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Brummie Lad11 Jun 2011 2:35 a.m. PST

Hi all,

I'm in the process of painting my British mounted infantry unit for the Zulu War. The POW rules class them as regular foot. I know they fought dismounted, but would I base them as Regular Cavalry or as Regular Foot? (My intention is to have a mix of mounted and foot troops on the bases)

Many thanks
Ryan

bruntonboy11 Jun 2011 3:05 a.m. PST

Can't remember what the rules say but I think they would look better on the cavalry bases- you would struggle to fit them on a foot base anyway. To be honest though I am basing mine with the mounted and dismounted figures separate anyway, in fact there will probably be a foot firing line nd a group of horses and holders plus the unit in mounted form as well.

vaughan11 Jun 2011 3:19 a.m. PST

They didn't fight mounted, the horse was just to move them around quickly. Don't know the rules but I would expect 2 sets of figs, one on foot as regular infantry plus horse holders, and one mounted.

Connard Sage11 Jun 2011 3:37 a.m. PST

I put mine on 90mm x 40mm irregular mounted bases infantry at the front, horses and horse holder to the rear.

(My intention is to have a mix of mounted and foot troops on the bases)

That's how I did my irregulars/volunteers. Same size bases as above.

Don't know the rules but I would expect 2 sets of figs, one on foot as regular infantry plus horse holders, and one mounted.

Quite. PoW rules p6 "Mounted Infantry: These can be represented by mixing mounted and dismounted figures within one unit. Separate mounted and dismounted versions of the units are not required"

Connard Sage11 Jun 2011 3:41 a.m. PST

Good luck painting all those Zulus (if you're doing the Brits opponents too) BTW. I did over 500 of the blighters, never again grin

Plynkes11 Jun 2011 3:44 a.m. PST

"They didn't fight mounted, the horse was just to move them around quickly."

The MI at Gingindlovu had been issued sabres and fought as cavalry.

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Connard Sage11 Jun 2011 3:49 a.m. PST

They were issued the Martini Henry carbine too, rather than the longer infantry rifle. The War Office obviously expected them to shoot from the saddle grin

Brummie Lad11 Jun 2011 4:01 a.m. PST

Thanks for the recommendations chaps. Interesting note on the MI at the battle of Gingindlovu. I may do some conversions on my plastics if I get around to refighting the historical battles!

I worked out that I ONLY need to paint 400 if I want to do the entire army from the POW army list. Not as bad as 500, but bad enough! grin Although I'm just going to work on a brigade per side for starters.

bruntonboy11 Jun 2011 6:05 a.m. PST

Painting my old plastic Esci Zulus was dead easy as they were moulded in an appropriate colour to start with. I am now going to replace them with 15mm metal figures, wish I had kept the plastics to be honest- especially now with what is available.

Brummie Lad11 Jun 2011 6:32 a.m. PST

There certainly is a huge variety available. I can't wait for Hat's Frontier Light Horse, Zulu warriors, 17th Lancers, British troops and NNC that are coming out soon! Woohoo! grin

RichardHolling19 Jul 2011 3:06 p.m. PST

For regular mounted infantry most people base on Cavalry bases wiht a mix of foot and mounted.
You can if you like have mounted figures on cav bases, foot on infantry bases and a base of horse holders, but few people do that, atleast on the competition circuit.

For irregular mounted Connard

As for the zulus the beauty of POW is that you canhave as many or as few figures on the bases as you like

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