"Well sir, it was a near run thing."
"The natives shot straight, a bullet to the head more often than not while they were just as lethal with blade in hand. The poor Gordons and Naval Brigade were wiped out to a man. If the enemy's nerve had held up under artillery fire I'm not sure we could have shifted them but shift them we did in the end."
There is room for lots more chrome but the rules provided just the sort of quick diversion that I had in mind. (Quick as in an hour+ playing time for 9 out of 12 possible turns with 5 units per side.) There were enough dice flying to make sure outcomes were always in doubt. The Natives saved their 6's for shooting and melee, the British used up many of theirs testing the effect of hits! (Ouch!). They were however outrageously plucky on morale rolls. It was nip and tuck until the last turn when the artillery womped some camel mounted infantry which failed morale followed by the Sheikh failing Army Morale.
I did some tidy up editing to the rules and am thinking of calling them "Upsetting the Civilians" but name proposals are invited.
** Update. After some post game reflections and trials I've decided to drop the killed/wounded/pinned test or at least make it optional in favour of 1/2 dice at long range 6 vs cover, 5,6 vs open and instead take a morale check if taking any hits from shooting or being suffering more hits in melee. Saame test but the 1,2,3 result will be pinned if 1/2+ strength or retreat if below 1/2 or in melee.
This is now my official 8th Active Period: Old Toy Soldier 1880's Colonials in Nkukhuland and in the NorthWest. The Nkukhuland upgrades will have to wait though till the NW side is done. I may not get at it till 2017 but I anticipate some homecasting and maybe a few purchases from London Bridge in the US and possibly from Dorset in the UK.
The Active Duty List:
1. 25mm fantasy Medieval massed battles (Gathering of Hosts)
2. 40mm Elastolin Prince Valiant skirmish
3. 40mm 16thC small battles
4. 40mm NQSYW Charge! games
5. 40mm Atlantica gridded Horse & Musket
6. 20 mm ACW battles
7. 54mm Colonial skirmish
8. 40mm Atlantica gridded early 20thC