|Steadfast Toy Soldiers Defend Their Zaria|
|The Dervish attack the square (New Britains and John Jenkins Design Dervish)|
The ground cover is a backing material called Osnabruck that is typically used to line clothes or curtains. In the store it looked greyer and has a lot of colored flecks in it. However, once spread out on the table, it looked too bright and white, so I had to dull it down with Woodlands Scenics railroad ballast, some brown lichen and a scattering of rocks that I picked up during walks with the dog.
|A sight that no European would want to see: a hoard of Dervish on the attack!|
|The Bad Guy: the Khalifa with his black banner and bodyguard.|
|The oasis at El-Teb|
|Closer view of the oasis. The desert well is from King & Country.|
|A long range view of the center 15x6ft table. I had not applied all of the scenics on the ground cover yet.|
|Same view, only the railroad ballast has been scattered across the table to make it look sandier.|
The above two pictures illustrate the Before and After look of the table after the Buff colored railroad ballast has been shaken over the table. I think that this does a good job of toning down the light ground cloth and giving it a more desert appearance.
|The British zariba. I used moss for the thorn brush that I bought at Michaels Stores.|
I found some dried moss at Michael's Stores ( a craft supplies store chain in the USA) and found this to be perfect for making a zariba of brush. The British would stop and hack down brush for a zariba every time they stopped to make a camp. It was a good defensive measure against the sneaky Dervish.
|Beja Riflemen pester the square with long range fire.|
Here are some Beja or Fuzzy Wuzzy riflemen sniping at the British square from behind some rocks and brush. The figures are from Imperial Productions toy soldiers in New Zealand.
|The Ansar charge the square.|
|Updated photo after ballast has been scattered across the table.|
It is looking pretty good so far, don't you think? Comments are most welcome.