Ongoing Austrian preparations for war

A quick photo of the latest output from the Napoleonic Austrian recruitment and refurbishment activities of von Peter himself. This most unusual rash of productivity is in preparation for the upcoming multiplayer battle with those dastardly French. Click on the image for a larger and clearer view.

Front and centre is a new 12 pounder battery. Something for those arrogant French to think about … … hopefully!

The command stand pictured is the CinC stand for von Peter’s Austrian forces and is finally available for use. The trooper in blue behind his betters is from the Stabs-Dragoner. They along with the dismounted Stabs-Infanterie constituted the Stabs-Truppen. Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field. An infantryman from a Grenz unit is disdainfully walking by at the back of the stand … not that he can be easily viewed here.

The three battalions of infantry are from the Reus-Plauen Infantry Regiment. They have been faithfully serving von Peter himself for literally decades. The poor devils! 😃 As a reward for their long service they have been presented with new flags from GMB Designs as the old ones were tired and faded. They’ve also had static grass and some tufts applied to their bases. Thankfully the figures themselves were still in good condition and so needed no work. The first battalion has the white flag; the second a yellow flag and a mounted officer; the third a yellow flag but no mounted officer.

All figures sourced from Front Rank Figurines and painted by Nigel Fun-nel – the official pigmenter of Napoleonic Austrians for von Peter himself. Horses, cannon by von Peter himself.

Finally watching on from the background is the latest  Napoleonic Civilian also from Front Rank Figurines. von Peter himself painted this  worthy for himself.

There are more preparations required for the impending Astro – French slugfest including but not limited to more Austrian units awaiting their long service refurbishment. von Peter himself should really get back to the painting desk as the game day approaches and he’d rather have everything complete without a last minute mad rush. More illustrative pictures of the new artillery battery and CinC stand may be issued in the future.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Horse and musket bits #2

As per the immediately prior post von Peter himself presents a few public service announcements for The dear readers betterment. And once again those announcements by themselves would be but a meagre offering. Therefore as padding von Peter himself has repeated his raid on the photographic archives to present two more images – albeit of the same scene – from the Seven Years War (SYW).

The SYW Austrian and Prussian armies of von Peter himself were perennially short of commanders. As a triage exercise before a demonstration game at the local Call to Arms convention von Peter himself knocked out an infantry command stand for the Prussians.

The mounted officer’s uniform is based on that of Infantry Regiment 42 – Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment. It’s not impossible that the officer on foot’s uniform is based on Infantry Regiment 19 – Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment.

The faces have come out very smoothly. von Peter himself is left wondering what concoction he used for the effect. Unfortunately it’s a mystery that will never be revealed. D’oh!

The figures are the products of Front Rank Figurines, the tree / bush / shrub is from K&M Trees. The photos were snapped in August 2008 … just in case anybody cares. 😃

 

More video wizardry explaining General d’Armee

von Peter himself has stumbled across the YouTube channel A Dash of Élan – Wargaming. It contains many videos on various wargames rules and other wargames topics. Of particular interest is the General d’Armee set of videos. At the time of writing there are 16 videos ranging in duration from 1 minute 32 seconds through 58 minutes and 8 seconds.

Included is a three part Gd’A Game Play …

A THREE part series taking a look at me learning to play General d’Armee.
Covers TWO complete turns of me offering my observations, clarifications, and tips on playing these Napoleonic miniatures rules.

… which run through the rules as used during a game. Collectively the three videos run for around 2.5 hours. von Peter himself has viewed the first of the three and was sufficiently impressed to write/type about it here. Here’s the first of the three …

Some of the other videos may be excerpts from the three Gd’A Game Play videos and allow direct access to various segments off the rules, e.g the Command Phase.

 

General de Brigade scenario Book #7

von Peter himself was caught off guard to discover that a seventh Napoleonic scenario book – Shadows Over the Empire – for General de Brigade has been released.

OUT NOW! The latest in our range of Napoleonic Scenarios books, Volume 7 ‘Shadows Over The Empire’ includes 11 scenarios covering Kalisch, Mockern, Konigswartha, Weissig, Reichenbach, Goldberg, Blankenfelde, Gross-Beeren, Thiessen, Wartemburg and Lindenau.
All are designed for use with any Napoleonic set of rules, though recommended for General de Brigade.

Providing players with terrain maps, troop deployments, objectives and orders of battle – the scenarios can be played individually or in chronological order as per the real campaign.

Available from Caliver Books for £17.99 plus p&p.

Eleven more scenarios from von Peter’s preferred year of 1813. How could this be a bad thing? 😃

 

Impending

There is a game afoot. Quite a big game actually and von Peter himself is destined to be a confused and befuddled participant. Saxons, Bavarians and most importantly Austrians are to be provided from the local resources as the cost of entry. The gods of war have demanded that many Austrians be deployed so von Peter himself is making some meagre additions to his kaiserliks. Hopefully there will soon be some newly raised figures to show off. At least that’s the great hope.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Horse and musket bits

The main reason that von Peter himself brings to The dear readers this post is to be found as the last item below. But that by itself would be but a paltry offering therefore two visions of Prussians of the Seven Years War (SYW) variety are offered up as filler.

The images are from 2007 and show von Peter’s other Prussians deployed ready for battle against some long forgotten foe. That foe is most likely not the SYW Austrians of von Peter himself because a couple of Austrian command stands are deputising as Prussian commanders! Old Fritz would be turning in his grave!!

The SYW project was started not long after von Peter himself completed his university years. So quite a while back. We won’t dwell on how far back! 😃 At the time Military Miniatures – based in Auckland, New Zealand and since morphed into Battlefront – had a licence to cast Front Rank figures. This included the Front Rank SYW range and the easy availablity and relatively good pricing may have played into the thinking of von Peter himself to ‘do’ the SYW. Who now knows?! Two main armies were collected – the Prussians and Austrians. Later a few units of Hanoverians and French were added to the SYW collection.

The basing aesthetics are from a scheme long since abandoned and the units look a little skimpy at 12 figures a unit. Many of the flags were drawn by that clever Alan Hollows with a small number from GMB Designs for those units added long after the initial rush of collecting was over. The figures are Front Rank Figurines.

The infantry:

  • 9/10 von Mollendorf Grenadier Battalion (top picture in the second line with the yellow on their mitres)
  • 19/25 von Ramin Grenadier Battalion (top picture)

Commentary: the grenadier battalions are constituted of the grenadiers from 2 seperate Infantry Regiments. Thus half of each battalion wears the uniform of their parent regiment which includes the unique regimental mitre (tall grenadier head gear with metal front plate, coloured rear and pompom).

  • 1/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (bottom picture, flag has a pink cross on a white backgound)
  • 2/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (top picture, flag has a pink cross on a green background)
  • 1/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white flag)
  • 2/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (top picture with a blue flag)
  • 1/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a red Maltese Cross on a white background flag)
  • 2/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white Maltese Cross on a red background flag)
  • 1/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly white with some orange flag)
  • 2/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly orange with some white flag)
  • Kleist Freicorps (top picture in green uniforms skirmishing)

The cavalry:

  • 7th Driesen Kuirassier Regiment (first line)
  • 4th Katte Dragoon Regiment (second line)
  • 7th Gelbe (Yellow) (Malachowski) Hussar Regiment (third line)

Commentary: each regiment is present on both wings.

Hopefully the figures still look much as they are seen here. It’s been a while since their boxes were opened.

There is something gentlemanly about mid Eighteenth Century warfare that was lost with the vulgarity of Napoleonic warfare and the mass conscription that fed it. And there is something very pleasing with the simpler SYW uniforms that could still differ significantly from line regiment to line regiment. von Peter himself seems to have a particular taste for horse and musket gaming so it would be a brave man who would bet against these troops once again marching across the table top.

 

General d’Armee: more videos

The TheTooFatLardies have released four more videos to support their – under the guise of  Reisswitz Press – soon to be released Napoleonic rules General d’Armee. Once again the introductory wording has been stolen from the mouths of the TooFatLardies.

Here Game Designer Dave Brown talks about movement and how that is handled in General d’Armee …

General d’Armee author and game designer Dave Brown talks about Firing in this video as he continues his stroll through the game sequence …

In the seventh video in this series, Dave Brown talks about melee in General d’Armee …

In the final video in this series, Dave Brown and his minder play a game of GDA ..

This completes the current release of videos for General d’Armee. And just in time too as the rules are now officially released and available for purchase.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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

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!

knoetel-saxon-infantry-1810

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.

8-figs-1-prinz-frederich-august

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.

bavarian-kapitan-franz

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!  😀

austrian-hessen-homburg-hussars

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

A newish Napoleonic Bavarian Battalion

It is with a degree of frustration that von Peter himself finally presents his latest addition to his Napoleonic forces of war.

At Schloss von Peter there was a dedicated war gaming room – The Bastion – with effectively a permanently setup gaming table and halogen lighting added in the ceilings as a Christmas or Birthday present. With such a set up even von Peter himself learned where to place figures to photograph them so as to make the best of the lighting. Now resident at Neu Schloss von Peter such luxurious facilities are a thing of the past and photography is a little more challenging. As proof von Peter himself offers up the following photos of the latest battalion to answer the summons to war – the Bavarian 2/3 Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment of the Napoleonic period.

bavarian-2-3-prnz-carl-ir-2Credits:

  • Figures from Front Rank Figurines
  • coloured pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nell
  • flag provisioned by GMB Designs
  • horse painting, flag raising, figure selection, figure choreography and basing by von Peter himself

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One more battalion of Bavarian line infantry to go and the original plan for the Bavarians – Generalmajor Beckers brigade of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division  from XII Corps: Marshal Oudinot XII Corps circa 1813 – will be complete.

Complicating the situation is of course The son & heir. Of course! 😀 Several years ago the young man decided that he wanted to paint some Bavarians. So some Bavarians were requisitioned from Front Rank for him. He painted a battalion before deciding that painting Napoleonics would drive him crazy(er!). This battalion – 2/7 Infantry Regiment – regularly takes the field with the Bavarians of von Peter himself but the unpainted – a battalion or two of infantry, a battery and a Chevauleger regiment – remain in the unpigmented metal reserves of Neu Schloss von Peter. One suspects that in the fullness of time these figures will get the pigmentation treatment and prepare to do ‘that’ Emperor’s bidding.

Please do not be forgetting to click on the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

An appetiser

There is a Bavarian Napoleonic battalion that has almost made it’s way to the front and hence this here blog. Really!

Worryingly these lead elements will not fill any prospective commander with anything but apprehension. Where said commander would be looking for a fit, drilled and enthusiastic battalion he instead is presented with casualties. Maybe they’ll recover … given time and scarce medical resources!

front-rank-bavarian-casualties

The rest of the battalion will be along shortly.

Until we meet again. Soonish. Really! …

Salute
von Peter himself