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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

15mm Dwarfs Rebased

I spent the morning rebasing my 15mm Dwarfs. Which left me a nice little army to field for my generic 15mm fantasy campaign. I am currently doing some research on cavalry and artillery units to add.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Massive Rebasing & Upcoming Projects

I received some good advice a few months back to keep my armies small. This has proven to be good advice since I have an eclectic wargaming interest, from fantasy (and several variations of it) to historicals and sci-fi. So to that end I've begun rebasing my models on 1" squares to facilitate more complete (but smaller) armies. I expect to begin more campaigns this year and to renew older ones like the "Orcish Steppes."

So far the armies I've rebased are:
Warmaster Chaos
Warmaster Goblins
15mm Wood Elves
15mm Orcs
Some 15mm human armies that can cross from fantasy to historicals.

Tomorrow I will begin rebasing my 15mm Dwarfs by Essex Miniatures. At present I have 8 stands of dwarfs. Three shooters (2 blunderbuss & 1 crossbow) the rest are melee troops. These dwarfs have never seen combat on the game table. That will soon change. Also I've ordered the Osprey book "Dwarf Warfare" and should have it in hand by Wednesday. I'm hoping to draw inspiration from it to apply to my dwarfs.

I still have several armies to rebase/paint.
15mm Lizardmen
15mm Undead
15mm Barbarians

I am still unsure on rebasing my 28mm Warhammer models. I may just keep them at 6 units each and just leave them on their large bases.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Orc Warfare by Osprey Publishing

I bought this book from Amazon and truly love it. It's description of orckind closely matches what I've had in mind for years. The book is broken down in chapters with each hitting on a different aspect of orc warfare through a look at their society, strategic & tactical thought, ritual & magic and orc war stories. An enjoyable read so far. I intend to order dwarf warfare next week followed by elves and then Dragon Rampant.  Here is Orc Warfare on Osprey's website.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Anglo-Zulu War - Battle of Kafrudum - British Army Suffers Horrible Loss

What a beautiful day today. I wanted to go for a ride on my goldwing but I had to watch my granddaughter this morning. So while she frolicked and played in the backyard I set up a small scale colonial battle on the patio. 

For this battle I used One Hour Wargame rules modified as I deem the Anglo-Zulu War should go. I gave the Zulus a +2 in melee combat. The British +2 in shooting but a 0 in melee. I reduced the hits a unit can suffer from 15 to 10. I use white beads to indicate single hits and a red bead to indicate 5 hits. I used movement in base depth vice inches or paces. Also I wanted to adhere to my wargaming advise that I have posted on the left side of the blog so the armies are based on 1" squares and are small. However in my mind there were 3 Zulu regiments vs. a British column under a colonel; in this case Colonel Reynauld Chester Higginsworth. 

The hill of Kafrudum with it's Zulu Kraal on top.
Colonel Higginsworth's plan was to use his artillery to either force the Zulus out of their kraal or soften them up enough for his cavalry troop under Captain Wortheall to capture the hill.

The artillery bombards the kraal.

The artillery battery continues to pound the hill.
Two Zulu regiments swiftly close the gap on the red line.
British rifle & maxim fire inflict severe losses on the Zulu.

Finally hitting the British line the Zulu regiments make quick work of their enemy. 

A bugle cry brings the cavalry back around but can they make it in time?
One lone British unit withstood attacks from their front
and rear long enough to destroy their frontal enemy contact.
 They received the Victoria Cross posthumously. 

Seeing that all hope is lost Captain Wortheall and his men flee the field.

Overall I am satisfied with how fast the battle played. I like the suspense/thrill of watching the hits mount up on each unit. Though small in appearance this was the largest battle of OHW I have fought so far with 16 units (British 6, Zulus 10) on the battlefield. I'm firmly in the camp of OHW now. These are the best ease of use rules for a solo-wargamer that I've encountered thus far. The bases were bare because I'm not sure if I will continue with the 1" basing or move to a larger base to allow diorama style basing. Cheers from Northwest Arkansas.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Princess Qwenhyvr, Lionkeeper of Lionspride

Qwenhyver Lancaster, Lionkeeper & Princess of Lionspride. She is beautiful as she is deadly. Her natural connection with Lions makes her a danger to anyone whom would be foolish enough to oppose her on the battlefield or in the wild. Her druidic magic is strong but overshadowed by her love of the lions in her care. She was raised with her guardian lion, Lionel. Both were born on the same day. Lionel is in his prime and can expect to live well into his 70s unless war claims him first.

Qwenhyver and Lionel are often found on the borderlands with the Wilds. An area that has been put off limits to her by her father King Tyrel. However Qwenhyver has a wild streak in her and more than once has been admonished by members of the court for straying to near the ever changing Wilds.

As a teenager she once met the crown prince of Wolfthorn during a trip with her father to visit the militant order of the Black Watch. To the astonishment of all, and the chagrin of her father it seemed the two admired one another. Rumors ran wild that one day the Twin Kingdoms might become one through the possible union of Princess Qwenhyver and Prince Wulfgar. However nothing officially or back channeled was ever done in regards to this and the rumors have finally ceased.

Anglo-Zulu War: Test Battle for New Home Rules

I had the day off today so I decided to get stuck in with a couple of good playtests for some new home rules I've been working on. Well one playtest is worth at least a hundred opinions and thoughts of how a system should work. So far my combat mechanics are not satisfying to me. I suppose that One Hour Wargames has me spoiled now. The good news is that I am completely satisfied with unit movement and firing ranges. Back to the drawing board to work on combat as well as command and control.

Crafting: 6mm Matchstick Toy Soldiers

I read Steve Turner's article on "How to Construct Home-Made 6mm Scale Units from Wood" over on the Lone Warrior website and thought I would give it a go. Below are some pictures from my effort. Very small time & money investment but overall I am not very happy with them. I've seen some homemade armies in 6mm that look great like Kenneth Van Pelt's 6mm Romans & Celts.  I crafted 30 toy soldiers but will not add that number to my yearly total as it seems false. Instead I will add 2 to the 6mm numbers, 1 for each row of matchstick troops.