It’s December … the month of Christmas

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Back to the WWI imagery from the The Great War Exhibition as started in the prior WWI exhibition, paints and more post.

The next staged scene was of a MK1 Tank – an answer to the trench conundrum – making its way over a German trench. You can tell that it is a German trench because there are various Germans occupants in said trench.

MK1 Tank

A complete replica MK1 Tank was present but it was difficult to get a good photograph of it. Fraulien von Peter herself has snuck into the photo and a glass panel provides distracting reflections. Sheesh!!

In a trench under a tank

The occupants of the trench as the MK1 goes over the top

MK1 with cutout

The other side of the tank had a cutout so you could observe the crew and the conditions they worked in. It also showed a whicker basket containing one or more pigeons! The darkness of the scene and covering glass defeated the reporters attempts to pictorially capture the internal scene

We now enter the year 1917 …

Bruno Railway Gun

A 1/3 scale model of a German ‘Bruno’ railway gun. Obsolete naval 12″ and 15″ guns were pressed into service as railway guns. A German aircraft wing hangs on the wall behind the railway gun. So dearest reader von Peter himself is pleased to present an image containing elements of naval, ground and air warfare WWI style.

Germans in gas masks

The exhibition contained many items of interest and mannequins. Here we have three Germans wearing gas masks toting an array of offensive weaponry including what distinctly looks like a flame thrower. As a bonus we also get the reflected image of some anti aircraft mounted weaponry … … … unless there is a skeet shooting competition!

There were many photos on display throughout the exhibition … and none of them were in black and white. The troops saw the war in colour and Peter Jackson had determined that visitors to the exhibition would likewise see the recorded images of war in colour. How they chose the colours remains a mystery to von Peter himself.

Stormtroopers in a shell hole

Like it says – German stormtroopers shelter in a shell hole.

And then it was 1918 …

New Zealanders with a prize

New Zealanders with a captured prize. von Peter himself wonders if he has seen this particular artillery piece in a park in New Zealand

However the colours were selected when colouring the old black and white photographs the two cameras … phones .. errr, phone-cameras in use on the day produce the following results …

Maori pioneers 1

Members of the Maori Pioneer Battalion as captured by von Peter’s work Samsung phone

Maori pioneers 2

The coloured Maori Pioneers photo again … but as presented by the iPhone 6 of Fraulien von Peter herself

There are many settings on both phone cameras but all von Peter himself can say is … how dare Fraulien von Peter herself show up von Peter himself like this!  😃

MEDIC!!!

Medic!

The cost

Enough said

Remembrance

A poignant scene of a grandfather and grandson at the grave of an unknown soldier. The completed sentence at the top of the photograph is “Join the Brave Throng that goes Marching Along” and is from a propaganda poster designed by the London Parliamentary Committee. Beneath it is “Gassed” by John Singer Sargent depicting the results of a mustard gas attack in 1918

Some reading

As recounted in the pages of this very blog von Peter himself enjoyed following the travails of Ballista and his familia in the six book  Warrior of Rome series by Harry Sidebottom. Mr Sidebottom has a new series – Throne of the Caesars – also set in the Rome of the third century A.D. From the website …

Here comes the first book in a new series set in third century Rome, a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war.

In a single year six emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars…

SPRING AD235

Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty.

Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome.

The Senators praise the new emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice.

In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge and the borders of sanity.

Iron & Rust, the first book in a major new series, creates a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history; a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war, a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.

The son & heir kindly arranged for a library sourced version of this first book – Iron and Rust – to be delivered to von Peter himself for his consumption. It must be admitted that von Peter himself found this book more difficult to ‘get into’ than the first book of the Warrior of Rome series. Possibly this was because the Warrior of Rome series focused on our hero Ballista whereas the Throne of the Caesars has no such single focus and zips around the various theatres in which the book is set – the city of Rome, the northern frontier, the east and Africa. But a connection was finally made and in the end the book was devoured … albeit after a slow start which resulted in an overdue book fine requiring paying!!! Oops. What sort of example was that to set?!  😳  Of course monetary reimbursements were required and have been paid in full with a little interest!  👀

iron and rust

And further on the author Harry Sidebottom – Issue 80 of the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine has an article by the man himself which reveals that he is a lapsed and now recovered wargamer. He can’t be all bad!

More Civilans on the horizon

From a Front Rank Figurines  newsletter …

Following the success of our first two Civilian packs CNPK1 and CNPK2, we are now planning the next releases in the series ~ details to follow!

More walking talking terrain pieces, onlookers or Sharp Practice scenario fodder can never be a bad thing.

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Plastic Later French artillery

Victrix Ltd have released their French Napoleonic Artillery 1812 to 1815 …

The set contains 3 guns based on the XI system with options for 6 pounder or howitzer barrels. The set contains 15 crew with multiple arm options including shoulder straps and fringed epaulettes (These are to represent master gunners). There are also many head options with uncovered and covered shakos.

all for the princely sum of £24.95.

Victrix later French artillery

 

More recce …

From the Perry Miniatures Facebook page …

Upcoming new ACW releases!
Alan’s working on 13 codes for ACW range which include a couple of iconic troop types from the war, Berdan’s Sharpshooters and the Iron Brigade. These hopefully, should be out for Christmas, if not just after. They are 28mm and metal.

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Most interestingly of all there are strong rumours of some new Calpe Miniatures releases in the wind. And wouldn’t you know it but it is nearly Christmas time. Self confessed Calpe zealot von Peter himself feels an order coming on … even if it has to be made after Christmas. What a pleasant way to close.  😎

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A first game at Neu Schloss von Peter and a little more

Attention! The son & heir applies himself and some pigments, a game and some commercial stuff.  Forward … March …

The son & heir’s latest pigmentation adventures

Not only have the paint brushes of von Peter himself been busy sloshing pigments on to figures but those of The son & heir have been stirred into action as well. The evidence for the latter would convict in most courts of law. Namely …

  • that the painting desk of von Peter himself has on occasion been occupied by persons other than von Peter himself – specifically The son & heir
  • the two images below are entered into evidence as the output of said pigment application sessions by The son & heir

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Above: 1/72 WWII Russians on manoeuvres somewhere in Russia. The scene comprised of …

  • Italeri Russians from box No 6057 Russian Infantry. Pigmentation applied by The son & heir. He has since painted more including figures from the Italeri box No 6069 Russian Infantry (winter uniform)
  • a Dragon Armour SU-85M as supplied ex the box. The son & heir has gone crazy and wants to dirty the model up a little. The local commissar has not given permission for such activities as yet
  • the buildings were originally created by Scenic Effects for use in 1812 Napoleon invades Russian duties. They are now available from Monday Knight Productions. They are 15mm but these and others are on hand and being of a parsimonious turn von Peter himself plans to use them for the 1/72 WWII Eastern Front action. Pigmentation applied by Craig.

pdf copies of the Battlegroup Rule Book and the Battlegroup Kursk have been purchased and for now these are the rules being aimed for.

The son & heirs ruffians 1

Above: 5 ruffians for and by The son & heir skulk in the back street shadows. These noble creatures have been extracted from a Games Workshop (GW) Warhammer Empire Militia box … of von Peter himself! Ok, permission was requested and granted for their use but by Sigmar the boy has a cheek!  😃

A game … a game

Neu Schloss von Peter had not yet hosted a wargame. Something obviously had to be done so a trip back to late 1812 and the steppes of Russia had to be organised. It had to be Russia as not only had Neu Schloss von Peter not seen any gaming activities but neither had the Russian buildings that von Peter himself had painted!

History had to be tweaked a little for the game. The Prussians had left the Bonapartists clutches a little earlier than the history books relate AND managed to get three battalions of East Prussian landwehr raised and sent to the front in north western Russia. The path to the west for two depleted French Divisions keen to leave the distinctly ordinary Russian hospitality was blocked by a joint Russian and Prussian force. Generals de Division Terry and Roly would be looking for a way through the blocking Prussians of Generalmajor Simon and the Russians of Generalmajor von Peter himself. The action would take place in the environs of the little village of Baooshka and an even smaller village that didn’t seem to rate a name.

Each of the French Generals provided their own troops as did von Peter himself. Generalmajor Simon used the Prussians of his own creation plus those of von Peter himself. Black Powder were the rules of the day. Conveniently General de Division Terry was well versed in their use and the local modifications. He would be a busy man!

Having lost his dedicated large gaming bedroom – The Bastion – with the move from Schloss von Peter games are now to be played in the sunroom or lounge or the double garage as best befits the occasion. For this first game the sunroom was the room of choice so the table was moved to make way for the gaming table tennis table. Sadly taking pictures in the sunroom was a little problematic especially as it was sunny and it was physically impossible to photograph the table from some directions … unless one were to go outside and take the photographs through the glass!!

The scene was set for the small but vicious Battle of Babooshka. Now for the photo essay which mostly reflects the Russian end of the battle as that is the end that von Peter himself was aware of … sorry …

Battle of Babooshka 1

Let the dance begin. The calm before the storm.

Battle of Babooshka 2

The situation at the end of turn 2 …. or 3 … or maybe 4! The French were first into the nearest village but were expelled at the point of Russian bayonets … who were in turn forced out by yet more French who then elected not to occupy the place of death. In the foreground an initial cavalry clash went the Russian way but it was inconclusive. In the far distance the French and Prussians both claimed a town section. Both got shot up and voluntarily abandoned the dubious defensive benefits of the buildings

Battle of Babooshka 3

A turn or 2 … or 3 later on. A decisive cavalry clash has occurred resulting in the Polish lancers no longer being required for this battle. The Russian hussars (front rank with lances bottom right) have fallen back to reorder their ranks and prepare for more deeds of daring. The Russian dragoons (centre foreground with pink facings) have charged the nearest French infantry battalion to force them into square. The cunning plan was that they would fall back next turn and the Russian infantry would then charge the square at an advantage. The French square was not going down without a fight though and their limited shooting managed to disorder the dragoons who therefore would not be able to voluntarily move … to get out of the way of the “weren’t we meant to be charging” Russian infantry. CURSES!! A French infantry battalion holds the near village having ejected a Russian battalion who had entered it as the target rich environment surrounding the village was just too good to pass up for the young Russian aristocrat in command

Battle of Babooshka 4

A zoomed in view of the prior photo. The French can be seen in temporary control of the village. On the far right a now disordered and shaken battalion of Nassauers has charged a Russian jager battalion. The Russians particularly despised these pawns of the Bonapartists as they dare to wear green uniforms and that just aint right – Father Disputin says so! Having disordered and shaken the battalion von Peter himself was fairly confident of the result here … and proved yet again that pride comes before a fall. The Nassau’s held for serval rounds of combat before vanquishing the jager. More CURSES!! Fortunately a supporting battalion of musketeers were later able to charge the Nassau battalion and see them off the table. To the right of the village a column of French infantry has likewise attempted to charge a second jager battalion but fell just short. The French light battalion in the field also attempted a charge – this one aimed at the Russian battery – but this too fell short as they could not clear the mass of infantry to their front. The ‘spirited’ Father Disputin can be seen in the foreground urging on the Russians with his particular brand of fire and brimstone preaching. In the back left hand corner of the table can be seen the French cantiniere camp next to the French 5th Hussars. The cantinieres were possibly the most dangerous element of either army. They were not to be troubled by the Russians! 😃

Battle of Babooshka 5

The same geography as prior but a little later in the battle. Thanks to Father Disputin’s none too delicate exhortations the Russians have managed to reclaim the village, destroy the French square beyond the village via an infantry charge and remove from the table the French line battalion that attempted to charge the jaguars next to the village which took the light battalion from the field with them. This effectively ends the battle at this end of the table. Many are the praises to be heaped upon Father Disputin who pulled out some stirling dice rolling to save the blushes resultant of the commands issued by von Peter himself! Urrah!!!  😃

Battle of Babooshka 6

The end game from the Prussian wing of the battle as seen from behind the French. Renowned beau sabre General de Division Terry has not yet used his Wurttemburg cavalry brigade which hovers in the rear of the French lines (out of picture). Likewise the Prussian cavalry is playing the cat and mouse game towards the rear of the Prussian lines. The Prussians have slowly been worn down but are still full of fight. Much was the muttering from the Prussian commander about getting his landwehr troops to do as they were instructed.

Battle of Babooshka 7

The same scene from the Prussian lines. It was noticeable during the battle that Generalmajor Simon was much harder on those East Prussian troops supplied by von Peter himself than their Silesian compatriots that were supplied by Generalmajor Simon. Very interesting!

The game seemed to be enjoyed – apart from The son & heirs problems with the recalcitrant landwehr! Most importantly the Battle of Babooshka got the right result with the Bonapartists getting a good kicking thanks to Father Disputin’s encouragement and threats of eternal damnation should the French be victorious! 😃 Father Disputin’s rantings preaching most certainly worked wonders on the dice as rolled by von Peter himself some of which was outrageous. Sorry Roly … no honestly!

Another outcome of the game is that von Peter himself is reminded that there are still two Russian buildings to be painted. And one of those two buildings is an Orthodox church. Father Disputin will not be happy should the church remain unpigmented for too long!

 

Perry American Civil War in a box

From a recent Perry Miniatures newsletter …

We are happy to announce Battle in a Box!
We have been keeping this under our hats for some time but we are getting close to the release now. As you can see this is a full box! It’s a big box too! Everything in the box is plastic, figures and terrain (from Renedra Ltd).
Included in the box there is a new ACW multi-part General sprue (x2) made by Michael.
There’s also a revised set of ‘Firepower’ rules by our good mate Alessio Cavatore included along with flags, bases, painting guide, 4 ft of fencing and the American farmhouse.
The box cover was by that talented artist Peter Dennis.
The whole box works out at about a third off our normal prices.
We’ll keep you updated!

von Peter himself and The son & heir probably have enough ACW to be getting on with – especially as the ACW project seems to be dormant for now. But for someone starting out on their their ACW journey this Battle in a Box could be a great start. Then again 95 pounds is not an insignificant up fromt cost.

Perrys ACW in a box

 

Victrix sale

Victrix Ltd have a 30% off sale until Sunday 18 October. Of course they do as notification of this sale was received a day after von Peter himself had bowed to The son & heirs birthday request and ordered a box each of …

To be honest only the savings on the decals would have been accrued. The two boxes of figures were sourced from Caliver Books as not only were the boxes a little cheaper but postage was free. With the cost of postage from the UK to NZ von Peter himself does not feel so aggrieved about missing the sale.

Anyways from the Victrix email …

We are running a “30% off all orders” deal from today until Sunday 18th October. This applies to all our product range including shield transfers and flags. Just type in 30%off in the discount box at the check out stage of the shopping cart.

Victrix Ltd

 

The History Book Man now provides for pdf downloads …

That is to say you are now no longer required to pay postage to receive any of  The History Book Man’s e-books on a disk if you do not wish to. Once again von Peter himself reproduces an email to save himself a bunch of typing …

NO MORE POSTAGE CHARGES!
After six months of testing and a system upgrade digital downloads are now finally available.  Thank you Natalie for all your hard work, and to the many friends worldwide for testing the e-mail links for us. 
From 5 October 2015 an additional delivery option will be available for the ‘Armies and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars’  series of e-Books by W J Rawkins.
Customers will now be able to order these books as a downloadable PDF file simply by selecting the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD option at the checkout. 
Visit the website for more information
The package for online download will consist of the Book File, plus a printable sheet of disc labels and artwork for a DVD case cover for those customers who wish to create a back-up disc.  
(Additional artwork sheets for all titles will be made available to new and existing customers FREE OF CHARGE on request).  The label art work needs only to be copied/cut and pasted in a Paint shop type application to be compatible with most label making systems, such as Cyberllnk, you can now use your favourite label product or even laser print your discs.)   
The download link will be sent by e-mail to the address provided by PayPal at confirmation of payment usually within 2 hours and will be available for 48 hours during which period the files may be downloaded no more than three times.
The option of buying the books loaded to DVD-Rom will still be available and postal charges will be subject to current Royal Mail rates and policies.
Thanking you all for your continued support.
MAC USERS: Older MAC users (Not you McKenzie) may experience some issues if they have not upgraded to accept PC generated files. Please contact us if in doubt.
Regards
Bill Rawkins

The History Book Man

Enough. And don’t forget that you can click on the images for a larger and clearer version.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

 

Life after Waterloo 200

After the excitement of the Waterloo 200 refight it’s back to a more normal outing this time around. Sorry!

Waterloo 200 – the ongoing story

For better or worse we can’t yet leave Waterloo. von Peter himself presents for the dear readers education and entertainment bits and pieces from around the web on that Waterloo anniversary.

The Waterloo Waterloo reenactment

There was of course the big reenactment on the actual field of Waterloo with reenactors firing lots of blanks – of the gun power variety thank you! Some professional quality photos of the event can be seen here.

Of course there are not nearly enough Prussians represented in the photographs. Where Is Peter Hofschröer when you need him?!  😃 The size of the busby’s worn by some of the cavalry never ceases to amaze von Peter himself due to their large size!

In an attempt to bring some class to the proceedings a New Zealander was given a prominent role … and some Austrian Kuirassieres seem to have got lost and found themselves at Waterloo. The Austrians weren’t the only misplaced unit present. But they are Napoleonic of nature AND they would have added mass to the spectacle AND many people would not have had a clue that they were even looking at Austrians OR that any Austrian units at Waterloo are geographically challenged and living in a fantasy land. But then these latter thoughts perhaps lead too far down the button counter path. No real harm done.

18mm Waterloo 200

Falkirk and District Wargaming Club refought the Waterloo scenario in 18mm. von Peter himself mentions this one because not only was it a spectacle in itself but they really did crack on when playing the game. By comparison the Wellington refighters were a slow pedestrian bunch. See the following video clip for dedicated men hard at work …

The wonders of time lapse photography. Why was this not implemented for the Wellington game? Time for a witch hunt! 😃 For more details on the 18mm game including pretty pictures and more video see Waterloo 200 Anniversary in the General de Brigade forum forum.

Post Waterloo …

Even before the Wellington Waterloo game had started there was worrying word of a Wagram refight for 2016. With all those white uniforms reflecting the light at least photography may be a little easier.  😃

Victrix French Napoleonic Foot Artillery 1804 to 1812

Now if von Peter himself is honest he is not 100% sure if this new Victrix Ltd set is still on pre-order or if they are now available to order. But if it is the former then it won’t be long until they move into the latter category. For £24.95 you get 3 cannon of various denominations and 15 crewmen once again of various potential denominations all in 28mm hard plastic. As they say – you pay your money and you take your chances.

Victrix French Foot Artillery1

Yet more plastic goings on

And just in case there is a dear reader out there who is unaware Perry Miniatures have their plastic Napoleonic British Light Dragoons available for pre-order. A little late for all those Waterloo refights unfortunately. Apparently …

The box covers the Peninsula war as well as the Waterloo campaign uniforms 1808-15. However with a simple paint job (or modelling job) you can add a queue and take the date back to 1800.

The image below shows some of the options available based on the trooper frame.

Perry plastic British light dragoons

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book “The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2” covering Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarzburg, Waldeck, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg & Frankfurt. From the release notification email …

This new edition brings together three earlier volumes which were published in 1979 and 1980 and an unpublished manuscript from 1984. The original work has subsequently been substantially revised is now illustrated with the original colour artwork which was not used in the earlier monotone publications and selected illustrations many of which are drawn from the work of authoritive established or contemporary artists. This volume looks at the 5 – 7 Regimenter der Rheinbund during the era of the Confederation of the Rhine and the War of Liberation 1813-1814 plus the Armies of Oldenburg and Frankfurt.

270 PAGES

At £3.99 these e-books are great value to the mind of von Peter himself. Sadly another topic which is not really of much interest to von Peter himself. Eventually an e-book of interest will come along and another will be added the collection of von Peter himself.

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

For those Modern types out there

There are some new rules – three of them if the picture is to be believed – on the horizon for the modern gaming period.

See the Greater Queeg’s Blog for details … and some pretty pictures of trial games.

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And lastly a Waterloo themed freebie – you did get it didn’t you?

Those kind folks over at Karwansaray Publishers publishers of several magazines including Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy ran a wonderful promotion for a few days or at least a short period of time around the anniversary date of Waterloo. In short …

You can download these three issues about Quatre Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo at our website for the magnificent price of GBP/EUR/USD 0.

To translate you could download three pdf versions of magazines … for free. See “Can’t Make It to Waterloo?” Have Some on Us! for some details.

von Peter himself managed to cash in – hurrah!! He passed on the information to others … who missed out – hurrah! oh dear.

So smart moves to those of the dear readers who managed to get their free magazines. Life sucks to the other dear readers who didn’t …. or have only just now found out that they missed out! Brew-ha-ha! 😃

WSandS Waterloo mags

That’s just about it for this time around. Next time around there will perhaps be news on what the birthday fairy delivered for a certain distinguished gentleman. Hopefully a book on matters military in 1813 and some new Calpe Miniatures products. It’s all in the hands of the international postal service. HELP!!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Bits and pieces

A workman like bit of this and a dash of that …

Waterloo hexed

With the rapidly incoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo Alessio Cavatore – via his River Horse company – is utilising the money raising abilities of Kickstarter to fund the boardgame “Waterloo – Quelle Affaire!”.

Waterloo – Quelle AffaireFrom the blurb …

The mechanics:

The game has been designed by Origins-awards winner Alessio Cavatore (Warhammer, Bolt Action, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Terminator Genisys the miniatures game, etc.). The units in the game are activated by cards that represent the Commanders of the various army corps, as well as Stratagem cards that add more fun, strategy and unpredictability to the battle. These cards are full of quotes both from history and from famous Napoleonic movies: “By God, sir, I have lost my leg. – By God, sir, so you have.” or “We shall match them with our lancers!” Nobody can resist reading these with the right accent…

The contents:

The box, the rules leaflet, the map and the counters are beautifully illustrated by renowned historical artist Peter Dennis (Osprey publishing etc.). The counters never stack during the game, so that the gorgeous one-inch square units remain visible for the entire battle.

Waterloo Quelle Affaire game board

The Kickstarter can be found here including several video clips with details of the game … and the costs.

Perry Miniatures

Too late for the reenactment of Waterloo here in Wellington but British Light Dragoons in hard plastic from Perry Miniatures are expected to be available in late June.

Perry Light dragoons

A perusal of their Metals workbench reveals more British infantry on the way and new Napoleonic fronts opened with Danish and Kingdom of Holland infantry.

Victrix Ltd

Victrix Ltd have free world wide shipping for the week of 2 through 9 June 2015. The deal applies to all of their plastic products as long as the order is valued at or above £25.00. See here for the deal on the deal.

This sort of promotion is particularly useful to those of us who are hidden away at the bottom of the world.

Victrix free postage 15-06

Victrix are also expecting ‘test shots’ of their hard plastic French Artillery 1804-1812 in the next few days. This means that preorders for the set may be opened several days after that.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

I should be UNpacking … but …

Well the packing is complete, the move is complete … but the unpacking will go on for an extended period it is much feared. So not much wargaming output from von Peter himself to report on but still the insatiable demands of The dear readers must be fed. How about this lot then …

Calpe Spring Update

When a man is down what better way to pick him up then for Calpe Miniatures to issue a Spring Update which is presented here for The dear readers consumption …

As you can see, I have released the packs I promised before Christmas. These include F21, the mounted light infantry officers and F46 and 47, the battalion command packs with covered and uncovered shakos. I had targeted this release for early February but I picked up a very unpleasant tropical bug on a short family trip to Bali and was rather ill for most of February. I am now working on the last Line figures for the march-attack set before starting work on the light infantry command packs to complement this set.

On the Saxon front I have released two new packs; S6 which is the head turns and greatcoat roll pack for the Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos and levelled muskets. Also released is S7 which is the first of the rear ranks packs with muskets held at high porte. This is a 6 man pack with covered shakos. Packs S8 to 13 are complete and most are out of the master moulds but the last consignment of rubber I received is not ready for use yet so the production moulds have not been made. I am currently concentrating on the Saxons and I’m working on the command packs for this set of figures. I may be able to release some of these command packs in my next release before the summer.

Peter

Brilliant. And hopefully the new packs are on their way to Neu Schloss von Peter.

F46 Battalion command in uncovered shakos

One of the new packs. Image ‘borrowed’ from Calpe Miniatures

Perry Miniatures Napoleonic releases

The Perry twins have not been as manic as usual lately. Perhaps they have been a little busy with the 54mm Gallipoli diorama figures, conventions and generally enjoying themselves. Whatever the reason the comparative drought has broken with the release of two Waterloo vignette packs ,,,

  • NX 1 ‘A Hard Contest’ Sergeant Ewart and the capture of the 45e at Waterloo 1815
  • NX 2 ‘Secure the Colour!’ The capture of the 105e at Waterloo by Captain Clark and/or Corporal Stiles at Waterloo 1815

Both of these sets have been shown as greens before but they are now available to be purchased. The twins have even created a new Napoleonic sub category – Napoleonic Extras – for such items. von Peter himsellf still wonders what might make its way into this range.

NX1 A hard contest

Photo kindly – if a little unknowingly – supplied by Perry Miniatures

Baden follow up

In his last post von Peter himself spoke of the new yet to be released range of 28mm Napoleonic Baden figures from Murawski Miniatures. Based on “it never rains, it pours” thinking he also wondered if Westfalia Miniatures were also bringing out a range of Badeners or just a few miscellaneous items. A quick viewing of Westphalia Miniature’s Workbench reveals …

The Badeners were sending an amagalmated infantry Regiment and a battery of guns to aid their French allies in the Peninsular. We will see 2 sets. 1 Command Set with 2 Officers, 2 Drummers, 2 Ensigns and 2 sets with 6 Rankers. Additionally I shall get 1 mounted officer made. 

Sculptor is Alan Marsh.

So I guess it’s a little bit of a “Yes” and a little bit of a “No” to a range of Badeners from Westphalia Miniatures.

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Image backed up from the Westphalia Miniatures website.

And now for two items that should have been in the last post ( it really was a very busy time!) …

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: The Duchy of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Wurzburg & The Saxon Duchies

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book – The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: The Duchy of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Wurzburg & The Saxon Duchies. Actually the book was released nearly two weeks ago but someone inept failed to notify The dear readers until now. From the announcement email …

This new edition brings together three earlier volumes which were published in 1979 and 1980 and an unpublished manuscript from 1984. The original work has subsequently been substantially revised is now illustrated with the original colour artwork which was not used in the earlier monotone publications and selected illustrations many of which are drawn from the work of authoritive established or contemporary artists. This volume looks at the 1 – 4 Regimenter der Rheinbund during the era of the Confederation of the Rhine and the War of Liberation 1813-1814.

148 PAGES.

Quite a mouthful of a title but considering that the next book due out is The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813: Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarrzburg, Waldeck & Mecklenbburg-Schwerin one can understand that a little differentiation in title is required.

Not a book for the interests of von Peter himself to be honest but no doubt with Perry Miniatures releasing figures for many of the smaller Rheinbund contingents there is some pressure for such offerings.

Rheinbund Pt 1 cover

 

Terry Pratchett – RIP

von Peter himself is fairly sure that everyone would have heard the sad news of the passing of Terry Pratchett. But still homage to the great man needs to be paid. It’s the least von Peter himself can do in return for all the hours of happy reading Mr Pratchett has provided. The son & heir is also amassing quite the list of Mr Pratchett’s books read. We are both very grateful.

Rest in peace.

Pratchett

 

Enough. Back to the unpacking. Don’t forget to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

For Mother Russia

Today we start with the products of Mother Russia. But then we move on.

Russian ADCs

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A Russian ADC rides like the wind – thereby having to keep a strong grip on his favourite bicorne – with the news that French so called emperor personally destroyed this building with his very own hands! Shock horror! Is there no end to the evil contained within his diminutive frame?! May he and his minions soon be chased from the holy lands of Mother Russia.

The trainer painter of von Peter’s Napoleonic Russians Greater Queeg has delivered some reinforcements to the Russian force entrusted by the Tsar himself – honest! – to von Peter himself.

Like all Russian armies there needs to be plenty of top brass and so two ADC’s have been added to the force. It is hoped that these will earn their way by transporting orders around the battlefield as required in those Brigade level games and will be available to act as ‘Big Men’ in Sharp Practice type skirmish games. And as with all well connected aristocratic officers in the army if worse comes to worse they can sit around on the battlefield looking pretty and hopefully staying out of the way!

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A Garde Cossack officer acting as an ADC passes through a Russian village on a critical mission … “veer ish da vodka?”

Both figures are sourced from Front Rank Figurines. One is the “Senior Officer” figure while the other is the “Cossacks of the Guard Officer”. The dear reader will need to guess which is which from the two pictures generously provided.

The figures for two command stands were also receipted at the same time as the above but they are not yet ready for public exposure.

More Russian buildings

Due to the … errrrr … ummm … delay between the prior post and this von Peter himself has churned out two more buildings for his Russian village(s) including the first of two ruined buildings.

The next and current building being worked on – and almost finished – is the “H4, Long House or Meeting House”. This is a larger building and has shutters and fanciness around the windows as well as a fancier door and surrounds. The shutters etc are often painted green or even gold on some models but von Peter himself wonders how a poor village could afford such extravagance. Perhaps it is purely idleness that is tempting von Peter himself to leave these features as plain wood. The church model is yet to come and perhaps this would be a more fitting recipient of a little bit of colour.

Resin models from Hovels.

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Ruined Russian log house

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Large Russian log house with thatched roof

 

Not so Russian

It’s been said before but von Peter himself is a wee bit of a sucker for terrain. Some of the Total Battle Miniatures models from their Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range have aroused interest. Hmmm – perhaps sometime after the house move. More scheming, information gathering and planning required. The three Total Battle Miniatures photos below backed up from the Total Battle Miniatures site.

Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof

 

Timber House Lift Off Roof

 

Barn:Stables Lift Off Roof

 

Waterloo in Wellington … where else would it be?

The year 2015 is the 200th anniversary of that battle they call “Waterloo”. And von Peter himself is aware of several commemorative games planned around the planet they call “Earth”. But only one of those games is going to be held in the city “Wellington” in the Grand Banquet Room of the Wellesley Club a 19th century gentlemen’s club. The same building also houses the Wellesley Boutique Hotel which is convenient for such facilities as the The 1815 Café and Bar. The Wellington Waterloo game is scheduled for the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June.

Having avoided the two local Leipzig refights von Peter himself and The son & heir have both put their hands up to partake of this event. It is looking likely that the dynamic duo will be donning Prussian uniforms for the weekend. Excellent. Let the reaping of that just retribution for past wrongs begin!  😃

Such an occasion may even entice von Peter himself to complete his shot up firing line landwehr battalion. Then again that poor battalion has had more false starts than von Peter himself would be happy to acknowledge in public so no promises.

And whilst on the topic of incomplete Prussian landwehr battalions The son and heir has half a battalion of Silesian landwehr painted … and another half unpainted. Hopefully he can be prevailed upon to complete the battalion for the game. The complication here is that he can’t remember how he painted the painted half … and is threatening to repaint that which is already painted. ’tis madness I tell you!!  😃

And from the British Light Dragoons might come in useful for a Waterloo game file …

For those gamers & modellers who are looking for those plastic British Light Dragoons from Perry Miniatures von Peter himself is pleased to display the following graphic taken at the Tactica 2015 convention in Hamburg. No rest for the wicked apparently …

Peter Denis paints Perry Brit Lt Dragoon boxjpg

The associated caption says …

Peter Dennis at work on the next but one of our plastic box covers, British Light Dragoons 

 … which says it all really. No indication as yet as to when these may be expected apart from not before Salute 2015 – see the following paragraph. But time is running short if the resultant box is to be bought and painted in time for those 200th games.

For those of the dear readers not so well read the “but one” plastic box is the “Light Cavalry 1450-1500”, due to launch at Salute 2015.

Perry Light Horse

Both images above “borrowed” from the Perry Miniatures Facebook page.

Another Front Rank Russian Reinforcement Packs update

From the latest Front Rank Figurines news letter …

The Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs are nearly ready for release!

The new figures will be additions to our Russian 1812 range and will include more Line Infantry variants, plus infantry in 1809 style shakos, PLUS the long awaited Russian Guard!

Look out for our next newsletter!

 

And as per normal don’t be forgetting to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Ready, steady … go!

The Gallipoli diorama project has had its official starting gun fired (see what von Peter himself did there with the firing gun thing?) with the launch of the supporting website/blog/forum – Mustering the Troops. Head on over there to register as a painter, see the painting instructions, read about the project & the FAQ, and visit the associated forum.

Mustering the troops

 

Another Vignette and more

The Twins of Perry Miniatures fame have unveiled the greens of another vignette for Waterloo – Secure the Colour! …

Secure_the_colour

… and some other figures following the Waterloo theme but they will obviously work fine elsewhere as well …

Ponsonby and co

… and they have not forgotten their Retreat from Moscow range …

FN 193

FN 193 Camp followers and cuirassier (Retreat from Moscow)

FN 194

FN 194 Scavengers (Retreat from Moscow)

Waterloo waffle

While on the topic of Waterloo – and this is probably a storm in a teacup – but what is one to make of the article French rewrite Battle of Waterloo to cast Napoleon as the victor?

As far as von Peter himself is aware the result on the day was Allies United 1 – Napoleon’s French 0 in what was in the end a rather convincing victory despite some concerning moments part way through the match.

While on Waterloo …

Edinburgh Eagle

Eagle, flag and cravat brought back by Sgt Ewart as a momento of his trip to Europe in 1815.

The Son & heir and von Peter himself were fortunate enough to visit Edinburgh Castle in May 2009 and were able to view the eagle, tricolour and scarf / tassel /cravat that were “obtained” from the French 45th Infantry Regiment by Sgt Ewart of the Scots Greys. The poorly photographed image above shows the trophies. Sadly time has had its way with any colouring on the material but the eagle is as proud as ever … if a little put out with its current housing location!

Below is a slightly better photograph of the Eagle itself.

Edinburgh Eagle closeup

Modelling books

There is a gamer and modeller named Tony Harwood – aka Dampf, Dampfpanzerwagon – who has a couple of interesting blogs …

It is Dampf’s terrain modelling skills that von Peter himself wishes to focus on at this juncture. Dampf seems to have a considerable amount of skill creating wargames terrain as is illustrated by some the masters he has created for GrandManner like the Prussian Church …

Prussian church

Image ‘borrowed’ from http://dampfwerks.blogspot.co.nz

One strongly suspects that GrandManner don’t use just anyone for their masters!

Apparently being of a rather magnanimous bent Dampf has recorded some of his tricks of the trade in two books ..

  1. Building Wargame Terrain and
  2. More Wargame Terrain.

There are reviews linked in the above … ah … links! … and apparently Miniature Wargames with Battlegames magazine have awarded the books a Battlegames Award For Excellence.

One day von Peter himself may attempt to build some terrain for himself in which case these books may be invaluable. Fortunately the “may be” bit will become a bit clearer as Rhys has the books on order and it is to be hoped that soon he will be able to pass on his thoughts on their contents. Excellent.

Locally work progresses in a dignified and deliberate manner on more Russian buildings. Coincidentally some Napoleonic Russian command types have arrived and reported in for duty. Once these are based they shall be flaunted here for the dear reader’s delectification. 😃

And as per normal don’t be forgetting to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself