For those of you who cannot remember the film. The history is of course different from the film and the actual battle lasted 4 days.
But as a wargamer I am more drawn to the spectacle of the film. So here is Our game interpretation that we played out yesterday. Some amendments to make to the playing boards and to the rules before Broadside, but no reason not to give a game walk through of one of the games we played.
Starting positions for the Arabs.
4 foot long Arab camel line and 2 Turks in a trench Not expecting guests
Mostly a deserted Desert town
Skirting the building a first wave of Camel riders suffers devastating incoming fire.
Else where melee is joined and while some Arabs slip past others engage in the Melee.
Having survived, for the most part, the incoming fire the arabs start to get stuck in.
The Melee is not all one sided and it delays the Arab attack long enough
Long enough for the Turks to get reinforcements.
Laurence gets dragged down in Hand to hand combat by three Turks and unfortunately DIES! Graham is a ROTTER!
The Flag bearer pushes forward but the Turkish reinforcements are to many and their fire power concentrated and eventually he runs to cover.
Arab reinforcements finally arrive, but too late to turn the tide.
Yes so the Turks managed to defend Aqaba in this game but it was a close run thing. If two more Turks had died it would have been an Arab victory. I(n the first game, the Arabs did win and that was also a close run thing. So I must conclude that the rules and forces are quite balanced. There will be a few changes made but just minor tweaks. The Boards also need a slight revamp, but nothing major. As a teast game it worked very well.
Thanks for reading and more again as soon as I can. All the best Clint