The Battle for Dolitz April 2019, was October 1813

Goldie’s birthday bash war-game has come and sadly gone. The good news is that Prince Poniatowski had some sketches drawn and left some notes of his battle …

Above: looking down the table very early on in the game with the Allied forces starting to appear on the table on the right. The birthday man Goldie himself is seated to the right with Garage Gaming Terry showing a distinct interest in something. Both were honorary Austrians for the day. Rob playing Murat in one of his less flamboyant uniforms can be seen making adjustments to some of the French to the left.

The three urban areas that can be seen are Dolitz (nearest), Dosen and Probstheyda (furthest away).

Poniatowski‘s Polish command can be seen in the foreground of the photo arrayed in accordance with Emperor Russ’s general instructions. Lining the edge of the swamp in skirmish order is a battalion of Poles (dressed in French issued uniforms!). Behind them in line is another Polish battalion – the 1/2nd Polish Infantry who were tasting battle for the first time. The artillery besides the village are the very recently completed 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” likewise participating in their first battle. The static grass etc had been added to their bases the night before the game. More to come on the battery later. Inside the village of Dolitz were two battalions of the Vistula Legion who don’t show up to their best in this photo! To the rear of Dolitz are two regiments of Polish Uhlans one of which is the 2nd regiment also seeing battle for the first time. So many new units. Would they follow the generally held old wargamers tale of new units breaking and routing at the first opportunity in their first game? Poniatowski certainly hoped not.

The scenario was loosely based on the  Leipzig: The Battle for Dolitz Napoleonic scenario from the Scenarios 6: Imperial Sunset book.

Above: a little after the prior photo. A menacing horde of Austrians seem intent on claiming Dolitz to enhance their property portfolio. The rest of the table contained additional hordes of Austrians, Prussians and Russians appearing to be likewise in the middle of a frothing property acquiring extravaganza.

Above: Prince Poniatowski managed to find the perfect command post for much of the battle. Nice and safe and as an accidental bonus fairly central to the whole of his command! Sadly the Austrians slow but inexorable acquisition of Dolitz made the nice safe command post much less so and a move to the open battlefield became necessary.

Above: the Austrian property magnates have concluded negotiations with a battalion of the Vistula Legion and taken possession of the far half of Dolitz. The expelled Vistula battalion can just be made out at the back of the far side of Dolitz. Not happy with half of Dolitz the Austrians have opened negotiations with the second Vistula battalion for the acquisition of the near half of Dolitz with one of the large Austrian battalions banging on the front door. These negotiations were to prove just as successful with the entirety of Dolitz soon to be part of the Austrian property portfolio. With the transfer of Dolitz to the Austrians looking highly likely the Polish lines have commenced a tactical withdrawal.

Did you know … the round “N” counters denote hits or casualties on a unit as did the square counters for the Austrian units. Most units could sustain three hits before becoming “Shaken”. The Polish infantry were deemed to be tough SoBs and were able to sustain four hits before becoming shaken as were the large Austrian battalions. The smaller rectangular counters denote that a unit is disordered. The independent Polish casualty figure was for decorative purposes only.

Sadly the sketch artist contracted dysentery and so not all the sketches that should have been available are. A quick reading of various regimental histories reveals that …

  • as recounted above both battalions of the Vistula Legion were evicted from Dolitz in a battered state. Yet one of them bravely charged back into Dolitz to support a French battalion charging in from the side. A vicious multi turn melee involving two battalions from each side ensued that turned out quite well for the by now embarrassingly voracious Austrian property magnates.
  • this left both Vistula battalions battered and outside Dolitz. In the last Allied turn a single battalion of Austrian grenadiers spurred on by their leader via a “Follow me” order stormed out of their brigade across seemingly kilometres of the table to melee one of the Vistula battalions. The Poles lost and fled the table. Their supporting Vistula battalion liked not what they observed at all and likewise fled. When the state of the rest of the infantry brigade was assessed – hint: like the fish in Fish & Chips it was  well battered – it was considered to have broken.
  • the cavalry brigade stayed on over watch protective duties. Particularly watching out for any Austrian cavalry shenanigans. Poniatowski had reasoned that any offensive cavalry action would pay limited returns. The swamp was impassable to the cavalry and the large Austrian battalions in the area were a challenging prospect even if they didn’t form square. And if they were forced into square there was no offensive capability in the Polish infantry to take advantage. Perhaps Poniatowski was wrong! With this in mind one of the uhlans regiments was sent off to support the Emperor Russ while the other remained on local overwatch duties to survive the battle without a scratch. The uhlans despatched to the Emperor Russ were not so fortunate … but were surely glorious in their demise.

