16 June 2016

Battles in the Desert from around the globe!

'A' Company of the Black Watch makes it way through the desert terrain on its way to a friendly zeriba


It has been a wonderful week for "The Sands of Sudan" rules, based on Peter Gilders WHC classic games,  which I had published over eighteen months ago and is currently in its third reprint.  The wonderful gentlemen from the AMG forum have just had a sensational looking gaming weekend which played four major games, one of which was a brilliant scenario put together by the very clever Dave Docherty.


The AMG forum ( A Military Gentlemen) is a remarkable thing.  Originated from the purchase of Mr. John Ray's tremendous book of the same name it has opened up the door onto a wonderful world of wargaming doyens and their projects.  However it has a catch.  You need to post, create and contribute to remain a member.  Definitely no lurking allowed or you are summarily discharged (politely of course).  I believe there are still a handful of copies available to residents of the UK only and you can buy them from here.  It will be the best money you spend in the hobby for years I guarantee you!


You can see reports on this games from a few bloggers at :


Dave Docherty - the man responsible or putting on this tremendous series of games has some absolutely cracking shots of the action at his excellent blog One Man and His Brushes. Dave does amazing work and some of his special pieces he put together for the weekend have to be seen to be believed.  Very clever and talented man.


Scotia Albion  - the mighty Graham Cummings who also sells the tremendous range of Crann Tara Miniatures


Chris Gregg has the excellent  Not Just Old School Wargaming where he has some wonderful shots of Dave's game.


Colin Ashton has a wonderful blog called Carryings On Up The Dale with a couple of nice shots of the Sudan game and a heap of tremendous shots of his Battle of Soor SYW.


Those same Scots feel pretty secure with the Yorks and Lanc taking the high ground to their right.


A little closer to my home, good friend Nathan Vinson from the most wonderful Lonely Gamers has a wonderful "The Sands of Sudan" battle report full of sensational photographs as the British and friends battle or some wells against the Mahdists in an 1884 skirmish that will keep you on your toes until the end.


You don't need to haggle at the bazarr for a copy of the rules - just read on!


I still have rules in stock if you are interested in grabbing a copy. 




The glossy, full colour rules also come complete with a laminated Quick Reference Sheet and the full Random Event Card deck and is available for AUD60.00 airmail by emailing me at.


carlopagano@bigpond.com




All the very best until next time.

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the write up Carlo and the links to the other sites. Keep up the good work buddy.

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    1. Thanks Nathan - always a pleasure mate. It is a wonderful period to play and especially when the "fun" colonial element is added into the mix. Nothing like a British Officer who has purchased his commission blundering about the sand.

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    2. Very true indeed my friend. In our last game the British missed all the good cards and it was the poor Mahdists who fell short of their planned expectations. We used a few cards from the decks of '800 Fighting Gentlemen' & 'TSATF' to spice up the deck. Both worked in well.

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  2. I just love the Peter Gilder Colonial castings. If I was ever to venture into the period again I would certainly follow your steps Carlo.
    Thank you for your kind comments.
    Kind Regards
    John

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    1. Wonderful to hear John and you couldn't do much better than to go down the Connoisseur path. Lovely, lovely castings.

      As for "A Military Gentlemen" as a book and a forum - one of the best hobby decisions I have ever been fortunate enough to make.

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  3. All great stuff, Carlo. It's great to see the rules out there and popular.

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    1. Certainly is AJ and thanks for all your contributions to them becoming a reality.

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  4. It is great to have had the opportunity to recreate the Sudan in PG's inimitable style. It was also great to see people enjoying it so much

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    1. By the look of your games and all our correspondence Dave I think Mr Gilder would be "chuffed". The greatest thing about these games is just how much fun they are and the joy that players feel in theirs and their fellow "officers" victories and defeats against the common foe!

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  5. Well done Carlo and all concerned from rule book production through to game organising. A wonderful period enhanced with the Sands of Sudan.

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    1. Thanks so much Pat. It is wonderful to see these games being played and it certainly does take me back to my time reading the accounts in a Wargames a World etc. of the original games at the WHC.

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  6. Now , we just need a virtual international campaign game setting up.. So we fight battles for it !

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    1. Now you are talking Dave. I played a campaign years ago with Gerry Webb of Castaway Arts fame being Prime Minister and War Office and ordering the troops in the theatre to achieve certain objectives. He lives in Queensland which a long way from Perth (imagine Scotland to Turkey) then related these to the four major players in the campaign to act upon. Stacks of fun. I'm up for it if you are.

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    2. Lets definitely chat about this Dave. Could be very Exciting!!

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  7. Carlo, thank you for the blog plug and for giving this splendid review. I too am envious of this lovely range of figures and it was great to have the opportunity to play with them at AMG 16 but the 18th century, Napoleonics and WW2 give me far more than I can cope with already!
    Chris

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    1. Perfectly understand Chris. Thanks in kind as well mate.

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    1. Being a reprobate is a requirement Gerry...welcome on board!!

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  9. Bought the rules a few months back and after several games i can say these are excellent rules and lots of fun :-) John D

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  10. Carlo, thank you for the blog plug and for giving this splendid review. I too am envious of this lovely range of figures and it was great to have the opportunity to play with them at AMG 16 but the 18th century, Napoleonics and WW2 give me far more than I can cope with already!
    Chris
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