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

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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

Blue Bavarians for Butchery in Bonaparte’s Bloody Battles

Who doesn’t like a little bit of alliteration in a title?

More Bavarians to the front

The final fighting Bavarian unit as per the original plan has made its way to the front and is available for the mayhem that generally ensues up there. The original plan was to recreate Generalmajor Beckers brigade of Generallieutenant Raglovich’s 29th (Bavarian) Division circa 1813 plus a few supporting units. This would have provided five battalions, an artillery battery and a cavalry regiment. These are now all present and ready for action.

Above: the 2nd battalion of the 8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment

Four more casualty markers also accompanied the new battalion to the front though only one is specific to that battalion. Those cunning Bavarians have thought of everything!

Thanks to Nigel Fun-nell for painting these chaps and all the other Bavarians. Horses, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. Flags from GMB Designs.

This is probably not the end of the Bavarians however. A few years back The son & heir professed an interest in the Bavarians so several units were purchased. The 2/7th Infantry Regiment was painted – all pretty in their pink facings – and are counted in the available Bavarian order of battle at Neu Schloss von Peter. But there it stopped. The remainder of those purchased Bavarians are lying around in the unpigmented figure pile. To avoid wastage they will probably get pigmented one day so the Bavarian order of battle will likely grow. But first there are some Poles that need some attention! 😃

 

Salute 2018

Yet another Salute has come and gone. Once upon a time von Peter himself would have been referring The dear readers to sites displaying photos of the event but the advancing march of technology means that there are ever more videos of the event to be viewed. Some are linked below if The dear reader has the inclination … and time.

What a Tanker! found in the letter box

How in the world did that happen?!  😇  von Peter himself is hearing good things about these rules from TooFatLardies.

There’s a slight shortage of tanks at Neu Schloss von Peter. In 28mm there are three T34/75s and a KV-1 all ready to game. In 20mm there is a German Stug. IV early version and a Russian SU-85M in a ready to game condition. There are also 3 T34/75s  kits still resting in their boxes.

One option is to get hold of some 28mm German armour. But then von Peter himself sees his long term WWII gaming being in 20mm. Then again there is always the option of a more skirmish level of gaming in 28mm. Decisions decisions.

Of course none of this prevents trials with the game. Maybe those 28mm Russian tanks could take on some of The son & heirs 40k armour!!  😲

Above: A historic view of the available 28mm Russian armour as constructed and pigmented by Greater Queeg

The Lardies have produced an introductory video over in YouTube –  What a Tanker – An Introduction – for the curious …

The Lardies run through a small game of What a Tanker, showing off various aspects of how the rules work. Big Rich has a Stug III and a Panzer IV, whereas Fat Nick has gone unusually lightweight with a Stuart and an M10 Tank Destroyer.

There is also an independent review over on the Skirmish Wargaming site.

And perhaps the clincher – Sparker over in Oz seems to think the game is a little alright. See his What a Tanker! – Down Under… post.  😊

 

BBC sound effects

Should you need some sound effects the BBC have a deal for you at their BBC Sound Effects site. At the time of typing their were 167,016 effects available and some are even of a military bent.

 

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And to finish with a visual treat. OSHIRO modelterrain make terrain. Surprise!

We produce a large range of Japanese wargaming tarrain as well as expanding ranges incuding; Chinese, Boxer Rebillion, Victorian, Sci-Fi and near future.

Perhaps as a commission they have produced what is a second town creation for the 1809 Napoleonic Aspern Essling campaign. The two photos below have been “borrowed” from OSHIRO modelterrain and show this second model. Stunning covers it. This is the sort of model that makes von Peter himself ache with want!  😃

To see more pictures of this second model and also of the first click here for the relevant post in the Lead Adventure Forum.

There may be a third model. Here’s hoping and that pictures of it will be available in due course.

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