February 24, 2012

Unit Preview for African Conquest

German Schutztruppe (around 1891)
Due to raising native unrest and resistance to the German occupation in Southwest Africa the colony would from about 1891 on additionally be controlled by a military force called Schutztruppe (protection force). This force developed partly out of the colonial police force, which it was to relieve, but mainly consisted of soldiers transferred from the German Army and especially the cavalry branch.
Since the Schutztruppe was a mounted force which, however, would fight dismounted the unit will be available as a dismounted unit in company size and as a mounted unit in patrol size. Unit includes soldier models, a flag bearer, bugler and officer model.
The soldiers were equipped with 8mm Mauser model bolt action rifles or carbines and bayonets. Officers carry a (still dysfunctional) 10,6 mm Reichsrevoler and sabres.

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February 12, 2012

Another unit preview for African Conquest

Natal Mounted Police
The Natal Mounted Police (NMP) was a fulltime police force in the British colony of Natal which was created, mainly from recruits from England, after the Langalibalele Rebellion in 1873 by Major Dartnell on behalf of the Natal government. The uniforms probably resembled those of all British Southafrican colonial police forces. The force mustered well below 200 men at its peak.
The unit includes a trooper and a bugler model. The troopers were equipped with breech-loading single-shot calibre .577 Snider carbines.

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Natal Native Contingent Company
Prior to the planned invasion of the Zulu nation in 1879 a number of native auxilliary troops were mustered. The biggest part was made up of the Natal Native Contingent (NNC) with three infantry regiments where each had 2000-3000 soldiers organized in 2-3 battalions (20-30 companies). These troops were in general fresh recruits, poorly trained, led and equipped. Almost only the European officers and non-commisioned officers (NCOs) in these units had firearms and at times the officers didn't even speak the language of their subordinates. As not enough European quality personnel for these troops could be found a lot of less than desirable officers and NCO's were accepted which in turn deterriorated the quality of these troops even more.
The only uniform piece was a red strip of clothing around the head which served the main purpose of helping the British to differentiate their men from their Zulu counterparts.
The men carried traditional weapons, like clubs, shields and assagai-spears with them.

The pictures show a further unit which is solely made up of riflemen. When several NNC companies operated together it was not unusual to put the men with rifles (normally the black NCO's) in the front ranks. But due to fears of the Natal government only one in ten of the black auxilliaries in a native company was equipped with a rifle and five rounds of ammunition. The rifles were usually five Martini-Henry rifles and five obsolete Enfield percussion rifles.
The unit includes a soldier and a European officer model.

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February 11, 2012

First pictures of the Anglo-Zulu War are up

The first 22 photographs are up with more to follow. (Depends a bit on performance of site to show many pictures). Descriptions aren't completed yet, tho. Click here to go to the pictures page.

British infantrymen of 24th Regiment of Foot

Zulu village

February 10, 2012

More unit previews for "Isandlwana - Thin Red Line"

These are units that are already implemented in the "thinredline"-mod but will also appear in the "African Conquest"-mod.

Newcastle Mounted Rifles
This was one of the many colonial units founded by settlers for protection in the Colony of Natal. This wasn't entirely voluntary but encouraged and supported by the Natal government which was unable to afford a militia system on its own.
The Newcastle Mounted Rifles were created in 1875 and then commanded by Capt. Osborne. The about 50 men strong unit was primarily equipped with Swinburn-Henry carbines. As a sidearm the men would carry a revolver, which however isn't implemented yet.

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Royal Artillery Crew
Rocket troughs, artillery and gatling guns were mostly operated by the Royal Artillery Corps and basically organised in brigades, batteries and sections. Not being combat troops the men were equipped with revolvers and sabres and in theory two Martini-Henry carbines per gun crew. In a hand-to-hand combat they would fight with everything available.
The unit shown here has insignia of the 5th Brigade.

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February 09, 2012

Unit Preview for "Isandlwana - Thin Red Line"

These are some unit previews for my mod and the African Conquest-mod, which I happen to be a developer (modeling, mapping) of. Because of African Conquest's wider scope, some units of other colonial powers will be shown here.

British regular infantry (around 1880).
First picture shows several companies and the battalion guard with Queens colours in the foreground. An unit includes soldier models, officers, bugler and sometimes flagbearer. The soldiers have no valise attached which wouldn't have been worn in battle. Soldiers have breech-loading caliber .577/450 Martini-Henrini rifles with bayonets while Officers are equipped with Beaumont-Adams revolvers and sabres. The unit has insignia of the 24th Regiment of Foot.

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German Southwest Colonial State Police (around 1890)
Because of German Southwest Africa's vast size the State Police was a mounted force which would, however, invariably dismount to fight. Although not shown here, both variants are included with the mounted unit being in patrol size. Unit includes soldier models and officers so far.
The soldiers are (perhaps wrongly) equipped with 8mm Mauser model 88 bolt action rifles and bayonets. Officers carry a (still dysfunctional) 10,6 mm Reichsrevoler and sabres.

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Zulu Warriors
The Zulu army consisted of armies, corps, regiments (ibuthos) and companies (mavingos). The models are basically revamped vanilla native americans with new faces. As was customary at the time they don't wear the elaborate ceremonial dress in battle. The shield patterns reflect roughly seniority with black representing the most experienced units. That said, many units were mixed in that regard or didn't adhere to that rule at all. Weapons were the traditional assegai (a short thrusting spear), the knobkerrie (a club) and some dated rifles and muskets.

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Suggestions and criticisms always welcome.

February 08, 2012

Great fan video by naxzul from TWcenter

This very impressive video featuring my tactical mod on the Battle of Isandlwana for Medieval II: Total War – Kingdoms was kindly made by naxzul from twcenter.net. He’s certainly gifted and you should check out his many other videos on youtube.

February 07, 2012

Welcome to my website

Well, there's still a lot of work to do, quite obviously. Until things get started here check out the

Total War Center: Info & Development Thread

for cool info on the mod and the battle.

all the best,