Welcome to AGSH. A solo-wargames 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 2mm to 1/6 scale.

"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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Martian Foliage Grass Type 1O.

Stirred up the first batch of flocking for the upcoming Martian terrain I have in mind.  This is Type 1O for 1st Attempt, Orange.  It's actually a mix of Orange and Brown. The next will be an Ochre or a Yellow/Tan or Yellow/Red mix.  The flock below is fresh from the pot and needs to dry. I will post the dry and crushed flocking as I did on the green.

First Flocking Grass is Finished!

Bought a strainer today and used an empty baby food jar to smash the dried clump flocking through the strainer to break the flock up.  I am very pleased with the final results.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Attempt at Making Terrain Flocking

Watched some videos on YouTube on how to make your own flocking so I emptied out the pencil sharpeners at work and gave it a go. I used a bit too much water for the amount of sawdust I had so I know next time to use about half of what I poured.  Still a couple of paper towels to soak the excess and its drying nicely.  Not bad for my first try.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All Quiet on the Martian Front: Scout Tripod

Received my first shipment from the AQMF Kickstarter.  I was so pleased to receive this, especially since it was delayed 5 months.  More items are due to arrive, they are shipping the product out in waves.  So I sat down at my craft table to assemble the lone tripod sprue that wasn't bagged up with the rest.  After assembly I realized I should have placed the positionable leg up front rather than behind but lesson learned for the rest of them and I do have plenty left to assemble.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

US Army M1 Abrams MBT by GHQ Models. First Elements for Baltic NATO Brigade

Have based up the first 2 elements for the Baltic Force that will serve as the combat forces for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. I left off base decals on account of its multinational role.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baltic States Beefing Up Military Over Russian Invasion Fears

JANES DEFENSE WEEKLY, London: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland announced plans today to purchase M1 Abrams Tanks from the United States.  Concern is growing that Russia might try to invade their territory as they have done in Ukraine.  The first shipments will arrive in Poland this week from US military bases in Germany.  Below are some pictures of US M1 tanks.

10mm Arabs for FFL March or Die Mini-Campaign.

First group of 7 Arabs from Old Glory's 10mm line for my future March or Die Mini-Campaign.  I think the green guy will have to be moved to a HQ element. He was the first test model before I found a color scheme I like. See bottom picture from Plastic Soldier Review for color scheme.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The War Begins...

I've been running up to a my own personal campaign for an alternate WW2. In my setting the Axis forces have virtually conquered Afrika and Russia is about on it's knees.  The U.S. African Expeditionary Force under the command of BGen Mark Clark landed in South Africa to help defend it from the encroaching Axis forces.

Major Arthur C Butler, General Clarks HQ tactician was given command of his own Armor Battalion and assigned to the 72nd Regiment. Col. Howard of the 72nd ordered Major Butler to liberate the towns of Holkiss, Kinto and Dutch Mills.  Major Butlers BN would be facing an entrenched enemy battalion.  The Major was given the additional asset of Bravo Co. 1/72 Infantry to assist him in his mission.

The Italians are 1/72 Airfix models. Also are two pictures of a M44 Sherman I painted up.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hills for Memoir '44

I wanted to add some depth to my hills in M44. So I crafted these from foam, painted brown then flocked the edges while wet.  I will still place the hill hex card on top of these pieces during game play.

More Country Roads

Once again they are little more brown in hand than in the photo.  Dry brush brown on surface and edges, flock while wet and glue static grass.

Memoir '44

I've been gaming a lot of Memoir '44 since I picked the game up earlier this year. It lends itself very well to solo play.  Here are some pictures of the battles I've fought out.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Terrain: My First Roads

I crafted the first 20" of roads from a roof shingle that blew off our house during a storm.  I still have to make curves and other roadway features.  I chose to use the gravel side. I brushed on some brown paint then while still wet sprinkled on some light green flocking and then glued some static grass down in spots.  The picture shows up more black than what it looks like on my table. Much more brown on my craft table.  Good start for now.

Friday, May 9, 2014

WWII: A Co. 1st INF BN, 188th RCT, United States Army

Painted, based, flocked and stained the first United States Army infantry company for my WW2 Project.  Feels good to be painting again although the camera and lighting are not reflecting how nice the models look. I'm not bragging I am only a wargamer level painter but they do look better in hand.  Also decided that with the khaki jackets and leggings the Army issued that I needed a little more green in my flocking.  May have to mix some darker greens in too.

I turned the flash off on this one.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boxer Rebellion: 15mm Chinese Boxers

Based up 8 elements of Chinese Boxer fanatics today.  Gave them names and printed out some base decals.  Wanted to add another model or two more per base but 3 was all I could do without buying more models which I do not want to do, aside from cavalry, artillery and a general.