|The central market place in Khartoum.
General Gordon (on camel) watches a beggar who is trying to squeeze a few piasters out of some European ex-pats.
The Governor's Palace (left) is unfinished. The city walls loom in the background.
My architect in Khartoum, Mr. Christopher Wren-Pasha, has been very busy of late churning out more houses for the town to use in my 54mm toy soldier Sudan Project. Last weekend I finished my fourth Sudan building and I quickly followed on with a fifth building.
This afternoon I resumed work on the Governor's Palace, shown partially made in the first picture at the top of this post.
Some Background on the Sudan Project
Major General Pettygree and his wife were accompanied by Colonel Sinclair and his wife on a holiday tour of ancient archeology in Egypt and the Sudan. There current stop finds them in Khartoum. The actual purpose of their trip is to gather intelligence about a possible uprising of the Mahdi and his followers. The travelers have arranged to meet with General Gordon in Khartoum to receive a briefing about the lay of the land.
|Building No. 3
General & Mrs. Pettygree on the balcony (right) and Colonel & Mrs. Sinclair (left).
Time has gone rather amok in this 19th Century Imaginations world. The British are firmly in control of Egypt and parts of the Sudan. Major General Charles Gordon is already the Governor of the Sudan well before the Mahdi unpleasantness has begun. There is a small contingent of British infantry and Camel Corps garrisoned in Khartoum, but the Egyptian army bears the brunt of the work in the field.
My thinking is that the political situation heats up rather quickly after Gordon goes into retirement back in Cairo for a spell. The new Sudan Governor will likely make a muck of things and then all Hell will break loose as the Mahdi increases his number of followers. There will probably be a Hicks-like expedition disaster that will draw Gordon out of retirement, forcing him to return to Khartoum in order to right the ship.
The Dervish will close in from the south and cut off communications between Kartoum and Cairo, while Osman Digna will be whipping up the Bega in the eastern Sudan around Suakin. With Khartoum now cut off from the friendlies, there will be a rescue expedition headed by Major General Pettygree and friends.
All of my Sudan buildings are made with half-inch thick black foamcore board. Thinner quarter-inch and eighth-inch foamcore is also used along with liberal amounts of balsa wood, cardboard and basswood. Building details for things such as cornices and columns are sourced from Home Depot (trim decoration pieces for stairs). I also take weekly excursions through Hobby Lobby, Michael's Stores, Joann Fabrics, Home Depot and my local hardware store for various finds that will one day make their way into a building model.
I switched to a darker wall color for Buildings 4 and 5 so as not to have everything in cream-yellow. As with the other buildings, these new models use a chalk paint which has a nice matte finish. The walls and the architectural bits are then dry brushed to complete the painting of the model.
Here is a picture of Buildings 4 (left) and 5 (right) looking down High Street in Khartoum. A squadron of British Camel Corps are on parade through the town.
|Building No. 4 (left) and No. 5 (right)
|A view of the main thoroughfare in Khartoum.
Building Number 4
This model was inspired, a bit, by Building No. 2 which had a two-story house with an outside staircase leading to the top floor. I wanted a similar building, but with the staircase between two house. This is the first model that adds extra details such as mesh screen on the windows, wood balconies, and arched windows.
|The front view of Building No. 4
|The rear view of the house. The wood balaconies are a new feature in my Sudan models.
|A view of the pair of arched windows on the front and side of one of the buildings.
Building No. 5 - A Merchent's House
I had pulled a picture off of Pinterest showing some buildings in a nativity scene and I liked the look of the open air archways connected to a house. I would imagine that a grain merchant might live here and sell his wares in the arched half of the building.
|Building No. 5
|Building No. 3 (left), No. 5 (center) and No. 4 (right)
|Building Number 2, 3, 4 and 5 are shown in this picture.
No. 3 is partially shown (with the 3 civilians on the roof at the right)
I hope that you have enjoyed my tour of the growing city of Khartoum. In recent days, I have started looking for 54mm and 60mm civilian figures to populate the town and other remote villages in the Sudan. King & Country's "The Life of Jesus " toy soldier figure range provides a fair number of civilians that can easily pass as 19th Century middle eastern civilians. I also use Europen civilians from Trophy Miniatures, Imperial Miniatures and Tradition of London. These are all 54mm toy soldier figure ranges. I have also had some discussions with a gentleman about commissioning some special Sudan civilian figures. Stay tuned on this one.
I have returned to the work on the Governor's Palace this week. It is time to finish it. I have gained more modeling skills over the course of the last three houses and I am ready to apply what I have learned to the Palace and a mosque in the town.