Saturday, 31 August 2013

The ongoing campaign against Marzibarian slave traders: The estuary of the Tifooti River

The estuary of the Tifooti River is more like a delta, with many different channels through the swamps and sandbanks.

A map of the estuary of the Tifooti River.
The estuary of the Tifooti River looking eastwards.
The estuary of the Tifooti River looking westwards.
Having guessed that their presence would not go un-noticed for very long, and fully expecting the Dammallian authorities to react swiftly, the Marzibarians set sail down the Tifooti River towards the sea. They soon reached the river's estuary, and having secured their 'cargo' below, they cleared their decks and prepared for action.

The three dhows slowly but surely negotiated their way through the narrow channels.

Their crews were constantly on the look-out for any Dammallian ships that might be approaching.

As they turned towards the open sea, a tell-tale smudge of smoke was seen on the horizon to the north.

It was a gunboat!

The dhows immediately turned into another channel, hoping that the lookouts on the gunboat had not yet seen the masts and sails of the dhows.

It looked as if their ruse had been successful ...

... and then the gunboat appeared to be slowing and turning!

The dhows could not turn back, so they made a dash for the open sea ...

... only to realise that the gunboat was the Sultan Abdulla, the flagship of the Marzibarian Navy!

Her captain had heard that the Royal Navy was searching for some Marzibarian vessels that were thought to be in the vicinity of the estuary of the Tifooti River, and decided that he should ensure that they were able to proceed on their way unmolested. Therefore, when he saw the dhows emerging from the estuary of the Tifooti River he signalled to them that he would escort them out of Dammallian territorial waters 'for their own safety'.

This was probably a wise move, because just as the Marzibarian gunboat made contact with the dhows, HMS Insolent hove into view from the south.

The Royal Navy ship was too far away from the Marzibarians to intercept them, and the ship's captain – Lieutenant Commander Chamberlain – had to content himself with following the convoy from a distance.

He had a fair idea where the ships were going ... but he would not be certain until they got there.

Note: The arrival of the two gunboats was random. At the beginning of each move I threw a D6 die. If the score was 1, the Marzibarian gunboat arrived from the north, D6 hexes from the shore. If the score was 6, the Royal Navy gunboat arrived from the south, D6 hexes from the shore.


  1. Hi Bob,

    Egad Sir! This is shaping up to be a real humdinger of a bash! I loved the use of Hexon for the delta and IIRC those are your Fimo-built vessels - really effective looking!

    Dare I suggest the recent gardening activities as being a subliminal inspiration for the mangrove and mosquito infested delta - or is it a more Battle for the Bundu/Madasahatta type idea?

    Either way the slavers should find Dammallia once the RN do their stuff!

    Absolutely brilliant Bob - simple and really effective.

    All the best,


  2. David Crook,

    The single Hexon II hexes made it very easy to recreate the estuary delta, and my old FIMO model ships seemed to fit the bill very well indeed.

    The map (and the original idea for this campaign) dates from when I originally created British Dammallia, Marzibar, and Mankanika. I just never got around to organising the campaign. What spurred me into action was using the original map as the basis of my two Cyberboard demonstration maps.

    There will be more to come over the next week ... I hope.

    All the best,


  3. Seeing the your mapping skills develop was pretty impressive but it looks fantastic to see the transition from map to equivalent table top.



  4. I agree, great job going from map to table. I'm not familiar with your fimo vessels, but I love them. I look forward to the smell of gun powder.

  5. Pete,

    I must admit that I had hoped that it would be relatively easy to turn the Cyberboard map terrain into a tabletop battlefield. In the end it was easier than I had expected ... and more impressive as well. It might have looked even better had I had more swamp/marsh hexes ... but substituting the odd sand and green-coloured ones did not affect the 'look' too much.

    There is more to come ... hopefully later today.

    All the best,


  6. Sean,

    Doing this has 'sold' me on the idea of using Cyberboard to create my maps ... even if I only use them to illustrate my battle reports.

    I built the FIMO ships quite some time ago. They were not an easy job to make, but they did not require painting once they were constructed. There are a couple of blog entries about the ones I built here and here.

    All the best,



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