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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Mahdist Attack on the Nile - The Men Who Would Be Kings



Mahdists attack the British paddle steamer and camp on the Nile


British defending with dismounted Camel Corps on the left


Egyptian and British infantry defend the steamer and camp


Mahdists advance


British fire at long range


Mahdist close in


Rick came over to my place this morning with his Mahdists, British and paddle steamer and we played another game of The Men Who Would Be Kings. The scenario was a Mahdist attack on a British force with a paddle steamer and camp on the edge of the Nile. The British had three infantry units and a Gatling Gun (24 points), while the Mahdists had four infantry units, two cavalry units and a field gun and crew (33 points).

The Mahdists were able to advance at the double repeatedly and before the British could concentrate their fire, were upon them.The Mahdists made short work of the Gatling Gun and Naval brigade crew and surged towards the Egyptian and British infantry. On the British right the dismounted Camel Corps were able to fight off all comers and had the Mahdist camels pinned. However on the left the British and Egyptian infantry were slowly overwhelmed and the British camp captured. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.


Mahdist advance at the double


Mahdist get stuck into Gatling Gun and Naval Brigade Crew


Mahdists are within striking distance of the camp


Mahdists charge


Egyptians retreat and are pinned


British retreat and are pinned in their camp


Mahdists capture the British camp


The gallant Camel Corps remain

12 comments:

  1. What a great game Cyrus and made we think that I should add a paddle steamer to my Christmas list.

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    1. Thanks Michael, the steamer does look good, Sarissa does a nice one.

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  2. great looking game fires me up to finish my Sudan stuff now

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    1. Thanks James, the Sudan is an exciting and inspiring period to game for sure.

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  3. Looks like a beautiful and fatastic game, great pictures and fabulous terrain, love the boat!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I'm tempted to get a paddle steamer myself.

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  4. That looks awesome Cyrus! Have not played these rules yet but will give them a go soon, I think.

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    1. Thanks Rodger, they're a fun set of rules, the Colonial version of Lion Rampant.

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  5. Excellent photos, Mike! The paddle steamer looks so good.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, I may have to get one myself, tempted by the Sarissa one...

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  6. A very nice looking game. I have the rules but not the figures to play it as yet. My figures are all based for larger games.....however maybe just maybe I might rebase a few figures.

    Thank again for a great post.

    Nathan

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  7. Thanks Nathan, they're good fun - Colonial version of Lion Rampant. I wouldn't rebase you figures you can just keep track of casualties on your roster sheet.

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