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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

World War One: 15mm British Army

I sat down tonight to take inventory of my lead pile and part way through ended up rebasing these soldiers for the Portable Wargame. The bases are all 1" square except the tank which sits on a 3"x2" base.

Note the 12th Gurkhas Rifles on either flank of the HQ element. Also the 22nd Indian Lancers next to the 8th Dragoon Guards.

The Portable Wargame

I'm hooked on the The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery. I may adopt it to my own particular
style of adding and subtracting dice vice roll modifiers and using square bases for movement vice a squared grid and like hexes over squares. I've recently ordered some hexes from GHQ and a fellow wargamer on TMP.

I do want to have a few more playtests of it first. As a solo-wargamer I've found small math can be tedious. However this is not a DBx style game. I will post my first full battle report with these rules soon. I've been doing small little "test" scenarios with dice and bases only.

I love the exhaustion point mechanism. Also these rules can easily be adjusted for any period including naval warfare. Bob has given us a toolbox with the Portable Wargame.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Second World War in 54mm

Somewhere in Tunisia... Lt. Smythe, Cpl Pike and Pvt Gardens cautiously approach an enemy trench. They were relieved to find it abandoned.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Dawn Maiden, Mage of the Sapphire Throne

I printed this model out earlier this summer. Tonight I forced myself to sit down and paint and she was it. This allows me to complete my 15mm Blue Men Fantasy Army known as "The Count's Patrol."


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Middle Earth: 1/72 Elven Army

Here is the start of my 1/72 scale Elf Army for battles set in Middle Earth. The figures are a mix of Red Box and MiniKnight. I am undecided on cavalry and may have to do some conversions for it.



Wargame Scale Conundrum...

I collect and over the years have fought WW2 battles in 3mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm and 1/72. At one time I even had 25mm for skirmish but I let those go and have not regretted it. I have tried to rationalize that 3mm for brigade/division. 6 & 10mm for company on up to brigade. 15mm for company/battalion. And have started 1/72 with the intention of skirmishing but I do have plans to use them in forces up to brigade level. This eclectic interest in scales has created a few problems. And it doesn't stop at the Second World War. I have the same issue exists with colonial warfare, ancients, fantasy, syfy, ACW and Napoleonics.  However I want to focus this post on the Second World War.

1. Storage
The storage options I've chose work well for 15mm and below. However 1/72 presents a storage problem.

2. Terrain and terrain storage.
Terrain for 10mm and below are fairly simple to craft/find and storage is simpler. 15mm and 1/72 terrain items are more difficult to store and until the purchase of my 3D printer was hit and miss on crafting and finding terrain.

3. A feeling of illogical behavior in collecting multiple scales for the same period and operational level.
I feel like I am wasting time collecting, basing and painting up so many different scales. However I also feel that my small army requirement allows me freedom to have as many armies of size and shape as I desire.

4. Time spent painting, basing etc.
Of course how many times can one paint an American army in different sizes before thinking this is wrong in some way.

A wargamer from TMP advised me to ask myself "What does collecting multiple scales prevent you from doing?" The quick answer is fighting battles. However it deserves more thought than that.

Here are the characteristics I enjoy from each scale.

3mm:  Aircraft: I can field aviation units right along side my other units. Price & availability: The costs are dirt cheap for 3mm and they are readily available in the U.S. from PicoArmor. I've always received fast, friendly and dependable service from them. This scale comes closest in my mind to division level wargaming.

6mm: Price & availability: Like 3mm above GHQ and CNC have all the models a 6mm WW2 wargamer would need right here in America and the prices are good. I have enough models to make several armies and have two field ready armies with my Germans and Soviets.

10mm: I picked up a French army and a German army at Recruits a few years ago dirt cheap. They are painted and based, two field ready armies. They bore the brunt of the playtesting I conducted for my Brigadier General wargame I wrote back in 2013. So I did some checking and found out that Neal at the Warstore carries 10mm Pendraken models so I ordered an American army from him. However he is hit and miss on his Pendraken stock and at times it's just as quick to order from them directly. If any scale had to go this would be the first on the chopping block. What saves it are the painted armies.

15mm: I started collecting 15mm WW2 not long after Flames of War came out. Price is fair and availability in the U.S. is great with sources from 19th Century Miniatures, Old Glory, and almost every hobby shop carries Flames of War. I also have painted armies for Germany, the U.S, the Soviet Union and a half painted Italian army. This scale came close to the chopping block too but again painted field ready armies are hard to part with.

1/72: I have loved 1/72 model soldiers since childhood. To me they are another classic branch of toy soldiers. You can't beat their price and their availability is not very hard to find. Until recently you could buy 1/72 models at Hobby Lobby but they seem to be dropping that scale for some reason. However eBay abounds with 1/72 models. I have a good sized collection of 1/72 soldiers and enjoy their appearance. Also it seems that 1/72 is the best scale to conduct battles of the 1935 Italian invasion of Ethiopia.

This may require different scales linked to different theaters of war and operational levels in order to resolve. However perhaps simply culling the herd might be the best outcome. However to date I've only been able to do that with 25mm WW2. Getting rid of that scale was an easy choice, then Bolt Action came but I am not going back on it and neither am I going to play BA.

Perhaps my quick answer to what multiple scales prevents is the answer.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Verlinden Models Roman Legionary Bust

I painted this model up 16 years ago.

First Attempt at Basing 3mm Moderns

I am still unsure of how I want to base my 3mm models. I am leaning towards 1" square wooden bases but at one time I had considered 40mm square bases like below. I finished these some time ago and am still unsure of how I want to proceed. The image below has a good look to it but using 1" bases I believe would allow better army creation.

Monday, August 28, 2017

54mm Napoleon and Imperial Guardsman

I proudly present mon empereur, Napoleon I. The model is I purchased on eBay years ago from the St. Petersburg collection, I think. The guardsman I made with 54mm Prince August toy soldier molds.

His Imperial Majesty rests atop my bookshelf.

Recruits Con 2017

I attended Recruits again, this year. It still fun and a great value. However it seemed to me that attendance must have dropped a little bit. I am assuming this is due to moving the convention from September to August. I made over $300 in the silent auction with 13% of that from 3D printed items which was nice. Unfortunately due to time constraints and auction responsibilities I was able to catch a game. I do hope that next year I can stay Friday and Saturday night. It seems the Friday night action is getting better and there were several big games that lasted after 5pm.

Here are a few pictures of some of the tables this year.

54mm French & Indian War.

Stalingrad

Monte Cassino

Stalingrad

This was part of a terrain board collection in a large wooden
box with wheels. The price was $500. It did not sell.

Stalingrad

Helm's Deep

Helm's Deep

Freeblades

Cambrai

Helm's Deep

Monte Cassino

Monte Cassino

Friday, August 25, 2017

Marx 6" Tall Medieval Knight

This chap sets atop my bookshelf. I have another one that I intend to paint up one day.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Military Helmet Collection

I currently have a Spanish repoduction Afrika Korps helmet and a reproduction Imperial Roman Legionary helmet. I hope to add both WW1 and WW2 American military helmets this year.


Second World War Marine Corps Exhibit at the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola

In July we visited the Naval Aviation Museum. It was my third visit and most worthwhile. The Duchess really enjoyed the visit as well. I got a little choked up viewing the Second World War Marine Exhibits. I was a part of VMA-223 at Cherry Point and am proud of the Bulldogs fighting history.

Anyway without further eloquence here are the pictures.




Yours truly.






Her Grace, The Duchess of Saxe-Huack.










Monday, August 21, 2017

54mm British Infantry

I've been wanting to snap a yard picture of the 54mm British soldiers that I bought earlier this year. I was off today to watch the eclipse so I grabbed the picture.