In preparation for Rorkes Drift (followed by Isandlwana) I have been on the look out for suitable rules. Until recently the front runner has been The Sword and the Flame which I used in days gone by for my 15mm Sudan collection.
Recently though, two more have materialised that have caught my eye. One is a Pony Wars conversion but I am holding on that until I become more familiar with them.
The second is The Men Who Would Be Kings.
There are actually very few changes, in fact really only one - distances. I have opted to simply convert from inches to centimetres as I have done in other rulesets.
Continued -I decided to use the rules on a test battle. There is a section in the book designed for solo play but for this game I am keeping it very basic just to see how the core rules perform.
|The NNC and a section of regulars are exploring a track through a rocky pass up a small mountain blissfully unaware of the presence of Zulus. These are split into two units.|
|The Commissariat with an escort of 2 regulars are off examining rock formations! They form a single unit.|
|The Zulus swarm towards the British square on the first turn. Most pass their leadership tests allowing them to move at the double. The variable move distances have broken up many of the formations.|
|The small unit on the mountainside know they cannot outrun the Zulus so take up position behind rocks and hope for the best.|
|A frightening sight for the British square as Zulus descend on them from all directions. An early success for them though as they open fire at long range decimating a unit of musket armed Zulus, the survivors of which fled the battlefield.|
|Opening fire at long range the Martini-Henry rifles began taking their toll on the Zulu warriors.|
|With loose rocks lying around, the small British force on the mountain track hurriedly construct a makeshift stone wall.|
|The small Commissary party are discoverd!|
|As the main force of Zulus approach the square, a group of warriors armed with rag-tag muskets open fire successfully downing 2 British regulars.|
|Firing from behind the rocks the British kill one of the Zulus who fail to attack. Their leader attempts to calm their nerves urging them on to sweep away this paltry force.|
|During turn 4 British firepower accounted for significant Zulu casualties but did not prevent two units from attacking the square.|
|The attacking Zulus inflicted heavy losses on one side of the square in particular reducing it to just 3 figures who are now pinned. The second Zulu attack was beaten off.|
|Over on the mountainside a second Zulu unit had appeared with the first pinned down by fire from behind the rocks.|
|Its turn 5 and the thin red line gets thinner.|
|The Commissary's luck runs out and the Zulus charge home. Desperate fighting among the rocks sees the small band of British beat off the attack losing one of their number in the process.|
|Turn 6 and the Zulus once again pile into the diminishing square.|
|The end is nigh!|
|Having repulsed one Zulu unit a fresh one takes its place. They take a casualty from rifle fire and ....|
|The Zulus kill two more defenders for the loss of only one leaving just the Commissary in a last defiant stand.|
|Turn 7 and the British hurriedly reform their small square.|
|They took a good number of Zulus with them but the square is finally wiped out.|
|The Commissary takes a Zulu with him as he finally succumbs.|
|The last of the British prepare to meet the first of the Zulus heading up the mountain trail.|
|An overview at the end of turn 7.|
|Although I have not used ammo supplies so far in this game I decided it would be appropriate to do so for the last of the British. They were given 6 rounds of ammo and then they would have to fight it out!|
|A unit of unmarried Zulus succeeded an 'At the Double' activation allowing them to contact the British before they could open fire.|
|The British repulsed the attack losing 3 of their number.|
|The Zulus were not so lucky thereafter with successive waves collapsing under the lethality of the Martini-Henry at close range.|
|The British finally ran out of ammo and were attacked by a unit of married Zulus.|