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Author Topic: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign  (Read 44676 times)

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #75 on: June 28, 2021, 09:14:54 AM »
Zarin Khan and his cutthroats,


Zarin Khan was a former subedar of the 40th Pathans.  The reputation of the Pathans and their regimental number earned them the inevitable nickname of the Forty Thieves and their British Colonel - Ali Baba.

The Zarin Khan  plan is to convince Mulehead the  False Fakir that he is a  mercenary and earn his trust ,actually he is a spy of Umra Khan , and wants to steal the fake rule TMWWBK (God protect me for blaspheming by naming the cursed text ) from the hands of the Malicious Wazir.

He swore on his IZZAT (honor) to burn the sacrilegious text that allows you to deploy 2 units of cavalry and none of the artillery.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2021, 11:38:54 AM by Umra Khan »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #76 on: June 28, 2021, 10:13:05 AM »
Meanwhile, the 1st Skinner's Horse, just arrived at  Tank with the  Guides, are carrying out advanced reconnaissance towards Jandola, in preparation for the advance of Simmons' brigade towards the Malicious Wazir stronghold of Wana.



With the squadron is the political agent Maj. F.G. Haldane who wants to establish contact with the Mahsuds tribe and prevent them from joining  the Waziri of Mulehead in a Jihad. 





The envoys of Maj. Haldane summoned the Khans , Maliks and Elders  of the Mahsuds to a Jirga in Jandola.

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #77 on: June 29, 2021, 08:17:01 AM »
At great demand (well my brother and Umra…) a little summary to recover the steps of this epic saga between the ruthless waziri Mulehead and the foxy afridis  Umra.
The unplanned development of the story has involved many other mighty Khans (Mad Guru, Sgt Guinness, Italwars, Hu Rhu), a fight between two Rules faiths, many right hand ready to change alliance or faithful to their Rule up to the end… Yes, now it is time to make a summary to better understand next important developments.
All started with the fight between Mulehad and Umra , Mulehead El Kommiss Khan is very jelaous of Umra’s rich carovans and mighty fortress and of his good relations with Raj troops and with the charismatic Mad of Swat.
The Raj has sent two brigades (Gen Davenport from Koath down to Bannu and then to Idak and the Tochi valley, Gen Simmons from Dera Ismail Khan up to Tank and from there to Jandola and then to Wana to capture Mulehead).
Both the Khans try to gather allies and friends under their control, radicalizing the fight due to religion involvement between followers of the old TS&TF and the new TMWWBK.
Among the first Mad Guru khan of Swat, or Mad of Fools and Traitors for his enemies, and his friend the feringhi Sgt Guinness, and the kabuli Italwars. The latter include China border warriors of Sharpe52 and the pasthuns of Hu Rhu.
Gen Davenport has a detached column in Hangu under Col Fulllerton and ask him to join his brigade in Bannu. Mulehead sees the possibility for a trap: he gives Spinwam to Umra in exchange of rich caravans, but his troop under the faithful El Quartah harass Fullerton’s column around Spinwam, to sprinkle a fight with Afridis and ready to deal with the survivals.  Fullerton destroy the village but at that point Afridis under Omar the beautiful get their revenge with an unexpected victory over Fullerton. The Colonel reach Davenport and they ask for reinforcement before proceeding.
In the South the Wazir El Growly creates troubles in Kajuri Karg and Simmons’ intelligence (an oxymoron, isn’t it?) reports that a caravan of camels and mules with rifles and ammunition , intended to the rebel Mulehead Khan , will reach Manzai before the final destination to Wana.
Simmons sends a strong detachment under the command of Capt. J.K.Carruthers  to intercept the column, seize the weapons and impose taxes to local Malik and Headmen  for the  help to the rebel.
El Growly try to ambush Carruthers but is defeated, anyway his bold action allows the caravan to pass. Unfortunately for the waziris the caravan is than a prey of Umra’s and the new rifles are used by Omar to defeat Fullerton’s column in Spinwam.
While at North situation seems static with Davenport entrenched in Bannu and Omar and El Quartah raiding each other, at South 2 new actors are taking a prominent postion: Muhammad Alì Jarryd “The Scavenger” has despatched his past boss El Growly and now is the khan of Waziris under Kajuri Kach where a deserter of 40th Punjabi, Zarin Khan, an Umra’s man, try to get the confidence of The Scavenger and creates some troubles which require the arrival of Capt. R.F. Forsyth who brings with him 2 platoons of the Corps of Guides. The Guides are encircled by Scavenger’s warriors and requires for reinforcement.
The Zarin Khan  plan is to convince Mulehead that he is a  faithful of new Rule and earn his trust but he wants to steal the rule TMWWBK.
A new emerging character is the political agent Maj. F.G. Haldane who wants to establish contact with the Mahsuds tribe and prevent them from joining  the Waziri of Mulehead in a Jihad.

