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Memorial Game of The Sword and the Flame

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To mark the recent death of Larry Brom, author of the seminal and influential rules, the HAWKs ran a game of The Sword and the Flame last night.  It was fun to pull out those venerable rules and play the game.  TSAF was the second set of rules I ever owned.   Below are some pictures from the evening’s events.  The basic scenario involved the Pathans holding a hostage, young Wee Willie Winkie (the Shirley Temple version, depicted by a 15mm highlander in an otherwise 25mm game).  While a column of British and Indians moved to rescue her, additional Pathans were arriving as reinforcements.

Setting up the game

Setting up the game

Getting started

Getting started

The British force, including three platoons of infantry and one of Indian cavalry

The British force, including three platoons of infantry and one of Indian cavalry

Pathan relief force advances

The Pathan fort. Winkie is in the tower

Another view of the British advance

Another view of the British advance

The Pathan relief force musters

The Pathan relief force musters

The Pathan fort. Winkie is in the tower

The Pathan fort. Winkie is in the tower

The British advancing toward the fort

The British advancing toward the fort

A British platoon arrayed in a gap getting ready to blaze away at the Pathans

A British platoon arrayed in a gap getting ready to blaze away at the Pathans

Some Pathans defending the entrance to the fort

Some Pathans defending the entrance to the fort

The view from the Pathan fort at the advancing British

The view from the Pathan fort at the advancing British

The game ended when the defenders of the fort took enough casualties that they routed.  Then a group of Pathans charged to try to clear the way for the routing troops to take Winkie with them, but the were destroyed in a combination of rifle fire and melee.  The game was a resounding British victory.

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HAWKs Run Memorial “The Sword and The Flame Game”

Chris Palmer     Friday night, and their regular meeting, the HAWKs ran a memorial “The Sword and the Flame” game to commemorate the passing earlier this month of the rules’ author, Larry Brom.   Many of the club members had not played the rules in over a decade, and for some of the younger members, this was their first exposure to the rules.  

      GMs Buck Surdu and Chris Palmer chose to use the “Revision 1” version of the rules.  The scenario involved a British column sent to capture a Pathan fort where “Wee Willie Winkie” was being held.

     The game seemed to be a close one until the unit defending the fort failed their Critical Morale at 50% casualties, and decided to “abandon ship”.   After that, things fell apart pretty quickly for the Pathans.

      Everybody had a great time, and for this old wargamer it was a lot of fun to dust off this old set and run it again.  Many of my formative wargaming years was spend playing these rules, and this was a nice trip down memory lane.

          Hopefully another decade wont pass again before we break out these timeless rules for another game.

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