Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Struggle Along the Nile - Sudan 1884/85

Seeing the main theme for my last few posts have been to do with the Sudan it seemed only fitting that we played a game with the same theme, so last night Victor Perry and Brian Buskell dropped in for a game. The game was also must likely one of the last games I will get to play with these guys, as myself and the family are moving back up to North Queensland shortly.

The game played had no particular scenario only I had Brian and Victor choose a 800pt Army each, from Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory Colonial supplement, and then they placed down their objective markers.

I also tried to use every piece of new terrain we have built over the past few weeks just to set the scene and brighten up the gaming table. Brian would have liked to have used the paddle steamer but I was not quite sure how we would have incorporated it into the point system. However it would be something to consider in future games.

Figures were a mixed of Perry, Old Glory, Cast-a-Way Arts and Black Tree Design and were either painted by myself, Scott Robertson, Leroy Simpson or Professionally Painted by Eye.

I have to admit I do love this period and intend on expanding the collection in the not to distant please the images.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Signal Station for the Sudan 1884/85

I was a little bored last night after my little daughter had gone to sleep, plus my wife is away for a few days, so I thought I might scratch build a sentry station for my Sudan collection. I built the signal tower out of a balsa wood pack I picked up from Bunnings, along with the scouring pads (for the zeriba). The bell tents are from Perry Miniatures and make for very nice colonial tents. Then this morning I applied a few sprays of brown Army Painter, followed by some dry brushing and then 'hey presto' a signal station.

The image above was my blue print for the design...I tried to replicate it as close as possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Small Village in the Eastern Sudan - Tamai 1884/85

My 'Project Sudan' is coming along just nicely, I have just finished making this little village for the Mahdi followers in the Eastern Sudan. The whole construction and painting only took two days. We are playing a Sudan game this weekend so I thought it might be nice to construct something a little different for the game and this could either be the centre piece or just on the table edge. The buildings are from Hovels resin Sudan and African range and the zereba is made from think industrial scouring pads, painted brown and dry brush..quite effective I think.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Perry Miniatures - Beja dead and wounded

I am trying get through the pile of lead I have in the cupboard...ever so slowly. But have finally finished painting these guys for my little Sudan collection. The figures are the Beja dead and wounded pack from Perry Miniatures and have been based as shaken markers for Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory Colonial rules....please enjoy

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paddle Steamer for the Sudan 1884/85

No relief of Gordon would of been accomplished (I know they were a couple of days late) without the odd paddle steamer or two?? Well this little beauty was delivered to me just this afternoon from Brian Buskell. Brian has completed the work that Matt Williams started a few months ago. Matt has made the body of the ship from balsa wood and the two chimneys are old whistles. However Brian has completed the construction by adding the hand rails, boxes and barrels plus the paint. Both Matt and Brian have done a fantastic job and I can not wait have this fine ship on my board (but I will have to build the Nile first). It is not quite finished yet I just have to add a deck gun and some Navy lads to the top deck and then she will be perfect......any suggestions for a name?