Accounts of international co-operation from the archives

Look what happens when one blows off the dust and one looks back through the ancient records. What was meant to be a quick paragraph has turned into a full blown post. Sacre bleu!

From the archives

This delve into the archives drags The dear reader back ten years to February 2007 which is when von Peter himself sent his locally recruited fusiliers off to be amalgamated into the Kapiti Fusiliers … … …

The Friday Night Fusiliers was – and still is albeit currently hibernating – a forum based in Yahoo Groups – all the rage back then – and by 2007 had been humming along successfully for several years. Initially based around a few gamers in the Wellington region of New Zealand it had morphed into a happy and vibrant grouping of international wargamers with actively contributing members in the UK, US, Australia, continental Europe and who knows where else. Non competitive, aesthetically pleasing and comradely collecting and gaming were the guiding principles. Horse & musket gaming predominated. Members were referred to as The Fusiliers.

Somewhat contemporaneously there was a “Kapiti Fusiliers” website which Roly maintained with some input from various Fusiliers but mostly generated by Roly himself.

 

In May 2004 one of The Fusiliers – Fusilier Mike MacGillivray from the US – came up with the highly suspect idea of creating a group painted wargames unit. Fortunately nothing concrete came of it. On the 4 August 2006 a second attempt on the Friday Night Fusiliers  …

Mon General,

The following proposal is being submitted on behalf of your fusiliers, who wish to create our battalion/regiment in miniature.

As we have both the esprit de corps and painting skills to produce a fine replication, it is proposed that the Fusiliers will create a miniature battalion/regiment of themselves – to be used in Napoleonic wargames, and designated as “The Kapiti Fusiliers” (replacing an historical battalion/regiment).

– Several members have already indicated their willingness to paint. It is suggested that each purchase 5-6 of the new Perry French to re-create a company, and paint them to depict the French army during “The 100 Days”.

– It is suggested that each painter have liberty in style, to show unique authorship for each company.

– A company shall consist of 100-120 men (5-6 figs on a 1:20 scale).

– All figures should be completed by the end of October, and for the outposts, mailed to a TBD depot.

– The staff in New Zealand will be responsible for mounting them,
creating terrain, and providing a permanent display setting.

– Our general shall assign who will paint the officers and/or casualties.

Various lunatics now thought this to be a grand idea and before any sane person could intervene further refinements to the build had been made – the companies were reduced to around four figures each in line with the common build amongst the New Zealand Fusiliers – and figures were being bought and painted. In the end Front Rank Figurines were the most used figure manufacturer. Subscriptions to the idea were so popular that two battalions were eventually created though it should be noted that a few particularly “ill” Fusiliers contributed two companies. Completed companies were sent to Roly who based them and is the guardian of the creation to this day. The 28mm Kapiti Fusiliers even get out to fight occasionally.

Above: the 1/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

Contributors to the first battalion left to right are (hopefully!) …

  • grenadiers – Roly Hermans (New Zealand)
  • von Peter himself (New Zealand)
  • command – Roly Hermans (still New Zealand!)
  • Mark Case (USA)
  • Chris Kendrick (Australia)
  • voltigeurs – Scott Bowman (New Zealand)

Above: 2/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

With any luck the contributors to the second battalion left to right are …

  • grenadiers – Michael McGillivray (USA)
  • Phil Roberts (USA)
  • Scott Bowman (New Zealand)
  • Mark Temple (Australia)
  • Chris Kendrick (Australia)
  • voltigeurs – Eric Veitl (France)

It was an immense surprise to von Peter himself when he found himself contributing a company to the build. von Peter himself can hardly paint any of his own figures let alone paint figures to just give away! The contribution was the second fusilier company for the first battalion thereby sporting striking sky blue pompons. A less regimented look was desired showing something a little different so a fusilier in greatcoat, a fusilier with covered shako, a fusilier taking a sip from his canteen and a fusilier advancing head turned to look at the aforementioned drinking fusilier were ordered. All were in campaign dress as opposed to full or parade dress. A little surprisingly they were the first Napoleonic French infantry that von Peter himself had painted. Ever!

