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ChrisBBB19 Dec 2014 5:33 a.m. PST

Our South African member, Anton, ran a BBB game of Colenso for us. This was a really slick scenario that captured a distinctive Boer War feel and produced a close and exciting game. It also gave us a result in just two hours, so we were able to swap sides and play it twice in an afternoon. One of the team, affectionately known as Miserable Mike, complained equally bitterly both times about how unfair his situation was, thus proving that the game was perfectly balanced.

Anton produced an 18-page illustrated report, which you can find in full on Flickr. Let me give you just the first page here. Figures are Irregular Miniatures, supplied ready-painted by Irregular.

Colenso-01 by bbbchrisp, on Flickr

Chris

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Rich Bliss19 Dec 2014 6:02 a.m. PST

I'm impressed. Never though I'd see someone with the courage to do Colenso. And it looks like it worked well. Bravo!

ChrisBBB19 Dec 2014 8:31 a.m. PST

I'll admit I didn't see great potential in Boer War BBB games when Anton first suggested it. Happy to report that my scepticism has turned to enthusiasm. This was one of those rare occasions when a scenario seemed to be perfectly calibrated first time. Doubly impressive as this was Anton's first BBB scenario.

Chris

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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2014 10:00 a.m. PST

Started to get pop up adds near the start and quickly exited. Why does this happen?

DontFearDareaper Fezian19 Dec 2014 2:52 p.m. PST

I recently acquired my copy of BBB and the European scenario book. I'm planning on running the Alma scenario sometime in mid-January at my wargaming club.

Dave

ChrisBBB20 Dec 2014 1:05 p.m. PST

IronDuke596, sorry you're getting pop-ups, don't know why this should be. If you still have trouble looking on Flickr, and if you're keen to see Anton's report, you can find it in the group files of the BBB Yahoo group.
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Dave: the Alma is one of our favourites, always a good game. I hope your club will enjoy it.

Chris

NickinRI20 Dec 2014 6:17 p.m. PST

How did you deal with the small size of the forces, in comparison to the others you have covered?

If you do more, will the scale you use allow a more operational approach? It seems that if you do a multi-day action you could cover the major movements for the crossing of the Modder River, for example.

ChrisBBB21 Dec 2014 2:03 a.m. PST

I think Anton used a troop scale of 333 men per base, so it was about 15 bases of Boers vs 50+ British.

Certainly you could do multi-day actions. That's one of the things BBB is designed to do.

Chris

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