I have now set out to scratch that itch, first getting these books from Osprey:
|(In Her Majesty's Name rulebook should be in the mail any day soon)|
At first, I thought about doing Colonials in 1/72 plastics as I already have some Esci Zulus and British infantry for the Zulu War (1879), but there seems to be a limited supply of figures for this period; although a lot of sets have been made over time (notably from HaT), only a few seem available at the present.
So, I end up - as usual - collecting and painting 28 mm sized stuff, and as I remembered to have a box of these, I dug it out and have begun prepping a few redcoats.:
The models are not great, but I got the box as a freebie when ordering WGF's Republican (Caesarian) Romans, so no harm done in getting them a lick of paint so they can be brutally slaughtered by the natives of many a distant corner of the Empire.
I shall be basing them on 20mm washers, and go for a 'ready' or 'avancing' pose for as many as possible, as I really do not like the sculpt of the firing right arm/hand - and I am primarily going to use these for skirmishing, so it only seems right to use poses better suited for open formations.
For the Zulus, I am almost set on getting the Empress/Warlord Zulu Starter Army, which should keep me occupied for several gaming seasons.
Just need to get that November paycheck...
Wow, those are some quite ambitious plans, aren't they :-) ? Good luck!ReplyDelete
I've got some Wargames Factory Zulus myself (for pulp/Tarzan games). They were very cheap but they're some of WF's earlier models and not quite the same quality as their newer kits.
Yes, probably too ambitious, but if I get some small-action/skirmish gaming going it should keep me motivated to paint a fem more Zulus now and then (and I REALLY need something to get me going, as I have painted next to nothing for the last 3 months), and there's nothing to spur me on as getting new toys ;o)Delete
The only other guy I know of having bought the WGF Zulus actually converted them to Morlocks, as he found them too ugly to use for his Zulu War project.
As it stands, I only intend to paint this one box of Brits because I got it for free - the very hard plastic and the soft details, added to not quite convincing sculpts, are not a recipe I am going to use again; there's a lot of nicer options for the British out there (although I wish more troop types were available in plastic - even with 'The Men Who Would Be Kings' rules' six-man cavalry units, mounted units are going to be quite expensive to add to the force).