|Gadzooks! Look at all of those Dervish!|
28mm Connoisseur figures
This past weekend we convened at the manse of General Pettygree to play our annual Fall Sudan Game.
|The long view of the 24-foot game table. There were also two 3-foot back tables on each side.|
|The British Museum Expedition's "Site A".|
|More of the Site A area|
|The British Museum Expedition's "Site B".|
|At the far end of the table, the large port of El Wil-Yum situated on the Dongola River.|
|The wharf area.|
|The 78th Seaforth Highlanders, in square, commanded by Colonel Archibald Sinclair.|
Connoisseur figures; they still hold up favorably by today's standards.
|Here come the Dervish|
|The Seaforth Highlanders (middle right ground) back up the Egyptian troops that manned the river levee against the Dervish. In the far background you can see the Site A British Museum Expedition.|
|Now things were getting serious.|
|However, the Egyptians held off the Dervish in the first several melees.|
|To the right of the Egyptians, the crack XI Sudanese regiment repulsed another contingent of Dervish.|
|The 1st Sikh Regiment arrives on the scene near Site A, and just in time...|
|...because even more Dervish sail up the Dongola River and disembark near the right flank of the XI Sudanese.|
|A group of Beja riflemen suddenly appear on the cliffs above Site A and start shooting at the Expedition members.|
|The camp site is caught unaware of the threat from above.|
|The Expedition members flee towards the Sikh regiment for protection.|
|A hoard of Beja suddenly appear behind the Site A encampment, but the Sikhs are ready to receive them. The Sikhs deploy into a left wing and a right wing due to the large size (72-figures) of the regiment.|
|The left wing is routed by the Beja (by just one pip on a D6 die. The Right Wing stops the Beja, who rout away into the wilds. A lone company of Sikh riflemen (upper middle) are all that is left of the Left Wing.|
But Wait, there's More!
While the Seaforth Highlanders and the Sikhs were dealing with the Beja and Dervish near Site A, there came a rumbling in the distance off the left flank. The Egyptian brigade that was defending El Wil-Yum were suddenly seen pouring over a bridge and creek and running pell mell towards the Seaforths. They were all that was left of the El Wil-Yum garrison and they were being pursued by a number of mad Beja, who were screaming for blood.
|Just what we need, the left horn of the bull appears to the left of the Seaforth Highlanders. A few clumps of Egyptian troops attempt to rally and stop the Dervish.|
|The remaining Egyptians from El Wil-Yum seek refuge behind the stead Seaforths. The Beja's numbers are dwindled by a crashing volley of rifles from the Seaforths.|
|A few Beja remnants continue their charge, but they will be easily dispersed. I guess that takes care of the trouble on the left.|
|Well not quite. The large Dervish hoard in the middle of the table now pour out of the Dongola town and spy the Seaforth Highlanders in the distance.|
|The Harrington sisters: Alexandra with the shotgun and Minerva with the pepperbox, fall in with the Highlanders. The sisters are made of stern stuff.|
Fortunately, the Sahara sun began its descent into the horizon and the Seaforth Highlanders staged a classic rearguard defense at the mass of European civilians, Egyptian and Sikh soldiers retire to the west and to safety.
|Colonel Archie Sinclair (me, on the left) takes a tea break with his compatriots.|
I would direct you, dear readers, to the blog and journal of Major General Augustus Pettygree for the rest of the story "over there".
|A preview of the dire things that happened elsewhere on the table. |
Check out the Pettygree blog for the rest of the story.