Welcome to AGSH. A solo-wargaming blog dedicated to my father and the world's most noble hobby; collecting toy soldiers. Here toy soldiers clash in great battles from scales of 3mm to 54mm.

"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1/600 Aeronef Ironclad

I printed this out to match my ACW 1/600 Ironclads and to fit with my 3mm VSF/Colonial foot regiments but I am unsure if I am happy with it at this scale. I am toying with the idea of reducing it down to about 1/1200.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Painted 1/72 Scale WW2 AMR Tank

I painted this tank tonight and look forward to seeing it in action.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Hex Terrain Board

My hex terrain board is now setup and ready for whatever hex battlefield I can craft. I used hotglue to fasten the hex border pieces down so they are permanent.

Changes to My Mod of the Portable Wargame

I've become a Bob Cordery disciple when it comes to small armies and wargame rules. I've been playing his game the Portable Wargame with my own twist and without a grid and have enjoyed it. However I am now more deeply in the fold as I am converting over to hex terrain. So I am tossing out my gridless system and going with hex based movement and ranges.

I am also keen to try out the rules Bob jotted down on his "Sands of New Stanhall revisited" post. I placed a $46 PicoArmor order just from reading that post as division level wargaming is something I've always wanted to try but never could quite find something that appealed to me. These small rules do.

So I am looking forward to posting my first BatRep of a now, hex based battle of the Portable Wargame. Which I might add Bob notes the use of hexes in his book.

It seems that my hobby has turned a new leaf in the last year. As I mention above I've discovered a set of rules that I find very appealing. I found a way to have more armies just smaller ones. My painting has took an upswing with my portable painting table and now the crafting opportunities that hex based terrain provide are immense. It doesn't take long to paint and then flock a 4" hex. I have in mind to craft hexes from farmland to volcanoes. More to come.

Monday, March 5, 2018

My First Hex Terrain Board

I picked up these hexes last fall from a TMP ad. My wife donated her chalkboard to me to use as the hex table. The wooden frame around the chalkboard acts as a lip to hold the hexes in place. I cut the white hexes to make stop gaps for the flocked hexes to fit onto and make the board usable.

Tonight I sat down and crafted four field hexes. I have many more planned and hopefully another TMP hex purchase coming soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

3D Printed Hand Grenade and 1/72 Tank

I printed these models off on Friday. The tank before leaving for work and the grenade before bed. The grenade took 11 hours to print. The tank type is an AMR-35 Light Tank. I had intended to print it at 1/72 scale but overshot and hit 25mm. Oh well. Perhaps I can sell it to some Bolt Action gamers. The hand grenade is for our Stargate SG Team costumes. We are doing some cosplay at Dallas FanExpo this year.

Friday, February 2, 2018

15mm Fire Troll

More from tonight's painting session. The fellow brings the Trolls & Imps army to 4 units.

15mm Lionmen Huntress and Lion

More from tonight's painting session. This brings the Lionmen army up to 2 units now.

3mm SyFy Neo-Soviets: Battlemech

Tonight's painting, a 3mm Neo-Soviet Swiss Class Battlemech.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

3mm Afrika Korps Units

More miniatures that I painted Tuesday night. One unit of deployed artillery, another towed and two units of armor.

15mm Troll

I painted up this fellow Tuesday night. He is part of a planned Trolls & Imps army based on the Bazil Broketail books.

Monday, January 29, 2018

3mm ACW Union Infantry Regiment and Artillery Battery

It has been over a year since I last worked on this project and it felt good to be back in it this past weekend. I painted up one regiment from the "Irish Brigade" (note the green regimental standard) and an artillery battery. These two units along with what I previously had now bring my Union Army to a Division level. So I now have two brigades, each with two infantry regiments and an artillery battery. Of course these soldiers will see service in my planned "Clockwork Civil War" steampunk inspired ACW battles.

3mm SyFy Neo-Soviets

The Chief of the Soviet General Staff proudly presents the first four units of the Grand Soviet Army. These soldiers proudly serve Mother Earth in her struggles against all alien forces that would seek to destroy her and enslave her people.

There are 2 units of Amerika Tanks equipped with plasma guns. A unit of Red Grizzly powered armor infantry with chain guns, flamethrower and rocket grenade packs. Lastly an infantry unit from the November Guards with their Montana Armored Personnel Carriers.

3mm & 6mm SyFy Xeno Alien Bugs

The first units of a Xeno Alien army that can be used for both 3mm and 6mm scales. I can't remember the name of the company where I picked up the slugs but the one stand of Xenos are O8 models from PicoArmor.

