Monday, February 15, 2016

Fourth Battle on the Nile

So this last weekend's Club meeting I put on another Gunboat battle for the members that didn't get a chance to play in the last three.  I mixed it up and changed it a little.  The battle got a little crowded with boats but only because Mr. Bill Daniel delivered an awesome Mud Fortress terrain piece.  It was beautiful at over 3 feet wide and about 20" deep.  I had to put it out there!  It worked out pretty well and of course next time I will provide a little more maneuvering room...or not.  So here is a short  AAR from the battle yesterday at the Colorado Military Historian club meeting.

The Battle
The background is that the last battles had the British retreating and the Dervish advancing slowly downriver toward Khartoum.  So at this point, at an intersection of a tributary running into the Nile is where this one is set.  The British are raiding the area and are at their deployment areas.  Unknowing to all was a lost company of Camel Corps who have made their way here hoping to be rescued.  But that was just a side show the battle raging on the North Point and on the water.  Well it didn't seem like a side show to Major Roberts of the Camel Corps.  Let the battle begin.

I wanted to thanks all the players who played in the battle.  Special thanks to Bill Daniel who makes all of my terrain including that new mud fortress in this AAR.  And thanks to Dwight for the flicker candle fire marker idea.  He used one at Colonial Barracks and thought wow, its the little things that can bring some realism into your tabletop battles.  


Sgt. Guinness said...

Absolutely awesome boats Danno, beautiful job! I mean truly incredible. Great new mud forts too, they look even better than the ones we got from you and Bill at CBV. Another thoroughly enjoyable AAR as well. Looking forward to seeing you at Recon in S. FL. buddy. I'm going to be using the cool mud forts we got from you guys in my game at the con.

Mad Guru said...


Dan, you are the MAN, especially when it comes to riverine warfare on the Nile, which I have never seen done better!

I think you should consider laying out a seriously LONG table, with Khartoum at one end under siege by Mahdist hordes, and your flotilla of British gunboats steaming South from the far end. Can Khartoum hold out long enough to be relieved... or will it fall before the boats get there...?

Anyway, forgetting my dreams of future scenarios, FANTASTIC job on this one, as usual! And that new mud fort looks positively AMAZING! I wouldn't want to be the Anglo-Egyptian force ordered to take it, especially if it gets a third gun and your proposed rifle-pits!

Phil said...

What a beautiful table and what a splendid looking these ships, stunning!