We walked in the shadows

Fear not Dear reader. The title of this post may arouse feelings of primeval disquiet but the meaning is much less alarming. Commence a rambling explanation …

Cancon in Canberra, Australia is the biggest wargaming convention around these parts. For many years wargaming buddy Craig and von Peter himself have mulled over the idea of a trip to the convention but general inertia had always won the day. Then … Singapore Airlines instituted a direct service between Wellington and Canberra … Singapore Airlines had a sale on said route … The family have visited all around Canberra not not Canberra itself putting Canberra on the second tier bucket list … having heard the Cancan talk over the years/decades Fraulien von Peter herself suggested that a short trip to Canberra coinciding with Cancon might be in order. And so it was organised. And of course wargaming buddy Craig was unavailable to make Cancon due to life issues. D’oh!

Acclimatised to living not far from Wellington, New Zealand the temperatures presented by a late January Canberra were a little excessive for The family. In an attempt to mitigate temperatures in the mid to high 30s degrees celsius range The family took to the habit of walking on the shady side of the street to gain some respite. So nothing sinister here about walking in the shadows. Some people just can’t say “no” to the dramatic. 😃

And before it gets forgotten a big thank you from The family to Canberra wargaming Craig – aka Beresford on at least one forum – and his wife for taking us all out for dinner as our last event in Canberra. Dashedly fine companionship and conversation … and the food was pretty good too … which showed the finest hospitality to strangers one could possibly hope for. We look forward to reciprocating sometime in the future.

Back to Cancon. One does not in good faith attend a convention laden with merchandising types without forking out some cash. With The son & heirs assistance – thanks for that help! – von Peter himself kept the faith.

Cancon purchase #1

There is a company called The Wargaming Company who are the purveyors of a grand tactical set of Napoleonic rules entitled Et sans résultat!. More to the point they are releasing a series of Campaign Guides. So far they have released …

and von Peter himself believes that their latest release is …

Though written for Et sans résultat! the Campaign Guides reputedly work with other rule sets. To this end …

“Conversion of Unit Combat Ratings [CR] between ESR Second Edition and other popular Napoleonic rulesets.”

…are provided here.

The Dear reader will undoubtedly be aware that 1813 in Germany is the sweet spot for von Peter himself and though not cheap – 60 of those United States dollars – the existence of another 1813 scenario book has been needling away at the mind of von Peter himself. And there it was at Cancon. Sold or bought or whatever.

we-shall-meet-in-vienna-coverFor his money von Peter himself has a ring bound document of just over 250 pages with some of those pages being double sized pull out maps. This is a truly ‘meaty’ and weighty in the luggage scenario book.

Two campaigns are included covering nine battles/scenarios. The campaigns link the constituent battles based on the result of the prior battle. The right result could even terminate the campaign with a win for the Allies or the French. Of course one could forget the campaigns and just play the scenario for each battle. The campaigns and their battles are …

  • The Spring Campaign (Phase 1)
    • Möckern, 5 April 1813
    • Lützen, 2 May 1813
    • Bautzen, 20-21 May 1813
  • After the Armistice (Phase 2)
    • Großbeeren, 23 August 1813
    • Katzbach, 26 August 1813
    • Dresden, 26-27 August 1813
    • Hagelberg, 27 August 1813
    • 1st Kulm, 29-30 August 1813

The more well read of the Dear readers will recognise that most of these battles are on the larger side as befits a set of grand tactical rules.

Each scenario provides …

  • map, historic background and game notes for the game host/organiser
  • French map, details on the battle situation, French order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the French
  • Allied map, details on the battle situation, Allied order of battle, recommended tactics and victory conditions for the Allies.

Providing separate maps etc for the organiser and each side is a particularly nifty provision in the eyes of von Peter himself. Players will only know what their army knows and will be left to surmise who the enemy are up to. Of course some may have knowledge of the historic battle which may provide them some insights but what can one do with such know it all spoil sports?!  😀

But there’s more! The final section of the book is entitled Dressing For War and provides over 1500 uniform images for all the units that fought in the scenarios. Multiple images are provided for a unit so for a regiment organised along French line / light infantry lines typically images are provided for …

  • officer
  • sapper
  • grenadier
  • fusilier
  • voltigeur
  • drummer
  • cornet.

Optional / alternate uniform details may also be provided.

This is great resource and without wanting to be a knocker front view of parade uniforms are the order of the day and images of saddle cloths for the cavalry are not provided. Having said that the images are clearly and cleanly provisioned for the miniature figure painter.

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An example of a Dressing for War (uniform) page from the guide. This page is actually page 238 in von Peter‘s copy. Perhaps the image is taken from a pre production version of the book

The level at which von Peter himself plays his Napoleonic games means he won’t be using these scenarios very often … if ever. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t derive pleasure from studying them. The most expensive Cancon purchase by quite a wide margin.

Images borrowed from the Wargaming Company’s website.

Cancon purchase #2

While in the process of purchasing We shall meet in Vienna the eagle like eyes of The son & heir spotted some dice that utilised Roman Numerals to impart the number rolled. Perfect for a Late Roman army … even if that Late Roman army lies unloved in the unpigmented figure pile. Financial transaction halted and then restarted with the addition of six dice. Dice and scenario book from Olympian Games.

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Cancon purchase #3

This section could be entitled “Beware the Eureka Miniatures stand”. Of course Melbourne’s Eureka Miniatures were present. They have a huge range of temptations but thankfully practicality dictated that they only brought a small sub section of their range for general sale. Compounding this they were stuck in a rather small space apparently the result of some snafu by someone somewhere somehow. Both von Peter himself and The son & heir walked away from the Eureka stand with a plastic bag of mostly animals! Both figured that their acquisitions would be useful as filler or scenery on gaming tables or as the occasional focus of a scenario.

The contents of von Peter’s plastic bag. Sheep and lambs …

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… a couple of the sheep have been stripped of their fleeces because of these hard workers …

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Meanwhile all the dog wants to do is play but as usual the silly cat takes offence. A cow looks on with very little interest while a second cat decides to exit the stage while it is still unnoticed …

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An albeit smallish flock of birds also made it into the plastic bag. These will become crows or ravens or similar and with hindsight these birds could be really useful added to terrain or even casualty bases. Once again with that hindsight thing it’s a bit off a miss that one or two more of these didn’t come into the possession of von Peter himself

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Not to be outdone The son & heir also made a selection from Eureka’s beasts. First up a pride of lions including one lioness carrying some poor beasts detached leg …

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The son & heir also selected a couple of donkeys, a dog and the dog playing with the cat …

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As always the amateur photography is care of von Peter himself … with a special artistic blue hue … d’oh! The figures are shown as they were procured from Eureka Miniatures and they have been given a quick dark wash in an attempt to bring out the detail.

Eureka Miniatures

Cancon purchase #4

von Peter himself is a bit snooty and is not a huge fan of MDF terrain but his last purchase was a rowboat from Battlefield Accessories … made of MDF. Not expensive and very light when added to the luggage for the trip home.

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Another wargames news and reviews site

There is yet another internet site presenting its reader with wargames news, reviews and tutorials – Wargame News and Terrain. Take a peek Dear reader and see what you think. The acid test will be whether it reports any new Calpe Miniatures releases. von Peter himself will be shocked if it does! 😃

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General d’Armee Rules Walkthrough

David Brown has provided a walkthrough of his soon to be released Napoleonic General d’Armee Rules. The rules are more akin to Dave’s recently released ACW rule set Pickett’s Charge than his well known General de Brigade Napoleonic rules and apparently provide a faster play and/or larger game solution than GdeB. A little more information on the rules can be gleaned on The Miniatures Page here. According to both threads a March/April release date is on the cards.

Over the Hills

Continuing the Napoleonic rules theme Over the Hills is a set of Napoleonic rules released July/August 2016. From the Over the Hills Facebook group

Over the Hills is a fast paced tactical Napoleonic war game designed for any scale and basing system. At is heart are the basic rules, they will allow players to play large games in an evening. The many optional rules provided allow players to flavour their games as much as they want. Finally appendices provide the player with army statistics and scenarios.

If you think the rules may be of interest to you you can hear a discussion with one the authors – Adrian McWalter on Meeples and Miniatures episode 196 – Over the Hills. Get it from iTunes etc or direct from Meeples and Miniatures here.

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A slight and ongoing distraction

Neu Schloss von Peter has been devoid of a live in muttley since the passing of Laelaps. Devoid no longer however. What have we done?! Anyway The family would like to introduce the latest addition to its ranks – Keela the Irish Terrier. Still a puppy but thankfully slowly maturing and learning the rules of engagement around the house.

Luckily she is quite a clever dog as besides the occasional profanity von Peter himself has developed the habit of calling her by one of three names …

  • ‘Keela’ because that’s her official name
  • ‘Atrocity Keela’ because that’s her nature
  • ‘Te Keela’ (pronounced Tequila) as a tongue in cheek Maori version of her name.

Thank you Keela. This post took days extra to create thanks to you! Bad doggie!!

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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Above: EE95 Timber Village Church With Shingle Roof

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Above: EE96 Major Village Church With Shingle Roof

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

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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 …

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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.

