Of pdf’s and plastic

With the home front forges continuing at a low ebb von Peter himself presents some information on a couple of worthy pdf’s received and some information on a couple of plastic castles.

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

Some of the more astute of The dear readers may have noticed that von Peter himself has had a long  l-o-n-g  association with the Saxon Army of the later Napoleonic Wars. The first Saxon figures von Peter himself ever painted were while he was at university … and that is a long  l-o-n-g  time ago. For the historical record the figures were Saxon …

  • line infantry from the regiment König using Minifigs French fusiliers with a modified pompom
  • a squadron of Leib Kürassier Garde also from Minifigs through the donor figure type has long since slipped the memory.

The History Book Man has released their latest army and uniform guide e-book and what do you know … it’s The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814. Historic, organisational, uniform and flag information on the army is presented with many colour illustrations contained in 311 pages including information on the less well known units. And all for the princely sum of £3.99. What the much m-u-c-h younger von Peter himself would have given for such a guide all those decades ago!  😀

The Royal Saxon Army 1792-1814

 

Sharp Practice 2 pdf arrives

Bang on time the pdf for Sharp Practice 2 from the TheTooFatLardies arrived in the electronic Inbox of von Peter himself. A quick scan has revealed what appears to be an easy on the eye and well laid out rulebook. Not that von Peter himself intends to learn the rules via the pdf as the physical printed rule book and a bunch of gaming paraphernalia should be on their way from the top of the world – the UK – to the bottom of the world – NZ – and are expected any day.

Without hunting down a count von Peter himself is aware of four other gamers locally who have ordered the rules. This bodes well for future gaming especially given the truncated time requirement for the setup, playing and packing away of a Sharp Practice game. Real world ‘stuff’ needs to take a back seat for a little more gaming.

Two minor soon to be remedied disappointments so far …

  • There is no Quick Reference Sheet with the rules. This is expected to be remedied with versions on the ‘net … perhaps even from the Lardies themselves.
  • With the possible exception of the listing for the American Civil War the Army Lists in the the book are of no interest to von Peter himself. It is the understanding of von Peter himself that this will be rectified in May via the ‘net on the TheTooFatLardies site where many more Army Lists are expected to be published … for free! In particular von Peter himself is after central Europe Napoleonic lists suitable for around 1813 and Seven Years war lists for his Prussians and Austrians.

There is also talk of more scenarios becoming available which would be a bonus.

Sharp Practice v2

Castle Wars

Contender 1 – Renedra Limited

Once upon a medieval time castles tended to be built of stone – at least the ones in Western Europe were. How times have changed as they can now be procured in plastic. Both Renedra Limited and Warlord Games have seen fit to release their medieval – or if it suits The dear reader better fantasy – castles. And just like their real life 1:1 scale forbears they are not for the peasantry. One needs to be prepared to hand over a fair chunk of wealth if one is sit safely behind ones own stone … err, plastic walls.

As pictured below the Renedra Castle (standard) costs £250.00. The Castle (standard) …

  • has a frontage of 86cm and sides of 65.5cm
  • 5 towers
  • 1 gatehouse
  • 8 wall sections

If this too much castle for The dear reader then one’s sights could be lowered as there is a Castle (small) available. Alternatively if The dear reader would not be seen dead in a mere Castle (standard) there is of course the option of the Castle (large). One can purchase the individual components if one would prefer to custom design one’s castle and having just started to listen to Meeples and Miniatures episode 130 – Salute 2016 – there is a breached wall section on the way.

To the eyes of von Peter himself the windows on the sides of the towers seem a little less than desirable security features though wonderful creations for cloisters etc – see what Alan Perry is kit bashing with the sprues from the Renedra Castle here.

Renedra Standard Castle

Contender 2 – Warlord Games

Meanwhile Warlord Games have their ‘The Citadel’ Plastic Castle as pictured below. It can be yours for £175.00. While a simpler creation than the Renedra Castle (standard) it is more technologically advanced having round towers as opposed to square. Once again individual sections of the Warlord castle are available to purchase individually.

Warlord castle

Fortunately von Peter himself is immune to any temptations from this latest crop of plastic castles because he already has one in stock – the Warhammer Fortress (see below) as produced by Games Workshop many moons ago. Obtained on the cheap it waits largely unbothered by a painter’s brush for its time of glory. Sound familiar?!  😀

Warhammer Fortress

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A Sharp Practice heads-up

Sharp Practice v2

From the outside looking in it’s looking more and more likely that the TheTooFatLardies will hit their target of releasing Sharp Practice version 2 on St. Georges Day … which of course we all know is the 23 April. Of itself this is a good thing as von Peter himself is figuring to get his hands on a copy for perusing and with any luck actual gaming. But even better it appears that if one were of a mind to order the rules and assorted gaming paraphernalia prior to the actual release date then not only will one get the rules and assorted gaming paraphernalia in a timely manner but one will also get them at a discounted price …

BUNDLE 1: Rules & Cards
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
Free PDF of the rules.
At £29 this saves you £17 as a bundle.

BUNDLE 2: Rules & Chips
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Free PDF of the rules.
At £28 this saves you £17 as a bundle

BUNDLE 3: Card Sharp (as per Bundle 5 but no Poker Chips)
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £35 this saves you £19 as a bundle

BUNDLE 4: Chips with everything (as per Bundle 5 but no card deck)
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £34 this saves you £19 as a bundle

BUNDLE 5: The monster of a bundle with everything anyone would wish for on the Sharp Practice front.
Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
Game Token set in acrylic
Free PDF of the rules.
At £38 this saves you £21 as a bundle.

By way of explanation as “borrowed” from the Lardies website …

  1.  The rules.  Its a 120 page book which contains the rules and Army Lists for five different conflicts.  These are the French Indian War, the AWI, Peninsular War, ACW and Indian Mutiny.  However, the rules won’t stop there.   We have lost of other periods ready as free downloadable Army lists covering stuff like Garibaldi in Italy, Napoleonic warfare, Revolutionary Wars in Italy, US Mexican Wars and a whole host of other exciting stuff.
  2. The Cards or Poker Chips. You can choose whether you want to use a card deck or pull chips from a bag or cup.  It’s entirely up to you which you use.  You will need ONE set or cards or chips to play a game.  You do not need one per player.  The poker chip set are 34 tokens in engraved MDF which are very easy to paint up and look superb when they are done.  The cards are a proper poker standard set with rounded corners and come in a tuck box.  As it happens we got 40 cards to a deck as this suited the printer card sizes so the card deck is slightly larger.
  3. Game Tokens.  A set of 18 acrylic tokens to indicate when units Present (ready to fire a controlled volley), when they are firing an uncontrolled volley and when they are broken.  We have played many many games and this set of 18 tokens have been all we needed for any game situation.  No need to duplicate unless you are really going to push the boat out on game size.

So some sharp 😃 pricing with not inconsiderable savings are to be had for the organised purchaser … assuming that the organised purchaser is wanting the rules in both hard copy and PDF format and is also wanting some of the game aids as supplied ex the Lardies. So which bundle is it to be for von Peter himself? Hmmmm!

But there’s more …

To support the rules The Lardies have started a series of Youtube videos on the rules …

with more expected soonish. It’s all go on the Sharp Practice front.

toofatlardies

This has been a public service announcement generously brought to you at not inconsiderable expense and effort by von Peter himself Media International Ltd.  😎

Home made Orthodoxy

A couple of posts back von Peter himself had reason to report on Mark Strachan’s scratch built 28mm Russian Orthodox church. Mark has now completed the basing of said Russian Orthodox church and was kind enough to allow a couple of his photos to be replicated here for The dear readers education. More photographic recordings of the finished church – remembering that its a Russian church …. not Finnish … ha ha ha ⚠️ – can seen herevon Peter himself has yet to attempt to scratch build a terrain piece and is in awe of such endeavours.

Mark Strachans Russian church1

Mark Strachans Russian church2

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More Orthodoxy

As part of his prior post von Peter himself showcased several Orthodox churches available from GrandManner. Why stop when you’re on to a good thing?

Russian Church 2

Above: The Russian Elizabethgrad Hussars file past a back steppe Orthodox Church while the rather militant Father Disputin exhorts them to great martial feats for Mother Russia

First up the Russian village of von Peter himself has taken a great step forward with the consecration of its Orthodox Church. Father Disputin is pleased. As with the rest of the village the model is a product of Hovels – H3 Timbered Church from the 25mm Eastern European / Russian range. Its completion leaves one Russian building left to paint – a damaged house. Damaged by design but also just plain damaged as the casting has several cracks. Not a major problem as it will be glued to a base just as soon as the various casting flaws in the model are cleaned up. Unfortunately the cleaning up – mostly with a craft knife – is sorely testing the integrity of the model. von Peter himself would much prefer it to stay in one piece as that would seem to be the simplest way forward. Enough of the real estate painting. There are figures to paint so the remaining damaged building has gone back into the wargaming wardrobe for now as its time has not yet come.

Russian Church 1

Above: the other two sides of the Orthodox Church in a slightly different light. The sun kept coming and going! Photographic facilities at Neu Schloss von Peter need some serious sorting. We can’t be having backgrounds like that!  👀

Grand Manner and von Peter himself are not the only ones to have been busy with their Orthodox Churches. Mark Strachan has scratch built one for himself and in double quick time. His methods and the Church’s progress have been documented in a series of posts on his blog – 1866 and all that. Mark’s output – both in the hobby and blog sense – far surpasses that of von Peter himself so as a service to The dear reader the first instalment can be found here and then move to the “Newer Post” post. As per the blog the church is complete but the based model has yet to be seen. Hopefully Mark has not forgotten!  😃

Plastic Gripping Beast Late Romans

According to their Facebook page Gripping Beast will be adding a box of plastic Late Romans and they’re “coming soon” what ever that means [edit – Salute 2016]. These are multi part models to some degree or other because …

“By design, they are fully compatible with our Dark Age Warriors – we have stuck some hybrids together and they look cool.”

von Peter himself has the beginnings of a metal Late Roman army from Gripping Beast tucked away. Being from the same company hopefully the two lines of will be compatible to some degree or other.

And tantalisingly the Facebook post ends with “Cavalry next”.

Gripping Beast 3 Up Plastic Late Romans

Above: 3-Ups of the Gripping Beast Late Romans to be

Ebor Late Romans

28mm Late Romans “are the bomb” apparently. Joining the party are Ebor Miniatures who have a range coming out. From The Miniatures Page

This is a joint venture between Paul Hicks and Ebor miniatures with Paul receiving money from every sale so the more sales the more figures will be released.

and

Paul has scaled the figures to the GB range in height although they are slightly slimmer, he has made the shields the same size so the LBM transfers for GB fit them.

As mentioned above von Peter himself has a “hibernating” Late Roman army of Gripping Beast metal figures. Their future is to hold off the Gripping Beast Sassanids / Sassanians of von Peter himself. Reinforcements are of course always welcome.

Ebor Late Romans

 

Role playing

von Peter himself has become enmeshed in fortnightly role playing using 5th edition D&D. This pastime has not been partaken of for many decades and the rules sure have moved a long way since last von Peter himself played. Luckily you don’t need to know the finer details of the rules as a player. It has been amusing to watch the group getting their role playing feet. We have made some really foolish decisions but nothing fatal so far – to us anyway. 😎 Craig is our honourable Dungeon Master and has been enjoying himself by throwing the unexpected at us … and then trying to coach us through our resultant indecision and plain poor judgement. To date no figures have been used but that may change. If it does then von Peter himself will be needing a figure with the visage of a human cleric with a martial bent. Fortunately he has a couple in store.

D&D

Front Rank price rise alert

As per their newsletter some news from Front Rank Figurines …

It has been over 2 years now since we have had a price rise, so with regret sometime during May 2016 our prices will increase.

We have been warned … though there is not anticipated to be any action from von Peter himself. Undoubtedly more Front Rank figures will be bought but with the backlog of figures already waiting to be painted and an anticipation that the increase will not be extreme the money is probably better off sitting in the bank for now.

Front Rank

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!  💀

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.  😃

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 ‘The Last Kingdom’ 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 “The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles.” Here’s 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!  😃

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. 😃

 

 

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

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

More landwehr and real estate

More Landwehr casualties

Landwehr casualties

Having given himself quite a scare by completing a battalion von Peter himself set himself a new rather timid goal to paint some landwehr casualty figures to match. By way of ensuring that at least some casualty figures are available for use during gaming the executive decision was taken a while back to create at least one casualty figure / base for each battalion** completed. So at least one casualty stand was required to seal the inclusion of the 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr battalion into von Peter’s Prussian force. In the end a rush of blood to the head of von Peter himself resulted in three [shock horror] casualty stands comprising four figures [good grief!] arriving at the front.

Three landwehr casualty figures from from Calpe Miniatures with the medic sourced from Westfalia Miniatures. von Peter himself is not 100% sure on the medics shoulder straps but he figures that a little latitude with a landwehr battalion’s medic’s shoulder straps is acceptable. The medic sports the yellow shoulder straps to match those of his battalion – yellow being the colour defining the third battalion of the regiment.

Sadly these three stands will no doubt be getting quite a bit of use in the future. Also sadly the white trousers in the photo have been far too much for the photographer’s skills … the git! The white trousers are not so bright in the real world. Honest.

** Artillery and especially cavalry are a bit more tricky as there are not many casualty figures available for them. As a result these unit types have their casualty status marked in battle via the use of infantry casualty stands. You would expect the cavalry in particular to complain about such tasteless shenanigans but to date not a murmur of dissent has reached high command!  😃

 

Please sir … can I have some more terrain sir …

Father’s Day comes but once a year … which is a dashed poor return for the year’s worth of toil and abuse that comes with the territory! But von Peter himself digresses … albeit justifiably.  😃

Anyways Father’s Day in New Zealand (and Australia) is celebrated on the first Sunday in September which made it 6 September in 2015. Besides providing The son & heir the chance to sleep through the breakfast provisioning time [mutter mutter] it also provides the opportunity to increase the stocks of hobby related goods. This year von Peter himself scratched the itch caused by some of the buildings rom the Big Battalions 28mm Black Powder Europe range from  Total Battle Miniatures.

Total Battle - Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof

The “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” was ordered on the 28 August 215. As was half expected given that it was the British summer holiday season Total Battle Miniatures were on holiday at the time but a pleasant email was received on the 5 September 2015 explaining all. Even better the postie delivered that actual model to Neu Schloss von Peter on Saturday 26 September.

TBM row of houses front

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” front with some washed out looking Calpe Miniatures Saxons hiding in the shadows for size reference

The model arrived snuggly packed in a box in the expected  two pieces – the ground floor and the over hanging two upper stories – with some bubble wrap. The model is reasonably large which may make it better suited to Sharp Practice games than brigade/division level games. Even so von Peter himself is thinking that the two halves will be permanently glued together as he is not a fan of hiding figures in buildings.

The more eagle eyed of The dear readers will have noticed that the ground floor is cast in a pale yellow resin whereas the upper two floors are cast in a grey resin. Total Battle Miniatures replied to a querying email with the following …

“No the resins are basically the same and from the same manufacturer we just decided to start dying the castings grey for a bit more definition and the light yellow is its raw state and was bulk cast earlier in the year.” 

TBM row of houses back

“Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof” back

The building is not the cheapest but then you only live once! All things considered von Peter himself is happy to pronounce himself happy with his “Row of Houses and Store Lift Off Roof”. There is a strong possibility that the …

Total Battle - Timber House Lift Off Roof

… and the …Total Battle - Barn:Stables Lift Off Roof

…and maybe even the …
Total Battle Church lift off roof

… will some day join the local collection so as to form a weeney village for heroic 28mm men to squabble over. One can never have enough villages to squabble over.

Who doesn’t need Napoleonic civilians

Via their News page Front Rank Figurines have divulged that they have in their 28mm Napoleonic pipeline …

NAPOLEONIC CIVILIANS “gentry” figures due out October 2015.

At last the better class of local citizenry will be able to observe and cheer the martial brilliance ‘escapades’ of von Peter himself while simultaneously booing the deplorable and altogether vulgar opposition!  😃

The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814

Another e-book from The History Book Man and it’s not what von Peter himself expected. Rather than the anticipated “Armies of the Confederation of the Rhine: The Army of the Kingdom Of Westphalia 1807-1813” we get “The Army of the Kingdom of Sweden 1802-1814”.

If he were to be uncharacteristically honest von Peter himself would prefer the former and is not that interested in the latter. But then … von Peter’s Prussian and Russian troops are mostly part of Bernadotte’s Army of the North in 1813 which just happens to also contain the Swedes. But then … does anyone make decent Swedish 28mm miniatures that will fit with the highly favoured Calpe and Front Rank figures?

From the official blurb …

“THE ARMY OF THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN 1802-1814 was originally published in 1978 and was substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material when the new e-book edition was released. In particular a lot of new information was added into the chapters concerning the army and regimental organisation which added considerably to the usefulness of the volume. The artwork for the original e-book edition was almost a direct reprint of the 1984 edition and the book was illustrated with mostly black and white line drawings from that edition. This new 3rd Edition corrects some minor inaccuracies in the text and includes the colour artwork which was not used in earlier versions and adds some 100 new illustrations created for this edition, in particular the chapters on regimental flags have been updated and enlarged with over forty new colour illustrations.”

An email tells of 107 pages but the website says 130 pages. Hmmm!

THE ARMY OF SWEDEN - cover

SYWA 33rd Annual Convention

A few posts ago von Peter himself reminisced about the happy days when he would receive Seven Years War Association (SYWA) Journals via good old fashioned snail mail … aka the postman. Just to prove that the SYWA is still alive and kicking von Peter himself presents the flier for the next SYWA Convention. They have that Dr. Christopher Duffy person as the featured guest. von Peter himself would love to attend but not this year … or the next  … and probably not the year after either …sob!!

SYWA 33rd con

 

The standby warning for some of The son & heir’s pigmentation progress is still in effect. Standby!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Recent recce report

The 100th post by von Peter himself since transitioning to WordPress. Sorry about that! 😃

Here we go again …

Leadbear’s Tufts

In his international travels of mystery and intrigue … on the ‘net … von Peter himself occasionally chances upon a thing of greater than average interest. And even more occasionally von Peter himself is stirred to bring this thing of greater than average interest to the attention of The dear readers for their edification. It is the hope of von Peter himself that for at least one or two of The dear readers this particular thing of greater than average interest will be news and not just some old hat. Such are the perils that we serious journalists face.

A little unusually this thing of greater than average interest hails from this the Southern Hemisphere. Leadbear’s Tufts look to be a great home made product at a great price.

The tufts come pre glued meaning that one removes the tuft from the backing paper and just plonk it on its destination base. Apparently this works wonderfully well but von Peter himself being the world weary cynic that he is would like to see this in action for himself.

Leadbears Tufts 4mm tufts

Leadbear’s Tufts don’t yet have a website but they do have a Facebook page and an eBay store. From the Facebook page …

Leadbear’s Tufts are proudly handmade in Australia by Leadbear (Barry)… on Mrs Leadbear’s kitchen table… much to her annoyance.

And further …

Welcome to my Facebook Page.

Unfortunately I do not have a website yet, but hope to soon. Sorry about that.

Please feel free to contact me at leadbear@internode.on.net if you have any questions regarding the products.

Leader’s Tufts basic catalogue as of 1 September 2015 …

Tufts – Mix (Qty: 140/pack)
These tufts are approximately 4mm high with an additional scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm long static grass to give some contrast.

Beige
Light Green
Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass

Tufts – 6mm (Qty: 120/pack)
These tufts are approximately 6mm high with a scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm static grass to give some contrast.

Beige
Light Green
Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass

Tufts – 12mm (Qty: 55/pack – 35 dots and 20 larger tufts)
These tufts are approximately 12mm high.

XL Beige
XL Yellow Green
XL Green
XL Dark Green

Please note that I am in the process of review how these are supplied and the 35 dots and 20 larger tufts format may well change in the near
future to sheets of larger tufts only.

Tufts – Various

Wild Grass: Small (approx 4mm high) – (Qty: 140/pack)
Wild Grass: Large (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/pack)

Flowers (approx 4mm high) – (Qty: 120/pack) 24 each of Red, Pink, Yellow, White, Purple).
Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/pack) 20 each of Red, Pink, Yellow, White, Purple).
Sheets of an individual colour can also be supplied upon request.

Yellow Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/pack) These use a lighter green base.

Leafy Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Leafy Tufts with Purple Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
LeafyTufts with Red Flowers (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)

Arid – Brown Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Arid – Green Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)
Light Green Tufts (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 100/ pack)

Rusty (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/ pack)
Red Brown (approx 6mm high) – (Qty: 120/ pack)

Unfortunately this item is temporarily unavailable – Stoney Tufts – (Qty: 56/pack) – These tufts have small stones imbedded in the tuft.

Leadbears Tufts - green tufts

Above: green tufts

Regarding pricing .,..

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars.
Packs of tufts are $10.00 and includes the cost of postage within Australia.
Postage to New Zealand is an additional $0.35 per pack.
Postage to the Rest of the World is an additional $1.35 per pack.

As the items can be sent as letters, generally, small orders of less than 5 boxes are sent individually.
For larger orders, the tufts are sent in one package with the postage adjusted accordingly. I don’t profit from postage and you will only pay what the post office charges me.
For Australians, payment can be made by PayPal, Direct Deopsit or Cheque.For the Rest of the World, payment cvan be made via PayPal.

You can also purchase Leader’s Tufts through their ebay store but you will be restricted to what is available in the store as opposed to the complete range.

Leadbears Tufts - Leadbears Tufts - Stony tufts with flowers and leafy tufts

Above: Stoney tufts with flowers and leafy tufts. Something a little different

von Peter himself currently uses several different tufts – plain ‘grasses’ of various sizes and colours, several flowery and a few broad leafed. They are an easy and effective way to spice up the bases of units as well as terrain items. Currently those used are mostly Silflor/MiniNatur tufts but von Peter himself thinks that he might very well give Leadbear’s Tufts a trial. It’s not exactly a trial of high risk. Perhaps an email to

 leadbear@internode.on.net

is in order.

If The dear reader is interested in further information a quick search of “Leadbear’s Tufts” will turn up several reviews and unpacking videos. They tend to be very positive.

Leadbears Tufts bear

All images in this section borrowed from Leadbear’s Tufts Facebook page.

 

More Front Rank Reinforcement Pack Russians

Front Rank Figurines have released the next six – and last? [sob!] – reinforcement packs for their Napoleonic Russians. And these “Infantry in greatcoats” packs will make the speed painters wriggle and writhe with joy.

Those that yearn for a Europe freed from the Bonapartist yoke can but hope that if these are indeed the last reinforcement packs for the Russians then perhaps Front Rank will see their way clear to create limbers and caissons for the Russians to aid the movement of artillery and munitions!  And what about reinforcement packs for cavalry … for all nations? Ah … perhaps not!  😃

The new packs are …

Front Rank RNRPK16

  • RNRPK16 Mixed Russian Infantry in greatcoat & Kiwer, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)
  • RNRPK17 Mixed Russian Infantry Command in greatcoat & Kiwer, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack

Front Rank RNRPK18

  • RNRPK18 Mixed Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in greatcoat & Kiwer, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)
  • RNRPK19 Mixed Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in greatcoat & Kiwer, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack

Front Rank RNRPK20

  • RNRPK20 Mixed Russian Infantry in greatcoat & forage cap, marching. 6 mixed figures per pack (above)

Front Rank RNRPK21

  • RNRPK21 Mixed Russian Infantry Command in greatcoat & forage, advancing. 6 mixed figures per pack (above).

And let us keen defenders of Mother Russia not forget that if they work for your particular collection then Reinforcement Sets are also available from Front Rank. They provide 36 figures from the Reinforcement Packs including officers, musicians etc plus any required flank companies for a discounted cost. See the Front Rank Figurines website for details.

The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book “FOREIGN REGIMENTS IN FRENCH SERVICE 1795-1814 Volume One: The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments”. Quite the mouthful. The blurb …

FOREIGN REGIMENTS IN FRENCH SERVICE 1795-1814 Volume One: The Regiments Étrangère & Germanic Regiments was originally published in 1982 and has now been substantially revised and updated with a wealth of new material which was not available when the original edition was published. This first volume covers those foreign legions and regiments with a national origin in Northern Europe. The original black and white line drawings which illustrated the 1982 edition have now been replaced with full colour artwork and colour illustrations from authoritive and contemporary artists including some of the beautiful cards from the 1st Empire Series by Commt. Bucquoy.

246 pages

Another £3.99 E-Book bargain but not one to suit the tastes of von Peter himself. The next volume may well be a different story – Armies of the Confederation of the Rhine: The Army of the Kingdom Of Westphalia 1807-1813.

cb15 cover

 

The magnificent (last) 7 march ever closer to the front

As related at the end of the prior post the much extended trials and tribulations of the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment circa 1813 are finally nearing an end. Once the remaining 7 figures are complete … and the unit based [mutter mutter – it’s never ending] … the battalion will be at the point of war readiness.

When last seen these 7 figures were pristine in their shiny silveriness but via the simple expedient of painting a little each night they are now well on their way. Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

The last 7 of the 3/4 East Prussian Landwehr circa 1813

You never know dear reader but the next time we converse von Peter himself may have his third landwehr battalion on display. You just can never tell.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

I should be packing but … #1

von Peter himself is meant to be packing Schloss von Peter in preparation for the march to  Neu Schloss von Peter in a few weeks NOT creating new posts on his blog. So only a brief update this time around … and for goodness sake do not mention any of this lost packing time to Fraulien von Peter herself or else this may very well be the last post … ever!  💀

Russian Grenadier command base

von Peter himself is proud to unveil the command base for his brave Russian Grenadier Brigade. Aint got any painted grenadiers but got their command so that’s a start! Front Rank Figurines figures apart from the mounted grenadier officer – the one with the tall black plume – who is from the Wargames Foundry stable … and von Peter himself does not mean just the horse! Ha ha ha. Assorted coloured pigments applied by Greater Queeg with figure selection, choreography and basing by von Peter himself.

Napoleonic Russian grenadier command. Click to see a larger and clearer image.

We should attack in this direction with our brave grenadiers my General. By the way – where are our brave grenadiers? And why are we standing in a flower garden? It’s really not very manly!

This leaves one Russian command stand to complete from the latest intake of Russians – that of the planned Kuirassiere Brigade. von Peter himself hopes to work on it in little doses over the next few days. Stand by!

The Russian village gets a civic centre

Another building has rolled out of the Imperial Russian Village Fabrication Works. This time it is H4, Long House or Meeting House from Hovels.

H4 Meeting house

The finishing of the doors, shutters and decorative panel over each of the windows has generated considerable discussion between The son & heir and his better. The representative of the younger generation asserts that they should be painted in a gold (as they are on the Hovels website) or green or even gold and green. The position of von Peter himself is that …

  • where would a forgotten peasants village in the middle of nowhere get the resources to tart up the building?
  • a brief internet search showed a lot of plain unadorned wood buildings devoid of decoration
  • von Peter himself should really be preparing for the move from Schloss von Peter to Neu Schloss von Peter so lets just get it done for now and reconsider in the future
  • The yet to come church is where the oppressed locals will concentrate their finery … albeit a limited finery
  • those dastardly French have scraped off and stolen the gold – and even the green if any were there – paint and stolen it. This one is not so serious!  😃

As is evident from the graphic representations accompanying these words the opinions of von Peter himself have won through. Surprise! Disturbingly The son and heir has threatened to steal away the building and fancy up doors, shutters etc.  😲

H4 Meeting house

D’oh! von Peter really REALLY hates it when he photographs something and when reviewing the photos realises that the painting is not complete. Exhibit ‘A’ – the door handle thingy on the door may get some further attention … sometime.

This addition means that Russian village(s) can now be modelled with six buildings. von Peter himself is on a roll with them but the current thinking is that perhaps the last two will need to go on hold due to the aforementioned house move. Also there is the upcoming Waterloo game to prepare for and sadly the organisers are of a somewhat conservative outlook and representing Plancenoit with Russian styled buildings is most likely beyond them! 😃  Then again actually completing something does have a rather nice feel good feedback mechanism!

Napoleon 1813: Decision at Bautzen

James R. Arnold has authored several books that would be of interest to your average Napoleonic wargamer. His website NapoleonicBooks.com provides details which even includes publications of wargames scenarios.

His latest book Napoleon 1813: Decision at Bautzen hits the sweet spot for von Peter himself – Central Europe in 1813. From the website ..

Napoleon 1813 describes and explains Napoleon’s efforts to recover from the catastrophe of 1812. It dismisses many conventional myths regarding the spring campaign of 1813. Throughout the story of the tumultuous spring days, Napoleon 1813 gives voice to the soldiers who participated in a campaign that proved Napoleon’s last, best chance to preserve his dynasty.

480 pages, 37 maps, and 71 illustrations.

More details are available on the website.

One for the collection is the thinking locally.

Napoleon 1813 - Decision at Bautzen

 

And now it’s back to the house moving preparations.

The usual reminder – don’t be forgetting to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself