The woods for the trees

In a fit of enthusiasm some hobby gardening has been undertaken with the results below excluding the middle base which was already in stock. They are all 4Ground Trees and von Peter himself likes them. Unfortunately since their restructuring 4Ground no longer sell them. An email back in August 2019 elicited the response …

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

A further enquiring email was sent a couple of days ago and elicited the following response.

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but we have been looking back into getting more we are hoping for mid summer but it depends on the lockdown and supplies.

So there is hope that more will be be available to be procured in the future. Fortunately local distributer MightyApe were able to provide some of the trees below from their ever decreasing stock and there are a couple of Mature Oak Trees making their way to Neu Schloss von Peter at this very moment.

The trees are supplied as simple kits. A set/kit comprises several mdf pieces – a base plate, a plate for gluing on top of the base plate with holes for the tree bases and the round tree bases themselves to which one must glue the one piece tree. Perhaps the following image “borrowed” from 4Ground gives The dear reader some insights …

Ground filling/texturing, painting and flocking completes the deal. The smallest trees come in sets of five, larger in sets of three, larger yet in sets of two and the largest as singles. The trees can be placed individually on the table or in their multi tree base.

From left to right in the image above …

  • TSM-107: 5 Young Ash Trees
  • TSM-104: 4 Oak/Beech Trees
  • TSM-???: 3 Young Chestnut Trees. These were completed September 2017!
  • TSM-106: 2 Mature Ash Trees
  • TSM-112: 2 Mature Chestnut Trees

All up … very pleasing.

 

 

Another Austrian AD

This poor ADC has been awaiting his horse for a while. One hopes that much wining, dining and general carousing were had while he waited impatiently on the painting desk for his ride to come to fruition. And now it has. And now he can be shown amongst some very topical trees

The man painted by Napoleonic Austrian painter to von Peter himself – Nigel Fun-nell. Horse and basing locally arranged at Neu Schloss von Peter.

 

Bavarian upgrades

Whilst taking photos of trees, an Austrian ADC etc the opportunity to replace a couple of fairly rubbish photos of a couple of Bavarian battalions for vonpeterhimself.com was taken. And here they be to save The dear Readers from having to travel over to that other place to see them.

First up is 2/3rd Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment …

Next up von Peter himself presents the reimaged 2/8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment …

All images are clickable for a larger clearer view.

 

Podcast corner

Finally this COVID-19 thing and associated lockdown really is a bit of utter rubbish, albeit necessary rubbish. Amongst the coping strategies of von Peter himself is listening to podcasts. Two new finds that may be of interest …

History From Home Archive

Dan Hill is a military historian who is currently hosting a weekly historical chat – History From Home. Upcoming topics include …

  • Dr Phil Weir on The Battle Of The Atlantic
  • Alex Owen on The Battle Of Waterloo
  • James Holland On Normandy 1944
  • Ben Mayne On The Battle Of Bosworth

But you don’t have to listen to them live as there is an Archive of them. von Peter himself has consumed the Kate Jamieson on The Battle of Trafalgar and there are several others on the to-do list.

Note that while von Peter himself happily listened to the Trafalgar episode relevant images are displayed on the screen.

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Self explanatory really. Five 15 minute episodes from the BBC on Napoleon: The Man and the Myths. von Peter himself would take exception with some of the statements but isn’t that true for everyone on anything when it comes to Napoleon?!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Saxon Lights march attack from Calpe Towers

Yet another public service announcement from the electronic pen of von Peter himself. Just a quickie … and you’re welcome!

Calpe Miniatures have done us all an inestimable service by releasing the march attack Saxon Light Infantry to go along with those firing line / skirmishing packs already released …

  • S67 – Six Saxon light infantry figures in march-attack poses. All wear the black shako cover
  • S68 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures in march-attack poses. All wear calfskin shako covers
  • S69 – Four Saxon light infantry in march-attack poses. Two head turn variants and two with greatcoat rolls
  • S70 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in march-attack poses. Two figures in forage caps, one bareheaded and one with a bandaged head.

As a bonus pack there is also …

  • S71 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures in march-attack poses. Two enthusuastic figures and two falling casualties.

which von Peter himself suspects will work equally well with both march attack and firing line / skirmisher units.

Any / all of The dear readership should feel free to place an order for any / all of these new packs with zero guilt. von Peter himself has already placed his order so you shouldn’t impede the processing of that rather important order. A-ha-ha!

 

With any luck von Peter himself will be back in several days with a more normal broadcast.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Lock down – what good is it anyway?

It’s been nearly two weeks of the official Covid-19 lock down here in New Zealand. Though he is working from home surely von Peter himself has managed to bestir himself and use some of that time to progress things of a wargaming hobby nature. “Hell yeah” is the answer to that particular question though not in ways expected.

 

Dealing to Slingshot

The stack of unread Slingshot magazines – the Journal of the Society of Ancients – has been whittled down to one almost completely read issue. When the time came to sign up for another year of society membership a little humming and ha’ing was undertaken but ultimately the money was spent for the year’s membership. Like all magazines the articles in Slingshot may not always be of direct interest but they are usually satisfying reading and having paid for them von Peter himself makes sure to read every word! To be honest much of the whittling down of unread issues occurred pre lock down but not all so diminishing the pile of unread goes into the lock down hobby achievement pile.

 

Magnets

von Peter himself has long been a proponent of magnetising his figure bases. It makes transporting figures so much simpler. Unconscionably the practice of actually magnetising the 28mm Napoleonic collection had slipped somewhat due to a shortage of magnetic material that remained un-remedied for a period of time. Outrageous. Magnetic material was duly acquired only to be placed mostly unused in the bag with the plywood base supply. Cue more righteous outrage.

Finally a move was made to magnetise a unit. Then another. Then a casualty base. And then more units, casualties and command stands were called up for the “treatment”. From the lowliest casualty to the highest ranked local Austrian – FZM Graf H. Colloredo and his staff – many have been dealt too. To date 68 bases have been dealt to. Phew. But the unglamorous work is never done and there’s more to do. Mostly the bigger bases – at least one artillery battery and a few command stands – which require more substantial magnetic substrate.

 

18mm delights from the past

When Nigel Fun-New returned the latest tranch of his 28mm Napoleonic pigmentation efforts on behalf of von Peter himself– the 1/4th Polish Infantry Regiment and a few Austrian command types – he included three battalions of 18mm AB Figures. These were somewhat of a surprise.

Way back in time a few Wellington based gamers dreamt up a scheme to play Napoleonic games in 10mm. But those far sighted gamers were ahead of their time. Several 10mm manufacturers were discovered. Some of them were contacted but to no avail. Pendraken Miniatures and their like did not then exist … or at least we didn’t find them. While searching for a suitable 10mm manufacturer the wonderful 18mm AB Figures hove into view and suddenly we were starting an 18mm project.

Unfortunately the project quickly ended up being of the stillborn variety. von Peter himself had purchased some figures and distributed a portion of them to the aforementioned Nigel F. for pigmentation. And numerous figures had been returned very nicely painted. When The family went to the UK for a year more figures were sent to Nigel. There was never pressure to get them back as there was always a 28mm unit that was required. Finally Nigel got fed up being a holding pen for 18mm figures and he painted those three battalions of 18mm AB Figures that arrived like a long lost memory …

Above: the three battalions of long lost soldiery. Two battalions of Saxon Light Infantry and some spares plus a battalion of Bavarian Light Infantry

The idea of the smaller scale – 10mm then 18mm figures – was to play a higher level game with a base representing a battalion of infantry, a cavalry regiment or half for those double sized cavalry regiments, or a battery. The figures could be mounted however one wanted on the base. It was foreseen that the level of rules would not be too concerned with individual unit formation.

Having received those three battalions and being incarcerated under the lock down von Peter himself came over all curious and dug out (all?) of the previously pigmented 18mm soldiery. The two boxes of them discovered are on display below. The figures are all either Saxons or French. They are all blue tacked to temporary bases and the bases stuck to the box for the move to Neu Schloss von Peter. As can be seen only one base has been completed – a yellow faced regiment of French dragoons.

Above: a closer up look at the yellow faced French dragoons preparing to move out from a Russian village having thoroughly “searched” it. The photo dates from November 2006. Yikes!

Besides the 18mm figures von Peter himself procured a “bunch” of 18mm real estate both Western/Central European and Russian. Even better Craig W. pigmented them with his usual aplomb …

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that von Peter himself may complete the basing of these even littler soldiers. Or at least start the completion of the basing. Nigel F. still has some unpigmented 18mm figures and there are certainly more unpigmented ones here at Neu Schloss von Peter. Hmmm. I wondered what the future holds.

 

The next locally pigmented unit

There are several outstanding pigmentation projects on the painting desk of von Peter himself. But they are all small bananas. What is needed is the next unit that needs bringing to life. There were many temptations. A battalion of the newly released Saxon Light Infantry? Or perhaps a battalion of Saxon Grenadiers? But the Saxons have been spoilt lately. What about the Prussians. They have lingered unloved for too long. The second battalion of musketeers or a regiment of cavalry? In the end the second battalion of the 4th Reserve Infantry in their British supplied Portuguese styled uniform got the pick. With all that damned lace and piping they will no doubt wrench a curse or two from von Peter himself as they get pigmented. But all that lace and piping won’t go away and the unit is needed for the hard pressed men of the 3rd Prussian Brigade of 1813.

It is to be hoped that the appropriate blue can be identified. You know – the same one as on the first battalion. Gulp.

Above: The 1/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment behind what is hoped will transform into the 2/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment. The muskets – and accompanying hands! – are for the six Trail Arms figures in the second battalion

 

What needs to move off the painting desk?

So what is currently residing on the painting desk? Errr …ummm, please excuse the dust!

Back row left to right …

  • a fantasy mounted knight. His chances of further pigmentation the near future are tending towards zero but there he sits forlornly waiting
  • the next four horses are bound for a Prussian limber
  • next up are two Prussian mounted Feldjager and their horses (to eventually make them mounted … please keep up! 😃). The figure lying on the ground in front of them is another mounted Feldjager with the plan being to paint the three at once. These figures are for use as individual ADCs or on command stands.

Middle row left to right …

  • two horses for the two senior Saxons officers to their immediate front
  • a Napoleonic civilian of the female persuasion
  • a Prussian casualty
  • a Saxon casualty.

Front row left to right …

  • a horse for the Austrian mounted officer (coming along shortly)
  • a horse for a future Austrian general. The cunning plan was to paint it at the same time and in the same colours as the prior horse. Cunning or what?
  • the figure lying in a bed of paper tissue is the mounted Austrian officer for the first horse on the row.
  • a Saxon colonel and adjoint who along with a previously painted ADC will comprise a Brigade command stand
  • Four Frenchmen to complete a French battalion.

Nothing too intimidating. So why are they all still there?! Most of them have been idling on the desk for quite a while having suffered the indignity of watching other figures – even whole units! – come and go. They’ll all have to get a move on. The 2/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment will be wanting that real estate on the painting desk.

 

And of course there is always the internet

Ah yes. It must be admitted that by using time as a measure the internet has consumed most of von Peter’s hobby time. By quite a margin. So has it been for many moons now and most likely will for many moons to come. Both a blessing and a curse.

 

All the photos are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Take the greatest care out there.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A corrective statement and Covid-19 – you git

As with many in the world the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had an impact on the life of von Peter himself. Along with the rest of New Zealand he is in a four week – possibly longer – lockdown at Neu Schloss von Peter from which both himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are working from home.

But that is the least of it. Today – Sunday 29 March 2020 – von Peter himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are flying out of New Zealand for six and a bit weeks of travel through Europe. Included are a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and a few days at the L ‘Hotel de Hercé – with a wargame of course – in Mayenne, France. Except of course we are not flying out today as international travel is now a very difficult – spot the understatement – and dangerous undertaking. Merde!!  😩

The current position is that this is more of a postponement than a cancellation. Time – as they say – will tell.

Above: such visions on the Rhine River are cancelled … at least for now

Of course being stuck at home for four plus weeks may facilitate some creative hobby activities with paint brushes and associated “things”. Then again living AND working in close confines with no visitors to break any tension the survival of von Peter himself and / or the good Fraulien von Peter herself must be the first consideration lest some form of mutual destruction take form!  😃

Smug bit: The residents of Neu Schloss von Peter have it a little easier than some whilst under lockdown. Living at the northern end of Paekakariki they are a mere block away from Queen Elizabeth II Park so have easy access to said park to walk the dog – the nefarious French sympathising (see Wagram II and 2017 – the last word?) Keela – and themselves. For evidence see the following two photos snapped the day before lockdown kicked in. And even better – such strolls are fully compliant with the lockdown regulations.

As a public service to fellow Kiwis looking for information on the NZ government response to Covid-19 all can be found here.

 

A correction

In his last post in this here august journal von Peter himself may have chided himself for not ordering a horse for his Saxon Light Infantry officers pack thereby leaving the mounted dignitary without a mode of transport. von Peter himself was of course wrong.

The pack comes with a horse. It’s just that in a packing error von Peter’s particular pack did not. Mr Calpe Miniatures will put this right when the next Calpe order is ordered so no harm done. Apologies if the doddering old fool von Peter himself has led anyone astray.

 

Toys, toys … where art thou toys? *

* With apologies to the great bard.

Planning way ahead von Peter himself has ensured he has piles of unpigmented figures etc to keep him busy during any lockdown period. Perhaps The dear reader has not been so careful in their warehousing and will need to get in some fresh supplies. As far as von Peter himself is aware at the time of typing the following manufacturers are still working and sending out their precious wares …

… and having temporarily shut up shop …

Admittedly not much of a list but then this is a free read so what do you expect?!  😇

And who knows. Even if those precious figures get despatched how long they will take to “get through” is an open question.

Of course even though von Peter himself has a truly praiseworthy stock of unpigmented figures and even a stock of backups of his most used paints he is bound to run out of something. Something critical that he won’t be able to replace under the current strictures. One can feel the oppressive inevitability of it all!

 

Take care of yourselves out there. The dear readership is small enough without putting any of them at risk!  😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

My kingdom for a horse

The raw recruits for the 1st battalion of the 1st Light Infantry Regiment of the 1813 Saxon Army have been conscripted. They arrived with little fanfare in the mail several weeks ago from Calpe Miniatures. This event caused an immediate increase in local morale only slightly dampened by a slight error in the work of the local military requisitions team. More of that soonish.

The figures will allow for the modelling of the battalion as a firing line  with a  casualty or two – these things seem to be unavoidable in war – included from the S74 Four light infantry prone casualties pack. This is mentioned simply as so as to draw attention to the crawling figure from that pack. von Peter himself is somewhat taken with this figure. Expect to see the poor infantryman crawling out of the back of the battalion’s firing line … whenever the battalion gets painted!

Now to the failings of the local military requisitions team. The pack S66 Four Light Infantry officers in firing line and skirmish poses provides a single mounted officer and three officers on foot. A great pack but if ordering please remember that this pack does not come with a horse included. So if you want your mounted officer to be actually mounted please order him a mount. Now just in case any of The dear readership is concerned by this unfortunate turn of events you can rest easy. von Peter himself more than likely has a suitable horse available in his unpigmented figure pile that he can “borrow” should one be urgently required.

Let this be a salutary lesson that one that all of The dear readership profit from.

C-O-R-R-E-C-T-I-O-N-: the pack S66 should have come with a horse included and Mr Calpe will provision the missing item. This is good. What isn’t so good is that this ruins the rantings and ravings above not to mention the title “My kingdom for a horse”. Oh well. What can one do?!  😃

Above: oi … where is my bleedin’ horse?!

Note that both figures shown above have been given a black wash to hopefully enhance the details for the The dear reader’s enhanced discernment.

 

Pretty as a picture … of death and mayhem

The TooFatLardies have released the artwork for their to be released in the future rules Infamy, Infamy! Artwork by Chris Collingwood it is believed.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

We interrupt your ‘net viewing for a most exciting announcement

von Peter himself has been watching with keen interest from his little piece of the world for a certain auspicious “thing” to pass … and that “thing” has now come to pass. Ot at least to partially pass. A clue …

For those Dear readers still a little in the dark Calpe Miniatures have released the first of their Saxon Light Infantry. This lot are posed for firing line and skirmishing duties. More poses are reportedly yet to come.

Available packs are …

  • S61 – Light infantry firing line and skirmish figures – 3 loading, 3 firing
  • S62 – Four Light infantry figures holding fire
  • S63 – Four light infantry figures. Head turn and greatcoat roll variants
  • S64 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures. Forage and bareheaded pack
  • S65 – Four Light infantry figures. Command pack – abugler, a drummer a pioneer and an NCO
  • S66 – Four Light Infantry officers in firing line and skirmish poses – 3 on foot and 1 mounted
  • S74 – Four light infantry prone casualties

Note that gap between S66 and S74. On might think that further Light Infantry packs may be destined to plug that gap might one not? Happy days.  😎

von Peter himself requires two battalions of these gentlemen for the first brigade of his 24th (Saxon) Division of 1813. Locally at Neu Schloss von Peter it has become the custom to model light battalions as firing lines so this release is rather fortuitous. One battalion has been ordered but the second will be delayed as von Peter himself will peruse the later releases for any packs that may usefully be added into a firing line. In particular a second differing mounted officer will be sought.

Count the self confessed Calpe Miniatures zealot von Peter himself as most content with his lot.

The pictures are “borrowed” from the Calpe website and as usual Mr Calpe has done a wonderful job pigmenting his creations. They are clickable for a larger and clearer view. All of the new packs are likewise shown in their painted states front and back on that same Calpe Miniature website.

And while on Calpe Saxons von Peter himself suspects that more of the Saxon Foot Artillery now have pigmented pictures on the website to inspire, aid in the interpretation of the figures and just act inspirationally.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Generalmajor Raigencourt ready for active duty

The Austrian Generalmajor Raigencourt commands the only brigade in the 1st Division of the Austrian 1st Corps in 1813. A few years earlier this brigade would have been entitled as an Advanced Guard consisting as it did of a mix of cavalry, Grenzer infantry and a cavalry battery but such old fashioned terms were apparently now out of date in the modernised Austrian Army.

When organising the Austrian army for presentation in the Army Inspections portion of the vonpeterhimself.com website it quickly became apparent that a command stand was “missing”! Absolutely outrageous!! Figures were ordered and eventually forwarded to Nigel Fun-nell – painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself – for pigmentation. The pigmented figures were married to horseflesh from the paint brush of von Peter himself. The Deutsch-Banat Grenzer infantryman on the base was painted literally decades ago by the same Nigel but was not required for his battalion. He has waited a l-o-n-g  t-i-m-e for his place in the army.

Whilst painting the good majorgeneral two figures destined to be based singly as ADC types were also painted. One in the uniform of the Stabs-Dragoner regiment …

The second ADC isn’t quite ready for a public unveiling on account of his horse not yet being fully pigmented by the ever idle von Peter himself! His time will come.

All figures from Front Rank Figurines and all pictures clickable for larger clearer images.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Join the army they said … see the world they said

The tramp tramp tramp of 28mm Polish feet have finally marched themselves on to this here blog. von Peter himself is pleased to announce the arrival of the first battalion of the 4th Polish Infantry regiment …

A few points of interest for any of The dear readers who may be interested …

  • the figures were sorted, cleaned up, eagle attached to the standard pole and sent to Nigel Fun-nell as the 2nd battalion of the 2nd Polish Infantry Regiment. Later it slowly dawned on von Peter himself that really only the first battalion of each regiment should have an eagle. Quick communication with the aforementioned Nigel quickly altered it to be the 1/4 Infantry Regiment
  • figures from Front Rank Miniatures, flag from GMB Designs, pigmentation by Nigel Fun-nell, horse and basing by von Peter himself
  • that Front Rank Miniatures only supply a solitary mounted infantry officer with no variants that is suitable for this unit is moderately irritating. And to be clear von Peter himself is not big on figure conversions. But with two more battalions of Poles to come he has a cunning … and hopefully eventually two … plan(s) to save the repetition of a distinctively posed figure.

Thinking ahead the 1/4 Infantry Regiment also comes with a couple of casualty figures. Under the questionable generalship of von Peter himself these are bound to come in useful …

The 27th (Polish) Division of General de division Dombrowski circa 1813 is beginning to take shape and is now roughly half formed. Two more battalions, another uhlan regiment, some artillery and a few more leaders to come.

Above: the Poles holding a flank in the vastness of the Russian steppe. Certainly not a vision of the part of the world imagined when young Stanislaw joined up! Of a more positive nature Stanislaw ruminated over the rumour that perhaps some rather useful artillery will be along soon 😃

All images are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A graduation and knife fighting

Congratulations are due to the The son & heir who has earned himself a degree. To be fair there were suspicions amongst the support crew that maybe there was some cunning scam being played. So a trip to Dunedin and the graduation ceremony was organised as a means of verification. A little surprisingly the graduation parade and ceremony all seemed above board. And careful examination of the certificate likewise failed to raise any concerns of any authenticity shenanigans. It seems that The son & heir has indeed earned himself a degree. Congratulations and well done that man.

During each of the three years that The son & heir has been domiciled in Dunedin getting himself all degreed up yearly visitations were undertaken by his proud parents. And never once – despite multiple attempts – did von Peter himself manage to get to frequent The Duke of Wellington public establishment with its 20ish imported beers and militaryish surroundings. To make things worse The son & heir was a frequenter of said establishment. That wrong has now been put to right … on the way to the airport …

Above: von Peter himself did not sample the Spitfire brew available but he did quite enjoy their promotional material …

Little wars

Having covered himself in academic glory The son & heir returned to Neu Schloss von Peter for a few weeks of eating, consuming electricity, catching up with friends and general battery recharging. Last summer The son & heir created a terrain board – a first of several? – and this was dragged out for a couple of Sharp Practice games. Because The son & heir wanted to use plenty of the available terrain both ended up as urban knife fights which presented some challenges different tp the normal.

The first game was set in 1813 and saw opposing Prussians and Saxons scouring an urban environment for a posse of informers who had been two timing both sides. Seven civilian figures were spread across the table and these would move randomly on their own card in the game deck.

Above: a sleepy war weary little town somewhere in Saxony 1813. The locals go about their business with a mere three concerns – the ever nearing war; the fool standing in the way of the sunlight; and the finger partially covering the lens upper left.

Above: a little later and the sleepy little town is sleepy little town is about to be rudely awoken by the whoring warring Prussians of The son & heir himself and the humanitarian Saxons lead by that internationally beloved philanthropist von Peter himself.

Above: a little little later on. Men have started turning into casualties. The Prussian jägers in the centre have just dealt a severe hand of death (red markers) and shock (green markers) to a some Saxon Musketeers which has pushed them back as the shock is greater than the remaining figures. Fortunately for the Saxons these musketeers managed to avoid further Prussian ire and were to slowly regain their composure and be still in the fight at the end of the battle.

On the far right further Saxon musketeers manfully stride down the side of the town to get the jump on the Prussian jägers which they manage to do but over a series of two separate “fisty cuffs” were banished from the table by those same jägers.

To the left of the battered Saxon musketeers can be seen what looks like a Russian mounted officer. Actually he’s a Saxon officer that looks like a Russian officer from a distance! To the right of the same musketeers is a Saxon officer who looks like a Saxon officer. Officer identification can be a tricky thing! They are both where they are as they are attempting to bring on further troops.

Over the central wall from the Prussian jägers some Saxon jägers can just be made out and are currently interrogating a Lady of quality dressed in yellow in an attempt to flush out a two timing agent of espionage.

On the far left further Saxon musketeers advance down the side of the town. They were to be met by superior numbers of Prussian musketeers and were swiftly erased form the Saxon muster rolls. Sob.

At the back of the board mostly hidden by the orange roof tiles are more Prussian musketeers.

The battle raged with various units coming & going and the usual ups & downs for both sides. Several turncoats were uncovered but all managed to escape when their “escorting” infantry were “dispersed”. Ultimately the Saxons squeaked a victory and so earned the right to write the history of the battle and its protagonists.  😃

I – N – T – E – R – V – A – L

Off came the european buildings and on came some eastern / Russian domestic structures. The clock was turned back to 1812 and the scene to the northern flank of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The Bavarians were keen to spring an ambuscade to grab some Russian supplies as they were being ferried through local village. The rumour was that previously captured bratwurst was in that wagon!

Above: the Bavarians can almost smell the bratwurst but have turned to tackle the Russian rearguard rather than fill their knapsacks. The dice knew their duty and the Bavarians were not long for participating in this battle.

This was a much quicker game as the dice firmly came down on the side of him who had procured them – von Peter himself. Nearly everything The son & heir tried failed or was shabbily treated by those special Bavarian dice. Reinforcement refused to come on until they were in a position to be massacred by their Russian opponents. “Fisty cuffs” and shooting likewise came to very little. A short sharp brutal encounter to the glory of Mother Russia. Huzzah.

Above: joint MVP of the Bavarian vs. Russian petite battle. The dice

 

Remember Dear readership that many of the images can be “clicked” for larger and clearer versions.

 

And now for something completely different … can you hear the tramp tramp tramp of approaching 28mm Polish infantry. von Peter himself can. Stand by.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

All the news that was news a week or two back

A pre Christmas offering for The dear readers. As is usual this news bulletins was started literally weeks ago but for a number of probably not very good reasons not completed. But undeterred von Peter himself has bravely tarted it up for a pre Christmas treat. You’re welcome.  😃

Unbelievable as it may sound von Peter himself is well on his way to completing some “projects”. As a result it is quite possible that this may not be the last post before Christmas … or New Year … or shortly thereafter!

 

Calpe Miniatures news

Welcome news out of Calpe Towers

For family reasons I have to close down for December. All outstanding orders will be sent out but no new orders will be accepted until 1st January 2020. Please do not send your orders in during the closure as this creates a daunting backlog on my return.

I am well aware that there have been few updates to the website in 2019. This was mainly caused by a neccessary update to the site to make it compatilbe with mobile phone and tablet orders as some of these were not reaching me. Hopefully this has now been sorted! Updates have also been on hold as I am having to learn how to update the website myself. Chris Bodley who designed and run the site for me is now gainfully employed and can no longer do this for me.

Design work on the Saxon range has continued despite the website problems. The light infantry sets in march-attack and firing line/skirmish poses are complete, the third and final set in advancing poses will be ready by the end of January 2020. Also complete, but not yet in production moulds, are the Saxon Guard Grenadiers in march-attack poses and campaign dress. I intend to release all four sets at the end of January 2020.

Once these have been released, I will go on to work on the Saxon light cavalry – the Uhlans and the Hussars. I will also sculpt the horse artillery and hope to have the caissons, limbers and artillery train ready by the last quarter of 2020.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your continued support.

Peter

The bad news is that if The dear reader is planning on a quick pre Christmas Calpe order then good luck with that. The good news is that new Saxon figures are on the horizon.

 

Perry Miniatures news

For lovers of Perry Miniatures, lovers of plastic figures and especially lovers of Perry Miniature plastic figures there are some pre Christmas delights available …

Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry ready for PRE-ORDER!

We’re expecting to receive both French Infantry sets by mid-December but you can put your pre-orders in, although be aware the Christmas postal service might affect the arrival.

FN 250 French Infantry Battalion box; this will include a 36 man battalion that allows all the fusiliers and elite companies to be posed marching or attacking. This set will also include 8 additional Elite companies skirmishing. All figures are in the pre-1812 long tailed coat and overalls.

FN 260 Elite companies, French Infantry box; this set contains the same frames but in a different mix, designed for the skirmish wargamer. So the mix is heavy on the skirmishing Elite companies’ frames

A full (A3) painting guide covers French, Swiss, Kingdom of Italy and Neapolitan troops.
We should be getting the command frame in early next week so we’ll show it on our Facebook page when we have it in. Renedra have been working very hard to get these sets out for Christmas.
We also have up for pre-order two metal sets of bicorned heads, one for Fusiliers and the other for Elite companies to convert the plastic infantry for the 1805-07 period (although some regiments still had them).

We have a few lovely painted examples from John Morris and Francesco Thau on our Facebook page but there will be more shown as we build up to the release.

Alan and Michael
http://www.perry-miniatures.com

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French Infantry OUT NOW!

We’re pleased to announce the New Plastic French Napoleonic Infantry are now out. Pre-orders started going out today.
Renedra surprised us all by hitting the deadline 2-3 days early!!! Thanks Renedra!
We have a few more painted examples too from the like of Maurizio Amadori, Chris Adcock Aly Morrison and Alan (P). These can be seen on our Facebook page.

Also you may have noticed we have won the Wargames Illustrated ‘Best Manufacturer 2019’!
A big thank you to all who voted for us! It really was a surprise!! We just make the stuff we’re interested in and we’re very glad people seem to like it too.
Thanks again!

Alan and Michael

 

TooFatLardies audio Advent Calendar

The TooFatLardies have taken it upon themselves to enrich – pun intended on Lardy Richard Clarkes name – the run down to Christmas 2019 with an audio Advent Calendar. Listen here at your peril.

 

The end off an institution is nigh

For lovers of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast bad news is afoot.

 

In the event that this should be the last post before Christmas 2019 then Merry Christmas to all of The dear readers. And subsequently should this be the last post before the New Year then Happy New Year to all of The dear readership. We’ll all have to wait and see.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself