Here are a few images of a Second Afghan War era game using "The Sword and the Flame" rules. The beautiful "set" was designed and built by Ethan "Mad Guru" Reiff. The figures are mostly Ethan's with a few units of Pathans and Bengal Lancers from my own collection.
The scenario called for the Anglo-Indian contingent to break out of their camp, together with a large hoard of camp followers, to try to gain the protection of the British-held fortress of Bala Hissar.
Despite some audacious cavalry attacks by Will and Jeff, pursued in true death or glory style, the overwhelming number of angry Pathans was too much for the column and it suffered the same fate as the British column at Gandamak in 1842.
|Ethan's amazing "set" for the battle|
|The Civilian Camp Followers: quite a burden|
|The Citadel of Bala Hissar|
|Which road to use for the march?|
|The Anglo-Indian Imperial Army Deploys|
|Pathans appear on the Right flank|
|Jeff flushes more Pathans on the Right|
|Will's Bengal Lancers take the Center bridge|
|The fight on the Right and Center develops|
|Jeff presses home his cavalry charge|
|Sikh Infantry supporting the cavalry|
|Supporting fire on the right from the Encampment|
|The terrified civilians surge out of the camp gate|
|Will's cavalry continue the pursuit to the mountain pass|
|British Infantry follow up over the Bridge|
|Sikh firing line to the left of the Bridge|
|Large reserves of Pathan's are everywhere, including in Kabul|
|Disaster! Painting by Lady Elizabeth Butler: "Remnants of an Army". |
What actually happened in 1842.