Picking up then where we left the expedition, in grasslands, readying itself for another scrap...
From the Journal of Frederick Cartington
|The opposition, 4 with hand Weapons to the North and 4 with bows to the South|
|The four 'fighters' close on the column...|
|...whilst their archers start their ineffective shooting|
|The column breaks for cover and a defencive position...|
|and the natives continue to bear down upon them.|
|All the shooting disturbs an unwelcome guest (obligatory |
|Our shooting bags a native bowman...|
|...but a furious melee develops,...|
|...joined by a rather large snake|
|The snake claims its first victim...|
|...meantime the gorilla thumps its chest and bellows...|
|... with no effect as it's now quite far from both protagonists.|
|The snake chomps its second native victim, but is also wounded...|
|and our gunfire claims another, proving too much for the natives, who flee|
|The reformed column|
That mighty creature, a forest dwelling gorilla also made an appearance but as it left us alone, we too left it alone!"
"As we made camp, less than two weeks had passed since we left Jim's landing and with more than two week's food available, we determined to press on"
"it was two days before we managed to get going again as fog descended upon us making further progress impossible, but eventually the fog gave way to excessive heat giving grave concern to our Doc."
"it was a mere four days since our last encounter that we were ambushed by some roguish fellows that gave us a very hot welcome"
|We rush to receive them, their rifles are a bit too effective!|
|The Natives, three with rifles (centre bottom) flanked either side by two melee-armed|
|Our soldier drops and our Askari despatches one of theirs|
|A forest bear takes an interest whilst the melees rage on...|
|The fight grows everywhere and the natives lose another two...|
|The bear decides this fight is not for him.|
"Doc was unable to save any of our wounded and I made the determination to return to Jim's Landing. Several great apes we saw en route was indeed new primate species of several types, though the didn't take much notice of us and we arrived without further incident."
|The expedition's route|
Was it worth it ? At the time probably yes, now I'm not so sure.
My enthusiasm has been sorely dented, I have unused armies, many unpainted figures, several buildings that I'd like to have built and some building kits that may never see the table.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and apologies for the despondency, but as always your comments are both welcome and appreciated.
Goodness only knows if I'll be able to find anything to post about next week, I doubt if anyone will be interested in yet another hospital visit I have to attend (tomorrow!).