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Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby Golf Alpha Zulu » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:58 am

Of local interest: the Perry's have recently released the first packs in their Cape Frontier Wars range...

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More here: https://www.facebook.com/perryminiatures/

Black Powder might not be the best ruleset to use for the Frontier Wars - being more of guerrilla-style asymmetrical warfare than grand battles - but it could work. My vote for the most appropriate ruleset goes to Muskets and Tomahawks from Gripping Beast - it has all you need for hidden movement, visibility limitations and vastly differing unit types, and has the added bonus of having the RPG-style scenario and side plots generator that ensures every game has a strong narrative element. All you would need to do is allocate equivalent Xhosa units and weapons to each Indian card (it uses a pack of unit cards to determine the order of activation per turn) and you would be ready to go... But if you want to go create a more in-depth rule adaption, here is an article by someone who has given it a bunch of thought: https://agrabbagofgames.wordpress.com/2 ... /masai-iv/

More on Muskets and Tomahawks here: http://studiotomahawk.freeforums.org
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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniature

Postby Andre Muller » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:01 am

That looks great
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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby DaImp » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:23 pm

This does look really interesting. My Anglo Zulu wars British have yet to see action (will use Black Powder for those battles) but I would enjoy exploring this era too.
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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby DaImp » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:27 pm

Some more pics:

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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby DaImp » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:32 pm

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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby Mongoose_EC » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:24 pm

Another era to start collecting!!!

Looking forward to seeing what other models they brig out for this range.

Question: Did the Xhosa warriors really fight "kaalg@t" during the frontier wars? The eastern cape vegetation is not really condusive to this.
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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby Golf Alpha Zulu » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:15 am

Question: Did the Xhosa warriors really fight "kaalg@t" during the frontier wars? The eastern cape vegetation is not really condusive to this.


I dont know, but I wouldn't argue too much with the Perrys... they are known for basing their sculpts on solid research...

That said, the Frontier wars lasted a century (1779-1878) and you can be fairly sure that clothing and weapons of the protagonists changed in that time. For example, there are plenty of accounts of the Xhosa fighting in cowskin "blankets". And the few contemporary accounts I have read of the 8th and 9th wars indicate that by then the Xhosa wore colonial-style clothing and were for the most part indistinguishable from the Mfengu who fought for, and were equipped by the British - much like the figure second from left in the the third last row...

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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby Golf Alpha Zulu » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:47 am

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Found this pic, apparently from accounts of the 6th CFW. Fighting au naturel apparently, but also seemingly hellbent on acquiring some colonial kit...
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Re: Cape Frontier Wars - new from Perry Miniatures

Postby Mongoose_EC » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:51 am

Thanks for replying. Agreed, the Perry historical accuracy is always good. I see there is a book added on their website by Col Mike Snook, which should give some good info on uniforms etc.
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