After a year of very limited painting I am slowly getting back into the groove. Last two weeks I have completed three units (two Zulu and one British – well four British if you count the sub units).
Today I am posting another Unmarried Zulu Regiment. This is uMbonambi “The Evil Omen”. It was re-constituted in 1863. It was originally formed in 1821 during the reign of Shaka. At the time of Isandlwana the majority of it’s men would have been in their mid thirties (35-37). The regiment was present at many other battles in the Anglo-Zulu War and by the time of Ulundi may well have been reinforced with younger replacements but I seriously doubt that would have effected their fighting ability.
At Isandlwana they formed part of the Zulu Left Horn that initially engaged Col Durnford and finally swept into the British camp from the south after overrunning the right flank companies of the British line.
Figures are all Black Tree Designs. Bases are 25mm rounds inset into 90x60mm rectangular bases. I have one more Unmarried Regiment to complete to finish the Left Horn forces. I have gone for these big thirty six figure units for no other reason than they look cool.
I have not done anything on this project for a while. Got side-tracked by other things and real life.
I have made all my Zulu regiments 36 figures so far. All are individually based on 25mm rounds that slot into custom made six slot sabot bases. Sitting in boxes are about the same number of miniatures in unpainted lead. Almost all the models are Black Tree Designs. Their regular sales make them appealing for the budget conscious wargamer. I brought some plastic Warlord Games Zulus and British infantry during one of their sprue sales but to be honest, once I got them I was just not happy with them. Great miniatures but lacking the heft that I like. There are a few Redoubt Miniatures in the Impi so far – mostly command figures.
My intention is to make all the regiments that fought at Isandlwana. I certainly think that Zulus look just fantastic on the table top in numbers.
I finished this British casualty vignette just now at 10pm on New Years Eve. Started at 5pm and since then I rescued a lamb from a ditch, cooked a lamb curry (not the same lamb but one we killed two weeks back), drank half a bottle of Merlot and have made a dent in a nice Pinot Noir. That probably is why it looks the way it does. I may need to respray in the sober light of day and do it over but at the moment I am quite happy with it, even if the photos are crappy. This is a Redoubt Miniatures Vignette of two British soldiers carrying a wounded comrade in a blanket.
F Coy, 1/24th Foot was commanded by Capt Mostyn and was positioned approximately in the centre of the British Line and engaged units of the Zulu Chest before pulling back to the camp and being overrun.
This is the last unit that I will have painted this year. I had already given them an undercoat but got around to painting them yesterday. Today I got them varnished and finished off the bases. I already had the two officers painted so there were only fourteen miniatures to complete the unit. Figures are Black Tree Designs and one solitary Redoubt Miniature officer figure.
I now have five companies of the 24th Foot (1st Batn) completed. Need to do another two for the 24th Foot 2nd Batn and then move on to the Natal Native Horse, Colonial Mounted troops, some Imperial Mounted infantry and several more companies of the Natal Native Contingent.
H Company of the 1st battalion, 24th Foot was commanded by Capt. George Wardell. At Isandlwana it was initially stationed on the right flank and engaged the Zulu Chest formations. As the battle progressed it was flanked by the Zulu Left Horn regiments and was destroyed as it fell back to the camp.
Figures are all Black Tree except for two Redoubt Miniatures – the bugler and Col. Durnford who is standing in for Capt Wardell until such time as I get home and put the correct officer in his place.