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.
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.