Wednesday, 10 January 2018

From LeeH : iMbube & Isanqu Zulu's (96 Points)

My Zulu Army grows larger with the addition of two of the smaller regiments available, the Mbube and Isangqu. The Mbube consisted of just 500 warriors with an average age of 35. The Isangqu were 1500 strong but as older married men would usually have been part of the reserve. Their average age would have been more like 54.

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).

Side view

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!

From Ray

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!
Quick question
How big are the bases?
How many more are there to paint up?
And when's your next opticians appointment?


  1. So awesome Lee. They look amazing (and terrifying) all massed up.

  2. Terrific work, Lee on these "smaller" regiments. Fairly mind boggling having a regiment of Zulus with an approximate age of 54 - around the time one would be wanting to put down one's assegai, I'd have thought. They look fantastic, and even better en masse!

  3. My bases are 60mm x 60mm; I have about another 5-600 left to paint (not enough, I'll have to buy some more!!); And I'm booking an Opticians appointment for next week.

  4. Oh my goodness that is so cool and bloody crazy I thought I was mad but you take the cake I can't hardly see them how the heck do yo paint them , what an awesome looking army

  5. Proper masses I love em Lee

  6. Lovely little Zulus again Lee :)

  7. More 6mm mastery - Lee, you bring out the best this scale has to offer!

  8. Uthusu indeed! What a scary bunch - great stuff

  9. Wonderful looking zulus and I didn't realise that the white shields were pushing on quite so much!
    Best Iain

  10. Fantastic work - really looking forward to seeing these in action

    Hmmm, the Zulu's really didn't have any cavalry - you may have found the perfect army for you to command!

  11. Beautiful work, Lee! I do like the attention you've given each stand, the unit labels are pure genius and adds to them much like your North African WW2 stuff! thick are your glasses? ;)