Sunday, June 30, 2019

One Sunday Afternoon in the Sudan



Yesterday afternoon Myself and three of the lads from the club (John Maguire, Dave Lowe and Greg Blake) got together and played a nice little Sudan game. The scenario was for an Egyptian column to to make their way to the garrisoned village, just on the Nile and deliver a number of supplies. However unbeknown to them there was a largish Mahdist force awaiting in ambush.......


The battle ground for the afternoon. In the foreground is the small Egyptian garrison, just outside the village. In the far ground is the approaching column of troops and supplies.



General Blake inspecting the garrison


A British steamship arrives and a shore party disembarks to gather more wood.


The supply column


General!!! I can see the supply column


Parade!....Fall Out!


Major! I can see some dust to our north shall we deploy the troops?




Gentlemen! I will take two platoon of infantry to gather some wood. You Sir! can remain with your shore party and gather some fresh supplies from the market. 


Why do the Navy always get to go shopping?




Platoon form line and advance



Mahdi forces once hidden on the flanks of the column charge out from their ambushing positions



The Cairo Battalion deploys to defend the columns rear


Mounted Bashi Bazouks fan out to scout the flanks


Sudanese irregulars though a little nervous from a regular line 


Just as soon as they form line a hidden unit of Mahdist troops charge them


Egyptian artillery deploys


The Egyptian commander is undeterred by the waves of enemy troops charging but his flanks and calmly deploys his troops


But wait the villagers have seen the Mahdist forces charging the Egyptian troops and soon they also rise up and throw their lot in for the Mahdi



Waves of warriors charge the isolated Egyptian column, but they put up a sterling defence and fight hard




The Cairo Battalion is repeatedly charged from two different directions fights on to the last man. Their sacrifice saves allows the supplies to get through to the garrison.


The final Egyptian troops with the column are driven back and eventually over run also



With the near by village up in arms the enemy troops try and also destroy the Egyptian garrison


But the Bashi Bazouks and Egyptian regulars soon shoot them down scores 



Bugger the wood and the shopping get that gun firing now for gods sake!!!!


Enemy warriors counter charge the Egyptian Cuirassiers 



The remaining Sudanese irregulars form a half square and fight to the last round


The artillery guns are soon captured


But the garrison fights on and defeats the enemy each time the come close enough to enage




The enemy withdraws from around the garrison as news from the Amir tells them that the Egyptian column has been defeated and the village has been recaptured by the enemy. Both sides claim victory on this day.



Saturday, June 22, 2019

ACW Mounted Commands - Adventure Miniatures Australia





I have just finished basing some additional command stands for my ACW collection and these very nice figures come from the Australian designer, Victor Perry, and his Adventure Miniatures Australia ACW range. There are ten different mounted commander all up, five for each side and in a mix of wide brimmed hats and kepi's. I only had enough horses for three of each Union and Confederate, but I will hopefully have the other figures mounted and painted in the next couple of weeks. I especially like the Confederate Commander with his hand and kepi held up. The figures have been painted by Leroy Simpson.

Please enjoy.

Regards

Vinnie