Bavarian bigwig

Despite the distractions related at the end of this post von Peter himself has managed to complete the transfer of some figures from the “unpigmented figures in reserve” pile to the “play a game so you can use me” pile.

Presenting Generallieutenant Raglovich

In the Order of Battle von Peter himself is using to build his 1813 Napoleonic armies Generallieutenant Raglovich commands the 29th (Bavarian) Division in the XII Corps of the French Army. This is pre the Bavarians seeng the light … or did they see the writing on the wall? … and aligned themselves with the Allies against the French.

From the 29th (Bavarian) Division the brigade of Generalmajor Beckers is almost completely recreated for von Peter himself. A single battalion to go. There is also the Kronprinz Chevauleger which was a corps asset in the same corps as the 29th (Bavarian) Division.

The son & heir has painted a battalion from the brigade of Generalmajor Maillot also of the 29th (Bavarian) Division but is unlikely to paint more. The figures for more are domiciled unpigmented at New Schloss von Peter so the Bavarians will likely grow further in the future. At some time undetermined in the future that is as there are other units that out rank them in the painting queue.

Whatever he may eventually command Generallieutenant Raglovich has arrived to command all Bavarian formations either as an intermediary commander in those larger games or as the CinC when the Bavarians are operating alone.

Because Generallieutenant Raglovich is the CinC for a nation in von Peter’s basing regime he gets a rectangular base rather than the round base of lesser commanders.

The narrative is that the good Generallieutenant Raglovich is receiving a report from an Aide de Camp who is doffing his hat in respect. A staff officer accompanies the Generallieutenant and is keenly observing his reaction to the report. An officer on foot listens in wondering what the report means for his battalion.

And then we have the chap below. Shall we call him Wilhem? When von Peter himself originally selected the figures for the Bavarian CinC stand Wilhelm was included. Then the time finally came to organise and attach them to the base and it became clear that this mounted figure was a mounted figure too far. So it came to pass that Kapitän(?) Wilhelm was allocated to a base all of his own. As such he can act as an ADC, decoration or as a leader in Sharp Practice games.

Above: Kapitän(?) Wilhelm. Embarrassingly von Peter himself has left a mould line on the poor horses face. Bad von Peter himself!

Credits:

  • figures from Front Rank Figurines
  • coloured pigments laid down by Nigel Fun-nell
  • horse painting, figure selection, figure choreography and basing by von Peter himself.

Nigel returned these figures pigmented literally years ago. Other figures receipted at the same time were dealt with in the appropriate manner but the move to Neu Schloss von Peter resulted in this lot being “filed” away. They can finally take their place in the line of battle. Willing to give their lives in the service of von Peter himself. Hey … what’s all that muttering and complaining coming from the display cabinet?! SILENCE UNGRATEFULS!! 😃

A scullery maid?

Another figure from Front Rank Figurines has rolled off the production lines. This time a civilian from the Napoleonic Civilians pack CNPK4. By pure chance she wears a blue similar to the Bavarians above but it is nothing more than a coincidence.

von Peter himself got it into his head that he didn’t necessarily want to base all of his civilians on dirt as he does for his military chaps. So after a little exhausting cogitation some paved effect bases were ordered from Renedra Limited. (And of course one does not order a few grams of plastic all the way from the UK to NZ all by itself. That would be just crazy. So a few other items were appended to the order. It was the sensible thing to do you understand!  😇)

The problem with the textured plastic bases was that the base of the miniature figure would sit proud on top of it. One could get all creative with several solutions but von Peter himself took the idle approach – of course! – and just glued the figure on to the base. It really isn’t that noticeable in real life. Filing down the figures base wouldn’t be such a bad idea though.

The current plan is to always have a civilian figure ‘on the go’ on the painting desk so one will pop out every now and then. They will be useful as decoration in the larger scaled games and even more so in Sharp Practice games where they are also at risk of becoming part of the scenario.

General d’Armee: They Talk to the Game Designer and available to preorder

Should The dear reader be interested there is a General d’Armee: We Talk to the Game Designer article on the TheTooFatLardies site. And should The dear reader be inspired …

… General d’Armee is now available to preorder the TheTooFatLardies site in two permutations:

  • a physical rulebook running to 108 pages in length, two A4 laminated playsheets and a ‘free’ pdf copy of the rules. At £24.00 this saves the purchaser £16 off list price.
  • as per the above but with the addition of two sets of Game Tokens in ‘vibrant” – whatever vibrant means! – MDF for £32.00. A  saving of £18.

The pdfs will be emailed on 21 May 2017 because that’s when the rules will be released.

 

You too can hear Adrian Goldsworthy

von Peter himself is familiar with the name Adrian Goldsworthy as the author of non fiction books on the Roman army. But apparently he has written books of a fictional nature as well on topics other than the Roman army. Who would have thought!

