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 27, 2014

Reckoning in the Twin Kingdoms.

The septons and maesters of the Twin Kingdoms have developed a few ways to mark the passage of time. It is widely accepted within academic circles that the Aeyrth is about 40,000 years old. However some say it could possibly be much much older. No one knows for certain. However to mark the passage of time most maesters mark the passage of time since the fall of the great comet that destroyed the once vibrant Kingdom of Mordheim. Presently the year is 301 YC (Year of the Comet) or for older dates BYC (Before Year of the Comet.)

In the royal courts however the ego of kings holds to a different set of dates. Within the Kingdom of Lionspride years are marked since the ascension of Tywin I. Tywin was the founder of House Lancaster and the Kingdom of Lionspride. We are presently in 201 LY (Lions Year). The Kingdom of Wolfthorn is much more pragmatic and accepts what their maesters deem fit as learned men so the Windsors use the Year of the Comet dating system. The Dwarfs say that the year is 5301 period.  As for the elves no one knows the time they keep for they jealously guard their history.  Both kingdoms commonly accept that there are 28 months of an average of 30 days each based upon astrological signs.  The four seasons of Aeyrth last about 7 months each. Each day is comprised of 30 hours and an Aeryth week is 7 days, 1 for each saint of the Thessian Cult. Sundials, candles and water pots are a just a few of the common tools used for measuring the passage of the day.  An odd occurrence in Aeyr is that every 7 years a season will last for a period of a year or longer and they generally fall in the same order they occur within a natural year. So a few years ago we had an autumn that lasted for a year and a half. So we know that in a few more years we will have a long winter. The longest known season on record in this phenomena was a winter that lasted for almost 4 years.

Coin in both kingdoms is commonly referred to as crowns and in truth coins from each kingdom are accepted in the other. Money is measured as follows 100 copper coins are equal to 1 silver coin with 10 silver coins equal to one gold crown. The dwarfs commonly use small gold, silver, copper and lead bars in their trades with human merchants.  The elves do not trade.

Weight scales is another common measurement given in stone weight. An average man can be said to weigh about 190 stones.  Length is given in thumbs, hands and strides. For example a board may be said to be 24 thumbs or 2 hands long. A stride is generally the distance a man can walk in a single bound at a normal gait. Which comes out to be about 3 hands long or 36 thumbs.

As for the Wilds no one can say since the Wilds themselves will change and may or may not be seen again and possibly not in the same location if an area were to appear again.

A maester and a septon debate the measurement of time.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

National Assembly and the Chancellery Work On 2015 Budget

KOENIGSBERG, Prussia (AP) The ministers of the National Assembly and the Chancellery have spent the past few days working on compromises on the budget for the new year. At the forefront of this years budget is military spending & infrastructure. The nation will celebrate its fifth year in existence which means that there are thousands of people now eligible for citizenship having completed their 5th year of service to the Republic.

Ministers from the coastal areas are clamoring for 7 million marks for infrastructure projects that are seen as crucial in their areas. They have been pushing hard for the money the past 6 months.  Also speculation is brewing on whether the PDF commander Major General Paul von Lettow might retire and take up politics.
Some in the Chancellors bloc have suggested that a promotion might be in order to keep him content in the military and out of political life.

The Citizens Voice has been given a copy of the first proposed draft budget from an unnamed ministers aide. Here are a few of the big budget items on the proposal.

  • PM-7,000,000 for coastal infrastructure projects.
  • PM-10,000,000 military arms for the heinleinist faction in Mafeking.
  • PM-1,000,000,000 defense spending increase.
  • PM-230,000,000 military advisory committee budget.
  • PM-260,000,000 roads & highway maintenance.
  • PM-68,000,000 military academy spending increase.

Other items with no specific amount listed are:

  • An endowment for the National Library.
  • An endowment for the National Museum of the Arts.

Other legislation attached:

  • Expansion of the Republic Farm Bureau geared towards an increase in homegrown crops & animals.
  • Review of the Republic Service Centers Administration Board.
  • Also a section entitled Area 511 was included but was blacked out to hide its contents.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Frohe Weihnachten & С Рождеством from the Chancellery

On behalf of the government Chancellor Frieda von Moltke would like to extend Christmas greetings and warmest wishes for a happy holiday.

The Chancellors Official Residence in Koenigsberg.

Merry Christmas

Their Majesties the Duke & Duchess of Saxe-Huack would like to extend their warmest wishes for a happy holiday to all. Frohe Weihnachten.

Merry Christmas & Frohe Weihnachten

Merry Christmas

I've decided to call it a year a few days early. My hobby totals for the year are below.

6mm: 45
10mm: 13
25mm: 6
1/72: 1
Terrain/Acc: 21

Total Painted: 86
Prior Year Total: 227

Ancients: 4
Medieval: 1
Fantasy: 8
ACW: 2
WW2: 22
Spaceship: 1

Year Total: 38
Prior Year Total: 34

Friday, December 12, 2014

1/72 French Imperial Guard Base Assembly Muster & Base Testing

Picked up 200+ bods for $10. From these I picked these models out to serve in what will be my first Napoleonic French Army. I still haven't decided what the army composition will be but the Imperial Guard will be a crucial part of it. Probably 2 to 4 elements out of a total of 13 with baggage.  Anyway without further adieu here are my IG bods.

50mm x 40mm base.

50mm x 40mm base.

50mm x 40mm base.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ancient States Campaign Canceled, Ancient Battles to Fill Gap.

I've decided to close down my imaginary classical world campaign and replace it with a series of conflicts based upon real world history. So no more Jove or Aegypt. I am seriously contemplating recreating Khadesh in 1 base per 250 men and 1 base per 100 chariots ratio. Same would go for the Punic Wars and others of course all done in 6mm.

I am also considering making up some ancient armies in 1/72 scale as well but not at the above. More of a defined 13 element size forces starting with New Kingdom Egyptians.

1/72 Jungle Adventures Kit from HaT.

I picked this kit up on eBay for $5.50 with shipping. The lions will become part of an army element for House Lancaster. Lancastrian Field or Forest Lions. The other bods will go to a variety of other projects on my other blogs.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Latest Additions...

Bods from this box set will be used in VSF, colonial
 and fantasy wargaming.

Bods from this set will become "Red Martian" for VSF.

Some of these bods will serve in the Royal Army of the
Principality of Huack, others will serve elsewhere.

Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment 2014

Attended the 2014 Battle of Prairie Grove. Absolutely loved it. The cannon fire would shake the ground. I asked a union artilleryman about the costs behind it and he said each shot fired costs the battery $12. My video is not the best, made it with my cell phone and had to hold it up high which resulted in a little shaking.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tannenbaum Royal Army Observation Balloon

The Royal Army conducts a variety of operations to observe our enemies across the border in Liechtenstein. The latest being an observer balloon, which the Royal Army acquired from a gentleman in Paris.  The photographs below are of soldiers of the Winter Guard launching the balloon for the first time.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Royal Hunting Party

HRH King Klaus, his aides and several friends and members of the Royal Court took to the countryside of Tannenbaum for the Kings Fall Hunt. His Royal Highness shot 3 bull elk, majestically big creatures with rest of the party bagging 16 more elk and deer. All of which will feed those in the Winterschloss for the next frew nights, including the Crown Guards and attending members of the Old Guard. The extra meat from the hunt will be given to the Weihnachten town hall for the general community. The skins from the animals will be used to make gloves and hats for school children and the elderly.

Meanwhile in the Franco-Prussian War...