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 Guards Grenadier Guards Scots Guards 1st Regiment (Royal Scots) 2nd Regiment (The Queen’s) 3rd Regiment (The Buffs) st
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Below. NSA5003 - Jungle Cannibals in Ritual Masks.
The Africa Day was fantastic fun today. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you all enjoyed it too. Praise to James Morris for organising it, and thanks to Battlefront UK for the use of their gaming room.
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Africa Day!
A Death in the Dark Continent gaming event––
Some of James Morris' Azande Army for Death in the Dark Continent, stood in front of his superb scratch built Azande Village. NSA5003 - Jungle Cannibals in Ritual Masks. NSA5003 - Jungle Cannibals in Ritual Masks. NSA5003 - Jungle Cannibals in Ritual Masks. NSA5003 - Jungle Cannibals in Ritual Masks. These figures represent the tribes of the Congo, described as Cannibals by explorers such as Stanley in the 19th Century. These figures represent the tribes of the Congo, described as Cannibals by explorers such as Stanley in the 19th Century.
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Despite having mostly organised this event, I have to say I had  a great time and actually got to play in a couple of the games  myself!  Certainly the relaxed atmosphere had a great deal to do  with the players we had taking part, who were:  1. James Woodward (Explorers)  2. Frode Rage Olson (Pygmies)  3. Matt Moran (Italian Colonial)  4. Andy Mactaggart (British East Africa Co) 5. Wayne Ellington (Ethiopian)  6. James Morris (Azande)/ Nick Eyre (Matabele)  7. Steve Saleh (Luo)  8. Dave King (Ruga Ruga)  9. Chris Peers (Ila)  10. Wayne Bollands (The Shangani Patrol) 11. John Grant (Mahdist)  12. Laurence Baldwin (Force Publique)  Interestingly, we had no Zulu or British redcoat armies.  I think  the scope of Death in the Dark Continent (80 army lists!) has  really encouraged players to look at native options as well as  the classic colonial armies.  Rather than take a tournament  approach,  I did some tweaking to make sure that armies were  used against more-or-less plausible opponents and in likely  situations (so the pygmy army found itself defending a forest of tall grass against European explorers, rather than the other way  around, or fighting a pitched battle in a rocky valley.)
Death in the Dark Continent very much lived up to its reputation as a fast-playing set of rules; many games fairly whizzed along  (quite a few notably finishing before the 2 hour time limit), with only a couple of complex combat situations requiring a second  opinion on the rules from myself and Chris.  Cheers to Dan/WI/Battlefront for sorting the venue & snacks, Nick for doing the admin, Chris P for his little talk at lunchtime,  Darren Leigh-Smith for painting the prize vignette models AND being honorary butler for the day, and Katrina Singhatey for  sending along superb African food for lunch. A full report with pictures is in Wargames Illustrated Issue 315.  James Morris
The Africa Day was fantastic fun today. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you all enjoyed it too. Praise to James Morris for organising it, and thanks to Battlefront UK for the use of their gaming room. The Africa Day was fantastic fun today. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you all enjoyed it too. Praise to James Morris for organising it, and thanks to Battlefront UK for the use of their gaming room. Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin Africa Day photos - by Laurence Baldwin BP1238 - Death in the Dark Continent Supplement 1: Stratagems, Psychological Warfare & Army Lists. Downloadable PDF