Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Small Raid Across the Boarder - North West Frontier

Last night myself Brian and Dave got together and played  anise little North West Frontier game using Andrew Parr's "Breach Loader & Rifle" Colonial rules. Each side fielded a 750pt army with 20pts left over for special assets. Brian played on the side of the British Empire and Myself and Dave the forces of the National Afghan Army.

The British Colonial Forces were consisted of three Brigades, one Cavalry Brigade (two regiments of Bengal Lancers), one Indian Infantry Brigade (four regiments 2nd Class Infantry) and one combined Gurkha/Highlander Brigade (two Gurkha units and one Highlander). In support for Brian was a nasty belt fed vickers machine gun detachment.

Our fateful Afghans also fielded three brigades, one of cavalry (two Warrior cavalry and one regular cavalry), one Afghan regular infantry Brigade (six regular infantry and one guard unit) and one complete warrior brigade ( two units of skirmishers and two fanatical warrior units). In support we had two batteries of artillery......and they did some good work.

The scenario we rolled for was 'Assault'. This was where both objective markers were placed in the defenders zone and only the attacker could flank march and the the defender had to have two brigades in reserve. Brian was of course the attacker and Dave and myself the defenders of Islam.

Now one would of thought with breach loading rifles, lancer armed cavalry and a machine gun battery the Afghans would have had their arses handed to them...however with some champion dice rolling from Dave and myself we manage to give Brian one of the biggest defeats he has ever received. Both his cavalry and Indian Brigades for defeated in turn and destroyed. Thus his only remaining brigade conducted a hasty retreat.

Afghan regulars move up in support of the Afghan Guard unit in the village

There was a mighty clash of horse flesh on the Afghan left flank as the Indian Lancer Brigade tried repeatedly to break through.

The cavalry clash on the flack of the table went on for at least four turns but saw the Afghan  Tribal Warriors slowly overwhelm the Indians and forced them from the table with heavy loses. 

The only real victory for the Indian Brigade was the capture of the village....but they only manage to hold for two turns before they were in turn forced out by Dave's aggressive leadership.

After three attempts to bring on our final Brigade they finally arrived and were the hammer against the anvil. Their presence alone forced the Imperial line to fall back and finally give was to a powerful flank attack.

More Afghan irregular artillery deploys and fire canister into the Indians

The great Afghan marksmen take up a defensive position behind one of main stone walls and fire volley after volley into the advancing Imperialists 

"Well my dear chap I think we are for a Gin & Tonic?"

The Indian flank crumbles 

Down to half a section the MG crews stand by their guns

Victorious Afghan cavalry move into position to harass the enemy rearguard

Afghan Regular artillery played a keen roll in lasts nights battle

The last victory for the Gurkha's - defeating a lone Afghan unit, just prior to their withdrawal 


irishhighlander said...

And who would have thought that British and Gurkhas would be fighting there again 120 years later!

Rodger said...

Fantastic looking game! Great report!

Pierre le Poilu said...

I love the figures and the scenery. Looks like it was a good game. So, what happened to the goats - were they part of the victory banquet?

Bedford said...

Stunning stuff.... great terrain layout and fab set up all round.

I love games like this!


Allan and Carmen said...

Fantastic set up!

Are the game rules up for sale yet?

Where did you find such great looking miniatures ranges?

Phil said...

Excellent! A pleasure for our eyes!

DeanM said...

Everything looks wonderful - from the troops to the lovely fruit trees!

Michael Mills said...

Wonderful eye candy! Those sheep are tough nuts, they don't seem at all phased by the carnage going on around them...

John Lambshead said...

A beautifully presented game.

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments guys...ah yes the old sheep were herded around in between the battle lines all game.

The figures on the Afghan side are a mix of Old Glory and Wargames Foundry. The Imperial forces are a good mix of Foundry, Perry and Cast a Way Arts miniatures.

The rules are not yet up for sale but please drop me an email and I will send you through a set.



Bluewillow said...

lovely stuff Vinnie!


Simon Miller said...

Looks absolutely stunning! Very impressive.

Marfac70 said...

Wonderfull!!Just bought some 20 mm Red Box Colonial Infantry and Afghan Warriors and already ordered a big deal of them plus Hat i would be very intersted in your rules..

Christian T. said...

Look great. Would love to read your rules

Willie Anderson said...

Fantastic looking game Vinnie love those Afghan regs

Vinnie said...

Thanks again for all the great comments