ALY MORRISONS "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Thursday, 3 August 2017

From my side of the table... The British invasion of Egypt 1801

Well... the reason I didn't do any painting at the weekend was because I was trying to fend off the British invasion of Egypt.
But not on my own, I had friends...
Bernhard Hennen and Stefan Konigs flew in from Germany for a weekend of Wargames, food, drink and convivial company.
Alan (Perry) hosted a three game extravaganza for us all, based on the British invasion of Egypt.


Unfortunately I missed Aboukir Bay but Bernhard my fellow French general gave the British a bit of a bloody nose on the beaches....Hurrah!


My first battle was Mandara...
We had a cunning plan...
We put our small but beautifully formed force along a ridge facing - the forces of reaction/darkness - as Michael and Stefan are now known.....








A thing of rare beauty...


Our plan was to draw the enemy- the forces of reaction/darkness - towards us and then fall back bringing them into the range of our big guns on the heights behind us...
Once they crossed that 'Line in the Sand'... we would pound them with artillery and then charge in with our glorious cavalry.




Some glorious cavalry...


They would obviously run like the whipped dogs they are...


Sadly our enemy - forces of reaction/darkness- seemed to be on drugs or had specially made 'always roll what you need dice'...




They came on fast... we retired faster..




They were many...






We were few...





But we did stamp all over the Corsican Rangers...again!










But would they fall into our trap?...


No...




They cunningly stopped at that 'Line in the Sand' - Cowards!


Maybe we shouldn't have actually drawn a line in the sand...




I also think that the - forces of reaction/darkness - had spies!


A really enjoyable game...with more to follow.


For a slightly different version of events pop over to the Perry Miniatures Facebook page...


https://en-gb.facebook.com/perryminiatures/


And did I rush off and buy lots of Napoleon in Egypt miniatures?
No I didn't..




Here is one I painted earlier...


All the best.  Aly





11 comments:

  1. Fine looking pics of fine figures and scenery, and sky holder upperers, I have done a bit of that in my time :~)
    Another diversion? thought I was a butterfly, it seems I am merely a moth.

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    1. Hi Phil...
      Butterflies do not have 'diversions'...they have fresh blossoms to flutter around...

      I wont be throwing myself into Napoleons Egyptian campaign just yet...like the Carlist Wars I am leaving it for another time.
      I actually painted the miniature ages ago, not long after Alan started the range.

      All the best. Aly

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  2. How glorious! Beautiful figures, excellent terrain and a wonderful game. Well, except the outcome ?

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  3. Brilliant post Aly and tremendous looking figures and table. Truly spectacular.

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  4. Well, this is not good. I've been resisting the draw of extending into the French Rev era, and entreaties to do so by an associate who is building forces for it using many of the splendid figures (such as in this report) that are now available. Reports like this agitate the butterfly mightily. Well done!

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    1. Ed...your butterfly is meant to flutter.
      Embrace it...

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  5. A visual treat. Hobby inspiration to its maximum.
    John

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  6. Hi Aly, great write up and pictures. Thank you. What is your recipe for the pinky red tunic for your painted figure?

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    1. Hi Mark
      The colour I used for the tunic was Citadel Paints...
      Pink Horror I then gave it a wash of (I think)diluted Carroburg Crimson Shade.
      When that was dry I re-highlighted with Pink Horror...

      For the life of me I cant remember which demi-brigade he is from... all I do remember is that the colour was meant to be scarlet but it faded to a pinkish colour in the sun...
      I hope this has been of some help...
      All the best. Aly

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  7. Hi Aly, thanks for taking the time to reply, definitely of help! Cheers, Mark

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  8. A brilliant report, Aly. Indeed I enjoyed it very much to come by and cross swords - or dice - with you again.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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