Yesterday Evan brought round his Zulu collection and a quick scenario for us to try out, also to see if we can get the hang of the 2HW ruleset- Colonial Adventures.
The scenario was a simple one, I took the part of the British, I had 2 platoons of infantry and 2 platoons of Natal Native Contingent troops which had to protect a wagon train that was experiencing difficulty crossing a ford. The Redcoats set up across the river the NNC behind, I placed 4 outlying pickets to cover all avenues of approach. Brian and Evan took on the Zulus with several large groups and some smaller ones armed with Martini Henry’s looted from Islandwana.
As usual I provided the scenery and Evan brought all the figures (he swapped them for an old washing machine- no really- that’s how we operate up here in t’north we have a barter economy, no trust in that there paper money)
The basic table with the wagon train stuck in the middle.
Better detail of the wagons. Evan reckoned that the figures are up to 20 years old .
The British force in its entirety.
The Natal Native Contingent.
The thin red line.
The British troops in position to defend the wagon train.
General view of the table. Can just see some NNC holding the wall to the left.
Zulus break the cover of the trees into the teeth of the (ineffective) NNC fire.
The other groups try to move round the back to get to the wagons.
Meanwhile on the other side of the river Brian’s Zulus crest the hill quickly taking out my 3 man picket and begin to bear down on the British.
As they charge down the Brits loosen off a volley.
Violent fisticuffs ensue with the British bayonet getting the edge over the native spear.
General shot of the board, the NNC are being hard pressed but the British are holding their own.
The brave NNC draw the ire of the Zulus to protect the wagon.
At this point we called the game as a minor win for the Brits as time was getting on and more snow was coming down.
All of us really enjoyed the game and are looking forward to the next one. The mechanics were similar enough for us to pick them up quickly but had enough period feel to be different to all the 20th century games we’ve played.
At first I was confident that my massed rifle fire would hold the line but the poor showing of the NNC tempered that thought somewhat, however the redcoats could hold their own but the Zulus are pretty potent in close combat. Gives us plenty to test out next game.