Today (Saturday) there was only Lawrence and me skirmishing, all the rest were doing Spearhead with 1941 Italians and British!
We tried a new sort of Colonial skirmish - in the Second Afghan war.
I painted a company of Wargames Factory British soon after they came out, and they have stayed in a box since then. It was nice to get a few out after all this time!
The scenario was that a british camp has been shot at sporadically by an Afghan gun, so the British send a platoon size force into the hills to try to silence it.
(The Afghans were randomly placed and run by the rules' solo system)
The force contains 20 Sikh guides, and 20 British regulars..
Our column, led by the Sikhs, pushed on down the valley edge..
A pair of Sikh scouts probed ahead carefully.
The British stood back in reserve, guarding the rear.
They spotted a fierce group of Ghazi in ambush!
..The enraged Ghazi charged in!
The Sikh scouts were both hit by return fire.
The British moved on, leaving half the force to watch the buildings.
The first Sikh group took cover...
..as the flank force spotted and killed the Afghan chief in the second house!
The force that had fallen back from the first house then retreated again.
Followed by the Chief's bodyguards.
Half of the British followed up aggressively.
And half the force pushed on round the house
..while continuing to shoot at the retreating Afghans.
The advance force was now involved against a new force..
..with devastating results!
They then came under fire from another hidden unit.
The British were able to reply with massive fire..
..and wiped them out in seconds.
Unspotted by the gun crew, the British shredded the gun crew with accurate fire.
As the last 2 crew attempted to drag the gun away, the gun was captured at beyonet point!
Further back, the Sikhs attacked another hill.
Neither side caused many shooting casualties despite the range.
..So the Afghans charged in!
The Sikhs lost their Subedar in the melee...