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, April 4, 2017

Toy Soldiers on Parade: Assault on Cove

I took these pictures at my mother-in-law's home in Cove, AR. My first shot at photographing toy soldiers. These are all Marx WW2 soldiers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Micro-Scale Battlefield - Post 3

I finished up the micro-scale battlefield mat today. Added highlighting and touch-ups here and there. Here are some pictures of 6mm WW2 Americans and some 3mm ACW Union Regiments.  Next for this battlefield will be to craft or buy some 3mm buildings and foliage/trees. Overall this was a fun project. Oh yeah I forgot I have to give this a matte coat.

Add contour lines to the roads and river.

Highlight all areas of the mat and paint bridge crossings.

Cut off excess canvas.

6mm building and models.

6mm WW2 Americans entering a village.

Nice terrain bridge laid down perfectly over the painted bridge crossing.

3mm American Civil War soldiers.

The view from above.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming Projects for 2017

As of this post the projects I've picked to work on for this year are:

  • 3mm American Civil War (With a focus on the Western Theater, primarily the Battle of Prairie Grove, which is just a few miles from home.)
  • The Clockwork Civil War (The forces above augmented by steampunk units such as airships, landships, steamtanks, rocket troops, sparktroopers, etc.)
  • 3mm Modern Warfare
    • Wars of the imaginary Kingdom of Aksum.
    • Arab-Israeli Wars
    • Alto-Cenepa War
    • Nigerian Civil War (Biafra)
  • 3mm Late 19th Century Colonial Wars
    • The Mahdist War
    • The Boer Wars
    • The Northwest Frontier 
  • Grand Victorian Science-Fiction (The forces above augmented by steampunk tech.) 
  • 3mm Second World War 
  • 15mm Fantasy (A campaign covering various fantasy states & races.)
  • 3mm Science Fiction Warfare
    • Neo-Soviets
    • The Grand Alliance
      • The Western Europe League
      • The Papal States
      • The American Confederation
    • Alien Threat 
  • OPTIONAL: 15mm Late 19th Century Colonial Wars with a dose of Steampunk.

Micro-Scale Battlefield Mat - Post 2

I put down the base coats of paint on the micro-mat. I like the rough look of the caulk beneath the paint. I want to experiment with some different "roughing" techniques for future mats. Hopefully this weekend I will have time to do touch up painting and highlighting. The next project after this is to finish off the 3mm 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division of the Union Army of the Frontier. All they lack are the command staff element. Then either craft or buy some buildings to go on the micro-mat. 

I am more pleased each day with the micro-mat. However I still have the bug to craft 12" square foam tiles.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Micro-Scale Battlefield Mat - Post 1

I decided to give terrain mat making a try in the hopes of having a nice size battlefield for my 3mm micro armies. I read up on the subject and watched some videos then bought the supplies I needed. I bought the canvas cloth at Jo-Ann's, the caulk at Wal-Mart. Everything else I had. I started the project Sunday. Then picked it back up tonight with the layout design and painting. I don't think I will use flocking. I used a plastic bag to rough up the mat and will try to use paints to color and highlight the grass, river and roads.

Spread the canvas, iron if needed and apply the caulk.

Allow to dry overnight.

Draw roads and rivers then start to paint.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Small SYW 15mm Battle

Played my first solo-wargame of 2017 this afternoon. I haven't done much with my SYW models in a while so I brought them out. I setup each with a reinforced battalion sized force. The Bittburg forces had a battalion of line infantry, a squadron of cavalry, an artillery battery and two local militia companies; all under the command of Lt. Col. Aldolphus Busch. His orders from the Lord Protector was to invade southern Saxe-Huack in the hope that it would draw the Saxe-Huack Royal Army out and to attack them. Aldohphus's orders were to not directly engage the army if they showed up but to lead them on a cat and mouse chase to keep them tied up as long as possible while the main Bittburg Army rolled up through Eastern Saxe-Huack.

