Friday, August 2, 2013

The Battle of Gingindlovu - 1879 Anglo-Zulu War


Lord Chelmsford drew up our forces in a large square on a low plateau with one of our guns in each corner expecting the Zulu's to put in an appearance, he was not going to be disappointed.The heat of the day was starting to rise as you could hear the thunder of the incoming Impi's as some of their skirmishers started sniping away at one of our guns from some broken ground.


They came in at a rush starting some hot work for our lads. Steady accurate fire started to chew up their formations but on they came and onto our bayonets they threw themselves on our side of the square. It was our neighbours on the adjacent side of the square turn were next as they opened up on the approaching Impi's causing massive losses but on they came.




Then some consternation rippled as the gun went down in the corner and the Impi was into our flank, but the lads held firm and shrugged them off but back they came causing the lads to start bending back and finally withdraw, it was upto the Boer's to slow them down while the line was reset. They promptly bolted to the rear, bloody colonials, but had brought a little time as we resettled the line, ready to see the brave Impis off.



The other side of the square faced the fresh Impi's and on they rushed but the lads held firm throwing them back many times before they finally started to melt away with staggering casualties, and the lads were able to press forward and wrap around the remnants.





Things on our side were pretty desperate as some friendly warriors died when they failed to get out of the way of the incoming Impi, but then uncovered our steady line of Red coats to see the Zulu's off with. Upon seeing the the solid red line, the Zulu's had had enough, withdrawing back into the wilderness.






This was a great game with the British up against it when the corner went down, but by the end of the game we had only withdrawn to the centre area of the square on that side and our other engaged side never flinched and had started to wrap around their flank, a crushing victory for her majesty's regiments













16 comments:

Bluewillow said...

awesome mate, some real cracking pictures there mate!

cheers
Matt

Dave Hancox said...

Cor sarg, theres a lot of them ...

Steady Lad, Face your front ...

(and yes there really was ALOT of them)
That was an awesome game, Vinnie will do a report, but a good Queen Vic would be proud of her men :)

cheers

Grigork said...

Very nicely done

Bedford said...

Great stuff!!

A very lovely looking game.

Do you kind if i ask you what rules you were using and what choices you made for basing of both the British and the Zulus?

Darrell.

el frances said...

Great looking ! Fantastatic report !

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments guys,

The bases sizes represent a company , for the Imperial forces, or Impi for the Zulus. For the Zulus it helps to move them around fast instead of sigle based units.

Regards

Nathan

Bedford said...

Nathan,

Thanks for that. What rules?

Darrell.

Dave Hancox said...

The rules we use are a Colonial modification of Fortune and Glory.

http://www.eliteminiaturesaustralia.net/Rules--Fortune---Glory-.html

Ive become hooked on these rules since starting to game with Nathan, best part of them is a good sized game can be completed in around 3 hours.
This game took around 2 1/2 hours once we finally got started.

Tom Young said...

Great looking game and fantastic minis!!

tom

Bedford said...

Dave,

Thanks, you're a gent.

I've never heard of them but may well check them out.

Cheers,
Darrell.

A J said...

Impressive as always!

Wow! said...

Inspiring - doing Zulus here in the USA

Jonathan Freitag said...

You always field great looking games. Well done!

DeanM said...

Wonderful collection of figures and terrain - looks like movie stills. Best, Dean

Silver Whistle said...

A wonderful collection with superb basing, painting, scene setting and photography.
Cheers,
Pat.

Larry Stehle said...

WOW! Well & truely done!