Tauregs.

Fresh from the painting bench we have this small group of 20mm Tauregs.

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They are from what was previously Force 20 miniatures, they seem to have (as of 1st July this year) changed their name to Covert Intervention Games. Either way they are available through Elhiem Figures.

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The Tauregs are an interesting tribal people who ancestral land crosses the borders of several modern African nation in the trans Sahara area. Periodically they have launched a war for self determination or at least increased right. However the latest uprising saw on of the major factions becoming allied to Al Qaeda. The French intervention in Mali Operation Serval was in part linked to the latest Taureg rebellion.

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Finding information is pretty hard on them, as much as it pains me to say it Wikipedia is as good a starts as any, it was through there I become aware of a few different scholarly articles that I got hold of that gave good info on the late 20th century Taureg Rebellions.The fall out from the Lybian civil war has left a lot of their lands in a state of perpetual low level warfare as this Vice documentary shows:

https://news.vice.com/video/libyas-quiet-war-the-tuareg-of-south-libya?utm_source=vicenewsfb

Either way my figures will be making they way on to the table top in games of Black Ops/ Chain Reaction/ Force on Force as I use gaming to try and make sense of this latest geopolitical development.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

 

Grey’s Scouts for Rhodesia.

I’ve just finished this batch of mounted infantry for the Bush War in Rhodesia. They are 20mm from Under Fire Miniatures.

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They are armed with a variety of FN FALs, FN FAL Heavy Barrels and a shotgun; with four different horse poses to play with there is a fair amount of variation to be had.

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Looking at the photos there are a few bits of stray static grass that need to be brushed off.

http://www.underfireminiatures.com/index.htm

Cheers,

Pete.

My competition winnings.

A while back the ModernAfricanBushwars yahoo group ran a quick competition- first to answer three questions correctly wins 50 Euros at Hobby Den model store. I saw the email whilst sat in my favourite cafe in town, fortunately the questions were on the Rhodesian War (the conflict in Africa I know most about) so I rattle off my answers and luckily little old me won.

Deciding what to get was a nice experience and today I picked up my parcel from the Post Office.

I like getting parcels, I'm quick to open them up...

I like getting parcels, I’m quick to open them up…

... and tip the contents out.

… and tip the contents out.

I got 3 open backed Unimogs, a M1117 armoured car, a Shorland armoured car and an M47 Patton. All of these models were from Hobby Den's in house range of resins.

I got 3 open backed Unimogs, a M1117 armoured car, a Shorland armoured car and an M47 Patton. All of these models were from Hobby Den’s in house range of resins.

A quick shot of the hulls and turrets, photographing pale resin never really brings out the best in the models (well not with my barely functioning level of skill in photography).

A quick shot of the hulls and turrets, photographing pale resin never really brings out the best in the models (well not with my barely functioning level of skill in photography).

Hobby Den’s own range of resins are very nice and they do fill some useful gaps in the market- they come highly recommended from me.

Their website can be found here: http://www.thehobbyden.com/

On the topic of URLs the yahoo group can be found here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ModernAfricanBushwars/info – worth joining for access to the photo albums alone.

You might be wondering what I plan to do with my new resins..?

Well, the 3 Unimogs will be painted up to be added to my Rhodesian Bush War collection- though I’ll need to find some crew for them, the M1117 will be a sand colour for service in Iraq ( they were mostly used by the Military Police for convoy protection duties and I have been planning a game along those lines for ages), the M47 will be painted in Croat colours as I’ve got a decal sheet with a nice scheme on that I want to replicated and as for the Shorland I’m not so sure, I’m a big fan of them as they are basically armoured Landrovers with a turret on, I may do it in a Syrian camo scheme or possible a plain grey.

Typing that last paragraph made me realize I’ve a complete lack of focus as I’ve covered 4 different projects there. If I could concentrate on one thing at once I’d probably get a lot more done but where would the fun be in that.

Cheers,

Pete.

Bits and Pieces from the Shed.

Once more I present a few of the highlights from the Shed.

A PST Fire Engine. A rather nice kit that looks very smart in gloss red.

A PST Fire Engine. A rather nice kit that looks very smart in gloss red.

Another view- it did spawn endless League of Gentlemen references.

Another view- it did spawn endless League of Gentlemen references.

A trio of technicals.

A trio of technicals.

A technical armed with a recoilless Rifle. Vehicle by MJ Figures, Recoilless Rifle by Under Fire Miniatures.

A technical armed with a recoilless Rifle. Vehicle by MJ Figures, Recoilless Rifle by Under Fire Miniatures.

A pair of troop carrying pick ups, both vehicles and passengers by MJ figures.

A pair of troop carrying pick ups, both vehicles and passengers by MJ figures.

A selection of Zulu  War British by CP Models.

A selection of Zulu War British by CP Models.

Cheers,

Pete.

Mud huts. And better pictures of those ‘mystery’ guns.

I’ve just finished these Mud huts from S and S models. Simple little pieces that will be perfect for my African projects, easy to paint up too.

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Also I’ve taken a couple more pics of the guns- the pack of sweets are still up for grabs….

All of them can be found in Hogg's 'German Artillery of World War Two' book.

All of them can be found in Hogg’s ‘German Artillery of World War Two’ book.

Top view, the uppermost pair are the obvious ones.

Top view, the uppermost pair are the obvious ones.

Cheers,

Pete.

Gaming Africa.

The Africa supplement for the Force on Force rules arrived yesterday, entitled Bush Wars it contains a mix of background info, scenarios, Orbats and painting tips. Given that it has plopped through my letter box yesterday it seems an appropriate time to review my plans for gaming Africa.

My main theatre I want to game is Rhodesia 1965-79. I got a lot of the Selous Scouts and Rhodesian Light infantry from Bill at Under Fire Miniatures- lovely figures too. I’ve got enough of them painted now to do a decent sized game. I picked up and Alouette III chopper from ebay that needs building up for them. Ideally I’d like a second so I can have on each of transport and gunship versions (G cars and K cars), also a Huey D would come in handy. As for ground vehicles it’s a shame no-one makes any of Rhodesia’s icon mine protected vehicles other than S and S ‘s Crocodile truck. Additionally a couple of Ferrets and Elend Armoured Cars would be good.

For the opposition I’ve collected a reinforced platoon sized group of irregulars who will play the part of ZANLA. Also I’m slowly acquiring a similar group of African’s in more regular dress for a ZIPRA force. It is also my plan to use these two platoons as generic forces for the whole continent.

Second to Rhodesia I’m interested in the South African bush war. I’ve got loads of the Liberation Miniatures figures for the period but sadly none of the Ratels, Casspirs of Buffels that characterize the Mechanized infantry. Liberation do Ratels as do S and S, who have just released a Casspir. Again the two generic platoons will provide the opposition, although there is the temptation to add some Cubans too.

As for scenery I’ve got a small shanty village, a few tin roofed buildings finished ; a rural mud hutted village is about half completed. These mixed in with my existing hills and trees should provide a suitable gaming board.

If I mix my existing middle eastern houses, the shanties, the generic irregular platoon and my desert US figures I should be able to do a decent set up for Mogadishu too- well that’s the plan anyway….

I’ve not had chance to fully read the Bush Wars supplement but having a good flick through has left me impressed. Covering the Congo and Portuguese experience, two areas I’m not up to speed on, it moves on to Rhodesia (5 scenarios) and the South African Bush war (7 scenarios), finally ending with Operation Barras in 2000. I was glad to see it didn’t cover the whole imagi-nation side of modern African gaming, the cartoony approach that it often entails leaves me a bit cold.

Cheers,

Pete.