The scenario sees three Imperial columns advancing on the Mosque at El Pend-Ha, where the leader of the revolt in the area, the Barmy Bhykli, is rumoured to be quartered. Of course, he is far from alone, being escorted by numerous Beja and Nile Arab units. Lord Walton took command of the Imperial columns, personally accompanying the most easterly column and communicating with his subordinates by heliograph - on a Dx6 throw of anything but a 1 that is! The game ebbed and flowed as BP games usually do without either side gaining a decisive edge. As usual, a few pictures to tell the unfolding story of the battle ~
"Oh, My Beloveds, do not fear the bullets of the infidel!"
The Nile Arabs and Beja Camelry sweep forward to attack
Lord Walton's column.
Baggara cavalry sweep across the dunes to confront the
Imperial Cavalry column on Lord Walton's right flank!
Red with the blood of the square that broke!
The Naval contingent flanks their Gardener gun, which was to
repeatedly jam throughout the game, a great bonus to the Beja
in its line of fire!
With the Imperial cavalry column stalled in the dunes, more
Beja tribesmen surge forward to bolster their fellows.
Lord Walton's Column, or rather its remains, are bolstered by
the arrival of a Highland battalion from the Centre column.
Meanwhile, the Nile Arabs surge forward and the Beja Camelry
move to flank his line.
Lord Walton takes stock of his deteriorating situation.
Arabs surge forward while the Imperial infantry wait full of
"Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!" The Imperial Cavalry Brigade
is Broken and the Mahdist left is secured.
A stand-off in the center, Beja riflemen hold the wadi, with
Camelry securing their right flank and keeping the South
Staffordshires at bay!