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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!  😃

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  • 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

A first game at Neu Schloss von Peter and a little more

Attention! The son & heir applies himself and some pigments, a game and some commercial stuff.  Forward … March …

The son & heir’s latest pigmentation adventures

Not only have the paint brushes of von Peter himself been busy sloshing pigments on to figures but those of The son & heir have been stirred into action as well. The evidence for the latter would convict in most courts of law. Namely …

  • that the painting desk of von Peter himself has on occasion been occupied by persons other than von Peter himself – specifically The son & heir
  • the two images below are entered into evidence as the output of said pigment application sessions by The son & heir

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Above: 1/72 WWII Russians on manoeuvres somewhere in Russia. The scene comprised of …

  • Italeri Russians from box No 6057 Russian Infantry. Pigmentation applied by The son & heir. He has since painted more including figures from the Italeri box No 6069 Russian Infantry (winter uniform)
  • a Dragon Armour SU-85M as supplied ex the box. The son & heir has gone crazy and wants to dirty the model up a little. The local commissar has not given permission for such activities as yet
  • the buildings were originally created by Scenic Effects for use in 1812 Napoleon invades Russian duties. They are now available from Monday Knight Productions. They are 15mm but these and others are on hand and being of a parsimonious turn von Peter himself plans to use them for the 1/72 WWII Eastern Front action. Pigmentation applied by Craig.

pdf copies of the Battlegroup Rule Book and the Battlegroup Kursk have been purchased and for now these are the rules being aimed for.

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Above: 5 ruffians for and by The son & heir skulk in the back street shadows. These noble creatures have been extracted from a Games Workshop (GW) Warhammer Empire Militia box … of von Peter himself! Ok, permission was requested and granted for their use but by Sigmar the boy has a cheek!  😃

A game … a game

Neu Schloss von Peter had not yet hosted a wargame. Something obviously had to be done so a trip back to late 1812 and the steppes of Russia had to be organised. It had to be Russia as not only had Neu Schloss von Peter not seen any gaming activities but neither had the Russian buildings that von Peter himself had painted!

History had to be tweaked a little for the game. The Prussians had left the Bonapartists clutches a little earlier than the history books relate AND managed to get three battalions of East Prussian landwehr raised and sent to the front in north western Russia. The path to the west for two depleted French Divisions keen to leave the distinctly ordinary Russian hospitality was blocked by a joint Russian and Prussian force. Generals de Division Terry and Roly would be looking for a way through the blocking Prussians of Generalmajor Simon and the Russians of Generalmajor von Peter himself. The action would take place in the environs of the little village of Baooshka and an even smaller village that didn’t seem to rate a name.

Each of the French Generals provided their own troops as did von Peter himself. Generalmajor Simon used the Prussians of his own creation plus those of von Peter himself. Black Powder were the rules of the day. Conveniently General de Division Terry was well versed in their use and the local modifications. He would be a busy man!

Having lost his dedicated large gaming bedroom – The Bastion – with the move from Schloss von Peter games are now to be played in the sunroom or lounge or the double garage as best befits the occasion. For this first game the sunroom was the room of choice so the table was moved to make way for the gaming table tennis table. Sadly taking pictures in the sunroom was a little problematic especially as it was sunny and it was physically impossible to photograph the table from some directions … unless one were to go outside and take the photographs through the glass!!

The scene was set for the small but vicious Battle of Babooshka. Now for the photo essay which mostly reflects the Russian end of the battle as that is the end that von Peter himself was aware of … sorry …

Battle of Babooshka 1

Let the dance begin. The calm before the storm.

Battle of Babooshka 2

The situation at the end of turn 2 …. or 3 … or maybe 4! The French were first into the nearest village but were expelled at the point of Russian bayonets … who were in turn forced out by yet more French who then elected not to occupy the place of death. In the foreground an initial cavalry clash went the Russian way but it was inconclusive. In the far distance the French and Prussians both claimed a town section. Both got shot up and voluntarily abandoned the dubious defensive benefits of the buildings

Battle of Babooshka 3

A turn or 2 … or 3 later on. A decisive cavalry clash has occurred resulting in the Polish lancers no longer being required for this battle. The Russian hussars (front rank with lances bottom right) have fallen back to reorder their ranks and prepare for more deeds of daring. The Russian dragoons (centre foreground with pink facings) have charged the nearest French infantry battalion to force them into square. The cunning plan was that they would fall back next turn and the Russian infantry would then charge the square at an advantage. The French square was not going down without a fight though and their limited shooting managed to disorder the dragoons who therefore would not be able to voluntarily move … to get out of the way of the “weren’t we meant to be charging” Russian infantry. CURSES!! A French infantry battalion holds the near village having ejected a Russian battalion who had entered it as the target rich environment surrounding the village was just too good to pass up for the young Russian aristocrat in command

Battle of Babooshka 4

A zoomed in view of the prior photo. The French can be seen in temporary control of the village. On the far right a now disordered and shaken battalion of Nassauers has charged a Russian jager battalion. The Russians particularly despised these pawns of the Bonapartists as they dare to wear green uniforms and that just aint right – Father Disputin says so! Having disordered and shaken the battalion von Peter himself was fairly confident of the result here … and proved yet again that pride comes before a fall. The Nassau’s held for serval rounds of combat before vanquishing the jager. More CURSES!! Fortunately a supporting battalion of musketeers were later able to charge the Nassau battalion and see them off the table. To the right of the village a column of French infantry has likewise attempted to charge a second jager battalion but fell just short. The French light battalion in the field also attempted a charge – this one aimed at the Russian battery – but this too fell short as they could not clear the mass of infantry to their front. The ‘spirited’ Father Disputin can be seen in the foreground urging on the Russians with his particular brand of fire and brimstone preaching. In the back left hand corner of the table can be seen the French cantiniere camp next to the French 5th Hussars. The cantinieres were possibly the most dangerous element of either army. They were not to be troubled by the Russians! 😃

Battle of Babooshka 5

The same geography as prior but a little later in the battle. Thanks to Father Disputin’s none too delicate exhortations the Russians have managed to reclaim the village, destroy the French square beyond the village via an infantry charge and remove from the table the French line battalion that attempted to charge the jaguars next to the village which took the light battalion from the field with them. This effectively ends the battle at this end of the table. Many are the praises to be heaped upon Father Disputin who pulled out some stirling dice rolling to save the blushes resultant of the commands issued by von Peter himself! Urrah!!!  😃

Battle of Babooshka 6

The end game from the Prussian wing of the battle as seen from behind the French. Renowned beau sabre General de Division Terry has not yet used his Wurttemburg cavalry brigade which hovers in the rear of the French lines (out of picture). Likewise the Prussian cavalry is playing the cat and mouse game towards the rear of the Prussian lines. The Prussians have slowly been worn down but are still full of fight. Much was the muttering from the Prussian commander about getting his landwehr troops to do as they were instructed.

Battle of Babooshka 7

The same scene from the Prussian lines. It was noticeable during the battle that Generalmajor Simon was much harder on those East Prussian troops supplied by von Peter himself than their Silesian compatriots that were supplied by Generalmajor Simon. Very interesting!

The game seemed to be enjoyed – apart from The son & heirs problems with the recalcitrant landwehr! Most importantly the Battle of Babooshka got the right result with the Bonapartists getting a good kicking thanks to Father Disputin’s encouragement and threats of eternal damnation should the French be victorious! 😃 Father Disputin’s rantings preaching most certainly worked wonders on the dice as rolled by von Peter himself some of which was outrageous. Sorry Roly … no honestly!

Another outcome of the game is that von Peter himself is reminded that there are still two Russian buildings to be painted. And one of those two buildings is an Orthodox church. Father Disputin will not be happy should the church remain unpigmented for too long!

 

Perry American Civil War in a box

From a recent Perry Miniatures newsletter …

We are happy to announce Battle in a Box!
We have been keeping this under our hats for some time but we are getting close to the release now. As you can see this is a full box! It’s a big box too! Everything in the box is plastic, figures and terrain (from Renedra Ltd).
Included in the box there is a new ACW multi-part General sprue (x2) made by Michael.
There’s also a revised set of ‘Firepower’ rules by our good mate Alessio Cavatore included along with flags, bases, painting guide, 4 ft of fencing and the American farmhouse.
The box cover was by that talented artist Peter Dennis.
The whole box works out at about a third off our normal prices.
We’ll keep you updated!

von Peter himself and The son & heir probably have enough ACW to be getting on with – especially as the ACW project seems to be dormant for now. But for someone starting out on their their ACW journey this Battle in a Box could be a great start. Then again 95 pounds is not an insignificant up fromt cost.

Perrys ACW in a box

 

Victrix sale

Victrix Ltd have a 30% off sale until Sunday 18 October. Of course they do as notification of this sale was received a day after von Peter himself had bowed to The son & heirs birthday request and ordered a box each of …

To be honest only the savings on the decals would have been accrued. The two boxes of figures were sourced from Caliver Books as not only were the boxes a little cheaper but postage was free. With the cost of postage from the UK to NZ von Peter himself does not feel so aggrieved about missing the sale.

Anyways from the Victrix email …

We are running a “30% off all orders” deal from today until Sunday 18th October. This applies to all our product range including shield transfers and flags. Just type in 30%off in the discount box at the check out stage of the shopping cart.

