader Sir Simon is being helped away having just sprained his ankle after slipping on some bird droppings. Poor Toby lies at the bottom of the tower having reached too far over the edge to shoo away a raven at the instruction of Sir Simon … that then circled the tower dropping it’s load which was to prove the downfall of the bird hating Sir Simon. Karma moved fast during the later Middle Ages.

Handgunners from the Perry’s WR20 Plastic ‘Mercenaries’, European Infantry 1450-1500 box. The casualty figures are also care of the Perry’s but are metal and are from their War of the Roses range – WR32 Dead and wounded.

Christmas comes early for those deserving – Saxon artillery pieces imported into New Zealand

Now that we have the preliminaries care of The son & heir out of the way we can get on with more pleasing topics …

A while back Calpe Miniatures released their Saxon artillery guns – a range of five pieces. As a Christmas taster von Peter himself has now accepted into stock the guns for two foot artillery batteries – one 6 pounder and one 12 pounder – at the scale of 1 model per 2 actual guns. Not only does this satiate von Peter’s need to acquire gaming paraphernalia but it also spreads the cost of purchasing the batteries. What a bargain!!

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The ordnance for a Saxon 6 pounder foot battery – 3 * SA1 Saxon 6 pdr and a Saxon 8 pdr howitzer

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The heavy metal for a Saxon 12 pounder battery. 3 * SA3 Saxon 12 pdr and a SA2 Saxon 8 pdr howitzer

It is the understanding of von Peter himself that the crews for the pieces are in the process of being created amongst the other goodies on the sculpting table. It is also the understanding of von Peter himself that limbers, caissons and suchlike artillery gear will also be putting in an appearance.

von Peter himself may yet pour the contents of some of the packs out of their zip-lock bags, give them a little inking and then post some pictures of them here in the future.

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The Saxon 6 pounder as “borrowed” from the Calpe website. von Peter himself can but hope that his will look so fine

More Calpe releases

Calpe Miniatures have released their … errr … ummm … latest releases!

French artillery pieces …

  • FA1 – 6 pdr. M1808
  • FA2 – M1808 7 pdr. Howitzer
  • FA3 – 12 pdr. M1808
  • FA4 – 12pdr. Gribeauval barrel on M1808 carriage
  • FA5 – 10pdr. heavy howitzer (for use with 12pdr. batteries) on M1808 carriage

Saxon infantry …

  • S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos
  • S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers
  • S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos

Some of these will undoubtedly be recruited by von Peter himself and will eventually be flaunted here.

Oh yes, and others are on their way. Hurrah!

Old Glory Russian church – the final story

Just to update the story of the 1st Corps Eastern European Church, aka the Russian Church.

  • It comes with two domes – in the original preview pictures there was one dome and a spot that looked suspiciously like something would be there
  • The final price is  £70.00. The original estimate was  £70.00 so the price has come down a little.

Now all one has to do is to squint a little and pretend that the WWII Russian infantryman in the picture is really a Napoleonic Russian jager.

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. von Peter himself fully expects to see everyone safe and sound post the celebrities. Take care of yourselves and your fellow comrades in ams.

As usual <click> on the images for a larger and clearer image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself