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Fire & Sword Battle 05: Because We’re ‘ere Yuzbashi! Nobody Else. Just Us.

Shaigiya Khayála thunder into the Berber Slums through the narrow streets!

Akhtar Pasha had just spent the last few weeks trekking along the caravan trail from Suakin to Berber. When he left Suakin the Eastern Sudan was quiet and unchanged despite the violent rebellion raging in Northern & Southern Sudan –

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Posted in Revolt In The Sudan, Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Fire & Sword Turn 04: February 1884

Sudanese Infantry in action near Berber in the Sudan

With January 1884 drawing to a close, the revolt appeared to have been stabilising – however the Eastern Sudan, despite the relative quiet in the region now finally also erupted (or rather simmered) into full blown rebellion – the results were

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Posted in Revolt In The Sudan, Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Fire & Sword Battle 04: Sally at Abu Hamed

Followed by more Dervishes

As referred to in Turn 03: January 1884, at Abu Hamed Sayed Bey decides to sally forth from the town and endeavour to temporarily break the siege. While Abu Hamed is now plentifully supplied with resources (it has over 6 months of

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Posted in Revolt In The Sudan, Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

1866 And All That

Mark's scratch built German machine gun carriage and limber

1866 And All That is the blog of well known New Zealand Wargamer & Sculptor Mark Strachan. Mark has been involved in Historical wargaming since 1972. He is most well known as the sculptor behind many (or most) of the

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Posted in Books, Mags, Websites, Chewing The Cartridge, Community News, Grognard Chatter, Roundhead Roundup, Talk In The Trenches

Work Begins On Rorke’s Drift

SSWG's Rorke's Drift at Salute 2006 in the UK.

Well its been much longer than planned and to get things along I have enlisted my mate Kieran (6mm Wargaming) to build my Rorke’s Drift Models and Base Board for me. I have been inspired by the SSWG’s (Southend &

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Posted in 28mm Figures & Models, Anglo-Zulu War, Buildings & Fortifications, Colonial History, Round The Bazaars, The Sword And The Flame

Felicia Day Goes Neo-Victorian ‘Steampunk’

Felicia Day goes Steampunk

Stumbled across this video blog episode from last year of the always entertaining & lovely Felicia Day (of The Guild), where she tries out the world of Steampunk:

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Rorke’s Drift Arrives!

Warlord Games Rorkes Drift Artwork

My Warlord Games “Rorke’s Drift” box set arrived today… It’s an impressive beast- it was part of their pre-order special on the new Anglo-Zulu War range that’s the premier of their new strategic partnership with Empress Miniatures. At the time I resisted the urge

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Posted in 28mm Figures & Models, Anglo-Zulu War, Buildings & Fortifications, Round The Bazaars, The Sword And The Flame

I Couldn’t Resist Indus

Indus Indian Irregular Cavalry or Pindari with Bows

I recently stumbled across Indus Miniatures – and when they announced a 20% off ‘Thanks Giving‘ Sale I couldn’t resist getting a few – even though they are aimed at the Indian 18th Century to Mutiny era rather than the later NWF

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Posted in 28mm Figures & Models, North West Frontier

Desert Column: Colonial Sudan Inspiration!

Frank at LAF's "Desert Column"

If you are looking for inspiration to do the Sudan in the 1880′s look no further than Frank at the Lead Adventure Forum’s latest effort for some beautifully painted figures and wonderfully atmospheric photos…

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Posted in Sudan & East Africa

Empress 1840′s New Zealand Wars Māori and Colonial Figures

Roly's NZ Wars Empress Figures

Roly over at “Dressing The Lines” has got his first batch of NZ Wars figures done, and I must say they are looking pretty smashing! He’s done a great job of them and also of giving the bases a New

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Posted in 28mm Figures & Models, NZ Wars, The Sword And The Flame

Still More TSATF At BattleCry 2011

Gerry from Castaway Arts deploys his Dervishes in Game 2.

I previously posted accounts of the 3 TSATF Colonial Games with images that we played at Auckland’s BattleCry 2011 Convention – As mentioned Gerry & Carolyn Webb of Castaway Arts were there and they also took photos of the games – so

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Posted in Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame

Empress Miniatures new Maori Wars Range

Empress Miniatures Maori Wars Examples

Joy, oh Joy! The ether has been alive with chatter of the announcement of this new range for a couple of weeks now – and they really do look like some lovely figures with nice clean casts and great sculpting.

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Posted in 28mm Figures & Models, NZ Wars, The Sword And The Flame

An Old Friend Thought Lost

Major General Tremorden Rederring’s Colonial-era Wargames Page

In the last week the Major General Tremorden Rederring’s Colonial-era Wargames Page has been inaccessible across the ether – and the concern that it may have been lost for good! However as events have transpired it is just temporarily down

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Posted in Round The Bazaars, The Sword And The Flame

TSATF at BattleCry 2011 [3]

Talahawiyeh steams down the Nile

Having successfully returned to their base (game 2) Valentine Baker Pasha’s forces weren’t able to rest – a delayed communiqué arrived advising a steamer was coming down the Nile to rendezvous with them at the village of al-Ġardaqaḧ as-Sūdān and

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Posted in Sudan & East Africa, The Sword And The Flame
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