During the upheaval that was my daughter's family moving into our house and her subsequent departure I came across a set of rules that I'd obviously had for a very long time (except for page 8 !) as the original date on them was 2003.
It would have been about the time that I was playing "The Sword and the Flame" rules in Umbongo from the very excellent "By Jingo" site along with my friend and fellow blogger Colin from "Carryings on up the Dale" .
Having also discovered some figures that were destined for Umbongo the task was on to see if I could regenerate this long-forgotten project.
The first task was to get a complete set of rules!
A google search eventually turned up the necessary (free) PDFs that were needed to play the game, namely a complete set of rules; the various cards that were needed, a terrain chart and playchart.
The game itself is very reminiscent of the old Avalon Hill game "Source of the Nile" and borrows many of its ideas from said game.
Why I was so happy to rediscover this set of rules was two-fold - one as an offshoot of my Pirate project - jungles! Secondly as I hold out little hope of getting any of my potential opponents interested in my pirate project this was one of the few games that can be played solo with perhaps as much fun as with an opponent from my perspective.
The next order of business was to see what figures were necessary to play the game (now that I had the rules). Firstly a jungle column - I'm sure you all know the drill - Whitemen explorers, native guides, askari, soldiers, bearers, pack animals, blonde white woman etc.
The card driven "opposition" are of course natives (which in this game can have firearms), the tribal natives (no firearms), pygmies (poisoned blowpipes), native villages, ruined lost cites etc. and the local fauna and flora.
So what could I muster from what I already had ?
A surprising amount it turns out....
|Zulus - basing to be finished. (Irregular minis iirc)|
Explorers etc.- I have a dozen or so Old Glory ones in the process of being painted up
Natives - a dozen of so (again Old Glory), but easily supplemented by my Zulu forces. These can double as both tribal forces too for the moment.
I could need up to a dozen or so blowpipe armed pygmies, but luckily I just happened to have built up a small force of these guys too!
|About 100 pygmies should do it!|
|A tub of cheap plastic animals (boring huh?)|
The tub contained about a dozen different animals with four identical models of each.
|The lions from the tub are a pretty good size...|
|...the others less so|
|It seems like a bear and an elk are also safari animals!|
|A hippopotamus alongside a "tub" one.|
|A different lion along side a tub one again.|
|A Britain's baby elephant alongside the tub version|
|Another elephant alongside the various other animals.|
|Some useful Indian mutiny personnel|
I'm sure that they'll make great slavers and there's a couple more bearers there too!
I found the water buffalo along with an errant bearer who will join the others, no doubt in their march to doom in the jungles of my version of Jimland
|Bearer and buffalo.|
|Not quite Kong, but quite large nonetheless|
That's it then for this week, here's hoping you found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.