All the news that was news a week or two back

A pre Christmas offering for The dear readers. As is usual this news bulletins was started literally weeks ago but for a number of probably not very good reasons not completed. But undeterred von Peter himself has bravely tarted it up for a pre Christmas treat. You’re welcome.  😃

Unbelievable as it may sound von Peter himself is well on his way to completing some “projects”. As a result it is quite possible that this may not be the last post before Christmas … or New Year … or shortly thereafter!

 

Calpe Miniatures news

Welcome news out of Calpe Towers

For family reasons I have to close down for December. All outstanding orders will be sent out but no new orders will be accepted until 1st January 2020. Please do not send your orders in during the closure as this creates a daunting backlog on my return.

I am well aware that there have been few updates to the website in 2019. This was mainly caused by a neccessary update to the site to make it compatilbe with mobile phone and tablet orders as some of these were not reaching me. Hopefully this has now been sorted! Updates have also been on hold as I am having to learn how to update the website myself. Chris Bodley who designed and run the site for me is now gainfully employed and can no longer do this for me.

Design work on the Saxon range has continued despite the website problems. The light infantry sets in march-attack and firing line/skirmish poses are complete, the third and final set in advancing poses will be ready by the end of January 2020. Also complete, but not yet in production moulds, are the Saxon Guard Grenadiers in march-attack poses and campaign dress. I intend to release all four sets at the end of January 2020.

Once these have been released, I will go on to work on the Saxon light cavalry – the Uhlans and the Hussars. I will also sculpt the horse artillery and hope to have the caissons, limbers and artillery train ready by the last quarter of 2020.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your continued support.

Peter

The bad news is that if The dear reader is planning on a quick pre Christmas Calpe order then good luck with that. The good news is that new Saxon figures are on the horizon.

 

Perry Miniatures news

For lovers of Perry Miniatures, lovers of plastic figures and especially lovers of Perry Miniature plastic figures there are some pre Christmas delights available …

Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry ready for PRE-ORDER!

We’re expecting to receive both French Infantry sets by mid-December but you can put your pre-orders in, although be aware the Christmas postal service might affect the arrival.

FN 250 French Infantry Battalion box; this will include a 36 man battalion that allows all the fusiliers and elite companies to be posed marching or attacking. This set will also include 8 additional Elite companies skirmishing. All figures are in the pre-1812 long tailed coat and overalls.

FN 260 Elite companies, French Infantry box; this set contains the same frames but in a different mix, designed for the skirmish wargamer. So the mix is heavy on the skirmishing Elite companies’ frames

A full (A3) painting guide covers French, Swiss, Kingdom of Italy and Neapolitan troops.
We should be getting the command frame in early next week so we’ll show it on our Facebook page when we have it in. Renedra have been working very hard to get these sets out for Christmas.
We also have up for pre-order two metal sets of bicorned heads, one for Fusiliers and the other for Elite companies to convert the plastic infantry for the 1805-07 period (although some regiments still had them).

We have a few lovely painted examples from John Morris and Francesco Thau on our Facebook page but there will be more shown as we build up to the release.

Alan and Michael
http://www.perry-miniatures.com

Quickly followed by a …

French Infantry OUT NOW!

We’re pleased to announce the New Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry are now out. Pre-orders started going out today.
Renedra surprised us all by hitting the deadline 2-3 days early!!! Thanks Renedra!
We have a few more painted examples too from the like of Maurizio Amadori, Chris Adcock Aly Morrison and Alan (P). These can be seen on our Facebook page.

Also you may have noticed we have won the Wargames Illustrated ‘Best Manufacturer 2019’!
A big thank you to all who voted for us! It really was a surprise!! We just make the stuff we’re interested in and we’re very glad people seem to like it too.
Thanks again!

Alan and Michael

 

TooFatLardies audio Advent Calendar

The TooFatLardies have taken it upon themselves to enrich – pun intended on Lardy Richard Clarkes name – the run down to Christmas 2019 with an audio Advent Calendar. Listen here at your peril.

 

The end off an institution is nigh

For lovers of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast bad news is afoot.

