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Saturday, 11 October 2014

The battle of San Diemas

Today, we did another Wild West game set in New Mexico in the 1880s.
The scenario was that a group of six gunmen and a few brave souls from the town are being attacked by an Apache War-party.
(The Apaches were deployed randomly, and run by the solo system in my rules:Law of the Gun)

The small town of San Diemas
 I had my Pistolero, Nathaniel Clinton and my side-kick, Ronan with a rifle, at the church. 
Two locals in the tallest building in town. 
Rod had his character, Bill, with a former Prussian officer, Von Kluger. 
More locals held the stores in the main street. Lawrence had his man Ted, with a side-kick, in the building at the end of the street. 
 A group of six Apache riders appeared from the south west.
Some dismounted Apaches approached from the South.  
 One group probed into town, bypassing the house held by Ted.
 One of the locals held his fire as they approached.
 Chico and Pedro, at the food store, did likewise.
 The Apaches moved on cautiously.
Finally, Enrico opened up. 
A lucky shot hit one of the Apaches in the chest and he went down. 
 Alerted, another group of Indians began going round the other side of Ted's house. 
In the centre of town, Bill sent Von Kluger up some steps for a better view. 
 The Apache horse advanced towards town.
 After climbing a rise, they came in sight of the town.
 Von Kluger spotted them and fired!
An excellent shot! 
Back at the South of town, the Apaches took cover, looking for their enemies.
 Seeing the fire-fight down the street, Nathaniel and Ronan left the church and probed down the East side of town. 
Ted, rather bravely, decided to stay in his building as it was outflanked by the Apaches. 
 The Apache horse galloped into town to escape Von Kluger's fire.
They began to open fire on the locals 'Whoopin' an' Hollerin' 

 On the ground floor of Ted's house, the other Apaches were shooting back at the locals too.
 The cavalry raced into town and attacked the distracted locals from the rear!
Neither Ted, or the Indians below, dared shoot into the confused melee.
Chico was chased through his store by a horseman.
Another pursued Enrico past Bill.
 A third local was caught in the open...
...and quickly killed with a lance thrust. 
 Enrico fled past an unimpressed Von Kluger
 Back in South, Ted emerged from his upper floor room and shot at the Apache horsemen...ineffectively.
 Two of the Indians dismounted, to despoil the dead local!
 The Apache who had attacked Enrico turned on Bill, and killed him with a Tomahawk.
Ted, meantime, shot an Apache coming up the stairs. 
Up near the church, another local, Joseph, fired at the horseman who had killed Bill...
The Apache rushed him as Joseph ducked back into the house. 
Amazingly, Joseph won the ensuing melee! 
 Ted, meanwhile, was fighting against more Apaches.
 My men, Nate and Ronan entered Chico's store from the rear.
 Some more Apaches advanced into the main street in support of their horsemen.
Most of the cavalry had dismounted and were skirmishing. 
 ...with Rod's new character, one of the locals in the tall building.
 Nate and Ronan began shooting at the cavalrymen across the street. 
Rod and his new sidekick also shot at them. 
..but the range was too great for them to help much. 
 Unseen by all, one of the horsemen was moving round the town towards the church. What was he up to?
 Joseph, meanwhile, was moving through the town, reaching Rod's dead character, Bill. Where was Von Kluger?
 Ted, meantime, descended the stairs as the Apaches took cover in the bottom floor room. From here, he turned and 'Fanned' his pistol into the room!
The survivors fled out of the rear entrance.
 Back at the church, the errant horseman was up to no good!
 The cavalrymen across the street from me decided to attack by outflanking Chico's store where Nate and Ronan were hiding.
 Joseph fired at the third cavalryman who had been wounded by my fire.
 The Indian died, gut-shot.
 Nate and Ronan dealt with the other two.
 As the rest of the Apaches retired from the field, seeing the killing zone we had set up as too tough to fight, Von Kluger reappeared! - he said he was trying to rally some of the runaway locals.....
So, a victory! ...
Gonna need another new church though!


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  2. Sorry, what I meant to say was when I was attending the SGM's Academy back in 2001 we did a staff ride to a border town that had a very similar scenario, but this would been the turn of the last century. Best, Dean

  3. Great stuff. My favorite blog post of yours yet.

  4. What a lovely report! Love these buildings and the ground, very immersive!

    1. Thanks Guys! - Lawrence at our club deserves the credit for this, he provided all the terrain and the scenario.

      I wish we could do more of these, but are limited by the fact that one of our group hates Wild West, and we try to please everyone!