Friday, January 8, 2010

I'd like to share with you the book that started my interest in The Sikh Wars. The book was entitled, "The Sikhs and the Sikh Wars" by Charles Gough & Arthur Innes. More than twenty years ago a friend loaned me the original book to read; I've since managed to track down this pictured copy, from Kaveri Books of New Delhi, India. The ISBN is 81-7479-068-3, and like the original, it features all the maps on separate fold outs, very nice.

Another valuable resource has been the Andrew Preziosi's compilation of the Orders of Battle for the First Sikh War. The second photo shows it as a small, green, pamphlet -style book. Originally fro Khyber Pass Games, today they are available from TVAG (The Virtual Armchair General).

I also like to read, and reread Donald Featherstone's, "At them with the Bayonet". His writing style is pleasant and chock full of information about officer performance and what the troops endured to achieve their objectives. It's the third book shown, and helps with troop classifications within the framework of the rules I'm using now. Hopefully I'll have a battle report done in the next few days.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Welcome to my ramblings upon wargaming the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars. I’ve enjoyed reading about and building the armies associated with this conflict for the past twenty years. I hope to share my interests in, and sources about this; the last of the Napoleonic-style conflicts.

I’m also a bit of an old-style gamer; meaning, 25/28 mm troops, rules that permit formation changes, terrain that is “user friendly”, and rules that are easy to use. I’ve tried Honor and Fortune, Volley and Bayonet, Principles of War and now Lasalle by Sam Mustafa. I must say I like the way the Lasalle rules flow (a bit like PoW) and the layout of the text makes understanding a snap!

So, follow me if you will, into the Indian sub-continent; to fight with mail-clad horsemen, elephants and camels, small guns and large, wild men from the hills and regulars from the Empire of the Singhs. All led forward to the sound of bugle and drum, by the last of the Napoleonic War’s veterans.