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My Zulus

Posted by Iceman1964 on 31 Mar 2024, 10:26

Hi all, and happy Easter to everybody.

There are dozens and dozens of dioramas on Zulu’s war, real icons in our minds, it’s time also for me to do something about the waves of warriors with shields and wood maces against the red jackets….

It will be a small diorama but very crowded, showing the wild fight at the mealie bags wall at Rorke’s Drift.

Here are some of the figures (Italeri, Call to Arms and Hat), the mealie bags wall (Italeri) and the first painted Zulu’s casualties.

Stay tuned :-D

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 19 Apr 2024, 18:19

As my post praising this magnificent project has been one of those that have gone, I repeat again what I said then. ;-)

Enrico, the figures you have chosen for this new diorama are an excellent selection, both the Zulus from Esci/Italeri and A Call to Arms and the British from Esci/Italeri and Hät, all of them great creations from their makers. :drool:

Likewise, the painted Zulu casualties look spectacular. :love:

In the missing post I also mentioned that I like this subject so much that a few years ago I started to prepare a project called "Zulu Ambush", which I hope to finish at some point in the future and of which I have these outline pictures.

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Go on with them, my friend! :thumbup:

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Posted by Iceman1964 on 25 Apr 2024, 10:39

Now it’s the time of the zulu warriors (still) alive :-) ! Others to come, then the British defenders …

Enjoy :-D

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 25 Apr 2024, 19:20

You have also done a superb paintjob on these alive Zulus, Enrico. I love the skin tones, as well as the textures of the different elements (shields, feathers, skins, etc). :love: :love: :love:

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Posted by PaulRPetri on 26 Apr 2024, 00:41

Those are fantastic Zulus!!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 27 Apr 2024, 07:03

Superb painting on these fierce fellows.

You have managed to capture the eyes well in my opinion.

That is a gift as the attempt in this scale usually results in the cartoon look.

Well done indeed.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Peter on 27 Apr 2024, 20:52

Excellent painted zulu's!
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 01 May 2024, 08:27

thanks guys for your feedback, always much appreciated :-)
I had a lot of fun in painting these warriors :-D here is the last batch , now it's time to pass to the british defenders !

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Posted by Rich W on 02 May 2024, 15:38

Wonderful work. As already mentioned, the skin tones and the shields are excellent. I look forward to seeing more updates!
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Posted by CliosPaintingBench on 16 May 2024, 15:48

Oh wow, great project, another hit from the Ice Man. The faces are very lifelike and the blending on the skin is great, You've got some great figures!
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Posted by Peter on 18 May 2024, 22:22

Another great bunch of painted Zulu's! :love:
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Posted by blacksmith on 19 May 2024, 01:20

Fantastic skintones (especially the last one) and great shields too, congratulations!
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 27 May 2024, 17:49

Thanks folks :-D
And here are the british : they are Hat, Call to arms and Esci-Italeri, the Hat are more precise (for example they have the bayonet folders) and with poses good for this diorama, but quality of the sculpture is much lower than the other two manufacturers (minimal heads and huge hands....). Esci-Italeri has also some very original poses, such as the kneeled soldier with the ammunitions box.

And now let's go with the diorama assembly, it will be very, very crowdy !

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 27 May 2024, 18:43

Fantastic figures these British infantrymen are, Enrico, they have nothing to envy to their Zulu rivals. :love:

Iceman1964 wrote:...they are Hat, Call to arms and Esci-Italeri, the Hat are more precise (for example they have the bayonet folders) and with poses good for this diorama, but quality of the sculpture is much lower than the other two manufacturers (minimal heads and huge hands....). Esci-Italeri has also some very original poses, such as the kneeled soldier with the ammunitions box...

Although your excellent paintjob evens out the final result on all the figures, I agree with you that the Esci-Italeri and A Call to Arms figures (especially the former ones for my taste) are of better quality. :thumbup:

I will wait with great interest to see the final finished diorama. ;-)

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Posted by Rich W on 01 Jun 2024, 10:37

You’ve made a lovely job of these. Some lovely poses you’ve picked out to paint. I love all the AZW British sets and I think each set has its own advantages.

I’m looking forward to them all coming together!
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Posted by Peter on 07 Jun 2024, 18:28

One word: "Fantastic!" :thumbup:
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