Snippets #4

Wagram II … it’s nearly time

The second coming of the Wagram game is on this coming weekend Р5 & 6 August 2017 Рat the Call to Arms convention in Wellington, New Zealand. This iteration will be played over two days with an expanded battlefield / tabletop, a few more players, a few more troops and a few tweaks to the game itself. von Peter himself is expecting a more torrid time than the cake walk the French gave him in the first game. Sob!

Since the first Wagram game von Peter’s Austrian forces have been busily recruiting and have welcomed …

  • a second grenadier battalion
  • a command stand for the grenadiers
  • a couple of ADCs.

With the probable exception of the ADCs the rest will have their introduction to simulated warfare in the upcoming Wagram game. Here’s hoping that they manage to avoid the anecdotal fate of all new units in their first game, i.e. to flee in disgrace at the first opportunity! The potential for a shameful display is definitely there but it is thankfully offset by the the all important and redeeming feature that they will not be under the command of von Peter himself! ūüėÉ

Pictures of the newly pigmented figures in a later post when some photos are taken.

 

Foreign Regiments in French Service Volume 5: The Polish Legions 1798-1814

The History Book Man¬†have released their latest e-book ‚ÄúForeign Regiments in French Service Volume 5: The Polish Legions 1798-1814‚ÄĚ. The blurb ‚Ķ

THE POLISH LEGIONS 1798-1814 Was originally published in 1974 and was on of the earlier r titles in the ‘Armies and Uniforms’ series of books written by W. J. Rawkins. This new E-book edition has been substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material which was not available or was incomplete in when originally released. The original black and white line drawings have been replaced with new illustrations in full colour and the volume now contains many illustrations from contemporary or authoritive sources.
235pp

The Dear reader may be aware that von Peter himself is a huge fan of The History Book Man’s e-books. Still ¬£3.99 and still an e-book bargain.

 

General de Brigade scenario Book #7

This new scenario book arrived reasonably promptly. It’s full colour on glossy paper and though von Peter himself has only had a quick skim read the scenarios themselves seem to be of interest.

Unfortunately the skim read quickly betrayed the fact that the book was written in Italy – by the good folks of the Milan Wargames Club. Of course this of itself is not a bad thing but what is a bad thing is not having the English version properly edited. The text at times betrays its non English origins and the maps have not been translated from Italian to English at all.

None of this means that the scenarios will not provide good games but it is a shame. And none of this means that von Peter himself wont pore over the contents of the book … but it is a shame.

 

Prussian dice

What’s life without a little frivolity? Dice of War make a range of … surprise … dice such that one can have dice to match one’s army. They do this by making the dice in a colour suitable for the army and by replacing the spots on the ‘6’ face with a graphic appropriate to the army. von Peter himself has started an assault on the Napoleonic Dice range. All of a sudden it seems to be a fantastic idea to have matching dice for each of the armies collected.

The Austrian dice were to be the first purchased for use in the Wagram games but agents of the cursed French have obviously infiltrated the supply chain and these were out of stock … as fyi are the Russian dice. D’oh! ¬†A fall back nation was required for the first ‘trial’ purchase. Obviously it had to be the Prussian dice but this was not so straight forward. Two varieties of Prussian dice are on offer. One has an iron cross shape and the other a Prussian Eagle. von Peter himself chose the cross as it is more immediately obvious as to the nation – ok, it could be generic German dice but lets not get too picky! – and several other nations have a variety of eagles so staying away from an eagle seemed like a good idea.

The dice have appeared and where I was expecting 10 dice 12 arrived which is a little bonus …

A second order has been placed for a couple of sets of French Dice – one for von Peter himself and one for Garage Gaming Terry – and a set of the newly released Saxon Dice. Once again the French Dice come in two varieties – one with a ‘N’ surrounded by a laurel wreath and one with a French Eagle. We are getting the ‘N’ dice.

Time will tell how long this fascination with army specific dice will run. von Peter himself has Austrian, Russian and Bavarian armies as yet without their own dice plus an unpigmented and likewise diceless Polish army. von Peter himself can sense their quartermasters raising requisitions for dice to call their own. ¬†Ah … the luxury of frivolity! ¬†ūüėé

The Great Wargaming Survey 2017

It’s that time of the year again. The good folks at¬†Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine magazine are after the holy grail of what makes wargaming and wargamers tick. And their tool of choice –¬† The Great Wargaming Survey 2017. ¬†Apparently …

filling out the entire survey shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes, and we’re taking responses until August 19th, 2017

… and …

As before, and thanks to our gracious sponsors, we have quite a few prizes to be won. Leave your email address at the end of the survey to be entered into the raffle. Entering the contest does not automatically mean we’ll subscribe you to any communication. That is a separate question which does not influence the raffle in any way.

..and even better …

As a thank-you for taking part, everyone who completes the survey will get a ‚ā¨5 gift¬†code for the¬†Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy /¬†Karwansaray Publishers webshop. Though it does not apply to shipping costs, this code can be used for any (combination of) item(s) in the shop apart from our Premium and Digital subscriptions.

