Aba Island 1881, is the first clash of arms between the expected one, the self proclaimed Mahdi, and the Egyptian Khedive. This is the backdrop for my con game scenario which I ran at an HMGS-South convention called Hurricon in Orlando Florida in September of 2016.
The flags used are all from the excellent "The Flag Dude" range by Rick O'Brien. The only exception is this green Egyptian standard made by one of our groups daughter with an image supplied by me. We affectionately call our flags Izzy Co. Flags.
In this battle the Officer in overall command and the attached political Officer did not agree on the tactics to be employed or on a common plan of action. Thus they landed troops piecemeal as soon as they arrived to the island without any coordination. To represent this challenge to the Egyptian commander I have split his landing force into (2) separate commands and mandated that they are not allowed to coordinate their actions and must land on opposite sides of the island. Satellite photos of Aba Island today shows the terrain as not being a true island but more of a peninsula, I have modeled it as a true island for this game as it was called an island so it has been made as such. The modern satellite photos may have been taken during the dry season so the Nile level may have been low.
Here is a link for a brief synopsis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Aba
Here are the Egyptian forces as laid out in the scenario as printed in the new TSATF Scenario Portfolio.
- One Gunboat: Zillah
- One Gendarmes Squad (20 Men)
- One Mountain gun with 4 Egyptian crewmen
- One Egyptian Platoon ( 20 Men)
- One Steamer: Oasis
- One Sudanese Platoon ( 20 Men)
- One Egyptian Platoon (20 Men)
Here’s a link to Bill’s website: www.crackerlineminis.com
The boats used in this game are custom made by my buddy “Last Stand Dan”. Please check out his website for pics, WIP’s, great AAR’s of cool battles we played, or to ask him for a quote on a boat. He currently makes different versions of both stern and side wheelers as well as single and double masted dhows. He recently made me a conversion kit to change a dhow to a junk and will be making dedicated junks as well.
Hers’s a link to Dan’s awesome blog: http://laststanddan.blogspot.com
The rules we use for our colonial games are "The Sword And The Flame" written by the venerable Gunnery Sgt Larry Brom. The rules give a very fun and exciting game with a great period feel. For the naval actions we use our very own Last Stand Dan's rules variant for TSATF affectionately entitled Gunboat & Dhow! This is one of the scenarios that has been included in the newest scenario book available from Sergeants 3, the Brom's company selling all of Larry's rules sets and the official TSATF variants. We miss you Larry!!!!
Please check out their website for details on rules and their very own convention: http://www.sergeants3.com
The troops used are a mixture of Castaway Arts, Old Glory, Perry Miniatures, Foundry and Britannia. The links for all of which can be found on the main page of this blog.