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SgtGuinness01 Mar 2017 2:56 p.m. PST



Sudan, Aba Island 1881, the first clash of arms between the expected one, the self proclaimed Mahdi, and the Egyptian Khedive. This is the backdrop for my con game scenario which I ran at an HMGS-South convention called Hurricon in Orlando Florida in September of 2016.

Hunt for the Mahdi, Aba Island, 12 August 1881:
An expedition is being formed for the capture of a very dangerous fugitive who is calling himself the prophet, the expected one, the Mahdi. He has already refused to come to Khartoum as directed and has declared a holy war against the Khedive of the Egyptian govt. Two companies of troops will be sent to Aba Island by steamer to hunt down and capture or kill this criminal. Whichever officer captures this criminal, promotion is theirs! The other officer will face a fate worse than death, a small command in the outer reaches and wastes of the southern Soudan!

As the Ansar horde charges home to decimate the Egyptian landing forces, Gunboat #77 steams to the rescue spitting lead as fast as she can!


Check put my blog for an AAR with pics.



War In 15MM01 Mar 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

Great looking table.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

Agreed, Excellent!

Gone Fishing01 Mar 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

Now that is just wonderful. Your table and figures (love the painting style!)look great, and the scenario itself sounds like a lot of fun. It's very nice you include names and links for all the manufacturers you use – complete and most helpful for the rest of us!

Thank you for the report, and keep up the great work!

Oberlindes Sol LIC01 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

Thanks. Great work all around!

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 7:47 p.m. PST

Wonderful terrain and minis. A lot of talent on display here.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 8:37 p.m. PST

Jeff "Last Stand" Baumal is not merely as fine a representative of TSATF players, and Colonial War Games in general, but a Class Act all the way.

It is simply typical that he shares with his readers/players relevant information about the products he uses, and the vendors who provide them.

Well Done, Jeff!


P.S. And if you enjoyed this game and the account, hold on to your solar topees for the event he is hosting at Recon this May!


SgtGuinness02 Mar 2017 6:23 a.m. PST

Patrick, so true my friend. The next post is going to be about my upcoming game for HMGS-South's Recon-17 convention in Florida this coming May. I've been building, painting, fabricating, borrowing, and commissioning items for this upcoming game. The scenario, as you certainly know as you were one of the original authors, is fairly epic so I must do lots of prep to do the scenario justice!!!

Stay tuned for the next episode….. LOL


Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

JB – Great looking game. Somehow I must figure out I to use gunboats in the 2nd Afghan War.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

That's a wonderful looking game! Everything fits so well together. Thanks for sharing!!

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

I saw this in person and not only did Jeff put on a sweet looking game, everyone was having a great time.

Legion 402 Mar 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

thumbs up

kallman02 Mar 2017 6:17 p.m. PST

Wonderful looking game and inspiring! thumbs up

I really think Colonial gaming is some of the best.

SgtGuinness06 Mar 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

Thanks for taking the time to read the thread and for posting the positive comments. It was a great game to prep and run.

Bill, you made these boards for me about 15 years ago! And they still look good.

I do plan on using this game board for a WWII Pacific landing / skirmish action as well as some Caribbean games through the ages.


Larry R Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

Your stuff is amazing. Great blog too I will spend hours pouring through!

SgtGuinness13 Mar 2017 7:43 p.m. PST

Hey Bill,

This is the Aba island game board you had built for me about 15 years ago! It still looks awesome. A testament to your terrain skills buddy! Thank you

Bob, Larry, Kallman, Legion 4, Ragbones, Patrick, Extrabio1947, Joe, Oberlindes Sol LIC, Gone Fishing, War in 15mm, Thank you for taking the time to reply! Very glad you enjoyed the table.

Twoball Cane14 Mar 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

Now that's a cool table !

Ostrowski Inactive Member14 Mar 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

Excellent. Fantastic attention to detail. Thanks for posting.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 2:21 a.m. PST

Can't believe I missed this thread of yours, Sarge -- as so many have already said, the Island terrain looks FANTASTIC, and the game sounds like it was a real blast, as usual!

Have to say, for you and me and so many others… TSATF just never gets old.

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