Episode 6 of the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy podcast is entitled “Bootleg Goldsworthy” as part of the show is a recording of a presentation given by Mr Goldsworthy at a wargames convention. The presentation ranges over various topics including ancient warfare and the war game rules that try to recreate it. Worth a listen.

Get yourself a copy from from iTunes or here … or possibly some other feed!

The internet as an agent of distraction

Way back when Apple stopped supporting its website building software iWeb von Peter himself called time on his original combined website & blog as the proverbial writing was on the proverbial wall.

This left a bitter taste in the mouth of von Peter himself as years of work was no longer available on the web. Unfortunately such abandonment of software and its users is far from unique in this modern disposable easy come easy go world. Rant mode off! 😃

Above: A blast from the past – the top of the Home page of the original von Peter himself website (from within the iWeb tool which explains some of the unexpected lines to be seen)

The cunning plan was to replace it with this blog and a new traditional website at http://vonpeterhimself.com. The blog thing worked out just fine. At least von Peter himself is of that opinion. Your milage may vary! The second version of the website not so much. It never really progressed anywhere. But that is changing as a third version is being created.

von Peter himself has come over all enthusiastic and finds himself tempted away from the painting desk to “play” with a new website. This activity is for now a challenging yet agreeably enjoyable pastime. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of time at the painting desk. Just when a routine of regular painting had been bedded in too. D’oh!

More on this should the plans achieve anything worthy of notification.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #3

Another odds and sods ends post. Looking to the future one of the numerous mini projects of von Peter himself  is somewhat surprisingly coming to fruition. With a little luck the presentation of said mini project will form the core of the next bulletin. But now we need to start with the traditional Snippets random picture from the archives … from March 2011 …

Above: The first battalion of the Saxon Prinz Maximilian Infantry Regiment marches through a village somewhere in Saxony in 1813. The Allies are out there somewhere and the village may soon be the site of some bloody fighting.

Calpe Miniatures Saxons painted by mineself von Peter himself. The European Village is a Hudson & Allen model sourced from Vatican Enterprises and pigmented with aplomb by Craig Watterson. Tufts added to the village by von Peter himself!  😃

Don’t forget to click the pictures for a larger and clearer view.

Salute 2017: discounts

Once upon a time long long ago von Peter himself and The son & heir were fortunate enough to visit Salute Zero Nine the 2009 iteration of the famed Salute convention in London. It was their first ever major wargames show and it was quite the experience and eye opener.

Above: Barry Hilton’s Peninsular demonstration game for Victrix at Salute Zero Nine. The game was played using Barry’s The March of Eagles rules which at the time were provided in every box of Victrix plastics. I wonder if they still are?

While admiring the game von Peter himself said “hello” to a busy Barry H. and Barry H. said “hello” back. Another precious memory locked away!  😃

Catastrophically a repeat Salute visit is not to be scried in von Peter’s Crystal Ball of Future Seeing. No matter how hard it is rubbed. So it is with a tinge of envy that this blog reports on some of the pre-order discounts available to the attendees of Salute 2017 which by the way is scheduled for 22 April 2017.

Wargame News and Terrain have the article Salute 2017 Convention Pre-Order Discounts Summary for them fortunate enough to be heading off to Salute 2017. Some vendors have been of a thoughtful enough disposition to open up the discounts to them not so fortunate to be attending.

Update for General d’Armee 

Not only will The dear reader be able to avail themselves of discounts if they attend Salute 2017 but they will also have the chance to view a demonstration of the incoming General d’Armee rules by Dave Brown. Gardening at Dresden will feature apparently. This from the Lard Island News.

From the same source comes the news that the these same General d’Armee rules will be released at Partizan on the 21st May. This is a slippage from the previously mentioned April but in the end it will be what it will be. Hopefully a tantalising pre release deal or two will be offered on the TheTooFatLardies site.

A painted TravelBattle

Alan Perry has painted the soon to be released TravelBattle to represent Waterloo Allies and their French opponents. s painted game in a box? See the Perry Miniatures Facebook page for more.

A caged eagle

While browsing through The family’s photo collection von Peter himself stumbled across several photos of the captured Eagle of the Napoleonic French 82nd Line Infantry Regiment. The bird can be seen in the Royal Fusiliers Regimental Museum situated within The Tower of London. So with no further ado …

Above: In 1809, the Royal Fusiliers joined an army sent to capture the French colony of Martinique. After a difficult fight, the French were besieged.  Four days later they surrendered and three Eagle Standards were captured by the British.  The Royal Fusiliers were awarded this standard as a reward for their accomplishments in the battle.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #2

Some more miscellaneous news items for the betterment of The dear readers. We start with the picture …

Above: Continuing the Russian cavalry theme of the last post von Peter himself is pleased to present the celebrated Russian St. Petersburg Dragoon Regiment. In 1813 they were brigaded with the Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment – here seen in support in the distance -in the brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Dragoons sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.
And FYI the command stand to be seen between the two regiments is not Generalmajor Manteufel but rather some passing cossack commander.

