Colonial volume 1

DARKEST AFRICA: A WARGAMERS’ GUIDE
We head into the “Heart of Darkness” with expert on all things Africa – Chris Peers. In this intro piece to our theme, Chris talks about the appeal of gaming the Dark Continent and takes a look at the different forces and figures available.

GUN AND SPEAR – PART ONE
Chris Peers examines the tricky wargaming dilemma of recreating the historical balance between primitive weaponry and firearms.

GUN AND SPEAR – PART TWO
Chris Peers continues to examine the tricky wargaming dilemma of recreating the historical balance between primitive weaponry and firearms, and concludes with a scenario for Carl Peters’ raid against the Masai in 1889.

“THE LAND IS DEAD”
It’s not a conflict on the well-beaten wargames trail but Ian Knight explains why and how South Africa’s Cape Wars should be on your wargaming radar.

WILKINSON’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE SLAVERS
Wargaming stalwart Gary Chalk makes a welcome return to the pages of WI and leads us on a trip into the dark heart of Africa with a set of scenarios for colonial warfare in (and around) the jungle.

WASHING THE SPEARS WITH THE MATABELE
The Matabele have recently been brought back to life by a fabulous new figure range from North Star. Chris Peers presents a rounded military history of this ferocious warrior nation and offers some suggestions for raising your own tabletop force.

“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”
We’re returning to Matabeleland for the second time in as many months. This time our focus is on the Shangani patrol and the last stand of Alan Wilson. Want to know more, including how you should be gaming this action? Turn to page 20 to find out….

“WE COME FOR YOUR CATTLE”
The staple diet of inter-tribal warfare in sub-Saharan Africa was cattle raiding. In this battle report we use the Death in the Dark Continent rules to refight an Ila versus Matabele small scale battle.

LEGIONNAIRES IN THE DARK CONTINENT
Chris Peers goes beyond the archetypal  image of the desert-trekking Beau Geste French Foreign Legionnaire and explores the actions of these hard fighters in sub- Saharan Africa. Including army lists for Death in the Dark Continent.