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ge2002bill Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

In late February, Diary of a Subaltern in the Sudan was posted here. It was a first person account of a dangerous scouting mission along the newly built rail line near Akasha in Northern Sudan.

Information brought back to headquarters resulted in the garrison of Akasha marching south to hopefully clear the area of Dervish.

The shocking fate of the subaltern and his friend Freddy Grandmaison is revealed by briefly captioned photos and diary entries here:


See glorious 54mm Britians, John Jenkins Design and Armies in Plastic miniatures, the curious ancient ruins of Akasha, hordes of Dervish and the furious battle on the right flank where our two protagonists were posted.

This is a new way to write After Action Reports. I hope you enjoy the difference.

Bill P.
Chronicler of General Pettygree Stories
Discover the identity of the subaltern too.

Gone Fishing07 Mar 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

Hi Bill,

More amazing photos and reporting. I'm aware of the danger of overusing superlatives, but what you are doing really is impressive. There is something about 54's, a "presence" as one of the comments says, that is very special. My favourite shots this outing are those of the Fuzzies sniping from behind the trees and the close-ups of the melee; the added touch of smoke to all of them adds to the atmosphere. Splendid!

Out of curiosity, what is the size of your game table?

Many thanks for the new report,


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:06 a.m. PST

A stop action serial story in the finest sense! This has to be a great deal of work but the results are exceptional.

ge2002bill Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 4:15 a.m. PST

Daryl and Big Red,

I'm gratified you like the story and photos. One of the things about 54mm miniatures is how their individuality comes out in photos. Facial expressions, varied poses, action, uniforms, etc. One gets right in there close and personal with them in scenes.

The smoke enshrouded close action battle scene in the bush lends itself particularly this way as the Armies in Plastic Hadendowah tribesmen melee the sailors. Later when the Subaltern and Freddy Grandmaison are given desperate new orders with temporary disobedience is another.

Daryl, the Main Table is 6'x28'. There are two side or Back Tables in homage to the celebrated Wargame Holiday Center as well. We used one of these in this war game for a flanking cavalry maneuver on the not shown Imperial Left Flank which happened at the end. I'm lucky to have a ranch home with a long basement.

Thank you for taking the time to write and take a look. I appreciate it.

Bill P.

John Miller Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 8:23 p.m. PST

Bill P.: " Main Table is 6'x28'" fantastic!! I appreciate all the effort you guys put into this for the entertainment of the rest of us. General Pettygree and his comrades in arms are fascinating. John Miller

Lion in the Stars12 Mar 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

I wish I had space for a 6x28' table! (though I admit I'd be doing things in 15mm or maybe 28mm, not those beautiful 54mm figures you have)

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