Click for a larger and much clearer view.

General d’Armee Rules breaks cover

David Brown has provided a view of the cover for his forthcoming Napoleonic General d’Armee rules. von Peter himself is not sure that he approves of French dragoons flaunting a captured Prussian standard circa 1806 as the cover picture but he’ll magnanimously let it go this time!  😊

Publication is set down for April 2017, ie. this month.

And please excuse the pun in the heading! 😀

 

Of a Grossdeutschland nature

A slight deviation resultant of researching the previous General d’Armee item. General d’Armee is to be published by Reisswitz Press – the part of the TheTooFatLardies conglomerate which publishes rules not written by the TooFatLardies themselves. One of the TooFatLardies successful rules is the WWII platoon sized Chain of Command for which TooFatLardies have published several Pint Sized Campaign scenario books.

Just published is the Pint Sized Campaign Storming the Citadel – Grossdeutschland Attack at Kursk.

This Pint Sized Campaign for Chain of Command is the first covering the attack of PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland at Kursk.

So it appears there will be at least one more Pint Sized Campaign charting PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland’s experiences at Kursk.

So why does von Peter himself mention it here? Partly because if he was ever to model an elite WWII German formation then something from PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland would probably be it. A large part of the reason for this is due to the book The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer who recounts his experiences on the Eastern Front much of it as part of Grossdeutschland. A recommended if somewhat sobering read of a German soldiers experiences on the Eastern Front in WWII. There is / was some controversy around the book but this does not detract from a riveting read. Recommended.

 Above: the latest edition of The Forgotten Soldier has a different cover to von Peter’s  current edition* and is now illustrated.

* von Peter himself has bought the book twice as he lent out his first … and it never came back … sob!

Plastic Byzantines?

Spotted on the Wargame News and Terrain website …

Fireforge Games: Possible Plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry

Fireforge Games previewed this sneak peek picture of their next release. Rumors are that these are plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry, we can only hope!

If they are Byzantines and depending on which Byzantines they are time wise this news may over excite a certain Garage Gaming Terry. von Peter himself awaits with interest!   🤡

Flickering explosion / fire markers

In an effort to bring a little bit of high tech life to their gaming tables Garage Gaming Terry and von Peter himself have jointly procured some Flickering Explosion Markers from Annie at Bad Squiddo Games. These are just flickering electric tea lights with some fluffy material stuff coloured and glued on top. There are several ‘how to’ guides on creating these on the ‘webs but for £2.00 each when you buy between five and nineteen of them why bother? Time is money and time is also exceedingly precious.

Watch the promotional video for moving images of the markers at work …

There is some suspicion that some of von Peters terrain items will be suffering from fires in the nearish future!

The painting desk – Aprils’ Fool Day 2017

As an April Fools’ Day treat von Peter himself will now reveal what he currently has on his painting desk. From front to back, left to right we have …

Front row:

  • the first two stands of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. These are completed but are here for reference as the rest of the battalion painfully makes it’s way to the front
  • two Austrian twelve pounder cannon. These are being readied for when their crew marches in from their ‘training’ with Nigel Fun-nel
  • two Prussian limber horses. All undercoated in white and waiting for some horsey pigments
  • a Napoleonic civilian. She is complete and needs to be based … which has a raised an issue. von Peter himself has plenty of bases of all sizes for various armies periods etc. They tend to be of square / rectangular shape and too large for this single figure. A round base would seem a better choice.  Hmmm.

Middle row:

  • A mounted officer and four figures for the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. They are coming along nicely
  • three Prussian mounted Feldjaegers. One was to be painted as the start of a Prussian command stand – von Peter himself is well short of proper Prussian command stands. Then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting one then he may as well paint one of the two Feldjaegers that he has in stock to be single ADC type figures for the Prussians. And then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting two then he may as well paint all three of the Feldjaegers that are in his immediate future. So three mounted Feldjaegers sit on dummy horses for painting purposes. They are undercoated in black.

Back row:

  • eight horse making their way through an oil painting regime. They are destined for a variety of uses …
    • a Bavarian ADC to be part of the Bavarian CinC command stand. The ADC himself sits in the white tissue at the right of the picture
    • an Austrian Adjutant to be used singly as an ADC figure
    • as part of the Austrian grenadier command stand
    • an Austrian General of Cavalry to be part of the Austrian CinC command stand
    • the mounted Saxon officer for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment
    • the Prussian Feldjaeger to be singly based
    • a Saxon ADC as part of a Saxon command stand
    • the Prussian Feldjaeger as part of a Prussian command stand.

And for the record the Austrian battery hiding at the bottom of the picture is being used as reference for the Austrian 12 pdrs.

The good news is that some painting etc is being actioned on most nights. Huzzah!  😀

Oh, and click the picture for a larger and clearer image.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #1

A few miscellaneous unrelated random topics after the ego soothing picture of mostly someone else’s hard labours.

Above: “the Russian Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment will form in 2 lines, lance armed troopers to the front as you full well know.” The Russian commands translated to English and sanitised(!) for the benefit of The dear readers.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Hussars as sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.

 

Medieval Warfare Blog

von Peter himself has stumbled across another blog which he has added to his playlist. The good people at Karwansaray Publishers who bring you the Medieval Warfare magazine now bring you the Medieval Warfare blog. You can obtain your very own copy from here or iTunes or who knows from where else.

 

Three Armies

As well as a new blog von Peter himself has recently stumbled across a newish manufacturer of 28mm Napoleonic figures – Three Armies. From the About Us section of their site one can read …

Three Armies is a 28mm Napoleonic miniatures Online Store. I have worked in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Initially with SHQ miniatures but more recently with Wargames Foundry and several new manufacturers as a sculptor. I am currently a one man band. I use the facilities of Sgts Mess for moulding and casting.

Regarding Three Armies plans for the future the FAQ area of the site says …

We plan slowly to cover most of the Napoleonic wars. We have no interests in other periods. Our initial plan is to compliment the many plastic miniatures ranges in 28mm with poses and uniforms that are not offered by them.

They appear to be in the business of creating figures in their full dress uniform currently under the following ranges …

  • French 1800-1806
  • Prussian 1806
  • Spanish 1808
  • French 1812-15
  • Austrian – expected to be released April 2017
  • British – expected to be released April 2017.

Being new on the scene the Three Armies ranges are currently limited. Rome was not built in a day as some wise person* once said. As yet there are no horses in the range so comment on these cannot yet be passed.

* Obviously none of the current acquaintances of von Peter himself! A-ha-ha. One can’t but be pleased with such a cheap shot!!   😎

Spot checks reveal that price range from £1.20 for a single figure through to £6.00 for a six figure pack through to £20.00 for a 24 figure battalion pack.

By way of size comparison the following image is borrowed from Three Armies website. If von Peter himself has got this right …

  • the two metal figures are Three Army figures
  • the plastic figure second from the left is a Perry Miniatures plastic
  • the headless figure at the extreme right is a Victrix plastic.

Finally more images borrowed from Three Armies website. von Peter himself hopes Three Armies don’t mind being pillaged in such a manner!

Above: Prussian Musketeers Brandenburg cuffs

Above: French 1800-1806 Line infantry

But there’s more! The same person – Michael Percy? – also offers commissions. Or at least did offer commissions. Perhaps the birth of Three Armies has curtailed this service. Whatever have a look at at the Saxon Zastrow and Guard du Corps 1812 commission  on the Snodland Miniatures Facebook page for a completed commission. There are others conversions.

 

Doug Mason Figures

If you are of a certain age and used to read the glossy wargames magazines or if you just read some of the older glaossy wargaming magazines you will be familiar with the name Doug Mason. He was often associated with Peter Guilder and the Wargames Holiday Centre and his fame was due to his often converted  figures.

Above:  The caption on page 7 of the magazine reads …

“Front cover photo: Saxon Garde du Corps painted by Doug Mason for the Wargames Holiday Centre”.

It transpires that Doug Mason has a website in which some mighty fine craftsmanship and nostalgia is on display.

That von Peter himself is aware of Doug’s site is down Carlo of With Pyjamas through the Desert and With Pyjamas through a whiff of grapeshot! notoriety. Carlo had commissioned a blast from the past recreation of a “Murat at Eylau” command vignette. A typically flambouyant Murat leading a charge accompanied by a dragoon officer aid. The original vignette dates from 1984. You can see Carlo’s “Murat at Eylau” reports here and here.

 

TravelBattle

There maybe one or two of The dear readers who are unaware of this latest project from the ever productive Perry twins of Perry Miniatures fame. A game in a box. From their website …

TravelBattle-Pre-Order-Available 22nd April

TravelBattle is a complete table top miniatures game in a box.
It is intended for gamers who have limited space, or those who are traveling on a long journey or holiday and need a gaming fix!
All the playing pieces are made of coloured plastic, and include two 3 dimensional green terrain boards with separate woods, grey buildings and red and blue armies. The size of the miniatures is 8mm.
The two terrain boards are designed to be placed together on any edge, giving the potential for 16 different battlefields. The 1″ grid marked on the boards excludes the need for rulers to be used in the game.
The simple rules system should allow a game to played within an hour.
The two armies are generic Napoleonic forces of equal size and composition which make up three brigades for each side. There is a simple painting guide in case you which to enhance your armies and terrain boards.

Contents:
160 x Infantry
24 x Cavalry
4 x Guns and 12 crew
6 x Brigadiers
2 x 10″ 3D Terrain boards
6 x Buildings
4 x Dice
1 x Set of rules

All for the price of £50.00. Apparently if all goes well there may be more boards, figures and presumably terrain to come.

To the mind of von Peter himself it’s a shame that the miniatures are a non standard 8mm. Apparently 6mm was too small and 10mm too big. Being somewhat bitter and twisted one cannot but be a little cynical that not fitting with any other figure ranges might be seen as an advantage to the manufacturers. Then again a range being given the descriptor of 6mm, 10mm 15mm, 28mm etc hardly seems to ensure that they will match the size of other ranges with that same desriptor. So perhaps there are large 6mm ranges or small 10mm ranges that will be close enough to the Perry’s 8mm.

von Peter himself  will be watching with interest to see how TravelBattle is received by the buying public and whether it gets expanded.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

von Peter himself is the owner of several bad habits. One of them is that he persists in working on multiple painting projects at once. And none of them that quickly. A psychologist would no doubt put it down to a short attention span, a traumatised up bringing, dropped on his head too many times etc etc. Currently on the pigmenting table are …

  • seven assorted horses for various personalities and mounted officers of battalions. These will all get painted with the same colours using the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique. This has a long elapsed time – at least a day between steps – but a short actual painting time. Once these are complete another set of horses will take their place to be painted in another colour.
  • two horses for a limber team. These are covered in too much gear for the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique so will be dealt with separately. They will get painted a colour and then replaced with the next 2 limber horses who will be painted a different colour.
  • some more Saxon musketeers for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.
  • a Napoleonic civilian from Front Rank.
  • the cannons for an Austrian 12 pounder battery. As is standard procedure for Napoleonic Austrians at Neu Schloss von Peter the crew have been sent off site for training … errr … painting. The men may be “trained” off site but any horses or artillery pieces are pigmented locally. von Peter himself wants to have their ordnance in hand when the fully trained crew come marching from their “training” camp.
  • The ongoing refurbishment of much of the existing Napoleonic Austrian army. This is mostly replacing tired flags and updating the basing to be closer to current specification. Much of this army is literally decades old and is in need of some love. Thankfully the actual figures are in fairly good shape. The Austrians need to look their best for an event later in the year.
  • a start of Calpe Miniatures Saxons SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. The Saxons are agitating for their own commander now that Calpe  Miniatures supply them.

Based on recent behaviour these little projects will all get worked on sporadically until one will suddenly be granted most favoured status and driven to completion. Not necessarily the most efficient arrangement but it is keeping von Peter himself happy for now.

As an example of this conduct von Peter himself presents the French pack F18 Regimental headquarters as created and supplied by Calpe Miniatures. The official descriptor for the pack is …

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention.

Work on this pack has been slowly progressing or not(!) for “quite a while”. One of the foot figures was completed prior to the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter and the second not long after the shift. The two mounted figures have been sitting incomplete and unloved for … “quite a while”. Scandalous and quite shameful really. But their time finally came and in a rush of enthusiasm and an outpouring of activity they have now finally been completed. Huzzah!!

By way of background The Dear reader should be aware that von Peter himself has a (very slowly) growing French and allied Napoleonic army circa 1813. Bavarians and Saxons support the current small French presence in said army. Obviously command of such an army can’t be left to chance … or an allied general. A French commander was required and now they are in place. Eventually the Petite Emperor will no doubt send a higher ranked commander but for now this French regimental command set will be perfectly acceptable for arranging the Emperor’s affairs.

As is usual for a Calpe command set the figures comprise a natural vignette. The mounted major is pointing out the direction of the local boulangerie to the mounted colonel who is thinking that the mounted major has had too much sun out here in the steppes of the thrice accursed Russia of 1812. The adjutant NCO and fusilier watch on with interest not dreaming that the land that is currently so hot will soon be very very cold.

There is plenty of piping to paint on these models but as is the Calpe way the detail is all sculpted in a raised fashion so it can be picked out with a steady and patient hand. As is his way von Peter himself has used metallic paints for the silver and gold on these figures. Thoughts of non metallic metallic painting have been swirling around in von Peter’s head. The thoughts will probably escape out an ear or two and never come to much. And final thought – the two of gold bands on the colonel’s shako versus the gold and silver bands on the major’s shako are nice a combination.

Helpful hint of the day … don’t forget to ‘click’ on a picture for a larger and clearer view.

