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 1/6 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.

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.

PAINTED
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

BATTLES FOUGHT
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.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Model Painting Over Christmas

We went down to the family ranch last weekend. I took along my paints and some models to paint. I was surprised at the amount I finished. I expected to do just a bit more but I am very happy with what I did paint.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Yours Truly....

Thought I would post some pictures of my granddaughter and I at the #ozarkcornmaze this year. Some of you frequently show yourselves in pictures at the club or show and since I have no show this year nor any club at all I will post these.



Monday, October 15, 2018

Contract Mercs Somewhere in Central Asia

Two mercenaries of Tactical Defense Solutions on patrol for their client somewhere in Central Asia. (1:18 Elite Force)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Second World War in 54mm

An American frogman training off the coast of Ireland. 1942.


The Second World War in 54mm

Australian soldiers somewhere in New Guinea, 1944.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Combat Photography - 1.12 Navy Seal

I borrowed my wife's camera this afternoon and drove out to the lake for a quick set of toy soldier combat photography. The model is a McFarlane Military Series U.S. Navy Seal about 1/12 scale. I am very pleased with how well this little adventure turned out.




Monday, August 20, 2018

Custom Plastic Soldier: U.S. Navy Seal

I made this toy soldier back on August 1. I am very proud of him but I can see some areas to improve on in general. I used parts from three different plastic toy soldiers to make him.




Saturday, July 7, 2018

Somewhere in Rhodesia....

Major Ian Butler, Rhodesian Light Infantry, on a patrol in the bush somewhere in Rhodesia.  This is an M.I GUTS. figure from the 80s that I found in a mystery bag at a local thrift shop.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

3D Printed 2mm Blackpowder Infantry Block

This model was designed by Forward March Studios. It printed out very well. I've never even considered 2mm before as I thought 3mm was small enough but now that I can print my own miniatures, yeah, I'm in.

Monday, May 7, 2018

50x40mm Plastic Base with Hit Die Slot

I designed and printed this base tonight. It arrived to late to help some units but will see service with others, particularly 3mm ACW and Samurai.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Memoir '44 Tactics & Strategy Guide

After sitting on my wishlist for almost three years the latest M44 book arrived today.

Monday, March 19, 2018

WW2 1/72 Scale Self-Propelled Mortar

I had posted this model before not long after printing it but I finished painting it this evening. It will serve in the army of East Borgovia.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1/600 Aeronef Ironclad

I printed this out to match my ACW 1/600 Ironclads and to fit with my 3mm VSF/Colonial foot regiments but I am unsure if I am happy with it at this scale. I am toying with the idea of reducing it down to about 1/1200.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Painted 1/72 Scale WW2 AMR Tank

I painted this tank tonight and look forward to seeing it in action.




Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Hex Terrain Board

My hex terrain board is now setup and ready for whatever hex battlefield I can craft. I used hotglue to fasten the hex border pieces down so they are permanent.

Monday, March 5, 2018

My First Hex Terrain Board

I picked up these hexes last fall from a TMP ad. My wife donated her chalkboard to me to use as the hex table. The wooden frame around the chalkboard acts as a lip to hold the hexes in place. I cut the white hexes to make stop gaps for the flocked hexes to fit onto and make the board usable.

Tonight I sat down and crafted four field hexes. I have many more planned and hopefully another TMP hex purchase coming soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

3D Printed Hand Grenade and 1/72 Tank

I printed these models off on Friday. The tank before leaving for work and the grenade before bed. The grenade took 11 hours to print. The tank type is an AMR-35 Light Tank. I had intended to print it at 1/72 scale but overshot and hit 25mm. Oh well. Perhaps I can sell it to some Bolt Action gamers. The hand grenade is for our Stargate SG Team costumes. We are doing some cosplay at Dallas FanExpo this year.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

3mm Afrika Korps Units

More miniatures that I painted Tuesday night. One unit of deployed artillery, another towed and two units of armor.

Monday, January 29, 2018

3mm ACW Union Infantry Regiment and Artillery Battery

It has been over a year since I last worked on this project and it felt good to be back in it this past weekend. I painted up one regiment from the "Irish Brigade" (note the green regimental standard) and an artillery battery. These two units along with what I previously had now bring my Union Army to a Division level. So I now have two brigades, each with two infantry regiments and an artillery battery. Of course these soldiers will see service in my planned "Clockwork Civil War" steampunk inspired ACW battles.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

New Portable Crafting/Painting Lap-Table

I built a lap-table today. With the exception of the large bottles it holds all my paints. I paid $36 in craft lumber, wood glue and screws. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. It was a joy to build. I spent the evening going through my paints and throwing out dried up bottles and pulling "slugs" from others. I've decided I need to come up with some type of organization for my paint purchases in the future. Which will be soon as I am out of orange.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Prussian National Elections

Koenigsberg (AP): The Chief Counsel of Prussia Brigitta Olson swore in the new National Assembly today and a few hours later she welcomed back Frieda von Moltke as Chancellor of Prussia. This will be her second term in the chancellery.  Chancellor von Moltke was a clear favorite over her rival, Conrad Hekel the former first Chancellor.  Outgoing Chancellor Jaap von Huack and his cabinet have joined with von Moltke's bloc within the National Assembly. He will undoubtedly seek re-election in 2020 when he is eligible to run again. He is clearly the more hawkish member of the bloc. Prussian law forbids any candidate back to back elections to the Chancellery. However the law does not prohibit a future candidacy after a two year term.

The Chancellor and her cabinet.
She has stated that she envisions a larger role for Prussian troops in the Mafeking Civil War in Southern Africa. Her administration will make a Heinleinist victory there a top priority. "We must strengthen our Afrika Brigade by giving them the men and equipment needed to bring victory to the HNP."

Currently the Afrika Brigade is a brigade on paper only. It has been a demi-brigade or half-brigade since coming to South Africa. Already the Prussian General Staff is drawing up the needed documents and studies to make it a full combat brigade.

At the same time Prussian forces in Camp Kondor Karakistan had been operating on a half-brigade status as well. Troops and equipment were rushed home for fear of a possible conflict with Lithuania. But that that tension has resolved itself for now. She has ordered that forces at Camp Kondor return to full strength and that the PDF resume it's "peacekeeping" duties alongside our Russian allies in Karakistan.

She also saw the promotion of Albrecht Wagner as the new Commandant of the Prussian Defense Force and Chief of the Prussian General Staff. Major General Wagner had served as the commander of the 1st Combat Brigade stationed in Prussia. MGen Wagner has outlined a new vision for the PDF with a greater role in Prussia and the world.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3mm WW2: Test in the Desert

(Continued play-testing of my grid-less version of Bob's Portable Wargame Rules.)

1941 Gazala Region, Libyan-Egyptian Border, North Africa. DAK Kampfgruppe Weinkeller was charged with breaking through the border and capture the western Egyptian town of Gazala.

Unknown to Lt. Col. Weinkeller the 9th British Tank Regiment under command of Colonel Paul Allen was speeding to the border to stop him.

The British started with 9 units. A reinforced battalion of armor. A reinforced battalion of infantry and an artillery battalion. The DAK force departed for Egypt with a reinforced infantry battalion, an armored company and an armored car company. They also had air support from the Luftwaffe. A total of 7 units. The exhaustion point for each force was 3 losses.

The British force took a beating before the battle ended but they held the border and pushed the German force back.

After opening moves both sides draw near the border.

German Stukas rain hell down upon a British battery.

A German armored car company routes in after heavy
 bombardment from a British artillery unit.

Two photographs showing the closing moments of the battle.