Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Madhist Nile River Forts




Yesterday whilst casting a few figures I had a little brain blast and decided I needed to have a couple of Nile River forts for our upcoming Sudan Campaign. So in between spins of the moulds I quickly put together two little forts to help defend the Nile from those pesky infidel steam boats. Both forts are opened at the rear as TVAG has mentioned in Vol II of the The Mahdist Wars Source Book. Mine are a little low have no rifle loops but I think for our scale of gaming they will fit in quite nicely. 


This image I found on the Internet and was my inspiration for the fort shown below. It was quite big and well above man height. But for wargaming I think it would have taken up half our table. So I reduced it to the scale below. 












Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Sword and The Flame with Gerry Webb


Just before I departed Australia two days ago I was fortunate enough to have time and call in on Gerry Webb of the famed Castaway Arts Miniatures, where Gerry and his lovely wife, Carolyn , provided a lovely breakfast and then Gerry introduced me to 'The Sword and The Flame' where my troops the Mahdists received and absolute hammering from the Naval Brigade and the Camel Corps. I think we lost all our leader within four turns leaving our troops leaderless.....not good when playing this system. However I did enjoy the game immensely. So please enjoy the images from our game and my last post for about 25 days. 


Regards Nathan



The Camel Corps mountain gun which was to cause many casualties on my troops, including the only artillery piece I had in the army. 


The Naval Brigade form up in close order in support of the mountain gun and Nordenfeldt 


Tough buggers to kill with just spears


On turn three I fired my artillery piece, which I thought would be nice and safe from fire being tucked away in the rocks


Some very nice camel corps lads from Castaway Arts Sudan range. 


The British force nicely placed on the hill with the artillery and machine guns in the centre.


With all the opposition's fire directed across onto my artillery and two dervish warrior units Gerry was able to swing round two nice camel units...hoping to catch the hated non believers in the flank.



Turn five and my artillery was down and out of the game..all wounded 


And these fellows though looking hard and full of hate failed to move any closer to the British as they were leaderless and were soon to go to ground...a little scared.



Finally the camels charge.....




But are all shot down bar one brave fellow...who was to fall in the next round of fire



And a charge goes in only to be pushed back without causing a single causality on the gun crew



The lone warrior


But then finally the Mahdist's leader attaches himself to a unit of warriors and charges home.


We win the charge and force the crew to fall back along with some Camel Corps lads and the machine gun is ours



An then an epic battle ensures against the screw gun crew and the Naval Brigade



The machine gun crew also charge back to retake their gun back




It is a close run battle with many a good man and warrior falling on both sides


But in the end the British sailors prove to tough and we are defeated and driven from the field 


A great game though from both sides. The British standing firm and delivering volley after volley into the charging warriors, killing all their leaders. And then the brave warriors of the Madhists bringing home their final charge and inflicting some very nasty cuts to the blue jackets.