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JimDuncanUK05 Oct 2019 1:09 p.m. PST

OK, I'm painting some figures from the Pendraken 1879 Anglo-Zulu war pack.

I don't have any reference books to hand and I'm stumped for a uniform for the mounted figures.

They appear to be British in that they have pith helmets and a mixture of carbines and swords.

Any suggestions as to red coats, blue coats or brown coats?

They are clearly not Natal Native Horse.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 1:23 p.m. PST

There weren't any cavalry at Rorkes Drift as far as I know.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine05 Oct 2019 1:26 p.m. PST

as you didn't mention lances I'd assume they are either Natal Carbineers (dark blue uniforms)

or Kings Dragoon Guards (red uniform)

Prince Rupert of the Rhine05 Oct 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

I think there were some NNH horse at Rorke's Drift but they scarpered pretty sharply once the Zulus arrived.

JimDuncanUK05 Oct 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

There weren't any cavalry at Rorkes Drift as far as I know.

There were some Natal Native Horse present but they scarpered off before the Zulus arrived.

JimDuncanUK05 Oct 2019 1:34 p.m. PST

I think there were some NNH horse at Rorke's Drift but they scarpered pretty sharply once the Zulus arrived.

Snap!

JimDuncanUK05 Oct 2019 1:35 p.m. PST

as you didn't mention lances I'd assume they are either Natal Carbineers (dark blue uniforms)

or Kings Dragoon Guards (red uniform)

Certainly no lances.

JimDuncanUK05 Oct 2019 1:42 p.m. PST

In either case they give me some 'what-if' options for games not involving the Rorkes Drift attack.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 2:26 p.m. PST

Sure, there had to be small scouting actions between the major actions. Plus there is always Holbane.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

Yes, they did have a unit of the Natal Native Horse. As I recall, they brought news, deployed mounted outside of the mission, and departed before any action occurred. It alway bothered me that in the movie Zulu they were all played by whites.

Glengarry505 Oct 2019 6:07 p.m. PST

I don't think there were any strictly British (as opposed to South African volunteer) cavalry in South Africa until the second invasion, long after Rorkes Drift, so no Dragoon Guards. The mounted arm was made up of volunteers in a variety of small units including the "Buffalo Border Guard", "Frontier Light Horse" and "Natal Carbineers". There were as well the Natal Mounted Police and Mounted Infantry recruited from the British regular infantry regiments as well as the NCC horse. They all fought more or less as mounted infantry while some were more adapt at fighting mounted Boer style.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine06 Oct 2019 2:48 a.m. PST

After a quick look on Pendraken's site I see the British cavalry are labelled "Cavalry, Naval/Durban mounted" they seem to have little spikes on their helmets so I'd certainly go with painting them as Natal Carbineers or as Glenngarry5 suggests Natal mounted police.

JimDuncanUK06 Oct 2019 3:34 a.m. PST

Carbineers they will be then.

Many thanks everyone.

Durban Gamer06 Oct 2019 4:44 a.m. PST

10mm cavalry in sunhelmet can be painted as a wide variety of the mounted units involved in the Zulu War, both British regular and local. Plenty of scenarios, even a few involving mostly mounted on the British side.

10mm Wargaming Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2019 3:08 a.m. PST

My 10mm Anglo Zulu War Project may be of interest to you.

My 10mm Wargaming

Take care

Andy

JimDuncanUK08 Oct 2019 4:12 a.m. PST

My 10mm Anglo Zulu War Project may be of interest to you.

Thanks Andy

10mm Wargaming Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2019 4:08 a.m. PST

You are welcome

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