Sunday, July 24, 2016

54mm Battle of Tokar

Date: 23 July 1898/2016
Location: Near Dongala, Sudan - Home of Jim P., Der Alte Fritz
Situation: Battle of Tokar AAR
Turn 1: 9:30am
Finished: Circa 3:30pm after 12 turns.
Rules: Batailles de l'Ancien Régime 1740-1763 {BAR COLONIAL}
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Back home again, it's time to put soldiers, terrain and rules away,
but someone....

These companions agree.
Seated from left to right: Jim H., Keith L., Morgan E. and Dan E.
Standing left to right: Yours truly Bill P., Jim P. Der Alte Fritz, John B. and Chuck L.


Camp Dongala on the Nile River.
The Army has already departed to capture the well at El-Dubie.

General Pettygree looks in and rides past Sinclair's square. 

Farther into the desert is Barlow's Square.
Squares and horsemen are carefully covering each other.
Someone must have studied Vauban's covering fire tactics.

Dervish scouts observe oncoming Imperials from El-Dubie.

Dervish infantry eventually appear on Barlow's right flank....

As Barlow reinforces his right flank. El-Dubie is closer now; upper right. 

The 21st Lancers support Barlow at the top by facing the same Dervishes. 


General Pettygree observes the charge start at the trot, then canter into....

Melee and charge through the Dervishes --- stopping their advance.

The foe will turn to engage the lancers but....

The greatly reduced cavalry gallops away leaving a side table....

Eventually entering Barlow's now contracted square for protection
back on the main table. It was the last many saw of Barlow's men.
The Dervish broke the square.


The next day.
"Waverleigh. Do we know exactly what happened to Barlow?"
"We do now, Sir."

"Dervish horsemen gathered on the far side of El-Dubie...." 

"Staying carefully out of sight of Barlow's weapons. To the right [4-5' away], a large mass of Dervish assembled in the village of Tokar. Their astonishing numbers washed over Barlow --- not without difficulty."

"One moment Barlow's men were blazing away. Then not a man stood where he had been. So, you gave orders for the rest of the army to pull back to the River Camp."

"Sinclair's men had been roughly handled."
 "They gave better than they received. No shape to press on."

"So we began to retire into the camp."

"Sir. This is Winston's tent. He was there. Why not speak to him?"

"Lieutenant, give me your account of Colonel Barlow's last stand."

"Sir, as the Dervish approached from the northwest, the remnant of the 21st rallied within the square. Then Colonel Barlow opened the square, we trotted out...."

"Formed line and engaged the foe then attacking the square in prodigious numbers."

"Though I was hotly engaged, I happened to turn about seeing only a section of the Black Watch who had beaten off the Khalifa himself and his bodyguard. The Marines had been cut down to a man and the Gardner crew was in great distress."

"Later I found Naval Detachment, Black Watch and Gordon's Highlanders men who had escaped. They returned to camp. From them I learned the fate of Colonel Barlow. Most likely dead Sir."

"Thank you Lieutenant. We must and will do better next time."


1) Dear readers, you now have the story of the Battle of Tokar from the standpoint of the 54mm soldiers under my command. Frankly I can't wait to take the field again. I'm already making plans. 

2) By now many of you have seen Jim's AAR on his Der Alte Fritz Blog. If not, please go there for the rest of the story soon.

3) This game featured a new way to use charismatic officers. We thew a D6 per officer. Officers with a Charisma/Skill rating of 2 were able to fire three individual revolver shots and count as three men in melee. Officers valued at 1 fired one fewer bullet and meleed as one less man. 

Shots hit targets in open order or cover on a D6 throw of 6. If the target was a mass, a 5-6 hit home. Hits got saving throws. This was a fun way to easily introduce heroic or professional skills for Imperial leaders. 

4) See you next time, perhaps at the club in Cairo. Meanwhile, why not leave a remark below at Comments? Later we can talk about it in the Mess. Tally Ho! Respectfully, Bill P.
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Carlo said...

Wonderful post Bill - great photos and a fine summary of play.

G&T at the officers club sounds splendid old chap!

jurgenation said...

Looks awesome...54mm..Wow!

that's really big.Good job.

Graham C said...

Great photos and account Bill, classic gaming brought to life

Conrad Kinch said...

What a spectacle - I cannot wait to see what happens next?

tidders said...

Bravo sir !

A game to remember and a fine array of soldiers to boot.

Paul Scrivens-Smith said...

That looked spectacular, bravo sir.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...


Best Regards,


Brent said...

Looks like great fun! I almost wish I hadn't seen the pictures of 54s - is this the true scale that God intended?


Ross Mac said...

Great report on a great event. One never knows what new adventure awaits just around the bend.

Colin Ashton said...

Loving it Bill.

If you're buying, mine's a stiff gin please.


Gallia said...

Somehow the robots in charge of publishing two remarks below did not publish them though I okayed same. Good grief Charlie Brown, Bill P.
July 24, 2016 Gary C. "Excellent! I love the silly smile on the Dervish camels. It looks like they are about to say, I want a Clark bar."
July 26, 2016 Der Alte Fritz. "I somehow missed this post."

Gallia said...

Thank you Everyone
for your cheerful approbation. I sure appreciate the time you took to write.
Cheers back at you!
Bill P.

Captain Darling said...

Great looking armies and table set up, wonderful pictures!
Champion effort!

A J said...

Spectacular! Wargaming at its finest.