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Podcast Corner

A couple more podcasts have been added to the listening roll of von Peter himself.

The History of Byzantium 

Not surprisingly this is …

A podcast telling the story of the Roman Empire from 476 AD to 1453.

Its creation was inspired by the “The History of Rome” podcast which is another fine podcast in case you missed von Peter’s earlier recommendation on the prior blog of von Peter himself.

The bad news is that von Peter himself is just a little late to the party on this one with the first episode published on 1 May 2012! On the plus side there are many episodes (114?) to listen to without having to wait for new episodes to ‘drop’. And new episodes are still dropping.

von Peter himself gets his episodes from iTunes or you can visit the The History of Byzantium site.

The history of Byzantine

 

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy Podcast

The chaps from the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine have started a lively podcast described as …

An irregular podcast looking at wargaming.

von Peter himself is a little more up to date with this one as their first episode dropped on 13 June 2016.

Most of us at the WS&S offices spend at least some of our free time painting minis – and when we do, we like having something to listen to. There are already quite a few great wargaming podcasts out there, but that’s doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more, so we’re happy to introduce the brand new Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy podcast. Each episode will be short (30 minutes) and thematic (like our magazines). Our pilot podcast is already available for download via iTunes. Please have a listen and let us know what you think. Since we’re just starting out, feedback is much appreciated. It will help us build the perfect show.

wss podcast

 

Paramount Chief  – for 5 minutes – von Peter himself

As presaged in the prior post von Peter himself and Fraulien von Peter herself took themselves off to Kerikeri way up at the top of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands for some richly deserved rest & relaxation. Fear not – there is no way that the leisure loving von Peter himself is going undo all that rest & relaxation by documenting this most recent of travels in excruciating detail for the entertainment of The dear readers. Suffice it to say that the time away from work – and The son & heir 😎 – was fully enjoyed and not long enough.

There was one event of note that must be telegraphed around the world however – the raising of Paramount Chief von Peter himself. Well Paramount Chief for at least 15 minutes anyway.

The site of this honour was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds …

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s most important historic site where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document was signed: the Treaty of Waitangi.

von Peter himself and Fraulien von Peter herself paid a visit to the Treaty Grounds and signed up for a Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance. The former was we’ll lead but it is the latter that is of concern to us here Dear reader. The Cultural performance was conducted as if the gathered audience were a Maori tribe  – the pre European occupiers of New Zealand – being hosted by the local Maori tribe. For this visit to occur a chief was required for the visiting tribe.

The astute eye of our hostess was cast over the assembled newly minted visiting tribe looking for a man of distinction, a man of fine carriage, of noble bearing and of general worthiness. In short she needed a chief. von Peter himself in false modesty may feign surprise but where else was her eye going to settle but on the modest von Peter himself?

And that is the story of how von Peter himself got to be a Chief – surely it must have been a Paramount Chief – for maybe 15 minutes. As such he took the Wero Challenge outside of the meeting house, remained rocklike as the Taiaha whirled around his head at times, gave a well received speech and performed a Hongi.

5 minute chief 1

5 minute chief 2

5 minute chief 3

5 minute chief 4

Eureka Maori additions

And surely it cannot be a coincidence that just after von Peter himself is raised to Paramount Chief Eureka Miniatures should choose now to start talking about extensions to their Maori range. It makes one think!  😎

Eureka Maori 1

Eureka Maori 2

Eureka Waka 1

Thanks to Eureka Miniatures for unknowingly providing the pictures above.

Standby for some figure photography in the soonish future.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Big bangers

Prussian 12 pdr Battery  Nr.4- Kapt Meyer

The weekend just past saw the local reenactment of Waterloo to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle. More on this event in another post. The occasion – and all the frantic painting happening around him – did spur/shame von Peter himself to some activity with his brushes. The planned shot up firing line landwehr battalion was several figures too far as prolonged sitting is not overly comfortable for the still recuperating post his operation von Peter himself. But there was the partially painted Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4: Kapt Meyer that could be completed. And the order of battle for von Peter’s command in the Waterloo game certainly called for such a heavy battery.

Work on this battery was started well before The family left on it’s world tour back in early 2009. It had been packed away with the rest of the household goods and moved into storage. Upon the return it was moved out of storage but the figures, cannons etc remained wrapped up unseen and unloved until a few days before the refight.

Painting techniques mutate over the years but the executive decision was made that nothing that was already painted would be repainted. There was not the time to lavish on such luxuries.

Completing the painting was not a major problem. The basing was a different story. What is normally a staged process over several nights so that the latest ‘bit’ can completely dry before the next ‘bit’ is commenced was a no starter. Basing to be completed in one night! Fortunately the wood burner was burning wood and the stands could spend periods of time sitting on the cooler outer skin for some accelerated drying. Mission completed at 1:30 am on the first day of the refight. Hurrah!

Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4: Kapt Meyer is now available for ongoing gaming.

Prussian 12 pdr Battery  Nr.4- Kapt Meyer

Prussian 12 pdr Battery Nr.4 was selected because it was part of the Artillery Reserve in Generallieutenant Bülow’s Prussian 3rd Army Corps in 1813 – the same corps as the 3rd Brigade which von Peter himself is modelling. Administratively 12 pdr battery Nr.4 was part of the Prussian Artillery Brigade and as such wore white shoulder straps in 1813.

The figures and cannon are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. The mounted figures is PCU1, Regimental officer wearing bicorn and open Uberock from the Prussian Line Uhlans Advancing range.

The idea is that the uhlan officer has just arrived on the scene with an urgent message for the battery commander who is currently concentrating on what is to be seen through his telescope. The uhlan officer and several of the gun crew are trying to gain the battery commander’s attention but sadly this gentleman has been around 12 pounder guns too long with the result that he is a little hard of hearing! The dear reader may see the scene a little differently in which case all power to their imagination.

Don’t be forgetting to click on the two images above of the battery to see larger and clearer versions of the images.

Podcast corner

More an individual audio file than a series of audio files podcast but if the dear reader so desires they can listen to nine and a half minutes of Bernard Cornwell talking about the battle of Waterloo and his book “Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles” on the same. Just head on over here and start the audio near the top of the page. If nothing else the dear reader will know what Bernard’s voice sounds like!

Waterloo-The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

Front Rank free figure offer

Front Rank Figurines have a special deal for orders placed between the 13th and 30th June.

For every £10.00 you spend on goods, before S&H is added you can choose 1 individual 28mm figure (value £1.20) FREE.

See their website for further details.

Additionally apparently …

28mm Russian Napoleonic Guard Reinforcement packs are nearly ready. Look out for our next newsletter!

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Russian Kuirassiere command … at last

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 3

von Peter himself finally got his paint brushes out. Well not strictly true as his stock of paint brushes has still yet to surface post the move. <shock horror> So a few cheapie brushes were purchased so as to complete the task at hand.

And the task at hand was the completion of the basing of the Napoleonic Russian command stand representing the brigade command of Generalmajor Karatiev. ‘Who?’ some of the less well read of The Dear readers may ask. <cue exaggerated sighing from von Peter himself>

Generalmajor Karatiev lead a brigade of Russian Kuirassiere in 1813 – and quite probably other years as well but as should be well known by now the Napoleonic armies of von Peter himself are modelled on the year 1813 – as part of Generallieutenant Kretov’s 2nd Kuirassiere Division.

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 1

The vignette represents an officer of the Astrakhan Kuirassiere Regiment – one of the constituent regiments of the brigade – saluting Generalmajor Karatiev who is accompanied by a member of his staff. These latter doff their bicornes in response.

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 2

A day ago the thought occurred to von Peter himself* that what garb a commander of a Russian cuirassier brigade would be wearing is not readily apparent to himself. If von Peter himself were to be creating the command stand for a French cuirassier brigade – which in time he fully expects to be doing – then he would quite happily have the commanding general dressed in a cuirassier styled uniform. Would his Russian equivalent likewise be dressed as a kuirassiere? Hmmmm.

*By way of a historic note the thought ‘struck’ while von Peter himself was paying a visit to a … urinal. One does not wish to appear crude but the brain is a marvellous instrument that works in truly mysterious ways!  😃

Front Rank Figurines matched with the brushwork of Greater Queeg. Quite the successful combination.

Not quite so successful is the photography which does the figures less than the justice they deserve. The figures are made to look a little garish compared to the reality and the photos are just poor efforts. Apologies to the Greater Queeg! Neu Schloss von Peter has many praiseworthy facilities but a gaming room with a bunch of lighting installed and where one knows how to setup the required photographic lighting is not one of them. Obviously von Peter himself will need to get his act together in his new barracks.

Lights

The lighting installed in The Bastion (gaming room) of the recently vacated Schloss von Peter

Pictures out of Russia

Over on the General de Brigade forum long tan has posted a series of very interesting images from the Artillery Museum St. Petersburgh and the Moscow Museum incorporating the Borodino Panoramic. Check the Images from Russia 2012 topic

So how close is the Kuirassiere in the Generalmajor Karatiev command stand above to the Kuirassiere depictions in the Images from Russia 2012? Answers on the back of large denomination bills please!  😃

General de Brigade scenario book Imperial Sunset 1813-1814

The Napoleonic ruleset General de Brigade is very well served with scenario books. Volume 6 is on the way as announced back in February 2015 – yes this was a couple of months ago – as per this announcement on the General de Brigade and associated rule sets website

IMPERIAL SUNSET 1813-1814

General de Brigade Volume 6 is making steady progress.

Thus far we have tested;

  • The Prussian Charge, Lutzen 1813, (re-worked Gross-Gorschen from Vol. 1)
  • La Garde au Feu, Lutzen 1813
  • Action at Eisdorf, Lutzen 1813, (the aim is for all three Lutzen scenarios to be able to be linked into one large game.)
  • Franquemont’s Attack. Bautzen 1813
  • Hagelsberg 1813
  • The First Day of Kulm, 1813
  • Dennewitz – Ney’s Battle
  • Dennewitz – The Saxon’s at Gohlsdorf

So, now have the three Leipzig scenarios to complete , plus two/three from 1814 and we’re done!

 

von Peter himself is the proud owner of the first three very useful volumes …

  • Napoleonic Scenarios
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 2
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 3: The Glory Years 1800-1809

… though he passed on …

  • Napoleonic Scenarios 4: Against the Ottomans
  • Napoleonic Scenarios 5: Wellington’s Peninsula Victories

… as neither really fall into his areas of interest. Napoleonic Scenarios 6: Imperial Sunset 1813-1814 falls smack bang in the zone of interest of von Peter himself however. This will be a future purchase.

Podcast corner

Aurelian

Sam Mustafa has released his sixth podcast. This time around the big reveal is a new set of rules from Sam – Aurelian – set during the Roman Empire’s crisis of the third century. The rules will allow the players to command either (Late) Romans, Sassanians (Sassanids), Germans or Sarmations. The podcast can be downloaded from …

http://www.sammustafa.com/honour/2015/05/the-6th-podcast-aurelian/

 WW2podcast

A new podcast from one of the brains behind the The History Network podcast has started broadcasting. Not surprisingly the WW2podcast focusses on WWII …

With the WW2 Podcast each month I intend to interview an expert on a subject. No topics are out of bounds (as yet), and I plan on covering all aspects of the war. Hopefully the format will allow for close examination of a topic, and make for absorbing listen.

The first proper – there is also a short introductory podcast – podcast focuses on the The German Halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251 and proved to be an interesting listen for ears of von Peter himself.

German Halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251

 

Don’t forget that you can click on the images presented for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A productive start to 2015

And so it begins dear readers. Another year. But at least this one has started with a glimmer of productivity from von Peter himself!

Russian Buildings

Back in September 2014 under the title Wargaming in various media von Peter himself showcased the thatched 25mm Russian Hovels building that The son & heir had painted. Way back then the paint had been applied but a base had not.

Roll forward to the Christmas holidays of 2014. von Peter himself is acutely aware that he has been a mostly idle b*st*rd during 2014 and a change is required. But where to start? There were several groups of figures on the painting table but somehow picking them up and restarting them seemed a little daunting. Inexplicably less daunting seemed to be a Russian building or two.

The son & heirs effort was retrieved and measured up for a base. Another of the smaller Hovels buildings was extricated from its postage box, similarly measured for a base and cleaned up ready for painting using the paint recipe that The son & heir had pioneered way back in September 2014. The result of the painting and basing can be viewed below …

Russian buildings 1 and 2

Elements of the brave Russian 24th Division advance through the latest (at least at Schloss von Peter) in Russian real estate. Thatched building pigmentation care of The son & heir; timber roofed building and all basing care of von Peter himself. Click to see a larger and clearer image.

The painting was quick and easy enough – a base coat, a wash, two dry brushes and they were 98.7% done. So easy in fact that von Peter himself has already started a larger third building.

If there is a problem with these buildings it is the cleaning up of the resin which is a somewhat laborious task. von Peter himself found it best accomplished sitting under a grape vine on a sunny summers day while listening to music or podcasts. The breaking of a craft knife blade added a moment of excitement but the blade was old, it didn’t puncture von Peter himself during the structural failure and spares were to hand.

von Peter himself can officially proclaim himself satisfied with these two buildings. Any Russian peasant would be more than happy to call one home. What higher praise could there be?

There is a chance that a Russia based scenario or two may now have to be played. What’s the point of having terrain if the wee men aren’t going to die fighting over them?

Papelotte book

2015 (this year) minus 1815 (the year that Waterloo was fought) = 200 years which to the human brain is a significant milestone. Be prepared for plenty more 200th anniversary ‘stuff’.

Just in case any one was under the illusion that Waterloo was a purely British victory Peter Hofschröer had controversially waved the flag for the German input to the battle on behalf of the allies with his books such as …

  • 1815: The Waterloo Campaign—The German Victory
  • 1815 The Waterloo Campaign: Wellington, His German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras.

1815-from-mobilisation-to-war

And now perhaps Sovereign House Books are doing the same for the Netherlands field army during the 1815 campaign – or at least raising its profile. Cunningly borrowed from their website …

Sovereign House Books presents a balanced and most enticing history on the participation of the Netherlands field army during the 1815 campaign, based on the latest research of archival material and the largest available collection of primary sources and memoirs from the men involved.

Quatre-Bras-Perponchers-gamble

So far they have published three books with a fourth to come …

There is more information on Volume Three: Standing firm at Waterloo including some photographs that did not make it into the book to be found at  http://1815fieldarmy.nl/news/120-papelotte-during-the-battle-of-waterloo.

Standing firm at Waterloo

von Peter himself has not seen these books though they do sound interesting. Certainly books out of the ordinary.

Blucher podcasts 4

For those of the dear readers who are interested in the yet to be released Napooleonic rules “Blücher” by Sam Mustafa the fourth podcast – Blücher Podcast Number 4 – is now available.

Somewhere different for a holiday stay- Hotel Napoleonico

Hotel Fortino overview

Looking for somewhere a little out of the ordinary to holiday then you should perhaps consider Hotel Napoleonico, Portonovo on the Riviera del Conero in Italy. According to the History section of their website …

In the most panoramic and peaceful place of the Conero’s park, The Hotel Fortino Napoleonico is situated in a magnificient position among the green of the woods and the blue sea, created by an ancient military fortress. Lapped by the sea in view of two rocks of incomparable beauty (“The Two Sisters”) and the Romanesque church of St. Mary of Portonovo, artistic jewel of the eleventh century, the fort is situated a few meters from the beach of white pebbles of Portonovo. These features make this corner of Marche one of the most beloved and unique on the Adriatic coast. A very beautiful view and a relaxing atmosphere are the prerogative of this pristine area. …. It’s an authentic and spectacular military structure, located in Portonovo (Ancona), where there is a hotel with a restaurant of high repute. The Fortino Napoleonico was erected in 1811 by the Viceroy of Italy, Eugene de Beauharnais, with a clear political and military strategy, had the task of defending the southern flank of Ancona and implementing the Adriatic blockade in the trade of the British enemy. The typical perimeter shaped to “lantern” shows the Napoleonic origin. Built in part by recycling the stones of the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria of Portonovo, no longer present, It recalls the work of the great military architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini, and perhaps even the drawings and projects of Leonardo Da Vinci. Returned to the Pope States after the fall of the Empire and the Italian state after the battle of Castelfidardo in 1860, suffered the injury of time and vandals, falling into ruin. In the 60s the Fortino Napoleonico has been completely and tastefully restored following the original architectural lines and returned to the charm of the place. With regard to the beach, nowadays there are 4-5 meters in the narrowest part, while 200 years ago it is estimated to be approximately 100 meters. Converted into a hotel in 1969 after massive restoration, the Fort is the ideal base for a stay that includes history, nature and relaxation.

So a historic as well as a relaxing stay. Perhaps Fraulien von Peter herself needs to be introduced to the idea of a few days away from home. Perhaps the dear readership of this here blog could hold an inaugural get together there! Play a Napoleonic wargame there!!  😃

Right – that’s the dreaming time over!  😢

Reenactors at Hotel Fortino Napoleonico

Those pop guns are going to be in serious trouble should the Royal Navy appear. Time to get back to the fortress! Image “borrowed” from http://www.hotelfortino.it

 

Don’t forget that you can click on the images for larger and clearer images.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Sad news and visual feasting

4/132 Ligne – 5 companies

A third fusilier company – coincidently the 3rd fusilier company – has reached the 4th battalion of the French 132 Ligne.

The battalion’s mounted officer has decided that he would place himself in the 3rd fusilier company. This is a dashed shame as von Peter himself quite likes the aurore (orange) discs on their shakos that distinguish the 3rd fusilier company. And thanks to that mounted officer there are only two of them. <mutter mutter>

The battalion has also gained a drummer to help them march in step and to stir them along  should they ever find themselves on the attack. For now the drum is being ‘lumped’ along on the drummer’s back so the battalion must make do without the benefit of the drum’s accompaniment.

The battalion just needs the addition of the 2nd fusilier company to be complete but this will need to wait. The 2nd fusilier company will be hosting the battalion’s fanion and the only eagle/fanion bearers available at the time of typing are those that come in the Route March command packs. These all have furled and canvas covered standards cast on the figures and von Peter himself would prefer to use the GMB Designs standards and fanions that he has procured. It is the understanding of von Peter himself that the eagle & fanion bearers that will come in the March-Attack command packs will have the desired ability to host the GMB Designs wee treasures and so the intention is to use these. Considering the number of March-Attack rank and file available von Peter himself is hoping that the March-Attack command packs are not too far away.

So for now von Peter himself will direct his paint brushes at some other target.

The figures are of course from Calpe Miniatures. Don’t forget to click on the picture for a larger and clearer view.

Fare thee well Donald Featherstone

Old news now but still worthy of acknowledgment. That inspirational companion of my youth Donald Featherston died 3 September 2013. Donald may not have been aware of the existence of a youthful von Peter himself on the other side of the world but that youth was well acquainted with most of his books and where they were to be found in the local library.

Being an idle sort of person but also echoing his sentiments von Peter himself does not hesitate to recommend reading Carlo Pagano’s Rainy afternoons at the Midland Library with Donald Featherstone post on his With Pyjamas through the Desert blog. Carlo’s thoughts and experiences mirror those of von Peter himself … apart from the obvious disadvantage Carlo suffered from being domiciled in Australia rather than New Zealand!   8O)

Bruce Weigle’s amazing terrain and games

Not a lot to say on this one as the old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words proves very apt. Take a look at Bruce’s Nice Terrain Tables. Cinematic is probably the right word. What strikes von Peter himself is the eye fooling mixing of scales. Very clever and very effective.

Bruce Weigle's Approaching MagentaVV - The converging French attack on Austrian-held Magenta, June 1859 (Second Italian War of Independence)

One of Bruce Weigle’s amazing games. Picture shamelessly lifted from http://www.g-design.us/bruce/

Revolutions

von Peter himself has discovered a new Podcast to help while away his time. Revolutions is brought to the world by Mike Duncan who was behind The History of Rome podcast.

With Revolutions Mike intends to look at several revolutions (surprise!!) with several episodes per revolution. The first revolution is the tussle between Charles Stuart and his English Parliament. So far, so good.

von Peter himself gets his fix via iTunes but you can also get it on the web at …

http://www.revolutionspodcast.com/

Revolutions

Oh the shame

To von Peter himself it is quite counter intuitive but over the winter months his rate of gaming always slows down. One would think that with the inclement weather indoor activities would be favoured but this does not appear to be the case at Schloss von Peter. Perhaps it would be better if the rate of gaming had fallen a little more …

After their first Impetus game The son & heir and von Peter himself reviewed the rules and discovered that The son & heir  8O)  had made several errors in translating the rules from rule book to table top. So another battle needed to be had.

This time The son & heir lead a band of late medieval / early renaissance unsophisticated western bully boys bristling with knights and pikes supported by some arquebus and crossbows. von Peter himself mustered his Sassanids with lots of cavalry – both heavy and light – and lots of archery. Perhaps in error the elephants stayed in their enclosures, i.e. in a cardboard box! Admittedly there are multiple centuries between these two armies but the Sassanids were perhaps not that different from a contemporary eastern foe for the western thugs.

The son & heir set up the terrain as per the rules and showed his feral cunning by clogging up the table with an impassable river and various areas of forests and broken ground. What better way to negate all that eastern cavalry, especially all those light horse achers? Feral cunning indeed!

von Peter himself grows weary and so he will not go into the details of the battle <cough cough>. Suffice it to say that the Westerners had their way with the Easterners. Darn but those knights are hard. And both commanders are now well aware of the risks of having their supports too close to their front line troops … especially those from the East. Oh, and von Peter himself will be setting the terrain for the next game!

On the plus side von Peter himself can claim to have taught The son & heir everything he knows. Well the good things that he knows that is!!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself