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FlyXwire19 Jan 2019 3:59 p.m. PST

AZW – it's been one of my dreams to get this project onto a game board……someday. Well, I might just have enough done to pull off the scenario I've committed to present in a few weeks now. One more mounted unit yet to complete – the Transvaal Rangers, and I'll have a shoe-in for Buller's scouting and raiding force before Hlobane, readied for this gaming action. Just had to set up a little diorama here of the FLH, to give me a little positive reinforcement to keep working away on this project.

Hope you like its looks -

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2019 4:48 p.m. PST

Look great

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2019 5:39 p.m. PST

They're terrific. Would love to see more.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2019 5:50 p.m. PST

Nice! Especially love the long grass and the Zululand feel

Durban Gamer20 Jan 2019 4:53 a.m. PST

Combo of grass and figs really great. Looking forward to the AAR!

FlyXwire20 Jan 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

Thank You Guys, but you know you're just encouraging me to be playing with my toys when I should be painting! :)))

Here's a contingent from the 1st Squadron Mounted Infantry "moving into firing positions" somewhere in Northern Zululand -

D A THB20 Jan 2019 2:28 p.m. PST

They look good. I have not done those two units yet as I am worried about having too much horse compared to my Infantry units.

FlyXwire20 Jan 2019 3:59 p.m. PST

DA, I'm actually doing the opposite building the "flying column" units that stayed active directly after Isandlwana, conducting patrols, reconnaissances, escorts, and [cattle] raids. These mounted units at times operated with foot units, and this presented to me an interesting, low-unit count way for doing the AZW, and in a way not as often presented for this period.

Here's an article that presents the basis for playing the period from this perspective (Wood's column in the north is what I've focused my builds on, but they operated along the same lines as those related to in the article linked below)


D A THB20 Jan 2019 11:20 p.m. PST

Cheers for that. I will book mark it for later as I still have plenty of bare metal and plastic to get on with for this project at the moment.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 8:53 a.m. PST

Great work. Mounted units in the Zulu war are like Tiger tanks. To sexy not to build.

Also great fun to play with limited figures.

I use TSATF and have the a table to determine the status of the trooper and his horse. The most likely result is having your horse shot out from under you.

Lion in the Stars22 Jan 2019 9:16 p.m. PST

Very nice painting! (We won't discuss how many cavalry I have for the Northwest Frontier…)

The most likely result is having your horse shot out from under you.

I'm pretty sure most cavalrymen of the later 19thC would agree with that table!

Bonnaught23 Jan 2019 3:12 p.m. PST

They are wonderfully inspiring dioramas, very dynamically posed. I love the grass affect too and would be curious to know its source, for my own AZW gaming (in 15mm).

I have purchaaed pre-owned mounted FLH, NNH, Boers, Colonials & Dragoons (who will double as IMI) and plan to wargame more of the purely mounted actions soon.

The varied engagements of Buller's mounted force are full of great scenario ideas, from his fighting withdrawel on Jan 20th, the interception of the Zulu flanking forces at Wood's Zunguin Nek engagenent Jan 24th, the numerous kraal raids, the large-scale Zulu ambush of the July 3rd recon-in-force and of course the battle of Hlobane.

Look forward to seeing more of your forces and hearing of their adventures.

FlyXwire23 Jan 2019 6:17 p.m. PST

Thank You All!

Bonnaught, that's a Killing Fields fur mat I'm using as my background for the shots above. What I like about their product is its consistency.

I've made a half-dozen mats myself, from fur yardage I've found at local fabric stores, but could never find a steady supply when returning for more (the supply is always hit or miss). As an example, here's a mat I made for an East Africa WWI scenario -

That fur above had a great texture to it (somewhat kinky), and a good color at the base of the fabric (a medium brown), but it was a one-off purchase.

Killing Fields mats, although a basic brownish drab color with a slightly greenish tint, are not a bad price for the amount of fur footage. Here's one I cut and colorized for a small ACW game I'm hosting in a weeks time (got too many projects backed up against each other at the moment) ;)

Bonnaught26 Jan 2019 10:54 a.m. PST

Cheers FlyXWire, thanks for the grass mat info. They look very versatile for gaming.

SgtGuinness30 Jan 2019 6:49 a.m. PST

Great looking figs and terrain. I love the use of the fur.

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