Saturday, 24 September 2011

Evesham All Dayer - The Big Zulu Bash

Last Sunday the Evesham Wargames Club got together for an all day colonial affair, over the last 2 years we have amassed quite a large collection of 28mm Zulu's with everyone completing their fair share of Zulu's to bolster the native ranks.

The plan was for each British player to command their own detachment allowing them to paint and use their own troops and name their leaders.

We used a modifed version of Sharp Practice from the TooFatLArdies with over 50 Bigmen in play.
Each NCO was marked as Status 1 with the detachment officers at status level 2 and the Co for each detachment at Status 3.
We also aded extra seize the moment cards to the desk to try and keep the shock off the Zulu's.

The scenario involved a British Column crossing into Zululand in an attempt to rescue Boer farmers holed up in two farms over 9ft away from the British forces...
The Brits would have to come within 18" of the farm before they were able to attempt to spot the farmers.

The Zulu's had up to 6 entry points representing horns and loines.

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View from the British entry point. The homesteads can be seen to NE & NW of the table.
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Forces of the Crown cross the river.

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Zulu Renegades scout out the Zulu positions.

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Zulu Warriors emerge from hiding and head for the British Cavalry who attempt to deploy on the high ground on the edge of the first table.

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Natal Native Horse and Natal Mounted Police deploy to hold up the Zulu advance whilst the British Infantry begin to form a stable firing line to their rear.

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The Britsih Column.

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The Zulu's fall back and the NNH horse advance to remove the Zulu skirmishers from the Kraal.

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The Zulu Left Hord emerges and advances towards the British firing lines.

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The Native Horse and Natal Police are caught between the British firing lines and advancing Zulu's are forced from the field.

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British Artillery fire disrupts the Zulu left horn.

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The Naval Brigade and NNC advance around the Zulu left flank.

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The Royal Navy pour fire into the Zulu left horn.

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The Zulu loines engage the corner of the British firing line over running and driving back a British Section.

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The Zulu right horn makes an appear to the rear of the British firing line and engaging with the vehicle park and artillery.

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The aftermath of the right horn elements from both sides were forced to withdraw.

A great day out and a chance to play out a colonial encounter on a large scale, a couple of tweaks next time such as allowing players to pool their bonus cards and bring reinforcements on at a give time rather than game turn.

Next all dayer January 2012...

The campaign blog can be found here.
Ferguson returns to Zululand........