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Fire & Sword Battle 05: Because We’re ‘ere Yuzbashi! Nobody Else. Just Us.

Shaigiya Khayála thunder into the Berber Slums through the narrow streets!

Akhtar Pasha had just spent the last few weeks trekking along the caravan trail from Suakin to Berber. When he left Suakin the Eastern Sudan was quiet and unchanged despite the violent rebellion raging in Northern & Southern Sudan –

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Posted in Revolt In The Sudan, Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Fire & Sword Battle 04: Sally at Abu Hamed

Followed by more Dervishes

As referred to in Turn 03: January 1884, at Abu Hamed Sayed Bey decides to sally forth from the town and endeavour to temporarily break the siege. While Abu Hamed is now plentifully supplied with resources (it has over 6 months of

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Posted in Revolt In The Sudan, Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Dominant Hill: The Black Brunswickers Baptism

The Brunswick Uhlans about to be overwhelmed by French Cavalry

Recently I finally got my Brunswick Corps close to completion (well barring the grass for the bases, and the 3 Brigade Commander figures) and Cam and I were overdue for another larger game akin to The Crossroads (that we had

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

The Vaagso Raid: A Crossfire Game

Operation Archery, the Raid on Vaagso Island in Norway on 27 December 1941, involved over 500 British Commandos, Sappers, and Norwegians with the intent to take pressure off the Russians and to protect Allied convoys heading to Murmansk – and

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Posted in Crossfire, Europe 1939-43

Lasalle at NapCon 2011 Report

While I was unable to attend NapCon several other New Zealand Lasalle players did – and one of them (Lintman) has provided some great photos of the event on his blog – Two large multi-player games were staged, Day 1

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

Lasalle: The Trouble With Tribbles

Okay – it’s got nothing to do with Star Trek & Tribbles – but I thought it sounded a cool title for a blog post (and AAR)! Anyway back at the end of July (2011) Cam and I played another

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

Black Powder ACW at the AWC

Regiment of Johnny Rebs in the Black Powder game - figures & terrain by Roundie Steward of the AWC.

On Sunday a couple of the guys at the AWC played their first Black Powder game set in the ACW (American Civil War) – I was unable to attend, but Lee Heath has posted a brief report and a couple

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Posted in Black Powder, Sound Of The Guns

Crossfire Training Day!

My friend Wayne has been expressing interest in Crossfire for gaming WW2 and Vietnam – it’s all part of his WW2 Wargaming revival (see “A Bit Of WW2 Wargaming & Some Nostalgia“) – and as he had reason to be

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Posted in Crossfire, Europe 1944-45

The Crossroads

Frederick William, Herzog von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel-Oels (Duke of Brunswick), leads his forces in the action at ‘The Crossroads’. Today we played a Lasalle ‘Big Battle’ with over a Division of troops a side and had a very successful game – our

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

Picton Holds On The Chaussée de Charleroi

Having taken rather a beating the last two days, Picton’s division had spent the day retiring North towards Brussels and collecting stragglers, looking to join up with the balance of the Anglo-Dutch-Belgian-Brunswick-Nassau forces heading South and East towards them. Picton

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

The Hundred Days Continues…

It had been a tough 2 days – having taken a heavy knock from the advanced elements of Napoleon’s invasion force (Lasalle in the Hundred Days), the elements of Picton’s Division involved had withdrawn, thankful for their temporary superiority in

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Still More TSATF At BattleCry 2011

Gerry from Castaway Arts deploys his Dervishes in Game 2.

I previously posted accounts of the 3 TSATF Colonial Games with images that we played at Auckland’s BattleCry 2011 Convention – As mentioned Gerry & Carolyn Webb of Castaway Arts were there and they also took photos of the games – so

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Posted in Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Lasalle in the Hundred Days

Somewhere near the Franco-Belgian border, Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton surveyed the ground before him, by a strange quirk elements of his ‘reserve’ division, the 5th, had ended up near the border just as the first reports of Napoleon’s crossing reached

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Posted in Bataille d' L'Ordre Mixte, Lasalle, The Hundred Days 1815

TSATF at BattleCry 2011 [3]

Talahawiyeh steams down the Nile

Having successfully returned to their base (game 2) Valentine Baker Pasha’s forces weren’t able to rest – a delayed communiqué arrived advising a steamer was coming down the Nile to rendezvous with them at the village of al-Ġardaqaḧ as-Sūdān and

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Posted in Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame
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