Last Saturday Ezio and Ivano tested their new miniatures in a colonial match using Osprey's TMWWBK rules system.
Ivano lead a group of Italians that have to protect a local nobleman from a Mahdist attack.
Normally, the Mahdist revolt is considered an "Anglo-Egyptian" issue but also the Italian troops had their role ... even if under the English rule. From 1890 and 1893 a powerful Mahdi army crashes the border of Italian colony (Agordat) inficting several defeats to Italian army. Only on July 16, 1894 the new Governor of the colony (General Baratieri) personally carried a column of ascari and Italians conquering, after a short battle, the Sudanese city of Kassala. The city will return to English troops only two years later and after a long and cruel struggles with Mahdist army.
Below some images of the match and a my attempt to write a kind of battle report
The initial Italian position and the local nobleman
Unfortunately per Ivano the Mahdi army starts at full strenght
The Mahdi's cavalry attacks the Italian unit supported by other two group of warriors
Italian bersaglieri tries to hold the line but it is very hard
The arrival of our colonial cavalry (penne di falco) could change the outcome of the struggle but their charge do not crash the enemy unit
Other two Italian units arrives on the table but it is too late
The counter-charge of Sudanese cavalry destroys our Penne di Falco while the reinforcements are pushed back by the Mahdi numbers
The Mahdi leader can celebrate the victory