Generalmajor Raigencourt ready for active duty

The Austrian Generalmajor Raigencourt commands the only brigade in the 1st Division of the Austrian 1st Corps in 1813. A few years earlier this brigade would have been entitled as an Advanced Guard consisting as it did of a mix of cavalry, Grenzer infantry and a cavalry battery but such old fashioned terms were apparently now out of date in the modernised Austrian Army.

When organising the Austrian army for presentation in the Army Inspections portion of the vonpeterhimself.com website it quickly became apparent that a command stand was “missing”! Absolutely outrageous!! Figures were ordered and eventually forwarded to Nigel Fun-nell – painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself – for pigmentation. The pigmented figures were married to horseflesh from the paint brush of von Peter himself. The Deutsch-Banat Grenzer infantryman on the base was painted literally decades ago by the same Nigel but was not required for his battalion. He has waited a l-o-n-g  t-i-m-e for his place in the army.

Whilst painting the good majorgeneral two figures destined to be based singly as ADC types were also painted. One in the uniform of the Stabs-Dragoner regiment …

The second ADC isn’t quite ready for a public unveiling on account of his horse not yet being fully pigmented by the ever idle von Peter himself! His time will come.

All figures from Front Rank Figurines and all pictures clickable for larger clearer images.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Join the army they said … see the world they said

The tramp tramp tramp of 28mm Polish feet have finally marched themselves on to this here blog. von Peter himself is pleased to announce the arrival of the first battalion of the 4th Polish Infantry regiment …

A few points of interest for any of The dear readers who may be interested …

  • the figures were sorted, cleaned up, eagle attached to the standard pole and sent to Nigel Fun-nell as the 2nd battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment. Later it slowly dawned on von Peter himself that really only the first battalion of each regiment should have an eagle. Quick communication with the aforementioned Nigel quickly altered it to be the 1/4 Infantry Regiment
  • figures from Front Rank Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs, pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell, horse and basing by von Peter himself
  • that Front Rank Miniatures only supply a solitary mounted infantry officer with no variants that is suitable for this unit is moderately irritating. And to be clear von Peter himself is not big on figure conversions. But with two more battalions of Poles to come he has a cunning … and hopefully eventually two … plan(s) to save the repetition of a distinctively posed figure.

Thinking ahead the 1/4 Infantry Regiment also comes with a couple of casualty figures. Under the questionable generalship of von Peter himself these are bound to come in useful …

The 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813 is beginning to take shape and is now roughly half formed. Two more battalions, another uhlan regiment, some artillery and a few more leaders to come.

Above: the Poles holding a flank in the vastness of the Russian steppe. Certainly not a vision of the part of the world imagined when young Stanislaw joined up! Of a more positive nature Stanislaw ruminated over the rumour that perhaps some rather useful artillery will be along soon 😃

All images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #12

Fathers Day came and went several weeks ago here in Godzone – aka New Zealand. von Peter himself managed to obtain two hobby related items. Undoubtedly The dear readership are desperate to hear what those two hobby related items were so …

Hobby item #1: Murat’s Army. Spotted on an email from Naval & Military Press for the princely sum of £3.99. What could go wrong? Oh yeah …. the £6.35 postage from the UK to New Zealand! Bought as a curiosity really. The official blurb …

Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendour of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.

This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

 

Hobby item #2: Young Oak/Beech Trees x 4. These are 4Ground Trees that you can’t actually get direct from 4Ground currently. There have been corporate machinations and 4Ground are currently rebuilding themselves and their website. von Peter himself has a taste for the 4Ground trees and not seeing them on the new website he enquired as to their potential future availability and received the polite reply  …

“Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future”.

4Ground may not be selling the trees but Mighty Ape here in New Zealand are as they still had some stock. Fortuitously von Peter himself had a discount voucher for the Ape and so the trees were got.

 

A table for Christmas perhaps

For those looking to get organised early for Christmas then perhaps the Hobby/Game Table from Deep-Cut Studio will provide that loving gift.

The blurb explains …

Hobby / game table in a most purified form. It serves as a standard house furniture in a size of a dining table, yet transforms into a functional hobby area in a simplest way possible. You can enjoy your activities, close the lids when you are done without having to tidy up and resume from where you left later on.

– Manufactured from recycled laminated A grade plywood. Weights over 40 kg (80 lbs), which makes it exceptionally sturdy and robust
– Size: 112 x 142 cm ( 44 x 56 inches) surface, 83 cm ( 33 inches) height to upper tabletop and 70 cm ( 28 inches) height to bottom
– Special upper tabletop construction grants stable surface, smooth connection of both halves and does not allow dirt or crumbles fall into the inner area
– Upper tabletop halves easily taken off without excessive use of strength and stored in a specially designed space under the tabletop. These halves can be hidden completely behind the inner surface or serve as extra space for any activity, private area or as shelves for additional or temporary materials, manuals, etc.
– Transforms into a table with 91,5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 inches or 3×4 feet ) inner surface dimensions, 10 cm ( 4 inches) deep
– Sold unassembled and grants the joy of putting it together with all the parts, tools and manual included. Challenge rating: low, fun factor: rewarding
– Available in black or white laminate colours
– Same or next day dispatch, delivery in 4-5 days to EU

Available in white or black and currently priced at 490.00€.

Too small for the games von Peter himself likes to play so he will be passing. Others may find it more to their liking. And thanks to Deep-Cut Studio for unknowingly supplying the photos.

 

What’s happening at Front Rank Figurines?

It seems like aeons since Front Rank Figurine’s last release. That was the latest in their later Napoleonic Prussian range – Generals & Staff. Since then all has been quiet with the News section of the Front Rank site giving no clue as to what the future might hold. Happily the friendly folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum have provided a whiff of what may be in the Front Rank future as collateral damage in this thread. The important wording is …

Hi James,
Hope all is well with you, yes there is truth in the rumour I have been working on Brunswickers however it seems like I get less and less time to do designing so they are taking a while, I may have the first releases available during the Autumn/winter.

 

What’s not happening at Front Rank Figurines?

As an aside please note that von Peter himself does not want to say that the Front Rank Generals & Staff are the last release in their Prussian range. Where are the limbers and caissons that a dedicated collector of Napoleonic Prussians would desire? Of course the same question could be asked of Front Rank regarding their Austrians, Russians etc. Without actually checking – a simple case of idleness – it seems that only the French & British are provided with such luxuries which surely is not fair, right or even equitable. von Peter himself suspects that the problem is that the anticipated sales of Austrian, Russian etc limbers and caissons are not anticipated to reach the level required to make their creation and sale economically viable.

Whatever the reason von Peter himself pines for limbers and caissons for his Napoleonic Russian and Austrian armies both of which are mostly provisioned using Front Rank figures. Perry Miniature’s limbers and caissons are an obvious alternative but are too small and slight in the eyes of von Peter himself to be a suitable match.

Of course for the Prussians Calpe Miniatures can provide limbers and caissons – and obviously the rest of the Prussian Army 😀 – in a similar style and heft to the Front Rankers.

Above: life really is easier with limbers! “Forward By Bricole!” by Keith Rocco

 

Jimbibblieblog Plancenoit

What better way to end but with another miniature architectural marvel from Jimbibblyblog / Oshiro Models. This time it’s a Plancenoit. Check your history of the Battle of Waterloo if this means nothing to The dear reader. What could be more soothing than the wonderful model of a place of mighty endeavour and no little carnage?!

See Plancenoit for many more pictures of the models – there are two pieces that can be arranged together in several ways or individually – as well as some words on the church.

The two photos from the Jimbibblyblog blog.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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

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

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

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