6mm Zulu War

Paul Reeve and I started discussing and planning this project in late January this year (2005) as a possible game to put on at our local show (Phalanx at St Helens) in September. It was one of a number of ideas we were tossing around and neither of us can remember why it came up or what attracted us to it. Neither of us are into Colonials and we don't have any 6mm armies (well not painted ones anyway) so maybe it was the novelty.


Anyway these are the first few units we have painted up with a few more to add soon (More Light Horse, Artillery, Naval detachment and more transport) and some more on order (more mounted Infantry, more Zulus and some Natal Native Contingent).


The vast majority of the figures are from Heroics and Ros but there are a few Baccus and Irregular too. You really don't have much choice in this period as H&R do the only Colonial range as far as I know (No longer true - Baccus now do an excellent range).


The Brits


Each foot or cavalry base of 5 figures represents about 20 men. So 6 bases to an infantry company with its own command and 3 bases to a cavalry troop.

Light horse and Mounted Infantry have 4 mounted figures per base with dismounted bases as infantry. I have 2 mounted bases being replaced by a single foot base and a base of 4 horses with holder. Mounted bases represent about 15 horsemen.


Above : All 4 companies of the 24th Foot with company commands and the Battalion command with the colours.

Below : The 24th in square with RA Gatlings at the angles.

These are mostly the H&R Colonial British Skirmishers but with a few FPW Prussian skirmishers mixed in.

Paul and I painted 2 companies each but I can barely tell the difference.

A close-up of the colours, I'm rather proud of those.

The 'Jolly Tars' - Naval Landing Party with their Gardner guns

The Mounted Infantry

The mounted are FPW Dragoons and the dismounted FPW skirmishers. The horseholders are from the ACW range.

The 'Death or Glory' Boys - 17th Lancers

Frontier Light Horse.

These are ACW Confederate cavalry, mounted and dismounted.

More Colonial Light Horse - Natal Native Horse

The last of the Colonial Light Horse - Natal Mounted Police

Using the FPW Prussian Dragoons (as used for the Mounted Infantry) and Prussian Skirmishers (with bayonets removed)

RA Gatling guns

And finally, The Guns

These are the British colonial limbers and guns but with gun crews from the FPW Prussian artillery

As a first step in adding the support troops I have done some Heliograph parties.

The Heliographs are rather crude, just wire and superglue, the crews are FPW Prussian artillery crews

Eventually I hope to add some Engineers and Pontoon Bridges as well

The Transport

Above : ACW Mule wagons

Below : Baccus Mule Train

The Zulus

I still find it difficult to accept that, even after painting 12 packs (600 figures), it still doesn't seem quite enough.

The full Impi with its four 'divisions' of Chest, Left and Right Horns and the Loins in reserve

The centre of the line - the Chest and Loins

The Left and Right Horns


These are from Irregular and the only Zulus I could find that had firearms.

The Reserve - The Loins

A shot of the Impi from the flank

and, finally, a close-up

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