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 #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!  😃

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!  😃

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 – here 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’Armee 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!  😊

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

And please excuse the pun in the heading! 😀

 

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 – the 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!   🤡

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!  😀

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. 😃

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 résultat!. 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 résultat! 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 – 60 of those United States dollars – the 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)
    • Möckern, 5 April 1813
    • Lützen, 2 May 1813
    • Bautzen, 20-21 May 1813
  • After the Armistice (Phase 2)
    • Großbeeren, 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?!  😀

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! 😃

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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’s 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 – 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 – Keela 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

 

Christmas 2016 stocking fillers

It’s nearly Christmas … again. This will be the 2016 edition. In their time honoured fashion – and to cut their losses! – the employer of von Peter himself has proclaimed …

“do not darken our door ever again … at least not until the 9th January 2017”.

So von Peter himself is on enforced leave. Not that Fraulien von Peter herself seems to have the slightest understanding of the concept of annual leave as she pronounces each days activities like a maddened town cryer at some hard labour penitentiary establishment.  Apparently hosting the great Christmas feast means that Neu Schloss von Peter and its grounds must be up to the highest standard for the honourable guests. Damn their squinty little eyes!!

Of course the view of von Peter himself could be a little tainted and really most of the days are his own to consume as he pleases. But far be it from von Peter himself to pass up the opportunity for a good cathartic moan.  😇

While the good Fraulien’s back was turned von Peter himself availed himself of the opportunity for a quick recce of the ‘net to make two joyous discoveries …

Calpe Saxon Command

The Calpe Miniatures website has had a most pleasing update.

Firstly remodelled mounted officers are available for the Saxon musketeer battalions …

S22 Four mounted musketeer officers (Horses included)

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Next up are figures representing the Saxon higher command personages …

SC1 – Divisional command. Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff, Adjoint and ADC (Horses Included)

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SC2 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses included)

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SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. (Horses Included)

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Both four mounted figure packs cost £11.00 with the three mounted figure packs coming in at £8.25. Quite the bargain.  ✅

And for those that may struggle to select the appropriate pigments when colouring these new figures then Calpe Miniatures have of course come to your rescue in their Guides & Research pages, more specifically at Saxon Brigade and Divisional command groups.

Another option is the The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814 e-book from The History Book Man.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

What haven’t yet appeared on the Calpe website are the Saxon grenadiers as revealed in  “Saxon grenadiers marching from Calpe Towers” but it is still the understanding of von Peter himself that these figures are available. Just ask for them when ordering. Maybe the command type figures are now also available for the grenadiers.

Likewise the French light infantry command packs reported in “Figure and more Calpe figures” have not yet made their way to the website. Once again ask for them when ordering.

Pictures “borrowed” from the Calpe Miniatures website where one can also see pictures of the rear of the models.

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A campaign system for those small wars

The TheTooFatLardies have released their first supplemental for their well received black powder skirmish plus rule set Sharp Practice. Dawns & Departures provides a campaigning system to add context for you heroes table top adventures. From the website …

In search of adventures for your Sharp Practice characters? If so you have just found them with Dawns & Departures, the campaign handbook for Sharp Practice, providing endless campaign options with our easy to manage and fun to play Narrative Campaign system.

79 pages in length, Dawns & Departures provides everything you need to generate your campaign world, find out what your mission is and then get cracking on some fabulous adventures. Make valuable friends, gain influence at court and a reputation as a fighting man. Battle sworn enemies across a whole world and seek your fortune as you make your name in the black powder era.

Like At the Sharp End for Chain of Command, Dawns & Departures has been designed for ease of play and an absolute minimum of paperwork. Whole campaigns can be run from one sheet of paper with this simple but elegant campaign system.

This is a PDF product formatted for low ink use and easy reading on a tablet.

Available only as a pdf Dawns & Departures sounds like it is well worth the £7.50 asking price. A likely stocking filler for von Peter himself this festive season.

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And a Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year to all The dear readers. Many a thank you for keeping von Peter himself company through the course of 2016.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Call to Arms 2016 and the religious relic carrying waggon

The local wargames convention – Call to Arms – was held on the weekend of 6 – 7 August 2016. The son & heir and von Peter himself added that touch of celebrity to the proceedings on the Saturday by participating in a Sharp Practice 2 Napoleonic game. Ray provided the scenario and the French with Dan and Michael rounding out the five players involved.

von Peter himself and The son & heir were the first to arrive from our happy band of gamers. It was a cold wintry day outside and initially not much better inside the hall so an empty demonstration table situated under some heating and by the refreshments seemed like a gift from the wargaming gods. As there were no other obvious demonstration tables about it was rapidly claimed. We later learned that it was not our designated table but some other swine had ‘stolen’ our official table so we stayed put. Subsequently we were to discover that the wargaming gods have quite the sense of humour. The temperature about our table rose … and rose … … and rose. We started shedding layers of clothing – but not passed the point of decency The dear reader can be assured! It was not just the battle that was heating up through that day.

