Sunday, January 1, 2012

Chapter 1, Part Two: First Arrivals

April 1st 1874:
The first Prussian steamship containing the most of the command group, a platoon of Jaegers, and the first load of supplies arrives at Dakla Bay and begins to unload their cargo after establishing watch posts for the Jaegers to ensure the safety of the unit and supplies.

The Command group assembles to watch the unloading of the first felucca, Princess Louise Marie (in green) giving orders and determining the location of the supplies as they are brought up on the beach. 
"Well, Ladies this should ruffle the feathers of the Chancellor and Military High Command when they finally learn we have beat their schedule by a year."
"It was fortuitous to learn their schedule, Princess, from the Chancellor's own secretary."
"Once these men leave us and return to Dakla tomorrow we will then appear in our safari gear until Viktoria and Cecilia steam into port in three months' time.  Hopefully we will be able to have the watch tower finished in thenext week, which will become our headquarters and barracks. At least until the fort is constructed.  I have confirmed with our architect Herr Abdul using our engineers drawings that he will begin construction of the fort as soon as the engineers finish staking out the dimensions which will begin as soon as finish obtaining supplies from Dakla."

"It looks as though the felucca in unloaded and we should be about our tasks here, you are all armed with pistols as instructed?  Good, then let us be about it."

On a nearby sandstone mount Herr Abdul is directing the excavation of the watch tower base.  While in the background several cattle boys drive the beginnings of the herd to pasture.

Next up will see the completion of the watch tower, kraal for the cattle, the beginnings of a native settlement to tend the cattle, surveying for the fort and more.  Scouting the area for possible dangers and hunting for the dinner pot will soon be undertaken by the Jaegers.

Remarks: A map of the area mentioned here, Dakla, can be found here:
Soon I will be filling in a map with more details and will publish it here.
Louise Marie is the youngest of three sisters with Viktoria being the eldest by four years, but they refuse to tell me how old they actually are.

1 comment:

  1. Nice figures and terrain, and an interesting premise. Good luck with the campaign.