EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Rorke's Farmhouse

Summer is drawing to a close and so it was that Ron and I got together again for a game.
Yes, Zulus attacking Ye Olde Waterloo Farmhouse
We had started experimenting with Bolt Action last winter but not being in the mood for WW2, Ron suggested  we try the rules for a Zulu War game.

Neither of us like the rules for buildings very much but we are trying to restrain ourselves. We ended up counting the main farmhouse as a house but the barns as Bunkers which could only be entered or attacked through the doors though the defenders could shoot out through loopholes.

The Melee "everybody dies" rule for anyone who takes even 1 hit more than they receive also didn't  work for us so we had the loser test morale instead. Next time we will force the loser to retreat if they pass.
The third assault finally wiped out the last defender of the barn.
That apart, much to my chagrin, the rules rendered a fast paced, enjoyable, at times nerve wracking, Colonial Skirmish game.

Half the compound is overrun but Zulu losses have been staggering. 
Unfortunately I  was late getting there and had a commitment afterwards so had to leave just as I broke into the compound. Hopefully Ron will play out the last few turns.

14 comments:

  1. I like the re-purposing of the Aifix building.

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    1. Caught me by surprise when I showed up at Ron's but it worked pretty well with the OS 25's.

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  2. Hey, that's La Haye Sainte! Totally wrong period! ;-)

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    1. Obviously someone in Natal was much taken with Waterloo and built themselves a replica. :)

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  3. Looks like fun - I'm sure I can hear the little fellas singing Men of Harlech!

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    1. That would be the ones along the mealie bags, I kept the chaps in the building too busy shooting to sing.

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  4. Nice to see the Airfix LHS in use. Mine disappeared decades ago, having been used for pretty well everything from 500BC to 1980AD. Except Napoleonic, obviously...

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    1. I have no idea what happened to my old one, been gone for decades. I didn't even know Ron had one in the back of his cupboard, box and all.

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  5. Ross Mac,

    This looks as if it was an interesting little battle. I used to own several heavily modified versions of the farmhouse so that they could act as 'stand alone' buildings. They dated from the time when Airfix Magazine used to publish articles about how to modify the Trackside range of buildings they produced. At the time I had a number of American-style buildings that were converted from the Signal Box and Garage models.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. I did something similar with my own before painting though the conversion was a little on the "light' side.

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  6. What a carnage! Impressive pictures...

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    1. It was pretty gruesome crawling over knocked over figures to get at the farm!

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  7. Evokes much seeing this report. I have the same Minifigs British officer figure who also wound up in the same position in one of my colonial games (2nd Afghan War). Another classic "last stand" episode of colonial gaming: great fun.

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    1. A lot of Ron's Colonials are Ral Partha and very nice sculpts but the Minifigs just have a certain air to them that I love.

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