The setting was 1814 France, specifically the town and surrounds of St Pierre wherever that is. The action was the culmination of a chase that had been ongoing in one form or another since the godless French looted the holy relics of St. Basil from a church in Holy Russian during the atrocities of 1812. Fortunately for the pursuing Russians the religious relic carrying waggon containing ‘the precious’ has lost a wheel and unfortunately for the French the local blacksmith has fled at the first mention of the word ‘cossack’. This has unsurprisingly added greatly to the difficulties of repairing the religious relic carrying waggon. And wouldn’t you know it the Russians have now appeared. Merde! Can the French repair and extract the waggon before the Russians recover their religious and pricey artefacts?

What follows is a sporadic photo summary of the game. Sporadic because when von Peter himself wasn’t playing the game he was socialising. In between these two activities he would occasionally think to take some photographs. And to add to the challenge those photographs were taken without the aid of a tripod so apologies for their quality.

But first some background for The dear readers …

  • the scenario called for more Russian light cavalry than was available. Fortunately Blücher was not adverse to lending some Prussian cavalry to his Russian allies. Anything to upset the French! Irrespective of how they looked all the Allied cavalry were played as Russian hussars. Those first rank Russian hussars with lances did not get to use them in the game.
  • the religious relic carrying waggon had its own card in the deck. Each time it appeared the French rolled 2 six sided dice and accumulated the score. Once they surpassed a score of 37(?) the religious relic carrying waggon would be adjudged to be repaired. After that the waggon would move as an infantryman on the turn of it’s card.
  • generally the Russians were men who had well learned their military trade through the wars whereas some of the French were recently called to the colours.
  • for the uninitiated a ‘Group’ is the base unit of infantry and cavalry in Sharp Practice. They have no real formation. Multiple Groups can join together to make a ‘Formation’. No surprisingly Formations have a formation, e.g. a line, column, square etc. Formations fight much better but being in set formations they are more difficult to manoeuvre around the battlefield. The terminology may be  a little confusing but it all seems to work just fine. 😃
  • whether it be a Group or a Formation nothing works terribly well without the fearless and occasionally knowledgeable and professional Leaders. Leaders of various rankings and effectiveness are crucial to the game.
  • the aim of the game is for the Russians to capture a hopefully repaired religious relic carrying wagon and retrieve it to their lines. The French are to repair and extract the wagon off their baseline and speed it on its way to Paris. Neither side were allowed to ‘damage’ the religious relic carrying wagon. The Russians in no way wish to damage the precious and priceless cargo and the French need an operational wagon if it’s contents are to avoid the Russians and reach Paris.

CTA 2016 1Above: an over view of most of the table early in the game from behind the Russian lines. Click the image to see a larger and clearer view which amy help to make sense of the following.

Starting in the bottom left corner we can see four of the six groups of Russian/Allied cavalry. Only the last of these are actual Russian hussars though the Leader to be seen here is also Russian. The lead Group out on their own are playing as a Group. The last three are clumped together in a Formation. Two other groups of actual Russian hussars were at the far end of the Russian line out of sight and they were destined to have quite a day. The Russian cavalry operated under Dan’s – or should that be Danski’s – command.

Moving left along the Russian battle line we have six Groups of Russian jagers under the Command of The son & heir. One Group is a little tardy and has yet to cross the bridge. An attached officer of the Garde Cossacks is chiding them along to join their comrades on the firing line. The rest of them have made it to the edge of the wood and have begun to take French in St Pierre under fire. The gunpowder smoke … errr … cotton wool shows that the far Formation of three groups have fired but not yet reloaded. The large rectangular stand behind the furthest jagers represents the Russians high commander who laboured was under The son & heirs control.

Further along the Russian line can be seen the beginnings of the six groups of Russian musketeers suffering under the well camouflaged military talents of von Peter himself.

The overall infantry plan was for the jagers to pin the French while the musketeers went for the far end of St Pierre or even a hook around behind it depending on that religious relic carrying wagon.

