Sunday, 20 December 2015

From MartinC - 28mm Zulus (120 Points)


Seats have been taken at the card tables and it's time to put your money on the table. I'll start with these 24 Zulus for 120 points. These are part of the Cetshwayo Challenge and explains my 4:1 handicap




For those how have seen my first attempt at these on my blog you will know I have a large number of terrible Zulu figures that I need to paint and base. The Foundry figures are boring, the Warrior Miniatures are dynamic but poor quality and the unknown manufacturer ones are boring and poor quality. The plan is to put them on bases of 12 and then add the remains of a hanging basket as long grass to hide the offending figures. The painting is basic and I plan to use the shields to identify them. These are the iNdlu-yengwe. Think I will tweak the bases in the future with more dry brushing to show up more clearly.


Fantastic stuff Martin! I quite like like the effect of the elephant grass - very evocative (and a good use of camouflage).
120 Points - A great opening gambit for your Chetswayo Challenge.

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  1. What's with all these huge first entries? How are you managing to paint so many figures so quickly? It's just not fair! :p

    Lovely Zulus Martin :)

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    1. Cheers. You know us boys, all enthusiasm and rush but no stamina, although if you give us 20 minutes;)

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  2. Two point bombs in the first day. What a great start to this years Challenge Martin! It looks like the game is afoot for the heavy hitters!

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    1. Hopefully. Now don't you have some painting to do;)

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  3. Zulus! 24 of them! - Impressive first day's work. I look forward to seeing more.

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    1. Ta. To quote the 13th Warrior "Don't worry Little Brother, there are more"

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  4. I'm surrounded by speed painters! Very smart work, Martin, and great use of basing materials!

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  5. Very Impressive - I really like the basing!

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    1. Ta, I already hate hot melt glue. My fingertips look like John Dillengers'

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    2. Hot Glue, Facto Blades, Super Glue

      This hobby is dangerous to finger tips!

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  6. Amazing amount of work in 1 day! very nice looking too, I keep thinking of doing zulu's then realize I have 225 other projects still in the queue.... :-(

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  7. And excellent and impressive work.

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  8. ZULU! ZULU! ZULU! Lots of paint flying at your bench by the looks. Well done. cheers

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  9. "Sir, sentries report Zulus. Thousands of them" Ta

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  10. Whoah, that's one impressive first entry! Amazing painting speed there!

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  11. I find painting Zulus very hard, so I especially appreciate the effort behind these figures. I have a diagram of Zulu shield colours if that would help at all. When I paint some of these in 10mm I will put it on the challenge blog. I hope your eyes did not bleed when painting these as it feels like it when I paint Zulus!

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    1. I find them a little boring. I could do more detail but the figures don't really deserve it. I use this link for shields http://kriegsmann.tripod.com/Iklwa.html

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  12. Oh good Lord! That's quite a start Martin, cracking job Sir.

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    1. Cheers. You have 6 to paint now. Get cracking!

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  13. 120 points, you are the man!!

    Ian

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    1. Definitely a man. We'll see in March when Millsy and DaveD get moving

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  14. A fantastic first entry to The Challenge, sir.

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    1. For shame Dave! Being beaten to the punch with the first colonial entry. What's the world coming to???

      Lovely work Martin. The shields in particular are very good indeed.

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    2. cheers. I'm testing his bottle. Is he steady in the face of an onslaught or can i break his square

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  16. Great start indeed! Nice work, and good idea with the basing vs poor quality sculpting... like that :)

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    1. Thanks. Want to get them done so that I can paint some nice things

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  17. Fantastic start Martin. I remember the previous blog entries. A great solution for using lackluster sculpts.

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    1. Ta, hot melt glue is ruining my hands

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  18. And the Zulu horde begins to amass. Nice group, the elephant grass really helps them pop!

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  19. Excellent work, love the grass as well!

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  20. I'm usually a little suspect of "overdoing it" on basing effects, but I have to admit that's a great idea, using the basing to disguise inferior sculpts. Looking forward to watching the horde grow over the Challenge...

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    1. cheers, I agree about bases but without long grass don't think i'd have painted the figs

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  21. Nice work Martin. Glad to see your hanging basket did not die in vain.

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    1. ta. it's more use know than it was as a hanging basket

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