THE PATH OF BLOOD
When Shaka Zulu’s most powerful lieutenant falls foul of his lord it can mean only one thing – war! And that’s what we have in this inter-tribal refight using the Hail Caesar rules.
A VERY SMALL DISASTER
As the British found out in Zululand in 1879, it’s not a great idea to take the last in line to the French Imperial throne along on campaign as a casual observer. One hundred and thirty three years after Prince Louis Napoleon’s death at the hands of the Zulus the Wyvern Wargames Club take us through their participation game based on his ill-fated holiday in South Africa.
“I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IT”
The foremost expert on the Anglo-Zulu Wars, Ian Knight not only guides us through the massacre at iSandlwana in 1879, but presents some great ideas about how to wargame the event in its entirety, or broken down into some key elements of the battle.
PHOTOGRAPHING: ISANDLWANA, 1879
Pat Smith is an enthusiastic wargamer, photographer, and blogger. Take a quick look around his blog and you’ll see he has a great eye for a striking photo. Pat has kindly shared this, the first part of his two-part, ‘photo-essay’ on the terrible events of 22 January, 1879, with us.
“LET’S HAVE A FIGHT AT JIM’S PLACE”
Jim’s place was the name the Zulu gave to the isolated Rorke’s Drift Mission Station in South Africa which became the scene of an iconic battle in 1879 which requires no introduction to most wargamers. In this Black Powder ‘what if’ refight we generously reinforce the British garrison with hundreds more troops to man the mealie bags, but the outcome is still far from certain….
PHOTOGRAPHING: RORKE’S DRIFT, 1879
In the second part of his Zulu Wars photo expose, Pat Smith takes us through the almost hopeless defence of the British outpost at Rorke’s Drift. Like our presentation of his iSandlwana set-up, the story is retold in Pat’s research and wonderful photography.