From the Diary of Sir Charles Biddlestone
|Route for Day 2|
"Awoke to find that we had lost two bearers in yesterday's fracas - oh well, neither were carrying food in any event!
I have also made the decision to allow the Askaris to return to Jimland in order to conserve food and allow the expedition to continue.
We set off South-eastwards, at a jaunty pace finding more swamp, we'll again have to rely on Henry, our Scout to find a way out of this infernal swamp."
From the Diary of Henry Warton:
|Nine rifle armed slavers|
"Upon entering the swamp there were no mishaps but we soon encountered a group of what I determined to be Arab slavers, intent on doing us harm; generally these fellows are well armed with rifles and unfortunately for us they were also numerous.
Whilst I hadn't detected them earlier were did have good cover immediately on hand.
Sir Charles ordered us into the cover of the jungle to set up a firing line, whilst the bearers huddled behind us."
|The stalwart partys' firing line|
"Reverend Tosson didn't even attempt to convert this group of slavers saying something about them not being convertible as they were "Spawn of the Devil"; he took up a central position.
So, on our right was Sir Henry, then myself, the Reverend, Frederick and finally Dave on our left flank.
We opened fire as soon as we were able"
" Our opening shots were of mixed effect, with Frederick bringing down one of the cowardly slavers hiding in the trees opposite our position.
Our firing also seemed to have attracted a large ape that emerged from the jungle and proceeded to attack Sir Charles.
Even whilst this was happening a general fire-fight broke out as the slavers returned our fire."
|Ape attacking Sir Charles|
|Lion attracted by the Slavers' gunfire (note the Slaver casualty marker)|
The Slavers' gunfire also seemed to attract wild-life as a large lion seemed to take and interest in them too."
"Through all the gunfire I could only just make out Dave cursing that they had shot a hole through his lucky flask "
|The lion stalking the slavers|
|Slavers seemingly unaware of the lion|
|The Lion get s closer to the slavers|
|At least our abysmal shooting had generated a critter! (Dave's casualty counter on the right|
"Dave's body crashing to the floor must have startled a large spider which thankfully scuttled off in the direction of the slavers"
|The spider attacks the slavers - hurrah, there may be hope yet.|
|The Reverend's fatal charge into the slavers|
Both Fred and I continued to shoot at the slavers, each of us potting one which seemed to each curb their enthusiasm for continuing the fight.
They withdrew into depths of the jungle and thus the fight ended."
"After supper Frederick and I summed up the day's event and its consequences. We were now a mere two explorers, we had 19 days of food rations and more than sufficient bearers on hand (seven). We would make our decision what to do after a good nights sleep!"
From my point of view it was a very exciting action, which originally I though the party would win easily, but the ape taking out my best shooter (Sir Charles) from my own duff shot set us back a lot. Losing Dave the prospector didn't help either for by that time we'd only managed to down two of the opposition and I needed five of them to drop before they'd skedaddle. It was about this time that I realised the Reverend couldn't hit a damn thing with his shooting skill of '2' and the modifier of '-2' for the defenders' cover, so I decided he would charge them. He had a good save roll and a hand to hand skill of '10' whilst the slavers had no save roll and a meagre hand to hand skill of '4' and we desperately needed to start killing them! I did think the lion would have aided us, but he wandered off.
Next week will see the conclusion to this expedition's 2nd adventure
In other news
I'm back from my week-long holiday and slowly recovering; I haven't managed much painting, save the 300+ spear-heads and swords on my Sudanese, though I doubt you're bothered that I didn't take a photograph of this feeble progress. I've also made inroads into repairing my shattered terrain board, which should be finished in a week or so as I allow long periods of drying time.
That's it then for this week, I hope you've found something here of interest and as always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.