 

In the event that this should be the last post before Christmas 2019 then Merry Christmas to all of The dear readers. And subsequently should this be the last post before the New Year then Happy New Year to all of The dear readership. We’ll all have to wait and see.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #13

Catherine the Great teaser & trailer

von Peter himself has had a long time soft spot for the Seven Years War in Europe. Catherine the Great is contemporous of that time so the HBO series of that well known German lady would be of interest. “Would be of interest” as von Peter himself does not have HBO but who knows what possibilities will present themselves in the future.

Some stolen blurb and then some viewing …

“Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics. Catherine the Great premieres October 21 at 10PM on HBO”

 

Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow podcast

BBC Radio 4 have a series of podcasts called In Our Time which seem to have a host of interesting topics … and to be fair a bunch of not so interesting ones! What brings about this notification is a podcast in the podcast entitled Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow. It could have been improved by the inclusion of someone like Dominic Lieven but still generated some interest if The dear readership has time to kill. FYI – von Peter himself sourced his copy from iTunes for ease of local playback.

As has been mentioned before for some listening on the causes and some history of the 1812 campaign and through to 1813/14 ….

 

 

Barons’ War – 28mm Medieval Miniatures kickstarter

It closes soon – Monday 30th September 2019 8:00 AM UTC +13:00 – but if the Barons’ War is of interest to The dear reader then this kickstarter may be of interest.

For many years, Andy Hobday – of Footsore Miniatures & Games – has had a great passion for the often overlooked periods of British history. One of these passions is The Barons’ War – an English civil war in the early 13th-Century between rebellious barons (and their French allies) against King John.

Andy has been chatting with renowned sculptor Paul Hicks about The Barons’ War for some time now, and earlier this year they decided to put together a range that not only represented the arms and armour of the time, but could be used for a number of different rulesets and other locations too.

These miniatures can be used for games set during The Barons’ War, and not only that, they’ll work for both sides of the conflict! Additionally, they’ll work well for games that take you Crusading in the Middle East, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Crusades (and a few years/decades either side).

Like many of the Footsore ranges, The Barons’ War range will be packed to work well for games like Saga and Lion Rampant. Of course, should the range be very popular, Andy hasn’t ruled out releasing a ruleset of his own.

 

10mm ancients from Gripping Beast

Gripping Beast are known for their 28mm miniatures. But they have been teasing the occasional picture of 10mm ancients – Parthians and opposing Romans – on their Facebook page.

In a post dated 20th September 2019 …

“We’ll be announcing a release date for the Parthians and Romans soon, so stay tuned!”

von Peter himself has always thought that 10mm would suit himself better if he were to look at smaller scale gaming as there is a bit more figure to be seen than with 6mm Progress shall be observed … form a distance at this stage.

 

Perry’s soon to reveal a new range/period

See on the Perrys Facebook page in their “Korea 1592” post of 24 September 2019 …

Now this might look like we’re enjoying ourselves playing games all the time………which we are But we are also ‘hard at work’ making quite a lot of figures too. So don’t worry there will be new stuff out, including a new range/period…….”

Hmm. A new range. The mind boggles with the possibilities.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Perry news to the left … Perry news to the right

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

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

Perry’s metal packs price bump incoming

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

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

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

Plastic Chasseur a Cheval from Perry Miniatures

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

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

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

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

von Peter himself has not been totally idle

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

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

Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

Steel Fist Miniatures

If any or all of …

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

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

Oddcast Seven

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

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

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

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #3

Another odds and sods ends post. Looking to the future one of the numerous mini projects of von Peter himself  is somewhat surprisingly coming to fruition. With a little luck the presentation of said mini project will form the core of the next bulletin. But now we need to start with the traditional Snippets random picture from the archives … from March 2011 …

Above: The first battalion of the Saxon Prinz Maximilian Infantry Regiment marches through a village somewhere in Saxony in 1813. The Allies are out there somewhere and the village may soon be the site of some bloody fighting.

Calpe Miniatures Saxons painted by mineself von Peter himself. The European Village is a Hudson & Allen model sourced from Vatican Enterprises and pigmented with aplomb by Craig Watterson. Tufts added to the village by von Peter himself!  😃

Don’t forget to click the pictures for a larger and clearer view.

Salute 2017: discounts

Once upon a time long long ago von Peter himself and The son & heir were fortunate enough to visit Salute Zero Nine the 2009 iteration of the famed Salute convention in London. It was their first ever major wargames show and it was quite the experience and eye opener.

Above: Barry Hilton’s Peninsular demonstration game for Victrix at Salute Zero Nine. The game was played using Barry’s The March of Eagles rules which at the time were provided in every box of Victrix plastics. I wonder if they still are?

While admiring the game von Peter himself said “hello” to a busy Barry H. and Barry H. said “hello” back. Another precious memory locked away!  😃

Catastrophically a repeat Salute visit is not to be scried in von Peter’s Crystal Ball of Future Seeing. No matter how hard it is rubbed. So it is with a tinge of envy that this blog reports on some of the pre-order discounts available to the attendees of Salute 2017 which by the way is scheduled for 22 April 2017.

Wargame News and Terrain have the article Salute 2017 Convention Pre-Order Discounts Summary for them fortunate enough to be heading off to Salute 2017. Some vendors have been of a thoughtful enough disposition to open up the discounts to them not so fortunate to be attending.

Update for General d’Armee 

Not only will The dear reader be able to avail themselves of discounts if they attend Salute 2017 but they will also have the chance to view a demonstration of the incoming General d’Armee rules by Dave Brown. Gardening at Dresden will feature apparently. This from the Lard Island News.

From the same source comes the news that the these same General d’Armee rules will be released at Partizan on the 21st May. This is a slippage from the previously mentioned April but in the end it will be what it will be. Hopefully a tantalising pre release deal or two will be offered on the TheTooFatLardies site.

A painted TravelBattle

Alan Perry has painted the soon to be released TravelBattle to represent Waterloo Allies and their French opponents. s painted game in a box? See the Perry Miniatures Facebook page for more.

A caged eagle

While browsing through The family’s photo collection von Peter himself stumbled across several photos of the captured Eagle of the Napoleonic French 82nd Line Infantry Regiment. The bird can be seen in the Royal Fusiliers Regimental Museum situated within The Tower of London. So with no further ado …

Above: In 1809, the Royal Fusiliers joined an army sent to capture the French colony of Martinique. After a difficult fight, the French were besieged.  Four days later they surrendered and three Eagle Standards were captured by the British.  The Royal Fusiliers were awarded this standard as a reward for their accomplishments in the battle.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #1

A few miscellaneous unrelated random topics after the ego soothing picture of mostly someone else’s hard labours.

Above: “the Russian Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment will form in 2 lines, lance armed troopers to the front as you full well know.” The Russian commands translated to English and sanitised(!) for the benefit of The dear readers.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Hussars as sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.

 

Medieval Warfare Blog

von Peter himself has stumbled across another blog which he has added to his playlist. The good people at Karwansaray Publishers who bring you the Medieval Warfare magazine now bring you the Medieval Warfare blog. You can obtain your very own copy from here or iTunes or who knows from where else.

 

Three Armies

As well as a new blog von Peter himself has recently stumbled across a newish manufacturer of 28mm Napoleonic figures – Three Armies. From the About Us section of their site one can read …

Three Armies is a 28mm Napoleonic miniatures Online Store. I have worked in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Initially with SHQ miniatures but more recently with Wargames Foundry and several new manufacturers as a sculptor. I am currently a one man band. I use the facilities of Sgts Mess for moulding and casting.

Regarding Three Armies plans for the future the FAQ area of the site says …

We plan slowly to cover most of the Napoleonic wars. We have no interests in other periods. Our initial plan is to compliment the many plastic miniatures ranges in 28mm with poses and uniforms that are not offered by them.

They appear to be in the business of creating figures in their full dress uniform currently under the following ranges …

  • French 1800-1806
  • Prussian 1806
  • Spanish 1808
  • French 1812-15
  • Austrian – expected to be released April 2017
  • British – expected to be released April 2017.

Being new on the scene the Three Armies ranges are currently limited. Rome was not built in a day as some wise person* once said. As yet there are no horses in the range so comment on these cannot yet be passed.

* Obviously none of the current acquaintances of von Peter himself! A-ha-ha. One can’t but be pleased with such a cheap shot!!   😎

Spot checks reveal that price range from £1.20 for a single figure through to £6.00 for a six figure pack through to £20.00 for a 24 figure battalion pack.

By way of size comparison the following image is borrowed from Three Armies website. If von Peter himself has got this right …

  • the two metal figures are Three Army figures
  • the plastic figure second from the left is a Perry Miniatures plastic
  • the headless figure at the extreme right is a Victrix plastic.

Finally more images borrowed from Three Armies website. von Peter himself hopes Three Armies don’t mind being pillaged in such a manner!

Above: Prussian Musketeers Brandenburg cuffs

Above: French 1800-1806 Line infantry

But there’s more! The same person – Michael Percy? – also offers commissions. Or at least did offer commissions. Perhaps the birth of Three Armies has curtailed this service. Whatever have a look at at the Saxon Zastrow and Guard du Corps 1812 commission  on the Snodland Miniatures Facebook page for a completed commission. There are others conversions.

 

Doug Mason Figures

If you are of a certain age and used to read the glossy wargames magazines or if you just read some of the older glaossy wargaming magazines you will be familiar with the name Doug Mason. He was often associated with Peter Guilder and the Wargames Holiday Centre and his fame was due to his often converted  figures.

Above:  The caption on page 7 of the magazine reads …

“Front cover photo: Saxon Garde du Corps painted by Doug Mason for the Wargames Holiday Centre”.

It transpires that Doug Mason has a website in which some mighty fine craftsmanship and nostalgia is on display.

That von Peter himself is aware of Doug’s site is down Carlo of With Pyjamas through the Desert and With Pyjamas through a whiff of grapeshot! notoriety. Carlo had commissioned a blast from the past recreation of a “Murat at Eylau” command vignette. A typically flambouyant Murat leading a charge accompanied by a dragoon officer aid. The original vignette dates from 1984. You can see Carlo’s “Murat at Eylau” reports here and here.

 

TravelBattle

There maybe one or two of The dear readers who are unaware of this latest project from the ever productive Perry twins of Perry Miniatures fame. A game in a box. From their website …

TravelBattle-Pre-Order-Available 22nd April

TravelBattle is a complete table top miniatures game in a box.
It is intended for gamers who have limited space, or those who are traveling on a long journey or holiday and need a gaming fix!
All the playing pieces are made of coloured plastic, and include two 3 dimensional green terrain boards with separate woods, grey buildings and red and blue armies. The size of the miniatures is 8mm.
The two terrain boards are designed to be placed together on any edge, giving the potential for 16 different battlefields. The 1″ grid marked on the boards excludes the need for rulers to be used in the game.
The simple rules system should allow a game to played within an hour.
The two armies are generic Napoleonic forces of equal size and composition which make up three brigades for each side. There is a simple painting guide in case you which to enhance your armies and terrain boards.

Contents:
160 x Infantry
24 x Cavalry
4 x Guns and 12 crew
6 x Brigadiers
2 x 10″ 3D Terrain boards
6 x Buildings
4 x Dice
1 x Set of rules

All for the price of £50.00. Apparently if all goes well there may be more boards, figures and presumably terrain to come.

To the mind of von Peter himself it’s a shame that the miniatures are a non standard 8mm. Apparently 6mm was too small and 10mm too big. Being somewhat bitter and twisted one cannot but be a little cynical that not fitting with any other figure ranges might be seen as an advantage to the manufacturers. Then again a range being given the descriptor of 6mm, 10mm 15mm, 28mm etc hardly seems to ensure that they will match the size of other ranges with that same desriptor. So perhaps there are large 6mm ranges or small 10mm ranges that will be close enough to the Perry’s 8mm.

von Peter himself  will be watching with interest to see how TravelBattle is received by the buying public and whether it gets expanded.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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.

Front Rank

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.  😎

Calpe logo1

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

1-72 WWII Russians 1

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