The wonderful thing about our North Star 1672 range is that the figures will do for many different nations armies in the period 1665-1680. This is because it is a time just before uniforms, and the figures are all dressed in the fashions common amongst soldiers throughout Western Europe.
This of course includes Britain. The years covered by our range is called the Restoration Period in Britain as it was the time the monarchy, represented by Charles II, was restored after the English Civil War. It was also the genesis of the British Army. Britain, tired of soldiers and war, had disbanded much of it’s forces after the Civil War and Oliver Cromwell’s reign. With the return of Charles II to England in 1660, the units still under arms swore allegiance to the King and became the senior units of the British Army.Some of the infantry regiments: Coldstream GuardsGrenadier GuardsScots Guards1st Regiment (Royal Scots)2nd Regiment (The Queen’s)3rd Regiment (The Buffs)st
known tale, the king had ordered every man who went to work in the South African mines to steal a diamond or a nugget of gold and bring it home with him as tribute. The treasure was locked away in two steel safes purchased from the white men. In 1893, when he realised that defeat was imminent, Lobengula ordered the safes to be taken from Bulawayo by ox cart and hidden in a secret cave in the hills. Apart from the king himself, the only people who knew exactly where it was were the men who had hidden it, and they were all killed on Lobengula's orders by an "impi" stationed at the bottom of the hill. Then, because these men still had at least a vague idea of the location, they too were massacred on their return to the capital. Many years later a white treasure-hunter located a survivor, a very old "induna" who had somehow escaped the slaughter, but, the story goes, he was by then too senile to remember where he had been! Of course the whole tale is full of holes. How easy was it to steal from the mines in the first place, and how many Matabele would not have simply stayed where they were with their loot? And could Lobengula really afford to murder his own soldiers wholesale while he was facing a life and death struggle for his country? In reality he had once had a fair bit of cash, but had spent the bulk of it on guns, some was lost when the whites burnt his kraal at Bulawayo, and most of the rest was offered as a bribe to stop the whites pursuing him after the Battle of Bembesi, and promptly stolen by a couple of BSAC troopers. So by the time he would have been thinking about hiding his safes they were probably already empty. All the same, as wargamers we need not let the facts spoil a good story, and the search for this treasure would be an ideal scenario for a roleplaying or skirmish game.