Osprey publishing again got me buying from there wargame series, I pre ordered this one "The men who would be kings" Colonial Wargame rules by Daniel Mersey, I recived my cpy this week eagerly awaited and was not disappointed at all , a set of rules that provides a game and entertainment and fun using my large collection of miniatures, the rule s are simple to remember needing a play sheet of the stats and a basic QRS, the dice are D6 and away you go. I decided to give them a quick play test using the basic rules, and a basic head on fight.
My collection of British redcoats were assembled 3 units and a Gatling gun
My huge darkest African collection easy constructed a Native force 1 elite unit 1 musket armed and another bow armed tribes men and 2 veteran tribes men to give some back up
Units actives each on a 2D6 dice riolls numbers of the units leaders to be rolled, very similar to many game systems but to me worked and was refreshing needing + modifiers to morale and the quality of the leaders randomly rolled before the game. most of the tribes men advanced easy
the elite unit crashing into a British line unit head on
causing many casualty the Brisihs fell back ,(luckily not off the table )
The Gatling gun then faced them head on actually forcing them back and only the leader remaining to be cut down with ease later on.
A veteran unit then smashed onot the red lines also pushing them back
Tribes men struck again this time hitting hard recovering pinn markers to fight on
the native muskets tried to rally and well they left for a better day
the lone chieftain faces his end
Chards unit decides tiffing is in order not clashing with these Tribes men chaps
Surviving British fight on, concentrated gun fore makes short work of the tribes men
Another lone leader faces his demise
And the end result is seen here,.
Conclusion a very nice game system and extremely playable, the dice rolls work, the pins and rally's are so very important also the discipline modifiers are so important. And my thought ? A great game recommended to any colonial or Victorian gamer with a collection, or some one wanting alternative to large scale battle army's. next time more bits of rules to add but nothing that was not missed this time , perhaps to enhance only!.