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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 1:18 p.m. PST

After almost 30 years of collecting and playing with my 28mm Indian Mutiny collection I sold my toys and started collecting the period in 54mm. I had been unable to find a good set of rules for the period after trying at least half a dozen. I figured I would concentrate on skirmish games, since so much of the romance of the period is based on individuals' heroics exploits. I bought the Colonial Conflicts Indian Mutiny Scenario book published by On Military Matters when it first came out three years ago, but I did not try out the scenarios until this past weekend. Since my Indian Mutiny collection is much smaller than my old 28mm collection due to expense and space, I was attracted to the scenarios in the book that used the TSATF small unit option; 8 figure infantry units instead of 20, 6 figure cavalry units instead of 12, perfect for my 54mm guys. We played the Fatehpur scenario, the first in the Lucknow campaign scenarios and it was great! The Mutiny is hugely challenging to find balanced historical scenarios, but this one was well balanced. So well balanced, in fact that my British force was defeated by the mutineers after I lost a Stand and Fight dice roll and my one unit of cavalry routed off the table. I am looking forward to trying out the other scenarios that cover the Delhi campaign, including the assault, and the Lucknow campaign up to, but not including the relief. Here are a few photos of the game:

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 4:25 p.m. PST

Great looking game. Thanks for posting. Tell us a little bit about the figures, please.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 4:40 p.m. PST

79th, Cross posted from Little Wars Revisited: There are only a limited number of companies that make or made figures for the Indian Mutiny. Britains had a limited range, but very nice figures, in action poses – the mutineers behind the wall and the British redcoats. Trophy of Wales and Marlborough Star provided most of the marching and walking poses as well as the Sikh irregular cavalry. Tradition of London has some good poses I used for one of the mutineer gun crews, the other one is from Wm Hocker, which are very much in the hollow cast Britains tradition. The RHA gunners are Dorset bodies with now out of production All the Kings Men ACW heads with Havelocks. Lastly, I pressed some Del Prado mounted Afghan Tribal Warriors into service.

Irregular Miniatures do some nice figures which are still on my painting table.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 6:28 p.m. PST

Thank you. Great job! It is too bad that ATKM closed up shop.

Black Hat Miniatures17 Oct 2019 12:33 a.m. PST

It looks great – I am really tempted to do a small 54mm Sikh Wars set up…

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 3:52 a.m. PST

Great collection Nick! I look forward to trying out the scenario book as well.
Cheers,
JB

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