Really you’ve not got much to loose … apart from 5 – 10 minutes of painting time. ¬†ūüėÉ

 

But for now von Peter himself must leave The dear readers and prepare to don his best Austrian general’s uniform in preparation for the weekend’s Wagram game. There is a real concern that all the feasting celebrating the successes of the last Wagram game may have resulted in a little judicious letting out of the uniform being required! ¬†ūüėá

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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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

Of fantasies, orthodoxy and restarts

The son & heir has gotten himself all hot and bothered under the collar reminiscing over his old Warhammer Fantasy Battle Days. So hot and bothered has he got that he has dragged out his Orc & Goblin army and is currently repainting them. Green flesh is out being displaced by a ‘normal’ flesh colour. They are dressed in various tans and off-whites which leads¬†von Peter himself¬†to think that they must be¬†desert Orcs & Goblins. Pictures will follow once he finishes some units which in this case means completes the basing.

von Peter himself was not to be spared the Warhammer renaissance. 600 points of Empire were duly force conscripted so as to provide opposition for the 600 points of Orcs and Goblins that had been repainted at that stage … even if the basing was not complete. A big mistake on von Peter’s part as all that was left at the end of the game was a solitary cannon with a decreased of number crew and 5 archers who were accorded the Empire MVP award. Even Kapitan von Peter himself was not spared the horror being brutally dismembered by a brutish Black Orc Big Boss. Lesson of the day relearned: never leave home without your Holy Relic – a ward save. Even if it means less swordsmen.¬†Not good for the future of human kind at all. A gaggle¬†of non buffed weedy goblin archers managed to wipe out to a knight¬†a unit of Empire knights over two rounds of close combat. Such things should not be … and certainly not be reported to the world! ¬†ūüíÄ

Pressure will no doubt build for more such massacres in ever increasing sized battles as more of the¬†green¬†flesh skins transition to their desert habitat guise. ¬†ūüėÉ

Empire Capain

Above: von Peter himself in the guise of an Empire Captain. This figure is usually used as the Battle Standard Bearer but there is no room for one of them in a 600 point game. This photograph obviously pre the severe chopping up into little pieces delivered by the Black Orc Big Boss. A rather severe reminder as to why pathetic humans should not go forth in the Warhammer Fantasy world without some extra magical protection. The standard was kindly provided by GMB Designs who upon request changed the colours of their Seven Years War Prussian flag of Infantry Regiment 19 to the black and white as seen.

 

Imperial Sunset available to order

The scenario book “Imperial Sunset : The 1813-14 Campaigns” is finally available to order … so von Peter himself has ordered it! Written for the General de Brigade Napoleonic rules it is not considered a problem to port the scenarios to other rules should the need arise. Besides von Peter himself derives great pleasure just poring over scenario books such as this and 1813 is the sweet spot for von Peter himself.

Completion of the book was announced on the¬†General de Brigade forum¬†by the author of the rules and the scenario book David Brown with the words …

1. Lutzen: The Prussian Charge.
2. Lutzen: La Garde au Feu!
3. Lutzen: Action at Eisdorf.
4. Bautzen: Franquemont’s Attack.
5. Dresden: Murat’s Flank.
6. Kulm: The First Day.
7. Hagelberg.
8. Dennewitz – Ney’s Battle.
9. Dennewitz – The Saxon Battle.
10. Leipzig: The Battle for Dolitz.
11. Leipzig: Schonefeld.
12. La Rothiere.
13. La Rothiere – Marmont’s Flank.

The Lutzen scenarios see Prussians & Russians up against a variety of French and Imperial Guard. All three are linked so can be played together.
Bautzen has Wurttemberg troops up against Prussians, while Dresden sees Murat’s conscripts and cuirassiers up against Austrian squares.
Kulm has the courageous Vandamme battle the Russian guards, while Hegelberg has an assortment of French and Confederation second line units facing the newly raised Prussian Landwehr.
Dennewitz portrays the whole of Ney’s engagement with opposing Prussian forces, before we cover aspects of Leipzig and finally into the 1814 campaign with linked scenarios with Napoleon caught for once without the strategic initiative engaging a powerful allied army of Austrians, Russians and Bavarians.

DB

Imperial Sunset is available from Caliver Books for £18.50 plus postage. A  l-o-n-g  time coming but excellent news all the same.

Imperial Sunset cover

Above: the scenario book cover. Click on it for a more legible version

 

GrandManner Orthodox church property portfolio

GrandManner¬†have an impressive range of 28mm Eastern Europe buildings and terrain features. Just how impressive a¬†range can be glimpsed by counting the number of Orthodox churches on offer – one, two three, four … five! Collating¬†them all together for the enlightenment of the The dear readers makes von Peter himself feel like he is editing a property magazine!

Russian_Orthadox_Church

Above: E22¬†Russian Orthodox Church … or should that be an Orthodox Church?

