Sunday, 3 January 2016

Darkest Africa

Some pics from last years Darkest Africa game using the Triumph and Tragedy rules. The scenario was the first one from Wilkinson vs the Slavers as presented in war games illustrated.

Azande by Chris, everything else by me apart from the Hex based trees, again by Chris.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

SELWG Darkest Africa Game

At the recent Selwg show there was a spectacular Darkest Africa game based with the Belgium Force Republic attacking Arab slave traders.

A few Pictures follow, plus it may have encouraged me to restart my painting,

The large trees built from dowel and realistic model trees and the scratch built tembe my favorites.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Defending the village - A TSATF battle report

The British commander was ordered to clear out the village held by the Dervish at the side of the nile.

Deployment was secret with a sheet dividing the table in two. This was the first time I had used this method despite gaming for some nearly 40 years. It worked quite well with the British unsure what they would encounter when they finally saw the village.

The dervish were able to dig in and form zeriba walls to improve their defensive portions

Another close run game with the British advancing onto Dervish rifle fire and aggressive counter attacks. The British could have held back as their rifle fire has greater range but they pushed on and as a consequence lost the battle. 

The Dervish deployment. The warbands on their left flank deployed forward and held back the British attack. They also decimated a impetuous cavalry charge.
The British left wing including baggage animals

The Dervish defences
A Dervish warband having sneaked out the village out of sight of the advancing British launch their surprise attack

The Dervish hold the village against the British assault

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Sacred Oasis - TSATF Sudan Battle Report

The Table Layout. The British had to take the sacred Oasis the Dervish defend it.
The Mahdi overseeing operations
The sacred Oasis and tomb
Advancing onto the village
The Mahdist defend the village

Defending the village
The British Destroy the Mahdist assault

The camel corp head into an ambush

View from the Oasis

The rifle armed Mahdist protect the right flank from the safety of the wadi

Troops hidden in the wadi exposed by the cavalry scouts

The British left flank advancing to the wadi


The ambush is sprung

The camel corp is destroyed by 2 warbands

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Masai on the BBC

An absolutely stunning series of pictures of indigenous tribes on the BBC web site 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Massing the Masai

A quick post of my latest batch of 10 Masai. That's 30 in total completed and another 50-60 including villagers to go. I will also be adding a small batch of rifle armed skirmishers (rifles from Empress Miniatures), probably not historically accurate but they may well need the to stave off the explorers and slavers.

I also started work on long grasses and a coral for the Masai cattle.

More to follow with my target to finaish the Masai that I have in 2014,

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

More Natives!

Some more natives to cause the Hon. Cecil Cathcart Marchbanks some trouble...

Figures are Foundry.