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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

First Two Games of The Men Who Would Be Kings - Boer and Sudan Wars



Boers on the left, British on the right

First Boer Mounted Infantry Unit

Second Boer Unit

Third Boer Unit

British forces with Australian and Highlander Units

Boers move around a hill


Last Tuesday afternoon Craig came over with his lovely Foundry Boer and British forces to play our first game of The Men Who Would Be Kings. We played the first scenario in the rules, Just Passing By, where both sides meet in the field while on their way to fulfil other orders. The Boers didn't have much of a chance as they rolled really badly throughout the entire game. Crucially each Boer unit's leadership value was 8 while the British were 5 and 6. There wasn't enough terrain to allow them to go to ground and the British just shot them up and once they were pinned they weren't able to rally.



Another unit crosses the river

The pinned markers start to mount

A Boer unit takes up a position on a hill

A rally is looking increasingly unlikely!

The British unit completes another round of firing

The Highlanders just make firing range



On Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club for my second game of The Men Who Would Be Kings, this time the setting was the Sudan War. Rick provided the beautifully painted Perry Mahdist and British forces and we played the second scenario, Seek and Destroy, with the British attacking and attempting to destroy a Mahdist Village. This was a bit of a slaughter of the Mahdists, but eventually they were able to close with British and wiped out the Camel Corps unit. They had suffered so many casualties by this stage that the British were able to occupy the village. I'm not too sure we were doing the pinned tests correctly with multiple casualties and rounds of fire but it was a fun game.



Mahdist forces defending their village

Opposite side of the table with Mahdist reinforcements visible

Egyptian Infantry

British Camel Corps

British Light Infantry

Mahdist reinforcements arrive on the table

British advance towards the village

Mahdist camel unit retreat from combat

Mahdists suffer more withering British fire

Mahdists wipe out the Camel Corps

Egyptians are pinned and forced to retreat

22 comments:

  1. Great to see a couple more games been played, most get my own forces into action.

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    1. Thanks Michael, look forward to seeing your forces in action.

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  2. The whole table and the troops look pretty cool! I've heard a lot about the rules, they are very tempting!!

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    1. Thanks Ray, they are fun, same game system as Lion Rampant.

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  3. Fantastic looking games and figures. I especially like the Sudan game. Champion stuff.

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    1. Thanks Vinnie, your Sudan games set the standard!

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  4. Two fine looking games. The Sudan collection is an especially inviting sight.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, Rick's Sudan forces were professionally painted.

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  5. Great looking troops, Sudan is a real temptation...Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Phil, the Sudan is a temptation. I've just ordered some of the Perry plastics!

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  6. Lovely figures. I must give the rules a try.

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    1. Thanks Colin, they're fun, same basics as Lion Rampant.

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  7. Wonderful looking games! I really would like to try the rules someday.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, they're definitely worth a try.

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  8. Wonderful report on what looks like a cracking set of rules. Love the terrain and figures Cyrus.

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    1. Thanks Carlo, my mate Rick has your The Sands of Sudan rules which we hope to play as well.

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  9. Great set of rules for evening gaming, ready to try the Sudan with Eypgtians, so a very inspiring report

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    1. Thanks Scotsgrey, they're a good set for a quick game and the Sudan War is such an inspiring period.

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