Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Disaster For La Legion !.


I set up the terrain at random and the French force of - a Company of the Foreign Legion , a unit of Algerian Tirailleurs and a squadron of Chasseurs D' Africa were picked at random from the first box file I came across . I have a list of twenty different Arab forces which I diced for and came up with four units of cavalry . Ammunition for units in TSATF is decided by dice throws and the Arab force only got two rounds each !? - I thought ' Ah ! '-  that must be the reason for them attacking the French column - to get more ammo ! - I quickly added a couple of camels for the French to escort .


I diced for the location of the Arab forces and unfortunately they appeared very close to the French .


The Arabs charged in to the French before they had properly deployed- and the Foreign Legion hadn't even arrived on the table ! .


The unit of  Tuareg Camel charged home into the Tirailleurs killing all the French command figures but were wiped out by the resolute Algerians .


The Legion Company escorting the camels were caught still in column when the initiative cards allowed the Arab cavalry a second movement and cut them down ! . On the other flank a fierce cavalry melee resulted in the Chasseurs fleeing ! - not a good day for the French .


Next move the Arabs captured the camels and drove them off the board - thus ending the game ! . Over in four moves!, the poor French - what a disaster !


The loser - Capt. Jaq Cousteau , what a disgrace ! . If word gets back to Sidi Bel Abbes about this fiasco he's finished - another force must be gathered quickly , those natives punished and the ammunition recovered .


The winner Mussa Ag Amastane , he parades the captured camels through his followers , rather pleased that he has got one up on the French and more importantly his rival -


Attici Ag Amellal - who because the game ended so quickly  never appeared on the table - due to repairs to his weaponry (see previous post) , he's annoyed ! and as the true leader of his people the prestige and the ammunition belong to him ! - people don't believe that his prayers brought victory ! . So the scene is set for the next game - the table has been cleared , the terrain reset and forces decided on . Too be continued .........










12 comments:

  1. Oh my. No wonder the war lasted as long as it did!

    Enjoyable read though and looking forward to the next.

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    1. Yes this game didnt go as planned, Tony

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  2. An interesting scenario- it appears the poor French didn't stand a chance- hope the outcome for the Foreign Legion is better in the next Battle. KEV.

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    1. They had a run of bad luck and neber really got started, Tony

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  3. Great game...reminded me I have a box of Airfix legionaries in the garage that need looking at.

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    1. Ah! Airfix Legionaries, last lot I had became ACW Zouaves, TSATF always delivers, Tony

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  4. Super game - one up for the arabs

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    1. They are on a roll at the moment , Tony

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  5. Great game! Beau Geste went West

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    1. Hope they do better in the next game , Tony

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  6. Quelle catastrophe! You've reminded me - I still have to play a memorial game.

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    1. Sometimes everything goes wrong ! , Tony

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