Welcome to AGSH my historical & semi-historical wargaming blog dedicated; to my dad, toy soldiers the world's most noble hobby, the father of modern wargaming Donald Featherstone, the legend of King Arthur & General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. Ancients to modern wargaming with a bit of Victorian Steampunk & Weird War 2.

"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.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Principality of Huack: First Army General

When Prince Karl signed the Army Act into law creating the Principality's armed forces, he created, Colonel Erik von Falkynhuack, his former commanding officer in the Austrian Army as the first General Officer of the Huack Army, bestowing upon him the rank of Major General. General von Falkynhuack was born in Huack in the village of St. Jamestonia in 1824. Pictured below is a photograph taken just after his promotion ceremony at Fortenbras Palace in Alshirejvo. General von Falkynhuack will assume the role of Army Commandant and will be responsible for the organization, operations and training of the new army. Second only to Prince Karl in the Army's hierarchy.

Also, the rank of Lieutenant General has been replaced with that of Colonel-General. Thought I would publish this before we leave for Lake Degray!

Going Dark....

Going on vacation this weekend. The Duchess and I are travelling to Lake Degray near Bismarck AR for a week. We plan on doing nothing, but relaxing at the campsite and enjoying the State Park. We will bring our kayaks, books and of course I'm bringing miniatures to paint. I hope to have a finished Frei Stadt of Bittburg Army to show you upon my return.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Principality of Huack - Army Officer Rank Insignia

From his palace in Aleshirejvo and addressing the Royal General Staff, Prince Karl approved the following insignia for the Royal Army Officer Corps.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Arms Deal Reached


Today Prussia and China signed an arms deal worth 2.8 million Euros. Prussia will buy 5000 Type 97 Assault Rifles shown below and will began production of it's own Type 97 models in two years along with the ammunition rounds. Included in the argreement was the purchase of 5,000 HE artillery rounds, and blueprints for the same.

The PDF expects to have the new rifles in the hands of their troops serving in Karakistan within 2 months.


I have just purchased a pack of Chinese PLA 15mm toy soldiers from Rebel Minis. These will serve as the future basis of the 15mm PDF ground forces. There shall be lamentation in Karakistan!

The Moden Guards

Prince Karl's household guards are known as the "Moden Guards" since the unit was formed in the Prince's ducal estate of Moden. The Guards are the elite of the Royal Army and their training and recruitment standards are rigorous. Below is a photograph of four Guards during a marksmanship training exercise:



Friday, September 9, 2011

WW1 German Army

This is an army I've always wanted, I am so proud to have it. I have more to add to this army and will post pictures of the muster once completed. Note the artillery barrage and gas cloud markers.



The Muster of Saxe-Huack

The 15mm Army of Saxe-Huack. Note the baggage camp behind the command element, it has 2 baggage horses, 1 soldier with a feed bucket, another standing guard. The command element has 4 soldiers, the General on white horse with purple coat, an officer on his left, with a drummer and standard bearer behind them. Two elements of cavalry are on the workbench to be painted with red coats, after that the army will be complete and battle ready. I am considering adding another 4 elements of line infantry but with a different paint scheme, but before I do that I must finish painting the Bittburg army.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chinese & North Korean Delegates Arrive in Prussia for Arms Trade Agreement


Delegates from both China and North Korea arrived in Koenigsberg to discuss an arms trade agreement with Prussia. Talks were held at PDF headquarters at Fort Frederick the Great in Koenigsberg. If the talks are successful and a deal is signed, the trade agreement will bring huge stockpiles of Chinese assault rifles, artillery projectiles and other conventional military hardware to Prussia, as well as North Korean missile technology in regards to launch vehicles for communications satellites. At right Prussian ministers confer with their Asian counterparts.

Royal Army Jaegers

In just a few short weeks Colonel Prince Albrecht fulfilled his orders to establish a Jaegers Battalion, in fact the Prince went beyond his commission and established a regiment. Two battalions of three companies, with the Crown Prince as their commanding officer. The regiment will be known as the "Prince's Own." Being a former guard officer the Prince chose green jackets with red collars and cuffs for the regiments uniform. Prior to the Prince leaving Berlin, he arranged the purchase of rifles to arm his regiment. Each jaeger is promised a rifle to keep as a reward for service. The Prince is building a small barracks for the regiment at the Royal Army camp in Huack. In normal times only a single battalion shall be on duty at a time, the rest will be placed on half pay and sent home. In times of war both battalions will be available for march. If the Prince has his way, the Jaegers will be the new rapid strike force of the Royal Army. The regimental colors are shown below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Crown Prince Returns


After an absence of two years serving in the Prussian Army as an Adjutant to HRH Prince Heinrich, Crown Prince Albrecht von Lettow returned to Fortenbras Palace in the uniform of a Prussian officer having risen to the rank of colonel. Prince Albrecht, whom had already seen combat in the Royal Army of Saxe-Huack as a Captain of Grenadier Guards, was thrust into battle on several occasions during his tour in the Prussian Army. That night the Duke ordered a royal banquet, during which the Crown Prince was promoted to colonel in his father's Royal Army.

After the dinner and an appropriate amount of time spent with family and friends the Crown Prince was summoned to the west wing of Fortenbras Palace which houses the Royal General Staff. Inside the Prince found the Duke, General Bach, Colonel Vorbeck, Captain Stueben, Colonel Kliest and the many other officers waiting for his briefing. Colonel Prince Albrecht gave a detailed report of his experiences in the Prussian Army and was quite eager to suggest the creation of an Jaeger Battalion as the newest addition to the Royal Army. Everyone agreed and the Prince was chosen as it's commander. Thus that night, on paper, the 1st Jaeger Bn was born. The Prince set about filling it's ranks immediately.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On Patrol in Karakistan



On the right are Prussian Army troops on patrol in an Karakan town. These troops are part of the 3rd Brigade on deployment under allied Russian command. The soldiers are all wearing the new field gray uniforms. As you can see from the ruins, Karakistan has seen better days.


These are my first 15mm modern minis for my campaign. They are from Old Glory-Command Decision packs. I've decided to switch to an imaginary state for deployment vice Chechnya since I am very unfamiliar with the crisis there.


Friday, September 2, 2011

JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY: Prussia Unveils New Light Tank & Offensive Weapon Systems

The Prussian Army today announced the roll out of their first Prussian made tanks. The light urban warfare tank, called the Nacht Panzer 8. Below is a picture of the first 5 painted in field gray as per the new PDF orders, formed in a troop on test runs prior to deployment to Chechnya.




Also new information has come out on the PDF's offensive strike capabilities. The army's strike missile systems are at full mission operations and could be a serious threat to Prussia's neighbors. Intelligence reports indicate ground launched "cruise" missiles and there are sketchy reports of a larger possibly ballistic missile. Interestingly Prussia has also manufactured some rather large offensive artillery guns pictured below, the larger gun having possible range to target Warsaw, hence it being dubbed the Warsaw Gun.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Prussian Defense Force Organization

The PDF has undergone major reorganization in the past year. The PDF is broken down into two sub-branches: the Prussian Army and the Prussian Navy. Both are headquartered in the capital.

The Army reorganized into 4 brigades. A HQ Brigade in Koenigsberg, 1st Brigade at Fort Frederick the Great. 2nd Brigade at Fort Erwin Rommel and the 3rd Brigade at Fort Falkenhayn. All three brigades serve on rotational deployments overseas. Currently the 3rd Brigade is in allied service with Russia fighting rebels in Chechnya. All brigades contain air, ground and missile elements. As such each brigade is fully operations capable on it's own. Also on a side note, the Prussian Army has abandoned green camouflage and reached into the past with a return to field gray, but in a digitized pattern.

HQ Brigade and Commandant of the Army: Major General Paul von Lettow.
1st Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Luther Suldowolowitz
2nd Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Wilhelm Braun
3rd Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Helmuth Gershwin

The Navy structure is still classified at this time.

PDF Set to Build First Tank

Today the Prussian Defense Force announces plans to manufacture the first combat vehicle for urban warfare use. Colonel Albert Brendel head of the PDF Engineers Corps said "We expect to roll out our first tank in the next 6 months." The project name of the tank is Panzer 8. Our forces serving under allied Russian command in Chechnya have repeatedly demanded an small combat vehicle that can fight in urban terrain and out. PDF engineers have come up with a light tank design that can be crewed by 3 troopers, has a top speed of 120 km per hour and can offer field commanders a nice strike package with light and heavy machine guns and a 40mm gun. While urban warfare is not exactly the tanker's dream, many future battles will no doubt take place in an urban environment. The force value of a tank cannot be underestimated in an urban setting in which a commander needs all available combat elements to complete his mission while keeping casualties low This urban warfare tank will become an indispensable tool in our arsenal of freedom.

The Frei Stadt of Bittburg

City of Bittburg: After having finally won recognition from the great powers of Europe as a sovereign nation, the Revolutionary Council held elections to form a parliament. The old Margrave's palace was refurbished and was chosen as the home of the National Assembly. At the first session of the National Assembly the Revolutionary Council officially disbanded, although it's members were now elected to the Assembly. The Assembly elected Ludwig Stauffenberg Prime Minister and he assembled his cabinet in the west wing of the Margrave's palace. The Assembly also promoted Albert Brendel to Brigadier General and left the army in his capable hands. A national flag was chosen and is now flown above the National Assembly and in every town and village square.


Frei Stadt of Bittburg


Fearing that the Duke of Saxe-Huack still harbors his claim as their Margrave, the National Assembly voted a tax to fund the army and modernize it. General Brendel was most pleased.

Peace Conference of Furth.

Baron Alexander von Jagow, Prime Minister to Duke Augustus returned from a recent trip to Berlin. While in Prussia the Baron met and dined with Crown Prince Albrecht whom is currently on military assignment in Berlin whom sends his greetings and report to his father the Duke. Before leaving the Prince warned the Baron that trouble was afoot, that the political climate in Berlin was changing.


Baron von Jagow also met with several Prussian ministers whom were most interested in how the "crusade" against Bittburg was proceeding. The Baron informed them of the current situation in Bittburg and of the mandate given the Duke by the Holy See in Rome. The Prussian ministers advised the Baron that the Duke should bring his army home and end the war. The Baron made queries as to why we should do such a thing and it was revealed to him that strong protestant forces inside Prussia and out desired to see Bittburg throw off the shackles of the Catholic church. The Baron nodded his understanding but wanted to put forth his sovereign's claim as the Margrave of Bittburg to the assembled ministers. That they did not question and they seemed favorable towards this disposition and that he should seek his claim, just not on the orders of Rome. As far as they were now concerned, Rome should no longer have any hand in the affairs of state within the Reich.


On hearing his prime minister's words, the Duke retired to his library to contemplate his decision. The next morning the Duke assembled his court and from his golden eagle throne ordered the Royal General Staff to bring the army within the newly drawn borders of Saxe-Huack. That the army should garrison the city of Munchhausen and await there for further instruction. Second that a peace delegation be led by Prime Minister von Jagow accompanied by his staff and a company of Liebstandarte Guards.


The peace settlement plan included two parts. The first that the nature and cause of the current war was that of religious reasons and that for the same reasons should end. To achieve this end if the Revolutionary Council of Bittburg would release the Bishop of Bittburg unharmed, that Saxe-Huack would end all current military operations against Bittburg. That the city of Munchhausen had in it's own accord sworn fealty to the ducal crown and was now a royal estate and no claim should be put forth against it. The second part of the settlement was a demand that the Revolutionary Council recognize Duke Augustus as Margrave of Bittburg, disband, and submit to the Duke's mercy.


The peace conference took place in the village of Furth, midway between Munchhausen and Bittburg. In attendance were the Saxe-Huack delegation, the Revolutionary Council, Colonel von Vorbeck, Colonel Brendel, whom eyed one another with calculating curiosity, and ministers from Prussia, Bavaria and France. While the delegates debated the settlement Colonel von Vorbeck took the time to casually stroll through the village of Furth, paying close attention to the units of the Revolutionary Army that had accompanied their colonel to the peace process and realized that Bittburg now had regular, uniformed line infantry in it's army. He also noticed a pair of their officers discussing the current events in English.


After hours of deliberation the peace settlement was made. The Bishop of Bittburg would be freed and allowed to return to his church and throne in the city, but no longer would he be allowed to meddle in affairs of state. Any attempt by the bishop to raise an army or organize resistance to the revolution would result in the bishop being forcibly exiled from the state and his property forfeit. The City of Munchhausen was now a recognized estate of Saxe-Huack and the Frei Stadt of Bittburg was now officially recognized by Prussia, Bavaria and France. The second part of the peace plan, as expected, was summarily rejected by the ministers of Bittburg.