Monday, 26 February 2018

Battle of Fort Gordon 1896.

Last night we had a 100% turnout for this fascinating,fast and furious,colourful and exciting Colonial game.

Top photo is scenario,bottom is the table layout.I was the British commander(!) Paul was the Egyptian commander(!!) whilst Dave took charge of the Haddendowah,and Graham the Dervishes-all was set for one hell of a game(depending which side you were on!!)Brian opted to referee,and what a grand job he made of it.

Graham started proceedings by launching his Dervish hordes against Paul's Egyptians,who inflicted multiple casualties on the advancing warbands,causing Graham to shudder to a stand-still,initially-great stuff,but the Egyptians had now expended all of their ammunition,and would have to rely on the bayonet from now on!!!-Brian can be seen to be taking his refereeing responsibilities seriously,by looking at the garage floor!!

On the other flank,Dave has also launched his ,thousands, of troops against my still forming British,however my well-aimed artillery and rifle fire has given him a bit of a shock,and his casualties are mounting very early on in the game-do I smell success(or is that Graham forcing us all to smell something else??)

Graham's out-flanking move,by his cavalry,against the Egyptian flank,has been "thwarted" by my Lancers-hurrah!! But there are more and more enemy advancing in all sectors!!

Is this the calm before the storm?-Graham's troops are ,once more,advancing on the fort-is Paul up to the challenge,will his demon dice throwing get him out of trouble??

On my flank,I am holding on,but just! Dave is  sending his second line in a wide arc,against my exposed right flank(which begs the question,why did I send my Lancers against Graham's cavalry??-I need them to protect my own troops now!!)

Paul's cavalry is being over-whelmed by Graham's cavalry,and the referee is thinking about what he can have for his supper!!-this is serious(cheese on toast or a portion of fruit??-decisions,decisions!)
Meanwhile,back at the game............................

I am in all kinds of bother!
Graham is attacking the fort in a furious manner,Dave is attacking the British in a furious manner,and Brian is yawning in a furious manner!!

I am "undone"-Dave has managed to get round my exposed flank! with my Lancers lying in bloody tatters on the nearest sand dune,I now have no protection from the " Fuzzy Wuzzies"
who are all over my position-can I rely on Paul to send me help??

No,he seems to be pretty well tied up at the moment!-The Egyptian did well,initially,but their poor fighting/morale points eventually forced them to fall back in some dis-order!

This shot is taken from behind the Haddendowah lines,and shows the sorry state of my British-all is over I fear!

Questions will be asked in Parliament!!!!
This was a typical Colonial game,full of fun and laughter(unless you were Egyptian or British!) lots of fast moves and nail biting melees-great stuff!!
Roll on next Sunday,we will,once again, be fighting the game we are putting on at Falkirk in May-a few new things have been added!


  1. Great looking game but surely the wrong result by gad!

    1. HI Stryker,couldn't agree with you more!
      The damned "fuzzies" must have doctored the dice-the bounders!!