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PDF Black Powder Supplements

August 2nd, 2016

Warlord Games are offering 2 supplements in PDF form for the Black Powder games system focusing on the actions during 1879 and 1884!

Zulu! is Warlord Games Black Powder supplement covering the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

This lavish 92 page supplement chronicles such legendary battles as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Ulundi. Zulu! brings you not only the background for these momentous battles but other, less well known conflicts as well as rules and force listings – all wrapped up with the usual photographs of beautifully painted miniature and armies!

You’ve seen the silver screen version of events in Zulu and Zulu Dawn – now you can refight these classic engagements on the tabletop…

With Blood on the Nile you can take charge of the British army fighting in the desert, or assume command of the Mahdi’s forces in their struggle against the world’s greatest military power. Along the way, learn about the battles and campaigns of the Mahdist Wars, and the soldiers who served in them.

They charged out of the shimmering desert, thousands of fanatical warriors dressed in white, brandishing fearsome weapons. These were the Mahdi’s men and a British soldier’s worst nightmare. The Mahdi had emerged from the wilderness to lead a rebellion against the Egyptian government in Sudan. His armies overwhelmed the Egyptians and trapped Governor Gordon in Khartoum. The British launched a relief expedition, but it arrived too late. Such an insult to the Empire could not go unpunished, and the British returned to crush the Mahdists. Sudan then came under British Imperial control, but, like shifting sands, history could have turned out very differently.

New British Royal Artillery for Black Powder

April 6th, 2015

Reinforce Wellington’s armies with these new arrivals from the Royal Artillery from Warlord Games  – a 6 pounder and mighty 9 pounder cannon, and a 5.5-inch Howitzer – dressed in uniforms suitable for participation during the Hundred Days campaign that culminated in the legendary Battle of Waterloo.

The six pounder was one of the lightest guns the British could bring to bear, firing a 6 pound cast iron shot. Light and easy to manoeuvre by horse, these guns could be relocated in a decent amount of time. Introduced in 1793 to give valuable heavy support to the cavalry, the 6 pounder was an improvement on the much smaller 3 pounder which was still in use at the time. With this cannon, heavier support could be brought in and still keep up with the cavalry units when on the march. The 6 pounder could achieve roughly 55 hits at 200 yards but this lessened when the targets were further away, only achieving six hits with roundshot at 600 yards.

The 6 pounder’s larger cousin, the 9 pounder, would be more commonly seen on a ship of the line than the battlefield. The cannon fired a heavy calibre shot at a greater range, whilst still being able to be manoeuvred relatively easily. Whilst heavier than its smaller cousin, it brought greater range and heavier firepower, making it useful not just against both infantry and cavalry but also of use in siege warfare. The 9 pounder had a range of around 800 yards if loaded with roundshot and about 500 yards if loaded with canister. However it was most effective at 350 yards, which was found to be the best range for causing maximum damage.

The 5.5 howitzer was used for siege warfare as well as on the battlefield. Unlike the mortars of the period, the howitzer was more manoeuvrable, but could still fire a projectile over a greater distance and could do so indirectly. The howitzer fired a high explosive shot, blowing apart almost anything the round hit. Alternatively it could also fire a flammable round (carcass) and rounds for illuminating the battlefield.

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Blood on the Nile released for Black Powder miniatures

December 16th, 2014

Warlord Games is taking orders for their new Black Powder supplement, Blood on the Nile.  Blood on the Nile charts the Mahdist revolt in the Sudan, the long march of the British to relieve the besieged city of Khartoum, and the campaign to reconquer the country.

The Mahdi had emerged from the wilderness to lead a rebellion against the Egyptian government in Sudan. His armies overwhelmed the Egyptians and trapped Governor Gordon in Khartoum. The British launched a relief expedition, but it arrived too late. Such an insult to the Empire could not go unpunished, and the British returned to crush the Mahdists. Sudan then came under British Imperial control, but, like shifting sands, history could have turned out very differently.

Using this Black Powder supplement, you can take charge of the British army fighting in the desert, or assume command of the Mahdi’s forces in their struggle against the world’s greatest military power. Along the way, learn about the battles and campaigns of the Mahdist Wars, and the soldiers who served in them.

Like all of Warlord’s rulebooks, Blood on the Nile comes with a free exclusive miniature when you buy direct from us. Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby was an eccentric British officer and gentleman, with a fondness for hot air balloons, who fought in the Sudan, was wounded at El Teb and was eventually killed at the Battle of Abu Klea

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Warlord Games releases Zulu supplement book for Black Powder

December 19th, 2013

Warlord Games has released Zulu, their latest Black Powder supplement and covers the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

This lavish 92 page supplement chronicles such legendary battles as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Ulundi. Zulu! brings you not only the background for these momentous battles but other, less well known conflicts as well as rules and force listings – all wrapped up with the usual photographs of beautifully painted miniature and armies!

Warlord Games announces Zulu!, a Black Powder supplement

November 25th, 2013

Warlord Games announced a new Black Powder Supplement, Zulu!, available for pre-order now.

This lavish 92 page supplement provides historical background as well as character profiles and rules for recreating the key engagements of the war, including the Isandlwana, Ulundi and Rorke’s Drift, as well as other less well known conflicts. Of course it is also packed with images of these battles recreated on the table-top, as well as photos of the region and battlefields as they appear now. The book will be out early December and will come with a free, exclusive miniature of Prince Louis Napoleon (which can also be assembled as a dashing British officer).