Thursday, November 29, 2012

28mm Darkest Africa Game, 29NOV12

I ran a 28mm Darkest Africa game today between German colonial troops and British infantry in the heady days of 1914.  I use a modified version of The Sword in Africa.  I don't use the event cards and run small 10 man units for each side.  In this case, a company of German colonial troops took on a company of British regulars.  Outside of TSIA charts, the game plays like The Sword and The Flame. 

We got done in about 1 hour.  My friend Don Cox ran the Germans.  The German askaris manage to reduce two of my British infantry squads to 50%.  They fell back and rallied near the table edge.  I also lost my Maxim machine gun in the first turn of combat due to a German Krupp mountain gun.  Things then went down hill for me.  I had another squad of British regulars rout off the table due to casualties from the German Marines and field artillery.  My remaining squad of full strength regulars failed to move all of 5" and took more casualties.  I called the game after that turn.  All I could do was withdrawal and pray for the best.  It wasn't a good day for Tommy Atkins!

Here are some photos from the Darkest Africa/WWI game between the Germans and the British:

                                          Initial battle lines.

                                         Platoon of British regulars.

                                          British right flank and Maxim gun.

                                          Developing battle lines betwen the Germans and British.

                                          Platoon of German askaris.

                                          British infantry receiving fire.

British retreating off the field to the victorious Germans


  1. Blake,

    Nice game. The British might have been helped if there was more terrain behind which they could hide.


  2. The Germans were really tough in that theater. I am a real fan of the rules.

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