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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

First Two Games of The Men Who Would Be Kings - Boer and Sudan Wars

Boers on the left, British on the right

First Boer Mounted Infantry Unit

Second Boer Unit

Third Boer Unit

British forces with Australian and Highlander Units

Boers move around a hill

Last Tuesday afternoon Craig came over with his lovely Foundry Boer and British forces to play our first game of The Men Who Would Be Kings. We played the first scenario in the rules, Just Passing By, where both sides meet in the field while on their way to fulfil other orders. The Boers didn't have much of a chance as they rolled really badly throughout the entire game. Crucially each Boer unit's leadership value was 8 while the British were 5 and 6. There wasn't enough terrain to allow them to go to ground and the British just shot them up and once they were pinned they weren't able to rally.

Another unit crosses the river

The pinned markers start to mount

A Boer unit takes up a position on a hill

A rally is looking increasingly unlikely!

The British unit completes another round of firing

The Highlanders just make firing range

On Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club for my second game of The Men Who Would Be Kings, this time the setting was the Sudan War. Rick provided the beautifully painted Perry Mahdist and British forces and we played the second scenario, Seek and Destroy, with the British attacking and attempting to destroy a Mahdist Village. This was a bit of a slaughter of the Mahdists, but eventually they were able to close with British and wiped out the Camel Corps unit. They had suffered so many casualties by this stage that the British were able to occupy the village. I'm not too sure we were doing the pinned tests correctly with multiple casualties and rounds of fire but it was a fun game.

Mahdist forces defending their village

Opposite side of the table with Mahdist reinforcements visible

Egyptian Infantry

British Camel Corps

British Light Infantry

Mahdist reinforcements arrive on the table

British advance towards the village

Mahdist camel unit retreat from combat

Mahdists suffer more withering British fire

Mahdists wipe out the Camel Corps

Egyptians are pinned and forced to retreat

Monday, 26 September 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum - Part Two

Bronze mirror, Haguro San, Japan 1100-1200 CE

Moche pots, Peru 100-700 CE

Mayan altar, Copan, Honduras c.763-822 CE

Huastec goddess, Mexico 900-1521 CE

Aztec spirit, Mexico 1400-1521 CE

Inca gold llama, Peru 1400-1521 CE

Bell shrine of St Conall Cael, Inishkeel, Ireland 1400-1500 CE

Lewis chessmen, Isle of Lewis, Scotland 1150-1175 CE

Ife head, Ife, Nigeria 1100-1400 CE

Hebrew astrolabe probably from Spain 1345-1355 CE

Durer's Rhinoceros, Nuremberg, Germany 1515 CE

Pieces of eight from silver mined in Bolivia & Mexico 1598-1621 CE

Kakiemon elephant, Arita, Japan 1650-1700 CE

Ivory figure of Christ, Goa, India 1600-1700 CE

Miniature of a Mughal prince, India c.1610 CE

Benin plaque: The Oba with Europeans, Benin, Nigeria 1500-1600 CE

Fifty manillas found in Nigeria 16th-19th century

North American frock coat, Canada 1800-1900 CE

Hawaiian basketry helmet 1700-1800 CE

Sowei mask, Sherbro, Sierra Leone c.1880 CE

Fiel dos Santos' Mother, Maputo, Mozambique 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum - Part One

Queen's Lyre, Ur, Iraq c.2500 BCE

At the National Museum of Australia there is currently on (9 September 2016 to 29 January 2017), an exhibition - A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This morning I jumped on my pushy and rode down to check it out. We visited the British Museum in 2011 but it was a real treat to reacquaint myself with some of these incredible objects. I went a bit crazy with the photos and will post a part two later on. I'd highly recommend a visit, hopefully these photos offer a bit of a teaser for the exhibition!

Reconstructed bull's head

Ramses II, Temple of Khum c.1280 BCE

Clay tablet, Southern Iraq c.3000 BCE

Cuneiform clay tablet, Nineveh, Iraq c.700 BCE

Assyrian relief, Nineveh, Iraq c.700 BCE

Egyptian funerary stela 100 BCE - 100 CE

Sophocles, Lazio, Italy c. 150 CE

Augustus, Meroe, Nubia c. 25 BCE

Chinese bronze bell 600 to 900 CE

North American animal pipes 200 BCE to 400 CE

Statue of Mithras, Rome, Italy 100 to 200 BCE

Arabian bronze hand, Yemen 100 to 300 CE

Buddha from Gandhara, Pakistan 100 to 300 CE

Silver plate of a Sasanian king hunting, Iran 309 to 379 CE

Jonah sarcophagus, Ilminster, UK 200 to 300 CE

Deer banner, Dunhuang, China 800 to 900 CE

Borobudur Buddha head, Java, Indonesia 780 to 840 CE

Hoxne pepper pot, England 350 to 400 CE

Carolingian ivory panel c. 800 CE

Goldsborough hoard deposited 925 CE