Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zulu War 1879 Imperial Foot


Like my other Zulu War figures I've organized my units to be used in two sets of rules. For a skirmish type game I use The Men Who Would be Kings. In TMWWBK Regular Infantry are in 12 figure units.

For larger games with more spectacle I want to use Black Powder. By combining two units from TMWWBK I'll have one unit for Black Powder.

Two companies for the TMWWBK plus two Lieutenants, one for each company and a Captain in the middle to command both. With this organization I can easily use them for The Sword and the Flame too. The figures are all HAT.


"A" Company 90th Foot, Hat figures

"B" Company 90th Foot. Hat figures

The gallant Captain commanding A and B Companies. (will have to name the officers one of these days)

The 90th Foot combined for Black Powder. Black Powder favors large units (usually) and in the Zulu War supplement British Regulars are usually in 16, 20 or 24 figure units.


A and B Companies 13th Foot. The 13th are metal New Line Designs 20mm. The Men Who Would Be Kings uses the smallest unit sizes of the three sets of rules I'm familiar with for the Zulu War. The other set is The Sword and the Flame and units sizes in the TSTF are 20 figures for infantry, 12 for mounted.

B Company, 13th Foot. The Sgt. is giving direction to the lads.

As of yet unnamed Lieutenant of B Company.

This fine fellow is the Captain of A and B Companies.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Zulu War Naval Brigade

When I decided to get involved in 1\72 Colonials I had in mind organizing them for The Sword and the Flame (TSTF) rules. In TSTF each infantry unit has 20 figs plus a officer\leader.

It wasn't long however before I discovered two other sets of rules that I liked. One is The Men Who Would Be Kings (TMWWBK). The basic organization in TMWWBK for regular infantry is 12 figs.

The other set is Black Powder which is supported by the scenario supplement dedicated to the Zulu War. Black Powder organization tends to be larger than either TSTF or TMWWBK.

What was I to do?

I decided  to design my units with enough flexibility to do any of the above rules; that's what.

If I were to play TSTF it would easy enough to make a composite unit of RMLI and RN to make 20 figures in a unit.

If I were to play TMWWBK I have 12 RMLI and 12 RN plus officers for looks.

If I were to play Black Powder I would  combine the RMLI and RN to make one large unit of 24 figs plus officers.

Yeah, I had to paint a lot of extra figures to go from TMWWBK to Black Powder but it was fun.

All the figures in this series of pictures are from HAT.

Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI)

RMLI Sergeant

RMLI Sergeant ordering an advance

The Royal Navy Contingent (RN)

RN Bluejackets from HMS Shah

RMLI Officer

The combined unit of RMLI and Bluejackets led by a mounted officer from one of the line regiments

RMLI and RN Bluejackets combined for Black Powder


RMLI with Sergeants keeping order on the right. Unit size is for The Men Who Would Be Kings.