Friday, 25 December 2015

From MichaelA - “Damn funny. Like a train... in the distance.” (40 Points)

*stops as the sound of thousands of Zulu warriors marching toward the mission can be heard*


Well maybe not thousands, but eight at least! Not wanting to let Martin Cooke get too far out in front, I have promoted these fine fellows to the head of the painting queue as my first entry in this year’s challenge and an opening salvo in our side duel ‘The Cetshwayo Challenge'.


These, then, are from the Warlord Games/Empress Miniatures Unmarried Zulu Warriors box, consisting of 32 self assembly hard plastic miniatures. The purists will undoubtedly bemoan the historical inaccuracy of these chaps wearing their full ceremonial regalia in the heat of battle, but I have to confess that I rather like them.  I have painted these with black shields and a white spot in the lower half to represent the Indluyengwe (Leopard’s Den) Regiment that fought at Rorke’s Drift.  Plenty of options to vary the poses, these dynamic warriors should see me open my account with a steady 40 points for the challenge proper, whilst contributing 32 to my tally in the side duel.


Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a productive New Year! 

Beautiful work Michael, just magnificent. I too like the full ceremonial regalia of these Leopard's Den chaps, the purists be damned. :) Is each of your submissions going to feature a unique regiment, or is this one the start of what will be a larger unit? Either way I look forward to seeing the rest of your 'Cetshwayo Challenge'.

...and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and the saintly Mrs. Awdry.
 

26 comments:

  1. Lovely brushwork sir. I've always admired your African skin tones. You seem to get so much depth in a deep brown. Keep them coming!

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  2. Great stuff.... Look forward to seeing these build up..

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  3. Nice start Mr. Awdry! Now keep 'em coming...

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  4. Those are lovely looking figures, I'll be happy if the Zulus I have in my painting queue turn out half as nice as yours!

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  5. Wonderful indeed! How many more of these can you crank out?

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  6. They look great! I think the ceremonial dress adds interest to the unit.

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  7. Lovely work Sir Michael! You do such a fine job with those dark skin tones and the colour on the ceremonial dress really sets that off.

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  8. Very, very nice! Great work on the skin tones.

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  9. Brilliant. Love them. Oh to have the figures (and the skill) to paint such beauties.

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  10. Brilliant looking group. The feathers really make them stand out

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  11. Great job, is there any chance you share the color pallete for the skin? merry christmas to you too

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    1. Absolutely, not a problem. I'll jot don the colours used when I paint the next batch and pop the details in the accompany post.

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  12. Personally I approve of the headdress. Yes it may not be historically accurate but we are players of games and painters of figures NOT historians.

    If they were painted to display in a museum that would be different but on the games table Perfect!

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  13. Wonderful painting wok! I like them a lot. The full ceremonial regalia is perfect for a wargames unit, IMHO.

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  14. Thank you all, great to get my first points on the board and I am planning to keep to the same regiment with the rest of miniatures to come Curt.

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  15. Superb work Mr A, I always look forward to your offerings

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  16. They look grand, and great dynamic poses too!

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  17. Love your Zulu's, great work

    Ian

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  18. Lovely work as always Lord Michael :)

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  19. They are so lifelike in appearance. I also love the basing, they don't look like individual bases until you look closely.

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