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, January 30, 2016

15mm Colonials - Test Game of New Home Rules

I have had the notion in mind for quite some time to come up with a division level set of home solo-wargame rules. But I can't seem to wrap my mind around each unit being a battalion vice a company. Anyway I've been reading a lot of other wargames and books and thought I had come up with a pretty good mesh of ideas/mechanics. However my "plans didn't survive first contact with the enemy." 

The "to hit" mechanic is straightforward for a solo-wargamer. Roll a d6 and score a target goal. Said score inflicts a single fatigue point hit on the target unit.  A command point is required to remove the hit otherwise any unit with a FP has it's capabilities nerfed.  

I had thought that each force would have a set amount of command points to activate units and rally away fatigue points (hits) but this really cripples a force once the bullets start flying. I do want it to have a tactical impact but not one that causes a side to lose completely to it. The Zulus as they drew nearer to the British line were unable to move enough of their units due to the activation spent rallying a hit unit. However that may be more accurate than I think. Perhaps I should increase the foot movement for certain types of forces, like the Zulus.

Further playtesting and more reading is required.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

WW2: 15mm One Hour Wargames Battle - Germans vs Yanks

A reinforced American battalion was ordered to protect the flank of the logistical elements of their division as the division moves towards Germany. Meanwhile the Germans had sent a kampfgruppe to hit the American supply lines. Both forces met at a small farming village in Western Germany. The ensuing battle was bloody for both sides with the Americans prevailing and holding the main road through the village.

The game was quick, it only lasted 10 turns.  We remembered that units cannot move and shoot but must pick one or the other. That has been a hard concept to swallow as years of habit say move, shoot and close combat.  One Hour Wargames is still the best set of rules I've purchased in years.

Advancing German forces.

The Americans reach the village.

American ATG sets up on a hill.

Both sides advance under fire.

The battlefield becomes littered with the debris of battle.

The Americans were able to hold the village and control the road.

2016 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 Jaap von Huack as Chancellor of Prussia. This will be his second term in the chancellery.  Chancellor von Huack was a clear favorite over his rival, Conrad Hekel the former first Chancellor.  Outgoing Chancellor Frieda von Moltke and her cabinet have set up their bloc within the National Assembly. She will undoubtedly seek re-election in 2018 when she is eligible to run again. Prussian law forbades any candidate back to back elections to the Chancellery. However the law does not prohibit a future candidacy after a two year term.

Chancellor Jaap von Huack leaving the National Assembly House for the Chancellery following his swearing in by the Chief Counsel of Prussia before the National Assembly.

Chancellor Jaap von Huack in his acceptance speech outlined some key components of his administration for his two years in office.

  • Continuation of his and former Chancellor von Moltke's financial strategy plan that was developed together in 2013 that saw unprecedented economic growth in Baltic Europe. 
  • Military restructuring and to seek out a replacement for the retiring Commandant.
  • To demand free and fair elections in Southwest Lithuania so that those people there of Prussian descent may choose their future, to either join that area to Prussia or remain a part of Lithuania.
  • Further aid to Heinleinist movements across the world; particularly in war-torn Mafeking.
  • Strengthening of Baltic culture noting Prussia's place within the region and history.
  • He also issued a warning that Prussia will not be intimidated by others and that the recent actions of some neighboring states could have dire consequences.