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

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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

SA stands for Saxon Artillery

Yet another personal anniversary of von Peter himself has recently passed. Tradition dictates that in preparation for such an event contact should be made with Calpe Miniatures to see if there is an urgent need to organise the delivery of critical military supplies to coincide with said anniversary. Contact was duly made and yes there was great need to arrange for the delivery of critical military supplies. The Saxon foot artillery figures have started rolling off the production line.

At the time of contact von Peter himself was able to select an order from …

  • four packs of gunners in covered shakos
  • four packs of gunners in uncovered shakos
  • an alternate heads pack with two gunners wearing fatigue caps, one bareheaded and another with a bandaged head.

von Peter himself arranged for the delivery of two packs each from the covered and uncovered shako packs – exactly which ones were left to Calpe’s discretion – as well as the alternate heads pack.

It is strongly suspected that each pack is constructed in such way that the figures work together as a coherent gun team hard at their work. The current thought is to use them as such with the exception of the alternate heads pack who will get mixed in to the other sets in a random saucey 😲 manner. The arrival of officer pack(s?) may alter this or some bases may just get the addition of an officer. Time will tell.

And now for some pictures but first the usual 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 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 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!
  • As yet von Peter himself does not have any pack descriptors … so none are provided! The pack code identifier is as written on the bag containing the figures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

SA6

 

SA8

 

SA11

 

SA13

 

SA14 – artillerymen with head variants. Two in fatigue cap, one bareheaded and one with a bandaged head.

That there are more packs to come is hinted at by the coding of the alternate heads pack as SA14. So another typical Calpe job carpet bombing the covered the topic with many options to use. Excellent! Limbers and caissons are anticipated and perhaps some marching gunners – perhaps even including a musician – as provided for in the Prussian foot & horse artillery ranges.

It is strongly suspected that Calpe Towers will not be promoting the range until more / all of the planned packs are available.

 

Above: Saxon artillery during a hard day at the office. von Peter himself suspects the action is purportedly from The Battle of Grossbeeren – 20th August, 1813

 

Of course Calpe Miniatures have had a variety of Saxon cannon available for quite some time now. von Peter himself has had some in storage for just such an occasion!  😃

Above: image “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

A personal anniversary celebratory book

Another prize from the personal anniversary came in the form of a book – The Saxon Army 1810-1813. This book came out in German several years ago but has since become available in English which is much more useful to any poor ignorant soul lacking in German.

The official blurb states …

This book presents this “new” Saxon Army with numerous contemporary illustrations, with plates by Patrice Courcelle and Edmund Wagner as well as graphic tables of uniforms of all the regiments by Peter Bunde. A description of the war experiences rounds out the presentation and thus the volume gives the reader a good, thorough introduction to the organization, uniforms and history of the Saxon Army of 1810-1813.

Format: Softback 72 pages with 51 colour illustrations, including three maps and 14 full-page pictures with uniforms.

The authors are Peter Bunde, Markus Gärtner and Markus Stein. Whatever else Peter Bunde may have contributed to the book parts of his various Brigade uniform plates on the Saxons are reproduced in the book … though not always identically. The Foot artillery uniforms on page 64 of the book show a bluer grey than on the uniform plate number 188, Saxon Foot Artillery Regiment 1810-1813. This may be  for any number of reasons – a deliberate change based on further research or an error in colour registration with either the book or the plate. Anyway the main takeaway here is that the book reproduces some of the details from the plates but no where near all.

The initial verdict on the book is a 5 star “hell yeah!” rating!  😊

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Blue Bavarians for Butchery in Bonaparte’s Bloody Battles

Who doesn’t like a little bit of alliteration in a title?

More Bavarians to the front

The final fighting Bavarian unit as per the original plan has made its way to the front and is available for the mayhem that generally ensues up there. The original plan was to recreate Generalmajor Beckers brigade of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division circa 1813 plus a few supporting units. This would have provided five battalions, an artillery battery and a cavalry regiment. These are now all present and ready for action.

Above: the 2nd battalion of the 8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment

Four more casualty markers also accompanied the new battalion to the front though only one is specific to that battalion. Those cunning Bavarians have thought of everything!

Thanks to Nigel Fun-nell for painting these chaps and all the other Bavarians. Horses, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. Flags from GMB Designs.

This is probably not the end of the Bavarians however. A few years back The son & heir professed an interest in the Bavarians so several units were purchased. The 2/7th Infantry Regiment was painted – all pretty in their pink facings – and are counted in the available Bavarian order of battle at Neu Schloss von Peter. But there it stopped. The remainder of those purchased Bavarians are lying around in the unpigmented figure pile. To avoid wastage they will probably get pigmented one day so the Bavarian order of battle will likely grow. But first there are some Poles that need some attention! 😃

 

Salute 2018

Yet another Salute has come and gone. Once upon a time von Peter himself would have been referring The dear readers to sites displaying photos of the event but the advancing march of technology means that there are ever more videos of the event to be viewed. Some are linked below if The dear reader has the inclination … and time.

What a Tanker! found in the letter box

How in the world did that happen?!  😇  von Peter himself is hearing good things about these rules from TooFatLardies.

There’s a slight shortage of tanks at Neu Schloss von Peter. In 28mm there are three T34/75s and a KV-1 all ready to game. In 20mm there is a German Stug. IV early version and a Russian SU-85M in a ready to game condition. There are also 3 T34/75s  kits still resting in their boxes.

