Friday, 25 July 2008

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TOP: An aerial view of the Battle of Basrah 1914-15...
...with Allies on the left and the Ottomans on the right.
Hi All,

First of all, Tas AKA Paul, the host of this site is temporarily detained with other domestic callings. His wife is away on business so he is filling in all the roles his family requires for awhile including father and maintainer of the castle, university researcher, student, military man, and much more. He can't wait to get back to gaming and this site, but it will have to wait until the domestic scene returns to its previous order. In the mean time, adjunct posters like myself will fill in content for Tas.

Last Friday on 18 July 2008, a number of gentleman got together to play a colonial game, although a late colonial game from World War I. Mark Steinberg and Mike McGraw hosted. The game was loosely based on the actual Battle of Basrah from 1914-15 although the results (an allied defeat) much more resembled the Siege of Kut, the battle that followed Basrah in 1915-16. For those readers still gaining proficiency in geography, Basrah is located in modern-day Iraq.

It was a great game with lots of beautiful terrain, a host of 28mm figures, a British armored car, several light artillery pieces, two massive river boats, the French Foreign Legion, plenty of Brits, plenty of Scots, Indian troops, Arabs, Askaris, Boers, and everything a colonial-minded gamer could adore. I had a fabulous time and it was a great way to spend a lazy evening.

Mark's notes:

Here are some photos of the BASRAH 1915 game. Players were Maksim, Tim, Mike McGraw, Mike O., Hal L., and Nils. I took the photos. Observers included Carl O., Jim C. and Mark Cuomo, Mikos, Mike S., Marcus, and George G.

And the photos:

TOP: By turn 3, the Allies (left) had taken considerable casualties.
TOP: One of the mighty riverboats, that arrived too late!
TOP: The other mighty riverboat!
TOP: The two boats heading upriver to Basrah.
TOP: The mighty river itself!
Ottoman lines on the right.
TOP: The Ottomans had the advantage of holding the town...
And the Germans had vowed "...to fight to the last Arab."

TOP: Maksim's Arabs set up in a strong town building...
The fellows out of cover were quickly routed.

TOP: The British forces were bolstered by an armored car (left).
It's machine gun tore up Ottoman lines.

TOP: The brave Scots troops charged Basrah with valor in their hearts...
...to no avail!
TOP: A set of ruins in the foreground saved the Allies from a worse defeat.
TOP: By turn 2, the Allied ranks had been decimated by rifle fire.
TOP: But the Allies still held the rocky outcrops outside Basrah.
TOP: Part of the motley crew of Colonial heroes!

The game itself went well and all had a good time, but the scenario was, perhaps tilted a little in favor of the Ottoman side since by turn two, the allied lines had been considerably thinned. In fact, the game was an absolute bloodbath with both sides taking roughly 40% to 70% casualties within just three turns! Next time, the Allies will receive more troops and the Ottomans less and we can see how it turns out!

Link to Battle of Basrah (1914-15):

First Link to Siege of Kut (1915-16):

Second Link to Siege of Kut (1915-16):

Have a great Friday!
And good gaming to you!

Shalom,
Maksim-Smelchak.

Notes regarding photos / pictures / videos: These are not all my images and videos. I am using various images and videos from around the web, mostly from public sources and/or private sources used with permission. I have tried to include only images and videos under public domain, creative commons, or fair use. If I have inadvertently violated any copyrights, please inform me and I will remove your image/s (...if it is indeed an infringement).

7 comments:

Eli Arndt said...

What a wonderful looking game. Inspiring to any gamer.

Eli Arndt said...

Truely inspiring to any gamer out there. Really beautiful stuff

Don M said...

Agreed! An inspiring game!
Next time remember attacker
needs to out number an entrenched
defender by a seven to one ratio!

A J Matthews said...

An excellent array of figures, models and terrain, and a good battle account. May better luck go with the British next time!

James (J) Womack, Esq. said...

Great battle report, Maksim. Thanks for taking the reins while Tas is mired in domesticity!

By the way, where di you obtain that smaller river boat (the one with all the Frenchies on it?)

Reminds me I need to get to work on MY riverboat (birthday present from February!).

Andrew said...

Great looking setup! WWI in Mesopotamia is a fascinating subject too.

On another topic, I'm trying to track down a copy of the Saurian Safari rules, which you've reviewed on your site, but haven't been able to find them for sale anywhere. Do you happen to know ho to get ahold of them?

Tas said...

I got my SS rules through North Star here: http://www.northstarfigures.com/shop/hlbspublishing/index.html

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