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.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Tau-Ra Collective

The Collective is made up of numerous planetary systems in the Andromeda Galaxy and at the time of this writing is comprised of two races. The Humaniti, and the Tau.

The first race we shall highlight here are the Humaniti, or as they are sometimes referred to, the Ratians (RA-shuns). They are the descendants of the first humans from the Sol System to arrive and colonize planets in the Andromeda Galaxy. They were freedom loving folk, inspired by nature, art and inward reflection. They were what the ancient folk on Earth would call pagans for they saw the divine in most everything natural. The first colonists landed on a small Class M planet which they named Ra in honor of an ancient Earth deity. Later as more colonists arrived, the Ratians expanded and founded many settlements on Ra. Later they formed what was once known as the Ra Confederation. Banding together for protection from persecution by the Malvernis Church and it's inquisition. However, within 10 years the Confederation was falling apart, people were starving and dying. That's when the Tau came, they made peaceful contact and saved the colonists. Trade was established and indeed flourished, ideas were exchanged and today the two species stand side by side. The home planet has since been renamed Tau-Ra as the 2 races have joined together into one.

Now let's examine the indigenous Tau. The Tau are an xenos humanoid species. To most humans they appear almost lizardlike. While they have a myriad of skin tones most are either red, blue or green. They are larger than most humans. They are a unified caste society but one that is set up for the greater good of all Tau. Their warrior caste is relentless and have an almost chivalric code that they strictly adhere too. They have been known to ride great beasts into battle against tanks and machines. Like the Ratians they are nature worshipers but have learned to integrate technology into a balanced existence. The Tau are great workers of art and woodcraft. A favorite Tau pastime is the writing and recital of poetry. The average Tau lives to an age of 200 years but it is not unheard of to find Tau 300+ years old.

The Tau homeworld is heavily forested with great trees that are larger than some mountains on Earth. Every Tau-Ra spacecraft contains an atrium, some large, some very small, which house botanic life from the Tau-Ra Homeworld. Today, the Tau-Ra Collective stands as a strong economic power in the two galaxies and have settled several other planets. The Collective holds stock in several of the largest interstellar corporations like the Pan Galactic Company. Militarily, however, they are not as strong as the some of the other factions. Military spending only comprises 4% of the Collective budget. This has led to a few occasions of checkbook diplomacy and the hiring of mercenaries to do dirty work outside Collective territory.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Russian Arms Deal

JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY: Prussia and Russia have just signed an arms deal worth 53 million Prussian Marks. Prussia is purchasing several Russian made APC vehicles, BMP models, T-55M tanks, GAZ-66 Trucks equipped with the Chinese Type 63 MLR system, an undisclosed artillery gun and a single T-80 MBT. This equipment will probably be directly received by the 3rd Combat Brigade stationed in Karakistan.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Additions to Strike Force Hawk & Basic Army Structure

5th Army Regiment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Sepp Modell (soon to be Colonel) has decided to add to the war-fighting capability of Strike Force Hawk by adding a Heavy Weapons Team. The Colonel has also requested new APC units for each Strike Force in the regiment. The 5-man Strike Force Fireteam is the basic fighting unit of the Prussian Army. Delivered to the warzone by mechanized APC, Aircraft or on foot.

The organization of the Prussian Army is that of mobility. Speed was the most important aspect of the Prussian Army's victory against Poland. Had Poland been allowed to bring the full brunt of it's military capability, then it would have been a different outcome, unless Russia had came to our aid. Therefore each Combat Brigade and Army Regiment are built for speed, lightening warfare.

Each Regiment is comprised of three battalions of Strike Force Infantry, an Air Attack Squadron, Special Weapons Section and an Artillery Battery. Special Ops teams are allocated directly to the General Staff but can be temporarily assigned at the Brigade level.

Each battalion is comprised of four Strike Force units. The lead Strike Force of each battalion has 3 Fireteams, 1 Heavy Weapon Team, 1 Light or Medium Combat Tank and/or a Light Attack Gunship. Each of the remaining SF units have 2 to 3 Fireteams each, with support from a Light or Medium Tank. Similarly the lead battalion of each regiment has an additional 2 SF units, and/or other war fighting platforms.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Captain Erik von Falkenhuack, Wounded In Action

One of our nation's heroes, Captain Erik von Falkenhuack, OBE, was severely wounded in the Battle of Black Bear Down but thanks to quick action by his soldiers and army medics he lived. He was flown out of Karakistan to southern Russian and is currently in intensive care at the Regional Hospital of Volgograd. He is expected to survive. In the meantime, Strike Force Hawk will be led by First Lieutenant Ernst Wallowitz, a former Polish military officer.

Prussia and Israel Arms Deal

Prussia and Israel are in the final stages of working out an arms deal between the two countries. Prussia will agree to buy a squadron of MD-500 Defender Helicopters from Israel. Final details are being worked out in Tel-Aviv.

Likely armanents for the new Prussian choppers will include some combination of either:
4 anti-tank missiles
2 M134 Miniguns (HMG)
4 Stinger Missiles
2 torpedoes
2 Rocket Pods (7 rockets each)

Below is one of the helicopters being bargained for.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Black Bear Down

A Prussian HLA-1 from the 3rd Combat Brigade was sent to scout out and find the downed Russian helicopter. At about mid-morning it came upon the scene of the wreckage with the rebel groups that shot down the Russian helicopter still around. Fortunately, Strike Force Hawk was the closest friendly unit in the area and once again Captain Erik Falkenhuack and his soldiers are called upon to do their duty for Prussia .


Initial Deployment. I played the game with the PDF as Veterans, the 2 Rebel Cells as Seasoned and the 5 Rebel Groups as Green. Each Rebel Group was able to take 1 suppression but 2 wounds would scatter them.

Turn 1
Hearing the blades of the advancing Prussian helicopter the rebels at the crash site begin to stir, with some seeking cover in the forest while others continued to loot the downed chopper. Only Rebel Cell 1(single troops on green bases) in the left woods musters the courage to open up at the HLA-1 with an RPG rocket, luckily it streaks harmlessly by.

In response the HLA-1 advances to the edge of the forest and lets loose it's 30mm canon at RC1 but luck was also with RC1 as they quickly fled for cover. Captain Falkenhuack advances his Strike Force upon the scene as the APCs and his tank start firing their LMGs at the enemy causing some casualties.





Turn 2
APC1 advances and pins down one of the rag-tag rebel groups. Captain Falkenhuack's tank charges into the fray and rains lead upon another knot of rebels while APC2 uses sustained fire to pin down Rebel Cell 2, (green bases on right.) Meanwhile all the rebel forces manage to do is shoot erratically at the Prussians.

Turn 3
Rebels must some courage and win iniative. RC1 activates and fires their RPG at the HLA causing some damage and shaking the crew. Many of the rebels make for the safety of the forest, while RC2 fires their RPG at APC2 shaking it's crew.
The HLA activates despite the last hit and suppresses RC1 with a hit. APC1 unloads it's fireteam and fires their LMG at another rebel group causing several casualties with the rest fleeing the battlefield. However another rebel group manages to overcome their fear and fires a devastating shot at Capt. Falkenhuack's light tank causing heavy damage, enough to immobilize the vehicle. With the villains that hit his tank directly to his front Capt. Falkenhuack opens up with his LMG killing several and suppressing the rest. Other rebel troops fire at Fireteam 1 but miss as the Fireteam used the APC for cover.

Turn 4
Rebels win initiative again with RC1 shooting down the HLA. RC2 shoots their RPG at the damaged tank hitting it again, things are looking badly for Capt. Falkenhuack, if he is still alive. Another mass of rebels fires an RPG and destroys the badly damaged Prussian tank, while still more rebel troops rush up to reinforce the better trained Rebel Cells. One particularly brave bunch charged Fireteam 1 but was cut down in a bloody mess. Fireteam 1 still weary from being charged goes On Guard. APC1 fires at RC1 killing another while the crew of APC2 is still shaken.



Turn 5
The Strike Force wins initiative with APC1 causing more casualties to RC1 before Fireteam 1 charges into them for hand to hand combat. Both sides suffer casualties. APC2 gets things together and advances firing their LMG at the dirty rebels. On the rebels turn, RC1 loses it's combat contest with Fireteam 1. Rebel Cell 2 activates and destroys the LMG on APC2, while another rebel shoots an RPG as well but it's rocket crumbles on impact.






Last 2 Turns
The last two game turns see's the PDF Strike Force continue it's mop up of the rebel scum. Now giving credit where credit is due, the rebels fought bravely and strong today. As a result I will have to reinforce them with some type of new equipment. In the picture below you can see where the Prussian Ambulance arrives to tend to both Prussian and Russian wounded while the APCs and Fireteams secure the area. All of the Strike Force soldiers are worried for their commander.

I have decided that since my wife is a nurse I will let her roll the dice to see if Captain Erik Falkenhuack survived the action. I'll post his status upon her return from work.

Russian Helicopter Shot Down in Karakistan

Paris (REUTERS News): Latest news on the war in Karakistan, separatists forces there reportedly shot down an Russian transport helicopter. No word yet on the fate of the crew or if it was carrying any soldiers. A large crowd is starting to gather around the downed aircraft and celebratory gun shots can be heard all around. A Reuters photographer was able to snap this picture before fleeing with his guide for safety.

WW1 German Service Medal: The Hanseatic Cross

My son-in-law Barry McBroom presented me with what is one of the best gifts I've ever received. A World War 1 German Service Medal. Research shows it to be the Hanseatic Cross and was awarded to troops from Hamburg in 1915. Only 50,000 were ever issued. I feel honored to have it and it will be cherished for decades.


WW1 French Forward Observer

WW1 French Machine Gun & Mortar Team

WW1 French Rifles

Finished these up the other night. I like how they turned out. UPDATE: These guys have been rebased on 40mm frontage with 3 soldiers per base vice 2.

Prussian Army Ambulance

Making good use of the hand-me-down equipment that our great benefactors and allies, the Russians left us after independence, the Army took this older model Goyuz Cargo Truck and refitted it into a field ambulance. This particular truck is presently aboard a cargo plane headed for southern Karakistan where it will serve with the 5th Army Regiment, 3rd Combat Brigade.



Prussian Navy: The Seebeck

As a gesture of goodwill to world, the peace loving folk of Prussia have launched a ship that is the first of it's kind ,a hybrid floating hospital and science research ship. Named in honor of that great Prussian scientist Thomas Johann Seebeck who was both a doctor and a scientist.

While The Seebeck can sail with the capability of providing 2 missions. First, a hospital ship bringing medical attention to disaster and impoverished areas. The second being marine ecology, weather and other sciences. It will most likely complement out for one mission or the other prior to leaving Koenigsberg harbor.

The first voyage of the Seebeck will take it to parts of Africa to offer medical aid. The Prussian Admiralty decided to arm the Seebeck with a single 155mm Gun System for protection from pirates as well as a unit of Prussian Marines, after all the open sea can be a dangerous place.

Get ready world, we send to you, THE SEEBECK!



Interstellar Defense Solutions

Pictured below is a heavy cargo truck used in Class M Planetside Mining Operations by Interstellar Defense Solutions, stock ticker: IDS. As you can see from the rust and wear this truck has hauled a lot of ore over the course of it's career.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Prussia Manufactures First Helicopter

Jane's Defense Weekly
Prussia today unveiled it's newest military production, an light attack helicopter dubbed the HLA-1 Dragonfly. The Dragonfly comes equipped with a 30mm canon and plenty of ECM and other countermeasures, besides speed and agile performance. No doubt it will soon see service in Karakistan.



The Afrika Brigade

Major General Paul von Lettow ordered the formation of the Afrika Brigade today at Fort Frederick the Great in Koenigsberg. The Afrika Brigade is the fourth combat brigade to be raised by Prussia since independence. The Afrika Brigade is a "half brigade" meaning that it only has half the assets and manpower of a normal Prussian Army combat brigade.

Colonel Johann DeBeers has been appointed it's first commander. Some speculate that his appointment is due to being born in South Africa. Colonel DeBeers is currently serving in Karakistan as commander of the 5th Army Regiment. He is expected to report to the General Staff by the end of the week. Once in Koenigsberg the Colonel will be kept very busy organizing his new command and ensuring the delivery of the 2 captured cargo trucks full of small arms from Karakistan to our allies in southwest Africa.

At his change of command ceremony in southern Karakistan all of Colonel DeBeers officers and men wished him well with most volunteering to follow him to Africa. It's easy to see that he is well respected and loved by his soldiers.

The Afrika Brigade will intially be made up of assets from both the 1st and 2nd Combat Brigades which will replace their losses over time with the help of military recruiters stationed at all Republic Service Centers throughout Prussia.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Secret Accord Signed in Africa

The Chancellor today signed off on diplomatic arrangements that took place in secret in the tiny war torn and landlocked nation of Mafeking. Mafeking is located in Southwest Africa between Nambia, Botswana and South Africa. A long and bloody civil war has been raging there and in the last year a new power group has emerged, the Heinlein National Party, with political aims modeled after the government in Prussia. The HNP through it's military arm, the Mafeking Heinleinkan Army, now controls a large portion of Eastern Mafeking and their strength is growing. Prussia has agreed to immediately supply the MHA with 2 cargo trucks of small arms and ammunition and will send military advisers to assist in training the MHA.