Colonial NZ Wars


I couldn’t resist when a few years ago Empress Miniatures released their first range of 28mm figures depicting the colonial New Zealand Wars of the 1840s. Here at last was my chance to replicate the battles that had taken place on my own doorstep.

The 1840s wars were fought by red shell-jacketed soldiers against traditionally garbed Māori warriors. By the 1860s the troops, now having discarded their traditional red coats for blue jumpers, were engaged in a series of small wars throughout the North Island.

Eventually the British regular troops were withdrawn, leaving the ongoing fighting to colonial New Zealand troops such as the famed Forest Rangers. Ironically, the final stages were fought mainly by Māori soldiers of the Armed Constabulary against Māori warriors.

Here’s a list of my postings about wargaming the Colonial New Zealand Wars.

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