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Monday 26 February 2018

The Warton-Cartington Expedition (2)

From the Journal of Henry Warton
    The Expedition goes forth

"With the modest funds we received  for our efforts in the disaster that saw the demise of Sir Charles, the Rev  and Dave the prospector, we  still managed to put together an expedition of myself, Frederick, six Askari and nine bearers with enough food for the eight of us for 11 days." 
The Plan (a bit ambitious imho)

 "Our plan was to make a simple circuitous route that meant we were never more than two, or at most three, days from Jim's Landing."
 Day One
"Travelling NW from our now well acquainted camp we encountered a friendly village and discovered a new plant species. I said it was a type of Orchid, whereas Frederick thought it to be of the rose family. As expedition leader I plumped for my own  version of the species"

Day 2's progress

Day Two
"Following the plan our route SW led us into a horrendous windstorm, which took away one of most laden-down bearers, I believe the 'friendly natives we encountered had taken whatever they could from his body before we managed to retrieve it"

Day 3 the Mountain!

 Day 3
"As we continued SW we left the sticky heat of the jungle to climb the rather more affable slopes of a mountainous area. Unfortunately one of our Askari fell ill and died, blame lay seemingly with the brackish water found in his water bottle. Later we encountered yet more friendly Natives warning us of the water hereabouts." 

Day 4 - still in the xxxxing mountains!
Day Four
" I declared today to be a "Rest Day an didn't mention that I couldn't find a way SW  through the mountains"

Day Five theVeldt! (bit boring)


Day Five
"Leaving the mountainous region behind us we descended into a very pleasant veldt, deserted, save  for some more friendly Natives, I assured Frederick that, despite his reservations, they were not following us"

Day six  - more bloody mountains !

Day Six
 "Drums in the night spooked our Askari, one of whom fled to goodness knows where. 
I decided that because of our losses we wold curtail our original plan somewhat and turn North-west, taking us into yet another mountainous region wherein we encountered a village of ambivalent natives.


Day Seven  (and eight)
Day Seven
"After another night of drums to which seemingly now used to, , we once more descended Northeastwards from the mountains  into yet more Veldt and came across a river. I thought it Tan in colour, Frederick thinking it more brown/ I named it the  River Tan. 
 Hardly noticeable on the large expanse of the Veldt were a group of most hostile pygmies who endeavoured to spoil our day, though I had espied them earlier than they would have liked and prepared our group for action."

 {Click on the photos for a better view)
Three Pygmy spear-men to the left and four armed with blowpipes to the right

Their spears charge, whilst their short-range blowpipes close .

We shoot them down as they close, whilst our bearers flee to safety
We form a firing line, protecting the bearers caption, their spears charge
We see off the last spear man - note the blowpipes trying to close.
"After a quick firefight we saw off these diminutive fellows as once more the bolt-action rifle proved superior to pointy sticks and pea shooters - the latter losing a 'man' whilst proving themselves very poor shots "

 Day Eight  
"The veldt, the river, the descent from the mountain and the pygmy attack had obviously disorientated me and I declared another "rest day", without giving the reason why."

[to be continued]

I going to leave it there for this week, not because of any other reason than to have something to post about next week ! (Sorry). As an added excuse, I'm also sitting in a fair representation of an freezer, as we have a plumber sorting out our bathroom and a heating engineers is due tomorrow to fix that problem too. I did manage some hobby-related painting last week - my first complete Sudanese unit which should be finished in a week or so, if my fingers ever defrost !

I have been unable to access a computer for most of the last weekend and will be trying to catch up on all your blogs asap.

There wasn't much to write about with this adventure, but it was a lot of fun from my point of view, but any questions or queries about the game, the way I've written it up or anything else, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
(and I don't know why this last bit is blue as it doesn't look that way on the draft version)


  1. Another excellent Jimland post Joe. The fact that it focused a little less on the 'action' side of the game just allowed us to see the exploration and mapping aspect, and I can see why the game is so enjoyable :-)
    Sorry to hear about your heating problems as the "Beast From The Est" approaches - the last part of the post is probably blue because of the cold! ;-)

    1. Thanks WA, all the action above is all that there was in the first eight days!
      The blue is probably run-off from my fingers, plus of course technology hates me.

  2. Joe - I think technology hates all of us. Another nice Jimland story, a most enjoyable read and Greg stole my line with the blue writing, although as he said it 1st, preempted is probably a better term, ;-)

    1. Thanks Vag'd, it was all a bit of an anti-climax though.
      As for the heating 'joke' I've heard better - haha-

  3. I like way you have taken control of the safari and are giving your team plenty of naps!

  4. Another great report Joe giving us more insight into the unexplored, I hope the heating gets fixed ASAP & don't get me started on computer problems,: (

  5. I say sir absolutely spiffing! (Really enjoying this series of adventures. Every tie I read one I want to play along myself and start an adventure in Jimland!))

    1. Thanks Clint, I'm finding that it's not just the action on the table that attracts me to the game now, but I find as much entertainment from all the other bits too (planning, write-ups and even just recording the 'boring' bits).

  6. Another fine instalment of Jimland. Keep up the good work they are really good reads.

    1. Thanks Brummie, I do wonder at timesif the write-ups are worth the effort; glad you're enjoying them.

  7. The expedition continues! Passionate and encouraging to read :)

    1. Thanks Michal, I'm really enjoying playing the very simple game and I hoped that it shows in these write-ups.

  8. Not sure who is suffering most, You or Henry Warton?! Great stuff. Looking forward to the next instalment. Hope your heating is fixed soon.

    1. Thanks MJT, (and welcome to my blog too). Henry (the scout has been a bit naff) and it shows imo.
      Next installment, though brief will be posted next week.
      The heating will be fixed very soon (fingers crossed).

  9. More Jimland goodness Joe, great stuff.

  10. A fun blog post Joe. Very enjoyable

    1. Thanks Roy, I know a lot of games re taken far too seriously (I've fallen into that trap too), but this is a lot of fun to lose oneself in.

  11. Hi Joe I'd left a comment the other day but I see it didn't post dam computer, anyway another great tale from Jimland uncovering more of the land which is what it's all about right : )

    Here's hoping this posts.

    1. Haha, I know the feeling well - Technology -pah.
      Thanks for re-commenting Frank and yes, Jimland is slowly being uncovered.