Back in part 17, which seems like a long time ago but was only two weeks, I reported that, with some help from friends, I’d painted a total of 54 Zulus which left me with 216 to go. As well as painting the defenders lately I haven’t forgotten the brave Zulus and managed to polish off another 20. This now means I have just under 200 to go which, despite still being a lot, doesn’t feel quite as daunting.
I also mailed off 10 to fellow Blogger Colonel Mustard. You can find his blog here. https://colonelmustardblog.com
He kindly offered to give me a hand and I’ve got to say I’m really excited to have him involved and also to see what he does with them. Good luck and have fun mate.
Instead of doing a group shot I thought I’d share a couple of insitu shots just for fun.
When I’ve finished this project I plan on doing a lot of photography for it.
As much as I’d like to share first hand accounts from the Zulus perspective I’m really struggling to find anything online. If anyone can suggest a website or books please let me know.
We mustn’t forget that this was the Zulus land and that the Europeans were the invaders but maybe the epic tale of Rorke’s Drift has overshadowed the Zulu struggle. “To the victors go the spoils” and “history is written by the victors”. However the British didn’t actually win at Rorke’s Drift, they just held on, but the British did go on to win the war and so, I guess, that could be the reason why I’m finding it hard to find any documentation from the Zulus point of view.
I also learnt something today. “Impi”, which I understood to mean Regiment, actually means War. Ibutho is the real word for regiment so I’ll be using that one from now on.