On Friday, I spent most of the afternoon kibitzing and buying Ral Partha from Dale Kemper. In the evening, I played in Dale's 55 Days in Peking game, which took place entirely on top of an incredible Tartar wall, behind the legations. As a Boxer, we were fed onto the ends of the wall each turn, while the US Marines stood us off at barricades in the center. As usual with my dice rolls, I couldn't get my mob to die to a man so I could get a fresh one. We eventually drove the Marines off the wall just as the Indians arrived to save the day.
I spent some more money, though I'd bought most of what I needed (wanted) on Friday.
Jim Pitts put on A Very British Civil War game in the morning, which I played. I had intended to play in Terry Sofian's "The Hive and the Queen" game, but Jim's table was filled with Greffen paper buildings, and since I'm a paper building aficionado...
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Some of the hordes of Burpas led by Al Himmel as Bungit Din, who were attacking the pass.
The elephants have finally reached their desired location, as the wave of Burpas lap the escarpment.
An overall view as the British horse arrive, soon to dismount, since there were no Burpas behind the walls for them to spear.
One of the elephants has disappeared as the Gatlings finally fire. Unfortunately, we got a late start, and so called the game for supper, since the restaurant, though very good, was also very slow. The British felt they would be overwhelmed, and the Burpas felt they could not break the pass, especially after the Gatlings did in the Burpa gun crew.
After we packed up. Al Himmel serenaded us with three tunes on his bagpipes, even though he was the Burpa leader.
Gerry Webb put on "Gunga Din", with the Highlanders trying to relieve the sergeants in the temple.
Mike and Martha and Mark Stevens await their assignments.
(Hmmm. That elephant looks familiar. Everything else was Gerry's.) The column heads toward the temple in close order.
As the British cavalry turns to flank the column, my cavalry bravely charges them in the flank. We exchanged a single cavalryman each, but more of my men were pushed back, so I fled. And when the Brits followed me, I ignominiously fled the field.
However the ground-pounders led by Jim Pitts and others kept the Brits from achieving their objectives, so it was a Pathan victory, in spite of my cowardly cavalry.
On Sunday, Mark Stevens ran "The Real Glory", in which a few brave Moros attempted to be catapulted over the wall. Three landed unhurt outside the fort, one landed as a squashed bug inside the fort, and another landed on the wall in the midst of the defenders.
Here you see the corner of the fort, and my command outside to try and save Mother Superior and her orphans.
Bill Hamilton's troops have reached the bottom of the wall as their companion bravely confronts the constabulary on the wall.
A bit later in the game, my reduced and somewhat scattered force faces three units of Moros and a jurmentado who is seeking the prize of Mother Superior. (She escaped into the chapel). John Murdaugh's incredible rolling on shots of from the Gatling ensured that I faced no complete units. And they suffered heavy leader losses, and were never able to close to melee.
At far end of the table, the US arrives with a unit of regulars and 2 more units of constabulary. By the end of the game, the Moros were almost without leaders, and so were unable to press any meaningful attacks. They faded back in the jungle, leaving us to lick our wounds, and have a quiet celebration.
And here they, those who made our enjoyment possible for all these years. Lori, Larry, and Chrissie Brom, our Sergeants Three! In the background, you can see Martha Stevens back, my profile, Jim Pitts, and in the dark shirt on the right, Mark Mod.
I had a great time, got to play as many games as possible, and time to chat with many old friends. From my viewpoint, a complete success!