- The Road to Tsientsien: A Boxer Rebellion scenario
for The Sword and The flame. And yes, the editor does realize that
the membership had many pressing social engagements throughout the
month of July, resulting in only one game being held during that
period. However, the crack staff hopes to compensate for this with
a plethora of oriental wargame weenie images.
right, a completely inappropriate libation accompanying a spectacular
pagoda which required the absolute minimum of effort to prepare
for the game. (As in, "I really like that aquarium decoration
you have in your window. Here's my credit card, will you sell it
right, 'All the Germans in the World' sweep onto the table on the
right flank. With their mounted colonel safely in the rear they
press forward with banners flying. Incidentally, these very banners
can be found on the Warflag web site, and also here on the web site
for The Bengal Club. If you don't have the Warflag site bookmarked
in your browser, then go to our links page, and click on the link
there. If you want to download a copy of the regimental standard
for the Imperial German Marines, the go to our FLAGS
right, the same Germans, from the Boxer perspective. Not only does
this provide a better view of the flags, but also of the 'Chinese
Bridge.' This item, much lusted after by our French associates (Eric,
I'm still looking for another one of these, but all the discount
stores seem to stock lighthouses now instead of bridges) was purchased
at a 99 cent store, where it was being sold as an 'American Christmas
Time Cover Type Bridge.' Clearly made in China it didn't quite
look like a New England covered bridge, but with a little repainting
it made a quite believable Chinese footbridge.
the Germans move inexorably forward on the right, the American forces
maneuver for position in the center and on the left of the table.
At right, a group of Boxer spearmen spring from ambush in... Well,
originally it was supposed to be a rice paddy, but our member in
the Central Pacific still hasn't emailed us his instructions on
how to build a model rice paddy. So the umpire was compelled to
use a piece of beige fur, which looked something like the 'Wheat
Field' from the American Civil War. Here the Boxers have charged
home on a skirmish line of US cavalry. The Americans are about to
roll very poorly on their dice. Consequently they will flee combat,
but not make it quite far enough away to escape the charging Boxers,
who will strike them in the rear and inflict serious casualties.
In the rear, at left, can be seen the now famous 'Aquarium Decoration
Chinese Pagoda.' In the rear, at right, can be seen the unimpressed
German commander, waiting for this turn to end so that he can resume
the forward motion of his Teutonic steamroller.
the eventual victims of the German advance. A large unit of Chinese
regulars, with a very pretty flag, hope to use a redoubt to block
the Germans. Unfortunately German rifle fire will, eventually, eliminate
every single figure before the Germans resume their advance to,
what appears to be, inevitable victory.
right, having vanquished the US Cavalry, the Boxers move on to attack
a skirmish line of US infantry. These Americans will successfully
evade the Chinese At right, the lone Boxer unit can be seen
preparing to charge the American formation revealed by the flight
of the US skirmishers. At this point things looked pretty hopeless
for the Boxers, but they did rather well. Of course they died to
the last man, but it really was surprising just how many Americans
units were diverted from the advance to eradicate this single unit
of chaps with spears.
The Chinese commander springs his cunning trap. Wave upon
wave of inscrutable adversaries surge upon the Americans from their
hiding place just off the left hand side of the gaming table. At
right, a close up of the Imperial cavalry making up the first wave
of the attack
right, the Imperial Cavalry (center rear) joined by the Kansu Braves
(red coats in the center) and some Boxer survivors (shirtless at
bottom left) crash upon the American left flank. This photo will
soon be followed by some excellent dice rolling on the part of the
American commander, some appalling dice rolling by the Chinese commander,
and the immediate flight of all Chinese survivors off the left hand
side of the table.
a close up of the pretty flag brandished by the sorry survivors
of the German marksmanship.
right, more of the, now clearly doomed, Chinese flank march against
the Americans. A final wave of Tartar cavalry clearly can not succeed
where the Chines regulars have failed. On the other hand, while
the US forces were delayed slaughtering the Chinese flank march
the Germans goose stepped across the table and won all their victory
conditions. Commentators described this as, "The Americans
fought hard, and the Germans won the game."