Friday, May 1, 2015

A Skirmish on the Veldt


Last night myself and the two Dave's got together and played a smallish game of 'Breachloader & Rifle', which a fast play rule set designed to play during mid to late Colonial period so 1870's to 1902. They are still in the trail stage at the moment but are coming along nicely. Our game involved to 600pt Armies one of Boer (seven mounted infantry units & a pom pom battery) and the other a mounted Imperial Army (three mounted infantry, one lancer regiment, one Dragoon regiment and a maxim machine gun battery. 


The game proved very hard for the Imperial forces as the Boer ability to remain hidden (smokeless ammunition) and being better shots caused many causalities on the Imperial player. However once the cavalry finally managed to get onto the table (they were in reserve) the Boers started to feel the pressure. But in the end the game went to the Boers as they managed to capture both victory markers and destroyed 80% of the Imperial force. Lesson number one for the Imperial player.....more artillery required and don't place your best troops in reserve.


Empress Miniatures Frontier Light Horse painted up as Imperial Mounted Infantry


Boer mounted infantry gallop past a wagon Laager and towards the Imperial lines


These fellows did some serious damage on the Boers and held up their left flank attack for five turns, but all fell at their guns from Boer small arms fire.


Boer Pom Pom Battery 


Old Glory dismounted Colonial troops


Boer Commando Command stand


Lancers......died to the last man


A Boer attack on a Imperial Mounted Infantry position


The Boers take the Blockhouse 



Another attack on the hill and the Imperial Mounted Infantry are pushed back



The Boers take the hill but the IMI ready for another assault to take back the hill



At last the Dragoon arrive and charge the Boers in the flank



They then dismount and hold firm...but that was the last turn and the Boers are victorious


Three troops of Imperil Mounted Infantry all from Brian Buskell's very nice British Boer War collection



19 comments:

Jonathan Freitag said...

Eye appealing game as always.
How would your rules work for the Spanish-American War?

Anna Elizabeth said...

Darn it you guys, I always want to start collecting the things you show. :D

The British Dragoons are Empress Native Horse miniatures? Do want. :)

Moiterei_1984 said...

What an awesome looking game!

Gordon Richards said...

Fantastic table and minis as always. Rules sound very interesting!

Phil said...

Top notch photos as usual, your battles are always impressive!

Ogilvie VC said...

Crikey, those Boers gave a good account of themselves. Great pictures.

Bedford said...

Really good stuff matey!

I'd be one of the first to admit that I don't usually go for OG sculpts but em masse they look quite something.

Darrell.

Wargame News and Terrain Blog, said...

Excellent miniatures and terrain, I especially like the blockhouse! Cheers

Greg Sapara said...

Simply superb!

A J said...

Excellent!

Juan MancheƱo said...

Really nice game table. Those Boers are very dangerous!

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone. Playing against the Boers can be very hard for the imperial player used to shooting at spear throwing opponents and basically getting his own way. It is a period you don't see played very often but is definately a period you need to have a go at the brush up your skills.

Regards

Nathan

David Cooke said...

Fantastic looking figures and table! Very much enjoyed the Imperil Mounted Infantry.

Peter said...

These look great - sure OG figures are kind of impressionistic at times but a loving paint job and high quality basing and all that character just shines through.

Carlo said...

Looking sensational as always Nathan.

Kaspar Olesen said...

Wow this game is pure eye candy. I am looking for Boer War skirmish rules, any chance of you sharing your rules?

Vinnie said...

Kasper,

Not a problem drop me your email and I can email you a copy.

Regards

Nathan

Kaspar Olesen said...

That is excellent ... kaspar.olesen@gmail.com

Sidney Roundwood said...

Excellent post, Nathan. Lovely terrain and figures. I can second the experience with the Boers. We've been playing the period in 6mm, and the Boers have given the Imperial forces more than a few reverses.