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Mooseworks808 Oct 2010 7:04 a.m. PST

Would anyone care to share ways of modelling a zulu or other 19th century native chief/general for games with a large frontage base like DBx/HOTT? Pics would be great. Thank you!

Martin Rapier08 Oct 2010 7:35 a.m. PST

I usually do:

a) a particularly impressive chieftan type figure, possibly standing a little to the fore

b) base some sort of standard bearer on the same base (even if it is just a bloke with a head on a pole or something)

c) put them in a chariot or similar impressive conveyance

all three at once is of course ideal, easy to do for DBx based gallic types.

timurilank08 Oct 2010 7:51 a.m. PST

For HOTT, I would have mine seated on a high back throne, drapped with skins and behind the throne, one warrior holding a large shield as a sun shade. Flanking the throne are his large-ness's Murat, Ney and Davout and a witch/soothsayer.

Highland Guerilla08 Oct 2010 8:46 a.m. PST

Zulu witch smellers were female and particularly garish

"They would dye their hair bright red"

This ritual could go on sometime for four or five days, the ‘Smellers' would dress in animal skins and feathered headdresses, they would paint there faces with highly coloured paint, the hair would be highly greased and then twisted into weird designs and sometime even dyed bright red or green, dancing around the middle of the circle they would wave their spears and chant.

Barry S08 Oct 2010 8:59 a.m. PST

Here's an example of my favorite Zulu Cheif for my DBx/HotT Zulu army. All are Essex Miniatures.
The mounted Induna is a conversion and the element is based on a print in an Osprey.

A couple of my other General elements:

I have another Zulu Chief element to be painted when I get the opportunity. These are from the old Galdiator Range now sold by Black Hat Miniatures and include a warrior holding a shield as sun shade much like timurilank describes and an isAngoma or witch/soothsayer.

Here's a link to my DBx Zulu War armies if you're interested. Sorry about the multiple copies of some photos in advance:

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