|The vast sands of the Sudan look very vast indeed over three 6ft by 32ft table.|
This weekend I am taking my talents (and my giant Khartoum game) to Woodstock, IL to run a full size play test of my Khartoum! 54mm wargame. My friend Keith L. has a large basement that holds three 6ft by 32ft tables, arranged parallel. The aisles between the tables don't exist as far as the playing surface is concerned. When you move your figures to the edge of the table, you simply pick up your figures and move them across the aisle and onto the next table. This provides a depth of 18 feet when you consider the three 6ft wide tables. And with 32ft of length, well, let's just say, there is a lot of maneuver room on the flanks.
Here are two pictures of the large expanse of playing surface for our 54mm Khartoum! wargame this weekend.
|The terrain looks a bit empty without troops on the table.|
These would be set up on the following day.
As we set up the terrain on Wednesday, I was gobsmacked by seemingly endless table space and I began to wonder if I had enough troops to fill it up. Actually, one doesn't have to fill up the space on large tables, but rather, one can appreciate the amount of room available to maneuver without running off the edge of the game table.
I set up the game with Keith's assistance over the course of two days (Wednesday and Thursday of this week) because my vehicle is not large enough to hold all of the terrain and figures. So on the first day, I hauled all of the terrain bits and pieces to Keith's house and we set up the terrain. Keith's wife Donna kindly made a delicious lunch to keep our energy up. The next day I brought all of my Sudan 54mm figures to the venue and we set up the Egyptian garrison in Khartoum and laid out the Dervish forces.
We set up the Nile River (the Blue Nile coincidentally ) using 6ft wide blue felt and then placed the Dervish river flotilla of dhows and one steam launch on the tables. The river runs towards the walls of Khartoum and flows around the back of the city. This provides a Dervish player the opportunity to try to attack the city from the back door, the river.
|Note that Khartoum's walls spill over to the middle table. This is done so that |
all of the players don't end up in the middle aisles once the Dervish attack reaches the city's walls.
|A view of Khartoum from the river.|
|This is a stack of just some of the figures and terrain that I had to transport to Keith's house for the game set up.|
So now the game table is set up and the figures have all been placed in their starting positions. This is two days before the first roll of the dice on Saturday morning. We have 7 players participating in the game, although I could easily accommodate 10 to 12 players at the Little Wars and Historicon conventions.