June 5, 2017 by wargamerchris
One of the periods I’ve been building over the past four years has been the French colonial campaign in Indochina at the end of the 19th Century. This period is interesting to me in part as a component of the history of the French Foreign Legion. It’s a compelling study as the sources are somewhat scarce in English – though many great photos exist as well as very compelling paintings…. Google it!
Here are a few pictures from our first game several years ago:
The French faired somewhat poorly in this game – the Battle of Hoa Moc. The French are breaking through a line of Black Flags forces to relieve a besieged garrison.
A young French player commanded the gunboat and the landing force, and he was utterly sunk by an older commander of the junks….
Figures are by Old Glory, Frontier, Irregular, and a handful of others in there I’m sure. This game is interesting because the Chinese ‘intervention force’ watched the battle without participating…
A couple people asked about sources – my touchstone is The Sino-French Naval War 1884-1885.
The game was played with Battles for Empire 2 – a nice, straight forward colonial mass battles rules set. We have edged toward Black Powder as of late, but very pleased with how these rules play, and we’ve used them for Sudan, Abyssinia, Maximilian in Mexico, Boxer Rebellion etc.
Contact me if you’d like to discuss the historical sources/ rules etc. I have many pictures somewhere – I’lol post them as I find them.