Varnishgate

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

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

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

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

It’s all a bit of a let down. Sob!

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

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

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

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

More fantasy Arabs

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

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

 

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Send for the 2nd Uhlans

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

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 1

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

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

27th (Polish) Division: General de division Dombrowski

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

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

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

Nap Polish General de brigade Krukowiecki 2

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

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

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

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

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #9

The good von Peter himself and even better Fraulien von Peter herself availed themselves of a Singapore Airlines sale and spent a few days offshore celebrating their joint wedding anniversary and the few days not working. The dear reader can decide which of those two aspects was the more important. 😃 Those away days account for some of the lack of local productivity. Assorted distractions and general idleness cover the remainder. But the lack of local news should not deprive The dear readership of an update out of Neu Schloss von Peter. That would just be cruel, unjust and just plain unfair! So …

 

A new General d’Armee video

A brand new instructional video for the Napoleonic rules General d’Armee starring the rules author Dave Brown has been created. At the time of typing von Peter himself has only viewed a few minutes of said production but what was seen was well worth the time invested. The tactical options available in various situations were discussed as well as the expected rules discussions. From the viewing so far – a big fat “vPh Recommended”.

 

Oddcast Number Ten

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Ten of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. It  can be directly got at here. Apparently …

Our regular team are joined in the studio by international wargaming celebrity Dave Brown as they discuss Richard’s recent visit to Historicon, the demise of the Summer Special and this episode’s Big Issue, BIG Battles.

Unlike the video above of which von Peter himself has viewed only a few minutes this podcast is totally unlistened to by the same von Peter himself. However, based on the experience of the preceding nine episodes the risk of advertising episode ten and it turning out to be a turkey does not seem that great.

Dave Brown is certainly getting around – see the prior item. But then what else would one would expect from an “international wargaming celebrity”.

 

Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery now online

One way or another von Peter himself has been banging on about the Calpe Miniatures  Saxon Foot Artillery for a few posts now. So why stop now?! 😃

The latest is that the gunner packs have now found their way on to the Calpe Miniatures website. The dear reader can now see pictures – front and back – of all the packs and order them online. Sadly only one of the packs is shown in a painted state as not only do the painted figures provide some tasty eye candy but they also provide an excellent uniform guide. Click here for direct access to the wee chaps.

The image above is ah … um … “backed up” from the Calpe Miniatures website to add a little colour and class to the proceedings here. von Peter himself could not resist including the image below as well because it shows off the detail to be found on the rear of figures.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More Saxon foot artillerymen immigrate to NZ

As told in several of the preceding posts Calpe Miniatures have released their Saxon Foot Artillery … though their website is yet too catch up! von Peter himself already had five packs of gunners in hand – see SA stands for Saxon Artillery – and now the NCOs, officers and a few “others” have arrived so that finally it will be possible to create the gun crews for a battery … or two. It is these NCOs, officers and “others” that are the reason for this post.

When selecting the latest artillerymen von Peter himself foresook his default preference for uncovered shakos. These all have covered shakos to reduce the bling and represent what was probably the more likely occurrence of covered shakos being the more common in the field.

Still being of a rather idle disposition von Peter himself proposes to let a couple of images of each pack top all the talking. But first the usual stock standard copy and pasted caveats …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with a craft knife and the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent ram rods etc
  • The figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back images 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 to the benefit of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has quickly ‘washed’ the figures with ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms to bring out the details a little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on The dear readers device of course!
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Above: SA15 – NCOs (gun captains) covered shakos

 

Above: SA17 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, covered shakos

 

Above: SA19 – Battery command – mounted officer, two foot officers, sapper, drummer, Feldwebel. (only available in covered shakos).

FYI – the images do not do justice to the mounted officer.

