Well it had to happen, after a few messages back and forth with club members we all committed to putting together some Colonial forces using The who would be Kings rules from Osprey. We all agreed to also collect some natives that we could combine for use in our own fictitious setting. Also to keep costs down, most figures will be plastic.
I decided to base my force around a Naval landing party supported by local troops. The plan is for 3 companies of Royal marines, a company of sailors support by either a gatling gun or an artillery piece. The local troops will provide some irregular foot and cavalry and possibly a native unit. I will mainly be using Zulu war figures, though there are a few extras thrown in as I had the figures spare.
So first up is 'A' company of the Royal marines. These are mainly Warlord plastic figures. There are 3 command figures from Perry's Sudan range, not for the purists as a later period, but close enough for me. The last figure is from Foundry's Darkest Africa range. He will be replaced by a regular trooper as he moves to command 'B' company.
The second company completed is some local troops. I've used some Boers from Blacktree miniatures that I already had. They just needed re-basing.
I do have 3 painted mounted troopers that I can put towards an eight man unit. I've ordered some command figures from Perry's and will pick up 2 troopers from Northstar to complete the unit.
As I also committed to some Natives, I've went for the Nile warriors from Perry's Sudan range. One of the chaps already has thousands of Zulu's. Ive already picked up 1 box and a spare sprue. A second box will give me 6 units, 1 of irregulars armed with shoddy muskets and 5 groups of Tribal warriors. Enough to keep me going over the winter months.