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07 Jul 2017 3:38 p.m. PST
by Editor Gwen

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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

Happy to report I managed to actually play a game!

It was a simple and modest affair, inspired by the classic "Battle of Chamla Valley" included in TSATF rulebook, but it was a lot of fun and a rather "close run thing."

If you'd like to learn more, please click on the LINK below to visit my blog post on the subject, and thanks in advance for your time if you do so….


A handful of TEASER PICS to wet your officer's command whistle…







WHOOPS -- I swear I cross-posted to 19th Century Discussion, NOT 18th Century… but guess I screwed up. My sincere apologies to you Age of Reason types!!! I'll attempt to notify the Asst. Editors and hopefully they'll manage to fix my mistake…

EDIT: Messages sent to Bill and also Asst. Editor Gwen, who he left in charge during his absence.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

BEAUTIFUL job! Thanks for posting!

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Love those hills. A good looking game.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

I know man! That is some killer terrain!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Terrific game, Mad Guru! I love that your daughter chose Ghurkas – they look great. I hope the rumors prove true about the dual-command punitive expedition. Those pesky tribesmen need to be taught a proper lesson, 'ey wot? grin

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

Very nice game coupled with superbly painted terrain and figure Thanks for posting it.

coolyork Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

Great stuff ! Can't have enough Ghurkas .

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 6:02 p.m. PST

Whose Gurkhas are those?

cybrt54 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 7:50 p.m. PST

Awesome looking game!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2017 9:58 p.m. PST

Thanks very much for all the very positive comments, guys!

Nick, they are Wargames Foundry Gurkhas, from the North-West Frontier range sculpted by the Perrys back in the mid-Nineties. Other than Old Glory, and one pack of West Wind Gothic Horror "Yeti Hunters", they are the only 28mm later 19th Century Gurkha figures I know of.

Pontoonier had a Third Burma War (1885) range that incuded a nice variety of Gurkhas, but I believe they are no longer available via the web, only intermittently at certain conventions in the mid-West and/or the East Coastl.

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Nice AAR. I like the way the Gurkhas are painted giving a less formal campaign-like appearance to the unit.

SgtGuinness09 Jul 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

Mad Guru,

Another excellent report and simply beautiful table my friend! Your games are always so inspiring that they keep pulling me back to one of my favorite periods and campaigns. I love the new tower, simply amazing. I know how much work went into building it and I think it was well worth it.

I'm so glad you were able to have such a fun game with Izzy. I hope to do the same with my boys some day. Well done Victory Izzy! Maybe she does have some Army in her after all….. LOL


Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2017 1:04 p.m. PST


Thanks for noticing! I can take no credit for that stylistic approach, it was all the very talented Igor Olshansky, AKA: Igwarg. Sometimes my obsessive-compulsive approach to my miniature armies makes me question that stylistic approach, but other times I appreciate it for just the reason you mention, as a simple way to make the unit less spit-&-polish without having to actually dirty them up too much.


Happy to hear my post drew you back to the NWF!

I'm very proud of that scratchbuilt tower, but of course I'm more proud of Izzy! It was a lot of fun playing against her and reminded me of the "old days" when all three of my kids were younger -- like yours are now -- and we did that kind of thing all the time. Somehow I got her older brother to start a larger game on the same layout last night, before he went out. It was a lot of fun too, and hopefully we'll finish soon so I can post another AAR and draw you back to the frontier again!

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