Amongst my Peter Laing scrapbook of magazine articles (this one from Military Modelling September 1983) is this lovely article by Andy Callan about War Gaming The Maori Wars.
I loved Andy’s use of carpet offcut forest undergrowth for the New Zealand scrub, probably why I kept this article.
Good to see over 30 years later that Andy Callan is still producing simple interesting rules, ranging from Miniature Wargames magazine articles in the 1980s through to most recently his one sheet simple rules for Peter Dennis’ new Helion Publishers Wargame the English Civil War paper figures. http://www.helion.co.uk/published-by-helion/battle-for-britain-wargame-the-english-civil-wars-1642-1651.html
Sadly I never bought any Naval Landing Party figures or tribesmen from Peter Laing, as pictured in the article, I was mostly buying Peter Laing’s English Civil War and Medievals with my schoolboy pocket money in the 1980s. Luckily I have now tracked down some lovely Peter Laing colonials over the last few years.
Maybe in my am-bush version of Featherstone’s Close Wars rules (two page appendix to his 1962 book Wargames) there is future space for some carpet forest terrain on my Heroscape hex bases.
If you want Andy Callan’s whole rules, track down a copy of Military Modelling September 1983 through online magazine auction sites. All I wanted to do was share the atmospheric Peter Laing figures pictures and the lovely carpet forest.
Even this simple set of Andy Callan rules were a puzzle to me in places then but they really do suit the unusual type of Maori fighting.
For more about the Maori Wars see Ian Knight’s Osprey book. https://ospreypublishing.com/the-new-zealand-wars-1820-72
Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, July 1916.