Following on from the dual disasters of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift the British advance into Zululand turned into full scale retreat. This action takes place a few days after the mission station at Rorke’s Drift was overrun on the 22/23rd January, 1979.
Chelmsford was forced to retreat into Natal and this battle was a rearguard action against Zulu regiments who were following up the retreating British and local white civilians.
Rules: Black Powder (Zulu Supplement)
British: 3 Companies 2/24th, a half company of 2/24th, One Battery, RA, 1 x Company Natal Native Contingent, Tiny detachment of Boer farmers and Tiny detachment of Boers guarding their wagon train.
Zulu: 6 Regiments divided into three brigades of 2, one small unit of skirmishers.
One company of British troops defending Van Lunteran’s farmstead with a company of Natal native Contingent in support. The small half company on look out on the kopje overlooking the battlefield. Boer civilians on the road with their wagons.
two companies of British infantry and the Artillery were off board. They could come on with a successful command roll one unit at a time from Turn three (so one on turn 3, one turn four etc).
The Zulu could come on the board one brigade at a time from turn one on a successful command roll.
The battle was very frustrating for both sides at times. Reserves for both sides refused to come on and dice rolls were definitely on the poor side for both sides.
That was the game. Fun and totally enjoyable. Lessons learned. If you can get good dice rolls on shooting the British can generally keep the Zulu at bay. The Special Rule that allows them to do two rounds of closing fire is particularly deadly – if the shooting gods are with you of course.
For the Zulu you need to keep your supports close and get stuck in. The Zulu tried a bit of shooting but it was hopeless.
I seriously think Garnett Woolsley will be taking over command of the Campaign sooner rather than later.