Horse and musket bits #2

As per the immediately prior post von Peter himself presents a few public service announcements for The dear readers betterment. And once again those announcements by themselves would be but a meagre offering. Therefore as padding von Peter himself has repeated his raid on the photographic archives to present two more images – albeit of the same scene – from the Seven Years War (SYW).

The SYW Austrian and Prussian armies of von Peter himself were perennially short of commanders. As a triage exercise before a demonstration game at the local Call to Arms convention von Peter himself knocked out an infantry command stand for the Prussians.

The mounted officer’s uniform is based on that of Infantry Regiment 42 – Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment. It’s not impossible that the officer on foot’s uniform is based on Infantry Regiment 19 – Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment.

The faces have come out very smoothly. von Peter himself is left wondering what concoction he used for the effect. Unfortunately it’s a mystery that will never be revealed. D’oh!

The figures are the products of Front Rank Figurines, the tree / bush / shrub is from K&M Trees. The photos were snapped in August 2008 … just in case anybody cares. ūüėÉ

 

More video wizardry explaining General d’Armee

von Peter himself has stumbled across the YouTube channel¬†A Dash of √Član – Wargaming. It contains many videos on various wargames rules and other wargames topics. Of particular interest is the General d’Armee set of videos.¬†At the time of writing there are 16 videos ranging in duration from 1 minute 32 seconds through 58 minutes and 8 seconds.

Included is a three part Gd’A Game Play¬†…

A THREE part series taking a look at me learning to play General d’Armee.
Covers TWO complete turns of me offering my observations, clarifications, and tips on playing these Napoleonic miniatures rules.

…¬†which run through the rules as used during a game. Collectively the three videos run for around 2.5 hours. von Peter himself has viewed the first of the three and was sufficiently impressed to write/type about it here. Here’s the first of the three …

Some of the other videos may be excerpts from the three Gd’A Game Play¬†videos and allow direct access to various segments off the rules, e.g the Command Phase.

 

General de Brigade scenario Book #7

von Peter himself was caught off guard to discover that a seventh Napoleonic scenario book – Shadows Over the Empire –¬†for General de Brigade has been released.

OUT NOW! The latest in our range of Napoleonic Scenarios books, Volume 7 ‘Shadows Over The Empire’ includes 11 scenarios covering Kalisch, Mockern, Konigswartha, Weissig, Reichenbach, Goldberg, Blankenfelde, Gross-Beeren, Thiessen, Wartemburg and Lindenau.
All are designed for use with any Napoleonic set of rules, though recommended for General de Brigade.

Providing players with terrain maps, troop deployments, objectives and orders of battle – the scenarios can be played individually or in chronological order as per the real campaign.

Available from Caliver Books for £17.99 plus p&p.

Eleven more scenarios from von Peter’s preferred year of 1813. How could this be a bad thing? ūüėÉ

 

Impending

There is a game afoot. Quite a big game actually and von Peter himself is destined to be a confused and befuddled participant. Saxons, Bavarians and most importantly Austrians are to be provided from the local resources as the cost of entry. The gods of war have demanded that many Austrians be deployed so von Peter himself is making some meagre additions to his kaiserliks. Hopefully there will soon be some newly raised figures to show off. At least that’s the great hope.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Horse and musket bits

The main reason that von Peter himself brings to The dear readers this post is to be found as the last item below. But that by itself would be but a paltry offering therefore two visions of Prussians of the Seven Years War (SYW) variety are offered up as filler.

The images are from 2007 and show¬†von Peter’s other Prussians deployed ready for battle against some long forgotten foe. That foe is most likely not the SYW Austrians of von Peter himself because a couple of Austrian command stands are deputising as Prussian commanders! Old Fritz would be turning in his grave!!