Next off the production line? Who knows! And if it’s the Austrian 12 pounder cannon then you probably won’t be seeing them until the crewmen appear from their “training”.  😊

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

We walked in the shadows

Fear not Dear reader. The title of this post may arouse feelings of primeval disquiet but the meaning is much less alarming. Commence a rambling explanation …

Cancon in Canberra, Australia is the biggest wargaming convention around these parts. For many years wargaming buddy Craig and von Peter himself have mulled over the idea of a trip to the convention but general inertia had always won the day. Then … Singapore Airlines instituted a direct service between Wellington and Canberra … Singapore Airlines had a sale on said route … The family have visited all around Canberra not not Canberra itself putting Canberra on the second tier bucket list … having heard the Cancan talk over the years/decades Fraulien von Peter herself suggested that a short trip to Canberra coinciding with Cancon might be in order. And so it was organised. And of course wargaming buddy Craig was unavailable to make Cancon due to life issues. D’oh!

Acclimatised to living not far from Wellington, New Zealand the temperatures presented by a late January Canberra were a little excessive for The family. In an attempt to mitigate temperatures in the mid to high 30s degrees celsius range The family took to the habit of walking on the shady side of the street to gain some respite. So nothing sinister here about walking in the shadows. Some people just can’t say “no” to the dramatic. 😃

And before it gets forgotten a big thank you from The family to Canberra wargaming Craig – aka Beresford on at least one forum – and his wife for taking us all out for dinner as our last event in Canberra. Dashedly fine companionship and conversation … and the food was pretty good too … which showed the finest hospitality to strangers one could possibly hope for. We look forward to reciprocating sometime in the future.

Back to Cancon. One does not in good faith attend a convention laden with merchandising types without forking out some cash. With The son & heirs assistance – thanks for that help! – von Peter himself kept the faith.

Cancon purchase #1

There is a company called The Wargaming Company who are the purveyors of a grand tactical set of Napoleonic rules entitled Et sans résultat!. More to the point they are releasing a series of Campaign Guides. So far they have released …

and von Peter himself believes that their latest release is …

Though written for Et sans résultat! the Campaign Guides reputedly work with other rule sets. To this end …

“Conversion of Unit Combat Ratings [CR] between ESR Second Edition and other popular Napoleonic rulesets.”

…are provided here.

The Dear reader will undoubtedly be aware that 1813 in Germany is the sweet spot for von Peter himself and though not cheap – 60 of those United States dollars – the existence of another 1813 scenario book has been needling away at the mind of von Peter himself. And there it was at Cancon. Sold or bought or whatever.

we-shall-meet-in-vienna-coverFor his money von Peter himself has a ring bound document of just over 250 pages with some of those pages being double sized pull out maps. This is a truly ‘meaty’ and weighty in the luggage scenario book.

Two campaigns are included covering nine battles/scenarios. The campaigns link the constituent battles based on the result of the prior battle. The right result could even terminate the campaign with a win for the Allies or the French. Of course one could forget the campaigns and just play the scenario for each battle. The campaigns and their battles are …

  • The Spring Campaign (Phase 1)
    • Möckern, 5 April 1813
    • Lützen, 2 May 1813
    • Bautzen, 20-21 May 1813
  • After the Armistice (Phase 2)
    • Großbeeren, 23 August 1813
    • Katzbach, 26 August 1813
    • Dresden, 26-27 August 1813
    • Hagelberg, 27 August 1813
    • 1st Kulm, 29-30 August 1813

The more well read of the Dear readers will recognise that most of these battles are on the larger side as befits a set of grand tactical rules.

Each scenario provides …

  • map, historic background and game notes for the game host/organiser
  • French map, details on the battle situation, French order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the French
  • Allied map, details on the battle situation, Allied order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the Allies.

Providing separate maps etc for the organiser and each side is a particularly nifty provision in the eyes of von Peter himself. Players will only know what their army knows and will be left to surmise who the enemy are up to. Of course some may have knowledge of the historic battle which may provide them some insights but what can one do with such know it all spoil sports?!  😀

But there’s more! The final section of the book is entitled Dressing For War and provides over 1500 uniform images for all the units that fought in the scenarios. Multiple images are provided for a unit so for a regiment organised along French line / light infantry lines typically images are provided for …

  • officer
  • sapper
  • grenadier
  • fusilier
  • voltigeur
  • drummer
  • cornet.

Optional / alternate uniform details may also be provided.

This is great resource and without wanting to be a knocker front view of parade uniforms are the order of the day and images of saddle cloths for the cavalry are not provided. Having said that the images are clearly and cleanly provisioned for the miniature figure painter.

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An example of a Dressing for War (uniform) page from the guide. This page is actually page 238 in von Peter‘s copy. Perhaps the image is taken from a pre production version of the book

The level at which von Peter himself plays his Napoleonic games means he won’t be using these scenarios very often … if ever. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t derive pleasure from studying them. The most expensive Cancon purchase by quite a wide margin.

