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Monday, 22 January 2018

Another Venture into 'Jimland'

The new expedition (with the Rev in the top hat at the front).
My second adventure into 'Jimland' Saw Sir Charles put together a slightly larger expedition with the force increase by another Askari and the inclusion of the Reverent Richard Tosson (a 'free' addition).
For this game I'm trying out the idea of keeping track of individual rations rather than 'loads', so the nine bearers carrying 90 rations in 9 loads will provide 10 days' food for the nine explorers and Askaris rather than nine (one load of food per day!).

The plan
Sir Charles' plan was to carry on along the coast for as long as the food would last and keeping close to the trail for a quicker return to Jim's Landing. With the plan in place I take up the story with the party in their start position, the evening before the expedition.

From the Diary of Sir Charles, the Evening before Day one of the Expedition:
"I can't help but think that The Reverent Richard Tosson will become a liability with his extreme missionary views towards the locals. He's already driving everyone to despair with his incessant praying, singing of hymns and his infernal harmonica on which he only seems to be able to play a vaguely passable version of "Onwards Christian Soldiers".
It also turns out that he dislikes being called "Dick", unfortunately for him as the Askaris have taken to calling him it constantly.
I'm tending to the view that they're right."

Day one
5 Natives at the top in cover and 4 at the bottom
" An easy start to the day as we follow the track to our jump of point into Terra Incognito, but as the day wears on we discover that 6 loads of food are inedible and have had to be discarded. Worse still Henry, our Scout has spotted nine bow-armed Natives (which Reverent Tosson had upset with his rantings about "saving them") attempting to ambush us".

The Natives seem to try to pick on our bearers, further reducing our  ability too proceed deeper into Jimland. 

I split our force into two, taking advantage of the available cover, intending to enter a fire-fight which my opinion we would easily win.

The four "Southern"natives' view
The five "Northern Natives"
The party and Natives taking cover
Initial manoeuvring

Outnumbering the Natives in the small patch of dense jungle
Natives leaving cover to shoot at the bearers

Natives trying to shoot at the bearers - just as well they're pretty poor shots!
Not so bad shots after all as they shoot at Sir Charles
"One of the Natives had the audacity to shoot an arrow at me that passed through my shirt, completely ruining my ensemble. I decided he would pay for this affront to fashion"
The water-buffalo charging out the forest , immediately killing a bearer
"With all our firing and trampling through their habit , we disturbed a water buffalo that immediately charged into our huddled mass of bearers, goring one to death, luckily though he had no load.
At about the same time a lion appeared, but his curiosity was short-lived as he soon wandered off in the direction he came from"
The curious lion
 "All the while our shooting was beginning to take a toll on the poor natives, even the Reverend eventually joined in with a pistol - though he was a very ineffective shot."
Two Natives bite the dust on the Southern front
Another three natives bite the dust in th North
 "The loss of another Native seemed to have broke their morale and the remaining four fled as we turned our attention to the water buffalo trying to gore another of our bearers whilst the others fled to relative safety.
The water buffalo was quickly dispatched and the lion, having fed his curiosity left the area."

"Our position was thus at the end of the day, even though we'd only lost  a single bearer after dinner we were down to only 21 rations, enough to feed the whole party for two more days, which would only allow for a single day's exploration before we had to rejoin the trail to Jimland. If I dismiss the Askaris in the morning then we would have enough food\for four days, I'll make the decision in the morning."
Position at the end of day one

This was a hectic game that lasted far more turns than the four normally allowed in the Jimland rules which I find very artificial. All the decisions for the Natives were made by either a dice roll or my own weird logic.
The loss of 6 loads of food was on the turn of an event card "Lose 1d6 food" and of course I threw a one!
The Reverend was purposely included by me as he was a 'free' character that would almost certainly cause the natives to be hostile and thus give us more points at the end of the expedition for Natives defeated. He has a save roll of  11, shooting skill` of 2, but a melee skill of 10; his "Missionary skill starts at 1 - giving only a 1 in 20 chance of converting the locals, failure of course turning them hostile.
Just in case you were wondering where the surnames of my Characters  came from, they're all street names close to where I live!

The holiday accommodation was not what I envisaged
In other news - I'm now in the wilds of NW England, having carelessly left my notes for this adventure  at home and, after having had my previous camera trouble,  I don't know if I have any photographs of the rest of this adventure as they're not on my current SD card or on my computer.

I did manage to get some painting done in the last week on my Sudanese - hair, spear-shafts and the base colour of the few horse I have. I've also based up a few more figures for the Sudan as well as three figures for Jimland.

Current state of play on my paint tray.
That's it then for this week, hopefully I'll have something other than just a narrative for the rest of this adventure next week!

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you've found something of interest and as always you comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Explorers and Oryx

I had intended to post a write-up of my second venture into 'Jimland' but the techy side of real-life once more thwarted my endeavours. To put it simply I've had issues with my, now six year old,  camera eventually sorted my my more techy daughter.
Oryx's bums (for those that like that sort if thing)
The consequences of which is that I've taken photographs today of the figures I've been slowly painting over the last week or so to post about today!
I finally got around to finishing the basing on the recent additions to my Jimland menagerie (the ORYX [for Roy]) and managed to also finish and base the five pulp explorers I recently bought at Battleground along with finishing off two others and those damn porters that have been awaiting completion for what seems like a life-time.
Two of my 'older' explorers that have featured previously,

Ans their rear view
Two of the Newbies, from Pulp Figures

(The Chap as already been named as Otto Sackville.)
Two more 'four eyes' from Pulp Figures
The Butterfly 'Hunter'' has butterflies on him!
Final Pulp Figure

I'm sure he's based on some fictional chap
The almost obligatory group shot
(Obligatory blurry picture)
Just when I though I'd seen the back of my explorers I found whilst sorting through my Sudan collection figures, suitable as explorers.
The chap on the left is rather large and is possible a Foundry figure or  a Redoubt figure.
The chap on the right is almost certainly a Boer and is definitely from Old Glory. The latter came with a group lot of colonials bought from Evil-bay (along with some Brits, Ansar, a Boer gun crew and two Egyptians!). To complete what I want for my Sudan collection I still have three bags of OG Egyptian Infantry, 1 bag Egyptian Cavalry, some more guns and gunners more Dervish Cavalry and Camelry, the list just goes on!
Based and undercoated (undercoat courtesy of Wilko's)
I have been busy with my Sudanese though, the aforementioned purchase bringing the numbers up to just over 300 all based up and undercoated on Tuesday through Wednesday of last week,
Top left is a unit of 'arab' rifles; top right five Fuzzy sword armed units; below them a unit of cavalry and mounted Emirs; Bottom left 5 Units of  'Arabs', 3 sword and two spear; Bottom centre "Fuzzy rifles"; bottom right 4 units of 'Fuzzy' spears. There are also a few 'randoms, civilians and foot Leaders without units.
By Sunday, all the flesh had been added to all 300+
The new three-piece terrain board
   In other news, during the final stage of my Jimland game I had one of those disasters everyone fears - I stumbled onto one of my very lightweight terrain boards snapping into three piece. ( I blame age, drink, drugs and incompetence...)

Cocktail splints in a very strangely coloured photo (I blame the cameraman)
Some cocktail sticks and liberal amounts of PVA, left to dry for three days (as PVA takes an age to dry 'internally' - so to speak)
Almost like new.. I may have to add two small hills to strength the board
That's it then for this week's post. I'll be writing up the latest Jimland adventure whilst holidaying  in the sunny North West (yes I know) as of Friday, but I am assured they have the Interweb even in the sticks. IN the meantime, the terrain board above needs fixing all the fuzzy wuzzies have to have their hair painted, everyone needs weapons painted and the list goes on...

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Sale Bargains

   The '3' tag refers to the age of users - I should be OK then
I've done very little in the way hobby related things other than some basing for my Sudanese figures. I finally gave them a spray undercoat having had to wait for a day that was wind, snow and rain free whilst it was light enough to see!
The rest of the time my Oryx, Explorers and various other bits haven't seen a  paintbrush in over two weeks, despite being 95% finished.  I have however been taking advantage of the January sales (when the going gets tough the tough go shopping) and came away with two great buys imo.
The first,  shown left and above, is an Elephant (bit obvious really) that I bought from Wilkos (nee Wilkinson's) for the princely sum of £1,25 which is an absolute bargain imo considering how much a wargame model of a similar size can cost anywhere upwards of £12! (though the cheapest I seen advertised was about £8 iirc from Irregular). It is of course perfect for Safari-ing in Jimland even though not one of the animal encounters listed ! 
I'm sure I'll find a use for this!
The second bargain I picked up was this 'toy' 3D printer my daughter spotted before Xmas for a whopping £49,99 now reduced to a mere £14.99.
It's a far cry from the current 3D machines that can cost hundreds of pounds for even a suitable entry-level machine.
This one has re-usable compound to make the mould and a 'ink' that solidifies as the material injects into the mould.
The size of what can be moulded is about the size of a 2 inch cube so perfect for small wargame related items!
When I eventually get around to using it I will of course write a post about it!

I may not have been very busy on the painting/modelling front but I did have my first game of 2018 - another adventure into Jimland, which I'll be posting about next time!
In the meantime enjoy the cartoon on the left that I filched from the Interweb.

That's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit, apologies for the briefness and of course, as always, your comments are both welcomed and appreciated!

Monday, 1 January 2018

HNY 2018

  A happy New Year from all those currently in Jimland!
Happy New Year to all my friends, followers and visitors to my blog. I hope all of you that may have over-indulged have recovered and to those that didn't I hope you had a good new year celebration too.
As my blogging day is a Monday it was difficult to find a good a suitable day to reflect on 2017, but suffice to say I think I upped my game, painting some 100 figures or so for the first time in over a year and even managing to get a game in too! 
With my enthusiasm at at an all time high in recent weeks, I was over-indulged with hobby related items at Xmas and here's some of the very thoughtful gifts I received:
Three great books
Having resurrected an old project (The Sudan), my wife bought me a selection of related reading materials. The two source books are superb  and should be a must buy for anyone considering this period to game. They gave me some very welcome extra sources to add to my collection of photos of real jibbahs (jibbas) on Pinterest, which I've been adding too for some time.
The third book which I'm currently reading gives a very revealing insight into the Victorian "Small Wars" and how the British and Colonial forces managed to achieve so much.
Tools of the "trade"
Two tubes of acrylics were a welcome addition to my stocks, both colours I use prolifically, the white an especial bonus as I have had trouble getting a good white covering.
The hole/circle cutter came as a complete surprise and I can see it getting a lot of use.
21st Century version of the humble glue-gun
My ailing hot-glue gun has been supplanted by the 21st century, all singing all dancing cordless one you see on the left.
Complete with its own carry case, extra nozzles and fancy stand, it's another very welcome addition to my 'arsenal' of hobby-related tools.
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I also got a very nice truck from my Grandson, which I forgot to photograph!

I also convince my better half that I needed a few more figure, which I purchase from e-bay at about half price; they're the front three blocks in the photo to the right - the figures in the background are figures I've had for many years and have finally seen the light of day! The basing on all these is not all I've managed to do hobby-wise in the last two  weeks!
Jimland and the Sudan - Spot the Oryx!
The three trays of figures I've shown in a previous post have also had some progress too.
Some few are for Jimland, but the remainder are primarily for the Sudan.
I also found that I hate painting camels more than I hate painting horses or foot figures. The third tray (gunners) are all but finished and not shown as I couldn't find where I'd tidied them away!
Effing camels!

So, whilst progress has been very restrained over the holiday period I did manage to make some, but I reckon 2018 will see me changing gear into mass-production and hopefully even get a game or two in!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and once more I hope you've had a great holiday break and will have a great 2018, I'm pretty sure I will.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Mithrasmas

Our Mithrasmas tree, can you spot the sniper ?
   It's that time of year again when we slaughter a bull and drink its blood, exchange gifts and generally have a good time.

But just in case you celebrate the holiday season in some other fashion I hope you have a good one nevertheless, wishing each other  "Merry Xmas", exchanging presents, eating sweet-mince pies and celebrating  with strong drink in the very time honoured tradition.

As always I'm eternally grateful for anyone who has taken the time to visit and I always do hope that you find something of interest.
To those that leave comments I, you are the folk that keep me enthused and energised in this all-consuming hobby - thank you so much.

Have a good holiday season everyone and I look forward to reading about your own 'loot' and of course  I'll be relating about any I receive in a future post!

Have a good Holiday everyone !

Monday, 18 December 2017

Even More Explorers

Four new Explorer and gun bearer
Not much this week, despite being very busy on hobby-related stuff when time allowed. It seems that we have to stockpile food and drink, in case of a siege during the Xmas season when the shops shut for 24 hours!
I'm sure many will recognise the provenance of the above figures, they're either Copplestone, North Star or Col. Bill's - I forget which!
(They're not my five new 'Pulp ones', which are currently in the queue on the paint tray) 
The rear view (for those that like this sort of thing)
I did try and get a tweed look on the left-most explorer and a dirty-shirt look on the right-most one, which is about as adventurous as I get with my minimal painting skills.
In other 'Jimland' news, I have a tentative request from a friend wishing to take an expedition onto Jimland this week, which I'm delighted about, should it occur (fingers crossed). I will of course post about any game that transpires.
Current situation on the three smaller paint trays (Spot the 5 Oryx)
 As briefly mentioned above, in between Xmas shopping, I've been averaging about 4 hours a day undercoating/painting this last week, including Saturday and Sunday, which I rarely do!
Though it may not look it, all the figures on the trays above are abut 75% done though the very large tray shown last week has had nothing done to it as I needed undercoat spray (that situation has been remedied during one of the seemingly endless shopping excursions of the last week); I'll be undercoating etc. as soon as possible.

That's it for another week and it'll be a very brief post next week (Xmas day), so if you can't find time to take a peek next week, have a Happy Xmas, Holiday or Winter break, whichever you prefer.

As usual, many thanks for taking the time to visit and you comments are always both welcomed and appreciated.