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.
For 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
… a couple of the sheep have been stripped of their fleeces because of these hard workers …
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 …
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 …
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 …
The son & heir also selected a couple of donkeys, a dog and the dog playing with the cat …
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.
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.
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! 😃
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.
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!!
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself