1 x 1 Commander - Colonel Bindon Oliver Goff V.C.
1 x 4 A Coy. 1st Battalion The Sheppey Light Infantry
1 x 4 B Coy. 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Medway Fusiliers
1 x 4 A Coy. 4th Peshwari Rifles
1 x 4 B Coy. 6th Kashmeri Rifles
1 x 3 D Troop, C Squadron The 13th Malabar Horse
1 x 3 E Troop, C Squadron The 13th Malabar Horse
1 x 2 section of F Battery, City of London Artillery
1 x 2 platoons Royal Engineers
Total strength of 27 - exhaustion level dependent upon the number of Jalfrezi units used (experimental house rule) up to a maximum of 10.
Ram Ditin was seething with anger at both his father, Shere Khanaj and his close advisor, Prophet Abul. Here was a golden opportunity to strike a telling blow on the thrice-cursed infidels as they brazenly marched into the Dhansak Valley. His spies amongst the Basmatis (to be accurate, spy) had told him of the plan to destroy the palace and of the composition of the force that was being sent to undertake the task. He had pleaded with his father on bended knees to allow him to raise the sacred banner and raise the tribes in revolt but to no avail. Instead they counselled caution as the Imperialists needed to flex a little muscle occasionally and it served no purpose in provoking them unnecessarily. Certainly the march should be opposed but only enough to make point and to save face. Ram Ditin sullenly agreed to his father's behest but privately decided to ignore him. He had sent out messengers to a number of local dignitaries 'inviting' them, in the name of Shere Khanaj to send men to teach the accursed infidel a lesson. He had stretched the truth a little in this but then he could not be certain as to how many would respond and so it was better to have too many than too few. He could justify this to his father if needs be but borrowing the two twelve pounders would be another thing altogether. He resolved to cross that bridge when he came to it. The force assembled was made up of the following.
1 x 1 Commander Ram Ditin
1 x 3 Bodyguard Cavalry
1 x 2 Artillery
8 x 4 Warbands
Total strength 38 - exhaustion level 10. This was quite low as Ram Ditin did not want to lose too many loyal warriors on what was only supposed to be a demonstration.
Game Notes: The rules in use were Bob Cordery's Memoir of Battle but with an experimental house rule designed for ambushes in solo play. Basically, all the ambushing sides units are set up in their desired positions with a red counter on them. Assuming they are in cover then the enemy has to locate them before he can engage them. This is done by rolling the combat dice as though carrying out a normal attack up to the maximum range of firearm in use by the army. Only infantry and cavalry are able to do this (assume cavalry have a range of 3). Should the searching player score a hit then the ambushing unit has been spotted and the red counter removed - it is in effect now in play. This rule gives cavalry a proper reconnaissance role although infantry are only able to search when moving one hex. If they are moving two then they are going too fast to search properly. For each unit either located by searching or revealed by the ambushing player the searchers exhaustion level increases by the size of the unit located/revealed. The effect of this rule is to encourage the ambushing player to be frugal with his force because should he only use a single unit then he could hold up the entire army by inflicting hits equal to his size e.g. 4 for an infantry unit.
The table was 12 x 8 hexes and the Imperial forces were required to enter the table rather than be deployed.