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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2016 11:57 p.m. PST

I thought the title might get your attention.

In my reading, it seems the more important Zulus did have some horses. I am aware that the Zulus fielded no cavalry as such but it seems a few mounted scouts may have been used sometimes.

Does anyone use mounted Zulu figures? We use the TSATF rules & I'm thinking about the possibility of integrating a few. Any suggestions?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 2:01 a.m. PST

I have a horse on the commander's base – more as a status symbol than for any actual purpose.

advocate04 Jul 2016 2:01 a.m. PST

Leaders were sometimes mounted. I'd like some in 20mm!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 3:09 a.m. PST

I'm using Italeri Gaul cavalry legs & HaT Zulu bodies: easy.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 6:43 a.m. PST

I have a few mounted scouts and have used them as such.


oldjarhead104 Jul 2016 7:12 a.m. PST

Minifigs 15mm Zulu command has commander on what appears to be a mule.

Hafen von Schlockenberg04 Jul 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

Ral Partha did a mounted Induna. I wonder if they'd be considered close to "20mm" now.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 8:05 a.m. PST

I have a few mounted scouts and have used them as such.

Any special rules? I mean scouts work both ways. If you see scouts, you know the main army can't be far away.

advocate04 Jul 2016 9:30 a.m. PST

The British didn't always make that connection.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 9:36 a.m. PST

Some of my Zulu generals get to ride a horse.

Zargon04 Jul 2016 10:51 a.m. PST

Yes a couple of my mthomshloti have horses, I'd go with a zebra for one of them too, Black Tree Miniatures have mounted Induna. Nowadays they ride around in pricey mercs with a blue-light cavalcade pushing all other drivers off the road.

Col Durnford04 Jul 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

For TSATF one mounted and one dismounted officer for each 3 units.

The dismounted officer stays with the impi and the mounted officer moves to the hill where the (also mounted) army commander sets up to view the battle. The mounted officer will only rejoin his impi when the dismounted commander is put out of action.

Additionally, I have one impi that has a 6 man mounted scout unit that is also armed with rifles.

It has no battlefield benefit, however, it does give a scouting bonus on events leading up to the battle.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 11:54 a.m. PST

I recall an incident during the 2nd Boer War when a Boer Commando, pursued by the British, strayed into Zulu territory and were attacked by mounted Zulus. I think it's in one of the London Illustrated News books on the war. There's a great illustration called "Settling Old Scores" or similar and shows the Zulus engaging the Boers with hand weapons, one brandishing a knobkerri about to brain an unlucky Boer. That illustration alone made me want to collect a unit of mounted Zulus.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

I seem to recall that Ral Partha actually made a pack of "Zulu Scouts," four or five figures specifically posed to place on horseback (carrying knobkerries, I seem to think).

I believe I still have some among my old collection, but they're buried to deep for a quick check.

In any case, I say let them appear as any other scouts in TSATF/800FE!


Brian Smaller04 Jul 2016 12:24 p.m. PST

For a skirmish game I think that a few mounted Zulus would not go amiss. For a big wargame I might chuck them in as colour. I have a few mounted Zulus but they are all used as command figures. Black Tree ones I think they are.


The Bavarian04 Jul 2016 12:51 p.m. PST

I have the Ral Partha's in my collection. They are still available from Great Endeavours



GoodOldRebel11 Aug 2016 3:22 a.m. PST

Might add something to the table ….i'll get some for my son's Zulu collection

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