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The Indian Mutiny

The Indian Mutiny – Playing the Period

The Devil’s Wind It all started with Mangal Pande – the sepoy of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry who was hanged for mutiny back in March 1857. Unwittingly he gave rise to the derogatory name for the Indian Mutineers – “Pandies”. Well, the other guys were calling the British “Feringhi Dogs” and chopping them up,

The Relief of Kirriepur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Homegrown Rules, 28mm A weekend of Indian Mutiny wargaming isn’t complete without a beleaguered residency and a relief force struggling to reach it before the defences are overcome. That then, is exactly what this Sunday game was all about, played out during the latest League of Gentlemen Wargamers’ weekend up in Kirriemuir.The

The Road to Kirriepur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm This weekend was the spring gathering of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers, which means we were up in Kirriemuir, a small town about 90 minutes drive north of Edinburgh. The weekend was divided into two parts. On the Saturday, we played a bunch of skirmish games, using Bill’s

Maharajpur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm In a few weeks time I’ll be running a weekend-long Indian Mutiny. While the second day involves a big battle, with suitable rules, the Saturday will centre round skirmish-level games, with four or five different scenarios. We thought my Mutiny rules set of choice Sharp Practice offered too

The Singhpur Affair, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm This week the Edinburgh club put on a participation game at Targe, a small wargame show held up in Kirriemuir, in north-east Scotland. Its about 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh, so at the unsociable hour of 7.15am Jack and Derek collected me and my figures, and whisked us northwards.

The Bridge at Fattibum, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm This was little more than an excuse to get all my Indian Mutiny toys out on the table. I was actually going to lay on the figures for two games, fought out on two single 6×4 foot tables, separated by an impassable river. With a certain degree of inevitability

Escape from Khazi, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm After a week filled with events – my Jutland book launch, the centennial commemorations, talks, drinks receptions, warship visits and services, this was a week of down time in Orkney. to celebrate, I had the guys round for a spot of wargaming, on the kitchen table in my holiday

Barapur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm The recent release of the new version of Sharp Practice has caused quite a stir in the Edinburgh Club. The days of playstesting and ambiguity are now over, and we now have a shiny set of rules in our hands, ready to test out. So, that’s exactly what we

Skirmish outside Delhibelli, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm This – our second Indian Mutiny game in two weeks – was something of a let-down. We had so much fun the week before that we had high expectations, and I’d come up with a rip-roaring little scenario too. It was to be played out on a 6×4 foot

Skirmish at Fattiwallah, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm For the past few years, my pal Dougie and I had figures on loan to each other. I had his WW2 Italian fleet, while he had my Indian mutiny figures. I got my “pandies” back during the Christmas holidays, and returned his ships. This proved an expensive move, as

The Siege of Haripur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Black Powder, 28mm Well, we couldn’t really call this The Siege of Krishnapur after the J.G. Farrell novel, as the author was very specific about the layout of the place. Instead we opted for a truly fictitious Indian Mutiny siege rather than one based on historical fiction, with an all-out Mutineer attack

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