Call To Arms is the annual wargames show held by the Wellington Warlords. I’m not a member of Warlords, because although I work in Wellington, I live too far away to return for games in the weekend. But most years I’m involved in a demo game of some sort at Call To Arms.
This year I actually went one better, and put on not one, but two demo games. Well, to be exact, I put up two demo tables, as they weren’t games that were actually played, but static displays.
Over the next couple of postings, I’ll put up some photos of each of the displays. Today’s posting is on my colonial New Zealand Wars game. As always, click on the photos to see them in all their glory.
Although the table was small, it included several separate vignettes displaying typical events of the colonial New Zealand Wars.
I draped the front of the table with the flags of Britain and the Confederation of United Tribes.
At one corner of the tables, the doughty old chief Kawiti defends his fortified pa against a British attack. His warriors shoot through loop-holes cut in the bottom of the palisades, protected by banks of earth.
Colonial militiamen acting as sappers lead the British lines as they attack uphill towards Kawiti’s pa. The sappers’ task was to attempt to pull down or scale the palisades.
A couple of sharp-shooters from the 58th Regiment of Foot support the attack on Kawiti’s pa.
A huge naval 32-pounder has been dragged miles through the rugged bush, and is now set up on a rough wooden platform, ready to pound the Māori defences.
Elsewhere a family defend their homestead against a Māori raid. This vignette includes one of my favourite Empress Miniatures figures, the young girl flinching as she shoots her pistol at an oncoming warrior.
Behind the farmhouse, the British encampment looks peaceful enough, but …
… the bugler suddenly blows the alarum as his sergeant spots a war-party fording the nearby river intent on attacking the British forward post.
On top of a ridge, Chief Hone Heke (wearing the sailor hat) exhorts hiw warriors to fight off a British attack. Behind the warriors, a cloaked sub-chieftain does a fierce haka, or wardance.
A party of Royal Navy sailors ford the stream at the foot of the Māori-held ridgeline.
Meanwhile, colonial militia escorting a supply column are surprised by a Māori war-party suddenly emerging from the thick bush on the side of the road.
Colonial militia defend a churchyard from a Māori attack on two sides.
Well, this young fellow was certainly inspired by my display!
In my second Call To Arms posting, take a look at the next game I put on using almost the same terrain, but resulting in a totally different setting.