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    My opponent, the Stig (AKA my pal Damien) & I met for a show down on the desert sands of rural Queensland. A fair enough substitution for the Sudan.

     

    As true gentlemen, we diced to see who’d have which side. The result was Damien, stiff upper lip to the fore, served as commander of the Anglo-Egyptian Field Force, whilst I, the wily Khalifa, led the forces of the Mahdi.

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    (note the Mahdist Leadership & the Hand of God).

    The battle was the largest we’ve ever gamed using ‘The Men Who Would Be Kings’ with 16 units a side. It was to be a simple encounter battle with the aim of destroying your foe. The only twist was the remote possibility of re-enforcements arriving from the Nile Squadron.

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    (they actually did arrive)

     

    Damien decided to form a line across the table to ensure his rear & flanks were protected. The regular British infantry were arrayed in Close Order to maximise their fire. This took some turns:

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    (a lovely jaunt through the desrt)

     

    Meanwhile,  I awaited the (random) arrival of my hordes. The new Random Arrival Table works a treat in that no one (not even I) can tell what will arrive where & when.

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    (the A-Es Standing To whilst about 75% of my force is yet to arrive).

    Despite some issues, I was able to marshal my army behind cover & in some strength, ready for a devastating charge.

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    This was where the wheels fell off (‘nother Top Gear reference)……..

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    (One of my brave Dervish units….brave but wilful ).

    Key units failed to activate, charges fell short, a fairly accurate British fusillade caused units to be pinned etc.  Indeed, as aggressive as I was, I could not mount a coherent attack & was largely shot up & let down.

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    After about 3 1/2 hours, the Mahdists conceded.  Good fun was had by all. Great set of rules. The tweaks work a treat. But best of all……

     

    A Reasonably Fast Wargame.

     

    donald

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    #87838
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Looks good!

    #87861

    Ooh,that looks fun!

    I like the boats. Scratchbuilds?

    #87874

    Ooh,that looks fun! I like the boats. Scratchbuilds?

    Yep. I need a couple of Mahdist dhows to create another element in the period.

     

    donald

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    OldBen1
    Participant

    That’s a lot of troops!

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