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, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review...

Happy new year wishes for 2018 to all whom read this.  I had some hobby activity each month except March. I began toy soldier still life photography this year and it's been a fun addition. My painting numbers were plain dismal. However I did find time to rebase many models for use with new home rules. Speaking of those I discovered The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery and love it. I have meshed his rules up with my own and come up with a system that scratches my particular gaming itch for army battles. 

I had a pretty good Spring and Summer in the hobby but things trailed off in the fall at the start of deer season as hunting has become a new hobby for me that I enjoy. I have given up on some parts of wargaming; for example 28mm Warhammer mass battles, but will use those models for Frostgrave-Mordheim type games. I simply don't have the time to paint 28mm models. Again, best wishes and happy new year.

The Craft
Foot: 1
Cavalry: 2
Vehicles: 1
Ships: 1

Terrain/Acc: 3

Painted: 8
Rebasing: 56

Total Crafted: 64

Battles Fought
Ancients: 1
Fantasy: 7
Naval: 1
SyFy: 1
Seven Years War: 1
Second World War: 2
Board Wargame: 5

Year Total: 18

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Down for Deer Season

The lack of posts this fall is a direct result of deer season. Normal miniature military operations and  maneuvers will resume in mid-December. In related news I shot and harvested my first deer ever this Thanksgiving Day. We harvested 80lbs of meat from a small buck. Thanks.

Yours truly holding the head of my first deer. Shot with a
.50 caliber centerline muzzleloader. Hunting was on a ranch
in Dry Fork, Arkansas. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3D Printed 1/72 Scale Mortar Carrier

I printed this model out the other day and primed it up today. It was my first shot at scaling a model up from 1/200 to 1/72. I think it turned out field worthy.

Militaria - Soviet Medals

I recently found these on eBay pretty cheap. My militaria collection continues to grow. My assortment of medals, ribbons and patches will come of some use this Fall. The Duchess and I are planning to attend the Tulsa Hangar Dance again this year. Another couple we know are coming with us. My friend's wife bought him a fake military costume from Amazon for the dance. So we are going to use some of my ribbons and medals to decorate his costume. Nothing to above and beyond. Just some ROTC pins and Chinese Army medals, or perhaps one or more of these Soviet medals too.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weird War II Scale Decision

I've settled upon 15mm for battles set in a Weird War II setting. I was torn between 3mm, 10mm and 15mm and with the Gear Krieg and Clockwork Goblin models available coupled with my current supply of painted 15mm WW2 armies, then throw in my 3D printer can print somethings for it too, it became an easy choice.

3D Printed Bullet Dice Container

I painted up the bullet container that I upsized and printed for dice. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apollo Mission 17

Our astronauts on the lunar surface as seen from my backyard.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Online Moniker...

I have used several forum avatar names over the years. Then recently tried to consolidate them down to just one. However with the rise in popularity of FB groups there is no need. Which was another reason I changed my blogger profile to my name. However there are a still a few places where an online moniker is preferable, at least IMO.

So since I no longer produce and sell my own miniatures line. That was sold off almost 4 years ago. I no longer need the batcaveminis name on eBay. Also I no longer play my own written rulebooks anymore as I've found better by other authors. So no more Brigadier on TMP and a few others. I've been tossing a few new names up over the past two weeks. What I've decided upon is "Toy Soldier Green." This encompasses both my hobby and my eBay sales of toy soldiers as well. I will not change my blogger or facebook profile but use this new name on TMP and eBay. Thanks.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Second World War in 54mm, East Prussia 1943

East Prussia, near Koenigsberg. Spring 1943.

(Please don't take serious this was an attempt at humor.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

54mm Game of Thrones Toy Soldiers

The combat of two soldiers, one Lannister and one Stark.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tide of Iron

I purchased the FFG box game Tide of Iron at Recruits this year. It came with the scenario book and 4 expansions. All for $85. This past Saturday my son and I sat down to play a game. It has some interesting things going for it. Also has a bit of a learning curve too.  Here are some pics from our game. It lasted 2 hours, we were learning as we played, no victor but my son predicts he would have won. Though I had doubts. As a side note ToI is now made by 1AGames.

The Portable Wargame Rules - Naval Warfare in the Second World War

My second naval warfare battle ever. An American Task Force (lower right) is tasked with stopping a Japanese troop and supply convoy from reaching the Marshall Islands (bottom island atoll). If the supply ship makes it then it's a Japanese victory. Which is exactly how the game played out. The last picture shows the supply ship in dock while being protected by the Japanese fleet.

I used "The Portable Wargame" rules - Predreadnought Naval game both by Bob Cordery, but heavily modified them as my sea board is in grids vice hexes and I was using 1/6000 scale miniatures. I cut movement down to 1 square for the big ships and 2 for the destroyers. I did similar with gun ranges. As I was testing the rules out I left out torpedoes.

I really like the critical point, which works similar to the exhaustion point in land battles, as I had a ship that was forced to run away. Naval gunfire is fierce with the battleships each rolling 8 dice to hit if the target is abeam. All naval gunfire is simultaneous.

The game played quick. I have some more work to do to fit the rules to my imagination and models. So far I must admit I am really liking The Portable Wargame.

Kwajalien Atoll at bottom while the warring fleets appear in sight.

Opening salvos.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10mm MPC Tanks and Vehicles

I bought these on eBay thinking they were bigger but they will fit well for 10mm Weird War II.

The Second World War with 6" Toy Soldiers

Burma 1943. British Commando troops make their way through the jungle.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

World War One: 15mm British Army

I sat down tonight to take inventory of my lead pile and part way through ended up rebasing these soldiers for the Portable Wargame. The bases are all 1" square except the tank which sits on a 3"x2" base.

Note the 12th Gurkhas Rifles on either flank of the HQ element. Also the 22nd Indian Lancers next to the 8th Dragoon Guards.

The Portable Wargame

I'm hooked on the The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery. I may adopt it to my own particular
style of adding and subtracting dice vice roll modifiers and using square bases for movement vice a squared grid and like hexes over squares. I've recently ordered some hexes from GHQ and a fellow wargamer on TMP.

I do want to have a few more playtests of it first. As a solo-wargamer I've found small math can be tedious. However this is not a DBx style game. I will post my first full battle report with these rules soon. I've been doing small little "test" scenarios with dice and bases only.

I love the exhaustion point mechanism. Also these rules can easily be adjusted for any period including naval warfare. Bob has given us a toolbox with the Portable Wargame.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Second World War in 54mm

Somewhere in Tunisia... Lt. Smythe, Cpl Pike and Pvt Gardens cautiously approach an enemy trench. They were relieved to find it abandoned.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Dawn Maiden, Mage of the Sapphire Throne

I printed this model out earlier this summer. Tonight I forced myself to sit down and paint and she was it. This allows me to complete my 15mm Blue Men Fantasy Army known as "The Count's Patrol."

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Middle Earth: 1/72 Elven Army

Here is the start of my 1/72 scale Elf Army for battles set in Middle Earth. The figures are a mix of Red Box and MiniKnight. I am undecided on cavalry and may have to do some conversions for it.

Wargame Scale Conundrum...

I collect and over the years have fought WW2 battles in 3mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm and 1/72. At one time I even had 25mm for skirmish but I let those go and have not regretted it. I have tried to rationalize that 3mm for brigade/division. 6 & 10mm for company on up to brigade. 15mm for company/battalion. And have started 1/72 with the intention of skirmishing but I do have plans to use them in forces up to brigade level. This eclectic interest in scales has created a few problems. And it doesn't stop at the Second World War. I have the same issue exists with colonial warfare, ancients, fantasy, syfy, ACW and Napoleonics.  However I want to focus this post on the Second World War.

1. Storage
The storage options I've chose work well for 15mm and below. However 1/72 presents a storage problem.

2. Terrain and terrain storage.
Terrain for 10mm and below are fairly simple to craft/find and storage is simpler. 15mm and 1/72 terrain items are more difficult to store and until the purchase of my 3D printer was hit and miss on crafting and finding terrain.

3. A feeling of illogical behavior in collecting multiple scales for the same period and operational level.
I feel like I am wasting time collecting, basing and painting up so many different scales. However I also feel that my small army requirement allows me freedom to have as many armies of size and shape as I desire.

4. Time spent painting, basing etc.
Of course how many times can one paint an American army in different sizes before thinking this is wrong in some way.

A wargamer from TMP advised me to ask myself "What does collecting multiple scales prevent you from doing?" The quick answer is fighting battles. However it deserves more thought than that.

Here are the characteristics I enjoy from each scale.

3mm:  Aircraft: I can field aviation units right along side my other units. Price & availability: The costs are dirt cheap for 3mm and they are readily available in the U.S. from PicoArmor. I've always received fast, friendly and dependable service from them. This scale comes closest in my mind to division level wargaming.

6mm: Price & availability: Like 3mm above GHQ and CNC have all the models a 6mm WW2 wargamer would need right here in America and the prices are good. I have enough models to make several armies and have two field ready armies with my Germans and Soviets.

10mm: I picked up a French army and a German army at Recruits a few years ago dirt cheap. They are painted and based, two field ready armies. They bore the brunt of the playtesting I conducted for my Brigadier General wargame I wrote back in 2013. So I did some checking and found out that Neal at the Warstore carries 10mm Pendraken models so I ordered an American army from him. However he is hit and miss on his Pendraken stock and at times it's just as quick to order from them directly. If any scale had to go this would be the first on the chopping block. What saves it are the painted armies.

15mm: I started collecting 15mm WW2 not long after Flames of War came out. Price is fair and availability in the U.S. is great with sources from 19th Century Miniatures, Old Glory, and almost every hobby shop carries Flames of War. I also have painted armies for Germany, the U.S, the Soviet Union and a half painted Italian army. This scale came close to the chopping block too but again painted field ready armies are hard to part with.

1/72: I have loved 1/72 model soldiers since childhood. To me they are another classic branch of toy soldiers. You can't beat their price and their availability is not very hard to find. Until recently you could buy 1/72 models at Hobby Lobby but they seem to be dropping that scale for some reason. However eBay abounds with 1/72 models. I have a good sized collection of 1/72 soldiers and enjoy their appearance. Also it seems that 1/72 is the best scale to conduct battles of the 1935 Italian invasion of Ethiopia.

This may require different scales linked to different theaters of war and operational levels in order to resolve. However perhaps simply culling the herd might be the best outcome. However to date I've only been able to do that with 25mm WW2. Getting rid of that scale was an easy choice, then Bolt Action came but I am not going back on it and neither am I going to play BA.

Perhaps my quick answer to what multiple scales prevents is the answer.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Verlinden Models Roman Legionary Bust

I painted this model up 16 years ago.

First Attempt at Basing 3mm Moderns

I am still unsure of how I want to base my 3mm models. I am leaning towards 1" square wooden bases but at one time I had considered 40mm square bases like below. I finished these some time ago and am still unsure of how I want to proceed. The image below has a good look to it but using 1" bases I believe would allow better army creation.

Monday, August 28, 2017

54mm Napoleon and Imperial Guardsman

I proudly present mon empereur, Napoleon I. The model is I purchased on eBay years ago from the St. Petersburg collection, I think. The guardsman I made with 54mm Prince August toy soldier molds.

His Imperial Majesty rests atop my bookshelf.

Recruits Con 2017

I attended Recruits again, this year. It still fun and a great value. However it seemed to me that attendance must have dropped a little bit. I am assuming this is due to moving the convention from September to August. I made over $300 in the silent auction with 13% of that from 3D printed items which was nice. Unfortunately due to time constraints and auction responsibilities I was able to catch a game. I do hope that next year I can stay Friday and Saturday night. It seems the Friday night action is getting better and there were several big games that lasted after 5pm.

Here are a few pictures of some of the tables this year.

54mm French & Indian War.


Monte Cassino


This was part of a terrain board collection in a large wooden
box with wheels. The price was $500. It did not sell.


Helm's Deep

Helm's Deep



Helm's Deep

Monte Cassino

Monte Cassino