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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 5:40 a.m. PST

I'm making good progress on my Mahdist army: about 80 figures painted & about 40 to go till I get them on the table.

Whilst not exactly "samey", the army could do with some variety. A little more "bang", if you will.

The first "bang" would be in the form of elephant guns. I know Osprey has an illustration of a bodyguard unit called the Kashkashans: elephant rifle armed & red-turbaned.
I could scratch build these, using the Newline Jaidia armed with an added 25-28mm rifle.

I literally can't find any other mentions of them in book or internet. They did exist, right?

The other "bang" would be to add a machine gun. I have read the arsenal at Omdurman was stocked with captured specimens & I have a spare Gardiner. However, I can't find an instance where the Mahdists actually fielded one.

Can I have my "bangs"?

dBerczerk04 Mar 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

How about a unit armed with those sling-shot lighted grenades, as portrayed in the movie "Khartoum?"

They certainly created a Big Bang in the movie.


Wildman04 Mar 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

Why not an artillery piece? Sounds like you are doing 20mm?
So I don't know if its available in that scale, but in 28mm
the Perry's make a captured Egyptian gun crew loading a Krupp 6pdr. The crew is shackled with an Ansar overseer.
Probably not the most motivated artillery crew but would provide some "boom".

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

They certainly used captured cannons and machine guns, but skill and sufficient ammunition would probably be lacking. Are you going to add a mounted contingent? I am not aware of any elephant rifle armed bodyguard unit.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

The rules I will be using (The Men Who Would Be Kings) allow a gun per 24 points. I have one, using a gun from the HaT Colonial Artillery set & various figures from the Italeri Moslem Warrior set, converted, as slave gunners.

But a Gardiner, instead, would provide that "Bang" I seek. (BTW native ordinance fires at a '3' rather than the British "5').

Disappointing about the Kashkashan….those elephant guns….


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Murvihill06 Mar 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

I made slave artillery using Strelets Turkish Artillery, trimming some detail off the gunners and painting what's left with faded colors or white, then adding a slave driver (officer) from some other set. The slave driver doesn't count as a shooting figure and if he dies the crew disperses.

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