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Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

Should I go green or arid for, say, Isandlwana bases? I have game mats for both approaches.

Sobieski Inactive Member12 Feb 2018 3:46 a.m. PST

Natal soil is a strong red ochre much of the time.

forlornhope7612 Feb 2018 3:49 a.m. PST

I've gone for African Brown, which is kind of sandy then patches of green flock. Probably not true to life but it works for me.

advocate12 Feb 2018 5:22 a.m. PST

I went arid; but there had been a lot of rain not long before the battle so I suspect green would be more accurate.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 5:56 a.m. PST

Mostly grasses I would think, predominantly arid.

Mick in Switzerland12 Feb 2018 6:12 a.m. PST

During the actual battles in January 1879, the grass would have been quite lush and green.

The films, Zulu and Zulu Dawn, were both made in the summer dry season when the grass is brown.

Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 7:14 a.m. PST

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts.

I think I'll go with a reddish terracotta ground and patches of medium to dark green grass and scrub.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 8:34 a.m. PST



Yes, that's quite different.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 9:17 a.m. PST

Worth remembering (a) that the British didn't begin the campaign until the grass was up to ease the forage problem, and (b) that it went on a lot longer than they'd expected.

No, I am not basing a green and an arid army. But either choice is defensible.

D A THB12 Feb 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

I went arid but later found out that Green would be more likely. Does not bother me as most people would think of the films rather than checking facts.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 4:31 p.m. PST

Go clear, and save yourself all that hassle.

If you are using 15mm figures, go with these 3/4" ones:



Codsticker12 Feb 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

It's all about the season; here are two shots of Giant's Castle peak in Natal Province from a similar angle:

Murvihill13 Feb 2018 9:51 a.m. PST

Since I plan on using my British for Sudan, Afghanistan and India as well as Zulu I went with dried grass (sawdust). It may be wrong but it's consistently wrong…

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