Kevin hosted a "Big Battles" Sword and the Flame game featuring an assortment of Ottomans descending upon an Egyptian port. To thwart this incursion, the British fielded E.I.C. troops. The Pasha's objective was to take control of the port and shut it down. For the British player, he needed to stop and eliminate this threat.
The British account of the battle follows:
British forces race to defend the port
from Pasha Mohamed's attacks.
|E.I.C. marches quietly in the early dawn hours to|
defend the port from Pasha Mohamed.
Ottomans descend upon the port in wave after wave.
Regulars are positioned on the right while irregulars,
on the left, head straight towards the harbor.
Arab infantry maintains order among the rush
1st Corps figures
British forces reach edge of town and begin deploying.
Gurkas occupy the rocky outcropping but take
casualties from artillery fire.
British gun unlimbers and begins counter battery fire.
View of the port from overhead, behind British lines
Nizam Cedit march into battle to face the Gurkas.
Old Glory figures.
Pasha leading his men into battle
More of the Pasha's troops in battle array.
Pasha's artillery on the right firing first into the Gurkas
and then into the British artillery piece.
To relieve pressure on the Gurkas holed up in the
rocks, British cavalry advance out into the open
|Reinforcements sally from the town|
|Pasha forms a crescent moon around|
the defenders in an attempt
to outflank the British.
|Outnumbered by at least 3 to 1, British resolve stiffens|
as reinforcements advance to ease pressure on the
beleaguered Gurka. Ottoman artillery wreak
havoc on the exposed cavalry
|Irregulars attack on the right|
|and they attack in the center|
|but the redcoats stand firm|
|Overwhelmed, the British fall back with their left|
anchored on the rocks and their right on the port.
Casualties were heavy.
|The salient is reduced as the Pasha closes in|
on the port but British reinforcements are
nearby to plug gaps and support their comrades
|Pasha's Mamelukes seize the initiative and crash into|
the depleted ranks of the British cavalry.
|British cavalry are driven back as the irregulars dash|
in to attack the weakened foot near the port.
The Gurkas maintain their hold in the rocky
ground effectively splitting Pasha's attacks.
|Casualties mount on Pasha's right wing as the attack|
stalls. On the left, the irregulars' motivation
has vanished; so do the irregulars
|With British reinforcements streaming to the|
defense, Pasha calls off the attack and
disappears back into the desert
Thus ended the game in a British victory. The adaptation of the TSATF worked well and the game moved along nicely. Firing was by figure but melee was by stand. Melees were quick, decisive, and bloody.
Kevin moderated while I commanded the British. His brother and a young man, new to wargaming, commanded the Pasha's forces.
Kevin is in the midst of rebasing his 1830-1840s colonials so some of the bases are unfinished and some figures are still mounted singly. The collection contains a host of different manufacturers. I recognized Foundry, Old Glory, 1st Corps, Gripping Beast, and I think Hinchcliffe. Only Kevin knows what else is in there. When completed, this will be a very handsome collection!