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Monday 26 March 2018

Cartington takes Charge.

   The explorers - L to R, Fred, Henry, Doc, Al and Bertie.
After the turmoil of having the plumbing done and engineers fixing the central heating my wargaming endeavours have just about returned to what passes as normality.
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
Warton and Cartington were both able to expend a point each on one of their 'stats; I chose to bring up each of their save rolls to '15'.
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
One of the 'joys' (read drudgery) of gaming is setting up the game,  terrain figures, etc. in the first place, as I'd had the recent disruption to my gaming activities,this would take longer than I'd normally like - almost as long as the game itself !
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
"We were joined by Jonathon Stannington MD, (a medical chap) Professor Alyosius Addycombe (a botanist of note) and  Bertand Balmoral , a Fellow at the Royal Institue of Biology.
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
" Of course we soon aw them off, having formed a firing line on the far bank We did lose an Askari, foolish chap, caught stuck in the mud and unable to free himself."
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)
 "There was a village in the area,  , that the natives had emerged from and Al, even found time to find some new boring plant."

Natives still on-rushing but losing a man
Quite a first day!"

"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."

The melee - Natives lose one man and an Askari falls victim to a club whilst a large spider makes an appearance

Losing another two men to rifle fire, the Natives runaway (top right)
"By day four one of our bearers was found to have been struck down by a fever.  It was decided not to touch any of the ten rations he carried"

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.
Playing the game (bar the prep) only took about an hour as there was only the single engagement and overall the expedition achieved abut the same as the previous one, point-wise. (275 point this one; 297 the previous one). The loss of the Doc was a blow, but the other two newbie survivours won't have to be 'paid' for again, so overall a profit was made!
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. 

Monday 19 March 2018

Umpoba/Ignosis ?

Umpoba/Ignosis ?
The bathroom and little boy's room are both completed, the central heating is at a very pleasant
temperature throughout the house, we have a new kettle and the stars are once more in the correct alignment.
All of which means that whilst I haven't manged to do a lot this last week, I feel that I have still made significant progress hobby-wise.
Here's a brief resume of what I've currently been up to.
First off I've finished another figure for my adventures  into Jimland (shown right), an Old Glory figure that has finally been finished (after fifteen or so years). I'll probably use him as a special character in a mission in Jimland.
Frontal view
Another view (getting bored yet ?
Rear view (for those that like this sort of thing)
I sorted my Fuzzies into nine units of twenty figures each,trying not to get any duplicate figures in any single unit.
Sorting table -showing six units
The units missing from the above are back on the paint tray, awaiting either, shading highlights or general touch-ups .
Paint-tray (the unit in the top left corner is complete, save for its flag)
Finished unit, except for its flag.
Another view of the unit
Bravely running away (aka boring rear view)
I'm also declaring the single British cavalry unit finished (I could probably do more with it , but I'm bored shitless to death with it.
Horse from Effingham
The horses are all greys (white) because I read that some regiment or other wanted these distinctive mounts in-theatre (even though they turned out to be crap_useless).
The same Effing horse
Obligatory boring rear view.
The Mahidist horse, whom I thought finished, are 99% done as I found when photographing them that I'd missed some bloody bless-ed tassels, but here's a photograph of them anyway
Spot the errors (no prizes)
All the 'completed' units require varnishing and the Mahdists need flags added, which is an easy job as luckily I found the ones I downloaded and printed off from Warflags  (a great site) many, many years ago.

On the Jumland front, now that I have access to my wargame room, I'll be taking another Warton- -Cartington expedition to their doom fame and fortune..

So that's it then from me this week, I hope you've found something of interest on your visit here and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated!

Monday 12 March 2018


    Mahdist cavalry
Since my last post I have managed to do very little other than some painting and even then not finishing the unit of Sudanese that I thought I would have. I've continued painting up bases for figures and painted a lot of detail on the few cavalry that I have for this project.
British Cavalry

I bit the bullet and started painting the few cavalry that I have, then remembered why I dislike painting horses (and cavalry) so much. I keep finding extra bits that need painting, harness, blankets, etc. as well as tiny detail on the riders such as stirrups! The Brits have been almost completed for several weeks (and still are) whilst the Mahdist cavalry have been underway for a mere two weeks and are still not finished!.
All the infantry had taken a back seat for the moment as I really need space (which is unavailable currently due to the continuing work being done in the house) to organise them into units before the next stage of completion.
Camelry - worse than cavalry!
More camels for baggage ffs!
Whilst I haven't lost all interest in my Sudan project (I've even planned the 'final' purchases I need), I have realised the futility of it all, in that I'll probably never get to play a game!
With that in mind I have also returned to a project a started last November, so here's a teaser of wip that had to be put on hold for Xmas.
Obviously it's a building!
I think I've got too used to paying games and I'm having withdrawal symptoms, which, coupled with the kettle blowing up, it hasn't been a good week.
Over the next week, I'll be continuing with trying to get at least one unit finished for the Sudan.

That's it then for this week's offering.

Monday 5 March 2018

The Warton-Cartington Expedition (3)

Day 9: Onward, ever onward , but towards JIm's Landing !
The Warton-Cartington expedition continues with more commentary from Henry Warton (scout) in the company of Frederick Cartington (Hunter), along with their remaining four Askari and eight bearers. On day nine they have enough food to continue for another three days maximum on full rations.

Day Nine
"As we moved North-east, following the river into jungle we noticed several ancient man-made stone dwellings among the undergrowth of the jungle.. I declared it an Ancient lost city of probably Persian origin, though Frederick thought it Roman."
Day 10 and nearly home!
Day 10
"Another monotonous trek following the river  Northeast through the hot humid jungle, the tedium only broken by our discovery of  yet another new plant species which I spotted first! I declared the Warton Fern, Frederick mumbled something about wild grass. We also spotted some native Tribal types that were underwhelmed by our presence and ignored us.

 I calculate that we have enough food  for a further single day's exploration before having to return to Jim's Landing."
The ambush!

Day Eleven  
"Breaking camp early in the morning, ready for yet our last day following the river Northeast before being forced by lack of victuals to return to Jim's Landing. 
Whilst in the tricky process of crossing a stream, I completely failed to notice an ambush up ahead!" 
The Exchange of fire and everyone that can getting out of the stream
 The rifle armed natives immediately dropped one of our Askari, with a well placed shot, whilst we returned fire bagging two of their on-rushing spear-men.
Everyone that could scurried for cover or got in a position to shoot. Both Frederick and I manfully stood our ground." 

The last fight
"The last of the native spear-men attempted to stab me but a quick rifle butt to the face deterred the fellow so much that he obligingly gave up the fight, fell to the floor, and died.
With the demise of half their comrades and no further casualties on our part, the natives departed and the swift but brutal fight was over."

(Obligatory boring photo)
It was a very successful expedition and a great deal of fun to play,  even though there was little to no action, but it is after all a game of exploration rather than action!
 In other news, we now have central heating and whilst I haven't entirely stopped painting, it has been sporadic and I never did manage to finish off the unit I intended to do. I have manged to dry-bush over 400 bases.!
The photo on the right shows half the bases finished (top)
and all the bases finished (bottom but rotated 180 deg.).

I've also been working on Jimland rules and after much humming and harring I settled for a version of the Source of the Nile  that fits in with the Jimland rules,  using a D6 and a single table!

My games room in the distance beyond the rubble pile!
Next week will unfortunately not see me see me being able to play a game as the plumber fitting our new bathroom is temporarily barring access!

That's it then from me this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you found something of interest .
As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.