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Posted by Peter on 04 Mar 2021, 20:57

Well I can tell you that the military bisquits are very hard (had enough of them ;-) ), so I hope they were still in the boxes, so they had a better protection. :o

Again a nice next step of this project! :thumbup:
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 15 Mar 2021, 20:00

Peter wrote:Well I can tell you that the military bisquits are very hard (had enough of them ;-) ), so I hope they were still in the boxes, so they had a better protection. :o

Again a nice next step of this project! :thumbup:


@Peter :yeah: :-D

I have also finished the mealie sack pyramids, which served as feed reserves for the British Army. All bags only have to be drybrushed
After 7:00 p.m., about 5-6 British soldiers built a redoute out of the two pyramids, it took them about 1 hour. This redoute was 2.70 meters high. I only added the figures to check the size.


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Posted by dykio on 15 Mar 2021, 20:27

absolutely BRILLIANT :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Posted by Peter on 18 Mar 2021, 17:25

It is brilliant! When you look at the movie "Zulu!" you don't realise that there are so much mealie sacks at Rorke's Drift. So again something learned from this fantastic topic! :thumbup:
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 18 Mar 2021, 17:45

Thank you!

The fence of the orchard at Rorke's Drift is also ready. Like all meal bags and biscuit boxes, it is also given a dry paint job. Here again with some figures for size control.


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Posted by kinjack on 18 Mar 2021, 20:02

It's going to look incredible.. well it already does. Easily my favourite thread on Benno's at the moment, I can't wait to see you start adding figures!

I was surprised when you said they were 1/72 because they look so good - am I correct in thinking you 3D print them?

It's something I'm interested in myself but have no knowledge on, would you ever make a post on your process?
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 18 Mar 2021, 20:16

Thank you! Yes, there are many 3D figures, but also figures modeled by Massimo Costa. All are in resin from Germania figures.

Best regards, Wolfgang
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 18 Mar 2021, 22:20

Wolfgang I can barely bring myself to look at your post anymore. Your work is so good it blinds me!!!
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 19 Mar 2021, 08:19

Thank you! I am very happy that you like the diorama!
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 30 Mar 2021, 10:28

In the last few days I have reworked about 700 Zulu who had small painting errors, or I have reworked all shields with their colors.

Sometimes I didn't like the “white” and sometimes the “red-brown” either.

As a senior regiment, the uThulwana regiment had white shields and white shields with red-brown spots at Rorke's Drift.

The uDloko regiment had red-brown shields with white spots.

Today I almost got the third regiment ready, the unmarried ones in Dluyengwe.

These had black shields with white spots at the bottom. I think I'll be through with the figures in the next few days.

The printed resin figures are incredibly filigree and expressive.

Then paint several dead Zulu people and some dead oxen, which I thankfully received from Erik Trauner.


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Posted by Peter on 30 Mar 2021, 13:53

Real nice variation in the shields. I like that! :thumbup:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Mar 2021, 14:32

No two shields alike. Wonderful. The spear-throwing warrior figure has a physique like a modern-day olympic athlete or American footballer. Would they really have looked like that at Rorke's Drift? I expect they would be strong and fit, but quite a bit leaner.
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 30 Mar 2021, 16:01

Thank you! There are also figures with a big belly among the Zulu. :-D
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Posted by C M Dodson on 30 Mar 2021, 17:00

Marvellous masterclass as always.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 31 Mar 2021, 18:52

Uf, simply counting the number of Zulu shields, one can make an idea of your diorama grandiosity. :drool:

Great progress, Wolfgang. :thumbup:

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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 09 Apr 2021, 20:08

I thank you for your interest and your kind words.

I have also painted some figures, which Erik Trauner kindly gave me for my diorama. These also go very well together with the figures of Germania figures.

It is said in the reports of those involved in the battle that the Zulu suffered great losses in front of certain places on the barricades and that those killed and wounded were piled up there.

It is not easy for me to show such scenes in a diorama. However, I decided on this point in time or section of the battle in the diorama and I have to show it that way now if I want to remain historically correct.

A total of 280 wounded and dead people are shown in the diorama. The total number of figures in the diorama is 927 figures, all made of resin in 1/72 scale!


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Posted by Bluefalchion on 09 Apr 2021, 22:05

A pile of bodies is a grisly sight, but at the stage of the battle you are portraying, an accurate one. The glorious portrayals of war tend to obscure such horrors, but an artist such as yourself can bring them back into focus.
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Posted by Peter on 10 Apr 2021, 09:21

Consider yourself lucky that you don't have to paint the dead and wounded Zulu's of the battle of Islandwana, about 3000 men! ;-)

Great painted dead soldiers, it will make the diorama very realistic! :thumbup:
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