The game commenced with the columns forming.
Move one a body of 400 Mahdist warriors appeared on high ground in front of the River column.
The 19th Hussars formed a screen in front of the deploying column but the Mahdists stayed out of range just observing.
The Desert column started their movement but by the end of move four they still we not quite ready to advance.
At the beginning of move Four distant drums could be heard by all Imperial Officers!
The steamers have set off, although very slowly.
Here are a couple of photos of the ground in front of each column.