Of course when I decided to build my Zulu War project I would at sometime have to feature Rorkes Drift and so I busily started looking at the various options.
I quickly realised that there were three ....
1. Build it myself
2. Purchase the resin models from Redoubt
3. Purchase the 4ground models
Fortunately my decision was made easier when I picked up the latter models for a good price along with all the barricades from the Warlord Games Rorkes Drift box set from a fellow gamer, Hu Rhu, at BLAM.
These were part of a long dormant project of his and part of the deal was to invite him down to the shed once they were all built. No problem !
The buildings themselves are all MDF and it became quickly obvious that it would be much better to paint the pieces before assembly. All the walls were sprayed matt white before I turned my attention to the wooden door frames, windows and lintels.
The exposed brick work was painted basalt gray and then each brick picked out in a deep red brown.
At present the roofs are unpainted teddy bear fur soaked in PVA - can't help thinking they would not look out of place on the President Elects head
The set I bought came with some mealie bag defences and the resin wagon. These I augmented with a few extra purchases from Warlord Games themselves - chiefly some more barricades and the redoubt. I have to say these resin pieces are gorgeous and the cart covered in bags is so evocative of the movie....
On top of the buildings I acquired some bell tents from Renedra and based these on plasticard. Rorkes Drift is almost complete. Although the layout shown is not accurate it does convey the affect I was looking to achieve. Just had to add some defenders...;-)
The only think left to paint is the stone Kraal and the Cattle
Thanks to everybody for following the progress on this project - it has been a labour love and as mentioned in previous posts it is dedicated to the memory of my father.
Of course we now have to refight this engagement and what better than to do this on its 138th anniversary - Sunday 23rd January - I'll keep you all posted.