Sunday, 31 January 2010

Zulu All Dayer

So the all dayer game came and went. Victory to the British I believe.

An enjoyable game, which saw the British under pressure from massed Zulu impi's from the start. As overall commander, I decided to move from column to line quickly and hold off the attackers, and once driven off began a steady advance towards the Zulu kraal at the far end the table. The kraal was an objective but the sheer number of attackers (or are they defenders?) meant it was going to be impossible to reach. Even as the British advanced, further Zulu impi's massed behind the ridge line poised to attack.

The British forces consisted on the right wing of One company (Co.) of regulars, one Co. of Naval brigade, one 7pdr gun, and a unit of Natal Native Contingent. The centre consisted of two Co.'s of regulars, one gatling gun, and a unit of Natal Mounted Police. The left wing consisted of three Co.'s of regulars, one unit of NNC and one unit of Natal Mounted Contingent. The Co.'s were in groups of ten figures with the mounted units being 6 and 8 figures respectively.

The Zulu were grouped into units of generally 30+ figures.

My right wing commanded by DS, did as I expected he would and stoically held off wave after wave of Zulu's. The left commanded by SR and son, were the last to arrive on the field and rushed to cover the left flank which they did admirably. At one tense moment an impi out flanked them and almost threatened the baggage train at the rear of the British line, but a brave charge by a unit of NNC saw them off followed by successive volleys from regular British infantry. The center was commanded by ML, who drove off the approaching impi's, and despite displaying the same traits as Captain_Nolan, managed to curb his enthusiasm to hold the line. But once the order to advance was given he threw himself at the nearest impi, and after some desperate hand to hand fighting this brave British officer went down under a hail of assegai. With the sun already having set the British held the field and the last impi's were forced to withdraw.

Others might dispute this version of events, but thats what happened as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera so no pictures. I'm sure a full report will appear on the Evesham Wargames blog soon.

I did find at times not having a specific unit to command other than a couple of officer figures, that I did not have much to do. BUT, since orders could only be changed by sending runners, with written orders, then at times I did feel the pressure. This command and control system did work well, though I would probably liked to have had one more runner (rather than the two I did have).

If played again then I would like to see the Zulu, having the number of reinforcement roles curtailed. The three Zulu commanders each rolled for reinforcements which was decided on the die score. I am not actually sure what they needed to role to receive reinforcements but, perhaps if the Zulu C-in-C rolled only, then the Zulu's would have been less in number, but this may have resulted in a game with more manoeuvre, and the Zulu's using the terrain to their advantage perhaps, rather than continuous mass attacks. Overall this was my only criticism of a excellent game.
I must not forget to thank SS, MA and PB who did an excellent job of keeping the pressure on the British forces.

Friday, 29 January 2010

24th Foot (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment

Some further photos of my 1879 Anglo-Zulu War British. These have now been varnished and bases flocked. In all I have completed 22 infantry in about a month, which is pretty good going (for me!). Tomorrow they will have their first outing. An all day Zulu War game is planned at the club. So I will get to use these for the first time and play a Zulu War game for the first time.

I stepped up to be C-in-C, mainly because no one else volunteered, so should be an interesting day. New figures, new period and a new rule set.

These two fella's will be used as runners. The plan being that I will issue orders as events unfold and will hopefully get them to the individual commanders, to save the day! Personally I think the Zulu players are gearing up to make life hell for the British!

I'm quite pleased with these figures even though it felt like 'speed painting' for me at times. I generally like spending a little bit longer on 28mm figures than I did on these. Which is why I have probably enjoyed painting the 15mm figures recently, I don't tend to be so fussy on the detail on them. I also had no reference books to work from on this project so thank you to Paul and Ade from the club for answering my questions on uniform details. I intend to have a break from the Zulu War for a while and get back to my Flames of War project. Though not for too long Empress are releasing new figures every day!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

US Para's (Big Ones!)

To fill up a bit of time whilst I'm working on other projects here's some pics of my 28mm WW2 US Para's.

These are all artizandesigns figures, and very nice they too. Great figures to paint. I have about a platoons worth of figures for use with the Rules of Engagement rules from greatescapegames. Still have a few left to do, plus some from Bolt Action now available from warlordgames. I was intending to get these done and then start a platoon of Fallschirmjager as opponents, inspired by the Carentan episode from Band of Brothers, no less.

Though now I will probably be completing a Fallshirmjager force in 15mm for Flames of War.

Monday, 4 January 2010


Well actually Anglo-Zulu War British infantry, for the 1879 war. Another ongoing project, and one I'm enjoying at the moment. The figures are empressminiatures and very nice they are too! I intend to add a few more in the coming year, as budget allows.

The figures need to be varnished and the bases completed with static grass, plus a few may need a little bit of reworking. On closer inspection the eyes on some are a little scary!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

US Airborne

The following are a few photos of a current project. US WW2 paras for Flames of War. I have painted these to represent the M1942 uniform, worn until the Market Garden Operation. Much like starting this blog they have have been a year long project, but I nearly have a 1500 point force to use.

Also have some armoured support, to give Para's a helping hand! M4A1 Sherman's.

The force currently stands at two rifle platoons plus command, and one platoon of upto five Sherman's. Still plenty of support units to add.

All models are from the excellent Battlefront range.


Well here we go! Its been 12 months in the making but finally got round to start on this 'blogging' malarkey. In January last year inspired by others efforts I decided I was going to start 'blogging'. Unfortunately it took a little longer to get things going.

Hopefully I well keep the posts as regular as possible, I'm aiming at one a week. The idea being to be a record of my endeavours in the world of wargaming, (and maybe other things).

To begin with I will put up a few pictures of current projects and will see how it goes from there.