The Sword and the Flame

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The Sword and the Flame (TSATF) Jeu de Guerre, Larry V. Brom

To all those who cherish the poems of Rudyard Kipling, et who think Gunga Din, Four Feathers, et Zulu are among the finest films evers produced, these game rules are respectfully dedicated. With these rules, a light heart, an open mind, et a vivid imagination we will return to the days de l’Empire britannique avec the chatter of the Gatlings, the skirl of bagpipes, the Dervish screams, the crack of rifles, et the ring of broadsword on bayonet.

In the latter part of the nineteenth century, l’armée britannique victorienne fought countless guerres et escarmouches de frontière against a myriad of worthy foes from the hills of the northwest frontier of India to the scrub-covered plains of the Sudan et South Africa. The Imperial Red (later Kaki) Coats of Her Majesty matched courage, valor, et steel avec Zulu, Pathan, Dervish, Égyptien, et Boer for half a century et more.

There were no European-style battles of massed bataillons maneuvering in cadenced step, deployed over miles of front et flanked by cavalry et artillerie. These were desperate little fights; small groups of rec-coated soldiers et dusky hill tribesmen, sudden volleys et quick rushes avec sword et bayonet, a hilltop taken ou an attack repulsed, and, finally, the dead et wounded.

Fearless devotion to a cause was universal, et combat was usually to the death. Generally outnumbered, the Imperial forces were usually well-armed, highly disciplined, et superbly led. While their officiers et sergents lived, their staying power in combat was phenomenal. Only rarely did they ever flee the field. Their gallant opponents, from the wily Pathan to the fanatic Dervish, were often severely beaten, but the fight was always hard, et les rangs britanniques somewhat depleted. The frontiers of the Empire were truly, as Kipling said, "bought avec the sword et the flame".


  • Titre: The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)
  • Période: 1850 to 1925 colonial era
  • Type: Jeu d’Escarmouche de Niveau Tactique
  • Échelle du Temp: pas donné
  • Échelle du Terrain: pas donné
  • Échelle de Troupes: 1 figurine = 3 men
  • Basing: figurines individuelles
  • Auteur: Larry V. Brom
  • Format: 28 pages, piquage métallique
  • Langage: Anglais
  • Maison d’Édition: Yaquinto Publications, Royal Oak, MI
  • Publié: 1979


  • Introduction to the Game et the Historical Period
    1. Day of the Empire, 1 page
    2. The opposing forces, 3 pages
    3. Organizing the armies, 2 pages
    4. The game table, 3 pages
    5. Acquiring figurines
    6. Painting the armies, 1 page
    7. Uniform information, 4 pages
    8. Banners, colours, standards, et flags, 2 pages
  • The Game Rules
    1. Introduction to the game rules, 2 pages
    2. The sequence of events during each game turn
    3. The basic unit
    4. Facing
    5. Attitude
    6. Formations, 1 page
    7. The movement phase, 3 pages
    8. The fire phase, 2 pages
    9. The close combat (hand-to-hand) phase, 2 pages
    10. The morale phase, 1 page
    11. Supplementary ideas, 2 pages
  • Sample Game – The Bataille de Chamla Valley, 5 pages
  • Epilogue et Further Reference, 3 pages
    1. Acknowledgement
    2. Glossary of game et rule terms
    3. Bibliography
    4. The Victoria Cross

Quick Reference Charts et Counters

  • Close into Combat Chart
  • Stand et Fight Chart
  • Close Combat Chart
  • Morale Chart
  • Movement Chart
  • Rally Chart
  • Firing Chart
5th Gurkha Rifles, Punjab Frontier Force

In The Sword and the Flame (TSATF), un Lieutenant, Sergent, et 18 Soldats représentent un peloton d’infanterie européenne, which may be split into two sections de 10 soldats each. Un Capitain, Sergent-Major, et deux pelotons représentent une compagnie d’infanterie. Le colonel et deux compagnies d’infanterie représentent un bataillon d’infanterie. Tribal opponents are organized into clans ou bands of 20 figurines, one of whom is the Clan Chief, Amaviyo ou Sheik. Three clans et a tribal leader called Hill Chieftain, Induna, ou Emir, form a tribe. The photo shows a Lieutenant, Havaldar, Naik, Lance-Naik, et Rifleman of the 5th Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment, wearing a mix of full-dress et campaign dress uniforms.

A platoon of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers for The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)

A platoon of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers deployed in square. If bayonets were fixed, these troops would be ready to repel enemy cavalry. In addition to the Lieutenant et Sergeant, this TSATF platoon has a Corporal et Clairon, who act like regular riflemen in combat. The Fusiliers are antique 15 mm Peter Laing miniatures.

5th Gurkha rifle platoon for The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)

A platoon of the 5th Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment of the Punjab Frontier Force (PFF), ou "Piffers". Les Gurkhas sont avançant en colonne de peloton, avec their Lieutenant in the lead, et le Sergent bringing up the rear. These, too, are antique 15 mm Peter Laing miniatures, painted in full dress uniforms which would gradually be replaced by field service tunics et trousers kaki.

Un peloton d’infanterie égyptienne pour The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)

Un peloton d’infanterie égyptienne de la Guerre des Mahdistes, deployed in line. The figurines are antique 15 mm Peter Laing miniatures.

A clan of Mahdist warriors for The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)

A clan of antique 15 mm Peter Laing miniatures painted comme guerriers Mahdistes de la Guerre des Mahdistes en Sudan. These warriors are armed avec a mixture of spears et rifles.

Confederate infantry platoon for The Sword and the Flame (TSATF)

A platoon of 1/72 scale Confederate infantry wearing a mixture of grey et butternut uniforms avec sky-blue facings. Not strictly colonial, but these troops may be used in post-ACW games using TSATF rules. Rebel infantry wearing slouch hats may double-up as Boers. The miniatures are ESCI, IMEX, Accurate, et Revell Confederate et Union soldiers, which mix quite well.

While TSATF was designed avec the l’armée britannique victorienne in mind, the rules are perfectly suitable for other colonial conflicts involving forces américaines, autrichiennes, belges, égyptiennes, françaises, allemandes, italiennes, japonaises, et russes jusqu’à la Première Guerre mondiale. Supplemental rules are available which cover la Quatrième Guerre intercoloniale (1754–1763), Légion Étrangère Française, la Révolte des Boxers (1900), et fighting on boats.

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