Welcome to AGSH. A wargaming blog dedicated to my Dad and the world's most noble hobby; collecting toy soldiers. Here toy soldiers clash in great battles from scales of 3mm to 54mm. Also the historical records of the imaginary states of the 6mm Republic of Prussia, the Kingdom of Aksum, the Principality of Huack, the Khedivate of Turkoslavia and the Duchy of Saxe-Huack.

"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.

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Down for Deer Season

The lack of posts this fall is a direct result of deer season. Normal miniature military operations and  maneuvers will resume in mid-December. In related news I shot and harvested my first deer ever this Thanksgiving Day. We harvested 80lbs of meat from a small buck. Thanks.

Yours truly holding the head of my first deer. Shot with a
.50 caliber centerline muzzleloader. Hunting was on a ranch
in Dry Fork, Arkansas. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3D Printed 1/72 Scale Mortar Carrier

The Dieselpunk bug has bit and I am in the late planning and early assembly stages for it. I printed this model out the other day and primed it up today. It was my first shot at scaling a model up from 1/200 to 1/72. I think it turned out field worthy.

Militaria - Soviet Medals

I recently found these on eBay pretty cheap. My militaria collection continues to grow. My assortment of medals, ribbons and patches will come of some use this Fall. The Duchess and I are planning to attend the Tulsa Hangar Dance again this year. Another couple we know are coming with us. My friend's wife bought him a fake military costume from Amazon for the dance. So we are going to use some of my ribbons and medals to decorate his costume. Nothing to above and beyond. Just some ROTC pins and Chinese Army medals, or perhaps one or more of these Soviet medals too.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weird War II Scale Decision

I've settled upon 15mm for battles set in a Weird War II setting. I was torn between 3mm, 10mm and 15mm and with the Gear Krieg and Clockwork Goblin models available coupled with my current supply of painted 15mm WW2 armies, then throw in my 3D printer can print somethings for it too, it became an easy choice.

3D Printed Bullet Dice Container

I painted up the bullet container that I upsized and printed for dice. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apollo Mission 17

Our astronauts on the lunar surface as seen from my backyard.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Online Moniker...

I have used several forum avatar names over the years. Then recently tried to consolidate them down to just one. However with the rise in popularity of FB groups there is no need. Which was another reason I changed my blogger profile to my name. However there are a still a few places where an online moniker is preferable, at least IMO.

So since I no longer produce and sell my own miniatures line. That was sold off almost 4 years ago. I no longer need the batcaveminis name on eBay. Also I no longer play my own written rulebooks anymore as I've found better by other authors. So no more Brigadier on TMP and a few others. I've been tossing a few new names up over the past two weeks. What I've decided upon is "Toy Soldier Green." This encompasses both my hobby and my eBay sales of toy soldiers as well. I will not change my blogger or facebook profile but use this new name on TMP and eBay. Thanks.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Second World War in 54mm, East Prussia 1943

East Prussia, near Koenigsberg. Spring 1943.

(Please don't take serious this was an attempt at humor.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

54mm Game of Thrones Toy Soldiers

The combat of two soldiers, one Lannister and one Stark.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tide of Iron

I purchased the FFG box game Tide of Iron at Recruits this year. It came with the scenario book and 4 expansions. All for $85. This past Saturday my son and I sat down to play a game. It has some interesting things going for it. Also has a bit of a learning curve too.  Here are some pics from our game. It lasted 2 hours, we were learning as we played, no victor but my son predicts he would have won. Though I had doubts. As a side note ToI is now made by 1AGames.

The Portable Wargame Rules - Naval Warfare in the Second World War

My second naval warfare battle ever. An American Task Force (lower right) is tasked with stopping a Japanese troop and supply convoy from reaching the Marshall Islands (bottom island atoll). If the supply ship makes it then it's a Japanese victory. Which is exactly how the game played out. The last picture shows the supply ship in dock while being protected by the Japanese fleet.

I used "The Portable Wargame" rules - Predreadnought Naval game both by Bob Cordery, but heavily modified them as my sea board is in grids vice hexes and I was using 1/6000 scale miniatures. I cut movement down to 1 square for the big ships and 2 for the destroyers. I did similar with gun ranges. As I was testing the rules out I left out torpedoes.

I really like the critical point, which works similar to the exhaustion point in land battles, as I had a ship that was forced to run away. Naval gunfire is fierce with the battleships each rolling 8 dice to hit if the target is abeam. All naval gunfire is simultaneous.

The game played quick. I have some more work to do to fit the rules to my imagination and models. So far I must admit I am really liking The Portable Wargame.

Kwajalien Atoll at bottom while the warring fleets appear in sight.

Opening salvos.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10mm MPC Tanks and Vehicles

I bought these on eBay thinking they were bigger but they will fit well for 10mm Weird War II.