Last Saturday the girls were out of the house for the afternoon. This meant Ronin and I had some time to kill. I had planned to put up some shelving in my study (I have games on my chair and floor!) but instead I decided to crack open the First Strike Warhammer 40K starter box and see if Ronin would like it.
The English Civil was never came up as a subject in history but I find all wars interesting. Cruel Necessity puts you in the role of the English government in an attempt to preserve their way of life in the face of political and religious turmoil. Oh, and war too.
It was Sunday morning and I had the house to myself. I didn’t want to watch TV and I was not in the mood to paint some models so I thought I’d have a game and try my hand at another write up. Zulus on the Ramparts was getting a lot of attention on the Solo Wargames group recently and that made be keen to play it again.
Scythe (pronounced “scy” the “the” is silent) is a farming tool that was never really popular in South Africa. We always had the Panga. It’s also a weapon, we have no shortage of those (see Panga). In this instance it’s a board game about farming and fighting, only your scythes are actually giant steam punk styled mecha from the 1920’s.
1879 saw the start of the Anglo-Zulu war in South Africa. The Battle of Rourke’s Drift is by far the most famous battle of the war. This battle saw approx 140 defenders of Rourke’s Drift fight through the night against an army of +- 4000. It’s one of the greatest “stands” in military history.