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Monday, 26 September 2011

Wellesley in India

The Black Powder supplement Last Argument of Kings got its first run out on Sunday. We did a Wellesley in India scenario using the colonial India data from the supplement.

The opposing forces:
British
Unit Size Type Weapon H to Hand Shoot Morale Stamina Special
Wellesley (9)
Dragoons Small  Reg. Cav Sword 4 1 3+ 3 Ferocious Charge, Valiant, Marauders
Dragoons Small  Reg. Cav Sword 4 1 3+ 3 Ferocious Charge, Valiant, Marauders
Sepoy Btn Small  Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 4+ 3 First Fire 
1st Foot Brigade (8)
Line Regt Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 3+ 3 First Fire, Reliable, Steady
Sepoy Regt  Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 4+ 3 First Fire 
Artillery Smoothbore 1 3-2-1 4+ 2
2nd Foot Brigade (8)
Line Regt Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 3+ 3 First Fire, Reliable, Steady
Sepoy Regt  Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 4+ 3 First Fire 
Artillery Smoothbore 1 3-2-1 4+ 2
Native Prince
Unit Size Type Weapon H to Hand Shoot Morale Stamina Special
Nawab (7)
Bodyguard Small Reg. Cavalry Sword 6 3 5+ 3 Lancers
Artillery Smoothbore 1 3-2-1 4+ 2
Artillery Smoothbore 1 3-2-1 4+ 2
Rockets 1 2 4+ 2
Ist Brigade (7)
French' Battalion Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 4+ 3 Reliable
Native Infantry Standard Irr. Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 5+ ? Untested, warband
Native Infantry Standard Irr. Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 5+ 3 Unreliable, warband
Native skirmishers Small Irr. Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 2 5+ 2 Skirmish
2nd Brigade (7)
Sepoy Battalion Standard 18 Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 4+ 3 Reliable
Native Infantry Standard Irr. Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 3 5+ 3 Bloodthirsty, warband
Native skirmishers Small Irr. Infantry Smoothbore Musket 6 2 5+ 2 Skirmish
Right Wing Cavalry (6)
Native Horse Standard Cavalry Sword 6 1 5+ 3 Warband, 
Native Horse Standard Cavalry Sword 6 1 5+ 3 Warband, Wavering
Right Wing Cavalry (6)
Native Horse Standard Cavalry Sword 6 1 5+ 3 Warband, 
Native Horse Standard Cavalry Sword 6 1 5+ 3 Warband, Wavering

The native cavalry started the battle with a bold sweep on the left that was eventually fought off by the dragoons. The British infantry advanced and engaged the native infantry. Superior fire power won through but it took some time. The right flank cavalry battle was less decisive.

The rules played well and gave a pretty accurate feel for the period. Artillery isn't very effective at long range, and don't bother with rockets - they killed more friendly troops than the enemy! By beefing up the dragoons with special rules they were able to disperse the native cavalry, but it wasn't a foregone conclusion. The infantry battles were more closely fought affairs.



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