Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hollywood Version: Heroes of Rorkes Drift

I can't wait for Daniel Mersey's latest set of historical rules which are scheduled for publication in August 2016. It will be a set of Colonial rules titled The Men Who Would be Kings. Figures are mounted individually for casualty removal but fight as a unit. Knowing Daniel's track record and the play tests I have read I am going to step out and predict that this will be another success.  

To get a head start, I'm going to start painting units for the Anglo-Zulu War.  I used to have a 15 mm Zulu army and played regularly in this period in the 1990's with the good chaps of the Fort Monroe, VA area.  This time around I am going to do it in 28 mm primarily with miniatures from Warlord Games/Empress miniatures.  To get me started, Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian) and his wife The Future Doctor sent me "The Defenders of Rorke Drift" from Warlord Games/Empress Miniatures. This is the Hollywood versions of  the sullen but doughty Private Hook; VC, the stoic but reluctant Lt. Chard, VC; the dandy English gentleman Lt. Bromhead,VC; and the unflappable bayonet fighting Colour Sgt Bourne, DSO.

This is my first experience with Empress Miniatures and needless to say I am impressed.  I have long admired the photos of their Anglo-Zulu, English Civil War and Indian Mutiny and the actual miniatures do not disappoint.  I now have miniature representations of James Booth (Private Henry Hook, VC),  Michale Caine (Lt. Gonville Bromhead, VC), Stanley Baker (Lt. John Chard, R.E., VC) and Nigel Green (Colour Sergeant Bourne, DSO).

Here are the figures with a black wash applied as primer which also allows the detail to stand out.  I have done the flesh with a base of Brown Flesh (GW) with Dark Flesh (Vallejo) over. 

 Private Henry Hook, VC

Lt. Gonville Bromhead, VC

Note the sleeve details with the knots!  Impressive!

 Lt. John Chard, R.E., V

 Colour Sergeant Bourne, DSO

One last toast from Henry Hook!


  1. A wonderful project, Neil. I'm also looking forward to the new rules.

    1. Ditto to that Dean. My favorite Dark Ages rules are Dux Bellorum. I am finally going to get Dragon Rampant too.

  2. A good start! I am looking forward to more of this project of yours!

    I am also looking forward to Men Who Would Be Kings - I hope it will rekindle my own stalled Zulu War project. I have a half dozen units finished (less than half of those I have to do!?) - mostly foundry and Black Tree Design. It mostly petered out a few years back because I couldn't settle on a set of rules. I really like Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant - so I am very hopeful for Men Who Would be Kings!

    1. Tim - That's what happened to me in the mid 1990's. Had a great Zulu army and what we did was come up with some home rules as we were not satisfied with what was out there.