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Offline CapnJim

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #690 on: August 15, 2022, 05:42:42 PM »
Looking forward to reading about Capt. Allison's inspiring bravery, stalwart leadership, and tactical prowess.  Hopefully, he actually exhibits those in this upcoming scrape... 
"Remember - Incoming Fire Has the Right-of-Way"

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #691 on: August 16, 2022, 07:23:03 AM »
Looking forward to reading about Capt. Allison's inspiring bravery, stalwart leadership, and tactical prowess.  Hopefully, he actually exhibits those in this upcoming scrape...
Very well said, CapnJim, very well said indeed. You will find all that in the AAR of Shewa battle, where you will be surprised to find a new emerging hero, the gallant winner of the day, competing with Allison to be "Officer of the day". Yes you got it, I' m referring to the sporting umpire LT Percival Desmoyne and his fierce Poona!

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #692 on: August 20, 2022, 08:30:28 AM »
Shewa battle
See the battle prologue at following link: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.675

After storming Shewa, Cpt Allison will be able to keep separated Sher Khan and Wali Khan from Kuki Khel Afridis and march or on Spinwam against the latter or to Thal against the former. But in Shewa Bajadur wants to show his value and his rights to be the heir of Sher Khan to command over all Qambar warriors. He wants to show to be Rastum Bajadur Khan, and his victory will bring honors to him by Umra Khan himself.

The armies are deployed as per following map: Bajadur and his irregulars is entrenched in the crossroad with Aalem’s artillery, while Kabir’s Ghazi and Gurjas’veterans deploy ready to support Badajur or envelops the advancing Anglez.
Allison’s plan sees the 3 infantry unit advancing trying to get protection behind the rocks while Desmoyne’s Poona try to flank the rocky area, ready to exploit any opportunity.

At the order all three units advance while Desmoyne has problems to organize his squadron and remains behind.
In the Afridi line, Kabir Ghazi advance toward the rocks while the other remain in the original position ready to fire on Raj units as they appear.
The first victim is a Gordon killed by the only artillery fire, after that hit the gun will not fire a single shot, probably due to problems with wrong ammo

Advancing Kabir Khan is surprised by fire generated by Allison (5Kia) and Howls (3 Kia), pinned retreat


and is charged by Desmoyne Poona, arrived just in time to destroy the unit, while Kabir and one warrior run up to hills.

Porter’s Bombay grenadiers fire on Bajadur killing one irregular, but that is enough to pin the Afridis!
At this point Gurjas Khan charges Desmoyne but the result is a draw:

Gurjas must retreat and  Desmoyne charges the ineffective Aalem’s gun on the flank killing all the artilleryman with their Khan, Bajadur doesn’t rally and leave the battlefield with his unit.


Allison gets another hit on Gurjas’unit, who is not pinned and gives an impressive fire on Desmoyne killing 4 Poona taking them out of the battlefield, but Allison fire kills other 2 warriors pinning the unit. And togheter with Howls keeping a devasting fire until Gurjas and his last veterans leave the battlefield.
 

Gurjas is the last to leave the battlefield, Bajadur was the first… Pashtun world of mouth is extremely efficient and soon Umra Khan will know… and he is not known as Umra the merciful…
 

Allison has got an important success, his Gords killed 11 warriors, like Desmoyne’s Poona who killed also Aalem Khan, Howls 7 and Porter only one, but decisive for the routing of Bajadur’s irregulars. Losses for Raj were one Gord and 6 Poona “only”.
Now Desmoyne will be sent to Gumatti to rally his squadron, and Capt Allison will miss them in the next predictable fight against Wani to retake the important pitchfork.
But we are focusing on Afridis boundaries only. And Waziris?


In the meantime, Mullah Powindah is licking his wounds praying the Ruler to provide good dice for the next campaign and, one by one, he is rebuilding his army in Khost province calling a Jirga with all the province Khans
.


An ancient Waziri proverb teaches: a sweet tamarind a day keeps anyone away… if you can throw it hard enough! And if you can do it by throwing tamarinds, think what Powinda could with a bunch of fanatic tribesmen!

Hard days are coming for Col Nicholson and his yellow devils!

And perhaps new glory opportunities for an old friend of ours: Capt. Marmaduke “Tiffin” Gonnister and his Ghurka unit:



We close this AAR with the last poem written by Winkle (and already copied in many editions as “Gordon Highlanders”) and dedicated to Capt Allison and his gallant heroes. The poem is for purchasing, edited in “Peshawar Barracks Ballads”:
Allison’s pride at Shewa

What manner of men I ve seen?
These Gordon soldiers of the Queen
The kilt they wear with pride
The Afridis where they have been, dead lie.


To join their ranks, you have to prove
You can fight the Afridis without a tear
To know that you can be trusted
To fight by their sides and show no fear.


The Gordon soldiers abiding stand
They are warriors of special breeds
With the Gordon motto “Bydand!
The motto that says all it needs


At Shewa Allison ordered fire and withstand
Gordons all day fought hard and fought to win
All shouted “Sir yes Sir”, all shouted advancing “bydand”
And up to Sheva all was red where before Afridis had been!


« Last Edit: September 13, 2022, 12:04:41 PM by giorgio »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #693 on: August 30, 2022, 12:34:14 PM »
« Last Edit: August 30, 2022, 12:42:18 PM by Umra Khan »

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #694 on: August 30, 2022, 01:14:46 PM »
What is this new fake propaganda tabloid? We did not feel the need of such advertisement collection seasoned with injurious comment for a hero cowardly killed by bandits while fighting with honour for his Queen! What are the Authorities waiting for persecuting and closing such a scandalous offence to all the honest and respectful discerning gentlemen?  A leopard can’t change his spots and these cowards will keep on offending all that is most sacred until it will be closed and his editor jailed!


Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #695 on: August 30, 2022, 04:26:52 PM »
Take few shots of Bovril, play tennis and eat some chocolate...Truth cannot be stopped on the Frontier !

Offline CPT Shanks

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #696 on: August 30, 2022, 04:29:03 PM »
Brilliant!  Mr "Jimmy" Afridi, a voice of truth on the frontier. However I suspect Tzar may be behind the funding of this new publication, and wherever did you get your printing press and typesetter?
"welcome to the world of cascading failure"


Offline Lord Raglan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #697 on: August 31, 2022, 07:19:50 PM »
Such an amazing amount of detail you put into your games, I love it buddy  :-*

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #698 on: September 01, 2022, 08:07:27 AM »
Brilliant!  Mr "Jimmy" Afridi, a voice of truth on the frontier. However I suspect Tzar may be behind the funding of this new publication, and wherever did you get your printing press and typesetter?

Got it from the black market in Peshawar  8) 8)

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #699 on: September 01, 2022, 09:09:07 AM »
Such an amazing amount of detail you put into your games, I love it buddy  :-*

Thank you for the compliments Lord Raglan, we do our best to have fun and because the campaign is interesting.  :)

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #700 on: September 10, 2022, 02:46:57 PM »
Muletail and the Afridi ambush

The viewers may want to recall last adventure “Muletail in the lands of Zazis” at following link: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.645

“Someone is waiting for us with not peaceful purpose! That’s a jezail waiting for his prey, fast behind those boulder” Muletail cried and all the warriors run under the protection of the rocks. They unsheathed the tulwars and waited for the imminent attack.
“Folllow me” Kismet ordered, and with his tulwar in one hand and a shield in the other, run down the rocks towards Muletail’s hideout!

Muletail rallied Mustafà, Zmaray Khan and the other Zazi warriors:
“"Da Wazir pa nang me otharhala thoora, Nangyaale da zamane Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss yam"


(I have taken out my sword in the name of Waziri honour, am Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss the proudest of the world)

But well hidden behind the rocks overlooking Kismet’s ambush boulders, grim eyes are scouting what is happening below…


Kismet warriors fire against the covered Zazis killing one tribesman but Zmaray can rally his man without pinning and his fire kill one Afridi; Kismet avoid his men losing the elan and close on the Zazi in a ferocious fight where 2 Zazis and one Afridi lie on the ground, but even now Zazis, boostered by their hate versus Afridis, don’t pin and wait 3 against 8 the final blow while Muletail and Mustafa run to grab weapons hidden in the mules baggage.



Suddenly form the rocks dominating the ambush a sudden explosion generated by 11 jezails stops the Afridis, killing another warrior.



Now Zmaray and his last two Zazis are joined by Muletail and Mustafa rebalancing the numbers against Kismet and his last 6 Afridis and Kismet Khan must take a difficult decision: close with Zazis and risk to be encircled by their mysterious supports? Who and how many?
Quick as they appeared the Afridis disappear among the rocks, just in time to avoid to be caught by Tajiks who cannot do anything that turn back towards their land, before other Zazis can reach them, called by the cracks and the cries of the failed ambush.

But before turning directions Turik will patrol the paths followed by fugitives to assure they do not return to harass Muletail and Mustafà, who keep on going towards Peiwar pass where they pretend their merchant friends are waiting for them, escorted by Zmaray Khan and his two warriors. Turik Khan said to his Tajiks:
“It never shall be said that our allies in vain implor'd our aid. Perish the thought!”


“Look” said Mustafa “ Those ruffians have left their animals and luggage, now we won’t have any more problems for supplies and you Zmaray will keep them after our arrival to Peiwar pass”


Muletail thought “Mmmh not so generous Mustafa, first we must arrive there safe; but promising them is a wise move, it will not encourage these three bandits to cut our throat to get them, as they think are already their property…well done my friend”.

And the journey goes on…



In the first wrecked hut met after the ambush, Mustafa obtained a stop and with Muletail, Zmaray Khan and his last two Zazis organized a great lunch with the supplies found on a Afridis stolen mule and got the well-deserved rest.

The stolen animals were a further insult to Kismet Khan, and will Turik be able to intercept him before he continues his revenge search? Kismet wants to kill our friends to get back his goods and weapons, but to get back its goods he needs weapons and ammo transported by their animals.
It’s just a catch 22 as when he wanted to enlist in the RAJ army: in the Khyber rifles you need fire experience to get a rifle, but how can you get fire experience if your jezails are constantly confiscated? He was not accepted, and he soon became one of the most infamous Umra’s bandit. He was charged of this delicate mission by Umra himself and he won’t fail. Or he will have to explain it to Umra Khan, not exactly well known as the merciful…

« Last Edit: September 20, 2022, 05:48:16 AM by giorgio »

Offline Umra Khan

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #701 on: September 20, 2022, 09:27:44 AM »
In a small village near the Kohat Pass skilled craftsmen have received an important order to build hundreds of modern rifles ... and their ammunitions.





The first loads of rifles and ammunition have already embarked on a perilous journey through the mountains ...


Who will be the buyer of these weapons? and what does he intend to do with it? these questions will have to be answered quickly...
« Last Edit: September 20, 2022, 09:33:49 AM by Umra Khan »

Offline giorgio

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Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
« Reply #702 on: September 22, 2022, 09:06:19 AM »
The theft

For previous episode “Muletail and the Afridi ambush” look at following link: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.690

After a well-deserved dinner the 5 pathans went to sleep, and after Muletail and Mustafa did they sentry shift, the first Zazi started his patrolling duty. Muletail said to Mustafa to keep attention for any problem but after a first hour of controlling, as everything was quiet, also Mustafa deeply slept, also due to the impressive quantity of eaten tamarind pies.


Mustafà was dreaming his beloved tamarind. Now they have taken the Afridi supplies and have a lot of them. Suddenly he was awake due to some noise and still with the vivid image of the tamarinds in his mind, he murmured “well few tamarinds less in the supplies don’t change the situations, furthermore, I need to taste them to be sure that all the sacks include the same quality…


While he was making such thougths he was up and grabbed his tulwar, walking towards the camels and supplies. Muletail was deeply sleeping and he thought that it would be very inappropriate disturbing him to ask for permission. “Oh yes, for sure he will agree that few tamarinds make no differences, even despite rationing…”

Mustafa stopped frozen: where yesterday evening it was a caravan of mules camels and goats , with a lot of rich supplies, now only desert rocks. The rich caravan was swapped with traces going northwards and only the goats were left by the thief and a camel, probably too slow or wounded, and few goods were left on the terrain, probably an incident loading the camel; the goats walkig on these supplies should be generating the noise that awoke him. He grabbed a jezail and looked for ammo and what was left.

The camel seemed looking at him with  irreverent, sly and acute eye which leaves no room for easy hopes.
He was going to cry help but his thief instinct stopped him and he run as silent as he could towards the horses where two shadows were rallying them.
He fired but his jezail fumbled, so he attacked the first shadow crying with his tulwar killing with a ferocious 6; the dying bandit tried to reply with his stick but, hit in his hearth, got a useless 1.


The second man, cheated by the shadows generated by Mustafa and running Muletail, not realizing he faced just one man, took another horse and run behind his killed friend, but not before Mustafa could recognize his face: he was Zmaray Khan, that wisely did not trust Mustafa’s promises for the future awards in animals and gold.


In the meantime, Muletail joined Mustafa, in time for seeing the Zazi running away. Mustafa said “We must go north and take back our caravan!”
 “The one you promised to Zmaray?” Muletail asked ironically, but Mustafa did not get it and was very serious
“Quick! Let’s rally two horses and run northwards, they cannot be very far!”
Muletai remembered how ruthless Mustafa could be when tamarinds were involved. He thought when they were boys and he organized a force of all villagers to catch a young boy of the near village and when they brought back his head he just said: “"I realize that we may be overdoing it, but Paaras’ disappearance with my precious pitcher of tamarind juice had to be brought to a resolution." The pitcher was a nice silver souvenir that Mustafa took in a visit to Peshawar where he lived few weeks before being obliged to leave it for some misunderstanding with some merchants on few tamarinds disappeared from their market stall after he walked innocently in front of them, but that is another story…

No issue to find the goat head for buzkashi that week!
In the meantime, a super-efficient Mustafa rallied a horse
“Muletail, regroup the goats and follow me, I go to take back the caravan”
Muletail hadn’t the time to protest that Mustafa was already disappeared in a dusty cloud and after twenty minute of wild galopping he saw their goods driven by the third Zazi who tried to accelerate his mule.



Soon he understood that evading was not a possibility and stopped the caravan
“oh great hosoor, I’m happy you are already here. To avoid to slow down your march I started before with these slow animals, so we can arrive to Peiwar pass faster and safe!”
Mustafa couldn’t avoid laughing, considering how boldly he was lying.
“What is your name?” asked Mustafa, whose ruthless wrath was disappearing as tamarinds rescue had been successful.
“Abdul-Maalek Hosoor” answered the Zazi, ready to please in everything the furious merchant . Probably he could have his life spared by the waziri”


“Abdul Maalek, servant of the owner…. Well well… and tell me filthy bandit, who is the owner of these caravan
“You promised it to “ Abdul did not complete his answers, as he detect a glimpse in Mustafa’s eyes he changed promptly “You Hosoor, you great khan, the most powerful merchant of all these lands, merciful and generous…”
“Oh, stop it, your words are false as an Afridi oath. But you speak a good waziri dialect…” Mustafa said suspiciously.
“Oh yes hosoor, Abdul is a good Waziri. I had to leave Khost because evil Afridis said I’m a theft, and this only because they lost some gold ring that dropped in my pockets… I run faster than them and joined Zmalay gang and I speak and act as a pure Zazi tribesman, but my heart is still waziri and I swear to serve you…”


“Shut up, I have not yet decided if you will be spared, but all these fights and rides have the result to tend to whet the appetite” Mustafa said dismounting.
“Hosoor let me cook something for you, I’m a very good cook and everybody knows Abdul Maalek’s tamarind pies!”
“mmmmh this significantly increases your chance to survive…”
“I fly hosoor, for the best tamarind pies in your life!”
After one hour they were joined by Muletail with the goats and a rescued horse; before enjoying the good pies he walked up to the ridge of the hill staring at the horizon but no sign of Kismet, Turik or Zmalay. Now a good but quick lunch could be a good idea before marching directly on Peiwar Pass, but this Abdul… can they really trust on him? Not a problem: on the Frontier you trust no one!


 

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