After discussion on the Sharp Practice Facebook page and seeing how few Pathans I got vs. the Anglo-Indian forces, I increased the cost of Imperial infantry by 4 points per group. I also ran the Pathans entirely as skirmishers as suggested by one of the group members.
The Anglo-Indian force had:
- 3 groups of Green British infantry with a level 3 and level 1 Big Men
- 2 groups of Gurkhas with a level 2 and level 1 Big Men
- 1 group of Bengal Lancers with a level 1 Big Man
- 1 screw gun with a level 1 Big Man
For his 10 support points Patrick took a water carrier, an ammunition mule, a Chaplain and upgraded his artillery commander to level 2.
The Pathans had:
- 14 groups of skirmishers with a level 3 and 6 level 1 Big Men divided into 7 formations
For my 5 support points I took 5 sangars. Although a Holy Man or secondary Deployment Point would have come in handy.
My DP was behind the tower and out of sight so as my formations came on they were able to deploy with the sangars on either side of the tower. One group occupied the tower. Another formation went up the mountain on my right to snipe at the British. Two other formations went left.
|Pathans mass around the tower of Dari Wada|
Patrick deployed the screw gun to support them on a small knoll. The Lancers went to his left to contest the narrow defiles at the foot of the mountain. The British infantry formed a firing line in front of the gun.
|Screw gun gets into action|
|Pathans skirmishing on the mountainside|
|Lancers getting fired upon|
Meanwhile I had pushed a formation out to my left to try and attack the British from the open ground. The Screw gun quickly swung into action and blasted them with canister. The British infantry then formed a firing line and unloaded a couple of volleys before they could activate. The 4 survivors out of the 12 man formation fled away with about 28 shock points and no leader!
|"Action front!" Screw gun blasts some advancing tribesmen with canister|
|Lancers charge into the musket smoke|
This allowed me to shift two formations out of their sangars and start sweeping around the Imperial left. The Gurkhas had retired with excess shock after a bitter firefight with the tribesmen in and around the tower. So they started shifting to cover the Imperial left flank.
|British getting outflanked on their left|
|Overrunning the British Deployment Point|
|British getting outflanked on their right too!|
|Forming a square|
|Over view at game's end|