For sartorial elegance … a gas mask

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war.

Games Workshop publish a little Science Fiction game called Warhammer 40,000 which is colloquially known as Warhammer 40K or just 40K. Maybe The dear reader has heard of it. The son & heir and some of his friends certainly have. And ever since he has played 40k The son & heir has been knee deep in the masses that are the Imperial Guard*. 

* Perhaps now renamed to Astra Militarum? It’s all a little confusing when one does not follow these things closely, one is not involved in the game and the new versions seem to continually change things.

At some stage The son & heir decided that the regular Imperial Guard forces sold by Games Workshop were not expensive enough and fell for the gas masked trench coat wearing Death Korps of Krieg regiments as sold by Forge World. And so some Death Korps figures were procured.

Above: the commander stalks out to the tree line to “observe”. Note the blast damage on the base.

Originally the plan was to paint them in a colour scheme reminiscent of French WWI troops but that changed somewhere along the line. With the passage of time the idea of the original paint scheme has been revived. While home for a break from the studies in Dunedin The son & heir dug out a command figure – and some of the paints of von Peter himself!! 😯 – and pigmented a command figure. Other figures were started but not completed so they don’t get to feature here. At least not yet.

Above: having “observed” the commander turns and stalks back into the tree line. More blast damage to the back of the base.

von Peter himself is of the belief that all of the Death Korps of Krieg models – even the horses – are presented with their gas masks firmly in the “on” position. One can never be too careful you know! von Peter himself must further assert that this thematic device often brings to mind “The Spy vs spy” cartoon he used to read as a younger man. Perhaps this is not quite the linkage that Games Workshop were looking for.  😃

Or are the gas masks simply hiding the snouts of rat men – the Skaven of Games Workshop’s fantasy game – in space?! Perhaps there is a dark storyline yet to be revealed. Perhaps not but maybe this provides a clue as to why the Death Korps of Krieg were so alluring to The son & heir. One of his Fantasy armies was none other than the dirty cheating cowardly low life snouted Skaven!!!

Above: A pack of rats from The son & heirs Skaven army. The photo dates from February 2011.

Back to proper historical figures next. At least that is the hope plan!  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Varnishgate

The men of the Polish 2nd Uhlans have been sworn in to the Napoleonic Polish Army of von Peter’s himself. But not without incident.  😥

All was well until the penultimate stage of their formation – the varnishing stage. von Peter himself cannot recall ever having problems with varnish before but sadly this is no longer the case. A can of Army Painter “Anti-Shine” was procured and tested and all seemed well. A light spray was applied to the figures as the first of several planned layers … but it soon became evident that not all was well! 💀

On inspection the figures were revealed to be frosted! And what had been smooth surfaces now had a distinctly rough feel to them!! Bad words may have been uttered. This was a first Army Painter purchase and though it may not be the cans fault there will not be a big rush to acquire many more of their products. This is life and death “stuff” we are talking here after all!

Apparently one potential solution is to respray the varnish with the theory being that this will dissolve the applied varnish and all will hopefully dry correctly. von Peter himself was not brave enough to attempt this technique as his first remedy. It was discovered that rubbing a damp finger over the affected areas seemed to slowly remove the varnish or at least improve its looks. So rubbing has been undertaken though a close look at the picture below will reveal that more is required. As evidence see the dusty looks around the front legs of the leading elite uhlan’s horse and the white speckle marks on the neck of his fellow elite uhlan’s horse. A click on the image will reveal the flaws more clearly. More remedial work required.

It’s all a bit of a let down. Sob!

Close inspection of the image below may also reveal a horse without a rider. Uhlan Wolkonski has been delayed in his journey from the recruiting school to the front. He is expected imminently.

Front Rank Figurines figures, GMB Designs flag and pennons, men pigmented by Nigel Fun-nell, horses and basing by von Peter himself. Varnish supplied by Army Painter.

Above: General de brigade Krukowiecki watches the 2nd Uhlans pass through a Russian village.

“Zere iz somezing not quite right vith za men today. Zey seem to lack zeir normal lustre”

More fantasy Arabs

The son & heir has long since returned to Dunedin in preparation for another year of hard working study. At least that is his parents dream – the hard working bit! 😃 Of course there was no room in his luggage for any figures … and of course he wants to continue painting some and even play with them. So von Peter himself carefully packed up some paints and brushes and his Lord of the Rings Haradrim – minus the painted cavalry for which there was no room for such fragile sculpts – and sent them down.

Three of the figures packed and sent were painting in progress Haradrim Abrakhân Merchant Guards. These are big men of fearsome strength if von Peter himself has the fluff understood. They looked interesting so a quick photograph before they disappeared into the box was snapped and here it is …

 

von Peter himself has been invited to a Birthday Bash game in early April – thank you Goldie. The scenario is based on a portion of Leipzig 1813 and von Peter himself is to play the part the Polish Prince Poniatowski. As long as a swim is not required at the end of the game von Peter himself is happy enough with his allocated role. This is especially so as the Poles are currently getting some attention at Neu Schloss von Peter. It may even be that a few Poles will be available to be sourced locally for the game.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The son & heir – world building

The son & heir has recently – yesterday – vacated Neu Schloss von Peter to return to Dunedin for some work to generate a little of that that all important commodity money in preparation for his 2019 year of study. During the most recent sojourn at Neu Schloss von Peter there was some hobby related activity. Some games were played with friend(s?) and we played a couple of Lord of the Rings games with the spoils spilt with a game apiece.

The son & heir also managed to waft paint brushes and various other modelling implements around while here. The Haradrim Raiders were built and painted as were a few other Haradrim figures which will be unveiled to the world once some photos have been snapped. A box worth of Haradrim warriors were built and the painting started though these are still a work in progress. Yes, fantasy arabs were the theme of the season.

One other hobby undertaking was undertaken. At the commencement of the PRIOR Christmas holiday season a sheet of mdf type board was purchased as The son & heir had urgings to make a terrain board. Over the duration of that holiday season the board was painted top, bottom and sides … and that was it! Apparently the paint needed to be really REALLY dry!

This Christmas holiday season saw further activity. The board was subtly rendered into smaller constituent pieces with the aid of a circular saw! One of these pieces was then plastered, painted, dry brushed with several colours and then static grass applied. The accompanying pictures detail the results.

FYI and FWIW the board is 60cm square. Click the images for larger and clearer views.

 

The logistics of war – Paints

Way back in November 2017 von Peter himself unleashed “WWI exhibition, paints and more“.

The first – and incidental! – update is that the The Great War Exhibition is now sadly permanently closed. von Peter himself had managed to visit the exhibition several times but really should have visited it one more time! A new section was added to the exhibition – The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. From the official blurb …

Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at Gallipoli, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks. In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!

von Peter himself has received several reports of the The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience and all were very positive. The son & heir even took a young lady friend along – admittedly a little weird 😀 – and they both enjoyed it. A miss for von Peter himself. Idiot!

The second and primary reason to revisit the old post is to re-examine the economics of New Zealand based von Peter himself sourcing most of paints from Black Hat Miniatures in the UK. To feed the brushes of von Peter himself and The son & heir a delivery of 17 pottles of Coat d’arms paints was received before Christmas. The associated – and inevitable bill 😢 – allowed for a little rudimentary mathematics …

  • the landed cost of an 18ml Coat d’arms pottle – NZD 6.16
  • when sourced from the local Games Workshop store a cheap 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 7.00 … and I would have to go out of my way to visit the shop to procure it … though if I mail ordered over NZD 100.00 worth from Games Workshop I would not be charged a delivery fee
  • when sourced from a local online distributer Mightyape that same 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 6.49 … but then I would need to pay postage on top.

von Peter himself may never get rich on his savings but it appears that a little planning ahead to keep a reserve supply of paints in stock still pays off for the bulk of von Peters paints.

Note that a comparison with Vallejo paints has not been undertaken due to a general idleness and because von Peter himself does not like their eye dropper bottles.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The son & heir – raider

It being summer holiday season and nearly Christmas The son & heir has returned from his digs in the student ghetto of Dunedin to remorselessly raid the fridge and other food repositories of Neu Schloss von Peter. This raiding mindset perhaps explains his desire to collect a force of Haradrim from the land of Harad. The more knowledgable of The dear readers will recognise the previous gobbledygook as being of Middle Earth and it’s tales as related in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other books by J. R. R. Tolkien.

The collecting of the Haradrim – or as von Peter himself prefers the Fantasy Arabs – has commenced with some Haradrim Raiders. These are cavalry armed with either spear or bow.

Above: The Haradrim Raiders living up to their name have raided and torched a building. Being Fantasy Arabs in a fantasy world there is no need to justify desert peoples burning down log cabins better suited to much cold regions. Excellent!  😇

Click the image for an improved view.

The figures are from Games Workshop and as such do not come cheap. But The son & heir is no common or everyday fool. He has used gifted vouchers to get his Haradrim Raiders. His girlfriend – Lord have mercy upon her! 😊 – has supplied more figures as a birthday offering and Christmas will provide Haradrim Warriors as well as mounted & on foot versions of The Betrayer care of The son & heir’s much put upon parents. Truly an evilly raided force!!

von Peter himself is most thankful the The son & heir has been creative. Someone needs to be creative and von Peter himself has not recently been that someone. That is about to change with more than little help from Nigel Fun-nell who has added the sobriquet of “painter of items Napoleonic Polish for von Peter himself” to his name.

And finally the residents of Neu Schloss von Peter would like to sincerely wish all The dear readers a productive and Merry Christmas. Please ensure that you all keep safe.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

From the darkness he came

It’s Easter 2018. Not only does that mean a couple of extra days off work but it also brings a new post. Hurrah!! Oh – Easter is also a significant event in the Christian calendar. 😇 Onwards …

 

The son & heir turns to the dark side

Konrad Curze is/was the primarch of the Night Lords Space Marine Legion. He plied his trade up to and including the Horus Heresy. So 30K not 40K in the ever expanding Games Workshop science fiction lexicon. And The son & heir has developed what must surely be an unhealthy interest in Konrad and his legion. Fortunately for The son & heir this disturbing fixation was not the well hidden secret it perhaps should have been and some of his friends banded together to procure the Forge World resin kit of Konrad Curze Primarch of the Night Lords as a birthday gift. I hope there were a quite a few friends as the model currently shows as available for £60!

The Christmas break saw some assembly and pigmentation to create the figure shown below. There are other “bits” that came with the kit. What will happen to those is unknown to your correspondent.

Konrad is shown below in a battle damaged science fiction building as built from a modular kit by The son & heir. The idea was to set a science fiction type scene / ambiance for you The dear reader. So please do not think too deeply about the incongruence of Mr Curze’s base and the building he is in!  😃

As usual around here the photography does not do the pigment application justice. Please click the images for a larger and clearer view.

 

Russia against Napoleon – Military History Night, Nov 12, 2015 with Dr. Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven is the author of the book “Russian Against Napoleon” and if you haven’t read it you really should. It may very well make The dear reader reconsider some of the stereotypes that we all grew up with.

As a teaser to the book you can listen to – and watch – a lecture by Dominic on some aspects of the conflict …

Distinguished Russian historian Dr Dominic Lieven of Cambridge University addressed Military History Night on the less-explored aspects of Russia’s response to Napoleon’s invasion in 1812, and the victories in Europe of the following years.

PS. the preliminary burble concludes and the real show starts after about 30 seconds.

 

New Litko website and sale

von Peter himself likes to think that once based his figures will stay based.* Time will tell whether this will remain a truth or whether a series of rebasing exercises await in the future. The current mantra is that if the rules require rebasing then good bye rules. But such a parting of the ways has not yet come to pass as reasonable gamers can normally sort any issues out.

 * there is a currently dormant project to rebase a purchased English Civil War Covenanter army but that doesn’t count!! The rebasing is to move the army from old style WRG basing to element basing.  😇

Anyways because the figures are theoretically based for life von Peter himself likes to use plywood bases from Litko. Not the cheapest option but worth the peace of mind for this author. Of course Litko manufacture a lot more then just plywood bases now.

And why bring this up? Because Litko have a new redesigned website located at their old address https://litko.net. What’s more they have a 10% off an order deal going …

Use the discount code WELCOME at checkout for 10% off your order. Use it as many times as you like before April 30th, 2018. After April 30th you’ll get another treat in your inbox… another discount code to use on a future order!

 

What a Tanker!

The gentlemen over at TooFatLardies are scheduled to release their latest ruleset “What a Tanker!” on the 9th April 2018. These are rules for WWII tank vs. tank combat … no artillery, infantry or aircraft to mess things up! Apparently they provide for a fairly quick fire game. Each participant controls one to perhaps three tanks with the rules tending to the beer and pretzels end of the scale. Besides one off games there is a quasi campaign system with surviving crews gaining benefits / skills. Preorders can garner savings so if The dear reader is interested get in quick to save some of your hard earned cash!  💰

 

That’s all for the moment. If all goes according to plan the next post will flaunt some images featuring cornflower / medium blue.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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.

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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

 

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.

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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. 😃

 

 

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Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself