Monday, 28 July 2014

Zulus Thousands of 'em!

The British column.
Colin a fairly new member of the club hosted a Zulu game on Sunday. Having seen Zulu and Zulu Dawn I knew exactly what to do if only from a "Hollywood" point of View. Very little from this reading books hu-har! As Tim anted to play the Zulus I took the British. The rules we were playing were "Battles for Empire" and Neither Tim nor myself had ever encountered them before so we were all unsure of what to make of them I will give my feelings about them at the end in the conclusion.

So the situation was that the British had to take the supply column from one edge of the table to the other. The Zulu's all started hidden but I would need to find them but having a unit of cavalry I was confident that I could.

Found some Zulus
Having looked at the routes to cross the board It became quickly clear that I would have to cross a hill eventually so I bit the bullet and decided to cross the first hill as opposed to leaving it later in the game.

I will admit that I did not realise that the wagons would move so slow on hills but once started what choice did I have but to carry on.

Slowly forming a square.
I soon realised that on a good dice roll the Zulus could move 12cm and my cavalry could move 15cm. I did not see this as a big cavalry movement advantage so I decided to charge Remembering the Line in the Film Zulu which eludes to Zulus not liking cavalry. As it happens it turns out the Zulus do like cavalry , for lunch.

So with my cavalry destroyed and the Zulus "Able to run, run 30 miles a day and then fight a battle at the end of it!" And with now no cavalry I decided to ride out the storm. By forming square.






Here they come.















And More.

Thousands of them.

First contact! Yes a close encounter!


Getting surrounded


Surrounded
 

There were a couple of Hairy moments where close combat was initiated and I was also encouraged (by Colin) to break my square to bring more units to firing locations. I even went low on Ammunition fighting one face off. But in the end the square held and Tim conceded.
 
Conclusion: WE also tried the game with me as the Zulus and Tim as the British and he did not form square but stuck to line of infantry. The result that time was remarkably similar. Again the Cavalry routed off of the table and the British Line could fire at sufficient strength to keep the Zulus from a fully coordinated close range assault. Therefore I would imagine that the Zulus would need one and a half to twice the number of troops that we played with to be able to win.(so about 6 to 8 times the number of British)  But an enjoyable game and a nice break from the Sudan.
 
So Big thanks to Colin for hosting the game. My thoughts on the rules are that they gave good enjoyable game. They were simple and effective easy to grasp and play. Being purely colonial I do not see them having any advantage over Black Powder so I personally will try to stick to BP.
 
Thanks for reading. More again on Wednesday.
 
And would those of you Playing the Napoleonic Naval Blog game get your turns in to me BY Saturday 9am GMT.
 
All the best folks see you all soon.
Cheers Clint.

16 comments:

  1. Tiny, tiny models. How on earth do you paint them? Game seemed like a good one, balanced, so the zulus really must turn up in numbers or get spanked.

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    1. Colin's models so I can claim no credit for them. Fun but as I said in the end section they did need more Zulus. Thank you Bob.

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  2. Sounds like a good game. It's always difficult to find the right balance when the abilities of the forces involved are so asymmetric, isn't it?

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    1. I agree it is difficult to gain the right balance. And nothing is better than 20-20 hind sight. Thank you C6.

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    1. Thanks Loki. I have ordered 480 10mm Zulus for myself now. Curt's Painting challenge is going to be Zulu heavy from my point of view.

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  4. An interesting game by the sound of it, rules and force balance are always difficult to acheive.

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    1. Yes balance is tricky. But should we do it again we will have learnt something. Thank you Joe.

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  5. Its a sad fact of life the games never play out like the movies.

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    1. That is the Truth. Thank you Robert

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  6. It doesn't seem fair to the player with the Zulus. Is there some type of secret strategy that could balance things out?

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    1. If the Zulus were allowed to set up as they wanted they could set up in their classical Buffalo Stance. Historically the Zulus did quite well in the first encounters but later in the campaigns They did not fair very well at all. And only the Sudanese ever broke the British square.
      Thank you Anne.

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  7. Nice report it seems to play quite well. I'd of expected the zulu's to of been better in assault for some reason don't ask me why though.

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    1. The idea from the British point of view is not to let them get close. And If they do take them out in closing fire as they make the final charge. I think they may be better in Black powder I will have to try them and see. Thank you Simon.

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