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Prince Alberts Revenge07 Sep 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

Has anyone played these? Thoughts? They appear to have been released in 2014. I have seen some initial reviews/overviews and opinions but nothing too in depth. Are they available by any stockists in the US? Thanks!

Mr Steve07 Sep 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

I bought them along with several other sets for possibly using for the Anglo-Sikh wars.
I haven't played them through a full game yet and have only tried out movement,shooting,morale and melee with a few units myself. Hopefully someone else might be able to give a more in-depth review.
Whilst the basics seem to work well I found them lacking in any character and you are just fighting generic Colonial unit A against Native unit B .
The rules are clear and the examples of play numerous .
I think they would be ideal for an evening game.

Figures are based 6-8 for infantry, 3 for cavalry and 2 for Skirmishers
Troop classification is Regular,Tribal,Fanatic and then Levy,Third Rate,Trained or Elite.
Brigades are either 4,8 or 12 bases.
Initiative per round with Europeans getting a plus
Each stand rolls 2 x D6 to fire with 4-6 hitting with the usual +/- so it can be a bit bloody. melee is similar
Stand Push backs are a part of the game ,stands get removed when all figures on it become casualties .
Rules are 40 pages long including a useful 3 turn game play through and 8 pages of optional rules.

Dexter Ward08 Sep 2017 2:30 a.m. PST

We tried the rules for Zulu War.
They work OK but they seemed a bit lacking somehow; it would really help if the rules gave examples of forces (or a couple of scenarios so you could see how to build forces).
One issue we had was that when bases fail to charge, they get left behind, but if there are many units it can get hard to remember which base belongs to which unit.
We'll be trying 'Death in the Dark Continent' next – hopefully that will be better.

Durando16 Feb 2018 1:04 a.m. PST

I have the rules they are a good backbone set which you can adapt quite easily….they can be used with any basing format….a great demo set if one is looking to put on a game at a venue….

Like someone else said quite generic will need adapting for native characteristics and styles of attack, but an enjoyable set from an established gaming circle.

Andrew Sudbury21 Apr 2020 9:42 a.m. PST

Does anybody know where these can be purchased these days?

The website ( seems to no longer exist and the club's that made the rules also seems to have no recent activity.

I've looked on eaby to no avail but I am very interested in these rules esp. as I want to stage larger 10mm battles.

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