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 Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War

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PostSubject: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:00 pm

One of the biggest problems I've found when wargaming bigger battles of the Zulu war (ie Isandlwana or Khambula) is figuring out the best scale to use. Company level rules seem the obvious choice when you only take into account the British side, but when you read about these battles it seems that battalion level would be much more appropriate when dealing with the Zulu side as the Zulu involvement is always described as functioning and maneuvering as regiments during a battle rather than individual companies. I have tried many different rules, but I have not found any that reconciles this disparity. Most rules either have units of both sides organized as companies, or both sides organized as battalions. Has this been a problem for anyone else who wargames the Zulu War? How do you handle this? Are there any rules that handle this disparity in the organizational size of each side?
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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:14 pm

Thanks impi. Yes this does give me some ideas on how I might deal with the issue.
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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:48 pm

I am currently using newline 20mm figures for isandlwana. Company/troop vs warband, wrote my own rules if you would like a copy.
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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:52 am

Thanks. That would be great!
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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:01 am

Can you send me your email address and I will forward the rules to you with the tokens/markers I have created. Please bear in mind they are home written so probably need more explanation but feel free to ask. I have tested them a couple of times and they seem to work well enough, but any suggestions appreciated.


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PostSubject: Re: Disparity in British and Zulu unit scale when wargaming larger battles of the Zulu War   Sun May 21, 2017 9:33 am

I have been gaming for around 40 years and a few years ago I wrote a set of Wargames rules for the Zulu War for games Workshop Warhammer Historical.

The rules were not published (but thankfully GW honoured their commitment to me and I got paid for them) because GW wound up the Warhammer Historical section.

The Zulu units did not remove casualties but took morale at reaching certain casualty levels.

Although, technically these rules now belong to GW, I have a electronic copy that I can send you for 'play testing' purposes......

They are a lengthy piece of work and it would help if you knew the Warhammer principle - however there was a massed battle section, which reduced the amount of dice rolling, to a manageable level.

PM me if you would like a copy.

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