The woods for the trees

In a fit of enthusiasm some hobby gardening has been undertaken with the results below excluding the middle base which was already in stock. They are all 4Ground Trees and von Peter himself likes them. Unfortunately since their restructuring 4Ground no longer sell them. An email back in August 2019 elicited the response …

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future.

A further enquiring email was sent a couple of days ago and elicited the following response.

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but we have been looking back into getting more we are hoping for mid summer but it depends on the lockdown and supplies.

So there is hope that more will be be available to be procured in the future. Fortunately local distributer MightyApe were able to provide some of the trees below from their ever decreasing stock and there are a couple of Mature Oak Trees making their way to Neu Schloss von Peter at this very moment.

The trees are supplied as simple kits. A set/kit comprises several mdf pieces – a base plate, a plate for gluing on top of the base plate with holes for the tree bases and the round tree bases themselves to which one must glue the one piece tree. Perhaps the following image “borrowed” from 4Ground gives The dear reader some insights …

Ground filling/texturing, painting and flocking completes the deal. The smallest trees come in sets of five, larger in sets of three, larger yet in sets of two and the largest as singles. The trees can be placed individually on the table or in their multi tree base.

From left to right in the image above …

  • TSM-107: 5 Young Ash Trees
  • TSM-104: 4 Oak/Beech Trees
  • TSM-???: 3 Young Chestnut Trees. These were completed September 2017!
  • TSM-106: 2 Mature Ash Trees
  • TSM-112: 2 Mature Chestnut Trees

All up … very pleasing.

 

 

Another Austrian AD

This poor ADC has been awaiting his horse for a while. One hopes that much wining, dining and general carousing were had while he waited impatiently on the painting desk for his ride to come to fruition. And now it has. And now he can be shown amongst some very topical trees

The man painted by Napoleonic Austrian painter to von Peter himself – Nigel Fun-nell. Horse and basing locally arranged at Neu Schloss von Peter.

 

Bavarian upgrades

Whilst taking photos of trees, an Austrian ADC etc the opportunity to replace a couple of fairly rubbish photos of a couple of Bavarian battalions for vonpeterhimself.com was taken. And here they be to save The dear Readers from having to travel over to that other place to see them.

First up is 2/3rd Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment …

Next up von Peter himself presents the reimaged 2/8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment …

All images are clickable for a larger clearer view.

 

Podcast corner

Finally this COVID-19 thing and associated lockdown really is a bit of utter rubbish, albeit necessary rubbish. Amongst the coping strategies of von Peter himself is listening to podcasts. Two new finds that may be of interest …

History From Home Archive

Dan Hill is a military historian who is currently hosting a weekly historical chat – History From Home. Upcoming topics include …

  • Dr Phil Weir on The Battle Of The Atlantic
  • Alex Owen on The Battle Of Waterloo
  • James Holland On Normandy 1944
  • Ben Mayne On The Battle Of Bosworth

But you don’t have to listen to them live as there is an Archive of them. von Peter himself has consumed the Kate Jamieson on The Battle of Trafalgar and there are several others on the to-do list.

Note that while von Peter himself happily listened to the Trafalgar episode relevant images are displayed on the screen.

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Self explanatory really. Five 15 minute episodes from the BBC on Napoleon: The Man and the Myths. von Peter himself would take exception with some of the statements but isn’t that true for everyone on anything when it comes to Napoleon?!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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 #14

One day von Peter himself hopes to get back to pigmenting his figures but until then a quick drive by of some items of potential interest …

Aventine Byzantines

Aventine Miniatures have started a 28mm range of early Byzantines. The first unit type out off the gate is the heavy infantry. Lighter armoured infantry are apparently in the works.

 

Skirmishing’ish Ancients rules

The TooFatLardies are working on a skirmish’ish level game set in those ancient times. Think Sharp Practice sized games though it has been stressed that this is a new game and not Sharp Practice with the gun powder removed. See …

 

But there’s more …

 

The son & heir raised Clash of Spears into the consciousness of von Peter himself. Victrix has  partnered with the rule writers to provide Punic Wars “warbands” and guess who already has Victrix figures for the Punic Wars. A clue – it’s The son & heir.

More details can be found here including links to further details on the rules themselves.

 

Stalingrad

von Peter himself has seen and heard multiple awestruck reports of a Stalingrad table. And here’s a little video on it …

 

A newly discovered Podcast

For those with an interest in WWII a couple of patriotic Brits host a podcast on that conflict. von Peter himself has listened to around ten episodes as the time of typing and finds the presentation and topics entertaining. The official blurb …

Achtung! Achtung!

Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don’t expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.

Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com

Battle stations!

Search for “We Have Ways of Making You Talk” on your favourite podcast provider.

 

Would von Peter himself have been as indomitable?

Very sad and poignant yet also positive and uplifting …

Totally worth it

Some very wise words with the bonus of having a health message built in.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #11

A couple of small thoughts …

Alatriste

The 2006 Spanish produced fictional yet historically based film Alatriste has for many years been fading in and out the consciousness of von Peter himself. The draw was that it was set in 17th century about a Spanish soldier and the stills seen looked mighty impressive.

Above: Spanish Tercio at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste. You’ve got to blow on your match occasionally to keep it alive / lit

So one dreary afternoon – before going out to the movies! – a version of the film with English subtitles was found and viewed. To be honest the plot was a little difficult to follow in detail as several books worth of story telling were apparently compressed in to the one film but the visuals were well worth the cost of entry. The battle scenes were well done with files of men going down sequentially to cannon balls; the tops of upright pikes being removed by over shooting cannonballs; standards falling in the background only to be re-raised by presumably another bearer; firing and retiring to reload; charging armoured cavalry; pike block on pike block action with the two sides slowly coming together and seemingly taking a deep breath before engaging with a final little surge. Unfortunately the representation of the Battle of Rocroi was just a single Tercio vs. the French but I guess one could only find, outfit, train and pay so many men!

Oh – and Viggo Mortensen plays our hero Diego Alatriste and in the opinion of von Peter himself does a damned fine job of it too. And to help sort the plot issues see Alatriste for a plot summary.

And you’ve just got to love those stylish large brimmed hats on display in the film.

Above: Spanish Tercio vs. cavalry at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste

 

Podcast corner

von Peter himself has stumbled over Henry Hyde’s Battlechat podcast. At the time of typing there are 26 episodes with many of them being with some interesting guests. Your author has listened to 2/3 of Episode 1 and the experience has not deterred from him bringing the podcast to the attention of The dear readership.

 

Ooops … pushed the publish button and not the Save Draft button. Oh well lets just go with it! 😎

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #9

The good von Peter himself and even better Fraulien von Peter herself availed themselves of a Singapore Airlines sale and spent a few days offshore celebrating their joint wedding anniversary and the few days not working. The dear reader can decide which of those two aspects was the more important. 😃 Those away days account for some of the lack of local productivity. Assorted distractions and general idleness cover the remainder. But the lack of local news should not deprive The dear readership of an update out of Neu Schloss von Peter. That would just be cruel, unjust and just plain unfair! So …

 

A new General d’Armee video

A brand new instructional video for the Napoleonic rules General d’Armee starring the rules author Dave Brown has been created. At the time of typing von Peter himself has only viewed a few minutes of said production but what was seen was well worth the time invested. The tactical options available in various situations were discussed as well as the expected rules discussions. From the viewing so far – a big fat “vPh Recommended”.

 

Oddcast Number Ten

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Ten of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. It  can be directly got at here. Apparently …

Our regular team are joined in the studio by international wargaming celebrity Dave Brown as they discuss Richard’s recent visit to Historicon, the demise of the Summer Special and this episode’s Big Issue, BIG Battles.

Unlike the video above of which von Peter himself has viewed only a few minutes this podcast is totally unlistened to by the same von Peter himself. However, based on the experience of the preceding nine episodes the risk of advertising episode ten and it turning out to be a turkey does not seem that great.

Dave Brown is certainly getting around – see the prior item. But then what else would one would expect from an “international wargaming celebrity”.

 

Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery now online

One way or another von Peter himself has been banging on about the Calpe Miniatures  Saxon Foot Artillery for a few posts now. So why stop now?! 😃

The latest is that the gunner packs have now found their way on to the Calpe Miniatures website. The dear reader can now see pictures – front and back – of all the packs and order them online. Sadly only one of the packs is shown in a painted state as not only do the painted figures provide some tasty eye candy but they also provide an excellent uniform guide. Click here for direct access to the wee chaps.

The image above is ah … um … “backed up” from the Calpe Miniatures website to add a little colour and class to the proceedings here. von Peter himself could not resist including the image below as well because it shows off the detail to be found on the rear of figures.

 

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

Another quickie … but with oomph!

And the oomph comes out of Calpe Towers.

New Calpe news

There has been an update to the Calpe Miniatures website. Hurrah!

There are the latest figure releases – firing line figures for the Saxon musketeers, grenadiers and the Jaeger company as well as a musketeer regimental headquarters …

  • S52, Musketeer regiment headquarters. Mounted colonel and major. Standing guard and sergeant-major
  • S53, Saxon musketeer firing line. Three figures firing and three loading
  • S54, Four Saxon musketeers holding fire
  • S55, Four Saxon musketeers. Variations of figures from packs S53 and S54. Two figures with heads turned and two with greatcoat rolls
  • S56, Four Saxon musketeers. Variations of figures from packs S53 and S54. Two bareheaded figures and two with forage caps
  • S57, Six figures. Standard bearer and two NCO guards. Sapper, drummer and senior NCO
  • S58, Grenadier firing line. Two firing figures, two holding fire and two loading
  • S59, Grenadier variants of S58. Head turns, forage cap, greatcoat rolls and bareheaded versions
  • S60, Saxon Jaeger coy. Six figures in skirmish poses.

von Peter himself feels an order is imminent. The Jaeger Company is particularly tempting. One pack of six figures completes the unit. Even von Peter himself should be able to complete / pigment the unit within a decade!  😃

There is also an associated News pronouncement which I reproduce here for the convenience of the The dear readership

The website has been updated with the new Saxon codes. These codes mark the completion of the Saxon musketeers and the start of the light infantry codes. S60, the jaeger company, is the first of the light infantry codes. The figures for the two light infantry regiments will form most of the next release – initially in firing line poses and then in march-attack and advancing poses. I’m not sure how I am going to organise the packs for these, as there were only four light infantry battalions. Fewer variations are required, so I’ll have to give some thought to how I structure these sets of figures.

I am also working on the figures for the Saxon foot artillery. I will release these when I feel that I have completed enough figures. Although I cannot give you a release date, rest assured that the foot artillery gunners will be released some time this year. I will tackle the horse artillery when I deal with the Saxon cavalry. I have the Limbers and caissons ready but need the horses and drivers to go with them. I have also come across some new information recently that may require additions to this range of equipment pieces.

I have had a large number of inquiries about additions to the French ranges. I really enjoy sculpting these and they sell very well so more figures will be forthcoming. I am, however, going to concentrate on the Saxons for the next few months in an effort to complete this army. I felt that alternating between Saxons, French and Prussians was just drawing all three out with nothing being completed to my satisfaction. I am going back to my original way of working and hope to finish the Saxons this year before returning to the French.

I have added information on the Jaegers, Headquarters set (S52) and some thoughts on Saxon skirmishers to the “Guides and Research” section of the website.

An important piece of information I need to draw your attention to is that I will no longer personally accept card details for payment. All payments now have to go through the website or agencies such as Paypal or Sage. The reason for this is that the security protocols for card payments are so stringent now, that the old fashioned way of taking your card number by phone or receiving it by email is frowned upon. I have recently given up my card machine, as it was no longer paying for itself. Last year I put less than ten payments through the machine. Paypal and Sage Pay now process almost all of the payments made to Calpe.  The fact that I do not handle sensitive card data means that the vetting procedure I have to undergo each year to continue trading has become straightforward.

**COMING SOON** Last of all, you will see that there is a new section in the website – “Items for Sale.” I mentioned this in my previous update but was overtaken by events and had to leave it for this update. This new section is experimental and I am not entirely sure how it is going to work. My intention is to fine-tune it as we go along. Any comments are welcome.

As always thank you for your support and very belated good wishes for a not so New Year.

Peter

It’s all good news for this self confessed Calpe zealot.

Images “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website.

 

Simon Miller discusses For King and Parliament

Eleven minutes and seventeen seconds of The BigRedBat Simon Miller discussing his upcoming rule set for the English Civil War For King and Parliament which are based on his To the Strongest! ancients rules. Also plenty of footage of his ECW armies which would be the envy of many gamers. Damn that man! 😃  Although one must give him credit for sitting down in front of the camera.

 

Another Oddcast

The TooFatLardies have released Episode Six of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast podcast. If you’re keen you can get it here or listen to it directly from here.

 

vonpeterhimself.com progresses in a slow and dignified manner

As a self serving advertorial von Peter himself would like to remind The dear readers that the vonpeterhimself.com website – as opposed to this here blog – is still sporadically developing. The recent big advance has been the opening of the Links section with new links being added every few days. The Army Inspection section is also twiddled with on occasion.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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

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