Wednesday 28 May 2014

The Battle of Sherbert Dab - Bolt Action on the NWF

After a few weeks enforced absence I got along t the Slimbridge Club this week to find that Rodger had organised a North West Frontier game using our modified Bolt action rules. The variant this time was similar to the "Colt Action" variant used for western gunfights; one activation die is drawn per figure - and with seven squads on the table that was an awful lot of dice!

Our first thoughts were that things would progress sloooooowly. However, Rodger was an excellent MC in the opening turns and kept us moving at a steady pace and the game ran very quickly indeed.

The scenario involved a British force sent to the tower of Sherbert Dab to remove a flag that was flying there and serving as a rallying call to the irregular forces in the area. Our Pathans were out to stop the infidels from achieving this aim.

All went well initially and we had secured the tower when disaster - and a marksman's bullet - struck! The flag was shot away from the pole (requiring a treble six to be thrown!) and it luttered away in the breeze Fortunately it fell at the feet of a Pathan tribesman who grabbed it and began a sprint back to the tower. Bullets flew, Pathans were struck down, infidel British and their native lackeys were shot down in a veritable bloodbath quite in contrast to the relatively genteel preceding turns as our brave lads formed a "relay" to get the flag back to the tower. Alas, although we got the flag back inside the tower "last orders" was called before we could get it back to the top and so the game was declared a British victory. Damn the infidels!!

As always Rodger provided some gorgeous 28mm figures and the game was both great fun and extremely funny (that may also have had something to do with the main topic of side conversation - don' mention curry, red wine and yoghurt!!)

All being well its back to the NWF next week too.

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