The SYW project was started not long after von Peter himself completed his university years. So quite a while back. We won’t dwell on how far back! ūüėÉ At the time Military Miniatures – based in Auckland, New Zealand and since morphed into Battlefront – had a licence to cast Front Rank figures. This included the Front Rank SYW range and the easy availablity and relatively good pricing may have played into the thinking of von Peter himself to ‘do’ the SYW. Who now knows?! Two main armies were collected – the Prussians and Austrians. Later a few units of Hanoverians and French were added to the SYW collection.

The basing aesthetics are from a scheme long since abandoned and the units look a little skimpy at 12 figures a unit. Many of the flags were drawn by that clever Alan Hollows with a small number from GMB Designs for those units added long after the initial rush of collecting was over. The figures are Front Rank Figurines.

The infantry:

  • 9/10 von Mollendorf Grenadier Battalion (top picture in the second line with the yellow on their mitres)
  • 19/25 von Ramin Grenadier Battalion (top picture)

Commentary: the grenadier battalions are constituted of the grenadiers from 2 seperate Infantry Regiments. Thus half of each battalion wears the uniform of their parent regiment which includes the unique regimental mitre (tall grenadier head gear with metal front plate, coloured rear and pompom).

  • 1/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (bottom picture, flag has a pink cross on a white backgound)
  • 2/9 Jung-Kleist Infantry Regiment (top picture, flag has a pink cross on a green background)
  • 1/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white flag)
  • 2/10 Pannwitz Infantry Regiment (top picture with a blue flag)
  • 1/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a red Maltese Cross on a white background flag)
  • 2/19 Markgraf Karl Infantry Regiment (bottom picture with a white Maltese Cross on a red background flag)
  • 1/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly white with some orange flag)
  • 2/42 Markgraf Heinrich Fusilier Regiment (bottom picture with a mostly orange with some white flag)
  • Kleist Freicorps (top picture in green uniforms skirmishing)

The cavalry:

  • 7th Driesen Kuirassier Regiment (first line)
  • 4th Katte Dragoon Regiment (second line)
  • 7th Gelbe (Yellow) (Malachowski) Hussar Regiment (third line)

Commentary: each regiment is present on both wings.

Hopefully the figures still look much as they are seen here. It’s been a while since their boxes were opened.

There is something gentlemanly about mid Eighteenth Century warfare that was lost with the vulgarity of Napoleonic warfare and the mass conscription that fed it. And there is something very pleasing with the simpler SYW uniforms that could still differ significantly from line regiment to line regiment. von Peter himself seems to have a particular taste for horse and musket gaming so it would be a brave man who would bet against these troops once again marching across the table top.

 

General d’Armee: more videos

The TheTooFatLardies have released four more videos to support their Рunder the guise of  Reisswitz Press Рsoon to be released Napoleonic rules General d’Armee. Once again the introductory wording has been stolen from the mouths of the TooFatLardies.

Here Game Designer Dave Brown talks about movement and how that is handled in General d’Armee …

General d’Armee author and game designer Dave Brown talks about Firing in this video as he continues his stroll through the game sequence …

In the seventh video in this series, Dave Brown talks about melee in General d’Armee …

In the final video in this series, Dave Brown and his minder play a game of GDA ..

This completes the current release of videos for General d’Armee. And just in time too as the rules are now officially released and available for purchase.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Some Napoleonic bits

Shamefully no newly pigmented figures have rolled off the production line of von Peter himself since the last missive. Soon Dear reader, soon. But still there is information worthy of the effort required to publish it …

General d’Armee: the videos

As has seemingly become their want¬†TheTooFatLardies¬†have created some videos to support the soon to be released Napoleonic rules General d’Armee.

For any of The dear readers who may be a little confused at this juncture please note that General d’Armee is being published by Reisswitz Press which is an arm of that wargaming conglomerate The TooFatLardies (TFL). Reisswitz Press being¬†utilised by TFL to publish rules etc not created by the TooFatLardies themselves. By way of illustration¬†General d’Armee has been penned by David Brown.

