September 23, 2023

Saturday Night Fights! ~ The Battle of Islandlwana for “The Men Who Would Be Kings”

On the anniversary of the battle1 the usual suspects – with Cyrano played by Benecio Del Toro – take on one of history’s greatest valiant last-stand stories.  How many Victoria Crosses will be awarded tonight?  We’ll start with Hethwill just for being up this far past his bedtime.

  • Game system: The Men Would Be Kings from Little Wars
  • Battle: The Battle of Islandlwana
  • More Info: There’s plenty of videos, and at least one Michael Caine movie, to go look up

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  1. which just happens to be the same day that we needed a scenario for Saturday Night Fights

4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Fights! ~ The Battle of Islandlwana for “The Men Who Would Be Kings”

  1. The movie on Isandlwana is not with Michael Caine… it is with Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster and Michael Denholm… the post appears to confuse Isandlwana with Rourke’s Drift… sometime one wonder why people do not check stuff before posting… also the number of figures per unit is off compared to Dan Mersey’s rules.

    1. The scenario by Little Wars makes deliberate changes to the rules to make them suitable for a battle this size.

    2. And as to the movie, while it’s true “Zulu Dawn” is the better reference, the notion that the events at Isandlwana didn’t matter to the folks at the Drift is funny.

    3. The Michael Caine reference was an off-the-cuff quip by me, in large part because of how many movies Michael Caine has been in throughout his career as much as anything else. It was not represented as, nor intended to be, a definitive movie reference of historical significance.

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