15mm Fantasy Lionmen "Liontaur" Cavalry

The first of 15 units of Lionmen for a fantasy army from the "Grass Sea." The model is a 15mm Liontaur from Splintered Light Miniatures.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

New Portable Crafting/Painting Lap-Table

I built a lap-table today. With the exception of the large bottles it holds all my paints. I paid $36 in craft lumber, wood glue and screws. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. It was a joy to build. I spent the evening going through my paints and throwing out dried up bottles and pulling "slugs" from others. I've decided I need to come up with some type of organization for my paint purchases in the future. Which will be soon as I am out of orange.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Prussian National Elections

Koenigsberg (AP): The Chief Counsel of Prussia Brigitta Olson swore in the new National Assembly today and a few hours later she welcomed back Frieda von Moltke as Chancellor of Prussia. This will be her second term in the chancellery.  Chancellor von Moltke was a clear favorite over her rival, Conrad Hekel the former first Chancellor.  Outgoing Chancellor Jaap von Huack and his cabinet have joined with von Moltke's bloc within the National Assembly. He will undoubtedly seek re-election in 2020 when he is eligible to run again. He is clearly the more hawkish member of the bloc. Prussian law forbids any candidate back to back elections to the Chancellery. However the law does not prohibit a future candidacy after a two year term.

The Chancellor and her cabinet.
She has stated that she envisions a larger role for Prussian troops in the Mafeking Civil War in Southern Africa. Her administration will make a Heinleinist victory there a top priority. "We must strengthen our Afrika Brigade by giving them the men and equipment needed to bring victory to the HNP."

Currently the Afrika Brigade is a brigade on paper only. It has been a demi-brigade or half-brigade since coming to South Africa. Already the Prussian General Staff is drawing up the needed documents and studies to make it a full combat brigade.

At the same time Prussian forces in Camp Kondor Karakistan had been operating on a half-brigade status as well. Troops and equipment were rushed home for fear of a possible conflict with Lithuania. But that that tension has resolved itself for now. She has ordered that forces at Camp Kondor return to full strength and that the PDF resume it's "peacekeeping" duties alongside our Russian allies in Karakistan.

She also saw the promotion of Albrecht Wagner as the new Commandant of the Prussian Defense Force and Chief of the Prussian General Staff. Major General Wagner had served as the commander of the 1st Combat Brigade stationed in Prussia. MGen Wagner has outlined a new vision for the PDF with a greater role in Prussia and the world.

Monday, January 15, 2018

3mm SyFy Armies

I based up two 3mm science fiction armies this weekend. The minis are O8 from Picoarmor except for the slug looking bugs those are from another company that I have forgotten about. The other army will be an Earth army of some sort. I haven't decided upon a federation or Neo-Soviets yet. We are in the low 20's to single digits at night here in the Ozarks so I will have to wait for warmer weather to prime them and start painting.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3mm WW2: Test in the Desert

(Continued play-testing of my grid-less version of Bob's Portable Wargame Rules.)

1941 Gazala Region, Libyan-Egyptian Border, North Africa. DAK Kampfgruppe Weinkeller was charged with breaking through the border and capture the western Egyptian town of Gazala.

Unknown to Lt. Col. Weinkeller the 9th British Tank Regiment under command of Colonel Paul Allen was speeding to the border to stop him.

The British started with 9 units. A reinforced battalion of armor. A reinforced battalion of infantry and an artillery battalion. The DAK force departed for Egypt with a reinforced infantry battalion, an armored company and an armored car company. They also had air support from the Luftwaffe. A total of 7 units. The exhaustion point for each force was 3 losses.

The British force took a beating before the battle ended but they held the border and pushed the German force back.

After opening moves both sides draw near the border.

German Stukas rain hell down upon a British battery.

A German armored car company routes in after heavy
 bombardment from a British artillery unit.

Two photographs showing the closing moments of the battle.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review...

Happy new year wishes for 2018 to all whom read this.  I had some hobby activity each month except March. I began toy soldier still life photography this year and it's been a fun addition. My painting numbers were plain dismal. However I did find time to rebase many models for use with new home rules. Speaking of those I discovered The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery and love it. I have meshed his rules up with my own and come up with a system that scratches my particular gaming itch for army battles. 

I had a pretty good Spring and Summer in the hobby but things trailed off in the fall at the start of deer season as hunting has become a new hobby for me that I enjoy. I have given up on some parts of wargaming; for example 28mm Warhammer mass battles, but will use those models for Frostgrave-Mordheim type games. I simply don't have the time to paint 28mm models. Again, best wishes and happy new year.

The Craft
Foot: 1
Cavalry: 2
Vehicles: 1
Ships: 1

Terrain/Acc: 3

Painted: 8
Rebasing: 56

Total Crafted: 64

Battles Fought
Ancients: 1
Fantasy: 7
Naval: 1
SyFy: 1
Seven Years War: 1
Second World War: 2
Board Wargame: 5

Year Total: 18