Above: The four fusiliers and Fusilier ADC Peter immediately before being despatched on the 25 February 2007 to Roly for basing

 

But two battalions will be in need of command

Being the mature, sensible and fun loving hobbyists that we were the The Fusiliers went through a stage of allocating military ranks or positions to some of The Fusiliers. The group’s founder Roly became The Fusilier General or as von Peter himself preferred The Fusilier General Sir!. Along with Eric Veilt (from France) von Peter himself had become a moderator to help Roly administer The Fusiliers. For this we both became Fusilier ADCs – and for von Peter himself in particular Fusilier ADC Peter. While chatting about the group painting project with Roly – The Fusilier General Sir! himself – von Peter himself jokingly raised the idea of creating a Fusilier ADC Peter figure. Davout’s head – modelled by Front Rank bareheaded with male pattern baldness & glasses – would be attached to a hussar type figure to create a miniature me – a distinguished looking chap with male pattern baldness and glasses! The idea took hold so Front Rank were contracted to supply the Davout figure and a dismounted French horse artillery officer who is dressed in the hussar style with pelisse etc. Fusilier Greg was commissioned to perform the head swap – he enjoys this sort of thing and is rather good at it – and all von Peter himself had to do was create a uniform. In the end it was quite a conservative uniform with only several kilograms of gold thread to show that the figure represents a particularly important ADC to a particularly important Fusilier General Sir! Some may opine that the glasses have a rather heavy steam punk look to them. von Peter himself would spin the line that they authentic for the time and provide a rather fetching look. von Peter himself would of course be wrong!  😊

Above: The Fusilier ADC Peter figure was based as part of the International Kapiti Fusiliers command base along with the mounted Fusilier General Sir! and the falling – hopefully just slipped in a cow pat! – Fusilier ADC Eric figure. Photo care of Roly.

 

Finally Roly created a tricolour standard for the Kapiti Fusiliers personalised with their war record

Above: The standard of the International / Kapiti Fusiliers with two honours. Both honours were won in battles fought in a campaign played in 2007. “Segensburg” was earned for victory over a Russian battalion and “Biburg” for taking and holding the town of Biburg in the battle of the same name. Nice artwork Roly.

 

Epilogue

The Friday Night Fusiliers Yahoo Group still exists but has been dormant for several years now. RIP. Although it is effectively consigned to the annals of history von Peter himself owes it a debt of gratitude as he has made several good friends around the world due to the bonds forged when we were The Fusiliers.

The Kapiti Fusiliers website has long since ceased to be. Roly posted a notification on The Miniatures Page in October 2011 along the lines of …

The increased popularity of personal blogs over the last year or two has resulted in the Kapiti Fusiliers website not being updated for some time.

As we’re paying for a domain name for a site that we no longer keep up, we’ve decided to let it lapse. This means that from a week or two’s time, any links to the Fusiliers website will no longer work.

The site itself will still continue exist, but not under this domain name (I’ll find out what the actual host name is, and post it here soon).

Even though it will no longer maintained, the site is still a valuable repository of many inspiring articles and photos.

And although it was given another year or two of life thanks to various Fusiliers – including the normally parsimonious von Peter himself – donating the required money the end eventually came.

 

Many thanks to Roly for supplying photos and other details that needed dredging up from the archives and our poor old human memory banks!

The above has mostly been generated by a steadily degenerating brain. If it needs any correcting then please let the author know.

 

And in other news

Just in case you’re interested the TooFatLardies have released Episode Five of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast. Get it here or if you’re a YouTuber here.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Snippets #7

A few disassociated bits and pieces …

The History Book Man offer up another e-book

“The Army of Portugal 1793-1814” is the latest e-book release from the The History Book Man.

This popular title was originally published in 1974 and has been out of print since 1982.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Portuguese army from 1793-1807 and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

235 pages of historical background, organisational detail and the all important uniform information backed up with many colour illustrations. And all for a measly £3.99. What could possibly go wrong for Peninsular gamers? Yes von Peter himself is a History Bookman fan.

 

In a distant future

The official pigmenter of Napoleonic things Austrian and Bavarian for von Peter himself Nigel F. is nearing the end of his current Bavarian assignment. This will mean that Nigel will  soon add pigmenter of Napoleonic things Polish for von Peter himself to his acclamation. Truly a proud moment!  😃

Front Rank Figurines will provide the Poles as to the eyes of von Peter himself their figures fit in best with his stocks of mostly Front Rank (surprise!) and Calpe Miniatures. The Poles are a later creation in the Front Rank Catalogue so they come with some variants within the more common product codes and suffer less from the portly figure syndrome of their early ranges.

Normally the beginnings of a new nation would be marked with a stock standard bread and butter line infantry battalion. But a survey of the local forces of the petite Emperor reveals a distinct lack off cavalry so it is the 2nd Uhlan Regiment that will lead off for the Polish contingent.

Multi pose lance arms have been attached to uhlan bodies. Lances have been created from brass rod and attached in hands and where possible at least one other point on the uhlan for that extra strength. A Polish Eagle has even been presented.

Troops need a commander and so General de Brigade Krukowiecki – commander of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade – his appropriated trumpeter and his trusty Aide de camp have also been prepared for pigmenting.

The lot of them minus the horses will soon be winging their way to Nigel.

Above: The Polish 2nd Uhlans preceded by their brigade command all in their silvery glory. The men ready themselves for transportation and subsequent pigmentation. The poor horses are to remain at Neu Schloss von Peter for their pigmentation.

 

Roly fighting in the library – sssh!

Fraulien von Peter herself happened to be reading the Saturday morning paper while supping her hello morning cup of tea when she spied a picture with Roly staring back at her from the pages of said Saturday morning paper. And there were pictures of toy soldiers and a spiel about how he would be running a demonstration Maori Wars wargame in the library based on an almost local skirmish grandly entitled the Battle of Boulcotts Farm from May 1846. The good Fraulien decreed that we should pay a visit to Roly and his game. And von Peter himself knowing what was good for him promptly agreed!  😊

von Peter himself would bang on with further details but fortunately there is no need as Roly has provided a perfectly good description of his day of high adventure in the library on his Dressing the Lines blog.  😇

Above: an overview of what is thought to be the second game of the day. The chaps in red seem to be getting the worst of it! Much more to be seen over on Roly’s blog.

 

1 to 1 modelling – Leipzig reenactment 2017

Some interesting pictures from the 2017 reenactment of the 1813 Leipzig battle can be found here. A plethora of photos and short videos. And fun aplenty playing spot – or guess! – the units represented by the reenactors.

Above: a nice photo of a reenactor’s Saxon Grenadier shako. Image “borrowed” from http://thrifles.blogspot.co.nz/2017/10/leipzig-1813-in-2017-reenactment-zum.html

 

Quickfire Lardy’s shenanigans

The TooFatLardies have released episode two off their TooFatLardies Oddcast.

The not very tightly held secret project of an impending fantasy skirmish game based on a TooFatLardies set of rules has been partially outed in the Meeples and Miniatures podcast episode 233 – Oppy Wood.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Bavarian bigwig

Despite the distractions related at the end of this post von Peter himself has managed to complete the transfer of some figures from the “unpigmented figures in reserve” pile to the “play a game so you can use me” pile.

Presenting Generallieutenant Raglovich

In the Order of Battle von Peter himself is using to build his 1813 Napoleonic armies Generallieutenant Raglovich commands the 29th (Bavarian) Division in the XII Corps of the French Army. This is pre the Bavarians seeng the light … or did they see the writing on the wall? … and aligned themselves with the Allies against the French.

From the 29th (Bavarian) Division the brigade of Generalmajor Beckers is almost completely recreated for von Peter himself. A single battalion to go. There is also the Kronprinz Chevauleger which was a corps asset in the same corps as the 29th (Bavarian) Division.

The son & heir has painted a battalion from the brigade of Generalmajor Maillot also of the 29th (Bavarian) Division but is unlikely to paint more. The figures for more are domiciled unpigmented at New Schloss von Peter so the Bavarians will likely grow further in the future. At some time undetermined in the future that is as there are other units that out rank them in the painting queue.

Whatever he may eventually command Generallieutenant Raglovich has arrived to command all Bavarian formations either as an intermediary commander in those larger games or as the CinC when the Bavarians are operating alone.

Because Generallieutenant Raglovich is the CinC for a nation in von Peter’s basing regime he gets a rectangular base rather than the round base of lesser commanders.

The narrative is that the good Generallieutenant Raglovich is receiving a report from an Aide de Camp who is doffing his hat in respect. A staff officer accompanies the Generallieutenant and is keenly observing his reaction to the report. An officer on foot listens in wondering what the report means for his battalion.

And then we have the chap below. Shall we call him Wilhem? When von Peter himself originally selected the figures for the Bavarian CinC stand Wilhelm was included. Then the time finally came to organise and attach them to the base and it became clear that this mounted figure was a mounted figure too far. So it came to pass that Kapitän(?) Wilhelm was allocated to a base all of his own. As such he can act as an ADC, decoration or as a leader in Sharp Practice games.