So back to the videos with descriptive wordage ‘borrowed’ from the TooFatLardies …

Dave Brown introduces his new Napoleonic wargames rules published by Reisswitz Press. Here Dave talks about the size of forces needed for the rules …

In the second of the General d’Armee series, author, Dave Brown, talks about the game turn and its structure …

Dave Brown talks about the real heart of his new rules, General d’Armee, in the video about Command & Control and Initiative …

Here Dave Brown, author of General d’Armee, talks about the next phase in the game sequence; the Charge. Fix bayonets and enjoy! …

It is the understanding of von Peter himself that that least eight videos have been produced with the remainder soon to put in an appearance.

 

Internecine warfare

The son & heir happened to be on a two week break from his studies in Dunedin. Being of a naturally generous nature he decided that the two weeks would best be spent at New Schloss von Peter consuming food, beverages, tv, internet and last but not least hot water.

This was all too much. Such unrestrained raiding could not be left unchallenged. A man needs to protect what is his after all. Armed conflict seemed unavoidable. von Peter himself sent forth a scouting party of Bavarians whilst The son & heir despatched his own scouting force of Prussians. The two bumped into one another in the vicinity of a small farm occupied by a few innocent civilians.

These unfortunates were¬†of great interest¬†to the military men who wished to gently issue them invites – that they couldn’t refuse – back to their respective military camps to ‘discuss’ the local area. If not in the clutches of one of the two militaries the civilian figures could randomly move which annoyingly they mostly chose not to do in the game.

A couple of pictures to recount this episode of kleine warfare at the edge of the main armies. Don’t be forgetting to be clicking the pictures for a larger and clearer view.

Above: Those dastardly Prussians are all over the majority of the civilians early in the game.  The dice were to prove themselves Prussian sympathisers early on.

In the bottom left some Volunteer Jager (green coats) of the 1st Silesian Infantry Regiment and their rifles are taking advantage of a copse of trees to lay down some hurt on a Bavarian Landwehr unit that is to the left of this image.

Poor Gunter Рlugging around a sack of produce over his shoulders in the field  at the bottom of the image Рis destined to be caught in the crossfire of these two units for several turns and miraculously survived!

In the centre leftish some Prussian Landwehr shelter behind a wall and welcome wheelbarrow pushing Hans into their ranks with the offer of hospitality that he cannot refuse. Hans obviously lost control of the barrow as he pushed it right into the Prussians.

A little up and to the right of the Landwehr a detachment of the 1st Silesian Infantry Regiment have welcomed the farm proprietors Elfriede in her yellow dress and Konrad in his Sunday best green jacket. The offer not to be refused is being made.

Top left a detachment of the 1st Silesian Infantry Regiment with their red flag are escorting Ada off the board prior to their return.

In the top right corner can be seen Clothilda in her red scarf annoying running from the pursuing Bavarians a little of whom can just be made out top right.

Above: Later in the game the Bavarians have managed to assume a central position. Those dastardly Prussians have made off with most of the civilians though out of sight to the left Gunter is still stranded between the lines and Clothilda is being kept close by the Bavarian light troops and their mounted officer at the extreme right behind the tree.

The Prussian troops of the 1st Silesian Infantry Regiment to be seen over the farm buildings have delivered their civilians off table and will soon form a column to storm back up the table to the right of the farm buildings,

The Bavarians in the centre will soon send a detachment of line troops in their corn flower blue and the second detachment of green clad light troops just visible in front of the white washed farm building to the right to try and shoot up the soon to be visiting Prussian column.

The rest of the central Bavarians will pivot to the left to take the Prussian Volunteer jagers – not visible here – under fire.

The dice were to realise the earlier  error of their ways and turn on the dastardly Prussians. The skirmishing Prussian Volunteer Jagers and the main column were to suffer inordinately.

The Bavarians were left with the feel good factor at the end due to some excellent shooting at the death – a poor pun! – but though the Prussians suffered at the end they could claim to be victors as they’d rounded up more civilians and got most of them off table to their camp. And everyone knows that a civilian in the camp is worth more than one in the ranks and still on the table!

