|A peaceful walk through the streets of Suakin prior to hostilities.|
Thanks to all who have commented on the first post in the Sudan Campaign thread which started last week. There is no doubt that the thrill of running or playing in an ongoing campaign at a wargames club or with like minded companions is a wonderful. The one-off games where it gets to 10.00 pm at the club and you decide to throw in that last charge just for fun has far greater consequences whenever you have to back up your force again the next week in an ongoing campaign scenario.
So in the last post the general situation was unveiled to the players and they were all given a map of the area of strategic operations. An overall commander stepped forward who would attempt to maintain the co-ordination of the columns as well as take command of one himself. This was no small undertaking.
The lads all got into the spirit of the Colonial Campaign from the start and the choice of language, style of prose and spirit of adventure was prevalent from the absolute get-go. Initial orders were dictated at Headquarters and relayed out to the Generals for immediate implementation.
|It makes it easy when the chaps enjoy the concept of a colonial campaign and|
take on the roles of commanders so well and in the flavour of the period.
|Stewart's command out of Suakin would have some crucial tasks.|
|Major General Davis was intent on battles, fun and a few shenanigans on campaign.|
|Some standing orders are always a great idea as they take away the...ahem...flexibility|
of the umpire to do nasty things in the field.
|Never can go too far in the desert without a ready made zareeba evacuation plan|
|We all like the characters names from "Four Feathers" don't we?|
As you can see from the last image, I had asked all the players to name their Regimental Colonels, Company and Squadron Commanders etcetera to add some flavour to the entire escapade.
So the commands have been allocated and initial orders received from High Command. How these will be interpreted, acted upon and responded to remain to be seen