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Offline smirnoff

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Re: A question for North West Frontier gamers
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2016, 04:08:28 PM »
1897-8 Rising is what I do in 28mm, mainly because there is huge scope for grand skirmish (using units of 8-16 figures but only having 6-10 units per side in a game) and proper skirmish style actions (1 man = 1 man).
There are no big actions in this nasty little punch up but plenty of small scale stuff.

I second ecwcaptain in that to get things moving paint up tribal forces that work for both.
There are more tribal figures available now than when I started but I have Pathan Jezail armed figures from the old Foundry (Perry) ranges and more modern stuff from the Empress range; they carry Lee Enfields I think but unless you are a stickler, and I'm not, its a Pathan with a rifle, so it could be a Martini Henry or a Lee Metford (nicked in a previous action).

For the Second Afghan War we game 15mm using Battle for Empire rules which handle the big actions rather well.


Offline Sparrow

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Re: A question for North West Frontier gamers
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2016, 05:23:09 PM »
I currently flit been the Second Afghan War and, a new project, the Third Afghan War (1919) - the latter provides some very interesting games and is well worth a look at. If pushed I'd say try something different and go for the post WW1 campaigns but I'm a bit biased at the moment!

Another interesting "what if" is introducing a C19th Russian field force or "the Great Game gone hot"? Or even Reds in the Pass post 1918? So much potential to game and, as pointed out, a lot of the tribesmen figures stretch across the whole period.


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Offline guitarheroandy

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Re: A question for North West Frontier gamers
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2016, 06:11:12 PM »
The 1897 rising is my favoured period, simply because the whole frontier flared up and there are so many interesting actions of varying sizes. Having said that, I am proud to be one of those gamers whose games are set in that indeterminate 1880-1900 period with often entirely made-up tribal uprisings in fictional border states of entirely my own devising. Much fun to be had that way!! I do have some 2nd Afghan War Afghan regulars to paint at some point, but somehow I always currently end up in the the Tandoor Valley (or similar...) battling Jalfrezi tribesmen (or similar...) It's always fun... :D

Offline Sir Rodney Ffing

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Re: A question for North West Frontier gamers
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2016, 06:18:09 PM »
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but somehow I always currently end up in the the Tandoor Valley (or similar...) battling Jalfrezi tribesmen (or similar...) It's always fun.

I'm a stickler for historical accuracy, daal though it may sometimes be, so naan of that lark for me. 

Offline LordSpode1879

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Re: A question for North West Frontier gamers
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2016, 04:42:44 PM »
Have to say I'm going generic 1880-1900 myself....I would stick mainly to the 1879-1882-ish period but the Britannia Miniatures Pathan Revolt range are just too nice not to include! Size-wise they fit in well with the rest of my collection which is so far predominantly Artizan.
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