Images borrowed from the Wargaming Company’s website.

Cancon purchase #2

While in the process of purchasing We shall meet in Vienna the eagle like eyes of The son & heir spotted some dice that utilised Roman Numerals to impart the number rolled. Perfect for a Late Roman army … even if that Late Roman army lies unloved in the unpigmented figure pile. Financial transaction halted and then restarted with the addition of six dice. Dice and scenario book from Olympian Games.

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Cancon purchase #3

This section could be entitled “Beware the Eureka Miniatures stand”. Of course Melbourne’s Eureka Miniatures were present. They have a huge range of temptations but thankfully practicality dictated that they only brought a small sub section of their range for general sale. Compounding this they were stuck in a rather small space apparently the result of some snafu by someone somewhere somehow. Both von Peter himself and The son & heir walked away from the Eureka stand with a plastic bag of mostly animals! Both figured that their acquisitions would be useful as filler or scenery on gaming tables or as the occasional focus of a scenario.

The contents of von Peter’s plastic bag. Sheep and lambs …

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… a couple of the sheep have been stripped of their fleeces because of these hard workers …

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Meanwhile all the dog wants to do is play but as usual the silly cat takes offence. A cow looks on with very little interest while a second cat decides to exit the stage while it is still unnoticed …

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An albeit smallish flock of birds also made it into the plastic bag. These will become crows or ravens or similar and with hindsight these birds could be really useful added to terrain or even casualty bases. Once again with that hindsight thing it’s a bit off a miss that one or two more of these didn’t come into the possession of von Peter himself

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Not to be outdone The son & heir also made a selection from Eureka’s beasts. First up a pride of lions including one lioness carrying some poor beasts detached leg …

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The son & heir also selected a couple of donkeys, a dog and the dog playing with the cat …

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As always the amateur photography is care of von Peter himself … with a special artistic blue hue … d’oh! The figures are shown as they were procured from Eureka Miniatures and they have been given a quick dark wash in an attempt to bring out the detail.

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Cancon purchase #4

von Peter himself is a bit snooty and is not a huge fan of MDF terrain but his last purchase was a rowboat from Battlefield Accessories … made of MDF. Not expensive and very light when added to the luggage for the trip home.

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Another wargames news and reviews site

There is yet another internet site presenting its reader with wargames news, reviews and tutorials – Wargame News and Terrain. Take a peek Dear reader and see what you think. The acid test will be whether it reports any new Calpe Miniatures releases. von Peter himself will be shocked if it does! 😃

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General d’Armee Rules Walkthrough

David Brown has provided a walkthrough of his soon to be released Napoleonic General d’Armee Rules. The rules are more akin to Dave’s recently released ACW rule set Pickett’s Charge than his well known General de Brigade Napoleonic rules and apparently provide a faster play and/or larger game solution than GdeB. A little more information on the rules can be gleaned on The Miniatures Page here. According to both threads a March/April release date is on the cards.

Over the Hills

Continuing the Napoleonic rules theme Over the Hills is a set of Napoleonic rules released July/August 2016. From the Over the Hills Facebook group

Over the Hills is a fast paced tactical Napoleonic war game designed for any scale and basing system. At is heart are the basic rules, they will allow players to play large games in an evening. The many optional rules provided allow players to flavour their games as much as they want. Finally appendices provide the player with army statistics and scenarios.

If you think the rules may be of interest to you you can hear a discussion with one the authors – Adrian McWalter on Meeples and Miniatures episode 196 – Over the Hills. Get it from iTunes etc or direct from Meeples and Miniatures here.

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A slight and ongoing distraction

Neu Schloss von Peter has been devoid of a live in muttley since the passing of Laelaps. Devoid no longer however. What have we done?! Anyway The family would like to introduce the latest addition to its ranks – Keela the Irish Terrier. Still a puppy but thankfully slowly maturing and learning the rules of engagement around the house.

Luckily she is quite a clever dog as besides the occasional profanity von Peter himself has developed the habit of calling her by one of three names …

  • ‘Keela’ because that’s her official name
  • ‘Atrocity Keela’ because that’s her nature
  • ‘Te Keela’ (pronounced Tequila) as a tongue in cheek Maori version of her name.

Thank you Keela. This post took days extra to create thanks to you! Bad doggie!!

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

And so 2017 begins

The year 2017 is about a week old and von Peter himself has not yet posted a post. Such idleness is unforgivably outrageous!! The following should correct that outrage. If only all outrages were so easily mended.

At the beginning of 2017 it seems only fitting to complete that which was initiated in 2016. The newly released Saxon grenadiers and French light infantry command referred to in the last post of 2016 have now all safely arrived on the Calpe Miniatures website. Hurrah!

