|iMbube & Isanqu Regiments|
The iMbube (meaning 'Lion') were an unmarried regiment which fought at Isandlwana and Khambula. This regiment was formed by King Mpande kaSenzangakhona around 1857 from youths born about 1837.
Isangqu / IsAngqu (meaning 'White Tails” or “Orange River”). The regiment was formed in 1852 and at the time of the Battle of Islandlwana in 1879 it’s members were married men in their mid-40 and early 50's. In 1879 it was part of the uNodwengu Corps, brigaded alongside the uDududu and iMbube Regiments. However, at Isandlwana, IsAngqu formed part of the Chest of the Zulu formation and the other two regiments of the uNodwengu Corps were deployed in the Right Horn. IsAngqu was also present at several other major engagements of the war, notably Kambala (29th March 1879), Ulundi (4th July 1879).
|The base labelling giving the regiment names|
Its worth pointing out at this stage that there are lots of sources that differ from each other when it comes to describing the origin, size, history and even the spelling of the names of Zulu units. Many contemporary historians were European and were maybe 'less thorough' when it came to recording the history of a people that were at that time viewed as primitive savages (not true of course!). Zulu history was rooted in a strong oral tradition but it is unlikely that many European historians gave this source much credence. Later historians often referred back to contemporary sources as the most reliable but again failed to utilise oral history to correct earlier inaccuracies. Modern historians such as Saul David, Ian Knight or David Rattray are more likely to include oral as well as traditional sources but the passage of time inevitable degrades the accuracy of all findings, so some degree of uncertainty must be expected in even the best researched accounts.
|All my Zulu's completed so far.|
Right with this lot completed its time for me to paint some more!
Bloody hell Lee, you're steaming through these 6mm figures. Gotta admit they do look pretty cool, I don't suppose you can actually paint a lot of detail or colour on Zulu's but on mass they do look the biz. I do like all the added history bumf as well.
Top work ol' boy!
How big are the bases?
How many more are there to paint up?
And when's your next opticians appointment?