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30 Nov 2012 4:50 p.m. PST
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Settler Inactive Member30 Nov 2012 4:29 p.m. PST

I have just read and throughly enjoyed "Harry Smith's Last Throw: The Eighth Frontier War 1850-1853" by Keith Smith.

This new book tells the story of the Eighth Frontier War against the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape, often from the viewpoint of those actually doing the fighting. It was the longest of those wars.


From a wargamer's perspective it provides sufficient information and maps to create any number of encounters between British, Colonials, and Xhosa and associated African tribesmen. The war took place in a relatively small area against isolated towns, farms, and travellers. It also involved battles/large skirmishes in heavily wooded valleys.

Most suitable a period for wargaming any of the scenarios in Charles Stewart Grant's "Scenarios for Wargamers".


Settler Inactive Member01 Dec 2012 4:18 a.m. PST

With much respect to Chris Ferree, the following link is of interest


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Dec 2012 11:59 a.m. PST

Dear Settler!

Thanks for the book review, and not least for referring readers to this seminal article originally appearing at BY JINGO! years ago.

I can't promise this, but I believe that as a result of my recent arrangement with Richard Houston, I believe Chris Ferree's sculpts of 15mm and/or 25mm Xhosa figures are among the hundreds of newly acquired molds.

If so, I think I can promise that these will be made available--along with many, many other lines--sometime after January, 2013.

The Cape ("Kaffir") Wars are woefully under represented among Colonial Wargames, a condition we may yet be able to improve.


Settler Inactive Member02 Dec 2012 3:53 a.m. PST


That is very good news. I'll keep an eye open for developments. Thanks.

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