A Sharp Practice game.

And of note The son & heir had painted all the Prussians he used in the game except for two mounted officers. The warmonger! ¬†ūüėÉ

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!! ūüėÉ

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! ¬†ūüėá)

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! ūüėÉ

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 #3

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

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

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

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

Salute 2017: discounts

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

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

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

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

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

Update for General d’Armee 

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

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

A painted TravelBattle

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

A caged eagle

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

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

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #2

Some more miscellaneous¬†news items for the betterment of The dear readers. We start with¬†the picture …

Above: Continuing the Russian cavalry theme of the last post von Peter himself is pleased to present the celebrated Russian St. Petersburg Dragoon Regiment. In 1813 they were brigaded with the Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment Рhere seen in support in the distance -in the brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel.

 Wargames Foundry Russian Dragoons sculpted by the Perrys. Pigments applied by Greater Queeg.
And FYI the command stand to be seen between the two regiments is not Generalmajor Manteufel but rather some passing cossack commander.

Click for a larger and much clearer view.

General d’Armee Rules breaks cover

David Brown has provided a view of the cover for his forthcoming¬†Napoleonic¬†General d‚ÄôArmee¬†rules. von Peter himself is not sure that he approves of French dragoons flaunting a captured Prussian standard circa 1806 as the cover picture but he’ll magnanimously let it go this time! ¬†ūüėä

Publication is set down for April 2017, ie. this month.

And please excuse the pun in the heading! ūüėÄ

 

Of a Grossdeutschland nature

A slight deviation resultant of researching the previous General d’Armee item. General d’Armee is to be published by Reisswitz Press Рthe part of the TheTooFatLardies conglomerate which publishes rules not written by the TooFatLardies themselves. One of the TooFatLardies successful rules is the WWII platoon sized Chain of Command for which TooFatLardies have published several Pint Sized Campaign scenario books.

Just published is the Pint Sized Campaign¬†Storming the Citadel –¬†Grossdeutschland Attack at Kursk.

This Pint Sized Campaign for Chain of Command is the first covering the attack of PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland at Kursk.

So it appears there will be at least one more Pint Sized Campaign charting¬†PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland’s experiences at Kursk.

So why does von Peter himself mention it here? Partly because if he was ever to model an elite WWII German formation then something from PanzerGrenadier Division Grossdeutschland would probably be it. A large part of the reason for this is due to the book The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer who recounts his experiences on the Eastern Front much of it as part of Grossdeutschland. A recommended if somewhat sobering read of a German soldiers experiences on the Eastern Front in WWII. There is / was some controversy around the book but this does not detract from a riveting read. Recommended.

¬†Above: the latest edition of The Forgotten Soldier has a different cover to von Peter’s ¬†current edition* and is now illustrated.

* von Peter himself has bought the book twice as he lent out his first … and it never came back … sob!

Plastic Byzantines?

Spotted on the¬†Wargame News and Terrain¬†website …

Fireforge Games: Possible Plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry

Fireforge Games previewed this sneak peek picture of their next release. Rumors are that these are plastic Byzantine or Goth Infantry, we can only hope!

If they are Byzantines and depending on which Byzantines they are time wise this news may over excite a certain Garage Gaming Terry. von Peter himself awaits with interest! ¬† ūü§°

Flickering explosion / fire markers

In an effort to bring a little bit of high tech life to their gaming tables¬†Garage Gaming Terry¬†and von Peter himself have jointly procured¬†some Flickering Explosion Markers from Annie at¬†Bad Squiddo Games. These are just flickering electric tea lights with some fluffy material stuff coloured and glued on top. There are several ‘how to’ guides on creating these on the ‘webs but for¬†¬£2.00 each when you buy between five and nineteen of them why bother? Time is money and time is also exceedingly precious.

Watch the promotional video for moving images of the markers at work …

There is some suspicion that some of von Peters terrain items will be suffering from fires in the nearish future!

