Two day ago I was again lucky enough to have a sleep over at Gerry Webb of Castaway Arts who was again most generous to put on a fantastic game of ‘The Sword and the Flame’ for me. The scenario Gerry put together was for a smaller version of the Battle of Abu Klea, which involved the famed Mounted Camel Corps of the first Sudan campaign.
Since our last game a couple of months back Gerry has been very bush painting madly enough Mahdists forces in order to play the scenario. In total I think the Mahdists forces fielded two rifle armed units, three sword armed units, four spear and two camel units..plus a artillery piece, which Gerry later wished he had not placed on the orbat.
Once the troops were deployed it was all up to the cards and the cunning of the Madhist forces (me). However the Camel Corps lads, in formed square elected to hold ground about half way along the table, which in turned forced the Mahdists forces to come out of the dead ground and assault the square in the open.
Well that was a nasty position to be in and my fearless warriors took some heavy casualties. We did however charge the British square six times before we were finally defeated and withdraw from the battlefield. But at what a cost to the Imperial forces, they had suffered heavy causalities to all companies. Two companies were done to four sturdy lads out of the 20 who started the battle. The rest were either killed or wounded. I do think however that there was one VC won.
Overall TSATF proved to be a fantastic game and I enjoyed, as always, the games Gerry has put on for me. It only drives me more to re base my own collection to play a the game…or maybe just paint up a few lads and warriors just for TSATF might be easier?
The Camel Corps halts in square ready to receive the Mahdists charge
And here they come..four spear armed Warrior units charge the square
Contact is made several times on the west face of the square and each time the Imperial forces hold their ground, but with each charge comes more causalities and less numbers on the firing line.
The first two charges contact
More charges are delivered but are repelled
Not quite a dust storm but hard to fight around – Gerry cat takes up a position of dominance on the table…….
While the spear armed warriors charge one side of the square my camel mounted spear men charge the other
Close quarter fighting all along the west face of the square….trying to knock out the bloody machine gun
With causalities mounting rapidly I finally send in my Beya tribesmen, armed with swords they have a better chance at killing more infidels. However I think I charge a turn to late.
With my last warriors either dead, wounded or fleeing the game was up for the Mahdist. However there were not many boys to carry on the fight to reach the Nile. Great game thanks Gerry..champion stuff.