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Zulu Wars: uDhloko Regiment “Savage”

My latest regiment completes the Zulu Reserve at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.  At that battle this married regiment was brigaded with the following Zulu regiments:

iNdluyengwe (“The Leopard’s Lair”) – Unmarried regiment.

inDlondlo (“Black Mamba”) – Married regiment.

Uthulwana (“The Dust Raisers”) – Married regiment.

Having not been committed to the main battle, these are they units that made their way to and attacked Rorke’s Drift.

I now have a single solitary Zulu figure left to paint – a Zulu boy herding cattle. I have completed ten 36 figure units which I am pretty happy with, on the whole. If I had my time again I would probably not have based them individually but having had a few games, the sabot bases have presented no real issues. I did find that a tiny bit of Blu-Tac helps.

Time to return to Napoleonics or perhaps some fantasy stuff – not sure yet.

Zulu Wars: uVe Regiment “The Fly Catchers”

Over Easter I had friends coming up to stay at the Woolshed and I wanted to host a Zulu War game. I had already painted two more Zulu regiments this month and wanted to knock off a third. This regiment of thirty-six figures took me two days. I had got them assembled and undercoated black on the weekend before Easter. Started them on Tuesday and finished them Wednesday evening – based and ready to go.

uVe “The Fly Catchers”

One of the youngest regiments in action during the war. uVe were formed in 1875. At Isandlwana they were in the left horn that was engaged by Durnford’s cavalry and were part of the group that rolled up the British line.  Farnsworth says that they may have been equipped with smaller umBumuluzo training shields rather than full sized war shield. I don’t have any shields that small so my uVe have full sized ones.  I do like the mixed shields in this unit.

Once again these are Black Tree Designs. I have one solitary married regiment left to paint, and that will leave me with ten completed Zulu Regiments. I guess I will wait until BTD has another sale or I find more second hand.

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Zulu Wars: uThulwana Regiment “The Dust Raisers”

My Napoleonic armies tend towards being represented as wearing  campaign dress.  I like the somewhat ragged look and non-uniform uniform look if you will.  But I do have a few units in Full Dress.

Same goes for my Zulu Army. I had to have at least one unit wearing parade dress, if for no other reason than they were on sale at 50% off!  Black Tree Design have a couple of sets of troops representing the uThulwana Regiment. The eight figure poses give enough variety even in a large thirty-six figure unit as I have used them for.  These figures could easily be used for any senior regiment in parade dress.

uThulwana were in the reserve at Isandlwana and for the most part saw no action in that battle. It later took part in the unsuccessful attack on Rorke’s Drift.

uThulwana was raised in 1850, it’s ranks filled with mature married men in their middle age.  The regiment boasted some famous former recruits, with both Prince Cetshwayo and his brother Prince Mbuyazi having served in it’s ranks before they fought a civil war to decide who took the throne.  I am guessing that Prince Mbuyazi’s name wasn’t mentioned too many times at regimental dinners and reunions after 1856.

Various sources have uThulwana shields as white with some small red patches.



Zulu Wars: uMbonambi “The Evil Omen”

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.

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28mm Zulu Impi

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.

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28mm IsAngqu Regiment (Black Tree Designs)

The IsAngqu “White Tails” or “Orange River” Regiment was formed in 1852 and at the time of the Battle of Islandlwana in 1879 it’s members were married men in their mid-40s (44-47).

In 1879 it was part of the uNodwengu Corps, brigaded alongside the  uDududu and iMbube Regiments. However, at Isandlwana, IsAngqu formed part of the Chest of the Zulu formation and the other two regiments of the uNodwengu Corps were deployed in the Right Horn.  IsAngqu was also present at several other major engagements of the war, notably Kambala (29th March 1879), Ulundi (4th July 1879).

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28mm uDududu Regiment (Black Tree Miniatures)

I actually finished these guys last week but have not got around to posting them as yet. While the painting bug is biting again the blogging one isn’t quite there yet.

These are the uDududu Regiment. Formed sometime between 1857 and 1859 it comprised unmarried men in the 40-42 year old range.  UDududu is a place name from a location on the coast of Zululand.

UDududu fought in most of the major engagements of the 1879 war.  At Isandlwana they were part of the Right Horn of the Zulu formation that swung around Isandlwana Mountain and attacked the British camp from the rear.

This is a 36 figure regiment. All models are Black Tree Designs.








Zulu Wars: The Bender of Kings (Black Tree Designs)

My third regiment rolls off the production line. Another four day effort for a thirty-six figure unit.  I am really enjoying painting these miniatures.

This unit is the InGobamakhosi (“The Bender of Kings”) regiment.   This regiment was an unmarried regiment that was formed in 1872/73.  It was present at Islandlwana and several other major engagements of the war.

The unit carried mixed shields, which was great because painting over thirty Zulu shields at a time can be quite tedious.

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Zulu Wars: inDlondlo Regiment (Black Tree Designs)

Last week between Tuesday and Friday I finished off another 36 figure Zulu regiment.   I think I spent about ten hours in total over the four days on this unit, including the basing.

This unit is a married regiment – the inDlondlo (Black Mamba). This regiment was formed in 1857 and most of it’s warriors were in their early forties. This regiment was in the reserve at Isandlwana and participated in the attack on Rorke’s Drift. It was also present at several other major engagements of the war, including the final battle at Ulundi in July 1879.




This regiment contains a number of men with muskets and rifles.



I am really happy with how the red and white shields came out.





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.