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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
von Peter himself