Friday, 5 October 2012

BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA. part one. The camp at dawn.


Over the next couple of months I will be posting a weekly update of the events around the Battle of Isandlwana and then following on with the Battle of Rorke's Drift. This will be done through my camera rather than writing a historical report of the events, as there is an abundance of books and information on the web for anyone interested in a more in depth and accurate understanding, regarding these two historic events of the Zulu war.
I will try and cover the main events as best I can but I am limited by what I have in my collection of figures and terrain and also by the size of my table, which is 7' x 5'. There will be quite a few inaccuracies, reasons as mentioned above and also because I have tried to portray scenes both historically and from the film 'Zulu', so please don't take this little project to seriously as it has just been a bit of fun, putting the different aspects of this hobby together and sharing it with you on this blog.       

ISANDLWANA 22nd JANUARY 1879
Lord Chelmsford has marched out before dawn with roughly half his force in the attempt to bring the Zulu to battle. He left approximately 1,700 British troops and their African allies to guard the camp at Isandlwana under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Pulleine of the 1/24th.

The camp at dawn........
















Infantry outposts posted around the camp.




Mounted vedettes were dispatched to take up position on the surrounding heights, and the infantry outposts were relieved. The front and left of the camp had fallen to the Carbineers.

NEXT WEEK.........The alarm and 'Fall In' sounded.

19 comments:

  1. What a tremendous idea Pat and such a cracking start, can't wait for the next instalment. I just love the depth of detail in these photographs and can I ask where the sentries in the greatcoats came from?

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    1. Thanks Michael. The sentries are from Wargames Foundry old Zulu War range.

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  2. Truly magnificent!!! What a great idea as well, this is going to be fun!

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  3. Wonderful idea with superb eye candy!!!! Looking very much forward to the next instalment!

    Christopher

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  4. What a great idea! I'm very excited to see it all fall into place : )

    Cheers
    Dave

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  5. Beautiful photos Pat. Brilliant idea, I'm looking forward to more.

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  6. Oh wow... what a fantastic blog. Following from now!

    VS

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  7. And so it begins! Thank you, Pat, this is gonna' be GREAT!

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  8. Brilliant figures, camp scene and photos! Looking forward to the sighting of the Zulus.

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  9. Pat,
    What can I say, this is a fantastic idea.I will be tuning in for each episode!!!!!

    Best wishes

    Willie

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  10. I think i may run out of superlatives watching this develop. A feast to the eyes Pat, thanks

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  11. Thanks very much Chaps,
    Glad you like, just hope the future posts lives upto your expectations.

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  12. Brillaint..just brillaint. I can picture the zulus swarming towards them already...
    Cheers
    Paul

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  13. Pat, excellent camp and figs! Really nice details and scenic touches!

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  14. What a great army camp! And yes this reminds me on the movie "Zulu dawn". Looking forward to the next posts!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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