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Monday, 18 April 2016

The Rani Strikes Back


The Rani or was she a Begum? Saw the Mutiny as an opportunity to redress the many oppressions and exactions put upon her and her people by the Company.  As a hereditary prince she could rely on the support of her people if she went to war.  Gallant horsemen would follow her banner and her tripartite guard of hereditary soldiers, oath bound Ghilzais and Baluchi swordsmen would fight and if necessary die for her.  Her artillery though was ancient and probably could not be moved from the city walls.  Latterly the Wahhabis of the city had offered themselves as holy warriors willing to destroy any Ferenghees she cared to name.  All in all, it was not enough and as a British column approached with the intention of garrisoning her city she reviewed her forces.



Unit
Armament
Combat Die
Defence Die
Short Range
Medium
Range
Long Range
Matchlocks
Musket
D8
D10
0-2
2-4
4-6
Ghilzais
Jezzail
D12+1
D10
0-4
4-6
6-8
Baluchi
Swords
D10
D8
0-2
0
0
Wahhabis
Swords
D10
D8
0
0
0
Zemindaris’
Carbine
D10
D6
0-1
1-2
2-3
Zemindaris’
Carbine
D10
D8
0-1
1-2
2-3

The long range Jezzail of the Ghilzais would be an advantage and from behind the walls her matchlock men would fight effectively.  The Baluchi and Wahhabis would charge bravely but without artillery there was little hope of success.

Then the Sowars and Sepoys entered the city proclaiming their allegiance to her family and begging her to lead them against the British.
 
Since their leader Ahmed Khan had looted the treasury before leaving his life with the Company the Rani graciously accepted the money and his services and decided to fight.

Unit
Armament
Combat Die
Defence Die
Short Range
Medium Range
Long Range
Sowars
Carbine
D10
D6
0-1
1-2
2-3
Sepoys
Musket
D10
D6
0-2
2-4
4-6
Sepoys
Musket
D8
D6
0-2
2-4
4-6
Battery
9lb Smoothbore
D12
D8
0-5
5-10
11-18
Battery
9lb Smoothbore
D12+1
D8
0-4
4-8
9-16

The Sepoys and Sowars were trained soldiers and the artillery men were perhaps more skilled than the British. Still she would take no chances.

2 comments:

  1. Well, OB, it's about time you started one of these. I've been following you with interest on TMP and Irregular Miniatures - it's clear that we have similar interests - though I haven't got involved with the Mutiny. Keep it up!

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  2. Cheers Giffy, much appreciated and I will. The next installment 'Brigadier Wilson's Column' is written I just need a bit of sunshine for the photos.

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