Zulu Wars British Artillery

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.

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Here is the Empress Miniatures 7Pdr Gun and crew.

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7 thoughts on “Zulu Wars British Artillery”

  1. 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.

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    1. 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.

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