In the photograph above from left to right are Ebor (scout), Frederick (Hunter, Leader and self proclaimed hero); Dr. Albert Cleghorn (Doctor -duh!) and finally Horatio Mundella (Interpreter).
So without further ado, once more:
From the the Journal of Frederick Cartington:
|The column in its entirety|
"Doctor Albert Cleghorn, Ebor a Scout of unknown origin, Horatio Mundella acting as Interpreter, myself and six soldiers joined me in my latest escapade."
|The plan with its three objectives|
|The column prior to spotting the ambush|
|Slavers attacking the flanks of the un-surprised column|
|Their riflemen head for cover|
|Doc and Frederick head for cover...|
|...whilst the soldiers drop a slaver...|
|and the Doc and Frederick flanks the melee armed slavers|
|The slavers' shooting attract a water buffalo|
|...that immediately attack them, savaging one!|
|The carnage continues as Frederic bags another slaver.|
|Our shooting attracts a lioness and the buffalo turn its attention on us.|
|The lioness attacks the slavers, eager to flee, whilst the buffalo is wounded|
|The buffalo is dispatched but wounds a soldier|
|The lioness flees after a quick slaver snack|
"We pick up the track of the river encountering some pygmies who are more than content to leave us alone with the help of a single load of trade goods."
|The depleted column|
"Having found the mouth of the river we headed Northeast towards the unknown area that intrigued me"
"An encounter with another friendly village (despite our interpreter best efforts to insult them), enabled us to buy three loads of food"
|Four Natives to the expedition's front and three to its flank|
|The natives immediately close, avoiding the sticky swamp mud|
|Those that can make for safety, or form a firing line|
|The bigger view|
|Opening fire, Frederick and Ebor each bag a native.|
|The natives try to free themselves from the effects of the swamp, but...|
|...three out of the five remaining are stuck however.|
|With the loss of another Native into the swamp depths, they flee!|
"With the action brief, but thankfully only deadly to the Natives we made camp in the swamp, ate a good supper and I planned for the next week"
My plans (rather than Frederick's) was to protect the four explorers as much as the dice and event cards would allow me, to enable them to progress. Horatio, the interpreter has only a hand to hand weapon and a large save roll, whilst Ebor the Hunter and the Doc are a little more average, with fairly good save rolls (14 and 16 respectively ) but poor shooting (5,4) and melee skills (4,3).
Following a river gleans a lot of points (cash) and I need 100 to increase a single skill point for an explorer, so I was looking for 400+ points in this adventure!
Next week will see the conclusion of this adventure and if you've read through this far, I hope you've found something of interest (did you notice the bits of plastic scatter in the swamp ?)
That's it then until next week and as always you comments are both welcomed and appreciated.