My last unit for the challenge last year was a unit of 12 Baggara cavalry - it seems appropriate to finish off by topping it up with some more - in this case another 8 figures (Perry Miniatures) - and I decided to rebase them (the pereniall wargamers bugbear) all mixed in altogether onto larger bases.
I ended up with far more painting time than I initially thought this year due to a lot less day job travel interference, which was a real bonus. The armies for the Sudan are certainly more then large enough for gaming with now. I will be putting on a large game at the Wargames Holiday Centre at the end of October - bringing the Sudan back to life there has been a long term aim. This is year 4 in the challenge that figures for it have made an appearance - I think I can say there wont be any Sudan figures in next years challenge (hmm Zulu's there's a thought..wait ... wait... stop that thought...)
So here is the Mahdist army painted over the last 4 challenges - ready for trouble.
The Imperial forces stand at 3 infantry brigades and cavalry brigade - altogether i reckon i have about 300 figures left to finish the whole project off over the summer.I shall get a picture of them all on my own blog when the project table (see below) has been cleared !
As for what next ? Given the lead mountain had been reduced to a mere mole hill it has now been seriously topped up , and the wallet has taken a serous bashing - a few supplier have been made considerably richer. Next up is Nile steamers, and the Camel Corps- all freshly delivered.
Thanks must go to Curt (and of course Sarah!) for organising and herding the various cats to allow all this to happen - you're mad - in a wonderful way.
To my fellow Challengers it's been a feast of eye candy - with a host of workman like, creative, off the wall unusual entries . Flying carpet wars, clockwork monkeys, LotR, wonderful pulp entries. So many to choose from.
Thanks also to our sponsors for encouraging and rewarding our little corner of the blog-o-sphere.
For those of you attending Salute this year I shall be at the meet up - arrangements are all sorted
So for another Challenge year - its goodby from me! At this point we traditionally hand over to Ray Roussell to carry out a sandbag manouvere... so duck you lot.
A majestic final entry Dave, make no mistake. You can take a final lap (on your favourite camel) with the gold laurels of victory firmly on your head. 4138 astounding points. I sweep my hat in the dust. Bravo to you, my friend!
Thanks for your kind words Dave, but I have to say its you and all the others in the Challenge that make this such a wonderful event to host.
Congratulations again Mr. D!!