|End of the action, Bengal Lancers and Indian Mountain gun cover the retiring baggage train.|
We had my colonials on the table for the first time in at least 10 years with the CS Grant ambush scenario. Curt took the Natives and Sylvain the Imperial British. As is typically with colonials, the key is the balance given the disparity of abilities. Given memories of many Imperial victories in past games, I may have erred on the side of making the Natives too strong. More precisely, Curt would have had trouble getting more troops to the fore but an extra unit of Imperial infantry would have really helped Sylvain a lot. However, we had a good game which walked the knife balance of Imperial Triumph against the odds and Imperial disaster!
Forces were as follows
- A unit of 12 British Infantry (Rosshire Buffs)
- A unit of 12 Ghurkas
- A unit of 12 Sikhs
- A mountain gun in pack
- 4 baggage train of 4 camels and civilians (2 nuns)
- A unit of 6 Bengal Lancers
- 4 units of 12 irregular tribesman
- 1 unit of 16 native regulars
- 1 unit of 9 irregular cavalry
Curt was his typical aggressive self and positioned his cavalry closest to the enemy and charged with everything as soon as possible. As a result, the Imperial column was boxed in and unable to deploy properly. Even worse, both the dice and the card sequence were against Sylvain. The local Iman must have out prayed the Sisters!
Having withstood multiple charges (and seen off half the native forces), the Imperial infantry finally cracked and routed off board. The Bengal lancers (the column's rear guard) arrived just in time to rescue the Nuns. We ruled that the Lancers and mountain gun could get the camels back to camp, with the Natives being too weak to follow. A tactical victory for the Natives, but a strategic draw.
|Native horse (RAFM) charge Gurkhas and Scots (Minifigs)|
|The infantry turn to face, but are not able to fire.|
|Natives close in on the imperial force.|
|Natives advancing in mob.|
|The british leave a gap in the line, which the natives exploit|
|The hole in the wall.|
|The Bengal Lancers counter charge to save the Sisters' Honour.|