At this point a new dangerous heresy is spreading and the fire is brooding under the ashes: the revolutionary green turbans sect...
A new enemy in this land of all against all: well folks welcome to the Frontier…
« Last Edit: July 03, 2021, 09:07:53 AM by giorgio »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #78 on: July 01, 2021, 10:25:18 AM »
28th June 1890
Jirga in Jandola NWF
Maj F.G. Haldane and his escort of 1st Skinner's Horse  meets with Mahsuds Chiefs and Elders to dictate the terms of an agreement.








In exchange for the promise not to build forts in Mahsuds territory and an annual recognition of 100 rupees the commitment of Mahsuds leaders not to go to war together with the Waziris and to throw into flames all copies of the cursed book TMWWBK, as also requested by the supreme Mad Guru, the recognized Voice of the Frontier to whom everyone must respect.
The Malik and Elders are very helpful, especially in burning the book of sin, also stating that currently his sheets were used for household chores.
Maj Haldane after the usual very long handshakes with the Maliks , leaves Jandola to return to Tank and report on his positive mission.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2021, 04:54:41 PM by Umra Khan »

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #79 on: July 03, 2021, 08:36:59 AM »
June 29th 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has received from the fords over Gomal River. Thanks to the dirty job done by the deserter Zarin Khan,   two Indian platoons were circled around Kajuri Kach by the bandit called The Scavenger. As he heard about a reinforcement column, he run to the river to stop their advance. The feringhi lead by Col Frederick were composed by 3 British companies (81th A & D and 67th) and a Poona squadron. The Waziris were less mighty but in a strong position. Hereafter some sketches and a letter to the bandit obtained by our spy activities, although still hidden in the roof of his tower. The relevant message speaks about a skirmish happened at Gomal River  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

My humble respects to you, Defender of True Book, Punisher of heretics, Fire in the ice of sins.
We have witnessed a great battle at Gomal River which was a further demonstration of the Power and True of the Right Rule. It is written: Who will kill his brother in Faith will receive the same treatment! That was the infamous destiny of the Scavenger.
The Raj advanced with 2 companies in line supported by one of 67th and in reserve the cavalry (Poona).
In front 5 tribesman units, very poorly directed. as most of the best Khan deserted to north, not accepting a killer for replacing El Growly. At the beginning it seemed a good day for the Defenders of the True Book, the coward Lt.  Kemsley retreated and Col Frederick suffered heavy losses, but in front of him there were the warrior of the Brutal Yazid Khan and his men refused to fight for a Khan so cruel and suspected to be involved in the plot of the Scavenger.
A dash attack by the Ghazi of Gundar Khan repulsed the Lt Kemsey’s company but they were killed to the last man by a terrific volley short range by the 67th company in their new-painted blue trousers.
At that point Scavenger moved down from the top of the hill to replace Gundar Khan and it seemed a stalemate when green Poonas guys made a quick action on the left to envelope Yazid with the infantry support of Frederick rifles.
Then the Capt Fletcher’s Poonas attack Scavenger supported by fire of 67th who Killed Scavenger himself.
The Waziris retreated leaving 36 men included their leader. Frederick lost 5 horses and 13 men of 81th.
Now they say new Feringhi are arriving and they will continue to harass the brothers running to the hills.
Oh Mighty Mulehead, Anchor of hope for the holy pilgrims, may the Holy Rule provide you of every blessing and success!

Your faithful son Zarin Khan
« Last Edit: July 03, 2021, 05:38:13 PM by giorgio »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #80 on: July 04, 2021, 09:03:12 AM »
29 June 1890
at dawn a company of the 40th Pathans ( nicknamed the 40th Thieves )arrives in Khajuri Khak to give support to the Guides of Capt. Forsyth who have been locked under fire for 24 hours.
the 40th Pathans led by Capt Hunter disrupts the resistance of the Waziri and occupies the village.

However, Zarin Khan has already disappeared.

Capt Hunter finds a message lost from the fugitive Zarin Khan :
"Exalted Mad Guru Lord of Swat and Buner, Holy Voice of the True Word, I humble Zarin Khan bear a plea from my Khan, the Immense Umra.
He asks for Your Blessing and Yours help to fight sinners who profess their faith in the new verb, the sacrilegious text TMWWBK.
The leader of the Kabuli, the Prophet's favorite, Italwars has also promised his help, but is currently engaged in selling some of his fortified towers to a group of Russian Ferenghi who have entered his territory from the Dorah Pass, and his dear friends Don The Scot Khan of the Kohistan Highlands is in  holiday in some Rajastan desert resorts.
The heretics pitted Umra against the Feringhi but the Holy Text helped him to defeat the kafiris.
Oh Great Mad Guru take the other Believers with you into the TSATF Holy Text and with the strength of True Faith we will win this war against sacrileges "





« Last Edit: July 04, 2021, 09:04:58 AM by Umra Khan »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #81 on: July 06, 2021, 08:14:49 AM »
Like all the tales of the Thousand and One Nights ... Many years ago when the Faith was one and everyone recognized Holy Scripture as the Word, Three Sergeants wrote a set of rules "The Sun Never Sets" to play the Colonial Campaigns of the British Empire. The Great Umra as a child played it twice. Then with the help of his grandfather Surat Khan and his uncle Mohammed Khan (and the old Colonials know who these two characters are) he decided to write a set of rules for playing colonial campaigns on the North West Frontier of British India. "The Warriors of the Mountain Passes or The Grim". These simple rules allow you to manage random events, disposition and mood of the various Khans and push the "English" player to calm the khans with the political maneuvers of skilled Political Agents or send military expeditions against the tribes or rebel Khans. Some ideas were taken from another very old regulation, published I believe in The Nugget, which provided the Roman player with simple rules to face the uprisings of the barbarians on the borders of Hadrian's Wall, whose name was (?) Punitive Expeditions.
All seasoned with a lot of imagination and a bit of historical knowledge of the NWF.

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #82 on: July 07, 2021, 05:36:37 AM »
Dear son, faithful El Quartah, blessed by the true rules, I have appreciated the kind present with afridis mules that were "lost" wandering for the hills and that you rescued and give them a new master. Almighty Rule protected you because you are always devoted to True and Justice. You see: heretics say in their blaspheme books that The Sun Never Set, but also a little boy knows that every day sun sets and than rises again and again to light up the world with the words of the True Book.Very soon we will have a new triumph, I gave specific instruction to our brother Zarin to control  the Feringhees in Tank and exploit any opportunity should occur. You continue to monitor Afridis and Feringhees in Bannu and let they destroy each other for a major glory of our Faith. Continue offering your loot for the triumph of the True Book and remember that a mule may be yours, two mules may be Umra's but all three eventually will belong to Mulehead, Torch of Light, Khan of all Pathans!
« Last Edit: July 07, 2021, 06:51:07 AM by giorgio »

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #83 on: July 07, 2021, 10:13:54 AM »
Umra Khan and Giorgio Il False Fakir of Waziristan... each time you blow your words like the wind for good and ill (obviously Umra for GOOD and Il False Waziri for ILL) you kick up the sand into the face of the lion -- AKA: the Mad Guru AKA: my one and only selfhood!  Like the lion my throat is parched and I roar in defiance... but what will come of it?  For in the end, I, like the Lion, am condemned to remain in my place... while you, like the good and ill winds you blow... will never know yours! (tho the GOOD Umra Khan no doubt WILL know his better than the Ill Waziri -- sad but true)

So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!



Ghazis are living after midnight, rockin' (& sangar-in) 'til the dawn
Lovin' the One True Book of Rules (AKA: TSATF) 'til the morning,
Then they're gone, they're gone...

Ghazis took the city jezails in hand,
Loaded, loaded
Ghazis all geared up to score again,
Loaded, loaded
Ghazis come alive in the dark of night
That's when they make their move and strike



Read my words today, ponder them tomorrow, and reflect upon them yesteryear while sipping the nectar of the pomegranate...

For those mighty few and proud who possess a copy of said true tome of COLONIAL CAMPAIGN RULES (whose title the False Waziri mocks with his limited knowledge of the sun, the same sun which NEVER SETS ON THE FAITHFUL who are spread across the Earth from the sub-continent to Sumatra to China and all the way to Memphis, any more than it ever sets on the Empire of the red and khaki coated Anglo Farangi!), known to the Elder Elect of the Loya Jirga to have FIRST BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE PAGES OF "THE COURIER" even before they became a book under their own cover... check those pages of the magazine (but not the Lee Metford variety, as that is a decade-and-a-half too late for my own 1880-centric wanderings, tho I suppose it might apply to this current unpleasantness betwixt the Noble Afridi Umra and the False Wazir Il Giorgio) or the volume later published by TVAG (so many initialisms starting with "TEA" -- is it no wonder so many colonial gamers deploy British forces???)... and you shall see inscribed there as in the book of hosts, the given name of the Mad Guru himself, as he was one of the original players the first time ever those rules were used by a host of gamers, all of whom needless to say were loyal devotees of that same ONE AND ONLY TRUE BOOK OF RULES whose name need not even be mentioned again by me at this time and place in currency!

In those yonder days the Guru was lesser in years (and perhaps greater in brain cells) but already the Baraka was with him as he led his tiny warriors (they were 15mm Mike's Models Ottoman Azabs converted to Afghan Tribesmen) to overwhelm the Farangi (this was even before "Ferengi" existed) garrison of Kabul and even captured their artillery intact!  Those were the days... tho the mighty Ghazis stood barely taller than the thumbnail of the youthful Mad Guru himself.

Last and most likely least, I suggest to Muttonchop & Jaffar AKA Umra & Giorgio, that you share with we of the Loya Jirga any and all manner of charts and/or devices you are now employing (in addition to the results of your most picturesque tabletop dust-ups) to determine the fates of your Tribes... be it "RUN TO THE HILLS" or "INTO GLORY RIDE" -- if it's not too much trouble, of course.

Some pics of the locals waiting to see who shall emerge victorious from Giorgio & Umra's current intra-tribal unpleasantries...







Might the ultimate winner be none other than.......



......the humble Shepherd Azeem & his trusty herding dog Kuch... with their flock in tow??????
« Last Edit: July 07, 2021, 08:44:50 PM by Mad Guru »
"We shall see what wisdom lies beneath my madness!"

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #84 on: July 08, 2021, 09:54:05 AM »
A few hints on how our campaign is conducted;
We have a general map of the Frontier where we have a complete view of the tribes and villages included in the game


When a war is declared ( caused by Warlike index ) we choose an appropriate map of the area.
In this case Waziristan and region below Peshawar.


Just for wargames purpose in this case We have an help for more villages names we used an addition detailed map.


In ordedr to give you an idea how the Warlike level of the Tribes are handled attached some tables we use to run the campaign.

There is of course a Table of random events that we currently want to leave secret.....

Giorgio and I (my name is Piero) hope you appreciate our campaign, what is not included in the tables are our twisted minds for revenge and betrayal; on the figures and characters of the two Khans Mulehead and Umra we built part of the game, Mulehead wants to oust Umra as a key element and his prestige on the Frontier in relations with the Raj; Umra of traitorous disposition declares himself loyal to the Raj but wants to be free to enlarge his domains .
The insults and trash  that you read on this post (always polite anyway) are nothing compared to those that daily we send myself and Giorgio via messages. ;D ;D

That's all for now folks, and let the Sacred Book of the of true believers wins !

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2021, 10:10:30 AM »
Umra Khan and Giorgio Il False Fakir of Waziristan... each time you blow your words like the wind for good and ill (obviously Umra for GOOD and Il False Waziri for ILL) you kick up the sand into the face of the lion -- AKA: the Mad Guru AKA: my one and only selfhood!  Like the lion my throat is parched and I roar in defiance... but what will come of it?  For in the end, I, like the Lion, am condemned to remain in my place... while you, like the good and ill winds you blow... will never know yours! (tho the GOOD Umra Khan no doubt WILL know his better than the Ill Waziri -- sad but true)

So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!

Thanks Mad Guru Protector of all true Believers...is a pity that you live so far away , it would be a great pleasure and honor to be able to play together campaigns and battles of this level.
With Giorgio the Infidel we play via message as we live in two different cities.... but we are joined by the mules and camels that Umra regularly steals from him.
I have attached some hints on our campaign, hope you like it.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2021, 10:15:03 AM by Umra Khan »

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #86 on: July 08, 2021, 10:42:48 AM »
In order to give more spice to the war, and to not offend real religious feelings, we have invented a fight between the faithful of different rules as if they are real religion (of course only TMWWBK is...). So anyone is free to enter in this topic and post his Khan name and religion/rule preference. If one or two  buddies wants to be more helpful, we can provide them the scenario and involved units (according also to what you have available) and the battle results wth pictures and description will be included in the campaign which could also enlarge covering more area.
But be careful and think that on one side there are empious Umra, Mad of Traitors, Sgt Guinness heretic and Italwars Kabuli fachiri. On the other side with Mighty Mulehead there are the Chinese unvinciblr boys of Sharpe52 and Hu Rhu  faithful devoted blessed pilgrims. At you the choice between Good and evil...
SO please enter the topic with your name, such as Ibrahim Khan of xxx in yyy area, devote faithful of the Only Rule (xxx) . Optional: I'd like to participate to campaign with my army/armies as solo or with my friend R.Kypling. I include some pictures of available units. Battles request RAJ/English and Pathans.
Don't be shy and fight for True Rule!!! It needs YOU! lol
« Last Edit: August 13, 2021, 03:02:28 PM by giorgio »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #87 on: July 08, 2021, 12:07:51 PM »
Following the Giorgio False Fakir and Malicious Wazir here there are roles available for the campaign, you should choose a supreme khan and a deputy Khan.

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #88 on: July 08, 2021, 02:27:36 PM »
In order to give more spice to the war, and to not offend real religious feelings, we have invented a fight between the faithful of different rules as if they are real religion (of course only TMWWBK is...).
ehm..there is absolutly no need to "invent" anything cause THERE IS actually a REAL fight between the gamers, true warriors  and readers of the only and true wargame/way of life book that is TSATF  ;) and those serfs of the hindus, Inglish, memsahibs, "trhee lions cheating mob at el Wembley  ;) ;)" that instead of behave like warriors and men ..drink only memsahib Pim's n. 1 and read TMWWBK and other El Osprey toxic stuff :D
« Last Edit: July 08, 2021, 02:31:57 PM by italwars »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #89 on: July 08, 2021, 02:32:11 PM »
 o_o lol
« Last Edit: July 08, 2021, 02:48:37 PM by Umra Khan »

 

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