One option is to get hold of some 28mm German armour. But then von Peter himself sees his long term WWII gaming being in 20mm. Then again there is always the option of a more skirmish level of gaming in 28mm. Decisions decisions.

Of course none of this prevents trials with the game. Maybe those 28mm Russian tanks could take on some of The son & heirs 40k armour!!  😲

Above: A historic view of the available 28mm Russian armour as constructed and pigmented by Greater Queeg

The Lardies have produced an introductory video over in YouTube –  What a Tanker – An Introduction – for the curious …

The Lardies run through a small game of What a Tanker, showing off various aspects of how the rules work. Big Rich has a Stug III and a Panzer IV, whereas Fat Nick has gone unusually lightweight with a Stuart and an M10 Tank Destroyer.

There is also an independent review over on the Skirmish Wargaming site.

And perhaps the clincher – Sparker over in Oz seems to think the game is a little alright. See his What a Tanker! – Down Under… post.  😊

 

BBC sound effects

Should you need some sound effects the BBC have a deal for you at their BBC Sound Effects site. At the time of typing their were 167,016 effects available and some are even of a military bent.

 

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And to finish with a visual treat. OSHIRO modelterrain make terrain. Surprise!

We produce a large range of Japanese wargaming tarrain as well as expanding ranges incuding; Chinese, Boxer Rebillion, Victorian, Sci-Fi and near future.

Perhaps as a commission they have produced what is a second town creation for the 1809 Napoleonic Aspern Essling campaign. The two photos below have been “borrowed” from OSHIRO modelterrain and show this second model. Stunning covers it. This is the sort of model that makes von Peter himself ache with want!  😃

To see more pictures of this second model and also of the first click here for the relevant post in the Lead Adventure Forum.

There may be a third model. Here’s hoping and that pictures of it will be available in due course.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Perry news to the left … Perry news to the right

Yet another quickie. Perhaps the old quickie is the new normal? Getting sidetracked now … but … von Peter himself deplores what appears to be the endless dumbing down of ‘things’ in the world. Be it documentaries on the television or – Gawd forbid – wargames rules. M-u-s-t   s-u-p-p-r-e-s-s   a-n   i-m-p-e-n-d-i-n-g   r-a-n-t-!   M-u-t-t-e-r   m-u-t-t-e-r   m-u-t-t-e-r!!

Phew that was close. Almost lost it!  🚫  Onwards …

 

Perry’s metal packs price bump incoming

Scraped from the home page of the Perry Miniatures website we have …

PRICE RISE IN APRIL
This is a prior warning that we’ll be increasing the metal codes by 50p on April 2nd (we didn’t want to make it April 1st as customers might think it was a joke!). So if your thinking of buying get those orders in pronto to save some money!

Take any action you may deem as necessary based on this intell!  😃

 

Plastic Chasseur a Cheval from Perry Miniatures

You know you’ve made it in the blogging world when the Perry twins go out of their way to monopolise your blog!  😎  This time from the Perry’s Facebook page

Salute!
For Salute this year we will be releasing the plastic set of French Napoleonic Line Chasseurs a Cheval 1808-15.
In a week or so we should have the first shots of them to show you, but for now here’s the cover art by Peter Dennis and a few of the illustrations for the colour guide by Alan.
The box will contain 14 mounted figures. Four uniform variants will be included in the box; campaign and full dress for 1808-12 and campaign and full dress for 1812-15. During this period the coat changed from the single breasted Kinski coat to the lapelled Spencer coat around 1812 although the latter probably took a while to replace the former. Both types are presented in this set, along with elite company uniforms. The figures in the Kinski coat can also be used as Hussars in campaign dress.

And let’s face it Dear readers – the Chasseur a Cheval regiments were a fairly common type of cavalry in the French Army. Far more ubiquitous than your cuirassiers, carabiniers a cheval or Dutch Lancers!

Above: the box art by Peter Dennis for the Chasseur a Cheval plastic box set

 

von Peter himself has not been totally idle

Fraulien von Peter herself had the good sense to go out for most of a Saturday and left von Peter himself with a few free hours to himself … once he’d walked dogs etc. Time for a photo shoot session. The current efforts to document the in-house Napoleonic armies over on vonpeterhimself.com had revealed a paucity of suitable photos for some units and this was a chance to right some of those wrongs. The Napoleonic Austrian and Prussian pages have been the major beneficiaries but the Russians weren’t totally forgotten as a sub par photo was replaced with two new images.

Above: The mounted elements – Hessen-Homburg Hussars, Reische Dragoons and a 6pdr cavalry battery – of Generalmajor Raigencourt’s brigade muster outside a town in Saxony 1813

Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

 

Steel Fist Miniatures

If any or all of …

  • Later Medieval 1460-1490
  • Italian Wars 1494-1530
  • Samurai 1550-1615

in 28mm are of interest then you may want to check out Steel Fist Miniatures. Just saying! 😇

 

Oddcast Seven

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Seven of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. It  can be got here.

BTW, von Peter himself announces the new episodes of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast because unlike all the other podcasts he listens to this one does not automatically download new episodes onto his computer … and hence several other listening devices. Probably more accurately von Peter himself has not yet figured out how to get the new episodes to download automatically onto his computer! The problem is possibly that locally iTunes is used to deliver blogs and the Lardies have not seen fit to load their Oddcast on to iTunes. So von Peter himself notes the new episodes here as a service to The dear readers just in case they are “in the same boat”. No guarantees on the service however.

 

Hmm. It looks like von Peter himself has started and ended with a rant!  Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself