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.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Prussian National Assembly Session and Upcoming Elections.

The Ministers of the Prussian Assembly have begun their lame duck session.  They are endeavoring to pass some last minute bills and other measures.  Elections begin next month and the ministers are anxious to return home to campaign.  Many are speculating that once the new Assembly is sworn in former Chancellor Conrad Hekel will be re-elected to the Chancellery.  However there a few ministers that are gaining in popularity in the Assembly such as Bronislaw Vorowsky from Lotzen and Joachim von Trapp of Koenigsberg to name two potential challengers.  One of the bills in the Assembly is the highly anticipated new budget for 2014.

Chancellor Jaap von Huack's government has accomplished much this year but his administration has seen a decline in military spending due to the automatic sequester cuts this past year. Rumors have it that the PDF is not happy with him over it. Also the unemployment rate has raised 2.4% in the last two years.

Work began earlier this month between the Chancellery and the National Assembly on a ground breaking new budget deal for 2014.  One that will reign in the sequester cuts that the Council of Prussia sets on government finance.  In the last year the Chancellor using his line item veto and, executive powers to close down many dysfunctional governmental programs, cut 1.1 billion marks from the governments budget.  However it wasn't enough to avoid sequestration so the Chancellor and leading ministers from the Assembly sat down together to hash out a new budget.

The 2014 budget contains no new taxes, although the sale of government bonds will continue but at a much smaller interest rate.  Many programs were cut, and some that were on the chopping block were saved by last minute negotiations.  All in all we believe to see around 3 billion marks cut from next years budget.  Undoubtedly this will free up more funds for the burgeoning military industrial complex in Prussia.  However to arrive there the government must travel a bumpy road.  The debt ceiling has been increased by 4.5 billion marks that is set to automatically be lowered back down 6 months into the new year.  Also the current government bonds with generous interest rates are coming due and must all be paid by the end of next month.  4.5 billion marks are due at the end of December with another 4.53 billion marks by the end of January.  

Now with all the talk of budget cuts new spending has been appropriated 75 million marks has been earmarked for sewers, roadways, and other infrastructure improvements.  As well as another 110 million marks on improving and expanding the energy and wifi grids, the national air and sea ports as well as expanding the capacity of Prussia's 3 nuclear power plants to meet further demand.

Chancellor von Huack's re-election to the Assembly and hopes of regaining the Chancellery in 2 years hinge on pulling off this landmark budget.

The National Assembly of Prussia.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Painting and Gaming Totals for 2013.

Well my gaming year ended on Christmas day.  This years painting numbers are down but the gaming total was up.  Also I stopped tracking purchases and setting target goals.  So I will continue with simply tracking models painted but I am changing the format of games played.  Instead of listing the name of the game and how many times I played it I will list by period and how many battles were fought in that period.

2013 also held a couple of achievements for me.  The release of my element based WWII wargame rules and the launch of my own miniatures line at Bat Cave Minis.

Models Painted
3mm: 170
6mm: 15
10mm: 0
15mm: 15
25mm: 23
54mm: 0
1/72: 1
1/2400: 0
1/6000: 0
Terrain & Acc: 3

Total Painted: 227
Prior Year Total: 497

Games Played
Mayhem: 1
Dungeons: 3
Tales of M&L: 3
Combat WW2: 3
D&D: 1
Brigadier: 8
Battletech: 2
Battlesystem: 1
Legatus: 2
Commodore: 1
Song Blades & Heroes: 1
Freeblades: 1
Bush War FUBAR: 2
Myth & Legends: 3

Year Total: 34
Prior Year Total: 31

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Second ACW: 1933 A Nation Divided..

Inspired by this 1933: A Nation Divided I have the bug to start a new campaign with this setting.  Using my own rules of course!  Debating on what scale to use will be a tough one, as I do not do much with 28mm so their minis are of no use.  Strongly leaning towards 15mm but my first thoughts were 1/72.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Principality of Huack: Photograph of Royal Navy Gun Crew at Practice

The Royal Navy released a photograph of a gun crew at the Royal Navy Base in Auston.  No doubt the photo is meant to a publicize deterrent to Turkoslavian aggression.

Gun Crew Sailors of the Huack Royal Navy.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Points values assigned to soldiers of Bush War FUBAR.

d6 = 1
d8 = 2
d10 = 3
d12 = 4

Simple enough?  Now multiply that by the number of Attack Dice for their weapons. So an d8 soldier with a laser rifle would cost 2 points.  A squad of 5 soldiers with laser rifles cost 10 points.  Same squad but 1 with a LMG 12 points, the extra die for the LMG adds another 2 points.

Vehicles:  As above but per weapon.

Friday, September 20, 2013

WWII: Brigadier General Playtest in 10mm Germans and French.

I bought two 10mm WW2 armies at Recruits, 1 German and 1 French for one low $20 price.  They were already painted and based ready for battle and more importantly based up right for our new rules, Brigadier General.  So I ran a playtest today of Brigadier using these new minis.  Here is my report.  Very enjoyable game with more insights into the Brigadier system.  So glad I bought these minis.

Some Brigadier terms used int his battle:  HQ = General, INF = Infantry, HW = Heavy Weapons, REC = Recon, ART = Artillery, LAR = Light Armor, AR = Armor.

The battle lines are drawn.  The German Solo-AI deployed their REC, LAR and an AR on
 their right flank with two AR on their left with their HQ, ART and INF with HW in the center.

The German Force.

View from the French HQ.

End of first turn.  The AR at the top of the picture clash.

Alternate view.

Alternate View.

Alternate view.

View from the German HQ.

2 French AR hit the lone advancing German AR and produce a hit on them.

German REC races forward in an attempt to get behind our HQ and cut the French lines, the
French LAR takes out the REC with accurate devastating fire power.

End of turn 2.  Fatigue points can be seen popping up here and there.

The 2 opposing infantry battalions with HW support draw close, while artillery from
 both sides rain down.

German and French AR meet up for a gruelling battle.  In the picture you will notice
 the French REC has managed to get in behind the German AR and cut their supply line.
 1 German AR company is destroyed.
The far most flank German AR takes a heavy beating and is forced to pull back,
meanwhile the French attack continues.

With their supply lines cut the German AR at the top cannot remove
 their fatigue points and the French are coming.  However the German LAR at bottom
 is pushing back the French LAR.

End of the turn.

Now the tide starts to turn, the French win initiative and advance to take out the lone
 and depleted German AR destroying them.

The French Infantry boldly advance but take a beating. A long German AR manages
 to sneak in and attack the French HW in the flank forcing them to stop their INF
 support and deal with the AR.

The German AR being caught up in the battle gets bested by the French HW teams
 on daring do or die exploits.

Another Element lost for the Germans.  Things are going badly for them.

End of the battle.  The German commander though valiant has lost the field and
 has ordered his last 6 elements to retreat.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

WWII: My Second World War Campaign Scrapbook

As I mentioned before I am going to keep a scrapbook of my WW2 campaign for fun and just in case blogger were to ever disappear.  Here are the pages thus far.