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    For the past ten years we’ve staged widely different demo games at our local Train & Hobby show. This year, it was a ictional battle in the early phase of the Mahdist Wars.

    A two day event, the game normally fills the available time but this year we got to play the same game twice. The results were widely different but I will report mainly on the second, Sunday, game in which the Anglo-Egyptians managed a “winning draw”.

    Our “terrain guy”, Daniel, did his usual outstanding effort to create a forbidding desert landscape, fringed by the Nile & largely empty at the beginning of the game.

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    The A-E arrive, in a state of nervousness & immediately form square for no good reason.

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    The game had two simple goals. The first was to escort a caputured emir down the length of the table for river evacuation. The second was to defend the village & evacuation point.

    You can see the far zareeba here & the village in the foreground:

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    and the dock:

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    The Mahdist entry to the landscape was through an elaborate system of dice throws that deposited them in one of three entry points.

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    The plan on Sunday was to use a fast escort…good idea but the Egyptians were cut off & barely managed to return to the zareeba.

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    Thwarted, the Mahdists massed to take the village. Our wily opponents, Mal & Daniel were certain they could massacre their foreign opponents.

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    The Anglo-Egyptians formed a line in close order.

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    They unexpectedly used the evacuation boats as gun platforms to enfilade the Mahdists.

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    By using the scrub as cover, the Beja managed to hit the British & destroy two units.

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    But British and Egyptian nerve held. Damien & I had kept a reserve & re-enforcements were brought in.

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    And the desert again gained its deathly quiet.

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    Fortunately the whole event was photographed.

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    The photographer later leaving by the late coming train.

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    donald

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    #96657
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Very cool.
    Most excellent amount of images!

    #96658

    Mike, thank you for your kind words.

    The balloon & the train were both just “eye candy” in this game. We’d intended actual uses for both but the game was getting complicated.

    As it was, it was both tense & entertaining & on both days came down to the wire & could have gone either way.

    BTW rules were our mix of The Sword and the Flame & The Men Who Would Be Kings.

    And a bonus pic:

    The Jehaddiya rifles who were unexpectedly accurate. There will be questions asked in the House of Commons about British casualties…..

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    donald

    #96660
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    My Gods that is spectacular!!

    #96661

    Really great terrain. I’d imagine that would be the big draw at a train show.

    Well, that, and the train of course!

    Is this something you keep in mind for train shows?

    #96663
    Jim Jackaman
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    #96664

    I’d imagine that would be the big draw at a train show. Well, that, and the train of course! Is this something you keep in mind for train shows?

    The Train People (who include the organisers), are nice people but are still bemused by us after all these years. As they are about static displays & we’re, of course, about flexible layouts, I think we have very little in common.

    As for the train: it was a first. It doesn’t run BTW & the air of disdain from the TP was palpable.

     

    donald

    #96675
    grizzlymc
    Participant

    By the way Ocho, just between you and me.

    The Sudan was a jolly little war, but it hasn’t been considered Modern since 1946.

    #96678

    By the way Ocho, just between you and me. The Sudan was a jolly little war, but it hasn’t been considered Modern since 1946.

     

    And you would post this where? (no Colonial forum).

    I do try (& am trying…..in every sense of the word).

     

    donald

    #96701
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Magnificent terrain! Those hills are cork? Very inspiring indeed.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #96704
    Mike
    Keymaster

    A few people have asked for a Colonial Forum.
    IF… people really want a Colonial Forum I will do it, BUT…

    Can someone compile a list of topics that need to be moved into it?
    I have a lot on at the moment so it would really help me help you.

    maybe start a new topic and just fill it with the URLs of suitable topics and I will move them over?

    #96710
    deephorse
    Participant

    Nice looking game there.  Reminds me of Peter Gilder’s ‘Sudan’ game that I had the pleasure of playing with him many moons ago.

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #96713
    grizzlymc
    Participant

    I’d probably put it into 19th C, because its really not WWI.  But hey, my disappointment that you were not slaughtering janjaweed was ameliorated by the great narrative and better photos of the spectacular figs and terrain.

    #96715

    Well done! Your ‘terrain guy’ certainly rose to the challenge. Not being ‘TP’, myself, I’d be very hesitant to put my terrain skills on display where 90% of the hobby is creating terrain. You guys certainly pulled it off!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #96739

    I’d probably put it into 19th C, because its really not WWI.n.

     

    Grizz, my old pal. There isn’t a C19th forum.

    I appreciate Mike doesn’t want TWW to have 5639 forums like another website we all might know.

     

    donald

    #96750
    deephorse
    Participant

    I appreciate Mike doesn’t want TWW to have 5639 forums like another website we all might know. donald

     

    Indeed, but I think that the forum could have been better sub-divided at the outset.  I feel that ‘Air & Naval’ could perhaps have been part of the appropriate date period rather than having their own section.  My main interest is WWII and I would see any WWII air & naval threads posted there.  I tend not to look at the specific Air & Naval board though. But that’s just me.

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #96752
    Mike
    Keymaster

    WWI Air, WWI Naval, WWII Air, WWII Naval, Modern Air, Modern Naval, Napoleonic Naval, Ancient Naval, ACW Naval, Fantasy Naval, Fantasy Air, Sci-fi Air, Sci-fi Naval.. etc..

    That would be a lot more forums and I have quite likely missed a few.
    People that like Naval games in general would have to subscribe to lots of extra forums to see all the Naval topics rather than as is now, just 1 forum.

    You can’t please everyone, I appreciate that, so I have to draw the line somewhere and given the TAGs and search features, plus latest topics and subscription features I hope TWW has the edge in terms of functionality over other bigger more sprawling places..

    #96790
    deephorse
    Participant

    No Mike, I meant just have WWII air topics under WWII, not a separate one for WWII air etc.

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    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #96794
    Mike
    Keymaster

    No Mike, I meant just have WWII air topics under WWII, not a separate one for WWII air etc.

    Aaaaah my bad.

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