SEVEN YEARS' WAR TABLETOP BATTLES
IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
Jurgen Olk's SYW Tricorne games set in INDIA at the annual Seven Years' War Weekend have been inspiring. Each game has been full of camaraderie, fun, smiles, entertaining chance cards, unique military units, colorful garments/gear, a venerable set of rules - Tricorne - by Ken Bunger, striking terrain and healthy laughs.
Here's one photo from Jurgen's 2013 game.
In July 2015 we played our first SYW INDIA game locally. I'll get to it in a moment. After that game I was inspired to acquire Golconda and Indus miniatures Hindu Archers to raise our first Indian unit. Jim P. ordered a British Sepoy battalion too. Osprey's #263, Moghul India 1505-1761's uniform section shows a Hindu Archer militiaman on page D. Here are....
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AND NOW --- OUR FUN GAME
Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Basmatipur, India (fictional)
Situation: An excuse to have a SYW game in India.
Rules: Batailles de l' Ancien Régime 1745-1763 (BAR)
Each Army: Almost evenly matched; very close anyhow.
Raison d'Être: To Game With Friends More!
"People who need people are the luckiest people in the world." Lyrics from Barbara Streisand's song, People.
So get out and game more with people.
ON THE FRENCH RIGHT FLANK
Opposite them John M. led horsemen allied with the British on their extreme Left Flank.
Who were supported by sixty open order musket armed militia!
So did they!
By now you are wondering what madness overcame my better judgement. I had to hold or delay. So what inscrutable tactic could I employ? Plus, you don't know the whole picture yet. You'll see.
One of my cavaliers got away - somehow.
Notice something else? See the white clad horsemen on the road.
These were thoughtfully sent by our CinC to help me. Meanwhile....
The British cavalry joined their native allies to crush my French.
However, my new horsemen dashed up the road bypassing the the French defeat not shown to the left and....
I turned them about to make as much mischief as I could behind the enemy flank. That sixty man musket unit turned to face me. Feeling just swell, I charged. They fired poorly. GREAT! Then the melee was fought.
My melee dice were abominable. Low dice scores in BAR consistently mean trouble. I lost.
I offer a sincere tip of the hat to John for his skill. The two of us had a ton of fun! Somewhere is the Spartan King Leonidas smiling understandably for me?
The truth is I was very busy fending off and trying to delay John M. as you just saw. So I will only briefly describe events elsewhere. Jim P. has an excellent report. See Closing Remarks below for his link.
Red sashed natives allied with the British soon came forward en-mass to....
Quickly overwhelm their foes in a charge.
However, the red sashes rallied and later returned to crush their opponents.
The melee just explained is beyond the top of the photo. Meanwhile....
BRITISH RIGHT FLANK - FRENCH LEFT FLANK
Guess who won!
This is a good tactic for SYW light cavalry in your games. They should mostly operate on the flanks; extreme flanks. Remember? I tried this on the French Right Flank.
BETWEEN THE CENTER AND FRENCH RIGHT FLANK
The end of the story between my cavalry battle and the surprising melee in The Center where....
Battalion Albanie (did not serve in India) awaited....
A native open order line of firearms.
Supported by Keith L's gorgeous and detailed Jumbos. (Acquired as is at a craft store)
British Commander in Chief The Earl of Glenlivet
From the collection of Jim P.Shabash and prodigious congratulations to the British and their Native Allies for their decisive victory.
And a loud round of applause for French players too.
We have a great group of player friends.
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1) See Jim P's excellent game report:
2) Buildings are from Miniature building Authority. Large trees were built by Herb Gundt's H.G. Walls. Roads and hedges were scratch-built by Chuck L.
3) Native forces were from my Northwest Frontier collection which typically vexes only General Pettygree. Now they will help and vex Clive of India too. Why not?
4) I don't remember what happened to this French Battalion from my Fischer Legion. These did not serve in India but as with everything in this game, it was pulled from other collections so we could have a SYW game in India. And why not?
5) Albanie features well-designed 25mm Crusader Miniatures.
6) Chance Cards: Here is how Jurgen's chance cards work. Each side draws a card, every turn, some blank, some not, employ immediately because it can mess up a turn . Use each sides card in the turn they pull it. This way plans and orders can charge with snakes or bees or whatever. In India nothing is certain but it is written. Here are a couple of them for your pleasure and smiles!
7) Have FUN in INDIA or where ever you choose. Get out and game more with your friends. It's a pukka (first rate) thing to do, my dear Husoor. It's good for your health too.
8) Your remarks are prodigiously welcome below at COMMENTS.
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