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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

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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Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 3:12 p.m. PST

Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

Amazing looking game.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

Beautiful table!

coopman10 Aug 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

Beautiful game. Thanks.

John Leahy10 Aug 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

Wow!!!! You guys NEVER, EVER have anything but an EXCELLENT looking game! thumbs up thumbs up

The figs are very nicely done and the terrain is first rate. I love seeing these pics. I get inspired every time.

This is great. I have been remounting and flocking my 1.72 and Ral Partha Sudan pics. The Waterloo 1815 Egyptians are the same size as the Partha Egyptians and Brits. I have them on the same stands.

Awesome! Just awesome!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

Beautiful looking game and a terrific scenario. I love the dock and river side grasses. And the balloon. And the rocky hills. And the train. And the oasis. And the…well, everything. The photographer is a really fun touch.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 5:07 p.m. PST

Nice! I love that observation balloon, now that is a modelers touch.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 5:10 p.m. PST

Gents, 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. Figures were 1/72 plastic & 20mm metals.

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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saltflats192910 Aug 2018 5:47 p.m. PST

Awesome. I wish i had a "terrain guy"!

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 5:56 p.m. PST

Nicely done

Dagwood11 Aug 2018 3:48 a.m. PST

The Major General is back ?

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

Nice game! I like how you blended the terrain on some of the multi figure stands which was very well done. I had to look carefully to see the figs were mounted individually….

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

The Major General is back ?

Sorry? In the first game Colonel Burnaby was taken out by a Mahdist sniper.

PaulRPetri04 Feb 2019 6:56 p.m. PST

I am late to the party but what lead lines did you use with the plastics?? I am painting a bunch of plastics now looking for a few lead fellows to fill in the weak links. Would the Newline Design figures fit in??


SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 6:03 a.m. PST

Ochoin, a spectacular looking game!!!! One we all aspire to build and wish to play in.

I believe the mention of the "Major General" was a compliment comparing your amazing game to the awesome hobby website that inspired many of us in the early days of the net, the Major General Tremorden Rederring's Colinial-era Wargames Page. Which is high praise indeed!


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