Welcome to AGSH. A solo-war-game 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 2mm to 1/12 scale.

"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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Birthday Gifts

This years birthday gifts from my wife Heather.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winstoke - An Anglo-Saxon Dark Age Wargames Campaign

Let me introduce the founding of the Anglo-Saxon Burh of Winstoke, circa 719 CE. I know that is a little bit early for a burh but surely the notion of it existed even if they didn't call it that. Winstoke is the fortified manor and hall of an Anglo-Saxon Lord and his holdings. The lord owes fealty to the crown of Wessex, though he must at times submit to Mercia as his lands border that kingdom. Winstoke sits uncomfortably close to the Britons in Cornwall and the Celts in Wales.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

First Snow of 2019

Our first snow was on the ground today. I took advantage of it...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Combat Photography - Star Wars Action Figures (Eureka Springs, January 2019

I took several of these photographs early in the month. I have some ideas but once in the field I tend to become excited and soon forget those ideas and just go with what comes up.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Painting Update: 1.72 Weird War II U.S. Army "Johnny Walker" Armored Walker

Another 3D print from my Ender3 and my first 1.72 scale model for Weird War 2.

Painting Update: 1.200 Atomicpunk Units

These are recent prints & paints. Two infantry platoons of the Royal Army of West Borgovia and another armor unit of the Soviet Army of East Borgovia.

Painting Update: 28mm Saxon Pole Barn

I printed this barn a couple of weeks ago. I made a couple of mistakes in assembly. Still I am happy with it. The first terrain piece for an intended Saxon Burh of a Dark Age Saxon England war-games campaign.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Painting Update: Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal

I'm not going to say how long it took me to complete this miniature but it's been a while. Nonetheless he is done and stands ready to bring the light of Sigmar to the realms.

Painting Update: 1.200 Heavy Tank, Atomicpunk Campaign

Tonight's painting, a heavy tank for the Federal Grand Duchy of West Borgovia.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Painting Update: 1.200 Soviet East Borgovia Medium Armor

First painted unit for my new Orion Campaign Setting. A medium armor unit of the Soviet Union of East Borgoiva. Note the pool of acid rain in the mud by the tank.

Orion Campaign Setting & the Atomic Age

I wrote on a previous post that I intended to reset my hobby. It has proved one of the best hobby related decisions I've made. From that decision I've come up with a solo-campaign setting to accommodate several periods from antiquity to a post-apocalypse frost-punk type setting.

My personal requirements for this setting are:
  • Plastic models only. 
  • Scratch built or 3D printed terrain only. 
  • Home written rules only
 I've decided to call it the Orion Campaign Setting after the Ben Bova character of Orion the Hunter. Orion is a warrior of the "Creators" and as such has fought with Odysseus at Troy, been blown apart on a spaceship in the far future, as well as rode alongside Arthur and his knights. As war-gamers we are like Orion, fighting miniature battles set in various ages and guises.

So the current planned "Ages" of Orion are:
  • Age of Antiquity
  • Imperial Age 
  • Dark Age
  • Medieval Age
  • Classical Age*
  • Industrial Age
  • Atomic Age
  • Frostworld Age
*The Classical Age will be the horse and musket period vice late antiquity. I didn't want to use terms like lacewars or age of enlightenment or reason. Also since this era birthed classical music I thought it fitting.

I intend to start with the Atomic Age. The main warring factions are the Kingdom of Vinland, the Federal Grand Duchy of West Borgovia (FGD), the Soviet Union of East Borgovia (Soviets) and the Agiad Republic.

The Vinns are descendants of invaders from the Nordic Islands chain in the far North of Orion. The split Borgovia's are the descendants of the Borgors that invaded Agia in the Imperial Age as mercenaries of the Great Empire (I haven't come up with a good name for that yet.) and down in the Agiad are those people who are a mix from the original folk of Agia and Imperial settlers from the Great Empire.

 During the classical age the last King of the Borgors died without an heir. The ensuing war over the crown led to the current political state. It was effectively the beginning of the Long War. Which has left central Agia a wasteland and subjected the world to acid rain and the rise of global warming. Which will eventually lead to an ice age (where I will use the cool models from Victoria Miniatures.)

For the Atomic Age or atomicpunk period I am printing all the models, at least for the time being. I posted some in a earlier this year. All in 1.200 scale or about 8 to 9mm. I've started painting them and will show some off soon.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

25mm Bikini Armor Female Warrior with Giant Sword

I have sat on this miniature for near 17 years. I finished painting her 2 weeks ago and based her up last night with pictures made tonight. I hope to sell her on eBay to fund the purchase of some 1.72 scale infantry.

Painting Update: VSF Aeronef and 2mm Infantry Block.

Tonight's painting includes an aeronef and a 2mm infantry regiment block.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2mm Imperial British Landship

I painted my first landship this evening. I printed the model on my Ender3. I am calling it a Gordon Class Landship. My first painted miniature of 2019. Chin Chin.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Models for 1.200 Scale Atomicpunk Campaign.

The start of a 1.200 Atomicpunk campaign. All models including the infantry were 3D printed on my Ender3.

The background is a fictional one set in a land with three rival factions. East and West Borgovia and Vinland. The tech period will be circa 1945 to 1985.

2mm Victorian SyFy 3D Printed Force

Happy New Year. I have begun basing models in preparation for painting and battle for the start of a Victorian SyFy campaign. All in 2mm plastic. All models and the gray bases were 3D printed on my Ender3.

The non-steampunk units will also see use in planned campaigns of the Spanish-American War and the Russo-Japanese War.

Monday, December 31, 2018

After Action Review: 2018

Happy New Year to any and all. Looking back over the past year I began making custom plastic toy soldiers and action figures. I continued with toy soldier photography. Painting saw a dramatic uptick from the previous year, however battles fought saw a decline. I was able to attend ReaperCon in Denton but had to miss out on Recruits. I enjoyed my hobby in 2018 and am looking forward to what 2019 will bring to the craft.

2mm Foot Block: 1

3mm Foot: 73
3mm Artillery: 10

3mm Cavalry: 5
3mm Armor: 17
3mm Trucks: 2
3mm Mechs: 7
3mm Monsters: 36
3mm Aircraft: 1

15mm Foot: 19
15mm Mech: 1
15mm Armor: 2
15mm Beasts: 1
15mm Cavalry: 4
15mm Artillery: 1
15mm Aircraft: 1
15mm Monsters: 3

1/72 Foot: 2
1/72 Armor: 3

25mm Foot: 12
25mm Cavalry: 1
25mm Monsters: 1

54mm Foot: 2
60mm Foot: 1

Hill Hexes: 1
Field Hexes: 4
Game Acc: 4
Bust/Diorama: 1

Total Painted: 216

Fantasy Wars: 6
Second World War: 4
Warmachine: 1
Warhammer 40K: 1
Pathfinder ACG: 1

Year Total: 13

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Forward Observation: The Craft in 2019

As the new year is less than 48 hours away I wanted to share some of my plans for the hobby in the coming year. On the horizon I foresee a reset of my miniature war-game hobby. Far too long I've had too many projects. They tend to overlap and interfere with one another and I end up overwhelmed. Like many in the hobby I spend far too much time reading other peoples posts and planning that one day I too will accomplish X or Y. I want to accomplish things. I want to do epic level hobby things, things that are good, creative and worthwhile.

So basically I'm starting over. Going to take a step back and look at all that I have and begin from there. I have more models, miniatures, books and terrain in my war-room than I have space for. So I must scale back, reduce and reuse. This week I traded my old bookshelf for two new ones that accommodate model storage too, see photograph below. I am down to just one 3D printer now, an Ender 3, bottom picture. It is a great hobby tool for both terrain and miniatures. This past Fall my home war-game rules evolved into a set that I thoroughly enjoy and give me that feel of generalship. I will continue to expound on them for other periods.

I intend to move ahead with miniature photography and hunting. I've really enjoyed finding unique places to setup action figures and models for pictures. This past years hunting trips were exciting and in the case of the first wild hog hunt very intense.