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 .........