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Above: image kindly provided by Richard Knötel

Further there is news on the recent past and future plans from Calpe Towers. To plagiarise part of that news …

Towards the end of the year, I decided to push on with the Saxons. I am keen to get them finished so that I can move on to something else. Over the next year the Saxons will be the main thrust of my work with occasional new additions to the French line (advancing French infantry in greatcoats will be next).

You will see from the new additions that the Saxon Grenadiers have been completed and that three sets of command figures have been added for the Saxon high command. I am currently working on the re-sculpted Saxon musketeers in march-attack poses to replace the figures that were damaged when my mould-making machine failed some years ago. I have explained in the past that I cannot re-make the production moulds for the existing Saxons in march-attack poses (SM codes found in the Veterans section of the website) due to the damage caused to the master mould. I have had to accept that remaking the figures was the easier option. Once the march-attack musketeers are complete I plan to add some skirmishing musketeers. The Saxons trained their third rank as skirmishers. Some Saxon divisions had no light infantry component, so you will need the skirmishing musketeers to provide a skirmish screen. Saxon light infantry in advancing, march-attack and skirmish poses will follow. I have decided to deal with the artillery and cavalry once I am happy with the infantry.

Finishing the Saxons and moving on to something else. Intoxicating stuff!

Another bit of news from the post is one of those inevitabilities of modern life …

I am also announcing a price increase of 5pence per figure, 10pence per horse and 50pence per cannon, effective as from the 1st of January. I have held my prices for two years now. I was able to do this as the price of tin fell in 2014 and I was able to absorb the price rises in just about everything else, particularly electricity. In the last year, tin prices have risen sharply again and my profit margins have plummeted. In January I will be ordering my first consignment of metal of 2017 and I am expecting it to be eye-wateringly expensive!

And if The dear reader is interested in the recently released three new packs of Saxon high command from Calpe Miniatures there is a YouTube unpacking and then visions of the painted articles at 28mm Calpe Saxon Napoleonic High Command 1813.

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From the “my gawd … he’s finished some figures” file

Once upon a time von Peter himself finished the two yellow faced battalions required for his 1813 24th (Saxon) Division of Generallieutenant Lecoq. The next Saxon battalion on the painting schedule was the first battalion of the green faced – and brassed buttoned – Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. But which green to use? An official test figure was duly ordered … partly as a delaying tactic some insightful yet cruel commentators might assert. Ignore them!  😇

But painting a single figure is a little fraught as it can easily fall prey to the vagaries of chance. So a second figure joined the first. Now those paying close attention to the battalions of von Peter himself will have noted that his line infantry are presented to the world four to a base. Why not paint a complete base of four figures then? So the two figures became four. Somehow during the initial painting the four figures became eight. von Peter himself cannot offer a satisfactory explanation as to why this occurred!!

The green chosen for the green facings changed several times during the extended pigmentation of the trial figures so job completed and the trial figures performed their task admirably. And as a bonus two stands of the required six for the battalion are now complete.

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Above:  the aforementioned eight trial figures of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. The figures are from the Calpe Veterans range, ie. the original Saxon marching musketeers, not the remodelled Saxons. Caveats: The light has conspired with the white to removed much of the shading of the white … and the close up does the figure painters skills no favours!  😂 They look much better on the tabletop. Honest! 😎

But there’s more!

Ok … not a lot more. To provide overall command for the Bavarian troops based at Neu Schloss von Peter a base representing Generallieutenant Raglovich leading the 29th (Bavarian) Division of 1813 was commissioned from Nigel Fun-nel – pigmenter of figures Bavarian for von Peter himself. Shamefully the pigmented figures have been lying in wait for horses to be procured via the paint brush of von Peter himself. More on Generallieutenant Raglovich in the future. But in reviewing the figures procured it was decided that there was one dismounted figure too many.

von Peter himself is proud to present this figure in the image below. No longer will he be one of the dandys at the Bavarian HQ. Rather he will be a dashing Leader in Sharp Practice games or potential eye candy in the higher level games.

The figure is from Front Rank Figurines, pigmented by Nigel Fun-nel and based by von Peter himself.

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Above: Bavarian Kapitän Franz practises his voice of command back in Bavaria prior to joining his regiment. One must be firm with the “other ranks”!

Unit of the day: Long suffering Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars

A blast from the past. The Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars have been on the payroll of von Peter himself for literally decades. They have fought bravely, suffered casualties – sometimes needlessly – without complaint and on occasion rapidly manoeuvred to the rear  of their own accord with aplomb.

Again the figures are provided by Front Rank Figurines, pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nel and horses and basing by von Peter himself. The bases were quickly upgraded a couple of years back with the addition of the static grass. The long suffering hussars are surely overdue some war honours … perhaps in the form of some tufts added to their bases! Never let it be said that von Peter himself does not reward exemplary and extended service!  😀

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself