|The explorers - L to R, Fred, Henry, Doc, Al and Bertie.|
It was of course time to return to another adventure in Jimland.
After the very successful previous Warton-Cartington expedition, the party was able to afford to outfit the largest expedition to date.
|The 'large' starting expedition|
The expedition would have five explorers, five Askari and ten bearers, all of the latter carrying food,
Joining the expedition were three new Explorers, each with identical stats, a '10' in their respective field; a save roll of '12'; a shoot of '6' and a fight skill of '5'.
New explorers cost a base $23 (giving 23 points to be spent on the three skills above), plus the cost of their respective field (normally $25), so losing an explorer is an expensive business.
|Setting up the terrain for the first acton|
So, onto the game itself:
From the journal of Frederick Carrington:
"After a brief sojourn at Jim's Landing I opted to lead our second expedition into Jimland noting that the abbreviation C/W expedition was far more pleasing than the W/C expedition!"
|Adding the expedition and terrain|
My plan was to follow the trail SW to the coast, then follow it along until our food supplies forced us to return by a similar, parallel, slightly more Northerly route".
"We reached the end of the trail on day one and were set upon by some rather rude Natives that tried ambushing us, but Henry had scouted their position well and we were ready for them!"
|The column, rearranged to recieve the the Natives|
One of our bearers though also stuck even manged to kill one of our assailants."
"Our firing line took toll on the natives and they ran off.
The furore of the Melee disturbed one of those large vicious arachnids that seem so prevalent in Jimland, but he took little interest in us and soon scuttled off."
|The on-rushing natives (bottom right in case you hadn't noticed)|
"The next day we discovered that the, by now, usual "Drums in the Night" still managed to scare one of our Askari off - superstitious whatnots."
|Losing another two men to rifle fire, the Natives runaway (top right)|
|And the spider runs off too.|
"The next few days, saw Al, being particularly boring, finding another new plant species and Doc Stannington finding a Native snare, much to his chagrin, as he died from the strangulatory effects.
We shall have to see if we can find another Doc."
"There was evidence of an attempt at pilfering one night, but they were probably looking for trade good, of which we had none. The very next day a brush fire erupted in camp, with yet another Askari loses his life
. What is wrong with these chaps ?"
"With food supplies (and Askari) being very diminished, I decided to head for Jim's Landing arriving there 11 days after we had left."
|The C-W expedition route.|
I've also tried a new format for the write-up - input always welcome.
I still enjoyed the game, but look forward to the time when I have another party (player) for my native forces to pick on!
That's it then for this week, the painting of my Dervish forces goes on unabated and at the rate I'm going, all the 'fuzzies' should be just about finished by next week.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.