|The Camel Corps presents arms|
Right now I am clinging to 11th spot, and this submission played a part in that. These are dismounted camel corps figures from the Perry Twins' outstanding 28mm Sudan range.
|Officer, NCO and musician in the front ranks|
But real "lead" in the story of the British war in the Sudan is the attempt to relieve General Charles Gordon in Khartoum. Sent originally to oversee an evacuation of the capital, Gordon ended up leading a desperate defense of the city while the Madhi's hordes surrounded it. I can't tell if Gordon ended up trapped there, or never really intended to leave due to pride, religious conviction or excessive confidence. As he rallied the defenders public pressure grew on Prime Minister Gladstone to send a relief force and save him. Gladstone stiff-armed as long as could.
|The camel corps had insane special "sword bayonets" issued for the expedition|
|Love the bandoleers on these figures|
|Red stripes on the puggarees of these fellows to represent the guards|
|Another view of the guards|
|Guard from the Heliograph Team|
|Another view of the guard|
These men also had initials for their "home" unit on their arms - I tried to make something of a representation for that on some of the figures, but it is beyond my skill - they just look like they have a shoulder wound. Whatever - I will leave it for now - I can always paint over it later. But you can see little red squiggles on some of the figures.
While I was working on these fellows I also came across the guard figure for the heliograph team. Don't know why I had not painted him before, but here he is.
I have placed an order with the Perrys for more dismounted camel corps troops to round out the Abu Klea forces. Hopefully we can try an Abu Klea game sometime in the fall!