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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Aug 2022 5:31 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Favorite 19th Century Sudanese Battle to Wargame?

18% said "Khartoum"
16% said "Abu-Klea"
6% said "I prefer not to replay historical battles"

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2022 6:23 p.m. PST

I find this interesting as I think I've only seen one Khartoum game where it actually looked like Khartoum! Most of the battles have a walled city with gates and bastions, which while it looks great and probably fun to game (I have a 15mm walled city for Sudan games as well), bears little resemblance to the fortifications that surrounded the city during the actual siege.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2022 9:31 a.m. PST

Agree with above!

I think the problem there is that too many of us have seen the marvelous eponymous film, but not actually read the historical accounts.

Then again, a larger table with more difficult to represent fortifications features is required to do the thing properly.

Which actually argues for such Colonial games to be played in the smallest scales possible, though the vast majority of us are heavily invested in 15mm or 25/28mm figure collections, again encouraging the use of those non-existent walls.


Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Aug 2022 9:42 p.m. PST

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This is a small preview of the game that I will host at Historcon 2023 using 54mm figures

Zephyr123 Aug 2022 8:36 p.m. PST

I sometimes wonder if the defenses at Khartoum could have been set up better to inflict massive casualties on the attackers (such as blockhouses covering interior streets used to channel the attackers.) Sure, it still would have fallen, but at a much more horrendous cost…

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