 

The feeling in Neu Schloss von Peter is that a Saxon foot battery will most likely be the next unit to be painted. But there are still several non unit paint jobs – leaders, limbers, horses etc – sitting partially completed on the painting table. The order of anything being painted truly is a lottery. And there has not been a lot of painting happening recently. Perhaps it’s time to don a hair shirt until the behaviour improves.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The fruits of Fathers Day

Today – Sunday 2 September – is the day that New Zealand celebrates that most venerable of institutions … “Fathers Day”. Not that von Peter himself is biased at all! 😊  Most importantly the day provides an opportunity to amass treasures for the hobby. von Peter himself can happily pronounce himself pleased with this years efforts.

Firstly some very recently available Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery to complete some Saxon Foot Batteries

With the impending arrival of Fathers Day Calpe Miniatures were contacted. And great was the news received. The remainder of the Saxon Foot Artillery gun crews were available**. For the record the new packs were / are …

  • SA15 – NCOs (gun captains) covered shakos
  • SA16 – NCOs (gun captains) uncovered shakos
  • SA17 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, covered shakos
  • SA18 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, uncovered shakos
  • SA19 – Battery command – mounted officer, two foot officers, sapper, drummer, Feldwebel. (only available in covered shakos).

Three packs (SA15, SA17 & SA19) were immediately requisitioned. When put alongside the artillerymen already collected – see SA stands for Saxon Artillery – and the Saxon artillery pieces already purchased these packs will allow for the organising of a Saxon foot battery … or two. Perhaps a 6 pdr Saxon Foot Battery will be the next unit von Peter himself paints!

The figures have been despatched. More will not doubt appear in these august(!) pages once the figures are in hand.

** Limbers etc are expected in the future.

WARNING – Gossip: von Peter himself has reason to believe that work on the firing line Saxon Light Infantry is underway deep in the foundries of Calpe Towers. This is gossip of a most excellent nature as two battalions of them are required at Neu Schloss von Peter.

Secondly a few Front Rank Austrians and Poles

Whilst documenting the Napoleonic Austrians under arms on his website von Peter himself realised that there was a deficit of a command stand to fit the historic organisation that was being recreated. This had come about because the metal had been collected without thought to represent 1st Amy Corps commander FZM Graf H. Colloredo. With the CinC stand being documented as FZM Graf H. Colloredo a command stand was required to represent Generalmajor Raigencourt who commanded a brigade in the 1st Division. No problem as it was nearly Fathers Day!

An order to Front Rank Figurines – provisioner of articles Austrian to von Peter himself – was concocted. But it was a terribly skimpy order of only a few figures. For a package to be sent all the way from the UK to NZ surely it is only responsible to make it worthwhile? Therefore figures for ADCs – Austrian & Polish – were added. Oh and the figures for a Polish Foot Battery.

Done. Order placed and apparently it has been despatched by Front Rank. Package impending.

Thirdly some reading material

Naval & Military Press are constantly tempting von Peter himself with their books. And then they go and up the temptation with sales. It was all too much!

The two books “Lobositz to Leuthen : Horace St Paul and the Seven Years War, 1756-1757” and “OlmuTz to Torgau : Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60” were on sale as a pair and caught the eye of von Peter himself.

Whilst placing the order it was noticed that the book “The Battle of Minden 1759 : The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War” was available for a mere £4.79 so that was added to the ordering cart. Why not?!

Unintentionally all three books focus on the Seven Years War in Europe. An omen?

They arrived on the Friday prior to Fathers Day. They were in a box inside a Royal Mail bag that had been placed under the table on the back deck. Keela – that most notorious & dastardly French sympathising Irish Terrier – took an instant dislike to the bag and was growling and sneaking up on it in a most feral manner. Most amusing.

No doubt the books will spend some time in the library before being read. And as an observation the two Horace St Paul books must be the heaviest books for their size that von Peter himself has ever happened across.

So three “scores” for Fathers Day 2018. And who knows what hobby rich articles are yet to come care of The son & heir. A-ha-ha! 😃

Fathers Day – what a great idea. How long until Christmas?

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The Saxons of the spinning ball

Apologies. The local headline editor is really getting out of control. Whilst not factually incorrect a trip to the eastern front may be required to tone down the sensationalist word compositing. This is after all a serious blog on a most wholesome hobby and as such headlines of a most serious nature are required. Anyways … on with the show ….

