Sunday, May 10, 2015

Siege Relief on the NWF

Kevin hosted a birthday game set in one of his favorite time periods using one of his favorite rules.  The game was set in the NWF using Kevin's Fast Play TSATF.

When I arrived, I was immediately struck by the massive scale of the terrain to which we would be battling today.  The game was to be played across three separate, mountainous tables.  Each table consisted of an interesting mix of mountains and valley floors.
Board 1 in the river valley
Middle (Board 2)
Board 3 - Citadel
Today's objective centered on a British relief force marching through the mountain passes to reach and then relieve their compatriots holed up in a citadel currently under siege.  The relief force would have to cross two mountainous boards before arriving at the foot of the citadel on Board 3.

Enjoy the photo journal of the game.
Sepoys approach the the ford.
Once across, Brits will be in hostile territory.
Regulars follow up in close support
With the ford negotiated, opposition is driven
 back into the mountain pass
Regulars cross the ford with guns
British regulars take the lead as the
relief force descends from the pass onto Board 2.
Besiegers must send troops to block relief columns
Behind the lines view of Scott's painting handiwork
The natives were unable to stop the relieving force and the British column marched to victory.

Great game, Kevin, and marvelous mountain terrain!

20 comments:

  1. Wow! What terrific looking terrain. The troops are lovely too. The citadel is quite impressive indeed.

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    1. In person it is even more impressive. Three 4'x6' tables with unique layout on each.

      Kevin is a "mountain" man, for sure!

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  2. Beautiful post Jonathan, love your photo journal of the game, and on the first picture the vignette is amazing!

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    1. The camel gun is my favorite too! Great vignette!

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  3. Fantastic looking game, sorry I missed it!

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    1. It did look good. When I first came down into the basement and saw the layout, I was amazed.

      Too bad you could not attend.

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  4. Amazing terrain, miniatures and the work involved to place the pieces together - Awesome display!

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    1. Awesome display is right on!

      Kevin put a lot of work into these pieces and it shows. He should do a tutorial on mountain building. It really turned out well.

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  5. What beautiful pictures! An original and interesting historical age.
    Your British for the "Great game" looks attractive.
    see you soon
    Simone

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    1. Figures and terrain all looked wonderful. Kevin has an excellent collection of colonial troops.

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  6. What an impressive collection and terrain board - that citadel is the envy of many I'm sure...

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    1. I agree! The visual impact of the whole layout was a real treat for the eyes. Kevin had the foresight to model some flat spots into the hills so that figure stands would not topple down into the many ravines.

      The game produced a lively discussion on the Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King." Great movie too!

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  7. The rocky terrain is quite clever. I can't imagine the camel appreciated the gun on his back.

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    1. Re the camel gun. Yes, we discussed the merits of that arrangement as well.

      The rocky terrain was quite clever. Huge chunk of real estate.

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  8. What a setup - that is absolutely magnificent. I am desperately jealous.

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    1. Yes, it was quite a big set up. Marching across valleys and mountain passes on three separate terrain tables was fun.

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  9. That fortress looks fantastic! It's the colonial period that I think offers the most "fair" fights so to speak and looks great!

    Christopher

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    1. Yes, the mountain passes and citadel are fantastic, for sure. I am not sure colonials offer many "fair" fights but it does offer good opportunities for cooperative play with most active players taking the role of the colonial powers and the natives being controlled by the umpire.

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