I thought I had finished my Boer force, but it didn't feel right.
Meet ‘Ou Griet’
This is the most famous of the old Boer guns, and as so, I felt need to represented in the Boer army, especially if it is decided to pit the Boer Voortrekkers against the Zulus at Blood River in 1838. According to some sources, Ou Griet was recalled to service during the Transvaal War of 1880 - 1881.
The artillery piece was made using spare wagon wheels, some basswood, matched and a cut down old naval cannon I had laying around.
Robert, the tribesmen are Essex Miniatures Zulus. I used some wicker shields from either Museum Miniatures or Tin Soldier Miniatures. I bought them so many years ago I can't recall... I do remember I bought them to use with my Scots Irish.
The Witchdoctor is from Splintered Light Miniatures.
I have gone back and edited the post identifying the manufacturer of the miniatures photographed.
That was a clever idea of swapping shields.
I have been looking for suitable figures to use for the Kingdom of Kongo (1600's), so this may be an option to consider.
Unfortunately, I am at a loss finding good African archers for the period.
I may have to use Nubian or Berber archers.
Would the West Sudanese archers from Khurasan suit? I'm thinking of a (another) DBA army based on the Songhai.
I'd never heard of Hordes of the Empire before. Sounds great. The links I tried don't work - is there one that is active so I can download the rules?
PS I have been having a lot of fun with Congo
I have only had a few games of HotE, but have enjoyed them all and the size of the forces suit how I tend to build and paint my armies.
The HotE variant even gets a mention in Dan Mersey's 'Wargaming the Anglo-Zulu War Book', released earlier this year.
I have been tempted to pick up Congo since first hearing about it being written on the Lead Adventure Forum, but I have been putting it off as I really don't think I will ever use them except to browse through looking at the eye candy. The game reports I have read sound like the rules are a lot of fun.
I have been slowly working through some specific elements representing units that fought in the 1st Boer War or Transvaal War of 1880 - 1881. These will be used alongside some of my Zulu War British elements such as some of the Infantry, KDG and 60th Rifles elements already in my collection.
The Naval Brigade - Even though I have a several elements of the Naval Brigade already, sailors are sometimes pictured wearing pith helmets. The artillery element represents a model of the Fisher launching tube Mark 2 adapted for land use.
Army Service Corps - the core of the mounted squadron was formed from the King's Dragoon Guards, however the squadron was joined by volunteers from the 58th and 3/60th Regiments as well as the Army Service Corps. this element represents the Army Service Corps volunteers.
Finally, an addition to my Tarzan HotT army: 4 Horde - Wildebeest. These critters started out as 10mm bison from Irregular miniatures. They're not perfect, but I am reasonably happy with them and they serve the purpose.