Zulu Wars: iNdluyengwe Regiment (Black Tree Designs)

The iNdluyengwe Regiment was raised in 1866. At the time of the Ango-Zulu Wars it was mostly comprised of warriors in their early thirties. It was designated ‘Unmarried’ in 1879. At Isandlwana it formed part of the reserve and did not get committed to the attack on the British camp. It was part of the force that attacked Rorke’s Drift later in the day and suffered heavy casualties in that action. Elements of the regiment fought at other engagements in the war including the final battle at Ulundi.

This unit is composed entirely of Black Tree Designs Zulus. They are really nice figures and are a real pleasure to paint.  As anyone contemplating a Zulu Army knows, you have to paint a lot of them.  I am going for 36 figure regiments, based six to a stand.  To that end I have taken a few painting short-cuts but I think that they still look pretty good despite that. This regiment took me from Tuesday last week until Friday to complete, painting mostly in the evening.

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11 thoughts on “Zulu Wars: iNdluyengwe Regiment (Black Tree Designs)”

  1. They really are very striking Brian. The figures are quite animated and look very effective. Have you given any thought to where you might source the relevant terrain, or will you be scratch-building?

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    1. Cheers Lawrence. I am probably going to scratch build. I am envisioning using a brown felt as a base cloth and tarting it up.

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    1. Everyone says that 🙂 After I painted them I found out that this particular regiment had more of a ‘spot’ rather than patches. Oh well.

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    2. Cow hide indeed. Apparently shields were stored and issued as required to regiments who were in service. A very organised people were the Zulu.

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