Friday, December 6, 2013

Ambush in Zulu Land 1879.

Our second game for the night was this nasty little Zulu War game between myself, Stand Crabbe and Terry Moran. To set the scene I used the 'Ambush' scenario from Andrew Parr's Colonial rule set 'Breach Loader & Rifle. So if you were the defender (as I was) your troops had a small four inch corridor to first deploy on and you had to deploy all your troops first. The attackers or 'Ambushers' would then place all their non flanking troops onto the board....and the rest would be history. 

My first deployment - the majority of my troops were Mounted Infantry with a small number of Natal Native Contingent.

It was to prove a very tough battle for the Imperial Forces. My centre was first broken and the NNC ran for the hills after the first contact. The other troops managed to hold their ground for another two to three turns, inflicting a number of casualties on the Zulus, but never enough to destroy one of the Impi's.


But after five turn my centre and right flank was finally destroyed, the re-supply wagons and porters overwhelmed and half my troops either running or dead...a very nasty day for the Royal Britannia.  

Imperial Mounted Infantry dismount and deliver a rapid fire onto the advancing Zulus and hold the left flank of my column.

My Boer allies also dismount to assist in saving my left flank

A company of NNC fail to form and are overrun in the second turn of the game

Unable to cross the fast flowing Buffalo River British troops can only offer token support to my ambushed troops

Not more Zulus but a strong contingent of NNC come up from the rear of the column and help in saving the left flank of my army...thanks Chaps

Another attacked stopped dead by cold hard steal and the Martini Henry

Mounted once again the IMI charge a Zulu Impi

The baggage train is captured and stripped of all valuable goods

After a gallant fight my Natal Mounted Police are over run and killed to the last man.


Simon Miller said...

Lovely minis! Beautifully painted.

I like the track, is that ground up chalk?

Vinnie said...

Hey Simon,

The track is a mix of BBQ sorbent and fine sand. I also use the mix for the basing of my figures.

All the best


Simon Miller said...

Thanks! Simon

Rodger said...

Stunning looking game Vinnie!

Phil said...

Great looking game, the minis are the track too!

A J said...

Very nice AAR, sir! I love the figures and terrain.

DeanM said...

Stunning game with a surprising amount of mounted troops.Best, Dean

Michael Mills said...

Fabulous eye candy as always! Thanks for sharing

Carlo Pagano said...

Sensational work Nathan - great looking figures and the terrain is stunning as always. Say hello to Terry for me!

Michael Awdry said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Lads for the comments, there will be more Colonial warfare coming up over the Christmas break. We are going to go back to the Sudan and then into the North West Frontier.



Moiterei_1984 said...

Very entertaining write up. The pics are great. Well painted figures by the way. The ones carrying the loot are my favourites. I love how such small things add atmosphere to a game.

Silver Whistle said...

A superb collection and photography Vinne, as always.
Is that a terrain mat that you are using, as it looks very effective?
Look forward to seeing those colonial games over the xmas period.

Pat Ahern said...

really just wonderful