This time I set up an ambush game with high quality Beja opposition (Elite Warriors) in tough terrain to ambush a column of 3 Egyptian battalions , a field gun, a Naval Brigade detachment with Gardner gun and a baggage train. I wanted to see how things would go if we have the Beja a lot of advantages - and after all its was Martins turn to be the Army!!
|Beja , spy the opposition from the rocks...|
|It looks quiet out there.... too quiet..|
|Column has to cross the table with 2/3rd of its fighting units in tact.|
|Right then - time for the off... what can possibly go wrong...|
|On the left two warbands appear , the Egyptian 1st Battalion lines out and blasts away - Martins dice are hot..|
|2nd Egyptian battalion marches around the mesa .. and discovers a bad tempered war band - that surprises them and puts the entire Battalion to the sword...more Beja appear from the gully..|
|Despite how useful it would have been I could only roll a "1" for movement for the war band in the gully - it took too long to get out and play a part harassing the column in the centre ..|
|The columns fire was telling and Beja decided to retreat back in the tall grass across the wadi.|
|The Egyptians enter the marsh and tall grass area - the gun team from the navy find a path through the gully..|
|The Beja bounce another Egyptian battalion destroying it ,the 3rd one saw them die and then ran off themselves. Next target was the sailors.|
|The Navy look on in distain as the Egyptians melted , and they blew huge chunks out of the Beja in front of them -- but at this point the column has lost too many stands to still win - the Navy withdraw for now...|
It was a good game , which did look to be going either way - while the columns had reasonable fields of fire it blew the Beja away - mind Martins average score a d20 must have been 16 - (when you hit on 14+!). However when the visibility was down and the Beja could get in they were lethal as my melee dice were on fire too!
It was a hard scenario for the column to win I think, with tough terrain to cover - but the result at least proved that the rules can deliver for the natives in the right situation.
We will play them again , but still think there are some things we don't like which will need a tweak.