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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 12:54 a.m. PST

Our annual Show has returned after the Covid years. For the two days of wargaming, we decided on a Rorke's Drift 'what-if?'

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What if the entire Zulu army had crossed the river into Natal and challenged the relief columns sent to succour Rorke's Drift?

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The table had a static Rorke's Drift up one end and 3 relief columns opposite. Each column was commanded by one of my pals, operating as a vainglorious medal-hunter, a staid old regular & and a sour Boer. Each had the goal of reaching Rorke's Drift but each had contrasting & even conflicting attitudes to each other.

Burger's Boers:

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McBrasch's column:

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Bogey's boys:

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We had 690 Zulus representing the 20, 000 strong Zulu army. Most started off table, arriving after a successful dice roll:

Poor rolling meant they were slow to arrive or turned up in the wrong spot:

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The game had the usual twists of fate, acerbated by the British & Colonial rivalries.

The day ended with the 17th Lancers from McBrasch's column winning through (yes, I know the 17th were still in England).

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Tomorrow, we run the game again. I have some cunning ideas for the Zulus so maybe a different result.

Durban Gamer09 Jul 2022 2:47 a.m. PST

Great stuff, looking forward to round 2!
What rules were you using to cope with such a big game?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 4:28 a.m. PST

The Men Who Would Be Kings coped, with a handful of mods.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2022 7:22 a.m. PST

Brilliant. I have 1/72 Zulu wars as well….

PaulRPetri09 Jul 2022 7:52 a.m. PST

WOW!!! Great stuff Donald!!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2022 1:32 a.m. PST

The re-run of the battle was even more enjoyable.
The dice determining the Zulus entering the battlefield were kind & every unit & more -see re-cycling) got on the table. Because I decided on a defence in depth – building coherent forces of 4 or 5 units before attacking-
the Zulus managed to inflict losses on the 3 columns & ultimately hold them off.

So, Rorke's Drift fell.



La Fleche13 Jul 2022 9:36 p.m. PST

Great looking game.
Thanks for Posting!

SgtGuinness12 Aug 2022 3:11 p.m. PST

Ochoin, that's bloody marvelous! What beautiful kit, looked to be a very exciting game. It's good to be back to the cons, eh?!?! I love the what if scenario. We've done the historical game a dozen times, I'm looking forward to trying something like this. I'd really like to see your scenario specs. HUZZAH to the 17th!!!

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