Monday, September 13, 2010

Sudan 1885 - Fortune & Glory

Last weekend myself, Andrew Parr, Tim Bell, Richard Bell and Victor Perry got dusty out in the Sudan. The game was we played was ruffly based on the Battle of Ginnis in fact it was so ruff that the only resemblance was the opposing sides and that it was the last time the British Army would were their beloved 'Red Coats' into battle. Rules played were that of Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory Supplement for 'Other Wars'. This was the first time he had used the rules for the Sudan and they seemed to flow quite well, however a few little changes were made through out the game. The figures displayed were once from Scott Robertson's great collection (he is soon to re-build another) and are now residing in my collection. Scott painted about 90% of the figures you see and had done a fantastic job...love the Sudan period...don't why but it has an attraction I can not explain??? Anyway going back to Andrew's rules the games was played with about 1000pts per side with the objectives being the three water well/oasis placed along the centre line of the battlefield. Each sides objective was to control at least two of the wells. For the British all went well and we carved up great holes in the Mahdi's battle lines. However in the second last turn our flank was turned when to units of camels appeared on our undefended rear. Two companies of my British Red Coats were killed to the last man. Maybe next time I will have my revenge??

A 7pdr screw guns deploys early in the battle blasting great wholes in the Dervish's lines

The only Cavalry squadron - 19th Hussars

Ah those lovely red coats

And such smart lines....should of been in square!!!

Tough Hadendowah warriors made up 1/3 of the army


Hamitic Arabs made up the remaining 2/3 of the army.






Like grains in the sand they just keep on coming........


The Dervish horde

Holed your fire boys until you see the whits of the eyes......
Ansar riflemen..not very good shot but over a period of time they will thin your ranks.

One of three water wells/oasis we were to fight over.

Early in the game I dismounted my Hussars and formed a skirmish line.


Cast-a-way Arts Ansar




Ah my Navel Brigade unfortunately I brought these guys on a little too late in the battle. However they did manage to mow down a desperate cavalry charge by some Dervishers.

Re-enforcements at last...but were only able to stem the Mahdi advance in the centre.. the flanks were soon to be lost.

This Egyptian detachment fought surprising well. The fought off on attack then were forced back themselves. Only to recover and defeat more attacks on the crumbling left flank.



Not a good image to see at the rear of your formation and coming out of the dust were quite a surprise to the two British Companies on my left flank.

Charged twice in the front and later in the rear... they fought bravely but died to the man.






Caught in the rear it was a massacre.

After the left fell so too did my guns caught in the flank they had no hope. Sorry my Queen I have failed you........

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Rise of the Mahdi - Old Glory Dervish Charging Cavalry

I only just finished basing these guys the other day. However they have been painted for some time...just get a little side tracked sometimes as I'm sure we all do. The figures are from Old Glory's great little Sudan range and are meant to represent the many legions of cavalry the Mahdi and is successor had at their disposal. Andrew Parr painted the figures for me in order to finish the army I had purchased from Scott Robertson, last year. Andrew however only parsley completed the bases so last week I finished them off by re-painting the bases and placing on the grass. The flags were another touch I painted and placed on this morning...as it was Fathers Day.
So hopefully this coming weekend these guys will see the dust rise charge on home against the British infidels.....


Old Glory sell these guys ten figures a bag. I have two units of ten now completed.


Andrew painted them as with a white undercoat, flesh and a little brown followed by Army Painter. Simple but effective when painting fast.



The bags contain no standard bearer so I just painted the flags and placed them on the spears...works