The Russian Skobelev Brigade has moved south through the pass and taken control of Tirakh Mir. General Mikhail Skobelev and his 2IC Colonel Igor Blaramberg command the Skobelev Brigade consisting of the elite Semenovski Life Guards, the veteran Kazanski Rifles, the Susdal Line Regiment, and the Borodinski Line Regiment, which are supported by an artillery battery, the 1st Ural Cossacks, and accompanied by Tajik allied tribesman, both foot and cavalry.
This game was played with my favorite rules set The Sword And The Flame - TSATF. We used this new awesome playing card deck (on right) for TSATF moving and firing sequences that my friend Bob who flew in from Kansas for this campaign game gifted to me on game day. We also used several event deck cards (on left) that we hand picked the previous night for each side from the cool NWF TSATF Event Deck, produced and distributed by TVAG. However, as the game progressed and the event deck cards pulled we both agreed we should have picked them sober and not while drinking a bottle of tasty Tullamore D.E.W., LOL...
Ballah Khan, younger brother of Ali Razah Khan surveys his village and valley that has been defiled by northern infidels. See the hand drawn map above which he created to show his brother, Captain Mustafa Nadir of the Afghan local force garrison, in order to plan the attack to liberate his village!
With the role of a die the fog begins to lift increasing visibility 6” each turn. Ballah Khan’s tribe moves swiftly but stealthily through the rough ground to take up firing positions on the flank of the Tajik Black Lances, though they still can't fire on the cavalry due to the fog nor can the cavalry see the Pathans.
The dice are once again favoring the Pashtuns, more lucky dice are rolled and the next tribe also enters from the SW corner through the same foothills with cover along with more Afghan Regular forces. This will allow the tribesmen to concentrate a large force for a concerted attack! With the fog lifting and the Russians finally able to muster and "stand to" the battle commences.
Movement is completed and the fire phase begins, a card is pulled .....
...... and the first fire goes to the Pathans. They unleash a deadly volley into the flank of the Tajik Black Lances which sends them falling back towards the vill.
Afghan regular forces advancing on the village come under accurate artillery fire from the highly trained, and well painted Russian gunners! (From Askari Miniatures)
The Afghan Regular forces continue to enter the fray with another infantry unit entering the battle as tribes of Pathans and Chitralis already on the table surge forwards.
Russian defenders, Askari Miniatures, Colorado, USA
As the Tajik Black Lances continue to retreat they take long rage fire from their rear as Afghan Jezzails open up sending them all the way back to Tajikistan.
Every other turn an Event Card is pulled, this time it’s an Imperial Event, Defective Cannon Ammunition, reduce the amount of available artillery rounds. As the Russians are the imperial forces in this conflict the event card affects them. We deduced the innocent looking civilian fetching water returned to the vill and doused the power bags of the Russian artillery. I altered the card parameters, a die was thrown leaving them with (3) remaining rounds for the game. Since this is a campaign and the resupply will not make it in time for this days action it was a critical moment in the battle.
The Chitrali and Afridi tribesmen surge forwards in a concerted attack, lucky die rolls brining in the bulk of their forces together.
The third clan of Ghazis charges the withdrawing Borodinski Regt….
5 February 1891 - Afghanistan, Chitral Territory5 February 1891, a reinforced Russian Brigade has moved SW around Chitral to block an Anglo-Indian force headed to relieve the beleaguered garrison of Chitral Fort