Like I needed another period to paint. I saw a collection of Zulu Wars figures on Trademe (New Zealand’s own eBay type site) and they were what I considered a bargain. To top it off I had just watched Zulu again…and…and….I am an addict. There! I said it! These minis are like meth to me.
I got 40 British Infantry, 30 Boers, 30 Natal Native Infantry, 9 British Lancers and these two artillery pieces with crews. There were also 120 Zulus. All metal and less than NZ0.80c a figure (not counting the guns and horses). All the British/Allies were already based onto 25mm MDF rounds. I decided to leave them like this and use sabot bases for them.
First off a Black Tree Gatling Gun. There are an additional three Empress Miniatures crew serving this weapon. I based this gun team on a 90mm round MDF craft coaster. I kept the figures on their individual bases. I think it works. As far as uniforms go, I have absolutely no reference material so went with pictures of what other people had done – give or take. Over-all I am fairly happy with these guys.
Here is the Empress Miniatures 7Pdr Gun and crew.
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These look terrific Brian, and I particularly like the way you have done the basing. Not just the way you can remove figures without detracting from the overall effect, but I can’t remember having seen artillery on circular bases before and I have to say it looks very good indeed.
I too have been entertaining and, to date, successfully resisting the idea of a sub-project which would give me an excuse to use Empress figures. I have to say I feel even more conflicted now and, needless to say, I’ll be following this with interest along with your other projects.
All the rest of the stuff I brought is Black Tree Design. First miniatures I have had from them and have to say that they are quite nice indeed. Big chunky figures. I am going to base my infantry on sabot bases as well.
Is that because of the rules you are intending to use, in that they will be oriented more toward larger skirmish-type encounters?
Mostly because of what I saw at this site. It just looked awesome – and I already have all these figures based on round bases.
As far as rules – I might go with Black Powder for bigger games and perhaps some skirmish type system for smaller actions.
Terrorífica arma y magníficos modelos ¡felicitaciones! Saludos desde la Argentina.
Muchas gracias. Hacen un buen cambio de pintura soldados napoleónicos.