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WIP uSuthu! Zulu attack on the mission station 54mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Richie, Aug 4, 2021.

  1. Richie A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi All,
    I thought I would share my progress to date and this huge project. I always intended to do this after buying a Rorke's Drift set off Gordon. Well it went one step further and bought the rights and masters from Gordon, thank you my friend.

    RD All.JPG

    So now owning the above I wanted to create a set of married Zulu warriors attacking the barricade, so the planning immediately started probably 16 months ago.
    In this hobby of ours you make a lot of friends and the support I have had from these friends to achieve this has been second to none. So this is not just me it is a combined effort from me and my good friends;
    Tommi Worton, Steve Readdie and Robert Lane. I would also like to thank Richard at Oakwood, Vince and Aleksey. All have contributed to this project massively, with sculpts, 3d sculpts, masters and equipment.

    Most importantly I would like to thank my wife Christine who has always given me 100% support. She has given me the time and pushed me to sculpt virtually evey single day.

    Also a special mention to Solomon Burke whose tracks in the background have kept me sane.

    There is a big unbalance in the modelling world when it comes to Zulu's especially in 54mm so I decided to make a set of 24 for this project. I'm talking about model kits and not the toy soldier variety.

    The placement will be a lot tighter when the goundwork is done and I'm not trying to hold them all up with blue-tack. Still a long way to go but something significant to show you.
    cheers
    Richie
    zf1.jpg zf2.jpg zf3.jpg zf4.jpg zf5.jpg zf6.jpg zulu firing.jpg zulu13a.jpg zulu14.jpg placement4.jpg
    placement1.jpg
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  2. DaddyO A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Love it Ritchie :D
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  3. Redcap A Fixture

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    When this is completed Richie, this should be in a museum for all to see.

    I hope you are keeping well mate and fingers crossed for Darlington 2022!

    Gary
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  4. Grod A Fixture

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    Great stuff Richie.
    This will be a tremendous piece when done.
    Stick at it.
    Gordon
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  5. oierlings Member

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    Switzerland
    Very interesting scene .
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  6. Trep Active Member

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    United-States
    Looks awesome, this is an outstanding companion peice to go with the Rorkes drift set. the Zulus look amazing. I would purchase these to go along with my rorkes drift set
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  7. Edward A Fixture

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    England
    Looks great Richie - I'd love to do a vignette of Zulus sometime.
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  8. Helm A Fixture

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    England
    Will this one have the giraffe? Looking awesome mate, as Gary said this should be in a museum.
    Steve
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  9. clrsgt A Fixture

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    United-States
    Adding Zulus is awesome project Richie. I have the entire 24th set from Gordon and I have always thought Zulus were needed. I would need a separate case to display it with Zulus added. My wife is my biggest supporter, but I don't think she'd go for it. I can dream though.
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  10. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely aces
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  11. Oda A Fixture

    Absolutely thrilling.Hats off to you Sir.

    Oda.
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  12. fogie A Fixture

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    Exciting stuff !!....looking forward to seeing this develop (memories of dear old Norman Abbey's
    efforts all those years ago...eh?).

    Mike
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  13. Von Bock Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Truly Amazing work. I can hear Bromhead in the background yelling "hold them" "hold them". I agree with the others this is a museum piece to be seen by all. Regards, Brock
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  14. Renato PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Italy
    Gobsmacking! You will need a bucketful of brown and red paint.......amazing diorama, can'r wait to see this in progress
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  15. 1969 A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    It's been a while in the making for you but you are on the home stretch now with it, hats off to you mate for persevering with all those figure sculpts.
    Going to be an epic piece when completed.
    Cheers mate
    Steve
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  16. Scotty Well-Known Member

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    Scotland
    Wow, magnificent effort sculpting all these boys. The whole scene looks amazing. Good luck with it.
    Scotty.
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  17. Richie A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi All,
    Thank you Paul, Gary, Eric, Daniel, Edward, Steve, Michael, Matthew, Aris, Mike, Brock, Renato & Scotty. I really appreciate your comments and support, I would like to think that one day my entire collection of Zulu war figures would have a place in the Brecon museum to inspire future generations of model makers.

    Gordon mate, I cannot thank you enough for passing on the Rorke's Drift scene to me, you know it has gone to a good home.

    Steve mate, thank you for your continued help, guidance and support over many years. Your master weapons are just superb craftsmanship and the Enfield musket gives me another dimension for some of the Zulu warriors.

    Probably the next update will be when all the figures and groundwork are done.
    uSuthu! uSuthu!
    Richie
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  18. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Richie

    WOW!! Just amazing this will be wonderful for sure when finished , the modelling and interaction and animation are great .....a pleasure to see ...painted ...well I for one can't wait

    I hope Brecon staff are aware of this

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  19. DEL A Fixture

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    Scotland
    Belter, going to be spectacular........other than that it's all been said mate.
    Cheers
    Derek
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  20. Tommi A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Massive undertaking with this project but so worth it and worth all the extra effort and time. An outstanding outcome for sure.

    Cheers
    Tommi
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