Friday, January 8, 2010

Battle in the Sudan: Relief of Atbara- Part 4

The arrival of the British relief force begins the battle in earnest! Here the lead gunboat Merak attempts to clear the wharf area of snipers, but in the opening minutes of the fight, its Egyptian captain is felled by a lucky shot. (...amazingly for the second time because I had to start the battle over again due to inadvertently grabbing a few D10s when the rules call for I rerolled and the unfortunate captain was hit again on the first shot!)...

The Merak runs past the wharf area.

Meanwhile the Mahdist Emir sends the Hadendowa surging forward to try conclusions with the fort.

...and the Mahdist mounted force is sent to the wharf area to resist the landing.

Jihadiya riflemen fire at the approaching gunboats from the shore

The Safieh returns fire.

The fort at Atbara in the far distance seen from the wheelhouse of the Mizar.

the Dervishes storm the walls!
(my house rule for scaling the walls in TSATF allows each group of 5 figures to D6 to position a ladder --4-6 is successful and a melee at the top of the wall can take place, if the man beats his opponent then another guy can follow up the ladder next turn.)

Hadendowa try to erect their scaling ladders under a desperate but ineffective fire from the Egyptian garrison.

the Safieh approaches the wharf firing her bow Maxim to clear the area...the Sudanese prepare to land.

The Safieh approaches the wharf...

A final blast of Maxim fire sends the remaining riflemen hurrying back to the Mahdist camp....clearing the way for a landing.

The deck gun of the Mizar comes into action sending shells into the in the distance the sound of the fort being stormed reach the gunboats...speed is of the essence!


Fitz-Badger said...

Ripping stuff! And tempting...

Bluebear Jeff said...

Some wonderful photos . . . and a great table layout.

I like your "ladder rules" for storming the fort. Please let us know how well they work (in case the success roll needs to change a bit).

I am looking forward to the next installment.

-- Jeff

Mad Carew said...

Beautiful pics!

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

A wonderful battle report!

Lots of lovely, well captioned pictures, a wealth of great terrain and figures ... and obvious enjoyment on the part of the players!

I have enjoyed reading this and the earlier reports and I am looking forward to the next.

All the best

Bob Cordery

PS. I sympathise with you about grabbing the wrong dice. It is one reason why I stick to using D6s in my rule mechanisms; you cannot mistake them for any other dice

Bluebear Jeff said...


I must take exception to your d6 rule. I often use both Averaging Dice (six sides numbered 2,3,3,4,4,5) and six-sided d3x (1,1,2,2,3,3) . . . so you see other dice CAN be mistaken for d6s.

-- Jeff