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 Post subject: 1/72 Zulu diorama
PostPosted: Sun 22 Jun 2014 15:24 pm 
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As it's 50 years since 'Zulu' came out, I thought others would like to see my attempt at a (Linka-based) model of the Commissary at Rorke's Drift, manned by some Esci British Infantry (212) (and one or two other makes - House of Campaign (57) and HaT Zulu War British Infantry (8237) - also present). Other models I have found of the Commissary vary a great deal so I resorted to surviving photos taken shortly after the battle to inspire mine for a recent wargame. (The positioning of the redoubt etc is different here for the purposes of the fairly small game I was playing). I now see how way off beam the buildings in the film were!

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 Post subject: Esci 1/72 Zulu Warriors
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A glimpse of a mass Zulu charge from a recent wargame (Rorke's Drift held out once again, just!). Mainly Esci Zulu Warriors (213), but strengthened with some House of Campaign Zulus (56) and some heavily converted Airfix Ancient Britons(01734)...

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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I like that a lot, David and would like to see some additional pictures if you have any. :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Your wish, my command. I take it your interest is primarily in the Zulus so I've concentrated on pics of them - enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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As this thread has now been moved to dioramas, I realise belatedly you're probably interested in both sides, Alex - so here's some of Her Majesty's finest to correct the balance!

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Thanks for posting those, David. It was most enjoyable to walk through all the images. The photographs can't help but remind one of the film and your photos capture the excitement of the engagement nicely. The wise choice of background has also enhanced the scene as well. I'm glad the Brits held out again, not the matter was ever in any doubt. :clapping:

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Excellent renditions all! :clapping:


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Great figure painting and a lovely rendition of the missionary, hope you enjoyed your game ( did they charge in the shape of the head of a bull). I watched the film just the other day a classic. Just looking over your photos which one is Micheal Caine ???

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Thanks - it was a gripping game, like the film! You'll note from the hairy 'face furniture' that in the end I based my officers upon photos of the real men, but very much in the spirit of Stanley Baker and Michael Caine, of course!

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Very good diorama, David!
You know, I was looking at your "Zulu" diorama and humming "Men of Harlech"...

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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Thanks, Danny - though there weren't in reality that many Welshmen present at Rorke's Drift. Most of them were from Warwickshire, apparently...

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Great diorama, of a very gritty stand, (pity about the main column, that didn't fare so well). The movie we all know is not accurate, but what a moving soundtrack.
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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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In my case, I hadn't heard anything about the Zulu War until I saw "Zulu" when I was in my teens! :oops:
Just vey recently I saw "Zulu Dawn", the prequel -let's say so- of "Zulu". I completed my knowledge on the subject reading the excellent Osprey Books about Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
But, like Mike said, I still remember the songs of Zulu... Even the recent Oscar Winner "Gladiator" uses parts of the Zulu final songexcept the "Uluthu!", I think...! :D

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"OI!! Stop chucking those ruddy spears at me!!"

Seriously, that's very atmospheric, and even "feels hot" which is something that not everyone gets right, to the extent that professional artists view comments on the "right temperature in their works" as compliments.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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All these dioramas are very good, and well painted. but not one ,or the film for that matter, shows Pip, a real hero at Rorkes Drift.
A few years ago i built up a 10 mm Zulu war set using Pendraken figures ,no Pip, so i had to scratch build him, will post pics if i can find him. He is 3mm high after all. In the game he was used as a wild card. But joking apart these posts are exceptionaly good.


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Great stuff :clapping: :thumb:
The wagons..are they the old Atlantic ones?

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 Post subject: Re: 1/72 Zulu diorama
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They are indeed, Paul, well spotted. Thanks for the comments, everyone - I hasten to add that it' wasn't a diorama as such, just some snaps taken in the course of an actual wargame (I like them to look the part!).

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