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Rorkes Drift defenders -4 more Grave visited

On our recent trip to Brecon we managed to visit  more Rorkes Drift defenders graves ,the 1st was Edmund (Edward )Savage who passed away in 1893 and is  buried at St Cathays Cardiff ,the second James Hagan who died in 1916 and is buried at Glyntaff in Pontyprid.The last was Gunner Abraham Evans who passed in 1915 he is buried at Varteg Chapel near pontypool ,this was our second attempt to find Abraham our first visit the entire site was waist deep in nettles this time most of the area had been cleared. Three more of the lesser known heroes of that heroic fight.

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Rorkes Drift defenders -3 more Graves visited

On our recent trip to Brecon we managed to visit  more Rorkes Drift defenders graves ,the 1st was Edmund (Edward )Savage who passed away in 1893 and is  buried at St Cathays Cardiff ,the second James Hagan who died in 1916 and is buried at Glyntaff in Pontyprid.The last was Gunner Abraham Evans who passed in 1915 he is buried at Varteg Chapel near pontypool ,this was our second attempt to find Abraham our first visit the entire site was waist deep in nettles this time most of the area had been cleared. Three more of the lesser known heroes of that heroic fight.

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King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu's vist to Brecon Thne King His senior Induanas

I was extremely lucky to get down to Brecon this past weekend for 4 days for King Goodwills visit to Brecon with some of his family and Royal Ambutho .Whilst there I met up with Ian Knight who introduced me to Kate Birbeck who very nicely signed my copy of her book " Rifle and Spear with the Zulu ,I also managed a behind the scenes visit to the South Wales Borderers Museum who for the next month have their genuine collection of zulu war VC's on display. The King sat and watched variuos bands and choirs and talks from Ian Knight ,Mike Snook ,JohnYoung and Jabulani Maphalala and then the A coy 24th foot re enactors took on the Kings Ambutho in a recreation of Isandlwana all very noisy and well put together . The Zulus were quite mischievous as well they drowned out one of the welsh choirs with their war chants as in the movie zulu then during the reenactment they stole the colours before the battle ,afterwards as walked back to our hotel the Zulus layed siege to a group of terrified boy racers who tried to driv

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King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu's visit to Brecon

I was extremely lucky to get down to Brecon this past weekend for 4 days for King Goodwills visit to Brecon with some of his family and Royal Ambutho .Whilst there I met up with Ian Knight who introduced me to Kate Birbeck who very nicely signed my copy of her book " Rifle and Spear with the Zulu ,I also managed a behind the scenes visit to the South Wales Borderers Museum who for the next month have their genuine collection of zulu war VC's on display. The King sat and watched various bands and choirs and talks from Ian Knight ,Mike Snook ,JohnYoung and Jabulani Maphalala and then the A coy 24th foot re enactors took on the Kings Amabutho in a recreation of Isandlwana all very noisy and well put together . The Zulus were quite mischievous as well they drowned out one of the welsh choirs with their war chants as in the movie zulu then during the reenactment they stole the colours before the battle ,afterwards as walked back to our hotel the Zulus layed siege to a group of terrified boy racers who tried to dri

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140th Anniversary photo book .Ian Knight/David Walker

After the last post about my AZW book collection I recieved lovely book from Ian J Knight ,basically a album of photographs taken at the 140th anniversary re enactment this year, other than a small introduction by Ian there are nowords just colour photos taken on the day .A really nice book available directly from Ians web site but it is a very limitedprinting if you want one.

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My Zulu War Book Collection

Im quite proud of my collection of AZW books ,quite a few of them signed by the authors with a few with personal inscriptions to me from Ian J. Knight .A couple of friends have offered to lend me books recently both of which I had and when I see books in 2nd stores I always struggle to remember if I have them or if they are on my wanted list , so I thought I would make list of the ones I own  and here it is .The yellow bars are by Ian Knight ,the Green by Kris Wheatley and Red by mike Snook .a sketch of the Kafir & Zulu WarsHenry Hallam ParrA staffordshire Regiment in the Zulu & Sekukuni campaigns 1878-1879Robert HopeA Wargamers Guide to the Anglo Zulu WarDaniel MerseyA Widow Making War -the life and death of aofficer in Zululand 1879 Anatomy of the Zulu Army from Shaka to Cetshwayo 1818-1879Ian KnightBlood on the painted MountainRon LockBrave Mens BloodIan KnightBritish Forces in Zululand 1879Ian KnightBritish Fortifications in Zulu Land 1879Ian KnightBritish Infantryman in South Africa 187

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There will be an awful row about this.......A Zulu Victory

We played our first proper game of Ospreys "the Men Who Would Be Kings " last night at Sheffield Wargames Society . I Umpired whilst Ian took the part of the British and John over saw the Zulu Impi  , we used the Run to the Hills scenarios ,with afew amendments for the AZW not in the main rule book . Ian had 3 British Regular units one with the sharpshooter trait and 2 NNC units ,Johns Impi consisted of 3 married and 3 unmarried regiments .Things got off to a bad start for the Brits with each unit rolling for thier leadership trait which consisted of Drunkards ,Brutal and Ugly leaders ,the Zulus faired a lot better .Surprisingly the first kills of the game came from a unit of NNC taking out 3 Zulus ,after that things went down hill quickly for the British with a lot of bad dice rolls and the Zulus making good use of the go to ground rule to get close to the red coats. The game only lasted 6 turns before the Zulus over ran the galent forces of Queen Victoria ,one unit of NNC fled the field but everyone el

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More toys for my Anglo Zulu War collection

Painted up a few more 28mm bits for my AZW collection , a 7pdr gun and crew with a mounted officer looking at his watch and the Prince Imperial both these are from Empress Miniatures and 8 pinned markers 4 for each side these are plastic Perry miniatures mounted on warbases counters .pinned markers The end of a dynasty -the prince Imperial the last Napoleon 7pdr on a mountain carriage 

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The men who would be kings -unit cards

Playing TMWWBK this week so made a few unit cards hopefully to speed things up ,each card contains the basic rules and required dice rolls for each unit .I have made acouple of adjustments to stats to better represent the AZW units with the Zulu cards I  included the regiment names to match up with my based units and included the English meanings of the names ,I was going to add more but thought I would try them and the game out before I started showing off too much .each unit will have its own card , all laminated so remarks can be made and the cards reused The Brits one unit has a higher points value as I gave them the sharpshooter traitthe Zulus different traits for married and unmarried units  , no not happy and sad ..

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Apologies and how to make Zulu Huts

Firstly I want to thank everyone that has commented on my posts this year and then say sorry for not publishing and answering them ,I totally missed them all , I will check more often .Secondly a number of people asked about how I made the Zulu huts ,really easy is the answer my first attempt was using a coconut which I scooped all the nice bits out of a Ithen used asmall modelling saw to cut the door out of ,I managed to smash one half doing this , so thought about different ways then just by chance I found Lizard houses in Pets at Home for £3 each ,these are basically a half cocnut with the door shape already cut ,sadky they only seem to stock 1 at a time but on there website I discovered if you ordered 2 you git 1 at half price  , so 2 huts for £4.50 and it gets better if you have them sent to your local store you dont get charged P&P and it only took 3 days for them to arrive ,quicker than royal mail . I then stuck some extra thatching on cut from a witches broom from poundland ( for those who ar

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Zulu Kraal

Done a bit of scenery for an upcoming game , a few zulu huts,  with resin huts being beween £8 and £20 each and none of them being totally acurate I thought I couldnt go far wrong having a go myself and here are my  scratch built  huts less than £15 the lot . Im impressed any waya very board looking 24th foot looks for treasure28mm empress miniature for scale 

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Zulu -

After my recent trip to Zululand , I dug out my Anglo Zulu war armies and I am looking at doing a participation game on behalf of Sheffield Wargames Society at ashow in the future , I have 2 scenarios in mind so thought I would look at rules , I do like my own set and they played well on their first convention at Sheffiled Triples afew years ago but thought I would try the osprey set " the men who would be kings " (tmwwbk) .So dug out a few figures and played a small game to get use tothe rules and really enjoyed them , there are a few zulu amendments on the facebook page and you do get afst and furious game with a feel for the period , played them solo using the Mr Babbage rules included in the book  .Will try them out again with a living partner and with a more complex scenario but so far Im liking what I see.The first turn A unit moves up to support their comradesanother sets up a firing line in front of the campthe zulus advance3 more zulu units advance on to the table some long range shoot

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The Cultural Experince Zululand Tour - a review

The tour I have described over the last few posts was for me abucket list item ,not only visiting the AZW battlefelds but also meeting Ian Knight not the cheapest holiday and there are cheaper tours to Zululand but they do not cover as much .Pre Holiday - Great service from TCE and we received a fantastic holiday itinerary booklet which contains a very in depth guide to the Zulu war by Ian Knight containg some nice maps .Flights - the flights from and to the UK as well as the internal flight to Durban were all BA and included meals and drinks , a very long flight I don't fly very well but others were snoring away for most of the 12 hours .The Guide -What can I say Ian Knight is a fantastic guy ,not only full of expert knowledge but has areal passion for his subject ,his talks were informative and funny at the right points and he was excellent company during our down time , Paul the tour manager teeamed up with us at Durban and again was abrilliant guy , ex SA army and an architect by trade who only does the t

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Zululand Tour -day 13 Helpmekaar & Boer War

Our final day and a long journey to the airport , we said our sad farewells ro Roz and the staff at Isandlwana and set off ,as it was along journey Ian and Paul broke it up with afew unadvertised stops ,firstly a quick drop in at Rorkes Drift so a few of the group could get a couple of pics they missed ,then we drove to Helpmekaar , the staging post for Chelmsfords men before they moved to Rorkes Drift and where most of the survivors fom Isandlwana made for .Helpmekaar is Afrikans for "help each other " which refers to the transport "road" the trekkers built to ais each other up and down the hill to Helpmekaar ,today its a small village which is mainly abandoned stores and a large police station ,the military grave yard is behind this but you have to undertake a very rough walk to get to it crossing the police firing range , the graveyard is mainly troops who died of disease during the war .Next we travelled through Boer war country glimpsing Laings Nek before stopping at Majuba hill for a picnic lunch and a

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Zululand tour day 12 - Fugitives Drift-Rorkes Drift

A rather sad day today as its ourn final night at isandlwana Lodge and we are facing the long trip home ,but we have the stuff of legends today ,Melville & Coghill , Fugitives Drift and of course Rorkes Drift . I will let the pics do the talking ,but would like to point out how small Rorkes Drift is in terms of the area where the fighting took place and how low and close the cliffs are that the Zulus sniped from . Our trip took in the first combat in the AZW the action at Shiayos Homestead , then the Drift on the baffalo at Rorkes Drift then we moved to fugitives drift and Melville and Coghills Graves then to Jim's Place as the Zulus called Rorkes Drift a very moving day .The locals are really friendly and fun something i dont think Chelmsford SaidThe site of Shiayos homesteadThe rocky area where the fighting took place Our route over the Drift a lot lower than it was in 1879 but still fiercethe area where Chard built his ponts (not a bridge )Ian jumps onto avanatge point the Shiyane in the back

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