Above: Ah ha … zere you are you naughty wee Jäger Korps

The Royal Saxon Army welcomed the birth of the Jäger Korps in August 1809. Formed from professional hunters at a Company strength of 3 Officers, 1 Sergeant Major, 1 Sergeant, 11 Corporals, 6 Musicians and 100 Jägers the unit was considered to be of an elite status.

Staying at home during the 1812 Russian campaign turned out to be quite a good call but with much of the 1813 campaign taking place over Saxony itself participation in that war was not to be avoided! And it was a hard campaign for all involved. By November 1813 the unit was down to 2 Officers and 41 Jägers. The unit was then expanded to battalion strength mostly with drafts from the line infantry which inevitably resulted in the loss of its elite status.

Being mostly interested in the 1813 campaign Calpe Miniatures have produced a six figure pack – S60 – to represent the unit whilst established at Company strength. An officer and five skirmishing jägers are provisioned.

With a whopping six unique figures the unit was a joy to paint as a short & sharp exercise. The available options – grey or white overalls and a variety of headgear/colours – aided the interest of the job at hand. On the downside there was a bit of piping to track and paint. Not all of it is visible in the photos. Worryingly a quick review of the Saxon light infantry reveals a similar level of piping … and two complete battalions of them will be required! Thankfully as is their way Calpe have nearly all of the piping sculpted in relief so that all one has to do is take one’s time and try to create a clean(ish!) job. The red piping on the green is a pleasant colour combination which also helped.

Two sources were used as uniforms reference …

The local detachment of the Royal Saxon Army now has a dedicated skirmish ability. It may be of limited size but as elite troops with rifles and the ability to skirmish they will perhaps be able to make a nuisance of themselves from time to time. One lives in hope … unless one is facing them across the field of battle of course!  🙂

Click the images for larger and clearer views.

Above: za Jäger Korps of za Royal Saxon Army will fall back on zat Royal Saxon Army immediately! Schnell!!

Two new units added to the local Napoleonic Saxon army in the one calendar month is certainly a praiseworthy event due some form of celebratory celebration. Even if it is really nothing more than a technicality! The 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment announced to the world earlier this month was most certainly not started in the month under discussion and the Saxon Jäger Korps being presented now may have been commenced and completed in the month but are a paltry six figures. But never mind all that nit picking. Let the world rejoice! 😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Shocking news … please be seated before continuing

Perhaps the title is a little overblown but the soon to be revealed event has not happened a lot recently. von Peter himself has completed a battalion! And that battalion was totally and all his own work!!! Enough of the applause. We don’t have all day you know!  😃

The battalion in question is the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment which was part of Generalmajor Mellentin’s 2nd Brigade … in Generallieutenant Lecoq’s 24th (Saxon) Division … which in turn constituted part of General de Division Reynier’s VII Corps in 1813. Calpe Miniatures of course with flag from GMB Designs.

The new boys can be seen in the image below being bravely backed up by the other now veteran … and somewhat wary! … Saxon battalions under the stewardship of von Peter himself.

Next up is the six figure Saxon Jaeger company. There were thoughts of starting a Prussian battalion but who can resist a mere six figure unit? And they’ve even been started. All six of them! Well they’ve been cleaned up … an extremely minor undertaking … and undercoated. But still technically they are actually started! von Peter himself wonders how long they will take especially given all the other distractions on the painting table.

Why wast an opportunity?

It is no small matter to set the scene for a photo shoot so only a foolish man would not take the opportunity to snap a few more photos. There are still several units that require up to date or improved images for placement on the slowly developing web page of von Peter himself which runs in parallel this here blog.

The lucky units this time around were the Austrian Deutsch-Banat Grenz Regiment and a commander. You can see these on the Napoleonic Austrian page of the aforementioned website.

Please remember that one can partake of the advanced technology provided at no extra charge by clicking on the images to see larger and clearer versions.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself