Thursday, 21 February 2013

Return to Madasahatta?

One experience that David Crook and I share is our participation in Eric Knowles's epic Madasahatta campaign. It is a topic that usually crops up in any conversations that we have, and once or twice we have even talked about running our own versions.


With this in mind I looked at the initial start-up positions for the various forces involved in the original campaign ... and realised that I probably have more than enough figures to actually do it! If I make one PORTABLE WARGAME unit equal to a company, all I will need is the following:

Garrison of New Surrey
  • Port Victoria
    • 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers (less 1 Company) [3 Infantry Units]
    • 47th Mountain Battery (2 x 12pdr. Guns) [1 Mountain Artillery Unit]
  • Rumbletum’s Kraal
    • 1 Company, 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers [1 Infantry Unit]
  • Clinkajeer's Kraal
    • 1 Squadron, Bengal Lancers [1 Cavalry Unit]
  • Fort Chupatty
    • HQ and 2 Companies, 1st Battalion, Ludhiana Sikhs [2 Infantry Units]
  • Fort George
    • 2 Companies, 1st Battalion, Ludhiana Sikhs [2 Infantry Units]
Garrison of Hansaland
  • Festung Teufel
    • 2 Companies, 1st Battalion Askari Infanterie [2 Infantry Units]
    • 1 gun (1 x 88mm Howitzer), Hansaland Kolonial Artillerie [½ Mountain Artillery Unit]
  • Festung Askari
    • 2 Companies, 1st Battalion Askari Infanterie [2 Infantry Units]
    • 1 gun (1 x 88mm Howitzer), Hansaland Kolonial Artillerie [½ Mountain Artillery Unit]
  • Festung Amelia
    • 1 Company, 12th Marine Battalion [1 Infantry Unit]
  • Seemanstadt
    • 12th Marine Battalion (less 1 Company) [3 Infantry Units]
  • Bluchershafen
    • 10th Wurttemburg Artillerie Batterie (2 x105mm Guns) [1 Field Artillery Unit]
Garrison of The Arab Concession
  • Port Maleesh
    • 1 Battalion, State Guard (4 Infantry Units]
    • 1 Battery, Artillery (2 x 88mn Howitzers) [1 Mountain Artillery Unit]
Whoppituppas Tribal Forces
  • Hornikraal
    • Royal Bodyguard [4 Infantry Units]
    • The Elephant Regiment [4 Infantry Units]
  • Militini's Kraal
    • The Lion Regiment [4 Infantry Units]
  • Gindrinka's Kraal
    • The Leopard Regiment [4 Infantry Units]
In total the forces involved would be:
  • British: 8 Infantry Units, 1 Cavalry Unit, and 1 Mountain Artillery Unit (37 figures and 1 gun)
  • German: 8 Infantry Units, 1 Mountain Artillery Unit, and 1 Field Artillery Unit (36 figures and 2 guns)
  • Turkish: 4 Infantry Units and 1 Mountain Artillery Unit (18 figures and 1 gun)
  • Native: 16 Infantry Units (64 figures)
I have several other projects that I want to finish before I even start to seriously think about re-staging the Madasahatta campaign ... but if and when I do, it looks like if could be a very nice little war to fight!

12 comments:

  1. Oh thanks a heap, Bob. You've set yet another irresistable delicacy before my eyes. Must...resist...starting...another...project... [Systems failure: already looking through my colonials. Drat!]

    Chris

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  2. Chris,

    Sorry ... but you have to admit that it is a very tantalising little campaign, and well worth re-fighting.

    All the best,l
    Bob

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  3. Hi Bob,

    Now that is an undertaking ideally suited to PW and no mistake!

    Given the size of the forces described I am thinking that perhaps some block army activity may be on the cards!

    A very neat idea and I will look forward to seeing this come to life once again.

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. David Crook,l

    I will not be starting this project until I have finished one or two other things first ... but it s a very tempting project to do, if only to see if I can recapture the fun of Eric's campaign.

    It would be very easy to re-fight the Madasahatta campaign with your block armies, but I will be using figures.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Tradgardmastare,

    I won't be rushing into this project quite yet as I have several other things that I want to finish first. That said, it has a nostalgic appeal to me that I find very, very tempting.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. You should doit Bob, before Tim Gow does it in 54mm!

    Regards, Chris

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  7. Chris Kemp,

    Knowing Tim the way we both do, he has probably already ordered the figures!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Well, if this project is down the track a bit, that gives us something to look forward to all the same!

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  9. Archduke Piccolo (Ion),

    It is a project that I have wanted to 'do' for a long, long time ... and although the figures I use might not be exactly the same as in the original, I hope to recreate the original game's atmosphere.

    Something for the future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Are there enough units in the campaign to give a good game, do you think? It is always hard to know before trying, but those forces might lead to 4 vs 4 battles on average, perhaps?

    Regards

    John

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  11. JWH (John),

    It is a good point to make, but in the original campaign both sides got reinforcements as it progressed, and I would probably do the same.

    All the best,

    Bob

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