Sunday, February 26, 2012

Army Hospital Corps - Sudan Perry Miniatures

The next stand I commissioned Leroy to paint is the Army Hospital Corps (code SU9) from Perry Miniatures. Leroy was not sure how to paint the little patches on their right arms. I did a little research but could not find any details either (maybe a red cross?). So if anyone knows please let me know and will touch them up.

Causality Markers for the Sudan - Perry Miniatures

Over the last couple of weeks I have commissioned my good friend Leroy to paint up a few odds and sods for my Sudan collection. The one my latest editions to the collection are these nicely painted British dead and wounded from the Perry Miniatures Sudan collection (code SB20). They have been based up to represent disorder or shaken for Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory Colonial supplement. Hopefully they might get a little use over the Easter holiday break.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Clearing the Nile of Mahdi - Sudan 1885

You can never have enough sand in your pants.......Long time between drinks have up load a few images from the Sudan game Leroy and I had this afternoon. The game Leroy and I played was again played using Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory Colonial Supplement, which I think is a great test of rules...he just needs to publish them so that can be played by everybody else in the world. Both opposing sides fought the battle with 500pt Armies each. In my case this consisted of three line infantry units with rifled breach loaders, one paddle steamer armed with a deck gun, two units of cavalry - one lancer the other 2nd class and finally an Army Commander and his ADC.

Leroy's army was slightly larger and consisted of four strong units of warriors, two units of 2nd class skirmisher, a gun battery, a unit of camels, Army Commander and is ADC's. The strong units of warriors would prove very hard to shoot down. Being strong it would take four hits on a unit to remove a base.

The British won the initiative so I went straight on the offensive and directed two companies of British line to attack the village. This was more easily said then done..Leroy rolled some good dice and my attack was stopped dead in their tracks, with the first in the assault losing a stand and falling back. But that was not all the bad news for the British, a lucky shot from one of these pesky Dervishes hit my commanding officer and he had to carried from the field. This left the tow ADC's bickering over who would command.

The ADC's decided to stop bickering and continue the advance. On the left one ADC with three companies of line decided to keep pressing the attack on the village and on the right the other ADC called up the cavalry, ordering them to take the Dervish guns.

Bengal Lancers..nasty with the lance

Only one deck gun..but still lay down a deadly fire on the Dervish ranks.

The game was still touch and go. Leroy held his ground well forcing me to fight hard for every piece of ground taken and casualties were high on both side.

However the superior training and discipline of the British troops soon began to tip the side of battle towards the British. First to break were the camels.

Next to fall was the village, stormed by the company aboard the steamer.

However Leroy and his Mahdi Army still had plenty of fight left. After taking the village I was forced to hold ground on my left flank for the remainder of the game.

Then the final blow was delivered by my Bengal Lancers and Bashi Bazouks. The Lancers charged a unit of Dervishes and the Bazouks went straight for the guns.

Both attacks went in hard and fast and finally broke the will of the Dervish Army to fight. However the victory was not all one sided as there were a great many dead and wounded from my side still lying on the battle field.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Perry Miniatures - Bashi-Bazouk Cavalry

I have just finished basing my latest painted figures from Leroy Simpson. They are the superbly designed Bashi Bazouk cavalry from Perry Miniatures. I have had Leroy paint this unit in order to support my Egyptian infantry in the hunting down of the Mahdi...... whether they will stand up to the first charge I am unsure but they make a nice little addition and colour to the game. Leroy has painted these guys beautifully and in order to replicate the Bashi-buzuq horse on plate 7 (page 18) of 'Go Strong into the Desert'. This is also the first time I think I have ever seen the figures painted by anyone before so please enjoy Leroy's work.


First of the three other stands

2nd stand

3rd stand

The very nicely painted commander of the troop

Standard bearer


And my favourite figure