Sunday, 25 February 2018

I'm feeling a little tentse.

I blame the Tiger.

Tents/Tense? oh never mind, I'll get my coat!

Let me explain. When I started cleaning up the plastic tents from Rendra. I remembered a scene in a Movie showing a bit of detail on how they looked with some inside shots as well. I thought that it was in the Movie Zulu Dawn so watched bits of that that showed tents but did not find the views I was looking for. About a week later I was on Youtube which suggested that I watched again a clip from Monty Pythons Meaning of Life.

Monty Pythons Meaning of Life - Zulu War

I started by putting some tent poles in the open tents and prepped two of the camp beds to put inside a couple of them. I was a bit worried about Painting the Tents either too white or having them looking too dark. I started with a white undercoat and then put a wash made up of a mix of Agrax Earthshade and Devlan Mud thinned down with Lahmian Medium. They still looked too dark so put on two coats of very thin poster paint and then finished off with some Vallejo White.

I don't know who made this single tent as I have had it for years in the spares box.
The rest are from Rendra.

Tea Vicar? These Tea boxes are from Ainsty. I did some research but could not find exact details on them. I know that some were standardised square to fit into ships. These match the Tea chests I used when I moved from the UK to New Zealand in 1987. They are sold as Trade Goods on Ainsty's site so hope they suit the Zulu War era.

These Tents will also suit my intended WW1 Demo game.

I have two camp beds and the fires to paint but they will be done when I come up with a way of making some stoves and general Kitchen terrain.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

British Command and Zulu Witch Doctors

I had finished these figures just before the Demo Game but did not get a chance to photograph them till afterwards. 

The first two were not used in the game as I do not have any Swazi and had no use for a single British  figure. I will repaint his cuffs as an Engineer at some stage.

Casting Room Witch Doctor and Doctor figures. Each Section of the Zulu Army has one of these.

Pauleine and Melvill.


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Building for Beersheba

I am planning to do a Demo game about the Battle of Beersheba on this coming ANZAC Day. I have most of the buildings I think that I will need but a couple more will not be a wasted effort.

This first Building is very loosely based on some of the infrastructure which the Germans built for the Railway system. The Buildings were built in a European style which at first look may seem a bit odd in this setting. The water was raised by Kerosene powered pumps which were housed in the buildings.


 I have made a trough on the higher level with a pipe, which has a gate to allow water to build up before being allowed to flow to the lower level. All parts for this were from the spares box. The hill was originally made for Vietnam years ago before I decided to put hills under the drop cloth. The roof was just thin plastic card, scribed and then cut into strips. The painting of the roof was a happy accident when I over thinned the paint. The flowing water was made out of clear sprue, heated and then stretched and bent into shape.

The next building is an Airfix resin building which I got on sale. It lacks some detail so I added doors and frames from Balsa wood. I also added some Granny Grate for the smaller windows.

The well was made from plastic card bent around some mdf rings that I had drilled out for some reason years ago.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Battle of Nyezane II

My opponent Tyrone who was Commanding the British in this game took these photos.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Battle of Nyezane at ValleyCon 2018

On the 22nd of January 1879 the Battle of Nyezane was fought between the British Coastal column and the Zulu forces under the command of Godide Kandlela. The British force had left its camp at 5am and shortly before 8am crossed the Inyezane river. Here they set up camp to have breakfast and to also let the Oxen graze and rest. Soon however the Zulu force approached from the North. 

Since ValleyCon is held in late January every year we thought it would be a good idea to put a game on. I had not completed painting everything in my AZW Lead Pile to do the better known Battles I thought that this would be a suitable one to present. My buddy Tyrone had also started painting some British Sailors so that fitted in well with the Battle.

I really did not take many photos but enough to show the progress of the game. ValleyCon is held over two days but we had done enough on the first and decided to call it shortly before 5 o'clock that the Zulus would have won. I really don't think that this is a certainty but as we had not done a proper game of this before we did not really know if a Zulu Regiment could take out a British Line. We found that a NNC unit was no match for the Zulus.

Today on what would have been the second Day of the Comp, I play tested what would happen if a fresh British formation of two units was attacked by a Zulu Formation (Regiment) of two and a half units. After four rounds of Fisticuffs The Zulus were left with one and a bit units and the British were down to less than one. I threw dice three times each round of fighting and averaged the result.

The rules we were using was Sharp Practice so the Zulus were able to ignore the first rounds of the British Defence where they had more Dice and inflicted defeats of 2 and then 1 on the Zulus. The Zulus were able to keep fighting and then had other supporting units following on so I guess that would be realistic. However if the British were dug in like at Rorkes Drift I think that they would have prevailed over them. EDIT I just realised that I made a mistake with the quality, they are equal so the Zulus are more equal that I previously thought in hand to hand.

We liked the rules but as the Zulu War is outside the time period of the book we came up with some tweaks, some of which I found on the Facebook Group, some I had made up myself and yet more we came up with on the day. The next Demo we will put on should go a bit smoother. The only real issue we found was that Zulu Skirmishers seem to be pointless unless armed with Muskets, but we have come up with a tweak for that.

On the Wednesday before I had just completed my movement trays which worked really well, they assisted with transporting the figures and made moving the units very quick. I will write up the constructing of them another day.

The British Column moving into line.

People kept commenting, "Zulus, thousands of Zulus".

The only Zulu Formation that was broken, another was very close though.