Has the “Darkest Africa” fad passed? I hope not. The Wargames Foundry line of figures by Mark Copplestone and others sparked a hobby-wide interest in miniature wargames that were more role-playing oriented — adventure games, if you will. If you’re still playing darkest Africa games — or if you’re thinking about getting into them, here’s a good site with historical maps of Africa.
For you colonial gamers, here is a page with useful information on British and Commonwealth Orders and Decorations.
This site has some pictures and diagrams from the Sharpe film that centered around La Haye Saint. This is an outstanding resource for anyone wanting to build their own model of the farmstead.
David Manley has written campaign rules for the 1782-1783 naval campaign between the French and British off the coast of India. Manley writes:
Between February 1782 and June 1783 the fleets of French captain Pierre Andre de Suffren de St. Tropez and British Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes fought a series of naval actions along the Indian Coromandel coast in what has become one of the most popular campaign settings for wargamers of the age of sail. Five actions, all largely inconclusive and fought between fleets that were relatively equal in numbers, were fought on the Coromandel Coast, at Sadras, Providien, Cuddalore, Negapatam and Trincomalee.
Rules writers pay attention! Mike Willegal has written an analysis of the effectiveness of black powder muskets.