I've managed to finish another half dozen British this month so I am progressing, albeit slowly and I have lost my fear of these figures. Sometimes, when figures are very complex or detailed (as is the case, often, with Perry figures) I actually put off painting them. Despite having finished a few of these I was starting to think about these like that. The real issue is often between painting the initial "test" figure, on which I usually lavish a lot more time, and the rank and file. However, in this case I am pretty happy with them and I think they look OK. My main worry has been how to do the stained helmets but I have dealt with these by actually painting them white and...well...staining them, with a Citadel wash, Gryphonne sepia.
I have another half dozen or so started now so will try to move these along a bit. I have also now started the necessary Zulus to finish my second unit and will do those in tandem with the Darkest Africa askari, as they share a lot of colours.
I'm going to have to start thinking about how to organise the British and what units they will represent.
My interest in Colonial Wargaming was largely ignited by my father, who was a big fan of the film Zulu and always wanted a Stanley Baker style pith helmet.
It was many years before I started to paint Colonial wars figures and these were the ESCI/ERTL Zulu War plastics. When I moved on to metal figures I quickly dicovered that there wasn't a range of Zulu War figures that met my standards. However, this has all changed with the marvellous new figures from Empress Miniatures and Wargames Factory so, at last, a Zulu War army is looking possible.
In the meantime I started work on my Sudan project (see link below) but it is clear that there is a lot more material available on the Zulu War with people such as Ian Knight churning out books at an alarming rate (did anybody else see him on the quiz show Telly Addicts a few years ago? - he didn't do very well!).