|The column moves on
From the Journal of Frederick Cartington:
"Having achieved our initial objective of finding the outlet to the river, we proceed North-Eastwards towards our second objective which surprisingly was a swamp."
"Our Scout Ebor, (unsurprisingly) failed to notice the Tribals within its confines. We soon convinced these hostiles that attacking us was foolhardy. in the extreme."
|Natives to the fore and flank
|They close in...slowly
|Those that can move, head for safety or form a firing line
|Some impressive shooting drops two natives
|The natives struggle to move in the Swamp
|Four guns against a slow moving target, just doesn't seem fair somehow
|He's dropped, with shots to spare for his friend
|It's all over, as some make a slow escape to safety and a flanking fire is formed
"We encountered some natives that we plied with trade goods to enable us to purchase three loads of food to replace the two we had found had gone bad, probably due to the conditions in the swamp".
It was probably the same Natives too that had rummaged around in our camp the next night, looking for trade goods, but they had had the last of them"
"Wandering from the jungle, three Askari asked to join our expedition and as we had sufficient food I complied with their request, thinking the extra firepower would be useful."
|The column, with Askari bringing up the rear
"They attacked from our front, attempting to use the cover of the jungle, but to no avail."
|The small force of Natives take advantage of the cover
|The natives close...
|... and the column makes its usual preparations
|The natives break cover and close with the expedition
|With formidable firepower the result is as expected, the two remaining flee.
"With our food dwindling fast I reluctantly decided to head back to Jim's Landing which was a lucky decision, in that the very next day after the rain, the remainder of our food was ruined"
"Unfortunately our route home south was blocked by a lake, rather than another branch of the river, enforcing a slight detour"
|The column and casualties
"On the last day of the expedition, a soldier foolishly followed the Askari's lead and ate a plant that killed him, whilst two Askari survived this foolish attempt at sustenance".
"Finally arriving at Jim's Landing. fresh food, water and rest would soon return Doc and Ebor to our ranks"
"A personal note:"
"As I wait for the Doc and our Scout to recover I have written to my good friend Edward Burlington Bt., inviting him to lead our next expedition. I am tiring of the responsibility of leading these very dangerous ventures into Jimland, but will of course volunteer my services as hunter."
Thus ended the last expedition where Frederick would take the lead, as the expedition had made enough cash ($378) to outfit a new expedition and pay for a leader with a skill ! (Ned will be an Archaeologist).
It was an interesting adventure that had shown my simple river crossing rules worked imo in the style of the Jimland rules and here's the map of the expedition's exploration:
|The expedition's route in red (bit obvious really)
Even so I have played another two adventures, featuring Ned Burlington as leader and will post these in due course.
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