I have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks reading my growing collection of books on the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. I've also been collecting as many rule sets as I can find online, hoping to come across the 'perfect' system for wargaming this period in 6mm. There are a lot of great rules out there but many are not suited to 6mm and in my desperation I am considering writing my own set of rules!
One thing I was struggling to decide on was basing of units and to that end I decided to experiment with some unit tokens printed 'to scale' for me to test the rules before I buy and paint any figures. I found some suitable 'overhead' style unit markers for the period and printed a full British Infantry Battalion of eight companies and enough Zulus to put the wind up any colonial troops. My initial idea was for a figure ratio of about 1:5 so this lot represents a little under 900 men and officers while the Zulu units represent approximately 6500 warriors.
|The Horns of the Bull curve around the British line|
I'm still looking at existing rule sets for inspiration so all options are open. I'm currently reading The Men Who Would Be Kings by Daniel Mersey. I quite like his rules for leadership and the system in general seems simple and easy to play but I'm not sure it would translate for 6mm gameplay. I haven't made a firm decision yet, but its definitely a contender and until I make my mind up i'll continue to get my own ideas down on paper.