What the Lord Protector and Lt. Col. Aldolphus did not count on was that there was already a battalion of line infantry nearby and three companies of Royal Jaegers within marching distance. By the time his battalion marched a few miles into Saxe-Huack word had been spread to both these forces. Major Yves Gustoff and Lt. Colonel Frederick Paulus met up on the march to stop the enemy. They both agreed from that based on the local reports coming in from the citizenry that they were facing a regiment sized force and not the main army. They sent word back that they would engage the enemy and report again of their victory.

So outside the southernmost Lutheran church in Saxe-Huack the two forces met with the invaders having a slight advantage in men and combined arms.

Both forces meet on the battlefield.

2 Battalions of the Royal Army.

Lt. Col Busch's reinforced battalion.

As the line infantry advance the Saxe-Huack Jaegers move to the woods.

Both sides continue their advance.

The Jaegers shoot from the woods at the Bittburg line.

The Jaegers destroy an enemy line company.

The Bittburg commander has a 1 on his command dice to help rally his forces.

The Bittburg cannon hits the Royal Army line and spreads some disarray.

The Bittburg line turns to fire into the woods and destroys a Jaeger company.

The Royal Army commander rallies one of his line companies.

The Jaegers bring brutal fire down on the Bittburg infantry.

The Bittburg cannon continues to punish the Royal Army Line.

Lt. Col Busch and his last line company attack the Jaegers and destroy half of those whom remain.

The Bittburg gunners miscalculate their shots.

The Jaegers are tough as nails and destroy the fighting spirit of the Bittburg soldiers.

Major Gustoff is pleased to report the capture of Lt. Col. Busch.

Final disposition of troops. The militia and cavalry fled, while the artillery spiked their guns and ran.
This was my first go at the new wargame rules I am working on. One playtest is worth a hundred opinions on how game mechanics should work. It was a learning experience and some new techniques were developed. More to come...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

6mm Ancient Battles: Romans vs. Barbarians

Played a mod-podge set of commercial and home rules for this quick battle. I am slowly introducing a coworker to wargaming. His interest is picking up. First to kill 3 elements wins. It was a close game with Rome pulling out the upset.

Initial Deployment

End of first turn movement.

It's been a while since I posted. I didn't think to take more pictures as this was a learning game for us both. The rules are a slight mix of HotT, Brigadier General and 5Core by Nordic Weasel Games. It was a good game to help hammer out the rules.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

Happy New Year! 2016 started out pretty strong in the hobby but some unexpected changes occurred in mid-September that ground my war to a virtual halt. My painting numbers more than tripled from 2015 but the amount of battles fought dropped to less than half of that year.

I don't expect a big hobby rebound in 2017 but will aim for a steady progression of my war effort.I am still feeling a strong pull to microscales and may begin to push further in that direction.

2016 Painting
3mm: 220
6mm: 7
15mm: 3
25mm: 4
54mm: 1
Terrain/Acc: 7
Total: 256

 2016 Battles
Ancients: 1
Risk: 1
Colonial: 3
Fantasy: 5
World War II: 4
Total: 14

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

3mm Royal Marines Light Infantry Regiment

Here is the RMLI Regiment which together with a battery or two will serve as the Naval Brigade to my colonial forces.

First 6mm Ultramarines

I painted the marines and not the tank. These models will be used in an Ultramarines 5Core army.

Monday, September 12, 2016

More 3mm ACW Union Army Regiments

This weekend I painted up 76 3mm models. One Union Infantry Regiment and one Zouave Regiment. It's hard to make out but I painted the regulars with light blue trousers this time around. The Zouaves have red pants, blue coats and red caps. Please note the flags. Next time I will experiment with taking pictures of each regiment separately.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

More 3mm Colonial Sudan War Elements

Yesterday I painted up another British infantry regiment and another Madhi warband. This time I gave the British red coats. I really like how they came out. The temptation to go with red from here out will be strong, especially since these soldiers will one day serve the Queen on Mars.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First 3mm Mahdists Warband Unit

Along with the British soldiers from my previous post I also painted up these ruffians.

 I hope you can see the green Mahdi flag with the white circle near the center.

These fuzzy's are led by the chieftan with the red turban and sword.