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Black Hat Miniatures27 Apr 2017 4:18 a.m. PST



New game report on the blog detailing the Zulu Wars game we played a few weeks ago using Anthony's collection of Little Legion Figures:


daler240D27 Apr 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

that looks great!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2017 5:03 a.m. PST


Brings to mind:

"No matter what happens
We have got
The Maxim Gun
And they have not"

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2017 7:49 a.m. PST

thumbs up Great looking figures and game.

Gone Fishing27 Apr 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

Love those figures. Very nice report!

English Thegn27 Apr 2017 10:15 a.m. PST


How true!

Actually Bob's rules really bring out what a game changer a Maxim/Gatling gun could be.

Daler240D, Ragbones and Gone Fishing,


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2017 6:01 p.m. PST

I've used The Portable Wargame with my roughly 1848ish Toytown armies, and units seem to die very quickly. I can't imagine adding a gatling gun.

Bob the Temple Builder28 Apr 2017 2:34 a.m. PST


They will do if you use the 'Sudden Death' option. If you use the infantry = 4SP, cavalry = 3SP, artillery & mgs = 2SP option, then things like the Gatling Gun can still be devastating but units don't get killed off quite so quickly.

Bob the Temple Builder28 Apr 2017 2:35 a.m. PST

Another stunning battle report.

Have you thought of using the rules in the book or are you sticking with the original free draft from the website?

Part time gamer28 Apr 2017 3:36 a.m. PST

Your game looked great. Man I love seeing 54's. I 'stopped' at 28's, thats the most 'detail' I want to have to deal with at this age/stage of life. )

I am curious, where does your friend get those base's? IIRC, most if not all 54mm games are based individually, they may have movement trays, but rarely 'multi-fig' based.

Black Hat Miniatures28 Apr 2017 4:22 a.m. PST


We intend to give the published rules a go at some point with Strength points. Both Anthony and I like the sudden death version as we feel it gives a faster game. We also like the original melee table that differentiated between cavalry and infantry in a melee…

The bases are clear acrylic from Warbases (I think)

We are moving more and more to unit bases for our games rather than individually based.


English Thegn28 Apr 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

Part time gamer,

The acrylic bases are from Sally 4th. Because Little Legion figures come with very nicely painted bases I didn't want to paint over them. I can't match the different shades of green on the figure bases so decided to use clear bases instead.

Bob, nnascati,

When Mike and I use the sudden death rules with our Victorian and Napoleonic 54mm collections the games are always very close with the winner only having one or two units left. As Mike described in his AAR our two Zulu games were very different, with the winning side completely wiping out their opponents with little or no loss. It all depended on the presence or otherwise of the Gatling gun….!


Part time gamer20 Jun 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

@Black Hat..

I was so busy cking out the miniatures & the 'multi-basing' of the figs when first here, I never noticed the game mat is marked of in a square 'grid' pattern.
Was this something you / friend(s) did yourself, or was it ordered that way?
Either way, I like it. I think it adds an even more traditional 'old school' style look to the game.

And I am liking 'unit bases' more & more myself, unless its strictly say; a Sqd vs. Sqd. skirmish game. It can save a great deal of time w/ movement.

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