Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ambush at Uitkomst by Abbott and Jones: Herero War Skirmish Scenario Playtest Version

Dr. Roy Jones, Jr. and I have finished editing our skirmish scenario: Ambush at Uitkomst; Volkmann's Gambit, and it is now ready for playtesting. Northern Virginia Gamers (NOWAG) will give it a try on January 18th, 2015.  If you would like to do the same, a .pdf can be downloaded here.   Please let us know how it goes.

The scenario is designed for use with  Roy and Eric Alvarado's The Herero War Rules and Scenarios book based on The Sword and the Flame (TSATF) system. You can get a copy of Roy and Eric's Book in the US from Recreational Conflict and On Military Matters and in the UK from Caliver Books.

If you do decide you'd like to ride out into the bush with Oberlt. Volkmann, or lead Mbatona's Herero war band against him, you will need figures representing mounted troops (with foot dismounts and horse holders) for Volkmann's small force of 20 Schutztruppen and war volunteers (including boers), and also for 16 of the 64 Herero and two of their commanders.  If you would prefer to read the extensive documentation for the historic battle that informs this scenario, there is a twelve part series archived with the label Uitkomst that should keep you busy for a while.

More:  A playtested revision of the Uitkomst skirmish scenario is downloadable here: Uitkomst Skirmish Scenario by Abbott & Jones. Thanks again to NOWAG for helping improve it through play!


  1. The scenario sounds intriguing. I will give it a go this holiday season.

  2. Many thanks! Please let us know how it goes.

  3. Hello, I am not a war gamer but I enjoy the concept. I found your blog looking for info on DSWA. I have been researching the Schutztruppe for years and my great grandmother's brother was a soldier in the 5th Kompanie, Southern Garrison Command, Keetmanshoop, DSWA. He served from 1907 to 1910 and remained in DSWA working for the Pomona mining company until finally moving to Johannesburg where he died in 1954. I was very interested in your research and photos. We could possibly help each other with information. Would you mind emailing me at calaski8123(at)gmail(dot)com so we can discuss further?



    1. Hello, Jim, thanks for getting in touch. I'll email you and we can talk more about our shared research interests.