David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Monday, 2 April 2012

17th Lancers in the Anglo-Zulu War

I've completed the first base of Empress Miniatures' 17th Lancers for my Anglo-Zulu War collection.
Its taken me a week to paint these three, which is very slow by my usual pace I have to say. The Ebob horses, as ever, are wonderfully rendered, but their very active charging poses, when combined with the action poses of the Lancers themselves meant a real challenge for my old eyes and unsteady hands, so be kind when you judge them/me...


These are the most challenging figures I've tackled for a very long time and at times very frustrating as my 'skills' did not match what I wanted to achieve. I don't think I've ever overpainted so many colours during the painting process to correct me mistakes. I have to say I'm satisfied with the overall effect, but would really like to have done better. {I've actually finished a fourth lancer and both of the remaining horses for the second base!}

4 comments:

  1. Great looking figures, very evocative.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  2. Nothing to be ashamed of there, David. The lancers, the horses, the bases, all first rate. The shading on the horse in the middle picture is especially nice. I didn't realize that cavalry played a big role in the Zulu Wars. Looking forward to seeing these guys in a battle report.
    Cheers,
    Mike

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  3. Thanks David for showing your latest painted miniatures. They are really nice and I hope you are proud of them.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  4. Splendid job there DB, it will be a pleasure to command them at some point.

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