Zulus! Thousands of ’em!


AWI Monthly Game – Aug Saturday 6th.

The Big Black one.

“Zulus….thousands of them”. Well hundreds certainly given the rate of painting (thanks Toby and Steve)…. pitched against the cream of the Colony and crack Imperial troops (and the 24th Foot).

As our first foray into 28mm 1879 and Black Powder rules its not going to be a simple ‘line them up and two sides rush in’. Rather the Umpires are playing all the Zulus with the Imperials and Colonists being split between the other participants. Each player will have his/her own personal objective (hidden from colleagues) alongside Chelmsford’s overall battle plan.

Are you going to be a Chard, a Bromhead or a de Kyp, a 30-day Ensign who’s been told to do what his sergeant says or perhaps even a Flashman.

The game is going to be large and the more the merrier….so take the Queen’s shilling lads and remember the coats are red for a reason.

Kick off will be as soon after 09:30 Sat 6th August as practical. Briefing on “Not Quite Islandwana” will be limited to a very quick canter through the order/initiative and turn sequence to be used, terrain and the special characteristics referenced above this time round as ‘Black Powder’ rules have a Quick Reference Sheet available on the web so if you’ve not played it before have a read and ponder.

All figures will be provided (if you’ve got some figures let me know and I’m sure we can write into the relevant orbat) as will copies of the QRS and some game aids.

Confirmation of interest please to me by Thursday 4th Aug to ensure we balance off the numbers playing and figures committed.


Useful Links:

Black Powder main webpage
Quick Reference Sheet

Forthcoming Attractions

Details of a few upcoming dates for your diaries:

Attack! 2016

Attack! 2016 is at Devizes School on July 16 & 17. Whilst AWI aren’t running a game at the show this year, a few members will be in attendance. Neil will be helping the Wings of Glory Aerodrome UK Wing run World War One dogfights all weekend, whilst Pete, Steve and John will be taking part in the DBM competition. Full details including lists of traders and participation games can be found at the show’s website – http://www.ddwg.org.uk/attack-2016/.

August Big Game

Having missed July due to the Frome Festival, we are back to normal in August with a slightly unusual big game – “Not Quite Islandwana”. Full details to come in a follow up post, but if your fancy facing off against thousands of zulus, put Saturday August 6 in your diary.

IPMS Avon Annual Show

The IPMS Avon Annual Show is at Thornbury Leisure Centre on Sunday August 7. Richard and J will be putting on an ACW demonstration game.

Richard says:

The game is Antietam (from the Sunken Lane to Dunker Church, to be precise. I have made models of both of these landmarks). I expect to have 5 Confederate and 7 Federal brigades (not necessarily those that were present at the real Antietam) plus 6 artillery batteries and vignettes (and an observation balloon – definitely not there, but might have been. This gets a mention in the display sheets).

Whilst this is predominately a modeling show, there will be a number of wargames traders there, as well as some other demonstration and participation games. Full details can be found at http://ipmsavon.org.uk/shows.php.