Partizan visions

They say that a blog that doesn’t get updated dies to a degree through a lack of visitations. Well if someone somewhere doesn’t say that then they should. So with no further ado here’s an update based on the hard work of others. Still, perhaps some of The dear readership will get something from it. ūüėÉ

Partizan 2021

Back in 2009 von Peter himself was lucky enough to visit Partizan MMIX – thank you Martin Kelly and Peter Fitzgerald for facilitating that visit. Unbelievably they continue to hold Partizan even though von Peter himself is unavailable to attend …

Undoubtedly there are plenty more reports if The dear reader wishes to look for them.

There’s even a Partizan blog at http://thepartizanshow.blogspot.com/ … though perhaps they should update it more often lest it “dies to a degree through a lack of visitations”. A-ha-ha.

A weeney update on the Front Rank to Gripping Beast thing

As spotted on the Gripping Beast News section re the Front Rank Figurines acquisition that was planned to be complete on the 14th of October …

UPDATE – The lawyers are taking their time over finallising the deal so we are currently waiting in frustration for a new date. More news as soon as we get it!

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Survey and sites

The folks over at Karwansaray Publishers are at it again with their The Great Wargaming Survey 2021 EDITION. Guy Bowers wrote to von Peter himself personally – yeah right! …

Dear history fan!,

The eighth edition of the Great Wargaming Survey has begun this Sunday, and it runs until the end of August.

As always, we’re asking you to take a few minutes of your time to let us know what YOU think about wargaming. We’ll be using the results to try and track trends and changes in the hobby, with the results published online in a variety of ways (mostly at the GWS blog).

Besides our undying gratitude for completing the survey, everyone who completes the survey gets a ‚ā¨5 discount coupon for our webshop, a bunch of articles selected from the fifty+ issues of WSS I edited, and of course you get a chance to win one of more than thirty(!) prizes, including boxed sets, books from various publishers and of course subscriptions to¬†Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy¬†or our other magazines. So why not¬†take a few minutes now to help us out– it’s fast, fun and might net you some free goodies!

Kind regards

Guy Bowers
Editor, Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

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For the record it took von Peter himself just over ten minutes to complete the survey. And that was with an interruption from the good Fraulien von Peter herself!

Obscure Battles

During his meandering around the interwebs von Peter himself¬†sometimes stumbles across sites that are of a heightened interest. Obscure Battles is one fo those sites. Perhaps not all the battles discussed would von Peter himself consider obscure – Frederick the Greats victory at Leuthen, 1757 or Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge, 1863 – but the battles are all there for a reason. And anyways they make for great reading with some alternate views on how and why occurrences occurred thrown in to stir the brain.

The battles are presented with a background, a narrative, discussion of points of interest, some great maps – versions can be purchased based from the author, pictures of the terrain, paintings, orders of battle giving a little information on uniforms and flags, and references. But there’s more! ¬†As a distinct bonus the author – Jeff Berry – is a wargamer so there are wargaming options / considerations offered up for the battles … at least in the ones von Peter himself has seen.

The list of battles currently covered to date are …

  • 334 BCE The Granicus
  • 1066 Stamford Bridge
  • 1346 Cr√©cy
  • 1704 Blenheim (updated Oct 2017)
  • 1706 Ramillies (updated Mar 2021)
  • 1741 Mollwitz (updated Sep 2017)
  • 1742 Chotusitz (updated Apr 2020)
  • 1745 Fontenoy
  • 1745 Soor (updated Apr 2020)
  • 1756 Lobositz (updated Apr 2021)
  • 1757 Kolin (OOB updated July 2019)
  • 1757 Leuthen
  • 1758 Zorndorf (OOB updated July 2019)
  • 1775 Lexington-Concord
  • 1796 Arcola
  • 1800 Marengo (updated Dec 2020)
  • 1800 Hohenlinden
  • 1805 Wertingen
  • 1805 Gunzburg
  • 1805 Haslach-Jungingen (updated Mar 2019)
  • 1805 Elchingen
  • 1805 Durnstein
  • 1807 Friedland
  • 1809 Aspern-Essling
  • 1812 Shevardino
  • 1818 Gqokli Hill
  • 1862 Cedar Mountain (updated in Sep 2017)
  • 1863 Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge
  • 1863 Chickamauga, Snodgrass Hill
  • 1879 Isandlwana
  • 1898 Omdurman (updated in Oct 2017)

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Saxon Dog – it lives

Finally as yet another a public service announcement … the Saxon Dog blog has sprung back to life recently. von Peter himself believes that this site flaunts the projects of a certain David Imrie. The Dear readers may have heard of him. Whether he’s known to you or not the site is certainly worth an occasional perusal.

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Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

The times, they are a changing

The changings keep coming. The old guard are being removed from the hobby at a remorseless rate. By way of examples …

Duncan Macfarlane 1948 – 2021 is a name that apparently means many things to many people in the wargaming world but for von Peter himself he is Mr Wargames Illustrated. Many moons ago a much younger von Peter himself wandered into a local retail establishment and spied issue #1 of a new magazine – Wargames Illustrated. And it was a beautiful thing. Pretty pictures, nothing but wargames content and amazingly it was readily available in New Zealand.

Issue #1 was the first of many MANY years of purchases which did not cease until around the time that Battlefront Miniatures bought the magazine. The intervening years left a stack of magazines which eventually were replaced by official cds of the first 225 issues of the magazine plus a few issues of the associated Wargames World.

So much time spent pouring over the “war-games porn” pictures, the wargaming articles, and in those far off days pre the saturated internet age the advertisements. von Peter’s introduction to Calpe Miniatures resulted from an advertisement in a Wargames Illustrated. He remembers being on holiday in the Marlborough Sounds and sitting on the shores of the Sounds staring at the Prussian Landwehr battalion that graced the advertisement. Every figured seemed different and each was a marvel. Contact was soon made with Calpe Miniatures.

So though we never met von Peter himself is glad to have been a sort of associate of Duncan Macfarlane. May you rest in peace Duncan.

For a proper obituary see Duncan Macfarlane 1948 – 2021 on The Partizan Show Blog.

The above photo “borrowed” from The Partizan Show Blog referenced above.

But there’s more

Although von Peter himself has never dealt with East Riding Miniatures the name seems to have been around forever for von Peter himself. So it was sad to stumble across this …

Retirement:
As some customers will know, I have been suffering increasing health issues related to my diabetes, psoriatic arthritis and age . With the passing away of my wife in April it has only got worse (stress related, but it shows no sign of easing) to the point where I can no longer manage basic casting operations and maintenance, let alone mould making, due to the state of my hands, knees and hips. With my 65th birthday only weeks away I have reluctantly concluded that full retirement is now my own way forwards

The various parts of the business, figure ranges and equipment will shortly be up for sale. Interested parties are invited to contact me. Full details to follow.

I do apologise for the inconvenience this will cause customers but I can see no other way around this problem.

It just remains to thank all my customers of the last 22 years. I couldn’t have done any of it without you.

In time I will be restarting the second-hand section of the site and clear out some more of my own collection of books and miniatures. Watch this space.

– Tony

The times – and the guard – are a changing.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

A podcast discovered

A quickie.

von Peter himself has stumbled upon another podcast to while away the commute, the dog walk, and hopefully some figure painting. Ken aka the Yarkshire Gamer hosts The Yarkshire Gamers Reet Big War-games Podcast.

The blurb on iTunes says …

A wargaming blog covering that modern day rarity, The Big Game. No 10 figures a side on a 3ft square table here chap. All scales, all periods so long as it’s BIG. You know what they say “Go Big or Go Home”. We, my friends, have gone Big! Regards Ken The Yorkshire Gamer.

Available from several podcast providers – von Peter himself¬†sources his from iTunes – or it can be listened to directly from Ken’s ¬†https://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com ¬†blog.

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Bastion No. 2 gets a table

A quick update on Bastion No. 2. It now has a gaming surface installed aka the trusty table tennis table.

Bastion No 2 gets a table

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

Bastion No. 2 under way

To be honest dear reader there is not a lot happening in the hobby space lately. The clue is in the dearth of updates on this here blog. Of course life is not usually black and white so that’s not quite true. Various favoured wargaming sites on the interwebs are getting their usual hammering emanating out of Neu Scloss von Peter¬†on a daily basis. The intellect is still being expended on the hobby but the paint brushes etc are on an extended holiday. But there is hope of a reversal in fortunes.

The son & heir had moved back into his room in Neu Scloss von Peter having completed his studies and time in Dunedin. That was great as we get on well. But what’s even better is that he has now moved out again into a grown up’s flat – as opposed to a student flat – taking most of the bedroom furniture with him. Meaning that this seems to be the big move with no returns. Meaning that his room no longer needs to held as a ready reserve. Meaning that Bastion Number 2 is in preparation. For the confused The Bastion was the dedicated wargaming room in the prior abode Scloss von Peter.

Pre Bastion 1

Above: the view of Bastion Number 2 from the entry door

Many thanks to the good Fraulien von Peter herself who has been a trooper with cleaning and even some painting on the internals of Bastion Number 2. A marvel of a sapper and an engineer all rolled up into one.

Pre Bastion 2

Above: the view looking back towards the entry door

The plan is to weaponise Bastion Number 2 by cleaning up the table tennis table that languishes in the garage and install it along with it’s “grass” covering. Not long now hopefully.

Pre Bastion 3

Above:the lighting situation has potential with three individually switched light sources. New bulbs will be investigated. Perhaps daylight bulbs will be a go

Pre Bastion 4

Above: ok the move out is still a work in progress. Impressively most of what remains are The son & heir’s wargaming paraphernalia. And there’s more on a table in the hall!

 

Bring on the Russian Mounted Jagers

von Peter himself has always had a soft spot for Russian Mounted Jagers and the Perrys have obviously got wind of this. Back in Snippets #18¬†The dear readers¬†attention was targeted on the Perry’s efforts to create ¬†a box of plastic Russian and/or Prussian dragoons. Now they’ve added Russian Mounted Jagers in to the mix/box.

Perry Russian plastic Mounted Jager 1

Perry Russian plastic Mounted Jager 2

As a forewarning of potential button counter attacks the Perry’s have posted an official warning …

As you might notice, to get these on the frame there is a slight compromise in that the cuffs for the Jäger should be pointed and have one button, but this is easily remedied with a bit of paint.

You have been warned.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself 

A corrective statement and Covid-19 – you git

As with many in the world the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had an impact on the life of von Peter himself. Along with the rest of New Zealand he is in a four week Рpossibly longer Рlockdown at Neu Schloss von Peter from which both himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are working from home.

But that is the least of it. Today – Sunday 29 March 2020 –¬†von Peter himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself¬†are flying out of New Zealand for six and a bit weeks of travel through Europe. Included are a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and a few days at the¬†L ‚ÄėHotel de Herc√©¬†– with a wargame of course – in Mayenne, France. Except of course we are not flying out today as international travel is now a very difficult – spot the understatement – and dangerous undertaking. Merde!! ¬†ūüė©

The current position is that this is more of a postponement than a cancellation. Time – as they say – will tell.

Above: such visions on the Rhine River are cancelled … at least for now

Of course being stuck at home for four plus weeks may facilitate some creative hobby activities with paint brushes and associated “things”. Then again living AND working in close confines with no visitors to break any tension the survival of von Peter himself and / or the good Fraulien von Peter herself¬†must be the first consideration lest some form of mutual destruction take form! ¬†ūüėÉ

Smug bit: The residents of Neu Schloss von Peter¬†have it a little easier than some whilst under lockdown. Living at the northern end of Paekakariki they are a mere block away from Queen Elizabeth II Park so have easy access to said park to walk the dog – the nefarious French sympathising (see Wagram II¬†and¬†2017 ‚Äď the last word?) Keela – and themselves. For evidence see the following two photos snapped the day before lockdown kicked in. And even better – such strolls are fully compliant with the lockdown regulations.

As a public service to fellow Kiwis looking for information on the NZ government response to Covid-19 all can be found here.

 

A correction

In his last post in this here august journal von Peter himself may have chided himself for not ordering a horse for his Saxon Light Infantry officers pack thereby leaving the mounted dignitary without a mode of transport. von Peter himself was of course wrong.

The pack comes with a horse. It’s just that in a packing error von Peter’s particular pack did not. Mr Calpe Miniatures will put this right when the next Calpe order is ordered so no harm done. Apologies if the doddering old fool¬†von Peter himself has led anyone astray.

 

Toys, toys … where art thou toys? *

* With apologies to the great bard.

Planning way ahead von Peter himself has ensured he has piles of unpigmented figures etc to keep him busy during any lockdown period. Perhaps The dear reader has not been so careful in their warehousing and will need to get in some fresh supplies. As far as von Peter himself is aware at the time of typing the following manufacturers are still working and sending out their precious wares …

… and having temporarily shut up shop …

Admittedly not much of a list but then this is a free read so what do you expect?! ¬†ūüėá

And who knows. Even if those precious figures get despatched how long they will take to “get through” is an open question.

Of course even though von Peter himself has a truly praiseworthy stock of unpigmented figures and even a stock of backups of his most used paints he is bound to run out of something. Something critical that he won’t be able to replace under the current strictures. One can feel the oppressive inevitability of it all!

 

Take care of yourselves out there. The dear readership is small enough without putting any of them at risk! ¬†ūüėÉ

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A graduation and knife fighting

Congratulations are due to the The son & heir who has earned himself a degree. To be fair there were suspicions amongst the support crew that maybe there was some cunning scam being played. So a trip to Dunedin and the graduation ceremony was organised as a means of verification. A little surprisingly the graduation parade and ceremony all seemed above board. And careful examination of the certificate likewise failed to raise any concerns of any authenticity shenanigans. It seems that The son & heir has indeed earned himself a degree. Congratulations and well done that man.

During each of the three years that The son & heir has been domiciled in Dunedin getting himself all degreed up yearly visitations were undertaken by his proud parents. And never once – despite multiple attempts – did von Peter himself manage to get to frequent The Duke of Wellington public establishment with its 20ish imported beers and militaryish surroundings. To make things worse The son & heir was a frequenter of said establishment. That wrong has now been put to right … on the way to the airport …

Above: von Peter himself did not sample the Spitfire brew available but he did quite enjoy their promotional material …

Little wars

Having covered himself in academic glory The son & heir returned to Neu Schloss von Peter for a few weeks of eating, consuming electricity, catching up with friends and general battery recharging. Last summer The son & heir created a terrain board Рa first of several? Рand this was dragged out for a couple of Sharp Practice games. Because The son & heir wanted to use plenty of the available terrain both ended up as urban knife fights which presented some challenges different tp the normal.

The first game was set in 1813 and saw opposing Prussians and Saxons scouring an urban environment for a posse of informers who had been two timing both sides. Seven civilian figures were spread across the table and these would move randomly on their own card in the game deck.

Above: a sleepy war weary little town somewhere in Saxony 1813. The locals go about their business with a mere three concerns – the ever nearing war; the fool standing in the way of the sunlight; and the finger partially covering the lens upper left.

Above: a little later and the sleepy little town is sleepy little town is about to be rudely awoken by the whoring warring Prussians of The son & heir himself and the humanitarian Saxons lead by that internationally beloved philanthropist von Peter himself.

Above: a little little later on. Men have started turning into casualties. The Prussian jägers in the centre have just dealt a severe hand of death (red markers) and shock (green markers) to a some Saxon Musketeers which has pushed them back as the shock is greater than the remaining figures. Fortunately for the Saxons these musketeers managed to avoid further Prussian ire and were to slowly regain their composure and be still in the fight at the end of the battle.

On the far right further Saxon musketeers manfully stride down the side of the town to get the jump on the Prussian j√§gers which they manage to do but over a series of two separate “fisty cuffs” were banished from the table by those same j√§gers.

To the left of the battered Saxon musketeers can be seen what looks like a Russian mounted officer. Actually he’s a Saxon officer that looks like a Russian officer from a distance! To the right of the same musketeers is a Saxon officer who looks like a Saxon officer. Officer identification can be a tricky thing! They are both where they are as they are attempting to bring on further troops.

Over the central wall from the Prussian jägers some Saxon jägers can just be made out and are currently interrogating a Lady of quality dressed in yellow in an attempt to flush out a two timing agent of espionage.

On the far left further Saxon musketeers advance down the side of the town. They were to be met by superior numbers of Prussian musketeers and were swiftly erased form the Saxon muster rolls. Sob.

At the back of the board mostly hidden by the orange roof tiles are more Prussian musketeers.

The battle raged with various units coming & going and the usual ups & downs for both sides. Several turncoats were uncovered but all managed to escape when their “escorting” infantry were “dispersed”. Ultimately the Saxons squeaked a victory and so earned the right to write the history of the battle and its protagonists. ¬†ūüėÉ

I – N – T – E – R – V – A – L

Off came the european buildings and on came some eastern / Russian domestic structures. The clock was turned back to 1812 and the scene to the northern flank of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The Bavarians were keen to spring an ambuscade to grab some Russian supplies as they were being ferried through local village. The rumour¬†was that previously captured bratwurst was¬†in that wagon!

Above: the Bavarians can almost smell the bratwurst but have turned to tackle the Russian rearguard rather than fill their knapsacks. The dice knew their duty and the Bavarians were not long for participating in this battle.

This was a much quicker game as the dice firmly came down on the side of him who had procured them – von Peter himself. Nearly everything The son & heir tried failed or was shabbily treated by those special Bavarian dice. Reinforcement refused to come on until they were in a position to be massacred by their Russian opponents. “Fisty cuffs” and shooting likewise came to very little. A short sharp brutal encounter to the glory of Mother Russia. Huzzah.

Above: joint MVP of the Bavarian vs. Russian petite battle. The dice

 

Remember Dear readership that many of the images can be “clicked” for larger and clearer versions.

 

And now for something completely different … can you hear the tramp tramp tramp of approaching 28mm Polish infantry. von Peter himself can. Stand by.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #14

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

Aventine Byzantines

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

 

Skirmishing’ish Ancients rules

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

 

But there’s more …

 

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

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

 

Stalingrad

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

 

A newly discovered Podcast

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

Achtung! Achtung!

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

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

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

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

Battle stations!

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

 

Would von Peter himself have been as indomitable?

Very sad and poignant¬†yet also positive and uplifting …

Totally worth it

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

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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! ūü§£¬†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!¬† ūüėÉ

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

L ‘Hotel de Herc√© – 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 Herc√© 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.
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Relax – The two large 18thc salons, & garden are open to guests to relax read, play games, or socialize over a glass of wine.
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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.‚Äč 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 Herc√©¬†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 Herc√©. 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