The Zulus began in a big clump at one end of the table. There were 27 units of four stands each broken down into seven different commands. The defenders had 20 stands of three men each to start with, but it became apparent that there were far too many men so I subtracted six of the stands, much to the dismay of the colonial commanders. It made for a much better game, however.
The Zulu strategy was to attack head on with the "chest" of their formation and then surround the remainder of the compound with their "horns." This worked rather well. The Brits massed their few figures against the first attack and then were hard pressed to maneuver them to other parts of the perimeter as the battle progressed. They moves more slowly than the Zulu to begin with, and then suffered an additional penalty when they tried to traverse the interior lines they constructed with biscuit boxes and mealie bags.
Although the Zulu masses suffered massive casualties, their superior numbers proved decisive at a couple of point and the defenses were breached. Once that happened, the battle was pretty much over.
Here are a few pictures:
|The Zulus approach from the distance|
|The strategy becomes apparent|
|The battle is joined|