For the French we have light infantry in the fields on this side of St Pierre. They appear to have cheated and have brought along a single 6pdr cannon! Outrageous and against all the rules of the small wars. But what does one expect?!  😃

To their rear and partially obscured by the trees are four Groups of French dragoons. They were positioned centrally behind St Pierre but are reacting to the presence of the Russian cavalry on the Russian left.

St Pierre itself is garrisoned by perhaps five(?) Groups of French infantry in the various buildings facing the Russian threat. Two Groups occupy the buildings and courtyard on the nearest corner of St Pierre. A further two groups can be see lining the wall opposite the Russian Jagers and another Group lurks in the building to their rear.

In the middle of St Pierre The dear reader may be able to make out a white blob. This is a die sitting atop the religious relic carrying wagon representing the amount of repairs the French have affected.

Finally two Groups of French infantry have advanced out of St Pierre and lined the wall guarding the far flank of the town.

The father and son combination of Ray and Michael ran the French. It’s not really their fault. von Peter himself is fully aware that somebodies had to do it!!  😃

CTA 2016 2Above: The same early stage of the game from behind the French lines. The religious relic carrying wagon with its extra load of the repair counting die is much more visible here. For their first two religious relic carrying wagon repair rolls the French somehow managed to a roll ten … and then another ten! And these both under the close scrutiny of von Peter himself!! Highly suspect. You never know what shenanigans the French have pulled.  😃

CTA 2016 3Above: Oh dear but we appear to be still at the same point early on in the game. A closer up view of the almost complete Russian eager firing line. Still missing are the single Group of jagers on the other side of the bridge with the Garde Cossack officer – see the first picture. The large rectangular base just behind the jagers at the near end of the line is the Russian CinC under the control of The son & heir.

At the far end of the line is Father Disputin acting as one of the Russian commanders. Good luck keeping the fire breathing Father out of the battle. He’s come a long way to reclaim the relics and if their recovery requires the forwarding of assorted French souls to their maker then so be it.

CTA 2016 4Above: At last the game report moves on. Danski has moved the two Groups of Russian hussars on the Russian right down the flank and engaged in several melees. Prior to this image with the cunning use of four Command Cards Dan gained an extra move for his hussars and eradicated a Group of French infantry by pouncing on their flank. Almost as importantly the hussars also potted the French Leader – number two in the French military hierarchy. Huzzah!

The French managed to form a new line of infantry just in front of the lead Group of hussars in the image. Undaunted Dan drove a Group of his hussars onward and defeated these too. The remains of the French infantry can be seen further down the road cowering behind the religious relic carrying wagon. The hussars scored another French Leader by downing the top ranked French leader this time! And yes that is the religious relic carrying wagon just ahead of the hussars. HUZZAH!!

Sadly for the Russian heroes there was French infantry in the red tile roofed building just ahead and to the left. The vengeful French fire was to see the one – or was it two? – remaining hussars rushing to the rear to errr … reform their ranks! Huzzah.

CTA 2016 5Above: And some time passed. Despite ongoing alarms the French completed the repairs to the religious relic carrying wagon and started to move it away from the Russians and towards Paris. Seeing an opportunity and goading the attached Garde Cossack Leader with tales of daring do The son & heir managed to grab the religious relic carrying wagon with fast moving group of jager and their attached glory seeking Garde Cossack. The image shows the situation a little after the religious relic carrying wagon has changed hands. The Russians have turned the wagon around and desperately want it to move out of St Pierre. There are a lot of converging French around.

CTA 2016 6Above: A zoomed out view of the previous image showing the audaciousness of the Russian coup de main … and a tape measure. D’oh!

Several other points of interest for the dedicated follower of miniature military simulation. Moving along the top of the image left to right …

  • the two lance armed Russian hussars by the card deck aren’t really there. They are ex-hussars waiting to go back into their storage container as their day is done.
  • von Peter himself has managed to get his Russian musketeers sort of across the field, merged them into what he hopes is a scary looking Formation of four Groups and is looking to unleash them on some hopefully weakened Frenchmen somewhere. This is the blob coming in at an angle against St Pierre. If The dear reader is wondering whatever happened to the other two Groups of Russian musketeers they can just be made out at the far left of the image between the red tiled roof and the edge of the image. They are looking to open a second front against St. Pierre or make an opportunistic end run around St Pierre as circumstances present themselves.
  • a Formation of jagers has advanced out of the woods. This was occasioned by the French getting the wagon moving and a sense of “Holy Mother Russia!” descending on the Russian command. There was a palpable sense that the plan needed to kick up a gear. It was from this Formation that the brave Garde Cossack Leader and his jagers made their dash for the religious relic carrying wagon.
  • between the afore mentioned jagers Formation and St Pierre there can be seen a build up of smoke – alright some cotton wool! It represents the smoke resulting from “Firing Random Event”. Firing through this smoke was adjudicated with an additional minus one to hit.
  • to the right of the advancing jager Formation and behind the trees can be made out some rapidly removing themselves to the rear Russian jagers. They had been jumped by some Frenchmen on the outskirts of St Pierre who managed to sneak up and attack the jagers in the flank. To their credit the jagers have not abandoned the unconscious Father Disputin but are carrying him rapidly to the rear. One can but feel only pity for those jagers should Father Disputin rouse himself to consciousness.

CTA 2016 7Above: The scene about the religious relic carrying wagon shortly after the prior image. The religious relic carrying wagon has just been re-appropriated by the French. The Russian jagers are muttering mutterings that are best left untranslated but not so much because they have just lost the religious relic carrying wagon but because just out of shot to the right are some French dragoons aimed down the road at them.

CTA 2016 8Above: A zoomed out image of the prior scene. The blob of Russian musketeers has managed to clear the outskirts of St Pierre of Frenchmen in a most thorough and prejudiced manner. von Peter himself was dreaming of his undoubted promotion and military decoration at this point!

The French dragoons can just be made out in the top right corner.

CTA 2016 9Above: And so we have reached the end of game photos. It is at this stage that the martial vigour of French began to fail as they surveyed the scene around St Pierre. And Monsieur Ray had another pressing social engagement to attend. Sure! 😃

Although they once again possess the religious relic carrying wagon the French have yet to turn it around … and they know that this is a time intensive activity. von Peter’s large Formation of musketeers have lined up both the religious relic carrying wagon and the escorting skirmishing Frenchmen while his second smaller Formation of musketeers – bottom’ish right – is poised to attack the Frenchmen in the red tiled roofed building to keep them out of the main action. The surviving Russian jagers partially hidden by the trees to the left of the image are ready to support the musketeers. Danski’s Russian hussars survey the scene down the road at the right edge of the image.

CTA 2016 10Above: End of game 2. The Garde Cossack Leader and his hardy Russian jagers breathed a sigh of relief as their card turned before that of the French dragoons and have dived into the thatched and slate tiled buildings next to the red tile roofed building. They hope to cause the French a little pain from here and feel much safer with those French dragoons loitering on the road. And there’s still that tape measure to admire. Double d’oh!

CTA 2016 11Above: The end position of the cavalry ballet on the outskirts of St Pierre. The perplexing military conundrum here was that the stream though innocuous looking was actually a significant obstacle with steep slippery banks. To cross it would take a complete turn which in turn would leave any cavalry at a disadvantage should the enemy cavalry manage to attack them immediately they had crossed the stream. But to ignore the opposing cavalry and move elsewhere would be to invite that opposing cavalry to cross the stream unopposed. Lovely tape measure!  🚫

All in all a successful days gaming played in a stress free laid back manner. Many thanks to my fellow gamers … even the French ones! 😃 And we learned Sharp Practice 2 a little more which is a definite bonus. Several passers by had nice things to say about the game so a big thank you to them as well. It was great talking to you all.

Many thanks to Ray for sorting the scenario when the rest of us didn’t. It may have been based on someone else’s scenario in which case thank you to them as well.

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

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Birthday bounty

Another birthday has come and gone. And the number associated with that event has risen to become quite alarmingly large. But what can one do except begin to count down to the next even higher numbered birthday!  💀

As is the way at Neu Schloss von Peter the time honoured tradition of von Peter himself organising the bulk of his own presents was … well … honoured! Who else could possibly know the deep desires of the great man?! This year the deep desires turned out to be a benefit show for the world famous Neu Schloss von Peter Library.

The first two books may have been mentioned in this here blog before. At last they now reside in the Neu Schloss von Peter Library.

Napoleon and the struggle for Germany. The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume II: The Defeat of Napoleon to give it its full title follows on from Napoleon and the struggle for Germany. The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume I: The War of Liberation, Spring 1813. With the acquisition of volume II the complete set is now in the possession of von Peter himself. There is quite a marked difference in page count between the two books with the respective volumes coming in at 488 and 887 respectively. Perhaps this is not so surprising when one considers the activity pre and post the 1813 armistice.

Michael V. Leggiere has crept into the affections of von Peter himself as a favoured author and so the reading of these tomes is much anticipated. Yes – shockingly the implication of the prior sentence is true. Volume I is yet to be read. There is a backlog of reading to be read … which is why so many books have been purchased?!!  👀

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany vol 2

As all of The dear readers should be aware the greatest year of interest in things Napoleonic is 1813 for von Peter himself. So what is one to do when a book entitled Napoleon 1813 Decision at Bautzen by a reputable author is released. Why purchase a copy of course.

Napoleon 1813 - Decision at Bautzen

Not quite Napoleonic but still Horse and Musket. When von Peter himself reintroduced himself to wargaming after his university days one of his first projects was 28mm Seven Years War. Great was the satisfaction derived from this project as Prussian and Austrian adversaries were collected. For now the figures are detained in their ‘barracks’ but their day will come again quite possibly using either Sharp Practice 2 or perhaps Honours of War. von Peter himself has heard many intriguing – in a good way – things of this Osprey published rule set. Besides – von Peter himself is ever curious regarding rule systems.

Honours of War

And now for something completely different. The most dedicated of The dear readers will be aware that von Peter himself has a Late Roman army buried in his reserves of unpigmented figures. For von Peter himself the experience of researching an ancients army is quite different to the that of researching a horse and musket army. So when a book was discovered that would perhaps enhance the local understanding of the Late Roman Army … and with the implicit permission granted to obtain said book because the birthday purchase scheme was still in operation … said book was rapidly ordered. The Late Roman Army now resides in the hobby library of Neu Schloss von Peter as do all the other books mentioned above. Now the challenge will be to get them read.

Tha Late Roman Army book cover

 

The Great Wargaming Survey – 2016

von Peter himself computes that this is the third time that those happy go lucky chaps and chapesses(?) at the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine have come eliciting wargamers views on their hobby. In both prior instances they have fed back their findings which if nothing else have been of curiosity interest. It took the normally indecisive von Peter himself only a few minutes to complete the survey so it is not a big investment in time … and there are inducements in the form of prizes and a 5 euro gift certificate … …

You can get at the survey from here.

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A Sharp Practice 2 warm up game

The local Call to Arms wargames convention is scheduled for the 6 & 7 August 2016 here in Wellington, New Zealand. Raymond and von Peter himself have for quite a while had an understanding that they would host a demonstration game of Sharp Practice 2 at the convention. A couple of weeks ago it slowly dawned on us that the convention really wasn’t that far off. At least Raymond had managed to play a few games of Sharp Practice 2. von Peter himself had managed to read through the rules but had not actually played them. Obviously we needed a game so that we would at least be on the same page with the rules on the day.

Raymond hosted and we played the “Fondler’s Duke” scenario from the Too Fat Lardies “The Compleat Fondler” scenario book. This is an all cavalry affair from the Hundred Days Campaign. Our hero Dick Fondler is with the Brunswick Hussars and is trying to make contact with the Prussians. The Prussians are trying to keep the road running the length of the table open so that Wellington’s Army can march to their assistance as agreed – good luck with that! 😄 The French have orders to take the village of Thyle – through which the afore mentioned road runs – and detect any allied activity in the area. As mentioned every figure in the game sits astride a horse.

Four – rising to five – of us played the game. The son & heir, Dan and eventually Michael were the misguided French dancing to the tune of that emperor. Raymond and von Peter himself waved the flag for the good guys. The game had its ups and downs for both sides but at the end it was ups for the French and down for the Allies. As one of the last acts of the game von Peter himself arranged for Dick Fondler to lead a decisive charge of the Brunswick Hussars into some French dragoons. The French were decisively beaten with many slaughtered … but unfortunately and not part of the plan so was Dick Fondler. Oops!

The game had been fun and most importantly the rules – to some degree at least – learnt at the practical level of pushing figures around the table. Now to sort the scenario for next weekends convention game.

Sharpe Practice 2 at Rays

Above: Nearing the end of the game at Raymond’s. The infantry are dismounted cavalry recently pushed back from the banks of the river. Unbeknown to himself Fondler is breathing his last few breaths just on the other side of the river as he readies the Brunswick Hussars for a glorious charge. Oops!

 

By the way – it’s not too late to send birthday presents. von Peter himself is not so proud as to have a cut off date for their receipt!  😄

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself