1 July 2021

Some thoughts going forward

 

A meeting of the local town council tries to make sense of the action on the outskirts

Its been far too long placing another post on the blog.  I promise its been for the very best of reasons in terms of work, family and simply more time playing in other games and periods.  Napoleonic's and Ancients have been a major focus for quite sometime however the call of the Sudan has certainly been still there.

Obviously the rules are continuing to be incredibly popular as demand for them is still strong and the images on various blogs and social media of the period are still very prevalent.  Its great that the Sudan is being played no matter what the rule system is - Sands, BlackPowder, The Sword and the Flame etc.

A square prepares for the enemy

Just a reminder about loading the deck for every game.  If your game is set for 30 turns then
30 -35 cards is what you need to load the deck with.  Make sure the cards match the forces
 you have available to you and make some up for yourself at the same time with the blanks.



Some beautiful old Connoisseur Sudan British Infantry

The plans are to start to work on a long delayed series of scenarios for the Sudan, especially geared with the old Gilder feel to it and in many cases, scenarios related to me from many gamers who took part in the actual games with Peter at the Wargames Holiday Centre.

Obviously some new scenarios will also make there way onto the blog and if you are always looking for immediate inspiration, have a look at what the current Wargames Holiday Centre and Legendary Wargames in Yorkshire are planning alongside Sudan aficionado Dave Docherty.  Those games are always top shelf and of the very highest order.  


Im aiming for at least a post a month from now on so stay tuned.

20 comments:

  1. Nice Carlo, lots of Allah akbar being yelled in the coming weeks then!

    cheers
    Matt

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    1. Thanks for the comment Matty. Yes it will be great getting the lads out again that’s for sure. It’s been far too long.

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  2. Great to see you getting back to the Sudan again. Is the campaign book still in the pipeline or is it being replaced by a scenarios only book. I hope the former and will await the outcome eagerly. Stay safe.

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    1. I still want the campaign book to come along Andy and I’m sure I’ll also see if chaps like yourself and DD can assist in putting something extra special. That’s the wish at least.

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    2. Any time Carlo. Happy to oblige and would be honoured to be a part of the project. You have my email address if you want to discuss. Cheers

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  3. A nice place-holder post Carlo; plenty of lovely photos, just what I like!
    Good luck with the planning, James

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    1. Thank you James and as always greatly appreciated.

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  4. Good to hear from you again, Carlos.
    Your wonderful photos gets me excited about my 28mm Sudan Project. Would love a scenario booklet.

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    1. Thanks Hal for your very kind comments.

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  5. good to have you back Carlo. A set of scenarios and or a campaign book woud be most welcome. have you considered doing some inroductory size scenarios, to give something for collectors toaim towards?

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    1. Absolutely a cracking idea Andy. I have several thoughts on this and will look to get some ideas up soon.

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    2. That's great to hear, whilst I'm here, I have a few minor rules questions. I'm not sure what purpose the command figures (ie the mounted British officer) serve in the rules other than to look good, am I missing something?
      Also I would like to just check the figure ratio of native cavalry/camelry, as the base is up to 5 figures does it represent 50 cavalry. so should I pull a card with 200 cavalry on it I need to deploy 4 bases?

      cheers for your help Andy

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    3. The mounted Colonel in the rules is very much aesthetic in terms of the factor that every Imperial unit in the Sudan has to have its titular commander, if only to quote Newbolt “ Gne Gatling jammed and the Colonels dead” from the superb poem Vitai Lampada…but seriously, Colonels can be given different skills etc which help their particular regiment e.g. extraordinary mathematics skills acquired in the halls of Oxford allow Colonel Andy Wells the ability to add +1 to any artillery battery he is attached to etc.
      In terms of scale yes 1:10 so a card of 200 cavalry is indeed four bases of up to five figures.

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    4. BTW Andy the Colonels/ Generals characteristics was a great idea from Dave Docherty which I use all the time now. Clever chap that Dave…

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    5. We also use individual characteristics for our officers and give them specific tasks such as defeating an Emir in hand to hand combat, or accidentally getting a rival officer into a sticky situation. They all add flavour to the games.

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    6. Is there a link to these rules by Dave...?

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    7. Not that I’m aware of Andy.

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  6. I second the great idea about a campaign/scenario book - having an ORBAT to aim at really helps the painting along.
    BTW do you allow mounted troops to fire and move, if so how far. Also, if troops dismount can they fire in the same turn? I reckon yes to both?
    I know I asked before, but can you remind of any differences between the first and second edition of your rules or deck?

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    1. Hi Rob - apologies for my tardiness on replying to your post and email as I was away on a much needed break down south. There are no differences with the various editions of the rules, just reprinted original editions.
      I’ll check on the ruling for mounted troops giving in the same turn as I believe they can but want to double check the original notes from the WHC. Back to you over the next few days.

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    2. While checking on that I have a few more queries:
      When shooting small arms do you just throw once to hit for all shooters at a target, or separately for each 'regiment' or each 'company' (or each cannon / machine-gun)? I assume for Mahdists, who don't shoot much anyway, that it's once per 'group'.
      I assume the wound recording record for Mahdists at the back is for recording odd figure casualties that aren't removed because of how they're based?
      From your photos you have imperial officers included on the base with their troops so I assume they are included in the 12 figures per company.
      Is there a role for higher-ranking officers that are not part of a company?
      I know I can make my own interpretation up to suit myself but I would like to follow in Peter's footsteps where possible.

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