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.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fourth Painted Scourge Model

Like this paint scheme much better but the green didn't quite come out how I imagined it.  Will have to research a bit more.

Terror Mite from Omni-Persieye 8

An UEF scientific team landed on Omni-Persieye 8 today for just a few minutes before having to make an emergency take off from the hostile world.  Before running for his life an crew member snapped these two photographs of a giant insect.  The pictures have gone viral around the galaxy and the bugs have been nicknamed "Terror Mites."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

US Civil War: Army of New England

I bought 3 groups of loose 15mm figures on eBay that I'm going to fix up for my Brigadier Army of New England.  The first regiment will be the 5th New York Zouaves, followed by the 4th Rhode Island Volunteer Light Artillery, the 7th Mass. Infantry, and the 3rd US Infantry.  The Army of New England is led by Brigadier General Clarence McAnally III.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Eisenhower Creates the 1st Half-Brigade

GIBRALTAR, British Empire (AP):  June 21, 1942.  Today American General Dwight Eisenhower ordered the creation of an experimental half-brigade of the US Army.  The half-brigade was modeled after existing brigades in Europe.  It is believed that forming these half-brigades will allow US combat forces to better integrate into the Allied Command structure.  General Mark Clark stated "Let's be clear that the half-brigade is an experiment, a combined arms experiment and we will soon test it's vitality."  General Eisenhower chose US Army Colonel William Darby of Fort Smith, Arkansas as it's first commander.  The half-brigade will operate independently of any division and instead report directly to II Corps commander General Lloyd Fredendall.  Colonel Darby is currently in Ireland setting up his brigade.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Year in Review and Forward Thoughts on the New Game Year

Despite my paint and game totals I did accomplish a lot in 2012.  Started several new periods/genres, sold a ton of minis that I was never going to game with and purchased a ton more that I will.  I still have thoughts of consolidating my six wargame blogs into one, but am simply not going too.  There exists too much uniqueness to my 6mm Republic of Prussia and Duchy of Saxe-Huack blogs to mix them with others.  I have many thoughts on new and existing campaigns for the coming year.  I will continue to sell off minis that will not be gamed by myself or family and use those funds to purchase items that will see use and bring merriment.

2012 Gaming Year In Review.
Adventures with Gun, Sabre & Horse
Created my VSF Campaign.  Continued work on Balkans Campaign and WW2 German Army, WW1 French.  Colonial battles were fought.

Duchy of Saxe-Huack
Work continued on the Frei Stadt of Bittburg Army, it's only 4 elements from being finished.  Horror skirmish side campaign introduced.

6mm Republic of Prussia
Expanded campaign to include Africa.  Major character was severely wounded requiring retirement.  UN troops introduced.

The Comet Empire
Reintroduced 15mm to the campaign at my son's request.  Work up 6mm RPG system and expand upon it.

The Chronicles of Aeyr
Lots of action here.  Games played.  The Black Dungeon was created.  25mm warband painted up and ready for battle.

The Valeria Victrix
My Imperial Roman Legion Project in 6mm takes flight.  First centuria painted up, based and flocked.  Celtic Project began as OPFOR for Romans.

Upcoming Game Year
New Campaign Ideas
Microscale WW2 at Brigade and Division Level.
Microscale Modern at Brigade and Division Level.

Current Campaigns
Find troops for Balkans Campaign.
Finish Texas VSF Army.
Add Steam-Tech elements to VSF Armies.
Finish 15mm WW2 German Army.
Find troops for some VSF Factions.
Continue work on Fantasy Campaign.
Expand the Black Dungeon.

New Game Ideas
15mm WW2 Bush War FUBAR Skirmish.
Brigadier WW2 Rules
Commodore WW2 Naval Rules

Final Results: The Pledge 2012

Merry Christmas!  It's Christmas Day which means my gaming year begins anew.  A tradition that dates back to childhood when I would receive cash from my aunts and uncles and used that money to build up my model armies at that time.  I can remember fancying myself the "Inspector General" of my Imagi-Nations and perusing armaments to acquire for the army.

Pledge Final Results 2012


6mm: 273/1059
15mm: 188/800
25mm: 13/21
54mm: 0/0
1/72: 0/0

Terrain & Acc: 23/5

Total: 497
Goal: 1000

Games Played Final Results 2012
Bush War FUBAR: 16
Hordes of the Empire: 1
Dark Myth: 8
Pathfinder RPG: 1
Hordes of the Things: 2
Song Blades&Heroes: 3

Total: 31
Target: 50

Now, it's time to set target goals for the new gaming year.  I only achieved 49.7% of my desired painting goal.  So I could reduce that desired number.  I just started using a goal last year, so I have considered removing it and just tallying what I do paint with the ambition of increasing each year.  However I do like the idea of setting a goal for myself to achieve.  So I think I shall set the goal of beating last years total.  As far as "Games Played" goes I do want a goal there, and I am going to keep it at 50 for now.  I believe that in this new gaming year I will surpass that number with ease.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Orders Arrive at the Munchhausen Garrison

To Colonel Franz Kliest, 

Franz muster your brigade and ready your soldiers for deployment into the territory of the Free State of Bittburg.  Proceed from Munchhausen Garrison in 3 days, moving southwest.  Your brigade has been assigned to capture the towns of Goetz, Lentz, and Freihauble.  Upon completion of your operations you will setup camp in Freihauble and await my further orders.  I expect regular updates for each stage of your operation.  Forage what you can from the land and towns.  This will probably be a long and bloody campaign.  We do not expect to receive a friendly welcome from most of the southern folk so beware and use discernment when dealing with the populace.  I expect completion of your operations in 10 days.  I have already dispatched Captain Werner Brach with two companies of Guards to your brigade under your command.  They should arrive by mid-day tomorrow.

Romulus Paul von Vorbeck
Brigadier General
Royal Army

Friday, December 21, 2012

Battle of the Alamo Vignette: SE Wall

I assembled and painted up this vignette as a Christmas gift to a friend of mine.  He's not a wargamer so he won't notice the combatants are out of place.  Besides it's the thought that counts.

Grave Insult...

While travelling through Bittburg on his way to visit family in Bavaria, Captain Johann Baden, Royal Army was set upon by three dirty looking beggars of the Bittburg Militia.  They threatened the Captain at gunpoint, robbed him of his coin and horse, cut off his right ear and forced him to return to Saxe-Huack which took him several days without food or shelter.  Captain Baden, being a veteran of the Royal Army soldiered on and made it to the Royal Army Post in Munchhausen, where he is recovering from his ordeal.

Word has reached the Duke at Fortenbras Palace.  "An attack upon the Duke's officers is the same as an attack on the Duke himself." the Crown Prince was quoted as saying to the ministers and officers present.  It was agreed that unless the three militia bandits were turned over to suffer the Duke's justice then the Royal Army would march upon Bittburg once more, this time not stopping until the Ducal Standard was hoisted from the National Assembly.

Dispatches were quickly sent to Berlin, Munich and Bittburg.  In Bittburg the Prime Minister, his cabinet and General Brendel convened an emergency meeting.  The Prime Minister's cabinet urged that the 3 militia men should be caught and handed over.  General Brendel bristled at this and chastised them saying "If we are to betray our own soldiers then we all deserve neither liberty nor life." and he threatened to resign and return to the East India Company.  After private discussions with the Prime Minister and then the cabinet, the order was given for General Brendel to prepare the army for invasion.

After receiving word from Bittburg that they regrettably could not comply the Duke turned to his staff to prepare for the coming conflict.  After much discussion the Duke turned to Colonel Vorbeck, naming him Brigadier General and said "General Vorbeck, seek out and destroy the enemy."  General Vorbeck nodded, snapped to attention, and proceeded to leave the palace to carry out the Duke's wishes.

In Bittburg, General Brendel issued an order for the arrest of the three scoundrels that brought war upon their fledgling state yet again.  After they were caught, he had them summarily executed by firing squad.

I have almost finished the Bittburg Army and hope to have it field ready by Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

15mm The Scourge Painted Test Models

I have painted 3 test models for a planned Scourge FUBAR Force, but I am not yet satisfied with the results, I have another idea that I will try tonight or tomorrow.  From left to right we have Gun Bolt Metal, Red for a ceramic armor look, and Sterling Silver.

15mm U.E.F. Strike Force Rhino

Here is my first painted 15mm Sci-Fi Strike Force for FUBAR.  SF Rhino is composed of 3 squads of infantry, and a Combat Mech.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

15mm UEF Infantry Squad and Mech

Painted up the first of 3 infantry squads for 15mm FUBAR games with my son.  These were fun to paint.  The Mech is a GW 40K Tau model.
UEF 1st Squad, Strike Force Rhino, and a Class 2 Combat Mech.

Raid on Kutebbe

Strike Force Jackal led by Lt. Heinrich Pilz was tasked with escorting a UN Peacekeeping team to the small town of Kutebbe.  Word had come that Mafeking Nationalist Front had siezed the town, and killed many of it's folk.  The Nationalists Front sent one of their bloodiest field commanders, Major Umboto Daudee, to capture the town and setup a training camp for young boys being forcibly conscripted into the MNF.  

The UN contacted Prussia and advised that if our forces would liberate the town they would send in peacekeepers to protect it.  So accompanied by a Mafeking Republic political officer the Strike Force set off with the UN team to retake the village.


Mafeking Nationalist Front troops led by Major Daudee.

SF Jackal and UN Peacekeepers

MNF Armored Car takes out a SF HMV and killing the Mafeking Political Officer
 and a Prussian soldier.  The rest of Squad 1 exit the burning vehicle.

Fighting continues as both sides advance.

The UN Team decides to advance cautiously, and comes under fire.
The UN Armored Car fires it's gun but misses.  However just a minute later the
UN armoured  car is hit from RPG fire and takes critical damage.
Luckily the crew survived with minor wounds.

Squad 1 siezes the west bank of the murky Kutebbe Lake and sets up
 a field of fire on the advancing MNF troops.  Squad 2 deploys and
 attacks the MNF in their right flank.  Meanwhile Lt. Pilzs' T-55P tank takes
 out the MNF armoured car.

As their casualties became severe Major Daudee and a follower
 flee the field running for their miserable lives.

Post battle the PDF assists the UN team with clearing the town.  The UN troops commandeer the abandoned MNF cargo truck.  SF Jackal loads up and heads back to Camp Bushbuck.

Friday, December 14, 2012

VSF: Texas Tea in China - The Republic Strikes Back!

The Republic of Texas sent an aether ship and a platoon of soldiers to Hong Kong, China to investigate the alledged kidnapping of Texas import millionaire, R. George Burt.  The Hong Kong Expedition arrived at Mr. Burts warehouse on the western outskirts of Hong Kong close to the silk farms where he purchased his inventory.  Lt. Don Gobel leads a squad of soldiers down to investigate the charred remains of the building once known as Burt Far Asia Imports.
Initial deployment.  Boxers on the left, Texans on the right.

Lt. Gobel's squad investigates the ruined warehouse while
 Sgt. Holcomb's squad waits on the aether ship. 

RTAS Auston with sailors and soldiers of the Hong Kong Expedition.

Nationalist Chinese Boxers.

Boxers spot the hovering aether ship and advance to kill more foreigners.

Seeing the advance Lt. Gobel's soldiers on the ground and his men
and sailors in the aether ship fire on the advancing Boxers killing 4.

Boxers in their frenzy charging the warehouse.  While his squad shoots
 them down, Lt. Gobel orders Sgt Holcomb to burn down
 the Boxer Communal Hall and for his men on the
ground to "FIX BAYONETS!"

Texas Sailors maneuver the aether ship over the Boxer communal hall.

Boxers dying at the feet of the Texans!

Sgt Holcomb and a trooper set fire to the Boxer hall.

Crazed boxers charge in and kill 2 Texans in bloody hand to hand combat.

The RTAS Auston circles back to the warehouse to find
 Lt. Gobel with 3 of his soldiers left holding the
warehouse surrounded by dead Boxers.
The three dead Texas soldiers are, Pvt. Emilio Guiterez, Pvt. John Bach, Pfc William Bell.  All three were buried at sea on the return trip with full military honors.  Lt. William Ludlow and his Hong Kong Expedition were treated as heroes upon their safe landing in Corpus Christi.  All were awarded Expedition medals created for the raid, and some will soon see promotion!  Lt. Gobel and the 4 surviving soldiers of his squad were all awarded The Crockett Star for bravery in combat.

The battle was fought using my Bush War FUBAR mod.  The Boxers were classed as Green d6 troops, with the Texans as Seasoned d8 troops.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

UN Peacekeepers

Since the PDF is now involved in the Mafeking Civil War I thought it would be neat to introduce some peacekeepers into the mix.

VSF: Texas Business Tycoon Kidnapped by Boxers!

Word has come from the British embassy in Austin that Texas millionaire R. George Burt, of Galveston was kidnapped today and his shipping warehouse in Hong Kong burned by Chinese nationalists known as Boxers.  The boxers have not demanded any ransom and it is unclear if Mr. Burt is still alive.  The Air Ship, RTAS Auston has been been dispatched with a squad of troops led by Lt. Don K Gobel from the 1st New Braunfels Rifles to investigate and attempt a rescue if possible and if not then to exact revenge and quickly leave.  The situation in China is becoming quite unstable with attacks by Boxers on missionaries and anything else that is foreign.  This is threatening merchant trade and it seems the British, the United States and Confederate States, along with Imperial Russians and Mexicans are sending war assets to the area to protect their citizens and interests.  Fortunately for Texas our presence in China was limited to Mr. Burt and his silk operations.

More news to follow as Lt. Gobel and his troops should arrive in Hong Kong by air within the week.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Skirmish Rules Update: Bush War FUBAR

I've uploaded my own version of FUBAR over at the Forge of War forums, it can be found here: Bush War FUBAR these are the same rules I use in my 6mm modern campaign.  Thanks.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Deep in the Duchy....

Deep in the duchy, in the village of Braums which lies in the Barony of Diekrich 5 miles southwest of the City of Diekirch a frightening event has occurred.  A local carpenter, Andulin Stromsietz, was out hunting boar alone in the Black Forest.  The day was growing dim as sunset was fast approaching.  Andulin decided to return home before dark and as he made his way through the wood on his return trip, he began to hear the snap of twigs and leaves not to far behind him.  He quickly lowered his musket and spun around and it's a good thing too.  For about 10 yards behind him he claimed stood a great wolf.  The largest wolf he had ever seen or heard of.  It's red eyes locked on his, but as a veteran of military service to the Duke; Andulin did not give in to fear.  This seemed to give the great wolf pause.  Andulin slowly raised his musket, took steady aim for those red eyes as he squeezed the trigger.  BOOM, the shot rang loud through the forest scaring birds to flight.  But after the smoke of the shot disappeared the wolf was gone.  Andulin quickly slung his musket and pulled out his sword.  His eyes strained searching for the beast but to no avail.  Andulin made due haste in returning to the village where he rang the market bell and called out the villagers to tell them of what he had seen.  Surely this is the villain behind the recent herd killings that have been plaguing the Barony.  Below is an artist sketch of Andulin and the Great Wolf of Braums.

Andulin Stromsietz encounters the Great Wolf of Braums in the Black Forest deep in the Barony of Diekirch.
I've painted up the first 4 models for my 18th Century horror side campaign set in the Duchy of Saxe-Huack.  Three Dire Wolves and a 1 peasant hunter so far.  More to come in the coming months.

Three Great Wolves, as named by the folk of Diekirch, left to right: One Eye, Lucifer and Stripe.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

War Hero Returns Home

 KOENIGSBERG, Prussia (REUTERS News):  Captain Erik von Falkenhuack returned home today aboard an army transport plane.  Due to his grievous wounds suffered during intense fighting to save an allied Russian helicopter crew; the Captain is no longer fit for field service.  For the loss of his right arm, and leg along with his left eye the Captain has been awarded the Frederick's Cross as do all Prussian soldiers whom are wounded in combat.

Captain Falkenhuack has been reassigned to the Koenigsberg Military Academy as an instructor of Small Unit Tactics and German Military History.
Frederick's Cross.  Awarded to all Prussian Soldiers whom sustain wounds in combat.