In the meantime, once more:
From the journal of Frederick Cartington:
"With the success of the last mission in mind, we set off with a slightly better supplied expedition than is usual. Our explorers were accompanied by six soldiers a muleteer (leading two pack animals) and enough food for about a fortnight. With extra trade items, a moderate amount of ready cash, medicines and ammunition we were in high spirits indeed.
Max's plan was to head back northeast and to follow the lake around in another attempt to reach the coast, following the previously found river's direction."
As seems usual with Max's expeditions our start was delayed by torrential rains, dampening our spirits somewhat"
|Ready to face the native threat|
By day four we had discovered some unusually large bones, probably dinosaurs; encountered some natives that were not interested in us and I almost fell foul crossing some difficult quicksand - unlike another of our food bearers (stupid chap) who disappeared beneath the surface.
No sooner had we reached the veldt than we were set-upon by a small group of hostiles, brave, but foolish chaps, I thought."
|Four natives charge the column whilst three riflemen take pot-shots|
|First blood to the column|
|All the shooting disturbs a snake!|
|Two soldiers attack the snake and the explorers protect the retreating bearers.|
|The natives close in and the snake is joined by a crocodile !|
|Snake dealt with but fighting is still harsh|
|The soldiers charge from snake to croc and gang up on a native !|
|Crocodile and natives finally dealt with dealt with|
|Natives to the left of us, natives to the right ...|
|The attackers use the building to cover their approach|
|Their riflemen also close and use cover|
|The column reacts accordingly|
|Ooh, err, they're a bit close !|
|Native casualties mount|
|Just one more native to drop should see them off !|
|It was all going so well too...|
|Frederick and Horatio attack the snake...|
|Snake defeated and Horatio bitten, but Albert is at hand|
Albert was immediately on the scene, the natives having long since dispersed, applying liniments and a poultice to draw the poison. The successful of his medications was soon realised as Horatio recovered sufficiently to be carried by one of the beasts or two of our bearers.
"As if I had not had enough of beasts for one day, the very next day I was singled out by some big cat or other but survived with little more than tears to my clothing.
"Over the next week or so, we had the usual discoveries and events, "interesting rocks", pygmies, a windstorm and so on, but we continued our journey along the river, until our bearers decided it was "Bad Juju" to continue heading northeast wherein we diverted a bit, found a swamp and back-tracked on to our course, having picked up the river once more.
Archie's Birthday was greeted by giving everyone double rations (we still had 10 day's worth) and yet more new plants, jungle rot and some gold occupied our time so much that we were once more ambushed!"
|The opposition decide to engage us frontally !|
|Max, as has become the norm, order the soldiers to charge|
|shooting and fighting is brisk|
|Two more natives die, ending their enthusiasm for the fight.|
|They came from our right...|
|...and our left|
|Once more bayonets proved effective, but so was the enemy fire|
|Enemy fire proving more effective than wished|
|Shooting and fighting provoked an ant into action !|
|General view of fight|
|Shooting accounts for two of the enemy riflemen and another is cut down in melee|
|Bearers flee whilst soldiers attack the ant (arrowed)|
|The ant finaly defeated|
|The reduced sized column homeward bound|
It was up to me to successfully supply fresh meat for two days once the food ran out, before our eventual return to Jim's Landing"
|Each arrow hows a day's march and a red dot indicates a delay|
Despite giving trade to the slavers they were still hostile and are quite good at shooting and melee - I was so pleased there were not many more. The day after the Slaver fight, there more slavers, who after plying with trade , proved neutral to us and of course, low on food meant we got lost too!
Because of the time the expedition was in the field, the river hexes, fights and some great loot Events the overall tot-up was a phenomenal $599 ! This is enough to give all four explorers another skill increase.
It was nail biting stuff and I enjoyed it !
In other News
I spent a lot of last week painting figures (another two units for the Sudan) but they're still only about 85% finished and I've spent a little time planning some new, very simple buildings and a rather larger build too.
I'll be going to my closest wargame show "Border Reiver" this coming weekend, so next week's blog will be about the delights of the show.
That's it then for another week, hope you found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.