Timber_Village_Church_With_Shingle_Roof

Above: EE95 Timber Village Church With Shingle Roof

Major_Village_Church_With_Shingle_Roof

Above: EE96 Major Village Church With Shingle Roof

Smaller_Village_Church_With_Tile_RoofTwin_Domes

Above: EE98 Smaller Village Church With Tile Roof/Twin Domes

Borindino_Church

Above: EE99 Borindino Church … or should that be Borodino Church as stated in the description? It does seem rather grand for the Borodino village of the 1812 battle.

The Borindino / Borodino Church is the Great Great Grandaddy¬†of them all and revels in the description of …

Church Of The Nativity Of Christ – Borodino, Built 1701- Red Brick- Copper Roof. Large Octagonal Capola And Bell Tower, Covered Steps And Balcony To Upper Floor. Size = Main Body 290X190X450H , Covered Steps = 110X70X120H Total Length = 400. Limited Edition Model = 30 castings, One Per Customer. For Pre 1940 WWII – The Building Is White Washed – Copper Roof.

… and can be in the possession of The dear reader for a paltry¬†¬£415.00. But get in quick because you’ll need to be one of first 30 customers. Mind you there is a fair bit to get …

Borindino_Church_bits

Above:¬†EE99¬†Borindino Church … the constituent parts including some internal fittings

 

Father – progeny bonding

von Peter himself and The son & heir have spent several hours bonding over the BBC series The Last Kingdom. It is based on Bernard Cornwell‘s variously entitled ‘The Warrior Chronicles’ or ‘Saxon Stories’¬†series of books now¬†renamed for some reason ‚ÄėThe Last Kingdom‚Äô series. Set in the 9th century of what we now think of as England. Our hero “Uhtred” is born a Saxon, is brought up as a Dane/Viking and then gets to live a confused and eventful life trying to reclaim his birthright … and along the way helping out Alfred, the King of Wessex. If you no not of what von Peter himself types then you will quickly get an¬†idea from The Last Kingdom trailer.

And most enjoyable has been the experience for both parties. It is not perfect – eg. there is some suspect imagery so that we do not confuse vikings with Saxons – but overall the series is well made without the often seen obvious scrimping on extras. The story rollicks along and kept the locals keen and coming back for more.¬†Sadly the eight episodes of the first series have been consumed but it appears that a ten episode second series has the “all system go” status so they will be looked forward to.

The Last Kingdom

Above: Our hero Uhtred dressed as a Viking but fighting for himself and Alfred the King of Wessex and his Saxons. Thanks to the BBC for the image.

So we have seen Bernard Cornwell’s Napoleonic Sharpe televised and now the same for his Dark Ages¬†Uhtred but there’s to be more. It seems that¬†The American Civil War Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles are likewise to be televised as a series …

Independent filmmaker Kurt Mason Peterson has begun development on a television adaptation of ‚ÄúThe Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles.‚ÄĚ Here‚Äôs a trailer; https://vimeo.com/151842187

And you can learn more about the project at RebelTheSeries.com.

 

What’s on the painting desk

A new ongoing feature perhaps. von Peter himself will evaluate how embarrassing such a feature would be! ¬†ūüėÉ

On the painting table 2015-02-06

  • the two¬†horses and their destined riders back left are from the Calpe Miniatures French¬†F18 Regimental headquarters pack. The two dismounted figures from the same pack are finished¬†– hence out of picture – and wondering where their mounted betters are! Once complete all four figures will comprise von Peter’s first Napoleonic French command stand who will for now sit at the apex of the¬†French forces – Bavarians, Saxons and for now a solitary 5 company French battalion.
  • the first eight figures of the Saxon¬†1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. Initially the plan was to paint four figures as a trial of the green faced battalion but the four somehow became eight … and another four have been cleaned up and waiting to go. von Peter himself tends to paint his Napoleonics in multiples of four as this is how they are based. Very rarely is a complete battalion painted in one all encompassing¬†batch. This would no doubt be the most efficient manner but von Peter himself does not have there required attention span or mental fortitude so smaller batches are a happier way forward for him. Once again the figures are sourced from Calpe Miniatures but are the older Saxons as found in the Calpe Veterans section of cape’s website.
  • a single Calpe Prussian casualty figure. Many more of these are required as a practical matter for marking casualties in games as required by some rules. The official policy is to paint casualty figures when a new unit is painted but this is a newish policy and there is a bit of ground to make up.

Not shown is the¬†Hovels¬†25mm H3 Russian/Timbered Church which was cleaned up and washed today … and will hopefully be glued together tonight in preparation for pigmentation.

Wish von Peter himself well as he attempts to restart his painting endeavours … again. ūüėÉ

 

 

Remember that clicking on most images will reveal a larger and clearer image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Russian Kuirassiere command … at last

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 3

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

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

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

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 1

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

Napoleonic Russian Kuir command 2

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

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

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

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

Lights

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

Pictures out of Russia

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

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

General de Brigade scenario book Imperial Sunset 1813-1814

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

IMPERIAL SUNSET 1813-1814

General de Brigade Volume 6 is making steady progress.

Thus far we have tested;

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

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

 

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

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

… though he passed on …

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

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

Podcast corner

Aurelian

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

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

 WW2podcast

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

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

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

German Halftrack Sd.Kfz. 251

 

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

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself