Snippets #14

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

Aventine Byzantines

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

 

Skirmishing’ish Ancients rules

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

 

But there’s more …

 

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

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

 

Stalingrad

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

 

A newly discovered Podcast

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

Achtung! Achtung!

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

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

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

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

Battle stations!

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

 

Would von Peter himself have been as indomitable?

Very sad and poignant yet also positive and uplifting …

Totally worth it

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

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #13

Catherine the Great teaser & trailer

von Peter himself has had a long time soft spot for the Seven Years War in Europe. Catherine the Great is contemporous of that time so the HBO series of that well known German lady would be of interest. “Would be of interest” as von Peter himself does not have HBO but who knows what possibilities will present themselves in the future.

Some stolen blurb and then some viewing …

“Oscar-winner Helen Mirren will lead miniseries Catherine the Great as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics. Catherine the Great premieres October 21 at 10PM on HBO”

 

Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow podcast

BBC Radio 4 have a series of podcasts called In Our Time which seem to have a host of interesting topics … and to be fair a bunch of not so interesting ones! What brings about this notification is a podcast in the podcast entitled Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow. It could have been improved by the inclusion of someone like Dominic Lieven but still generated some interest if The dear readership has time to kill. FYI – von Peter himself sourced his copy from iTunes for ease of local playback.

As has been mentioned before for some listening on the causes and some history of the 1812 campaign and through to 1813/14 ….

 

 

Barons’ War – 28mm Medieval Miniatures kickstarter

It closes soon – Monday 30th September 2019 8:00 AM UTC +13:00 – but if the Barons’ War is of interest to The dear reader then this kickstarter may be of interest.

For many years, Andy Hobday – of Footsore Miniatures & Games – has had a great passion for the often overlooked periods of British history. One of these passions is The Barons’ War – an English civil war in the early 13th-Century between rebellious barons (and their French allies) against King John.

Andy has been chatting with renowned sculptor Paul Hicks about The Barons’ War for some time now, and earlier this year they decided to put together a range that not only represented the arms and armour of the time, but could be used for a number of different rulesets and other locations too.

These miniatures can be used for games set during The Barons’ War, and not only that, they’ll work for both sides of the conflict! Additionally, they’ll work well for games that take you Crusading in the Middle East, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Crusades (and a few years/decades either side).

Like many of the Footsore ranges, The Barons’ War range will be packed to work well for games like Saga and Lion Rampant. Of course, should the range be very popular, Andy hasn’t ruled out releasing a ruleset of his own.

 

10mm ancients from Gripping Beast

Gripping Beast are known for their 28mm miniatures. But they have been teasing the occasional picture of 10mm ancients – Parthians and opposing Romans – on their Facebook page.

In a post dated 20th September 2019 …

“We’ll be announcing a release date for the Parthians and Romans soon, so stay tuned!”

von Peter himself has always thought that 10mm would suit himself better if he were to look at smaller scale gaming as there is a bit more figure to be seen than with 6mm Progress shall be observed … form a distance at this stage.

 

Perry’s soon to reveal a new range/period

See on the Perrys Facebook page in their “Korea 1592” post of 24 September 2019 …

Now this might look like we’re enjoying ourselves playing games all the time………which we are But we are also ‘hard at work’ making quite a lot of figures too. So don’t worry there will be new stuff out, including a new range/period…….”

Hmm. A new range. The mind boggles with the possibilities.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #12

Fathers Day came and went several weeks ago here in Godzone – aka New Zealand. von Peter himself managed to obtain two hobby related items. Undoubtedly The dear readership are desperate to hear what those two hobby related items were so …

Hobby item #1: Murat’s Army. Spotted on an email from Naval & Military Press for the princely sum of £3.99. What could go wrong? Oh yeah …. the £6.35 postage from the UK to New Zealand! Bought as a curiosity really. The official blurb …

Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendour of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.

This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

 

Hobby item #2: Young Oak/Beech Trees x 4. These are 4Ground Trees that you can’t actually get direct from 4Ground currently. There have been corporate machinations and 4Ground are currently rebuilding themselves and their website. von Peter himself has a taste for the 4Ground trees and not seeing them on the new website he enquired as to their potential future availability and received the polite reply  …

“Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future”.

4Ground may not be selling the trees but Mighty Ape here in New Zealand are as they still had some stock. Fortuitously von Peter himself had a discount voucher for the Ape and so the trees were got.

 

A table for Christmas perhaps

For those looking to get organised early for Christmas then perhaps the Hobby/Game Table from Deep-Cut Studio will provide that loving gift.

The blurb explains …

Hobby / game table in a most purified form. It serves as a standard house furniture in a size of a dining table, yet transforms into a functional hobby area in a simplest way possible. You can enjoy your activities, close the lids when you are done without having to tidy up and resume from where you left later on.

– Manufactured from recycled laminated A grade plywood. Weights over 40 kg (80 lbs), which makes it exceptionally sturdy and robust
– Size: 112 x 142 cm ( 44 x 56 inches) surface, 83 cm ( 33 inches) height to upper tabletop and 70 cm ( 28 inches) height to bottom
– Special upper tabletop construction grants stable surface, smooth connection of both halves and does not allow dirt or crumbles fall into the inner area
– Upper tabletop halves easily taken off without excessive use of strength and stored in a specially designed space under the tabletop. These halves can be hidden completely behind the inner surface or serve as extra space for any activity, private area or as shelves for additional or temporary materials, manuals, etc.
– Transforms into a table with 91,5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 inches or 3×4 feet ) inner surface dimensions, 10 cm ( 4 inches) deep
– Sold unassembled and grants the joy of putting it together with all the parts, tools and manual included. Challenge rating: low, fun factor: rewarding
– Available in black or white laminate colours
– Same or next day dispatch, delivery in 4-5 days to EU

Available in white or black and currently priced at 490.00€.

Too small for the games von Peter himself likes to play so he will be passing. Others may find it more to their liking. And thanks to Deep-Cut Studio for unknowingly supplying the photos.

 

What’s happening at Front Rank Figurines?

It seems like aeons since Front Rank Figurine’s last release. That was the latest in their later Napoleonic Prussian range – Generals & Staff. Since then all has been quiet with the News section of the Front Rank site giving no clue as to what the future might hold. Happily the friendly folks over at the Lead Adventure Forum have provided a whiff of what may be in the Front Rank future as collateral damage in this thread. The important wording is …

Hi James,
Hope all is well with you, yes there is truth in the rumour I have been working on Brunswickers however it seems like I get less and less time to do designing so they are taking a while, I may have the first releases available during the Autumn/winter.

 

What’s not happening at Front Rank Figurines?

As an aside please note that von Peter himself does not want to say that the Front Rank Generals & Staff are the last release in their Prussian range. Where are the limbers and caissons that a dedicated collector of Napoleonic Prussians would desire? Of course the same question could be asked of Front Rank regarding their Austrians, Russians etc. Without actually checking – a simple case of idleness – it seems that only the French & British are provided with such luxuries which surely is not fair, right or even equitable. von Peter himself suspects that the problem is that the anticipated sales of Austrian, Russian etc limbers and caissons are not anticipated to reach the level required to make their creation and sale economically viable.

Whatever the reason von Peter himself pines for limbers and caissons for his Napoleonic Russian and Austrian armies both of which are mostly provisioned using Front Rank figures. Perry Miniature’s limbers and caissons are an obvious alternative but are too small and slight in the eyes of von Peter himself to be a suitable match.

Of course for the Prussians Calpe Miniatures can provide limbers and caissons – and obviously the rest of the Prussian Army 😀 – in a similar style and heft to the Front Rankers.

Above: life really is easier with limbers! “Forward By Bricole!” by Keith Rocco

 

Jimbibblieblog Plancenoit

What better way to end but with another miniature architectural marvel from Jimbibblyblog / Oshiro Models. This time it’s a Plancenoit. Check your history of the Battle of Waterloo if this means nothing to The dear reader. What could be more soothing than the wonderful model of a place of mighty endeavour and no little carnage?!

See Plancenoit for many more pictures of the models – there are two pieces that can be arranged together in several ways or individually – as well as some words on the church.

The two photos from the Jimbibblyblog blog.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #11

A couple of small thoughts …

Alatriste

The 2006 Spanish produced fictional yet historically based film Alatriste has for many years been fading in and out the consciousness of von Peter himself. The draw was that it was set in 17th century about a Spanish soldier and the stills seen looked mighty impressive.

Above: Spanish Tercio at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste. You’ve got to blow on your match occasionally to keep it alive / lit

So one dreary afternoon – before going out to the movies! – a version of the film with English subtitles was found and viewed. To be honest the plot was a little difficult to follow in detail as several books worth of story telling were apparently compressed in to the one film but the visuals were well worth the cost of entry. The battle scenes were well done with files of men going down sequentially to cannon balls; the tops of upright pikes being removed by over shooting cannonballs; standards falling in the background only to be re-raised by presumably another bearer; firing and retiring to reload; charging armoured cavalry; pike block on pike block action with the two sides slowly coming together and seemingly taking a deep breath before engaging with a final little surge. Unfortunately the representation of the Battle of Rocroi was just a single Tercio vs. the French but I guess one could only find, outfit, train and pay so many men!

