Colonial Volume 4

THE REVOLUTION IN HAITI 1791-1804
Contrary to what many people believe, the Age of Reason at the end of the 18th Century sparked three great revolutions. The first came in the 1770s when Britain’s American colonies revolted. The French Revolution came soon after in the late 1780s. Wargamers will be familiar with both those conflicts, but less so with the third – the Haitian Revolution that erupted on 21 August 1791. Yet Haiti offers many intriguing possibilities for campaigns and battles a little bit out of the mainstream but with many recognizable aspects.

THE PERFECT BATTLE
As Britain flexes its imperial muscle in India, the Sikh forces of Ranjodh Singh meet with the redcoats in a desperate struggle to defend their country.

DEATH OF AN ARMY
The leaders of the Sikh empire knew just how powerful the Khalsa (Sikh Army) was, and feared greatly for their positions. In order to keep some power, these leaders deliberately led the Khalsa into the teeth of a British trap, hoping for the destruction of their own army.

THE NORTHERN WAR- NEW ZEALAND 1845-46
What do the New Zealand Maori Wars have to offer the wargamer? Were they just another colonial walk over for the British? Not at all! Graham Burke makes a strong case for an often overlooked period and presents all the background and gaming vitals you will need to bring the conflict to the tabletop.

THE TARANAKI WAR – NEW ZEALAND 1860-61
AKA The Second Maori War. Following a decade of relative peace since the end of the First Maori War (covered in WI274) conflict again erupted in the Land of the Long White Cloud, and again the occupying British forces were sorely tested by the local resistance.

THE YOUNG BRITISH SOLDIER
Andy Hoare presents a quick history of the Second Afghan War, along with a Black Powder scenario for the Battle of Ahmed Khel.

THE SHORTEST WAR IN HISTORY!
Once it had been submitted, we joked with contributor Bob Giglio that his article on the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 27 August, 1896, might take longer to read than the actual “war” took to fight (approximately 38 minutes). This article presents some great ideas on how to twist a few historical facts to create a fun wargame, as Bob did at HISTORICON 2012.

A BOXER SUMMER: PEKING, 1900
Dean Emmerson, the man behind the Huzzah! wargames show held in Maine (USA) each year, interviews Andy Niven, the man responsible for building this year’s masterpiece table – the Imperial Legations in Peking.