|The Sudan Campaign equivalent of telemarketing and door to door|
salesmen..."Have you got a picture of your sister meester? Do you want one?".
The vignettes continue along as this one is a particular favourite. It is a collection of the lovely Connoisseur Sudan natives in their Extras range that are available through Bicorne Miniatures. These are grouped to represent a flock of locals with an eye for profit and little concern for what dangers may be surrounding them upon the potential or actual field of battle.
|All castings from Connoisseur Sudan range and I think capturing the period wonderfully well.|
The card was initially a thought of the very clever Gerry Webb at Castaway Arts in our first Sudan campaign all those many years ago and was expanded upon in the many games since.
1 x Friendly Natives
The column encounters a travelling menagerie of carpet merchants, orange sellers, camp followers and purveyors of filthy dirty pictures that impede movement to half speed for 1d6 turns unless aggressively swept aside. The latter action however could effect relations with the locals however – see below.
1 x Town Uprising
The native inhabitants of any village or town on the board decide to throw in their lot with the Mahdi and start sewing coloured patches all over their clothing whilst shouting “Death to the British”. Roll 1 x d6 (2d6 if the friendly natives card has been drawn earlier in the battle and they were swept aside violently) to determine how many bases of hostiles appear in the centre of the randomly determined town/village or built-up area.
|This fellow in front looks determined to share his |
collection of fine photographs and etchings in the Sudanese version of the proverbial brown paper bag!!
I distinctly remember in one of the Wargames World the line from the Doyen of Sudan games Peter Gilder where he describes a particular event where the locals who up to that point in the battle had been quite peaceful and passive suddenly throwing in their lot with the Mahdists and frantically sewing coloured patches on their clothes yelling rather rude and threatening things to the Imperials in the vicinity.
|Another view from the rear.|
The Town Uprising card is a direct inspiration from that recalled story from Gilder which I distinctly recall brought an enormous smile to my face as I imagined the look on the Town garrisons commander in a game at the WHC when that event was announced!
|"Here they come sir - you know what happened last time we said no thank you - Gordon lost bloody Khartoum!".|