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« on: October 09, 2016, 10:53:13 PM »

Finally after a mere 40 years procrastination I have a Zulu Wars force in "proper" progress!

Previous unpainted attempts all still sitting in the cubboards somewhere...
Mikes Models 15mm
Esci plastics 20mm
Minifigs 25mm (1979??)
A Call to Arms 54mm
(even in 1/6th scale)

and finally BTD in 28mm and as I have gotten older have realised that buying and hoarding figures is pointless, so having pretty much completed my rather large LOTR collection I have started my first proper historical foray and BTD Brits Infantry and Arty under way....





Obligatory bare metal Zulu pile (couple hundred, will need same amount again)



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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2016, 11:19:55 PM »

Very nice sir...welcome to themadness
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2016, 11:33:18 PM »

Hi

Be careful - think what the madness can lead to !  In 2011 at Colours, we put on an AZW demo game .  It portrayed the British firing line at Isandlwana on a CORRECT GROUND SCALE, and with figures on a 1 to 1 ratio !!  There were nearly 4,000 Zulu figures (representing the first wave of the Zulu centre) and four full sized companies of British Infantry (400 figures)!

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* ISANDLWANA 2011.docx (722.89 KB - downloaded 20 times.)
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2016, 12:31:17 AM »

Welcome to the fray. May you soon be 'Washing the Spears' (well, maybe with an ink-wash Smiley )

With that many scales, you have relieved some of the guilt I felt yesterday when (finally wargaming AZW in 15mm) I stumbled upon my 1/72 collection in a box  Confused

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2016, 11:13:12 AM »

Those BTD redcoats looking very nice. Good luck with the rest of your project.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2016, 11:45:46 AM »

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Thank you all and please remember your considerable share of the responsibility, due to my daily intake of the superb material on this site !!! Cheesy

Still a way to go, as all will need fancy tufts etc added to bases and I will buy sabot movement trays for them.

I looked long and hard at choosing which range to buy and decided that BTDs, despite being around for quite a while (and the dodgy helmet) seemed to bring an excellent balance of price  and quality. It's a pity they don't do any cavalry, but I have decided on empress for that, plus a few infantry specials from redoubt.

The zulus I will purchase almost exclusively from BTD, but still unsure of the NNC.

I will also get some rorke's drift terrain, although the individual buildings are priced quite expensively for what I think are simple structures that could be done in foamboard (unless I can pick them up used).

I have a few uniform questions that I will post separately, I'm certain the knowledge is on this board as my google-fu has let me down.

Finally I believe it is Nick Collier (?) to whom I must doff my hat on the extensive BTD ZW range that were quite clearly a labour of love given the variety!
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2016, 12:23:34 PM »

hello

thanks for posting...i had the same stance...after more than 30 years...after having built up core of Zulu/British armies out of ESCI, Tarzan Airfix, WW1 German Airfix conversions and Minifigs i landed, becoming old, at 28mm ..Foundry, BTD ecc....so your post encourage me  Smiley...as you also have among your lead pile i suppose all the goods from BTD can you please tell me..or better post/send a pict of those 2/3 packs of what i imagine are very useful spare types..labelled British Infantry Personalities..whose picts  are present on BTD site?

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2016, 02:24:26 PM »

Italwars do you mean


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I took photos of all for just this reason..
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2016, 08:00:15 PM »

thanks so much Londoncalling for be so kind to post picts of the minis...your answer and picts very welcomed..and at the right momemnt as BTD is offering a 30% discount on AZW 's British plus the favourable exchange rate £/Euro and a very honest 5£ only for international postage ... Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2016, 12:33:25 PM »

Fascinating project to follow! thank you for sharing your slide into Colonial gaming  Laugh! I too have recently succumbed after far too many years vacillating
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2016, 11:56:32 PM »

About to paint up:
BTD rocket crew - would these chaps be in artillery blue or infantry ?

Quartermasters - all in dark blue including cuff braid, collars, cap, no red stripe on trousers ?

Any advice appreciated Smiley

BTW I have also spent much time reading http://www.1879zuluwar.com - awesome resource there. I suppose I should be crossposting there as well, button and rivet counters have nothing on those guys. Serious knowledge !
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2016, 01:00:25 AM »

About to paint up:
BTD rocket crew - would these chaps be in artillery blue or infantry ?

Quartermasters - all in dark blue including cuff braid, collars, cap, no red stripe on trousers ?

Any advice appreciated Smiley

BTW I have also spent much time reading http://www.1879zuluwar.com - awesome resource there. I suppose I should be crossposting there as well, button and rivet counters have nothing on those guys. Serious knowledge !

According to the Osprey British Forces In Zululand 1879 the Rocket battery at Isandlwana had one RA bombardier and 8 infantry privates from the 24th foot. Plus the RA officer commanding the battery, Major F.B. Russell. The plate shows him wearing the blue braided patrol jacket rather than the tunic. So a mix of uniforms.

Quartermasters definitely no red stripe! Should be a double white stripe, and white edging around the collar
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2016, 08:11:52 PM »

According to the Osprey British Forces In Zululand 1879 the Rocket battery at Isandlwana had one RA bombardier and 8 infantry privates from the 24th foot. Plus the RA officer commanding the battery, Major F.B. Russell. The plate shows him wearing the blue braided patrol jacket rather than the tunic. So a mix of uniforms.

Quartermasters definitely no red stripe! Should be a double white stripe, and white edging around the collar

Sorry to hi-jack this thread but would this uniform information be the same for NWF Quartermasters?
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2016, 12:01:33 AM »

Londoncalling, if you ever decide to part with your Mike's Models, please let me know. I started my Colonial collections about 35 years ago with Mike's Models and they form the backbone of all of my armies, including those of the AZW. I'm always looking to augment the forces of Her Majesty or those of King Cetshwayo.
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2016, 12:20:37 AM »

Sorry to hi-jack this thread but would this uniform information be the same for NWF Quartermasters?

I haven't got any specific info on quartermasters on the NWF. I suspect that it would be though, as they were not front line troops .
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