The painting desk – Aprils’ Fool Day 2017

As an April Fools’ Day treat von Peter himself will now reveal what he currently has on his painting desk. From front to back, left to right we have …

Front row:

  • the first two stands of the Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. These are completed but are here for reference as the rest of the battalion painfully makes it’s way to the front
  • two Austrian twelve pounder cannon. These are being readied for when their crew marches in from their ‘training’ with Nigel Fun-nel
  • two Prussian limber horses. All undercoated in white and waiting for some horsey pigments
  • a Napoleonic civilian. She is complete and needs to be based … which has a raised an issue. von Peter himself has plenty of bases of all sizes for various armies periods etc. They tend to be of¬†square / rectangular shape and too large for this single figure. A round base would seem a better choice. ¬†Hmmm.

Middle row:

  • A mounted officer and four figures for the Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. They are coming along nicely
  • three Prussian mounted¬†Feldjaegers. One was to be painted as the start of a Prussian command stand – von Peter himself is well short of proper Prussian command stands. Then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting one then he may as well paint one of the two¬†Feldjaegers that he has in stock to be single ADC type figures for the Prussians. And then von Peter himself thought that if he was painting two then he may as well paint all three of the¬†Feldjaegers that are in his immediate future. So three¬†mounted¬†Feldjaegers sit on dummy horses for painting purposes. They are undercoated in black.

Back row:

  • eight horse making their way through an oil painting regime. They are destined for a variety of uses …
    • a Bavarian ADC to be part of the Bavarian CinC command stand. The ADC¬†himself sits in the white tissue at the right of the picture
    • an Austrian Adjutant to be used singly as an ADC figure
    • as part of the Austrian grenadier command stand
    • an Austrian General of Cavalry¬†to be part of the Austrian CinC command stand
    • the mounted Saxon officer for¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment
    • the Prussian¬†Feldjaeger to be singly based
    • a Saxon ADC as part of a Saxon command stand
    • the Prussian¬†Feldjaeger as part of a Prussian command stand.

And for the record the Austrian battery hiding at the bottom of the picture is being used as reference for the Austrian 12 pdrs.

The good news is that some painting etc is being actioned on most nights. Huzzah! ¬†ūüėÄ

Oh, and click the picture for a larger and clearer image.

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

We walked in the shadows

Fear not Dear reader. The title of this post may arouse feelings of primeval disquiet but the meaning is much less alarming. Commence a rambling explanation …

Cancon in Canberra, Australia is the biggest wargaming convention around these parts. For many years wargaming buddy Craig and von Peter himself have mulled over the idea of a trip to the convention but general inertia had always won the day. Then … Singapore Airlines¬†instituted¬†a direct service between Wellington and Canberra …¬†Singapore Airlines had a sale on said route … The family¬†have visited all around Canberra not not Canberra itself putting Canberra on the second tier bucket list … having heard the Cancan talk over the years/decades¬†Fraulien von Peter herself¬†suggested that a short trip to Canberra coinciding with Cancon might be in order. And so it was organised. And of course wargaming buddy Craig was unavailable to make Cancon due to life issues. D’oh!

Acclimatised to living not far from Wellington, New Zealand the temperatures presented by¬†a late January Canberra were a little excessive for The family. In an attempt to mitigate temperatures in the mid to high 30s degrees celsius range¬†The family took to the habit of walking on the shady side of the street to gain some respite. So nothing sinister here about walking in the shadows. Some people just can’t say “no” to the dramatic.¬†ūüėÉ

And before it gets forgotten a big thank you from The family to Canberra wargaming Craig – aka Beresford on at least one forum – and his wife for taking us all out for dinner as our last event in Canberra. Dashedly fine companionship and conversation … and the food was pretty good too … which showed the finest hospitality to strangers one could possibly hope for. We look forward to reciprocating sometime in the future.

Back to Cancon. One does not in good faith attend a convention laden with merchandising types without forking out some cash. With The son & heirs assistance – thanks for that help! – von Peter himself kept the faith.

Cancon purchase #1

There is a company called¬†The Wargaming Company¬†who are the purveyors of a grand tactical set of¬†Napoleonic rules entitled Et sans r√©sultat!. More to the point they are releasing a¬†series of Campaign Guides. So far they have released …

and von Peter himself believes that their latest release is …

Though written for¬†Et sans r√©sultat! the Campaign Guides reputedly¬†work with other rule sets. To this end …

“Conversion of Unit Combat Ratings [CR] between ESR Second Edition and other popular Napoleonic rulesets.”

…are provided¬†here.

The Dear reader will undoubtedly be aware that 1813 in Germany is the sweet spot for von Peter himself and though not cheap Р60 of those United States dollars Рthe existence of another 1813 scenario book has been needling away at the mind of von Peter himself. And there it was at Cancon. Sold or bought or whatever.

we-shall-meet-in-vienna-coverFor his money von Peter himself has a ring bound document of just over 250 pages with some of those pages being double sized pull out maps. This is a truly ‘meaty’ and weighty in the luggage scenario book.

Two campaigns are included covering nine battles/scenarios.¬†The campaigns link the constituent battles based on the result of the prior battle. The right result could even terminate the campaign with a win for the Allies or the French. Of course one could forget the campaigns and just play the scenario for each battle. The campaigns and their battles are …

  • The Spring Campaign (Phase 1)
    • M√∂ckern, 5 April 1813
    • L√ľtzen, 2 May 1813
    • Bautzen, 20-21 May 1813
  • After the Armistice (Phase 2)
    • Gro√übeeren, 23 August 1813
    • Katzbach, 26 August 1813
    • Dresden, 26-27 August 1813
    • Hagelberg, 27 August 1813
    • 1st Kulm, 29-30 August 1813

The more well read of the Dear readers will recognise that most of these battles are on the larger side as befits a set of grand tactical rules.

Each scenario provides …

  • map, historic background and game notes for the game host/organiser
  • French map, details on the battle situation, French order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the French
  • Allied map, details on the battle situation, Allied order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the Allies.

Providing separate maps etc for the organiser and each side is a particularly nifty provision in the eyes of von Peter himself. Players will only know what their army knows and will be left to surmise who the enemy are up to. Of course some may have knowledge of the historic battle which may provide them some insights but what can one do with such know it all spoil sports?! ¬†ūüėÄ

But there’s more! The final section of the book is entitled Dressing For War and provides over 1500 uniform images for all the units that fought in the scenarios. Multiple images are provided for a unit so for a regiment organised along French line / light infantry lines typically images are provided for …

  • officer
  • sapper
  • grenadier
  • fusilier
  • voltigeur
  • drummer
  • cornet.

Optional / alternate uniform details may also be provided.

This is great resource and without wanting to be a knocker front view of parade uniforms are the order of the day and images of saddle cloths for the cavalry are not provided. Having said that the images are clearly and cleanly provisioned for the miniature figure painter.

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An example of a Dressing for War (uniform) page from the guide. This page is actually page 238 in von Peter‘s copy. Perhaps the image is taken from a pre production version of the book

The level at which von Peter himself plays his Napoleonic games means he won’t be using these scenarios very often … if ever. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t derive pleasure from studying¬†them.¬†The most expensive Cancon purchase by quite a wide margin.

Images borrowed from the Wargaming Company’s website.

Cancon purchase #2

While in the process of purchasing¬†We shall meet in Vienna¬†the eagle like eyes of¬†The son & heir spotted some dice that utilised Roman Numerals to impart the number rolled. Perfect for a Late Roman army … even if that Late Roman army lies unloved¬†in the unpigmented figure pile. Financial transaction halted and then restarted with the addition of six dice. Dice and scenario book from Olympian Games.

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Cancon purchase #3

This section could be entitled “Beware the Eureka Miniatures stand”. Of course Melbourne’s¬†Eureka Miniatures were present. They have a huge range of temptations but thankfully practicality dictated that they only brought a small sub section of their range for general sale. Compounding this they were stuck in a rather small space apparently the result of some snafu by someone somewhere somehow. Both von Peter himself and The son & heir¬†walked away from the Eureka stand with a plastic bag of mostly animals! Both figured that their acquisitions would be useful as filler or scenery on gaming tables or as the occasional focus of a scenario.

The contents of von Peter’s plastic bag. Sheep and lambs …

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… a couple of the sheep have been stripped of their fleeces because of these hard workers …

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Meanwhile all the dog wants to do is play but as usual the silly cat takes offence. A cow looks on with very little interest while a second cat decides to exit the stage while it is still¬†unnoticed …

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An albeit smallish flock of birds also made it into the plastic bag. These will become crows or ravens or similar and with hindsight these birds could be really useful added to terrain or even casualty bases. Once again with that hindsight thing it’s a bit off a miss that one or two more of these didn’t come into the possession of von Peter himself

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Not to be outdone The son & heir also made a selection from Eureka’s beasts. First up a pride of lions including one lioness carrying some poor beasts detached leg …

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The son & heir also selected a couple of donkeys, a dog and the dog playing with the cat …

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As always the amateur photography is care of von Peter himself¬†… with a¬†special artistic blue hue … d’oh! The figures are shown as they were procured from Eureka Miniatures and they have been given a quick dark wash in an attempt to bring out the detail.

Eureka Miniatures

Cancon purchase #4

von Peter himself is a bit snooty and is not a huge fan of MDF terrain but his last purchase was a rowboat from Battlefield Accessories … made of MDF. Not expensive and very light when added to the luggage for the trip home.

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Another wargames news and reviews site

There is yet another internet site presenting its reader with wargames news, reviews and tutorials – Wargame News and Terrain. Take a peek Dear reader and see what you think. The acid test will be whether it reports any new Calpe Miniatures releases. von Peter himself will be shocked if it does! ūüėÉ

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General d’Armee Rules Walkthrough

David Brown has provided a walkthrough of his soon to be released Napoleonic¬†General d’Armee Rules. The rules are more akin to Dave’s recently released ACW rule set¬†Pickett‚Äôs Charge than his well known General de Brigade Napoleonic rules and apparently provide a faster play and/or larger game solution than GdeB. A little more information on the rules can be gleaned on The Miniatures Page here. According to both¬†threads a March/April release date is on the cards.

Over the Hills

Continuing the Napoleonic rules theme Over the Hills is a set of Napoleonic rules released July/August 2016. From the Over the Hills Facebook group

Over the Hills is a fast paced tactical Napoleonic war game designed for any scale and basing system. At is heart are the basic rules, they will allow players to play large games in an evening. The many optional rules provided allow players to flavour their games as much as they want. Finally appendices provide the player with army statistics and scenarios.

If you think the rules may be of interest to you you can hear a¬†discussion with one the authors – Adrian McWalter on¬†Meeples and Miniatures¬†episode 196 ‚Äď Over the Hills. Get it from iTunes etc or direct from Meeples and Miniatures here.

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A slight and ongoing distraction

Neu Schloss von Peter has been devoid of a live in muttley since the passing of Laelaps. Devoid no longer however. What have we done?! Anyway The family would like to introduce the latest addition to its ranks РKeela the Irish Terrier. Still a puppy but thankfully slowly maturing and learning the rules of engagement around the house.

Luckily¬†she is quite a clever dog as¬†besides the occasional profanity von Peter himself has developed¬†the habit of calling her by one of three names …

  • ‘Keela’ because that’s her official name
  • ‘Atrocity Keela’ because that’s her nature
  • ‘Te Keela’ (pronounced Tequila) as a tongue in cheek Maori version of her name.

Thank you Keela. This post took days extra to create thanks to you! Bad doggie!!

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself