Hey guys, welcome to the MOC of the Week Section. Future MOC selections will be taken from our BrickUltra Flickr group so you can join that here: CLICK HERE. This week we’ll be featuring the “Battle of Rorke’s Drift” created by Flickr user Gary The Procrastinator.
Here’s the MOC Description:
In this famous battle from the Zulu War of 1879, British soldiers of B Company of 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot, along with a few Natal Native Contingent (NNC) auxiliaries, totaling 150 men, successfully held off repeated intense attacks for 12 hours from a force of at least 3000 brave Zulu warriors led by Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande.
This portrays the first attack on the small station of Rorke’s Drift on the afternoon of January 22, 1879, which concentrated on the hospital and surrounding mealie bag wall. For the build, I wanted to show this amazing historical fight for survival with as much realism as possible and so this is accurate to one foot per LEGO stud. The hospital and wall placement are exactly scale per historical records and from the Osprey Campaign book, Rorke’s Drift 1879.
The fight as portrayed here is shown around 4:40pm, only 20 minutes into the conflict. The Zulus have rapidly come in from the north to swing around and attack the entrance to the hospital from the south, while small bands try to force entry from side and rear doors. The mealie bag wall has collapsed in multiple places, and in response Lt Gonville Bromhead and Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne lead a successful bayonet attack on the invaders, driving them back (on the left of the picture). In the middle, several Zulu warriors have pushed through and are attacking the commanding officer of Rorke’s Drift, Lt John Chard, along with the incensed Corporal Christian Schiess, NNC, who in spite of a severe leg wound drove them back (I have played with time a little bit to include this action).
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