On Saturday, we managed to get in a game of The Men Who Would Be Kings set in 1880-ish North West Frontier. A small village near the border between Afghanistan and British India. The British government in Peshawar heard reports that the Afghan government had occupied a village in territory claimed by Her Majesty, and sent out two small expeditionary forces to investigate. Their orders were to inspect a number of map locations and report back with the strength of the Afghan presence.
The Afghan commander of course had moved his unit of the Afghan army into the small village that had been part of Afghanistan since time immemorial. He had summoned the local chiefs to attend him in the village, and they were on their way when the British forces intruded onto the scene!
Jim and Doug each commanded a British brigade consisting of one unit of British regular infantry (66th Foot for Doug and Gordon Highlanders for Jim), plus two Indian army infantry units (Guides and Gurkhas for Doug and Sikhs and Guides for Jim). Each British force also had a field gun - RA for Doug and an Indian mountain gun for Jim. Peter took the Afghan Army detachment of two regular infantry, one militia infantry, one militia cavalry and one artillery piece. I brought a collection of tribesmen including two units of Ghazis, three groups of tribesmen with firearms and a single mountain gun.
Here is a shot of the village, with the hinterland to the rear. Doug's force is mustering in the foreground. The row of low bush to the rear represents a shallow waterway.
The British forces were to inspect 6 different locations:
1. Collection of fish and other foodstuffs inside the compound
3. Mule caravan on route to the village
4. Herd of sheep in the hills outside the village
Jim's field force - all Foundry figures
Doug's field force. The casualty figures were used as pinned markers.
Afghan regulars in the village.
If you look carefully you might see a couple of anachronistic AK-47s. Didn't help their shooting, however!
Doug's field force deploys...
As does Jim's.