Welcome to AGSH. A solo-wargames blog dedicated to my father and the world's most noble hobby; collecting toy soldiers. Period 1700 to 1918.

"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 40lbs 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.

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.

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 2, 2017

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

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Second World War Marine Corps Exhibit at the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola

In July we visited the Naval Aviation Museum. It was my third visit and most worthwhile. The Duchess really enjoyed the visit as well. I got a little choked up viewing the Second World War Marine Exhibits. I was a part of VMA-223 at Cherry Point and am proud of the Bulldogs fighting history.

Anyway without further eloquence here are the pictures.

Yours truly.

Her Grace, The Duchess of Saxe-Huack.