Above: end of game. The battered but defiant 2 remaining battalions of the now broken Polish infantry brigade. The Saxon artillery battery is still plugging away … even scoring the occasional hit. The edge of the bases to the rear of the artillery belong to the surviving uhlan regiment still on protective duties.

Just like the real Battle of Leipzig in 1813 the Allies had managed to scrape a win across the table … … … by quite a large margin.

As for the new units:

  • the 1st battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment received quite a pounding from Austrian artillery and musketry but had survived all Break Tests asked of it. The battalions was still on the table at the end although it was shaken and the brigade broken!
  • the Polish 2nd Uhlans were calmly standing their ground at the end of the game. Their brigade was still in good order, ie. was not broken. Although to be fair they had done nothing other than move about a little and no one had actually tried to harm them. But a regiment can only do what it is asked to do so an official  “well done chaps” to them.
  • the 1st Saxon Foot battery (6pdr) “Dietrich” had likewise survived the battle unscathed though they at least had come under enemy fire. An ugly rumour that the novice gunners ran in fear from the noise every time they fired their cannons was never actually proven and really Poniatowski should not be saying such things about his own troops! 🤣 They even managed to hit the Austrians intermittently.

So all up the new units had proved the old wargamers adage of new units running at the first opportunity to be wrong. At least this time around.

As The dear readers have possibly noticed Poniatowski’s sketch artist never did get to travel far from Poniatowski’s command. Fortunately Garage Gaming Terry is expected to provide an overall – if potentially biased as he was an honorary Austrian for the day! – view of the battle. If it’s not available yet it’s probably not far away.

The game was played during a Wellington Warlords club day using the Black Powder rules.

PS. Prince Poniatowski had the great honour of being played by von Peter himself in the battle!  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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L ‘Hotel de Hercé – Mayenne, France

Here is something that may be of interest to The dear readers. Assuming that the The dear readers are not already aware! von Peter himself stumbled across this find and immediately the devious mind began churning scheming thoughts. Locally there are ongoing ruminations regarding a possible trip to Europe … and this is distinctly in Europe.

L ‘Hotel de Hercé in Mayenne, France is that “thing” of interest.

“So what?”  I hear The dear reader may scoff. “Another hotel in France. BORING!”

But consider this …

“Stay in one of our beautifully decorated 18thc panelled guest rooms.

Tour – Book guided day tours, or inclusive holidays & experience the beauty, history food & wine of Pays de Loire.

Relax – The two large 18thc salons, & garden are open to guests to relax read, play games, or socialize over a glass of wine.

Wargames – Guests can book tour plus wargame or, wargames holiday. Guided by your host Matt: for novice’s to experienced players.”

Please read that last sentence again. A wargames holiday! Please check …

And there’s more with historic tours of the area, shopping tours etc.​ It is not impossible that a wife might very plausibly find some of the non wargaming offerings in a picturesque spot in France to be of interest. Hmmm.

There is also a L ‘Hotel de Hercé facebook page for further information.

The hotel has a tag line “Stay – Tour – Relax – Wargame”. So the awkward question remains … why was von Peter himself not told?! And when might Fraulien von Peter herself be told?! Brew-ha-ha.

All photos “borrowed” from the good people of L ‘Hotel de Hercé. It is hoped hoped they don’t mind! The “Napoleonic Era” picture above snagged from a video,

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Accounts of international co-operation from the archives

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

From the archives

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

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

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

 

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

Mon General,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Above: 2/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

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

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

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

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

 

But two battalions will be in need of command

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

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

 

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

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

 

Epilogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

And in other news

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

2017 – the last word?

The year is almost spent. Perhaps there remains enough time for one last post to get date stamped “2017”. Can von Peter himself bestir himself out of his holiday stupor and get his act together? What are the chances?  😃

The History Book Man gets his act together

The  The History Book Man is one who has managed to get one more product out the door in 2017.

If you’re on the hunt for an unusual unit or two to add to your Napoleonic French Army then the latest e-book from the The History Book Man could be just the inspiration you’re looking for. “Foreign Regiments In French Service 1798-1814 Volume Two: The Mediterranean & Balkan Regiments” is 238 pages worth of a potted history, organisational information and the all important uniform details with plenty of colour illustrations of the “Troupes Etrangere”, or foreign units, that fought for France from the Mediterranean and Balkans.

The official blurb …

Previously published in two volumes in 1976 and 1983 both have been out of print since 1984.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Regiments Etrangere from Italy, Greece, Croatia  and the Balkans, and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.  

As always a real steal at £3.99.

Notorious French agent Mademoiselle Keela strikes again! A Christmas horror story

That dastardly French sympathising Keela has been plying her trade again in a misguided attempt to assist that most petite of emperors! This is her second crime as reported in this here blog.

It was the day – or two but who’s counting – before Christmas. von Peter himself was not working and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Ahhh. It is late afternoon. Yawn stretch. Time to feed the fish in the outside ponds. But what is this von Peter himself spies in his path on the path just outside the sunroom door. Oh the horror!! It is a mauled 28mm outhouse from the stock of locally held 28mm scenery items.

“K-E-E-L-A” – the air is rent with a terrible wailing – “where art thou you deceitful conniving ill spawned agent of evil mongrel dog?”.

Somehow the bitch dog – she is a female dog after all! – had got hold of the small outhouse model as created by Mark Strachan and sold by Military Miniatures long before they transmuted into Battlefront Miniatures. It has taken its place in many a battle over several decades and now is in need of repair.

Thankfully the concoction of resin, plasticard, pva glue and paints does not seem to have been to Keela’s taste The damage is mostly to the base which has been chewed away at the front. A few chips of paint accounts for the rest of the damage. It is fixable.

To aid all gamers around the world a mug shot of the recalcitrant bitch – she is still female dog – follows so that appropriate steps can be taken to protect our most precious hobby possessions. This is her second crime as reported in this here blog. See Wagram II for the first misdemeanour. You have all been warned!  🐕  🚫

There has been some holiday activity

von Peter himself has been in idle mode for just over a week now on his Christmas holiday break. Of course the “idling” has not been as idle as he would have liked as the good Fraulien von Peter herself has been a hard task master ensuring that the Christmas lunch for eleven was suitably prepared for including Neu Schloss von Peter looking spick and span.

As for hobby “stuff” … there has been the normal surfing of the ‘net. No painting to report as yet though – tsk tsk. A game of Sharp Practice has been played with Tho son & heir and it was looking quite good for von Peter himself … until it wasn’t looking so good … and then it looked really REALLY bad! And this afternoon von Peter himself is off to Garage Gaming Terry’s for a four player Napoleonic game. Not a particularly flash report card so far.

What von Peter himself has managed to achieve is progress on his vonpeterhimself.com  website. Nearly all the action has taken place around the Army Inspections and The son & heirs pages/sections.

These sections are a record of units collected with associated notes and explanations. Many of the images have been seen previously in various blogs, websites and even the occasional publication. The website corrals them all together in one place. There are some new pictures and there will be more as the stock pictures of units are either not up to standard or just don’t exist. For example there was no reasonable image of the 3/Chirvan Infantry Regiment from the Napoleonic Russian Army. This has been rectified – click the image below for a larger and clearer viewing.

The website build will continue at a meandering pace. The latest update is notified on the front page and the decision has just this very moment be taken to change this to hold the notifications of the last few updates.

It really is just a vanity project but perhaps The dear reader will gain some pleasure and insights from the occasional perusal.

The build has been both a little planned and a little haphazard. Please feel free to provide feedback either as comments here or emailed to vonpeterhimself@gmail.com.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The media edition

A media centric update for any of The dear readers who may be interested enough and savvy enough to take advantage!  😃

Podcast corner

Those rule writing men of TooFatLardies are now podcasting oddcasting. From the announcement blurb …

Looking to keep abreast of what is happening on Lard Island?  well, here’s a new way to do so with the Lardy Oddcast, a semi-regular show hosted by international wargaming celebrity and well known washing-line Commando, Sidney Roundwood.  This show, recorded in the Lard Island Broadcasting Studios on London’s Drury Lane, focusses on telling us what we can expect in future and talking to the two men behind TooFatLardies, Richard Clarke and Nick Skinner, and asking them to give their view on what Lard means to them.

You can see the official Lardy announcement here. And for The dear readers convenience von Peter himself provides the direct link to the TooFatLardies Oddcast One.

 

Old school wargaming with some famous identities

Way back in 1978 a six part half hour television program was made entitled Battleground. The were narrated by the actor Edward Woodward and showed some wargaming luminaries fighting some famous battles from history.

von Peter himself remembers Edward Woodward as Callan from the series and film of the same name. von Peter himself has vague memories a of a wargame featuring somewhere along the line …

Woodward was a wargamer and hosted a series of programmes for Tyne Tees Television in 1978 about the hobby with fellow enthusiast Peter Gilder, who built and owned the beautiful Gettysburg diorama used for one of the gaming scenes from the 1974 film Callan.

The Battleground series features some rather well known wargamers some of whom are sadly no longer with us though their names live on in the books and inspiration that they have left to us. It’s nice to observe them in action … though von Peter himself feels sure that they are on their best behaviour for the camera!  😃

Four of the Battleground episodes are available on good old YouTube – Edgehill, Waterloo, Chalons and Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg episode features Peter Gilder and Paddy Griffith. A better quality version of this episode is available …

 

Grab yourself some popcorn and avail yourself of some wargaming history … and nostalgia.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Valleyboy’s lament

Possibly because The family does not get up there very often The family still retains some friendships around the Tauranga area of New Zealand. With The son & heir due back at Neu Schloss von Peter for one of the seemingly incessant holiday breaks to his tertiary education the decision was taken to lumber him with responsibility for the dog and the house and flee to the supposedly sunny north** – in this case meaning Tauranga and surrounds – for a few days rest & relaxation. The question to be answered – could the friendships survive actual face to face meetings?  😇

** ‘supposedly’ because the weather in the home base of Wellington was better than that in Tauranga and surrounds during the visitation. Typical!

Many thanks to those who put us up by providing accomodation … or just put up with us! But those poor souls are of no interest to The dear readers here on a wargaming blog. We will be focussing on the re-aquaintence with one Kerry T – aka Valleyboy – and also Anthony M.

In which von Peter himself gets educated, well provisioned and generally spoilt at Valleyboys ranch

Some history: von Peter himself had made Kerry’s and Anthony’s acquaintance over the internet on some forum or other. Some years ago the North Island Wargames Convention was held in Tauranga. The Republic to Empire Napoleonic rules had not long been out and Kerry and Anthony – both living in/around Tauranga – were going to be hosting a two day game utilising said rules at said convention. Craig and von Peter himself travelled up from Wellington to take part in the game. Friendships were formed.

Kerry and his better half Nicki have built themselves a swanky home on a lifestyle block near Tauranga. Designed as a four bedroom house it is in actuality a three bedroom plus wargaming room house. Brilliant! It was to this room that von Peter himself was invited for a game come lesson of General d’Armee using a small portion of the in-house 15mm armies. Kerry favoured his guest by deploying a Prussian army for him to use while Kerry fielded French. The Prussian army was larger but contained some landwehr rated as recruits. In contrast the French fielded a smaller force but contained more veteran / elite units. Unfortunately we had to abandon the game with quite a bit of play still in it because dinner guests arrived. But von Peter himself enjoyed the game and Kerry had managed to impart quite a lot of information re the rules. Some images with accompanying commentary from the game …

Above: the table with the troops deployed. Brave freedom fighting later Napoleonic Prussians to the left. To the right are the troops of the would be continuing oppressors – the French. Note the reflection of the photographer in the large central picture on the back wall. Artistry at its finest!

Above: a couple of moves into the game. In the foreground the Prussian cavalry brigade of a kuirrassiere and a dragoon regiment are trying to get the jump on the hopefully outmatched French light cavalry brigade of a hussar and a chasseur a cheval regiment. The French have spotted this ploy and have activated their reserve heavy cavalry brigade of two cuirassier regiments which have made alarming progress to the scene thanks to the cunning use of ADCs to spur their forward march.

Above: a few turns in on the Prussian left. The Prussian battery deployed next to the hill in the distance have been distracted from causing pain and suffering on their opposites by the posturing of a French light cavalry brigade. Battalions have been rushed to shore up the artillery’s position and the reserve brigade of one uhlan regiment and one horse battery – to the left of the image – have been despatched in their general direction.

In the end the French cavalry felt it had to charge the guns in a now or never move. An interesting touch and go situation spiced up with a generous helpings of canister and supporting infantry fire had the cavalry failing to charge home. A pass for the rules. As an amusing finale to this action we then realised that the cavalry brigade was “Hesitant” and therefore the cavalry charge could not have taken place! Mine ever gracious host Kerry pronounced that the result should stand as a monument to some steadfast military actions from both sides.

Above: the scene on the Prussian right at the same time as the previous image. By one of those gruesome military coincidences the artillery of both sides lined up opposite one another … and then proceeded to target each other in a most sanguine manner. All very pleasing to the infantry in the area one imagines!  😃

Above: the centre of the battle lines. From the Prussian perspective the damaged building – damned French vandalism! – separates a brigade of four recruit classed landwehr battalions to the left and a regular brigade to the right. von Peter’s original cunning plan was to hold the landwehr back a little but during the course of the battle an opportunity seemed to arise where the brigade might be able to gang up on a single French battalion deployed in line. Nothing ventured nothing gained and in the interests of giving the rules a decent run through the landwehr were duly launched in the general direction of the French battalion. The canny Marshal Kerry divined the Prussian plan and prepared to launch a spoiling attack on the landwehr with some of his infantry. This image shows the situation before the action ‘went down’. The French battalion with the blue ‘1’ die behind it charged the landwehr battalion to it’s front. The landwehr’s musketry failed to halt the Frenchmen and they were pushed back taking the (rear) supporting landwehr battalion with them. This left just one landwehr battalion – with another in support – to charge the French battalion in line. You can just see the lead landwehr battalion besides the command stand on the left of the image. Sadly this depleted force proved insufficient to move the Frenchmen.

FYI the little numbers on display keyed the units to a printed order of battle which greatly aided any players … cough  cough von Peter himself … who may not have been familiar with the model army they commanded.

Above: The Prussian Silesian Cuirassier – Prussian unit of the day. They spent much of the game involved in charges, counter charges or melees. They saw off two light cavalry regiments and a French cuirassier regiment and were still in play – if a little battered – when the game was called. And all this despite von Peter himself playing them as regulars rather than the veterans they should have been for most of the game! D’oh!! The supporting dragoons in their brigade could only sit back and applaud!

Not that luck has much to do with it but Kerry is a truly lucky wargamer to have his dedicated wargames room. Included in the room is a cunningly designed wargames table that shrinks & expands as required and provides copious storage for armies and terrain. Also included is a glass display case for the flaunting of a small portion of Kerry’s impressive painting output. The images below hopefully give a flavour of the mighty fine toys historic replicas currently on display. More and better – d’oh! – images on Kerrys blog.

Above: an overview of the display case

Above: Seven Years War Prussians. What a sensible man that Kerry is!  😃

Above: a shelf of Napoleonic Poles underneath a shelf of Napoleonic French

von Peter himself mentioned the post game dinner for a reason. It was wonderful. Mrs Valleyboy – Nicki – produced a gourmet meal that was consumed with great enthusiasm by all present … as was the fine wine selection!  🥂  All present included the additional dinner guests Fraulien von Peter herself, Anthony from that first game all those years ago and his wife Karen. A great evening that has left the residents of Neu Schloss von Peter well and truly indebted.

Die Kriegskunst 2

“Die what?” I hear the less well travelled Dear reader exclaim. Die Kriegskunst are a set of rules based on the General de Brigade rules for gaming the (European hosted?) battles of the Seven Years War.

It appears that there is to be a Seven Years War version of General d’Armee by the author of  Die Kriegskunst – Angus Konstam.

From the beginnings of a game report

This week we were off to High Germany, for our first proper playtest of Die Kriegskunst 2, or Son of Kriegskunst, or whatever we’re going to call it. Essentially the rules are a modified version of Dave Brown’s General d’Armee, with a lot of the original Die Kriegskunst thrown into the pot.

The SYW figures of von Peter himself have lain dormant for a while now. Hmmm! Play testing is expected to run “well into next year”.

 

Perry Napoleonic Swedes

From the latest Perry Miniatures newsletter …

Alan has started work on the Swedish Napoleonic Army and these are the first greens.  He is concentrating on the 1808-9 period first but will cover earlier and later uniforms too.

From the viewpoint of von Peter himself the later uniforms sound like the favoured 1813  period will be covered for anyone who would like to raise some of Bernadotte’s Swedes for the Allied Army of the North. Not that Bernadotte ever really put them in harms way as he played his own longer game in 1813.

 

Garage Gaming Terry’s Wagram II update

The one time Archduke Charles has posted another missive on the Wagram II game imaginatively entitled Wagram 1809 – Part 2.

 

A Clash of Eagles

As to that Garage Gaming Terry – von Peter himself has within the last hour or two exchanged military goods with him. From von Peter himself to Garage Gaming Terry went a set each of Austrian and Russian dice from Dice of War. Coming back the other way was a copy of the recently released A Clash of Eagles from Warlord Games. The latter is the Black Powder supplement covering the 1812 campaign in Russian. Some of the The dear readers may have a passing familiarity with that campaign!  😃

I’s a reasonably hefty publication coming in at 200 pages. A quick flick reveals …

  • an overview off the campaign
  • overviews of the armies involved including many of the French ‘allies’ that provided components to the Grand Army
  • some new rules for Black Powder
  • six scenarios and ideas for pick-up games
  • army lists
  • Appendix 1: An overview ofNapoleonic warfare
  • Appendix 2: Bibliography
  • lots of wargames porn – pictures of gaming figures and units.

The author is Adrian McWalter. von Peter himself believes that the is is very same Adrian McWalter who authored the Napoleonic rule set Over the Hills and the Napoleonic skirmish rule set Forager. A man of many talents and activities our Adrian!  😃

von Peter himself looks forward to disagreeing with some of the content re nationality and unit ratings etc. von Peter himself always does find something to disagree with and this keeps him most happy and content!!  😇

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #6

The third post in a calendar month. An outstanding effort … even if von Peter says so himself.  😃

 

Trees

von Peter himself has ‘grown’ his first pack of 4Ground trees. For the record the pack was “4 Young Chestnut Trees”. Some lessons were learned along the way. Nothing major and mostly to do with the holes on the optional sabot base and the plastering around them. Hopefully the building of the  next packs will benefit from the  learnings.

The plastic branches are bendable so the shape of the tress can be modified. In this pack there were two larger trees of approximately 11.5cm and two smaller of approximately 9.5cm.

Above: three of the young chestnut trees in their sabot base and one individualist who is not.

 

Wagram II – the game that keeps giving

Archduke Charles – aka Garage Gaming Terry – has posted a couple items regarding the Wagram II game on his a Garage Gaming Terry blog with more planned. To date he has created …

There are more articles to come.

And then there were a couple more photographic recreations of the Wagram II game …

Above: This picture shows the extent of GdK von Peter himself Freidrich Hohenzollern’s Austrian II Army Corps. Oh … and the bodies in the background are the Saturday Wagram II crew. Motley covers it!  😃  Photo care of John H.

Above: a shameful scene from the Sunday. Two Saxon battalions in front of Austrian artillery – and the rest of the Austrian army! – being used as some sort of ablative armour for the ‘brave’ French troops wearing bear skins behind them. The 1/Prinz Maximilian Infantry Regiment – white flag with red border – appears to be formed in some sort of square arrangement while the 2/von Rechten Infantry Regiment – yellow flag – is in line. Yet more shoddy treatment of the Saxons by their French allies / overlords!  ⚠️  Photo care of John H.

 

Eagle dice

Yet more dice have arrived at Neu Schloss von Peter from the dice peddlers at Dice of War. The drip feed of national dice continues with eagles being the theme this time around. Austrian dice in yellow and Russian dice in green.

Bavarian and Polish dice are left to collect for the armies with barracks at Neu Schloss von Peter. The completist in von Peter himself is singing a rather fetching and compelling song. The completist is obviously a stark raving mad thing …. but von Peter himself is a grown man who plays with toy soldiers so don’t write off the chances of seeing pictures of Bavarian and Polish dice on this here blog. We loves getting pressies in the mail we do!!  😇

 

If von Peter himself can get the photography sorted there will be a “The Heroes of Wagram” or some such presentation upcoming. This will present the newly formed Austrian troops recruited for the Wagram games and perhaps some of the refurbished troops as well. But hopefully not next time. Next time von Peter himself will be reporting on an event he is very much looking forward to. Hopefully!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself