Sunday, January 11, 2015

Captive of the Wa' poo poo Cannibals

 Poor Captain Hans Schroeder.  The lone survivor of the lost outpost attack, he was captured by the cannibalistic Wa' poo poo tribe as he desperately hoped to return to his beloved Hilde.

The lands of the the Wa' poo poo were deep in the jungle where few Europeans had ever traveled.

And their village was heavily fortified and defended by fierce warriors.

But his future father in law, the German governor, was unwilling to leave Hans to his terrible fate, so a rescue force was dispersed. European officers fielded two columns of askari, along with a detachment of ruga-ruga, who advanced down the left and center tracks to the village. The askari were guided by two Masai scouts.

While on the right flank, some European hunters guided more ruga-ruga and some Masai warriors along the edge of the swamp.


The movements of the rescue force did not go unnoticed, and Wa' poo poo warriors began crossing the rivers to intercept them.

Wa' poo poo spearmen wait at the intersection of the left and center tracks, ready for whichever column arrives first.

 But before they can attack the left column, careless porters disturb an annoyed silverback, bringing everyone to a halt.

Meanwhile, a Wa' poo poo witch doctor across the river places a curse on the center column, and the European commander is unable to calm the nerves of his men.

On the right, the hunter guides his men towards the swamps.  There is movement in the distance, but so far everything is quiet.

The gorilla grabs one of the askari, while his comrades move on in pursuit of the main objective.  Luckily he is able to kill the silverback and rejoin the rest of the men.

 The center column spotted a group of Wa' poo poo warriors crossing the river and manged to shoot one down. However, the witch doctor continues his evil chanting, and the entire squad runs off into the jungle in terror, never to be seen again.  It is a significant loss for the German commander.

 The right column continues their advance through the swamp.  Though infested with crocodiles, the reptiles seem to have no taste for the men passing through.

However, the same cannot be said for the lion lurking in the bushes on their left.  He comes leaping through the brush, and drags off two members of the hunter's entourage.

 The remaining askari unit encounters a group of spearmen, while a group of warriors is not far behind.  Startled, both units fire into one another, but no one is hit.

A Wa' poo poo scout leaps out to attack the German allied witch doctor, but he is gunned down by the hunter before he can cause trouble.

The askari and spearman continue to fire at one another, this time with some success, while the two scouts work to protect the flank of the askari.

 Along the right track, the ruga-ruga spot two units of Wa' poo poo.  The men in the swamp are still being ignored by the crocodiles.

 So far, the Wa' poo poo and the animal attacks have prevented the German forces from crossing the river.  Can they get to the village in time before poor Hans becomes stew?

 On the right, one unit prepares to attack the advancing warriors, while ruga-ruga and Masai begin fording the river.  However, they must be wary of the Wa' poo poo witch doctor lurking on the other side.

The battle on the left turns into a slaughter for both sides, and the survirors of the two units both flee the field.  The battle between the warriors and the scouts continue under the trees.  The Wa' poo poo chief arrives, along with a unit of German ruga-ruga.

Ruga-ruga wipe out a unit of Wa' poo poo spearmen, while the white hunter takes aim at the enemy witchdoctor, eventually bringing him down.

The warriors break off combat with the scouts (after killing one), and charge towards the ruga-ruga, who are now threatening their chief.

 The ruga-ruga allow the Masi to ford the river first, and the scout uncovers an ambush party of warriors hiding in the trees.

The ruga-ruga have gunned down the warriors, and kill the chief's entourage. He will flee into the undergrowth until he can get back across the river.

  The Masai halt their river crossing and wait for the ruga-ruga to shoot down the Wa' poo poo.

Ignoring the chief, the ruga-ruga on the left rush across the river, while the surviving troops on the right do the same.   The German command team is following behind.

Hans' face swells with tears! "Has a rescue team arrived? Am I saved?  Or will the remaining Wa' poo poo stop them and then eat me for dinner?"

 Ambushes are sprung on both sides of the village.  The remaining Masai scout chases down the fleeing chief and engages him in hand to hand combat.

The ruga-ruga gun down the attacking spearmen after being assisted by an annoyed rhino who was drinking nearby.

 The ruga-ruga, a hunter, and the German command finish off the ambushing spearmen, while the Masai warrior slays their chief.   This inglorious death shakes many of the Wa' poo poo units in the area.

German forces get in position to assault the walls.

Ruga-ruga scale the wall, but are shot down before they can attack the natives.

The German commander and his remaining troops begin an assault from the other side.

There are few survivors, but enough to drive the archers away.

The remaining Wa' poo poo warriors go after the German command, while the musketeers try to hold off the Masai onslaught.  The Wa' poo poo standard bearer does his best to keep his warriors worked up during this final battle.

The Masai kill the musketeers and standard bearer, then rush to help the German command.   But is is too late, and they are slaughtered.

The remaining hunter and the Masai finish up the last of the warriors, and poor Hans is finally set free before he can be tossed into the pot.   He will be reunited with his beloved Hilde, but at a terrible price to the local German garrison.

5 comments:

  1. Fantastic looking game and table! I dread to think what is in that cauldron, with it's green bubbles

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  2. What a tremendous looking game - I loved everything about it.

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  3. A great game and set-up! Poor Hans, it really came down to the wire.

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  4. What a fantastic game. Wonderful!

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