Above: Kapitän(?) Wilhelm. Embarrassingly von Peter himself has left a mould line on the poor horses face. Bad von Peter himself!

Credits:

  • figures from Front Rank Figurines
  • coloured pigments laid down by Nigel Fun-nell
  • horse painting, figure selection, figure choreography and basing by von Peter himself.

Nigel returned these figures pigmented literally years ago. Other figures receipted at the same time were dealt with in the appropriate manner but the move to Neu Schloss von Peter resulted in this lot being “filed” away. They can finally take their place in the line of battle. Willing to give their lives in the service of von Peter himself. Hey … what’s all that muttering and complaining coming from the display cabinet?! SILENCE UNGRATEFULS!! 😃

A scullery maid?

Another figure from Front Rank Figurines has rolled off the production lines. This time a civilian from the Napoleonic Civilians pack CNPK4. By pure chance she wears a blue similar to the Bavarians above but it is nothing more than a coincidence.

von Peter himself got it into his head that he didn’t necessarily want to base all of his civilians on dirt as he does for his military chaps. So after a little exhausting cogitation some paved effect bases were ordered from Renedra Limited. (And of course one does not order a few grams of plastic all the way from the UK to NZ all by itself. That would be just crazy. So a few other items were appended to the order. It was the sensible thing to do you understand!  😇)

The problem with the textured plastic bases was that the base of the miniature figure would sit proud on top of it. One could get all creative with several solutions but von Peter himself took the idle approach – of course! – and just glued the figure on to the base. It really isn’t that noticeable in real life. Filing down the figures base wouldn’t be such a bad idea though.

The current plan is to always have a civilian figure ‘on the go’ on the painting desk so one will pop out every now and then. They will be useful as decoration in the larger scaled games and even more so in Sharp Practice games where they are also at risk of becoming part of the scenario.

General d’Armee: They Talk to the Game Designer and available to preorder

Should The dear reader be interested there is a General d’Armee: We Talk to the Game Designer article on the TheTooFatLardies site. And should The dear reader be inspired …

… General d’Armee is now available to preorder the TheTooFatLardies site in two permutations:

  • a physical rulebook running to 108 pages in length, two A4 laminated playsheets and a ‘free’ pdf copy of the rules. At £24.00 this saves the purchaser £16 off list price.
  • as per the above but with the addition of two sets of Game Tokens in ‘vibrant” – whatever vibrant means! – MDF for £32.00. A  saving of £18.

The pdfs will be emailed on 21 May 2017 because that’s when the rules will be released.

 

You too can hear Adrian Goldsworthy

von Peter himself is familiar with the name Adrian Goldsworthy as the author of non fiction books on the Roman army. But apparently he has written books of a fictional nature as well on topics other than the Roman army. Who would have thought!

Episode 6 of the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy podcast is entitled “Bootleg Goldsworthy” as part of the show is a recording of a presentation given by Mr Goldsworthy at a wargames convention. The presentation ranges over various topics including ancient warfare and the war game rules that try to recreate it. Worth a listen.

Get yourself a copy from from iTunes or here … or possibly some other feed!

The internet as an agent of distraction

Way back when Apple stopped supporting its website building software iWeb von Peter himself called time on his original combined website & blog as the proverbial writing was on the proverbial wall.

This left a bitter taste in the mouth of von Peter himself as years of work was no longer available on the web. Unfortunately such abandonment of software and its users is far from unique in this modern disposable easy come easy go world. Rant mode off! 😃

Above: A blast from the past – the top of the Home page of the original von Peter himself website (from within the iWeb tool which explains some of the unexpected lines to be seen)

The cunning plan was to replace it with this blog and a new traditional website at http://vonpeterhimself.com. The blog thing worked out just fine. At least von Peter himself is of that opinion. Your milage may vary! The second version of the website not so much. It never really progressed anywhere. But that is changing as a third version is being created.

von Peter himself has come over all enthusiastic and finds himself tempted away from the painting desk to “play” with a new website. This activity is for now a challenging yet agreeably enjoyable pastime. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of time at the painting desk. Just when a routine of regular painting had been bedded in too. D’oh!

More on this should the plans achieve anything worthy of notification.

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

Listening while going native

Three … two … one … GO …

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