Freitag, 14. Dezember 2018

Ulundi - The Zulus

After some hard days at work I found the time to relax and put the next photos on the blog.

I hope you enjoy the waves of charging Zulus. The main attack is on the right corner of the back of the square while in the front the Zulus just make a diversionary attack.

On the hill beside the square they fire down on the British.

Thanks to Frank Becker who showed me what my camera was able to do so that I could make these photos down the line of the Zulu charge.

I wish next time we have better light or get a room with windows...

Sonntag, 2. Dezember 2018

Ulundi - First detail photos

The last two weeks I was too busy at work to check all the photos I made on the Dioramica.

All in all Alfred and I made over 350 photos of which I sorted out the best. I hope not to bore you with showing several posts of them here:-)

We showed the part of the battle when the Zulus made their last charge on the backside of the square, charing around the hill. Other Zulus fired down from the hill, while at the front there was a half hearted attack to prevent the British reaching the Kral.

BTW, the whole Zulu army knew the war was lost and charged not with the same determination as in earlier battles.

See here the photos of the square. The British fought four lines deep with the cavalry in the center.
Inside the square the had organised the wagons as a last stand defence (which they never needed).

First the plan. As were not able to paint the British 1:1 we removed the left side of the square.

First the square as a whole. We had the usual problem of bad light. Maybe next time we should try to make an open air diorama...

All in all we had around 2000 British infantry, over 400 horsemen and several other units (Artillery, Army-Service-Corps, Medics, Staff) and the 2nd Batallion Natal Natives.

We had to make compromises on Woods Irregulars and had none of the Natal Native pioneers.

So now see some details on the units within the square. First the front half of it.

Artillery in the corners.

The Navy's Gatling guns in the front center.

Along the right side of the square, seen from the front.

Frontier Lighthorse behind the firing line. After them one of the Troops from the 1st DG

Again the corner

The only unit from the left side of the square as they stood behind the firing line are the mounted infantry.

 The whole front from above

To be continued...

Freitag, 30. November 2018

Next Set for Napoleon in Egypt

Frank worked on these guys at the Dioramica and today he sent me the result.

Infantry in Kleber uniform advancing. The range is growing as you can see here.

I started painting my own armies for the battle of Alexandria. This must be a colorful one.

See here the new masters

Freitag, 23. November 2018

Ulundi - Our Dioramaproject for 2018

Last weekend I had the chance to be on the dioramica where we put our Diorama on show.

Several people asked me how many figures were on the plate, but to be honest I can't say. The British were around 2000 infantry and 400 horsemen. The Zulus something between 6000 and 7000 I would say, maybe more.

See here the first photos. Big files so that you can zoom.

We needed eight hours to create it, but just one to remove it afterwards. And it was a lot of fun:-)

See much more to come:-)