maandag 2 februari 2015

For God, Queen and Country – Act Two

This test fielded the same forces, but with a new die cast for terrain, the field offered some better opportunities for coordinated attacks. Recalling the French tactical manuals, the Khan would attack in “echelon” formation. The Khan loved that word. Translated back into the local native language, this somehow became “I’ll see you first in Delhi”.  The Anglo-Indian army deployed in the same wining formation and within two bounds, anchored two square formations on the flanks of two infantry units in line.

As anticipated, the enemy threw their light horse well ahead of the main assault. Their goal was to occupy the British cavalry and inhibit their supporting their infantry.

By turn four, the game was still undecided as both sides took losses. The squares repelled repeated attack such that they could advance by small steps forward. This opened an opportunity for the Horse Artillery to gallop forward, unlimber and prepare for its next bound.

The European troops together with the Sepoys worked their clockwork precision volleys to wreak havoc on the cavalry. The Horse Artillery added their weight to send a number of cavalry units scurrying in different directions. The steady cadence of musket and artillery fire brought the issue to a close as the British cavalry had dealt handily with the rear attack.

The game took more bounds to come to a conclusion, but the actual time was not noticeably longer. This was a far more exciting game as both sides had even opportunity to ruin the chances of the other.
In both tests, the Sepoys formed square. Their basic combat factor being lower than the European could still be compensated by the protection offered by the square.

Wednesday evening, we test further adding infantry to the Native army.  


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