Well, May is supposed to see the launch of the Lydian Campaign and it may happen yet, but while the Persians are just about ready, but the Lydians aren't. Meanwhile some discussions and a test game of Black Powder has me curious as to whether it can really give a decent Colonial skirmish. My 54mm Sudan troops are all gone but for a few stragglers but I still have my handful of Nku Khu warriors (aka Zukus) and enough 1860's British troops to set some thing up. I was tempted to pick an old favorite but its time to try another as yet unplayed scenario from The Battlegames Table Top Teasers, Vol 1. Now where in this mess of a 1/2 moved into house, are my 54's and what do I still have 5 or 6 years after their last game? Since the number of figures per unit doesn't really matter other than relative size and looks, I'll skimp a bit and use 6 or 8 Brits in a single line as a standard unit and 10 or so natives as a warband or 6 as skirmishers. OK, a planned OB from memory then, when I clear the table and break out the troops, we'll see what troops can actually make it!
"Caught On The Move"
New Durban has enjoyed peace for a decade now (see New Durban Times) , but with peace has come an influx of settlers and pressure to expand the boundaries into Nku Khu Land. A new settlement on the Kenabekhazi River has led to some minor violence and threats and Fort Belmont has been established to over awe the natives. It is the end of May and to the normal resupply convoy, a 4.7" naval gun has been added to beef up the fort's defenses. The aging rebel, TopHat hears of it and convinces Prince Kwannabe to take steps to stop the gun from arriving.
Nku Khu under Prince Kwannabe CV 8
Advance Guard under: Top Hat CV 9
2 units of rebel skirmishers with rifled muskets
1 Nku Khu warband
Main Force under Dhatawayo CV 8
1 unit skirmishers with muskets
3 Nku Khu warbands
Flanking Force under Ngoharonde CV 8
2 Nku Khu warbands
British under Colonel MacDuff CV9
Convoy escort under Major Dasher CV8
1 company Victoria Rifles
1 company Highlanders (Black Watch or Gordans)
1 company Naval Brigade
1 troop of Lancers
Reserve at Schlafenplatz Farm under Major Livzere CV 8
1 company of local volunteers (skirmishers)
1 company ND Police
Rocket Battery gun and crew
2 troops of Hussars
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Friday, May 14, 2010
Drums, Drums, the lion is not asleep tonight! Black Powder meets Britain's
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.