Rorke’s Drift Part 28 – Zulu update 

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.

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. 



26 thoughts on “Rorke’s Drift Part 28 – Zulu update ”

  1. Great additions Luke, can imagine finding details from the Zulu’s very difficult, as their history was passed down in tales that were spoken not written, plus as you say. history is written by the victors.

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  2. Keep soldiering on mate, you’re getting there! Nice atmospheric photos as well but I reckon your best bet is for generic Zulu tribal stuff rather than Individual accounts. I did find this though …

    Cetshwayo kaMpande (/kɛtʃˈwaɪ.oʊ/; Zulu pronunciation: [ǀétʃwajo kámpande]; c. 1826 – 8 February 1884) was the king[a] of the Zulu Kingdom from 1873 to 1879 and its leader during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. His name has been transliterated as Cetawayo, Cetewayo, Cetywajo and Ketchwayo. Cetshwayo consistently opposed the war and sought fruitlessly to make peace with the British, and was defeated and exiled following the Zulu defeat in the war. He was later allowed to return to Zululand, where he died in 1884.

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    1. Cheers Dave. Yeah I’ve done a little on Cetshwayo and his son but I was really looking for first hand accounts from the warriors. I guess, like Dave Stone said, it’d be more story telling than pen to paper. Thanks though Davey.

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  3. Very nice close-ups on the Zulus! They really bring the conflict to life. 200 to go is a nice milestone to hit as well. It is a shame that there aren’t more accounts from the Zulu’s perspective as well. I’m sure it would be interesting to see what they thought about this conflict both before and after it.

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  4. Nice dramatic photos, my man! Especially with the moody lighting. Think you missed your calling as a cameraman in Hollywood! It’s interesting how you’re able to get help from others on the project. Too bad we didn’t all live closer, would be kinda fun to contribute on large projects and see what everyone does.

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      1. Yea, postage to USA would probably be abysmal unfortunately. Plus the downside is that if I’m helping someone else paint theirs, my mountain of plastic will continue to fill the house, haha!

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