Round 3 British v Zanzibari. Last Bullet scenario.
The British were the defenders in this scenario falling back on an adobe compound in the face of attacking Zanzibari.
The British took a regular unit of Sikhs & Punjabis with a mountain gun, the Zanzibari force was 2x train guard (better quality militia), a mountain gun, Baluchi matchlocks and Zanzibari irregular cav.
It was on leadership that things started to fall apart for the Zanzibaris, Quecumba Salad managed a 6+ and his 2iC Mustafa Fag a 7+ with neither one having any benefit from traits (I think one had Bald as a Coot).
The British on the other hand had 5+ leadership all round with 2iC Captain Pickles being a ‘Sporting Umpire’ and Colonel Chips Fanshawe, obviously cowed by being outnumbered, was ‘Yellow Bellied. Whilst neither of these traits were particularly positive they weren’t a hindrance in this scenario where the British would be falling back and on the defensive.
The board at the start of the game, this was the only time the Zanzibari started with their units lined up.
On their first move the Zanzibari cavalry set off at a gallop down the right flank trying to cut off the retreating British however Salad who led this unit seemed unable to urge them forward with any haste, three moves the at the double roll being +1.
Things weren’t going much better in the centre with Mustafa Fag’s two units moving once and not at all in three rounds. The Baluchi did get forward however and in the second and third rounds effectively sniped the British gunners who were stalled moving their mountain gun.
The Zanzibari advance, they’d be ok attacking left to right unfortunately they were attacking bottom to top.
The largest slice of misfortune was however reserved for the Zanzibari gunners. Quecumba Salad had taken a mountain gun to batter the British when they were in their compound (hard cover) chipping away at them at long range and helping accumulate casualties. This was a sound plan which reckoned without the random appearance of a lion. As we now have a lion model we’ve got some stats for one appearing randomly once per game if troops are in soft cover. With the mountain gun setting up in soft cover ranging in on the British the lion appeared and attacked the crew killing three in the first attack and finishing of the remaining crew man in the next round.
The British claimed it was Clarence the mascot doing his bit for the regiment!
Clarence or Leo or whoever snacking on Zanzibari gunners.
With the Baluchis being the only effective attacking force for the first few turns they took quite a lot of return fire and were considerably whittled down.
The militia units eventually got going but suffered the odd casualty and failing pinning and rallying tests repeatedly eventually fled the board even though they were almost full strength.
Whilst this debacle unfolded the Sikhs fell back in trees to the left of the compound and the Punjabis occupied the adobies. The mountain gun was lost as its crew were finished off by the Baluchi sniping.
Lining up with the tattered remains of what was left of a once proud force the Zanzibari cavalry attacked the Sikhs and over three rounds of combat killed all but one man and Captain Pickles. Pickles rallied his man however and as the Punjabis provide covering fire pinning the cavalry they fell back out of range of further charges.
Quecumba Salad leads his cavalry in a victorious charge, its a shame he forgot about the rest of his force.
The Baluchis were having no luck shooting with reduced numbers against the hard cover so made a death or glory charge to cover a cavalry attack against the Punjabis in the compound. Neither attack went well and Salad’s cavalry were all but wiped out whilst a round of shooting saw off the Baluchis and gave the British a solid win.
Colonel Fanshawe will doubtless regale anyone he comes across with tales of his exploits though the most telling intervention was probably from Clarence.
Baluchis making the wrong choice out of the death or glory options