Not thousands, but well over a hundred and fifty of 'em.
Old Esci Zulus, from four separate sets that are at least 15 years old, maybe even older.
They were all given to me many years ago by my mate Carlos, and they've been lounging in different boxes full of mixed figures since then
Well with a game coming up organised by Carlos, I remembered I had these Zulus he gave me and promised to paint them up. When I dug them out of their box I aslo discovered that the majorty of the shields and spears have nearly all been lost over the years - victims of multiple transfers to and from different boxes, maybe lost in the bottom of another box, or perhaps even a landfil somewhere, victims of a past clearout of trash.
So with 150+ Zulus and only 20 odd shields and spears, what do you do when you've promised to have them ready for the game ? No choice but to improvise and make your own.
The shields were made from rugged card that were cut into oblong shapes. I made a shield shape similar in size to the original shield printed multiple copies onto the back of the rugged card.
A broom with some nice thick stiff plastic bristles was the spear donor.
Some flat-nosed pliers were used to squash the end of the plastic and a sharp knife to make the spear point.
And I'm quite pleased with the way the spears turned out.
So the next step, paint them all up.
Come back soon, more pics to follow.