Oh – and Viggo Mortensen plays our hero Diego Alatriste and in the opinion of von Peter himself does a damned fine job of it too. And to help sort the plot issues see Alatriste for a plot summary.

And you’ve just got to love those stylish large brimmed hats on display in the film.

Above: Spanish Tercio vs. cavalry at Rocroi (1643) – Alatriste

 

Podcast corner

von Peter himself has stumbled over Henry Hyde’s Battlechat podcast. At the time of typing there are 26 episodes with many of them being with some interesting guests. Your author has listened to 2/3 of Episode 1 and the experience has not deterred from him bringing the podcast to the attention of The dear readership.

 

Ooops … pushed the publish button and not the Save Draft button. Oh well lets just go with it! 😎

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Let your voice be heard

A family life full of distractions continues. But there have been glimmers of hope with a hobby paint brush being clutched in hand on several occasions. Sadly not enough glimmerings that any completed work can be shown to The dear readership. At least not yet.

 

Archivist at work

However there have been some hobbyish endeavours that are up for public viewing. The efforts to save old archival material from the original website & blog to the new website …

 http://vonpeterhimself.com/index.html

… continue. The articles sucked back from the past as if via some twisted time machine are …

The last on the list is a little different in that it was originally posted on this here blog and not the soon to be deprecated original blog & website. I decided to replicate it on the website anyway where it is a little more discoverable. The same may happen to other reports.

Above: Napoleon model 2015 aka Steve Sands from the Waterloo 200th anniversary refight

 

Whilst recreating the old articles von Peter himself had to delve into his photo library to get at the original imagery. And whilst doing so many a photographic memory was uncovered. Originally used in January 2010 and from the “lets add hilarious cartoon style captions to the image” period comes the following image. If memory serves this was from an early trial Black Powder game using Austrians vs. Greg’s Russians. The Austrian’s proved a little deaf to the orders issued by von Peter himself. The accent is terrible and the humour debatable but it seemed amusing at the time.

 

An ancient gamer

No this is not a reference to the age of von Peter himself – how rude! but rather that von Peter himself recently played a wargame set in the ancient period at the home of Terrys Garage Gaming. Sort of two ancient periods really as the game saw a Carthaginian army pitted against a slightly later in history Early Imperial Roman army. The discrepancy was irrelevant as the idea was for a get together, a quick re-acquaintance with the Hail Caesar rules, and to have a damn fine time doing it.

von Peter himself volunteered to be a Roman for the day which was a little unfortunate as the Romans came a distinct second. A personal highlight was blundering on the first turn with the command containing all the legionnaires and seeing them depart off the back of the table … and not managing to make it back on to the table for a further two turns. So much for the obviously mythical Roman Army organisation and efficiency.  A fine example to set the auxilliary troops who did well initially but in the end were well and truly beaten. Even a heroic charge by the Auxillary Prussian* cavalry withered in the end for limited gains. A final melee that included stomping elephants rounded out the game in a thoroughly you loose sort of way.

* at least von Peter himself likes to think of them that way. There’s a fair chance the cavalrymen were Germanic you understand. 😎

Many were the errors made – both in rules terms and tactical decisions – but the lunch was great and the chatter informative and entertaining. In particular the conversation on slender plastic pikes and spears, their expected longevity and potential alternatives was of interest. Thanks to fellow Roman Garage Gaming Terry for organising and hosting and Craig and Alan for the beating they provided.

Above: earlyish in the game. The two units of auxillia have shown up the rather disappointing legionaries by disposing of some Spanish infantry. They were to give a good account of themselves though they would eventually “get theirs” including a stomping by elephants.

Lead by their brave commander Seydlitzus the Roman Prussian – see above – auxiliary cavalry on the right have bravely charged all ahead of them even though they sadly lack any supports. The unit on the left were to push back their Spanish opponents into the impassable terrain and so broke them but were then flanked and eventually driven from the field. The unit on the right found their odds against the supported infantry a bridge too far and were driven back though they remained in play.

As a scratch game the Army of Carthage were sadly short of troops so they did what any Carthaginian army would do and hired some mercenaries. In this case some Roman cavalry and a Roman general. Were not the Romans forever their own worst enemies?!

 

Gird thine loins – The Great Wargaming Survey 2019

This years iteration of The Great Wargaming Survey – The Great Wargaming Survey 2019 – is upon us. From the horses mouth …

Dear history fan!,

The sixth edition of the Great Wargaming Survey is here again, running till the end of August.

As always, we’re asking you to take just five minutes of your time to let us know what YOU think about wargaming. We’ll be using the results to try and track trends and changes in the hobby, with the results published online in text, in videos and via podcasts.

Besides our undying gratitude for completing the survey, everyone who completes the survey gets a €6.50 gift certificate for our webshop which can be used to buy a small range of unique models made available by Rubicon Models, Wargames Atlantic and Sarissa Precision, or almost anything else from the Karwansaray Publishers webshop. Moreover, you’ve also got the chance to win a number of interesting prizes, including boxed sets, books from various publishers and of course subscriptions to Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy or our other magazines. So why not take a few minutes now to help us out– it’s fast, fun and might net you some free goodies!

Kind regards

Guy Bowers
Editor, Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

For the record von Peter himself completed the survey in around seven minutes after which two emails promptly arrived – one containing the 15% discount code and the other the €6.50 gift certificate. Go on. You know you want to do it.

 

And finally another rediscovered captioned photograph from the archives at absolutely no cost to The dear reader. What an absolute bargain!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

L ‘Hotel de Hercé – Mayenne, France

Here is something that may be of interest to The dear readers. Assuming that the The dear readers are not already aware! von Peter himself stumbled across this find and immediately the devious mind began churning scheming thoughts. Locally there are ongoing ruminations regarding a possible trip to Europe … and this is distinctly in Europe.

L ‘Hotel de Hercé in Mayenne, France is that “thing” of interest.

“So what?”  I hear The dear reader may scoff. “Another hotel in France. BORING!”

But consider this …

“Stay in one of our beautifully decorated 18thc panelled guest rooms.

Tour – Book guided day tours, or inclusive holidays & experience the beauty, history food & wine of Pays de Loire.

Relax – The two large 18thc salons, & garden are open to guests to relax read, play games, or socialize over a glass of wine.

Wargames – Guests can book tour plus wargame or, wargames holiday. Guided by your host Matt: for novice’s to experienced players.”

Please read that last sentence again. A wargames holiday! Please check …

And there’s more with historic tours of the area, shopping tours etc.​ It is not impossible that a wife might very plausibly find some of the non wargaming offerings in a picturesque spot in France to be of interest. Hmmm.

There is also a L ‘Hotel de Hercé facebook page for further information.

The hotel has a tag line “Stay – Tour – Relax – Wargame”. So the awkward question remains … why was von Peter himself not told?! And when might Fraulien von Peter herself be told?! Brew-ha-ha.

All photos “borrowed” from the good people of L ‘Hotel de Hercé. It is hoped hoped they don’t mind! The “Napoleonic Era” picture above snagged from a video,

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The Great Wargaming Survey 2018

A quick public service announcement that most of The dear readers will already be aware of. But what can one do?!

The Great Wargaming Survey 2018

The chaps – and chapesses? – over at Karwansaray Publishers are running their annual survey on the hobby imaginatively yet accurately entitled “The Great Wargaming Survey 2018“.

The blurb on page one of the survey says all there is to say therefore von Peter himself has shamelessly appropriated it for the convenience of The dear readership

Welcome to the Great Wargaming Survey 2018 with an exclusive focus on tabletop miniature wargaming.

Apart from rolling dice, there seem to be few things wargamers like to do better than discuss the state of their hobby. The purpose of this survey is to answer some of the questions that regularly come up in such debates. As before, the results will be published online only for everyone to read.

As before, and thanks to our gracious sponsors, we have quite a few prizes to be won. Leave your email address at the end of the survey to be entered into the raffle. Entering the contest does not automatically mean we’ll subscribe you to any communication! That is a separate question which does not influence the results of the raffle in any way.

As a thank-you for taking part, everyone who completes the survey will get a 15% discount code for the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy / Karwansaray Publishers webshop. Though it does not apply to shipping costs, this code can be used for any (combination of) in the shop apart from our Premium, Combined and Digital subscriptions.

Finally, filling out the entire survey shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes, and we’re taking responses until September 5th, 2018.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Guy Bowers & Jasper Oorthuys
Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine

von Peter himself spent closer to five minutes than ten making his donation to the 2018 edition of the survey so it really is not a major investment of time.


Enough already.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself