Up to now I have always had plenty of time to engage in my favourite hobby, but with the recent employment at a 9-5 job, my wargaming time has significantly decreased. As my dearth of posts recently can attest, it is certainly a time killer. “Try to do any with that AND three kids!” was the retort from a couple of my wargamer friends!
Anyway, as a last, before Christmas game, I hosted a colonial British Afghan expedition to supply cattle to a far outpost. Using my “veteran” (painted c.1987) Ral Partha ‘true 25s’, I had all six of the players play on the same side, while I would control the natives via “auto-pilot” chart and hidden deployment.
In a rare cooperative method the gents allocated troops and deployment sharing an overall plan. Sort of countering this, I also added my patented card sequence which uses a sequencing hierarchy to have the players move, should they choose, before others. Some used this, others just flipped over the next card they had, but this together with the rules (The Men Who Would Be Kings - TMWWBK) ensured a lack of foreknowledge of who-moves-next.
|The Imperial force marches|
|The logistical centre of the column advances|
|The Gordon Highlanders having covered the left bank of the waterway, crosses to join the column|
We still employed the rule’s activation which had the effect of the metal soldiers acting more prudently than their erst while commanders who might wish them to advance across open ground to “check out the unoccupied village” but the unit quite unwilling to move from their cover….
It came as no surprise to the colonials that as they neared their destination, the inviting British Regimental flag (they could not have seen the blood smears) was taken down and replaced by a horde of tribal warriors. These were largely dealt with by rifle fire from the near by rocky knoll (and my usual very poor dice rolling for the apparently inept locals). Throughout the affair I would regularly roll low - a string of four 1s at one point - so the tribal warriors seemed to have little heart in fighting and would rather withdraw than to engage, but much to the relief of the Colonial players.
|The fort with one of the tribal units having charged outside the gates|
|The Highlanders, having gained the top of the knoll, exchange shots with the unit in the tower.|
|The mountain gun, at the right, sets up for the final shots of the battle.|
….then put on their coats and went out into the rain for home…..