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A Skirmish Near Kabul – 1879

Yesterday the boys of the Lonely Gamers Club (Leroy Simpson & Peter Hall) played a nice little 2nd Afghan War game, using a play test version of Andrew Parr’s new Colonial Wargamimg Rules. We have never played this period before and it was also the first time Leroy had used his Afghans, so it was to be an interesting game. Both sides would have artillery and regular infantry, however the Afghan had no cavalry (Leroy has not finished painting them yet), but they did have two units of screaming mad warbands.

The British force was made up of 1 x Elite Company (Highlanders), 2 x Professional Regular Companies (British), 2 x Irregular Drilled Indian Companies), 1 x Battery of Guns and a unit of Drilled Bengal Lancers…all under the command of Peter Hall.

Leroy’s Afghan Army consisted of 6 x Irregular Drilled Infantry Companies, 1 x Regular Line Company (Afghan Highlander Guard), 2 x Warrior Warband and an Artillery Battery.

Initially all went well for Peter, his regular managed to scale a steep hill and capture a victory location on the first turn…..however

Leroy’s Afghan regulars had other plans..they saw that the British Regulars were only supported by another small company of Indian troops so they would soon direct four companies to retake the feature and capture the victory marker back.

Afghan gunners look for targets

Leroy’s Afghan Regulars start to assault the British held victory marker

Elite Highlanders about to be charged by a fanatic warband

More lovely lads in kilts..this time Afghan Highlander Guard

Steady lads

The fight for the summit – the British troops hold the line but withdraw in the next move due to mounting pressure on the front and flanks on their position.

More hand to hand combat in the center of the table as the British move up and try to stem the advance of the aggressive Afghans

Afghan Regulars swam over the high ground as the British troops withdraw

As the Highlanders are forced back more Afghan warriors charge over a British gun section

Indian Irregulars get the bayonet in and push back the Afghan Guard

In the end the overwhelming numbers of Afghans and time defeated the British. It was however very close, Peters Bengal Lancers managed to sneak around the Afghan lines and capture a victory marker and cause two units of Afghans to rout in the last turn. This in turn reduced the victory point margin and Leroy only one by a point…very close game.


19 thoughts on “A Skirmish Near Kabul – 1879”

  1. Fantastic Vinnie!
    As a Scotsman I feel faltered that they chose the kilt for that unit they must have been impressed with the soldiers that faced them.

    As always great eye candy and as others hae comented not something you see often!

    Best wishes

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