Wednesday, 28 February 2018

From LeeH umHlanga Regiment (48 Points)

I was planning on ending the painting challenge with the much larger Zulu uVe regiment but I had a 'mishap' with my can of primer that left them looking like I'd painted with brown Semolina! My own fault, I used a new can that had been stored in a cold place for several weeks and didn't shake it enough before use (Numpty!). I have given the models a scrub but so much detail is obscured I may have to resort to drastic cleaning measures... but not before the challenge has ended. Thankfully some figures escaped the can-of-death and I had just enough to paint this small regiment. 

The umHlanga Regiment

Raised in 1867 the umHlanga (meaning “Reeds”) was part of the Chest at Isandlwana. These were young warriors with an average age about 28 and they fought not just at Isandlwana but also at Khambula. 

From behind showing the base label

From the front showing the shileds

Once again I used a white wash to bring out the detail of the shield straps and I'm really pleased with how these look. 

Both units seen from behind

My umHlanga Regiment are the last of the Zulu's to feature in this years challenge and I'll just have to tackle the remaining units in coming months. Given my normal painting speed I'll probably still be painting Zulu's in Challenge 9! Still 96 figures will earn me another 48 points and continue to take me beyond my target.

From Ray

Well I for one have enjoyed your foray into Zululand Lee. What a shame about Semolina spray, I'd be gutted as I expect you are?
Great brushwork and the white wash is a touch of class! What a great timesaver!

48 points spaying its way to Essex!


  1. Excellent stuff Lee. I am sorry to see the last of this year's Zulus, but looking forward to more next year.

  2. My sympathy over the spray can incident...I can only imagine, and you seem to be handling with more calm that I would manage...great stuff Lee!

  3. Excellent additions to the impi Lee :)

  4. Sorry to hear of the rattlec-can tragedy. Nonetheless, these fellows are wonderful. Well done Lee!

  5. We get the opposite problem in Sydney - still, nice save!

  6. Awesome. Great stuff. I have enjoyed immensely watching this project roll out.

  7. Thanks everyone, I'll post a final picture of the whole Impi at the end of the Challenge.

  8. More lovely looking zulus!
    Best Iain

  9. Great stuff, Lee! They really look the part.