Now for the other side of the coin.
Before we go any further I suppose I should say why the Soudan and not Zulu or any other colonial game.
I suppose it was down to choice of forces with regards to the Zulu War. Basically the Impi..that’s it…..with a handful of rifles. North West Frontier and the Khyber pass, great selection of troop types but it is rather hilly in that neck of the woods and that would mean a rather large set of terrain, yeah I know they have valleys and the like, but the pass without the hills is just not the Khyber pass – if that makes sense.
The Boer War has never really interested me. Now the Boxer Rebellion, I was really interested in that conflict, however, at the time Pendraken wasn’t doing the Boxer Rebellion. Yeah I know there are other manufacturers out there but I like the Pendraken stuff and there I stayed.
I loved the four feathers from when I was a kid. Both the 1939 and the 1978 one. I haven’t seen the 2002 version.
My late father used to quote Kipling at times:
So ’ere ’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your ’ome in the Soudan;
You ’re a pore benighted ’eathen but a first-class fightin’ man;
An’ ’ere ’s to you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, with your ’ayrick ’ead of ’air—
You big black boundin’ beggar—for you broke a British square!
And let’s not forget…
The sand of the desert is sodden red,
Red with the wreck of the square that broke,
The Gatling’s jammed and the colonel’s dead,
And the regiment blind with the dust and smoke.
We all know they didn’t have a Gatling gun with them but a Gardner gun, which incidentally scans perfectly in the poem!
Anyway enough of the waffle…
First up the mounted troops
Once again these are a mix of Sudanese forces and those from the North West Frontier. I added the latter to add a bit of variety to the force.
Next the camelry
Beja on the right and river Arabs on the left.
From my reading a lot of the Emir’s rode into battle and had a pretty high casualty rate as it was obvious who was in charge.
Now for the infantry
Beja first and river Arabs second
To be honest though they look better from my perspective:
Maybe not better, but at least more colourful😉
And of course the captured artillery
Oh and the Museum piece
This was a GW empire cannon from the Warmaster range. I gave it a crew and it fitted in well as an archaic weapon.
Finally I decided to make the Mahdi himself.
This is what my Dervish force looks like in full
I really do like the Pendraken range for both sides of this conflict.