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.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Eagle Decoration For My Wargame Table

Saw this at Hobby Lobby and thought it would make a great addition to my table.

WW2/Memoir 44 Dice Tray

Thought I would try to make a dice tray for games of WW2 and Memoir '44.  I printed out a US Army Broken Star logo on photo paper. I think this was a mistake for the ink is still wet after several hours but we'll see how it turns out.  I bought the tray at Hobby Lobby along with the Modge Podge to seal it up.  I tried to glue the printed picture down with craft glue but it wants to curl at the ends.  I will post a photo once, for better or worse once I have it finished.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WW2 - Start of 6mm United States Army

I have begun assembling my first United States force for my Brigadier General Solo-Wargame.  The 188th Regimental Combat Team under the command of Lt. Col Arthur Charles Butler.  So far I've spent $19 total on them.  That price includes 2 GHQ USA WW2 Sample Packs and 1 Sherman Tank with mine roller and rocket launcher off of eBay.  The 2 GHQ Sample Packs will give me 1 artillery element, 1 armor element, 3 infantry elements and a start to my HQ.  So that's 4 complete elements and a start on 2 more.  Not bad for less than $20 invested thus far.  I have the models glued down to cardboard so I can spray primer them this weekend.  I will post pictures of them once primered.

Friday, March 21, 2014

WWII - 6mm Soviet Brigade: The October Guard

Have almost finished the first 12 elements for my Second World War 6mm Project.  I present my first Soviet force for Brigadier General, the October Guard.  More elements to come and must finish the HQ base.  I still want to add light armor (LAR) some T34s (AR) and artillery (ART).  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lt. Col. Arthur C. Butler, United States Army

Introducing Lieutenant Colonel Arthur C. Butler, U.S. Army.  Colonel Butler began his army career upon graduation from West Point in May 1930, graduating 12th in his class of 129.  Upon graduation he was assigned to the Infantry School at Fort Benning GA.  Afterwards he was assigned to the 28th Infantry Regiment at Fort Sill under General McNair.

In 1932 1st Lt Butler was sent along with Captain Mark Clark to Paraguay as military observers to study the Chaco-War.  The evening prior to the battle of En Crisito General Juan Menjares inquired to Captain Clark as to his advice on the tactical situation his brigade was facing the next day.  Captain Clark gave a polite political answer to avoid giving assistance.  The General nodded and then asked Lt. Butler, whom looked over the Generals shoulder to Captain Clark whom nodded.  Arthur described the battlefield pointing out a large hill and a forest, indicating that he would order a company to take that hill to deny its use to the enemy while at the same time ordering another company into the woods and on the flank of the enemy.  Upon the main forces engaging with the main body pushing forward towards the enemy he would have the company on the hill attack the enemy flank while the company in the woods made about to attack the enemy rear.  General Menjares intrigued retorted that this would place the rear attacking company in too great a danger from both the enemy and his main force.  To which the Lieutenant responded "Sir, this is war, the danger to the company is acceptable and required for victory."  The General nodded.

The next day the American observers watched the battle from their post and saw that the General had employed the Lt's tactics and won a decisive victory.  The General awarded both company commanders who led their men in the flank and rear attacks medals for valor and awarded a less conspicuous medal to Lt. Butler and Captain Clark so as not to denote their involvement in the war.

In 1934 Arthur was posted to the Philippines and after a year was promoted to Captain and received his first command as Commanding Officer Bravo Company 7th Infantry Regiment.  Captain Butler spent most of his time using the library there instead of drinking or shooting pool as most of the soldiers did.

In 1938 Captain Butler was sent back to West Point where he assigned to the Tactics Faculty as well as teaching classes on military history.  His time here was the brightest spot so far of his army career.  He loved and reveled in it.  While at West Point Captain Butler wrote several Army training manuals and a book on Combined Arms Warfare at the Regiment and Brigade Levels.  In 1941 Captain Butler was promoted to Major and assigned to the staff of newly promoted Brigadier General Mark Clark and was sent to Louisiana for the Army Maneuvers.  Here Major Butler shined, his tactical brilliance assisting General Clarks brigade to victory after victory in the maneuvers.

In 1942 General Clark was promoted to Major General and given command of II Corps, this brought another promotion for Major Butler to Lieutenant Colonel and Clark awarded him with command of the newly ordered 188th Regimental Combat Team.  He wanted his protege to gain combat leadership experience.  The Army assigned II Corps to Africa to fight alongside the British in South Africa to stop the German and Italian Afrika Korps advance from taking Kenya and the rest of Southern Africa.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Second World War German Training Table

I doubt it's still around but boy I would love to see this table.  The officer is training foreign volunteers from either Turkey or Turkmenistan.