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.
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.
And we’ll conclude with a couple of the colour editions …
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.
Above: an overview of the initial stages of the battle
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.
Above: RNRPK13 Mixed Russian Pavlov Grenadiers in mitre, marching
Above: RNRPK14 Mixed Russian Pavlov Grenadier Command in mitre advancing
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!
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.
Above: Some Murawski Badeners flanked by a couple of their Poles
Murawski Miniatures also have a Summer Sale under way. Contact …
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.”
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 …
von Peter himself