Victrix Ltd

 

The History Book Man now provides for pdf downloads …

That is to say you are now no longer required to pay postage to receive any of  The History Book Man’s e-books on a disk if you do not wish to. Once again von Peter himself reproduces an email to save himself a bunch of typing …

NO MORE POSTAGE CHARGES!
After six months of testing and a system upgrade digital downloads are now finally available.  Thank you Natalie for all your hard work, and to the many friends worldwide for testing the e-mail links for us. 
From 5 October 2015 an additional delivery option will be available for the ‘Armies and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars’  series of e-Books by W J Rawkins.
Customers will now be able to order these books as a downloadable PDF file simply by selecting the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD option at the checkout. 
Visit the website for more information
The package for online download will consist of the Book File, plus a printable sheet of disc labels and artwork for a DVD case cover for those customers who wish to create a back-up disc.  
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Enough. And don’t forget that you can click on the images for a larger and clearer version.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

 

Recently recruited & NAPCON lives

Simon's 1:1 Silesian Infantry Regiment

The first battalion of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 10 (1. Silesian) advancing in line behind a screen of there Volunteer jager. The Silesian Landwehr have been here as evidenced by the casualty they have left behind. The son & heir has a battalion of these Landwehr partially completed … but they have been for a while and probably will be for a while to come!

The machinery of Napoleonic warfare at Schloss von Peter has has been recruited to a new high recently. Both sides of the conflict have benefited so the bloodshed is expected to continue unabated. Most excellent! Today von Peter himself presents for the readers delight some newly recruited Prussians.

The son & heir had rolled up his sleeves and rolled out his second completed Prussian battalion – the first of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 10 (1. Silesian). And when von Peter himself says that the The son & heir rolled up his sleeves he really means it. The vast majority of the unit was painted and based in the two days leading up to the Battle of Gross & Klein Badsdorf.

The figures are from the Prussian Advancing Musketeers range of Calpe Miniatures. The standard is from GMB Designs.

Simon's Prussian command stand

The Prussian command keeping an eye on proceedings from within the skirmish screen. Don’t they know it can be dangerous out there?!

Not content with completing the battalion for the game The son & heir went a little crazy and completed a command stand as well. These two figures had been lurking nearly complete for a while. Finishing touches applied; basing complete; show me the way to the French and glory! Gulp – these guys are a bit ‘focussed’!  8O)

Calpe Miniatures again from the code PC6 – an artillery Lieutenant-Colonel and his ADC – from the Veterans range … from the Prussian Command range to add precision.

More recently recruited Napoleonic Germans in the next post.

NAPCON 2014

von Peter himself has received the following information regarding NAPCON (Napoleonic Convention for the uninitiated) 2014 … and thought he would share …

<start transmission>

Is anyone still out there…
Here’s the Blurb for Napcon

TARANAKI MINIATURE WARFARE SOCIETY Inc

Is pleased to host the

2014 NAPCON
Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28

Venue:, Blind Foundation, 131 Vivian St, NP New Plymouth

$20 for the weekend per person.
No entry forms required, just your fine selves.

This event is not an organised Tournament but a meeting place for those of a Napoleonic Temperament and toy soldiers to play with.

“Traditional” attendees include :

First Volley 15mm games
Warhammer 28mm Waterloo (yes you read it right Warhammer Waterloo)
28mm Sharpes Practice Skirmishes
Napoleonic Naval with “teeny weeny ships”.

Other rulesets that will at least be talked about, but hopefully played:
Lasalle, Blackpowder (and its amendments).

Alastair is keen to put on a 200th Anniversary Battle in 28mm so those interested can email him at:
mundells@slingshot.co.nz mailto:mundells@slingshot.co.nz or 021 1589103.

So come on over/up/down to Taranaki, you know we are behind the times anyway so what’s 200 years…. 

Accommodation is readily available in this city there are plenty of camp grounds, motels, hotels, backpackers and park benches.

A surprise performance from some local re-enactors is hoped for but not relied upon.

Contact me for more info (but really it’s all above):
Julian Hannam
jchannam@hotmail.com mailto:jchannam@hotmail.com, or 0275939210.

<end transmission>

 

As ever don’t forget to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

von Peter himself got all forgetful!

The Son and heir's Prussian volunteer jager IR 11 (1. Silesian)

Way WAY back on 7 October, 2013 von Peter himself bravely released his More pyjamas, a new book and another terrain source post on an unsuspecting world. Amongst other topics von Peter himself proudly showed off his latest literary purchase – the book Polish Troops in the Service of Napoleon 1797 to 1815.

Roll forward to 8 May, 2014 and Jim Rooke posts a comment which is of interest on several levels. For the idle who have not bothered to read Jim’s comment – and let this be a lesson to all you idlers!! – and hopefully without any irritation to Jim von Peter himself hereby reproduces that comment …

I really hate to see this sort of thing happen. The George Street Polish book that you reviewed above is a total plagarism from the old W J Rawkins book from the 1980s, word for word in places with even the illustrations copied. An updated edition of the Rawkins book (really excellent) has been republished as an e-book last year and is a fraction of the price. The publishers are The History Book Man, (www.thehistorybookman.webeden.co.uk) I think this is the author’s company.
Just to let you know… as I got caught and it cost me nearly £40.00 for a book that I already had or could have got as an e-book for £4.00.

Jim

The first point of interest is that perhaps the book von Peter himself purchased was not such a bargain after all. <mutter mutter>

The History Book Man

But a bigger point of interest is the intelligence on the existence of the publishers The History Book Man. von Peter himself has at least five of the old W. J. Rawkins booklets and they were packed full of organisational and uniform information. On the downside they could be difficult to read but then they were produced decades ago when print technology for small run booklets was not what it is today. von Peter himself is not even sure that word processors existed for the masses … though he suspects not.

The books are much expanded and now contain colour illustrations to accompany their line drawings. They are supplied on DVDs as E-books which are read via a pdf reader. And the cost is a real knockout – £3.99 plus postage. The thought of these reference books being available again in an expanded format is enough to excite the normally staid level headed von Peter himself.

A review of the book range is available on The Napoleon Series. It is considered that most publishers would be happy to receive such a review of their wares.

The list of titles currently available …

  • The Army of Sweden 1802-1814
  • The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814
  • The Army of the Kingdom of Naples 1806-1814
  • The Army of the Grand Duchy of Berg 1806-1813
  • The Army of the Grand Duchy of Baden 1806-1814
  • The Army of the Kingdom of Wurttemberg 1806-1814
  • The Army of the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt 1806-1814

with those in the pipeline being …

  • The Army of the Kingdom of Bavaria 1792-1814
  • The Austro-Hungarian Army 1798-1814
  • The Army of the Kingdom of Italy 1805-1814
  • The Royal Saxon Army 1806-1814
  • The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1814
  • The Army of the Kingdom of Westphalia 1807-1813
  • Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795-1814 The Swiss Regiments
  • Foreign Regiments in French Service The Regiments Etrangere 1804-1814
  • The Armies of the Netherlands 1795-1810.

von Peter himself has recently ordered The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814 … as a trial for the greater good of the readership you understand!  8O) The order was placed during a New Zealand night and various emails were awaiting von Peter himself the following New Zealand morning saying that the DVD had been despatched. That was a few days ago and the arrival of the package is eagerly awaited. Upon the orders arrival – or at least within a few short months! – von Peter himself will hark back to earlier in his military career as a dashing hussar(!) and report back on what his daring reconnaissance has discovered.  8O)

Rawkins-The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814

von Peter himself has great hopes for this range of books as a cheap and informative source of organisational and especially uniform information on some of the less well publicised armies of the Napoleonic Wars.

And finally von Peter himself would like to apologise to Jim Rooke whose rather useful and informative comment went unanswered for so long. Embarrassingly this spiel was meant to be part of the proceeding post but advanced age would appear to have got the better of the author … and he forgot! The olde fool!  8O)

The Son & heir’s Silesian Volunteer Jager IR 11 (1. Silesian)

The dear reader may recall in the earlier Old news post that The son & heir had come over all free and easy with some of von Peter’s in reserve stock of unpainted figures. Inspired by some Sharp Practice gaming he had felt the urge to command some Prussian jagers of his own and was over joyed to find a dozen of them – Calpe Miniatures of course – under the gaming table in an unpainted state. Perfect. Well very nearly perfect.

For a number of reasons The son and heir has long had a plan to eventually paint the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 11 (1. Silesian). These ‘discovered’ jagers would therefore be transformed – via some judicious splashing about of various coloured pigments suspended in a carrier – to be the Volunteer Jager of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 11 (1. Silesian). The rather inconvenient fly in the ointment was that several uniform books would have one believe that this particular merry band of fatherland liberating volunteer jager did not wear a shako but rather their headgear of choice was green caps with yellow bands and piping. Of course the twelve jagers held in reserve under the gaming table for all those years and summoned forth to war by The son & heir wore shakos … to a jager!

But each gamer must be true only to himself … and it can take a proverbial lifetime for figures to travel across the world to New Zealand … and the figures were going to waste … and so the silvery figures were rapidly transformed into tabletop fit jagers.* And eventually some tufts were added – see the original Old news post if this does not make sense – so the Volunteer Jagers of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 11 (1. Silesian) were complete and therefore of a fit state to be displayed on this here blog.

* In case there is any doubt von Peter himself fully supports The son & heir in this decision.  A rather pleasing unit has been added to the local Prussian roster and we are all the better for it regardless of any issue of caps vs. shakos. And yes it is still very irritating how quickly The son & heir can churn out figures when he wants to. <more mutterings>

The heading picture shows the Volunteer Jager of the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 11 (1. Silesian) skirmishing outside of a village in Saxony, 1813. Some Bavarians unwisely disputed the ground but they have since scarpered leaving a drunk infantryman for the Prussians to recover.

The image below displays the multi functional sabot style basing as used by The son & heir for the unit. For Sharp Practice games the figures will be removed from their sabots and used as individual figures. For larger divisional games where the battalion is the gaming unit the figures will be used in their sabots and moved en masse.

Because each ‘hole’ on the sabot is formed around a specific figure each of them is unique and best suits that original figure about which they were formed. To speed the placement of figures back on the sabot a cunning visual plan was devised. Each of the six sabots was designated a unique colour; each hole on a sabot was marked with one or two dots in that sabot’s unique colour; and each jager was given matching dots on their underside to match the colour and number of dots of their home hole. Perfect.

The son and heir's volunteer jager IR 11 (1. Silesian)

For historical reference #1 the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 11 (1. Silesian) became the Prussian Infantry Regiment Nr. 10 (1. Silesian) after the 19 June, 1813 when the Garde zu Fuss Regiment was removed from the line regiment numbering sequence.

For historical reference #2 the drunk Front Rank Figurines Bavarian is a new addition to the Bavarians of von Peter himself. There is a matching battalion partially based. The figure was painted by Nigel Fun-nell.

As always don’t forget to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

von Peter himself is now on leave – so why is he producing this?!

Simons Medieval handgunners 2

It’s nearly that Christmas Day time of the year. And here is von Peter himself is slaving away on this the first day of his Christmas & New Years holiday leave to bring you this update. I trust that you’re all excessively grateful!

The son & heir persists with his wretched rabbly rebels

The son & heirs 53rd Virginia

Despite being trapped in ongoing intensive holidays and suffering from long sleep ins and other trials and tribulations of the idle The son & heir has spawned another unit of dirty reb’s. This time it’s the 53rd Virginia that have answered the call to the front … or more correctly this front as they look like they’ve been in the field for a while already. Points of interest include the officer who grips his rifle – by repute he’s quite the shot – and his slave who acts as the regiment’s drummer.

The son & heir’s southern horde now consists of 4 regiments, a battery and a couple of command stands. A fifth regiment is well on the way. Mr Lincoln is not amused!

Figures from the Perry’s ACW 80 American Civil War Confederate Infantry 1861-65 and the flag is from GMB Designs.

The son & heir also shows favour to his Medievals

Simons Medieval handgunners

As per their chronological order in history these skirmishing Medieval handgunners preceded the American Civil War regiment above off The son & heir’s painting desk. (Actually it’s the painting desk of von Peter himself that the Son and heir has appropriated but that’s another story.) This is just another example of how seriously the historical side of the hobby is taken at Schloss von Peter.

The son & heir was keen to paint these in a red and green livery and then repeatedly referred to them as Santa’s little helpers due to that colouration. So much for taking history seriously at Schloss von Peter then. That didn’t last long! <Sigh>

The handgunners are shown during their ill fated defence of a watch tower. Their brave red headed leader Sir Simon is being helped away having just sprained his ankle after slipping on some bird droppings. Poor Toby lies at the bottom of the tower having reached too far over the edge to shoo away a raven at the instruction of Sir Simon … that then circled the tower dropping it’s load which was to prove the downfall of the bird hating Sir Simon. Karma moved fast during the later Middle Ages.

Handgunners from the Perry’s WR20 Plastic ‘Mercenaries’, European Infantry 1450-1500 box. The casualty figures are also care of the Perry’s but are metal and are from their War of the Roses range – WR32 Dead and wounded.

Christmas comes early for those deserving – Saxon artillery pieces imported into New Zealand

Now that we have the preliminaries care of The son & heir out of the way we can get on with more pleasing topics …

A while back Calpe Miniatures released their Saxon artillery guns – a range of five pieces. As a Christmas taster von Peter himself has now accepted into stock the guns for two foot artillery batteries – one 6 pounder and one 12 pounder – at the scale of 1 model per 2 actual guns. Not only does this satiate von Peter’s need to acquire gaming paraphernalia but it also spreads the cost of purchasing the batteries. What a bargain!!

Saxon 6 pdr battery raw material

The ordnance for a Saxon 6 pounder foot battery – 3 * SA1 Saxon 6 pdr and a Saxon 8 pdr howitzer

Saxon 12 pdr battery raw material

The heavy metal for a Saxon 12 pounder battery. 3 * SA3 Saxon 12 pdr and a SA2 Saxon 8 pdr howitzer

It is the understanding of von Peter himself that the crews for the pieces are in the process of being created amongst the other goodies on the sculpting table. It is also the understanding of von Peter himself that limbers, caissons and suchlike artillery gear will also be putting in an appearance.

von Peter himself may yet pour the contents of some of the packs out of their zip-lock bags, give them a little inking and then post some pictures of them here in the future.

SA1_Saxon_6_pdr

The Saxon 6 pounder as “borrowed” from the Calpe website. von Peter himself can but hope that his will look so fine

More Calpe releases

Calpe Miniatures have released their … errr … ummm … latest releases!

French artillery pieces …

  • FA1 – 6 pdr. M1808
  • FA2 – M1808 7 pdr. Howitzer
  • FA3 – 12 pdr. M1808
  • FA4 – 12pdr. Gribeauval barrel on M1808 carriage
  • FA5 – 10pdr. heavy howitzer (for use with 12pdr. batteries) on M1808 carriage

Saxon infantry …

  • S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos
  • S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers
  • S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos

Some of these will undoubtedly be recruited by von Peter himself and will eventually be flaunted here.

Oh yes, and others are on their way. Hurrah!

Old Glory Russian church – the final story

Just to update the story of the 1st Corps Eastern European Church, aka the Russian Church.

  • It comes with two domes – in the original preview pictures there was one dome and a spot that looked suspiciously like something would be there
  • The final price is  £70.00. The original estimate was  £70.00 so the price has come down a little.

Now all one has to do is to squint a little and pretend that the WWII Russian infantryman in the picture is really a Napoleonic Russian jager.

orthodox-church3

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. von Peter himself fully expects to see everyone safe and sound post the celebrities. Take care of yourselves and your fellow comrades in ams.

As usual <click> on the images for a larger and clearer image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A little bribery seals the deal

The son & heir's BFK Limited Edition figuresThey’d been painted for a few months. Well … three of them had been. The drummer had been stubbornly stuck at the 83% – as verified by von Peter himself – complete stage. But now they are complete and based thanks to some good old fashioned graft and corruption. The son & heir wanted something and von Peter himself saw an opportunity to get the figures completed. And now … <drum roll> … von Peter himself is proud to present The son & heir’s Italian rendition of Martin Kelly’s Befreiungskriege 2012 Limited Edition Figures.

As a quick reminder or explanation Martin Kelly of the Befreiungskriege 1813-14 blog wanted to celebrate the five years of his blog. After tossing around various schemes Martin settled on commissioning four custom figures to be created by Mr Calpe Miniatures. Who better?! The figures were/are …

  • a bare-headed solider of the artillery train taking a drink and holding his shako in his other hand.
  • a second soldier of the artillery train, this time wearing a covered shako, smoking a pipe and carrying an item of equipment – probably something like a horsewhip, a coil of rope or a trailspike.
  • a foot artillery drummer wearing the Bardin Imperial livery and standing with a foot resting behind his drum on the ground in front of him. He may be doing something interesting like pointing into the distance with his drumsticks.
  • a “Marie-Louise” infantryman wearing a greatcoat and pokalem. This casually posed figure will be based on a fusilier shown in Knotel Band XII, Plate 24.

All the figures are from the later Napoleonic French army. Which is exactly why The son & heir was determined to paint his pack as anything but members of the later Napoleonic French Army! This is absolutely typical of what von Peter himself must live with on a daily basis!! After much scouring of reference books and the variable commodity that is the internet it was finally decreed by The son & heir that the figures would be painted as Italians.

Simons BFK ltd edition figures - Italian Artillery train

The artillery train figures (above) translated quite easily from Francais to Italiano care of careful selection of the paint colours.

Simons BFK ltd edition figs - Italian Infantryman and drummer

The “Marie-Louise” infantryman was similarly converted via the paint brush into a member of the Italian 2nd Line Infantry Regiment … though the pokalem may be an unofficial creation by this particular infantryman.

The foot artillery drummer was painted into a drummer of the same Italian 2nd Line Regiment. The source for the drummer is an image from the site http://www.histunif.com/ … or more precisely http://www.histunif.com/italie/publications/ligne/ligne27.htm. A little bit out of the ordinary perhaps but more than good enough for The son & heir to paint the drummer up as an Italian.

Italian 2nd Line Infantry Drummer

And what of von Peter’s BFK 2012 Limited Edition figures? Shamefully a set sits atop their paint bottles all undercoated but in a paint queue that expands and contracts and swirls around them inexplicably. One day Martin … von Peter himself promises it!  8O)

Oh, and finally what was the ‘thing’ that The son & heir wanted so badly that he was prepared to bestir himself and complete these figures so as to get his hands on it? All von Peter himself will disclose is that eventually it/they will be displayed on these pages. But it would probably not be a wise thing to hold ones breath waiting for the photographs!  8O))

A Calpe Miniatures update

All the current March-Attack French have been added to the French portion of the Shop on the Calpe website.

June 2013 Photoshoot with GrandManner

While at the Calpe website the Gallery is worth a visit. A bunch of images have been added entitled ‘June 2013 Photoshoot with GrandManner’ which are well worth an extended investigation. No one paints a Calpe figure quite like Mr Calpe himself. The above image – shamelessly nicked – is one such.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself