Thursday, 9 July 2020

Boer War Birthday Game

Yesterday was my birthday and I invited a good friend over for a Boer War game to celebrate the day and the completion of the excellent armoured train locomotive model from Imperial Miniatures. The game started off with the Boer Bitterenders  making a surprise mounted attack on a British supply depot. The picquet in the blockhouse was able to raise the alarm just before one group of mounted Boers leaped over the barricades. But the mounted Boers were unable to close with the Khakis and were forced to retreat away from the defenses where they dismounted and continued the attack. The other Boer force dismounted on the far side of the horse kraal, ready to steal the much needed supplies inside the camp. As the superior Boer marksmanship began to whittle down the British defenders, taking cover behind the supply wagons, an armoured train carrying a full platoon of Highlanders arrived on the scene and came to a stop opposite the kraal occupied by the Boers. This timely arrival of reinforcements put paid to the Bitterender plans and the Boers drifted back into the veldt, taking only a few captured horses and rifles with them.


  1. Brilliant stuff! I love the round blockhouse and the armoured train.

  2. Sorry for the late comment Nick, and Happy Birthday.
    A game i would have loved to participate, and certainly the Dutch members of our group, wih their link to the Boers. The train and blockhouse are indeed superb.

  3. Great looking game and figures Nick. I can see why you wanted to use the armoured train, it's a beauty. The scenario reminds me of the attack on the camp in 'Breaker Morant'.
    Happy Birthday!

  4. Thanks, All, for your kind words. The blockhouse is from JG Miniatures, the armoured engine is from Imperial miniatures. James Fisher, I watched 'Breaker Morant' the night before the game, for inspiration. I even added a thrown dynamite rule, but the one time it was thrown, it failed to explode.