Thursday, August 1, 2013

Defending the Pass


Last night the lads from the Lonely Gamers Club played a small colonial game, some where in the rugged hills of Afghanistan. There mission was to clear the hills leading up to the pass (way at the end of the table) and push onto relieve the besieged British forces.  To tell the truth it was not really that small of a game. The British forces had four regular companies (including the elite 92nd Highlanders - who were soon wiped out in the second turn), three companies of Indians, one Gurkha company, a section of artillery and a Bengal lancer squadron. 



The Afghans on the other hand fielded a mightily force - six companies of regulars, one Highland Guard company (out from Kabul), two sections of artillery, two cavalry units, two tribal warrior clans and two units of deadly warrior marksmen.....could the boys clear those hills????


At first the battle went well for the Empire...until the second turn when the 92nd was over whelmed by a swarm of warriors, hiding on the other side of a crest. Also the Afghan artillery laid down some very actuate fire onto the advancing British companies causing considerable causalities...there was serious discussions of possible Russian advisors in the hills???


However the other lads pushed on clearing the rough ground to their front of Afghan marksmen and pushed up to take the first of many ridge lines, but will heavy causalities.  On the left flank of the British line the Indian Brigade pushed up to clear the other ridge line of Afghans....only to be confronted by sustained accurate fire from Afghan Regulars hidden in the defiles and rough ground.


The Afghan Guards charged down through the defiles and into the Gurkha's, and after a fierce hand to hand fight managed to push the Gurkhas back. However the Guards were charged in turn and routed from the field, by some skillful fighting by the Indians.


By the end of turn seven and the last for the night the Empire forces had managed to gain and hold two of the ridge lines leading through to the pass, but failed to take the objective. They did however manage to inflict enough causalities on the Afghans to force them to withdraw and win a minor victory......another two two turn I think and the outcome may have been different..


The charge that overwhelmed the 92nd Highlanders


The last charge of the gallant 92nd


Afghan tribal artillery fires down on the advancing British forces


The warriors are pushed back by the steady, no nonsense British regulars


Afghan warriors snipe the advancing English


Royal Artillery shell the enemy held heights



Afghan regular cavalry


Afghan Guard prepare to charge down from the heights


Tribal cavalry


The Afghan Guards charge and in a fierce hand to hand battle defeat the Gurkhas, but are defeated in turn by supporting Indian troops



British regulars take the first ridge line


Afghan regulars charge Indian troops




15 comments:

BigRedBat said...

Lovely photos Vinnie. But who won?

Vinnie said...

The great and mightly Empire of our Queen Victoria...but only just

Mark Stanton said...

Some very good looking models you have there, love the Indians

Dave Hancox said...

Indeed a mighty game, shame the Afghans didn't show some backbone, running away from a few Indians sheech I am sure there will be some justice meted when they get back to camp for failing their jihad lol

cheers

Vinnie said...

Dave indeed I think there will be....

GuitarheroAndy said...

WOW!!!!!!! Now, that's what Colonial gaming should look like! I love the NW Frontier... Seeing your stuff makes me want to drag all my unpainted Afghan War kit out and start on it, but sadly, I have no opponents round here...

Bluewillow said...

fantastic mate!

Are you playing a campaign at the moment or was this just a bug hunt?


some lovely stuff on the table never the less!

cheers
Matt

Secundus said...

Some really beautiful painting go on here. A real understanding of colour and brush work. The photos are a real pleasure to look through, great stuff!

Grigork said...

Great stuff. Good looking game and lovely figures.

A J said...

Fantastic stuff! Great photos and AAR. So the shiny new 92nd got wiped out, in the fine old gaming tradition that befalls new figures everywhere. ;)

Neil said...

Great figures and great game! Keep them coming.

Sidney Roundwood said...

Really excellent battle report and terrific painting. The figures blend so well with the terrain. And looks like it was a very close-run thing...!

Vinnie said...

Thanks for all the great comments guys and happy to hear you all enjoyed the images. Colonial has been one of my favourite periods for the last few years and my collections seems to grow with each passing day.

Regards

Nathan

Joshua S-M said...

I'm probably thinking that I should of been far more aggressive with my units of cav, but at the end of the day.... The artillery was just too scary. :(

Larry Stehle said...

Great AAR & photos!!! What rules system did you use?