I've been trying to get more wargaming in this winter. I have found Bob Cordery's Portable Wargames and Memoir of Battle rules ideal. They make for quick fun battles that work well for solo games.
I picked out some of my Peter Laing colonial British and Zulu warriors. I used the Battle of Isandlwana as the basis for my game.
|The British army is drawn up from left to right: No.1 battery, Cos. A & B, No.2 battery, Cos. C & D.The British camp and Commander is to the left rear. 10 Zulu units are at the top of the picture.|
|The British batteries start firing but have no effect on the advancing Zulus.|
|The Zulus quickly closed in and forces both batteries to retreat.|
|(This photo shows at the end of the next more). No.1 battery has been eliminated and Co. A have lost half there men. The British commander moves to rally Co.A. The Zulus have been thrown back, giving the left wing some breathing space.|
|The reprieve is short-lived; the Zulus advance and wipes out the rest of Co.A, Co. C is down to 25%, and Co. D is thrown back, leaving Co. Cs flank wide open. The Zulus attempt to work around the British right flank is thwarted by Co. Ds retreat.|
|Co. B moves to their left to stop a flanking of their position. Co. C also moves to the left, forming a new line. However, the Zulu force that eliminated No.1 battery is about to cut off the British line of retreat.|