Category: New Zealand Wars

The Maori called their wars with the British Te Riri Pakeha (The White Man’s Anger), rather more poetic than the names that European history has passed down (New Zealand Wars, Colonial Wars, Land Wars, or Maori Wars). These wars are unusual for the Colonial period with small native forces facing a vastly superior European opponent. The Maori managed to beat their British opponents time and again, despite technological and numerical disadvantages. Ultimately however those European advantages led to victory and New Zealand as we know it today.


The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2016)

Megalomaniac surveying all those unfinished wargaming projects in 2016

It has been a year since my Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian so definitely time for the 2016 update. I figured that, by sharing what I’m working on (far too much) and where I was up to with it (not far enough), I’d feel bad enough about my lack of progress to limit my work in progress and get some projects finished. Well, it worked, but only partly. I still worked on seven projects this year and finished none.

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Wargaming the Battle for Puketutu Pa

Attempting to wargame the Battle for Puketutu Pa brings you face to face with the Challenges of Wargaming the New Zealand Wars. A small group of entrenched Maori bloodily repulses a large number of European attackers. How to make that possible? How to make that a good game?

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15mm Wargaming Figures for the New Zealand Wars

If you are just getting into the New Zealand Wars I recommend you choose one of the following three periods as the European figures required for each are different:

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Steven’s New Zealand Wars Armies

Snaps of my New Zealand Wars collection. Everything was painted by Nigel Fun-nell.

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Wargaming Rules for the New Zealand Wars

I have several set of rules for the New Zealand Wars. I’m not convinced by any of them so far, but I’ve put most thought into my own DBA variant and associated scenarios, and I favour my Crossfire variant.

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Tupara – A Crossfire Variant for the New Zealand Wars

Tupara (literally two-barrel) were the double-barrelled shotguns favoured by the Maori in the New Zealand Wars. Given the devastation this weapon caused amongst their European opponents it seems an appropriate name for a Crossfire variant for the New Zealand Wars.

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Wargaming the Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa

The Battle for Ruapekapeka Pa (‘The Bat’s Nest’) was the last engagement of Hone Heki’s War.

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Challenges of Wargaming the New Zealand Wars

The New Zealand Wars pose a severe challenge for the wargamer. The challenge derives from a combination of the following three factors:

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Wargaming the Battle of Te Ahuahu

There is much in the description of the Battle of Te Ahuahu that can inform a wargaming refight.

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Wargaming Boulcott’s Farm 16 May 1846

Brief thoughts on wargaming Boulcott’s Farm (16 May 1846).

Timeline of Hone Heke’s War 1845-46

The first of the New Zealnd Wars has several alternative names, including The First Maori War, The Northern War, and Hone Heke’s War. I prefer the last name as it was Hone Heke that started the war and gave it real flavour. And Hone Heke is one of my two favourite characters of the NZ wars (the other is Titokawaru – more on him later).

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Timeline of the First Taranaki War 1860

In early June the Atiawa and Ngati Maniapoto allies began building a pa at Puketakauere, a mile from the British field base at Camp Waitara and in full sight of it. This posed certain problems for the British. It restricted their movement, and endangered their supply lines and the security of the camp.

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Sources for the New Zealand Wars

Annotated bibliography for the New Zealand Wars.

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Timeline of the Conflict in the Hutt 1846

After Hone Heke’s War the focus of the New Zealand Wars shifed to the Hutt Valley near Wellington.

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Wargaming Scenarios for the New Zealand Wars

These are my rough initial thoughts on wargaming scenarios for the New Zealand Wars. They are nominally for my DBA Variant for the New Zealand Wars , although if I had a go at them myself I’d try my variant of Crossfire instead. I haven’t played any of them yet, as I haven’t resolved the challenges of wargaming the New Zealand wars. None the less you might find these useful. If you have any bright ideas, then please contact me.

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