1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich”

Goldie’s birthday bash wargame was looming over the horizon. von Peter himself Prince Poniatowski knew what his order of battle would be and between the local Polish resources and those of Garage Gaming Terry they could be provisioned. Except for a foot battery.

There is a Polish foot battery resident in Neu Schloss von Peter. The problem was that it resided in the unpigmented figure pile and Nigel Fun-nell – the painter of Napoleonic things Polish to von Peter himself – had already been tasked with applying the appropriate pigmentations to a second Polish infantry battalion. So an actual Polish battery was not going to happen.

Also residing in the unpigmented figure pile were – and still are! – several batteries of Calpe Miniatures Saxon foot artillery. And a battery of these was hovering near the top of the units to pigment list. And von Peter himself would be the designated pigmenter. The pigmenting of 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” commenced.

The usual procedure in Neu Schloss von Peter when creating artillery batteries is that the battery is represented by two cannon – or three for the large Russian batteries not that that is relevant here! – and a crew of four figures for each cannon. Calpe dispense their Saxon Artillery in packs of four figures – a loader, a rammer, a vent man and a firer – posed so as to present a gun crew all working in a synchronised manner towards the same goal. This is good. What wasn’t so good is that Calpe also sell a couple of packs of NCO gun captains and a battery command pack that contains amongst other items some artillery officers. Now how could one in good conscience not provide command figures for each of the two cannon – an officer for one and an NCO gun captain for the other. So now we have five crewmen for each cannon. A whole two extra figures to paint! Damn those cunning marketers at Calpe Towers!! 😃

As mentioned the gun crew packs come with four figures. What wasn’t mentioned was that all those figures in each pack wear the same head gear – either covered shakos or uncovered shakos. There is also one outlier pack of “Head and forage cap variants”. Upon receiving the packs von Peter himself assumed that when the time came to paint them that he would just pick a pack and use it in its entirety as supplied to crew a cannon. The problem was that doing this would mean that all the crew for a cannon would either wear covered or uncovered shakos … or “Head and forage cap variants”. This did not seem right so each cannon is crewed by figures extracted from different packs giving a mix of covered shakos, uncovered shakos and “Head and forage cap variants”. This provided a much more satisfying result. It must be the rebel in von Peter himself! Take that you marketers at Calpe Towers. 😇

The placement of the figures is a bit less random than is normally the case for the batteries of von Peter himself. This is because the Guides and Research section of the Calpe Miniatures website has a section on the Saxon Foot Artillery which not only supplies details on the uniforms but also the placement and activities of the various crew specialties. It is to be hoped that von Peter himself has managed to interpret and replicate the positioning of the crewmen with at least a modicum of accuracy.

Uniform details were distilled from two main sources …

  • the aforementioned Guides and Research section on the Calpe website
  • The Peter Bunde Brigade Uniform Plate 188 – Kingdom of Saxony Foot Artillery & Engineer Corps 1810-1813. von Peter himself sourced his from Calpe Miniatures but they are also available from the Brigade Uniform Plates website. Don’t forget to change the little flag at the top of the screen to the Union Jack if you are ignorant and mostly speak English!
  • and a third source – yes von Peter himself knows that he said two! – was the painted Saxon Foot Artillery pack “SA6 – Team 1 covered shakos” on the Calpe website with both front and rear views available. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The more astute of The dear readership will have noticed that the wheels on the two cannon are different. One set is finer and more detailed. The other is less fine and less detailed! It is thought that the less fine and less detailed are from a preproduction version of the 6 pounder Saxon cannon that von Peter himself got his mitts on … preproduction! Certainly a quick review of the remaining Saxon cannon in stock – 6 & 12 pounders and howitzers – does not reveal any more of the less fine and less detailed wheels. Luck of the draw when von Peter himself pulled the cannon out of the unpigmented figure pile.

If the dreams of von Peter himself are to ever come to fruition then his 24th (Saxon) Division of the Grand Army as it mustered at the end of the 1813 armistice requires one more 6 pounder foot battery and additionally a 12 pounder foot battery from the Corps artillery reserve. Fortunately Calpe produce enough Saxon Foot Artillery packs that there will be no need for the duplication of packs or figures to man the batteries. Excellent provisioning Calpe Towers … and grudging respect to the Calpe marketers.

Above: Saxon artillery earning their keep. Action from The Battle of Grossbeeren (von Peter himself thinks!) – 20th August, 1813

By the usual standards of von Peter himself the battery was painted in rapid mode. The night before Goldie’s birthday bash game saw the completion of the battery with the static grass and tufts added yet that was the result of cunning planning rather than the much more normal blind panic. Nothing short of amazing really! 😇  As usual the Calpe figures made the painting of piping, buttons etc a simple exercise by sculpting the detail in relief. All one has to do is take ones time when picking out the supplied detail.

There are a few touch ups required and a spray to fix the static grass – von Peter himself is a little gun shy of doing this after Varnishgate – but overall von Peter himself is content with his latest unit.

The pictures of the battery are “clickable” and The dear reader is encouraged to do so to see a larger and clearer images.

And in the interest of full disclosure the usual caveat: von Peter himself remains a self confessed Calpe zealot.  🤓

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Polish Infantry appear at the front

As recently mentioned von Peter himself has been honoured with an invitation to play in Goldies Birthday Bash Game. It is believed the game will be based on a portion of The Battle of Leipzig 1813 and von Peter himself is to play the part of the Polish Prince Poniatowski. All that crimson in the uniform should go spiffingly well with von Peter’s varicose veins!!

So it is most fortuitous that von Peter himself has recently commenced his recreation of General de division Dombrowski’s independent 27th (Polish) Division of 1813. Admittedly the current roll call of Poles falls a little short of what is required for the game but each individual gamer’s forces will not be large and that gentlemanly Garage Gaming Terry will make up most of the shortfall … in exchange for the use of some Austrian grenadiers. Worringly there is a distinct possibility that this exchange may end up being none too clever as von Peter himself suspects that he may be seeing those same grenadiers up close and personal in the game. But what can one do?!  

The game will see the blooding of the 1st battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment recently raised and itching for a fight. It seemed best to present them here before they are shot, bayoneted and sabred in the battle.

The mildly attentive of The dear readers may have noticed the strap of the horsey tack that goes over the horses snout has not been painted black. von Peter himself wishes he had noticed this before taking the photograph and uploading it to the web for the world to see! Easily rectified of course but who knows when – if ever – a replacement photograph will be created.

And what’s a battalion if it doesn’t have any supporting casualties? So here is a supporting casualty.

The figures are Front Rank Figurines. Pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nell. Figure selection, horse pigmentation and basing by von Peter himself. The flag is a GMB Designs product.

A Polish battery is required for Goldies Birthday Bash Game. von Peter himself has the figures for that Polish battery but they are currently firmly entrenched in the unpigmented pile of figures … ummm …. that are kept as a large strategic reserve! 😃 In the fullness of time Nigel Fun-nell – the pigmenter of things Polish to von Peter himself – will get these.

Also squirrelled away were some Calpe Miniatures Saxon foot artillerymen that needed pigmenting so a batteries worth were extracted from that unpigmented pile of figures and pigmenting commenced. Historically the Poles & Saxons had a shared relationship so von Peter himself has no qualms substituting a Saxon foot battery in for a Polish one. Miraculously it looks like the battery will be finished in time for the game. Admittedly there won’t be much time to spare but on present trending it should get there. A work in progress image has been deployed below by way of proof that the artillerymen at least are not just fragments of a fevered imagination. More pretty Saxons … but still in that manly way you understand.

Further details on the Saxon 6pdr foot battery in the future.

Todays top tip: all photographs are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

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