Help support TMP

"Return to Logar Valley in Force - TSATF AAR" Topic

24 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Wargaming in the USA Message Board

Back to The Sword and The Flame Message Board

Back to the Victorian Colonial Board Message Board

Back to the 19th Century Discussion Message Board

Back to the 19th Century Battle Reports Message Board

1,345 hits since 21 Jul 2017
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 2:48 a.m. PST

Just posted an AAR on a 2nd -- larger -- TSATF game I played on the same table layout, with a combined arms British Field Force on a Punitive Expedition to make the residents of c.1879 Afghanistan's Logar Valley pay for the disappearance of a Heliograph Signal Team from their post atop Tower Hill.

The game, pitting me against my 20 year-old son, was a good one… maybe even worthy of the way-too-many photos I took and posted.

If interested in learning more, please stop by to visit via this handy link:


Until then, here's a dozen or so teaser pics…
















PzGeneral21 Jul 2017 3:17 a.m. PST

Very nice. Love your terrain…..and minis thumbs up

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 5:22 a.m. PST

he is the master of bark.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

Great AAR and photos

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

Love the terrain which looks the part for NWF.

Early morning writer21 Jul 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

What, are we saying he is Master Barking Mad Guru? Well, I guess, on some level, all of us sufficiently 'into' war gaming are barking mad to the unwashed.

Been admiring his terrain for many years – actually got to see in person some years ago at a Pacificon event (at least, I think it was his, sure looked like it – I believe Nick Stern may have been involved somehow, too)

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Gaming at its finest!

47Ronin21 Jul 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Loved the terrain and the figures.

SgtGuinness21 Jul 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

Ethan, beautiful table and figs, inspirational!!!
Great AAR as well. It definitely sounds like you and Skyler had an awesome time my friend.

SgtGuinness21 Jul 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

PS: Um proud of Skyler for not torching the village. I'm not sure what Sgt Guinness may have done that day…..

PPS: Whomever painted your Sgt 3 set did an awesome job!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 11:10 p.m. PST

Hey, guys, thanks very much for all your very kind comments!

@Sgt. Guiness: Yes, I agree, Skylar made a good choice… though like you I can't say I'd have done the same…

RE: Gunga Din and the Sergeants Three… they were of course painted by the incredibly talented Igor Olshansky, aka: IGWARG of TMP and general hobby interwebs fame.

@Early morning writer: That was indeed me and my terrain boards, roundabout Fall 2010, just a few months after I used them to run my original "Maiwand Day" scenario for the very firt time on the 130th Anniversary of the battle which was fought on 27 July, 1880.

Did you participate in the game, or just check out the table in passing? If you played, what were you in command of -- inquiring minds want to know?!?!?!

Though I provided all the terrain, the scenario was indeed courtesy of the illustrious Nick Stern, as were most of the troops, though a few odds and ends were provided by myself and Milton Soong.

Anyway, hope we are both at a con again some time and that we manage to meet and introduce ourselves to each other and maybe play a game as well -- or ANOTHER game, if you played in that 2010 one!

Early morning writer22 Jul 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

Alas, I only observed the game and its terrain, I was involved in some other game at the time which is now lost in the mists of time. And, yes, I look forward to meeting (perhaps again) and enjoying a game together.

Part time gamer06 Aug 2017 10:31 p.m. PST

This looks great..
When I get more time Im eager too look over ALL of "the way-too-many photos" you've posted.

FlyXwire07 Aug 2017 5:19 a.m. PST

That is one intimidating [awesome-looking] game map!
(totally immersive I'm betting to play)

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2017 7:48 a.m. PST

Madguru – What a great game! Have you given any more thoughts to a Jakin and Lew scenario with your terrain and figures?

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 1:46 a.m. PST

Thanks for the additional kind words!

Hope you find the time, Part time Gamer!

FlyXwire, I'm taking your use of "intimidating" as a big compliment!

Bob, thanks, it was a lot of fun, especially as I hadn't had the chance to play a game with my son for way too long. I do plan to change the terrain back to the "Battle of Jagai" from the end of "The Drums of the Fore and Aft", but not until after I get to play a third game on the present layout, which promises to be a combined attack on the tower with its garrision (one TSATF basic unit w/the Sgts 3) by overwhelming tribal forces and a relief column attempting to reach the beleaguered defenders before they're wiped out. I'm hoping to play that one with 2 or all 3 of my kids BEFORE my son leaves to start his Junior year back at college. AFTER that, the Kipling game should be next -- largely inspired by your own version! I had actually laid it all out even before I finished building the tower -- terrain, troops, the whole Afghan enchilada -- but got too busy with real life stuff and never managed to play the game, even as a solo exercise. Hopefully I will manage it this time, complete with the Jakin and Lew figures playing a special morale-boosing/rally role if and when their Regt. breaks and runs.

FlyXwire09 Aug 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

A BIG compliment indeed!

John Leahy20 Sep 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

That terrain is AWESOME! thumbs up thumbs up

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Thanks very much, John!

hunter4a Inactive Member30 Oct 2017 4:29 p.m. PST

Man MG, another fine looking battle. Nothing like a family battle! Haha. Can't wait to visit you again to talk about War.

takeda33330 Oct 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

lovely game and great pics.

Lascaris31 Oct 2017 7:41 p.m. PST

Very nice AAR, thanks!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 10:12 p.m. PST

Danny Boy!!!!!

Thanks for reviving this not-so-old thread of mine, my friend, and thanks to takeda333 and Lascaris for piling on more kind comments!

LSD… can't wait for you to visit either!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

Now that is a real TSATF game! Fantastic!

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.