The first game I will cover took place Saturday night. Titled "The Colonel's Got to Know," it was run by Gerry Webb of Castaway Arts in Australia using troops provided by Mark Stevens. It was based on the final scenes of the movie Gunga Din where Gunga Din and the Sergeants 3 are trapped in the Thugee temple and the British column is marching into an ambush. Can Gunga warn the Colonel before the trap is sprung?
We had four British players and six Thugee players with each having command of a single unit. I commanded a Thugee unit of riflemen and waited with my troops hidden among the rocks while the British marched singing merrily into our trap.
|The unsuspecting British column with a unit of Highlanders, followed by a Gatling carried by an elephant, then another unit of Highlanders, and a unit of Indian cavalry.|
|The British column plods along, deeper and deeper into the valley. They had to roll distance dice every turn and move that full distance.|
|The British column from the viewpoint of my Thugee riflemen. The column has been warned by Gunga's bugle and the lead unit has faced to either side of the trail, guns ready.|
|Ross, one of the Thugee commanders, and Gerry Webb, look over the battlefield. You can see my Thugee riflemen lining the top of the rocky ridge. The two Highlander units and the Gatling gun have deployed right in the middle of the "kill zone."|
|Tim, a British commander if I remember correctly, looks on the dread as the Highlanders start to fall to accurate Thugee rifle fire.|
|Even though the Thugee cavalry won initially, the rallied Indian cavalry came back and slaughtered the Thugees, forcing them to race away to safety.|
|John, the British commander in his red "coatee," watches stoically as his men fight for their lives against the Thugee attackers.|
The second game was played Sunday morning. Titled "The Real Glory," it was run by Mark Stevens and was based on the movie by the same name that starred Gary Cooper.
|The Philippine constabulary compound with its walls manned and ready.|
|The Catholic nun and her orphan charges, escorted by a couple of American freebooters, dash down the trail towards the constabulary compound.|
|Martha controlled the nun and her detachment (on the trail to the center right). Several Moro units have appeared and are trying to cut the little band of refugees off while a constabulary patrol advances out of the compound to their succor.|
|John makes a grans gesture as Moros close around the compound entrance. The nun and her detachment have already gained the shelter of Ken's constabulary patrol who form a battle line, facing the Moro attack.|
|A few Moros make it to the top of the wall but their ladder was pushed away behind them. At the compound entrance, the nun and her charges scoot in closely pursued by a Moro juramentado (fanatic).|
I hope that you enjoyed the pictures of the various games I posted. Remember, Colonial Barracks is scheduled next year (2014), tentatively for the second weekend in November. If you are close enough to New Orleans, please come and join our fun. Watch for future announcements on www.sergeants3.com and on the Miniatures Page.