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, August 28, 2016

June 1879

June 1879 Graz, Austria. Nikola Tesla invents the first anti-gravity coil. In August agents working for the Edision Electrical Co. steal the design and bring it to New York. In October the Austro-Hungarian Empire launches the first airship, the SMS Monarch. Soon after the race for airships and later aetherships picks up speed with most of the European nations along with both the U.S.A. and C.S.A. building their own designs.

Monday, August 22, 2016

3mm Union Army - First Regiments

Sunday night I painted up an infantry regiment and artillery battery for my 3mm Union Army, Irish Brigade. I used a blue spray primer from Army Painter and based the models on cut vinyl floor tile 50mm x 40mm. Tonight I sat down to paint and flock the bases. I am not overly happy with how they turned out. The flock/paint had trouble adhering to the base. I've not encountered this before. Perhaps next time I should use a glue/paint mixture. Also it seems using the blue primer was a mistake. I think and others have posted that for this scale priming in black handles your highlighting.For now though they stand ready to serve their adopted country. The next regiment I paint will be primed black.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blog Labels & Book Purchase Theory

I spent about a week rewriting all the labels on this blog. I had come to the conclusion that I simply had too many. I decided that all labels should be conformed to: scale, campaign, conflict and misc. With the miscellaneous being further subdivided into: terrain, The Craft, militaria, & conventions. "The Craft" is my catch-all for all items that don't fit the above but are still hobby related.

Also I am trying to limit my future book purchases to items I am researching for my wargames hobby and personal enjoyment. With the personal books being consigned to one at a time. I have enough books to fill a decade. I have more books than space to put them. I recently culled a lot of books that I had read, lost interest in or decided that they no longer held value or the subject was better covered by another.

Friday, August 19, 2016

First 3mm Models for Colonial British Brigade/Division

Micro-scale wargaming continues to draw me in. Here are the first units for a British Colonial Army Brigade. Like the 3mm ACW regiment in my previous post these models too will see double service. On Earth and Mars. These particular models are WW1 French Infantry & WW2 Polish Cavalry. These models too will be primed and painted up either Saturday or Sunday evening. These soldiers are based on a 40mm x 30mm base.

First 3mm Regiment for the American Civil War

These models are from a sample pack of O8 minis from PicoArmor. I have several models left over but there were enough models in the pack to make this regiment. Either Saturday night or Sunday evening I will prime the models and paint them up as a Union regiment. This regiment will also see service in a fictitious campaign "Clockwork Civil War" inspired by Ken van Pelt's game that I played in at Recruits several years ago.

I have another sample pack I bought last year but have misplaced it. I am very happy with how the models turned out on the base, which by the way is 50mm frontage with a 40mm depth. My next order from PicoArmor I will try to include some more civil war models.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Reinforements from PicoArmor

The picture didn't turn out very well but here are my latest 3mm purchases from PicoArmor. These models will serve as both colonial warfare and steampunk forces. There is however one pack alone that will solely be used for historical American Civil War battles and Steampunk Clockwork Civil War battles. I am looking forward to basing and painting them up. I find as time goes on that I am more and more drawn to micro-scale wargaming.

I was inspired by the 2mm Colonial models over on Paul James' Steel On Sand blog and by Ken Van Pelt's 5mm Clockwork Armies on his Penny Whistle blog. Which if you check my history here you will see I've actually commanded his models in battle.

5Core Second World War & Modern Warfare Notebook

I've been picking up a lot of the Nordic Weasel Games 5Core titles of late. I printed some out and placed them in this notebook. I wanted to show it off. I'm a little proud of it for some reason.

5Core Brigade Commander - Test Game 3

I started another test game of 5Core Brigade Commander yesterday and finished it up within the first 10 minutes today. Game 3 allowed me to see close assault and that it is deadly. Both sides scurried at least once with the opposing side units that viewed any movement scurrying as well. There is still a gray area for me.
  • I am unsure of what purpose a HQ unit has.
  • Assuming a straight up battle, at what point is the battle over?
  • How to insert the random 100 events and how best to handle them.
  • Also a little unsure on how to designate units, ie armored cars etc.

I will sit back down tonight to review the rules again and decide how best I want to add attachments or artillery units. I'm a big fan of artillery on the battlefield. After all it's the King of Battle.

Now with that said let me be clear. I am absolutely thrilled over the combat resolution system. As a solo-wargamer one roll and done is the pinnacle of efficiency and doesn't wear you down rolling for both sides. I like the possible special actions at the start of each turn.  I suppose part of the fog in my head is my mind is reeling with the possibilities the 5Core system presents my gaming hobby.

More Second World War fighting shown below.

Germans go first and sure enough rolled a scurry action.


Close combat assault resulted in a destroyed Soviet armor company.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

5Core Brigade Commander - Test Game 2

Reset my table forces for another test game of Brigade Commander by Ivan Sorenson of Nordic Weasel Games. As before I only played out a few turns. I've been fighitng something this week as I've been tired and generally lethargic since Wednesday. Anyhow I've been reading up on the rules and writing down notes. I also changed the movement rate to better suit my gaming needs. Movement is in base depth vice inches with foot models having a 2 movement rate and (for this game) vehicles having a 4 MR.
Germans roll a Scurry on turn 1. Soviets on right flank see it and counter.

Things seemed to flow a lot smoother this time. While I feel I have the combat outcomes down I'm still learning the different levels of morale that is inflicted on targets and how they must behave with them.
German armored cars engage a Soviet infantry company
 and force them to withdraw.

Hopefully Monday night I will feel better and have the elan to test out an entire battle. I'm going to have to rework the QRS for 5Core Brigade to better suit my needs. I want an explanation of the morale effects and what they must do to overcome them.

Soviets roll up a fire fight.

German infantry company shoots at Soviet armored cars
 but do little to them.

Soviet infantry shoot at a German armored car company and
 send them packing for cover.

German armored car troop regroups behind a hill.
Note the hunkered down morale status marker.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

5Core Brigade Commander - Test Game

I've been quite excited to play the 5Core series of rules from Nordic Weasel Games. I've buying them up over the past few weeks and some of the supplements. So tonight I had time to sit down and layout a few terrain pieces and setup a couple of regiments to fight each other.  I only played a few turns as I'm not 100% sure that I have the rules correct yet. So I would appreciate any feedback on the notes I display here.

The battlefield, Blue on the South, with Red holding the North.
For Blue they took a SCURRY, which also gives Red a free
 SCURRY, correct?

Blue used scurry so on Red's turn they opened fire at
those in range.  No effect.
Another Red unit shoots with no effect.
Blue turn. Blue Foot shoots (1d6) at the Red Armor and
rolls a 1 on their shock die.
The result of the shock die indicated that the Armor target
 had to withdraw 6" back.
Red turn. They roll a firefight.
Red grunts fire to no effect.
These Red troops delivered harsh fire?
The result of the Red shooting pushes the Blue armor
 back behind closest terrain feature?

Any comments are appreciated.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Great Reduction: Warhammer & Warhammer 40K

Continuing my reduction-in-force I've decided to scrap my Warhammer project and since I haven't played 40K in 10 years it's time for those models to go. I will however keep a few of my Warhammer Armies as they are unique to 28mm fantasy, such the Skaven, the Empire, Chaos and Ogre Kingdoms. I am also keeping my Warmaster models and will game the old world with these.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Great Reduction: The Second World War

Well with the advice of some fellow wargamers and a hard look at my own desires I've narrowed down and fixed my Second World War projects down to the following:

5Core Brigade Commander - 6mm
5Core Company Command - 10mm
5Core Skirmish - 1/72 and perhaps 10mm.
Naval Warfare - 1/6000

The Great Reduction...

The Great Reduction has begun. I hauled off three bags full of printed off paper rules and notes on wargaming that I'd accumulated over the past 16 years. I spent most of yesterday going over my collection and a draw-down document I came up with to assist me in my reduction in force. Here is a partial screenshot of it.

I also spent some time going over my wargame rules binders and set aside one large binder as my 5Core book. I have printed off all of my recent NWG rules purchases and have them setup in page protectors in the notebook. I went through two binders throwing out old rules and resusing the sheet protectors for 5Core. I still have a couple of sacred "cows" so to speak with my large HotT binder and a smaller DBF binder. Those can remain for now.

As my screenshot shows I have culled off a few periods/scales. I spent most of the day pouring over my Second World War collection and gathering my thoughts on that. I've marked my 3mm North Africa stuff to go over to my moderns collection to fight other conflicts like the 1940s South American Wars, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and other real or imagined conflicts.

My 10mm WW2 items are marked for reduction. However at this point I am unsure of their disposition. I am thinking of taking the vehicles and setting them aside for Memoir '44 or perhaps using them along with the infantry for 5Core WW2 skirmish or Company Command. I am also considering selling the whole lot on eBay.

On my 15mm models I serioiusly thought of keeping them for use with Weird War II. However I began to rethink my desire to do this period at all. Why WWW2? I don't know. I think the excellent Dust Tactics models are the draw and if that is the case you can't recreate that with 15mm very well. Even the Gear Krieg 15mm stuff doesn't appear to be in production any more. DP9 the maker only has the books available and as I am in no way interested in reading another set of rules they are of no use at all. Nor am I inclined to start buying more 28mm models. I prefer a smaller battlefield. My wargame table in my war-room is only 4' square and corners are occupied by various boards like Memoir '44 when they aren't covered with stuff as the entire table is at present, making it of no use beyond storage. So at this point 15mm is in the same boat as 10mm. One scale will go to 5Core Skirmish or Company Command. While writing this I started thinking of keeping the 10mm for 5Core Company Command and the 15mm for 5Core Skirmish. Not sure that really solves the reduction effort. Because that still leaves my 1/72 models that could be used for 5CoreSk.

Now over to Fantasy. I've decided due to cost, basing conversion, storage and time that my Warhammer Project to make a One Hour Wargames army for each Old World Faction is over. I will keep the Empire, Ogre Kingdoms, Skaven, and Chaos forces, maybe some of the Tomb Kings and Goblins, and Orcs but the extra greenskins and Lizardmen will be sold. These forces will have to fight other non-GW models like my Mantic Dwarfs and Elves. However this creates another period to scale conflict due to my Warmaster collection. I have a ton of models for the following factions: Undead, Dwarfs, the Empire, High Elves, Chaos, and Orcs & Goblins. I love the Warhammer Old World setting and will continue to use it. However I am duplicating efforts across scales and this again is a time/money gobbler.

Back to the draw-down board! So far I've only put a dent in paper. This is going to be a greater challenge than I care to admit.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Temptation to Reduce or Project Perculation

There are several of you out there that I follow and read your blogs on an almost daily basis. Either through direct email updates or through the Feedly app. Some of you stick with only scale or period. Others work only in small scales starting at 2 or 3mm and capping at 10 or 15mm. Another I read recently scaled back to 5 specific periods across various scales.

I've always admired the dedication that you have to focus on one area like those mentioned above. Doing so seems to allow others to create, craft and have more adventures. I however have so many varied interests in miniature wargaming that I am often stuck, for lack of a better word.

I do adhere to the excellent principle of keeping my armies small. However the temptation to sell off most of my collection and start over in one scale or one spectrum of scale is always tempting. Even the temptation to cull back to just a few periods. However it seems that I no sooner contemplate this than something novel comes along and WHAM, I've added another project. This must stop. It would be a pity to accumulate a vast collection that see's little use to only one day be sold in an estate sale.

I will use the remainder of the summer to decide what is culled and what remains. I want to have my hobby interest fixed by the fall, specifically by RECRUITS Con. I know there will always be something new that attracts attention but these things must be weighed against time and on-going projects. However my current projects must be scaled back.

As of this post my hobby interest includes:

The Second World War
3mm Project
6mm Project
10mm Project
15mm Company Command
1/72 Skirmish
Naval Warfare
Weird War (Undecided on scale.)

Fantasy Warfare
6mm Generic
10mm Warmaster
15mm Generic
1/72 Generic
25mm Warhammer
25mm Mantic/Generic
Middle Earth (Undecided on scale.)
Game of Thrones (Undecided on scale.)
Dragonriders of the Styx/Plastic Fantasy Toy Soldiers
Generic Cheap Plastic Minis (Ragtag fantasy minis, from several sources including boardgames used to make fighting armies.)

Ancients & Medieval
6mm Ancient Armies Project
10mm Wars of Alfred the Great
15mm Romans, Greeks & Gauls
1/72 Medieval Crusades
1/72 Medieval French-Greco States
1/72 Trojan War
1/72 Neolithic/Chariot Wars
Chinese Ancient Battles (Undecided on scale.)
1/72 Samurai Battles
Late Roman Warfare (Undecided on scale.)

Modern Warfare
6mm Prussia Imagi-Nation
Arab-Israeli Wars
3mm NATO-Warsaw Pact (This covers a wide array of conflicts.)
15mm Chaco War
3mm Weird War One
15mm Great War
1/72 Great War in Africa
African Bush Wars
Naval Battles
2nd Italo-Ethiopian War
The Rif War

Colonial-Late 19th Century
Anglo-Zulu War
Steampunk Wars
Balkan Wars
Russo-Turkish War
Russo-Japanese War
Boxer Rebellion
American Plains Wars
The Sudan
Northwest Frontier
The Boer Wars
Italo-Turkish War
1st Italo-Ethiopian War
French North Africa
French Communards

15mm SYW Imagi-Nations
1/72 American Revolution
English Civil War (Undecided on scale.)
Napoleonic Wars (Undecided on scale.)
American Civil War (Undecided on scale.)
3mm Clockwork Civil War (Weird ACW)
6mm Sci-Fi
10mm Sci-Fi
Spaceship Battles
15mm Sci-Fi Skirmishes
1/72 Asteroid Skirmishes
54mm Toy Soldier Collection
54mm Toy Soldier Wars
Warhammer 40K Skirmish
Epic 40K Battles
15mm Carlist Wars

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Chancellery Makes Statement on Alliance With Russia

KOENIGSBERG (AP): After the unveiling of a large bronze statue of American author Robert Heinlein at a patriotic rally at a downtown republic service center, Prussian Chancellor Jaap von Huack stated that Prussia ever remains a close ally and friend of Russia. He further stated that the rumored military pullout from Camp Condor in Karakistan was untrue, that some equipment and troops had been returned for repair and leave only. He further went on to state that Prussia remains committed to fulfilling our military assistance pledge to our Russian allies and will continue to take the fight to the Karakistani Rebels and the insidious Lions of Allah.

He also added that at the same time our assistance for the Mafeking Heinleinist Front would continue. Further that Prussia's UN obligation to the anti-piracy patrols would be expanded to include coastal operations and harbor patrols.

When asked about increased recruitment numbers the Chancellor confirmed that the military was upping it's manning levels. There has always been one combat brigade on duty in Prussia at all times while it's brother brigades operate in Karakistan and Afrika. The home brigade will be increased to division level.

The Chancellor was also asked about the speculation concerning a Prussian nuclear weapon. The Chancellor dismissed this as false stating that Prussia will honor its commitment to maintain their nuclear facilities for domestic energy uses only.