Saturday, 15 July 2017

Trained Askari


Work continues apace here at Awdry Towers with regards to the assembly of forces required for our forthcoming game of 'Congo'.  The latest troops off the production line are the Askaris and mine have come from 'Copplestone Castings', now available through 'North Star Military Figures'.
These have wonderfully characterful faces and the rest of the sculpts are refreshingly simple with just the right amount of detail to work with.  Mine will make up the ranks of a White Man Expedition force, which has a particularly British feel to it at present and I thought that the khaki uniform might help to further unify them.  
There is an option to either field Trained Askari, armed with rifles or regular Askari, with muskets.  Clearly there is a difference in value and range of weapon and I shall need to think about the balance of the column before I decide which variant I will use.  Not  sure that there is any historical accuracy in the red caps, but they stir fond memories of all those adventure films I remember from my youth. 

75 comments:

  1. Awesome brushwork, Sir Awdry. Great to see the "Congo" project taking shape. I love the basing too, nice contrast with the grey rocks.

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    1. Thank you Simon, really enjoying this and it helped to schedule the game in early so I had something to work towards.

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  2. I have some Askari to paint as well (but 20mm)So I will be looking to these as inspiration. brilliant painting.

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    1. Thank you Clint and I am sure yours will go well too.

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  3. Nice work mate. Just the right mix of colours.

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  4. Really nice painting Michael, top-notch work. :)

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  5. Great painting, they look excellent. Really captures the period.

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  6. Lovly work Michel! Fantastic clearly uniform colour.

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    1. That is very kind Michał, thank you.

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  7. Lovely job on some lovely figs...and the caps absolutely have to be red!

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  8. Lovely work Michael, how do you seem to get them done "just like that!" sorry I'll get me coat...

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. That's very good Roger, in a groaning sort of way. :)

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  9. Very good indeed! Regarding that last remark of the make-up of your force: I have the book by Chris Peers (not the rulebook the backgroundbook) about all the little wars in Africa and it has all sorts of info on fighting tactics of all the African nations as well as the response of the Europeans to them. I am now reading the chapter on the Azande and there wa a British chap in charge of a force of Egyptian troops of whom 1/3rd were armed with snider rifles and the rest with muskets. He placed the sniders in front and at the back of the column.

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    1. Thank you Sander, I have that same book I think, I picked it up as part of a combination deal with Death in the Dark Continent rules; mind you I haven't started mine yet. :(

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    2. Yup that's it! It's great for the information you're looking for!

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  10. Excellent job on these!
    Can`t wait to see them in action.

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    1. Thank you Nimrod, not long now I hope.

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  11. Superb, they look superb!

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  12. Very nice work Michael. Nice subtle shading on the khaki and the red caps are required IMHO. Will Audrey II be found in the Congo?

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    1. Thank you Peter, now funnily enough I was thinking something similar. but I will need to construct a more 'natural' lower half.

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    1. Excellent painting on some great figures. I really like the nonchalant way they're handling their rifles.

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    2. Thank you Brian, the faces are great aren't they.

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  14. Lovely paintwork on those figures. The range is amongst my favourites. Useful chaps. One can never have enough askaris.

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    1. Thank you A.J. I couldn't agree more.

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  15. Wonderful painting on these chaps! These will be a great addition to your expedition, I'm sure.

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  16. Very nice additions, Michael. I agree these are high quality sculpts,but your painting skills bring out their best.

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    1. Thank you Dean, Mr. Copplestone is certainly one of the best in the business.

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  17. Really nice job on these 😀

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  18. In Congo rifles doing not need an action to reload like muskets. However muskets cause the target to draw a stress token when fired at.

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    1. Thank you Simon, certainly would opt for trained Askaris with rifles if I could afford them.

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    2. Do groups fired at with rifles not receive a stress token as well?

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  19. Bravo! A few years ago, I went to the Askari memorial in Dar es Salaam (former capital of German East Africka). Very cool.

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    1. Thank you Paul, overtime I think of German Askaris, I am reminded of that horrific scene in 'Shout at the Devil.'

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  20. Great looking troops Michael, really like how you have got the best out of the simple tunic and trouser uniforms

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, their simplicity is the in many ways the secret of their success.

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  21. Very nice. The Khaki works a treat.

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  22. Marvelous looking miniatures!
    The tufts on the base also give them a Sense of realism.

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    1. Thank you, the tufts were a great find and certainly help ti set the scene.

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    1. Thank you Ray, always great to hear from you.

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  24. Lovely paint work on some very nicely sculpted figures.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you so much Iain, your kind words are always appreciated.

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  25. Lovely as always, Mr. Awdry. And really, who can deny all those lovely fez.

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    1. Thank you Curt, I do like a nice fez. ;)

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  26. Loving your Congo stuff. The Expedition is gonna look great once all together

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    1. Thank you Roy, more to see soon. ;)

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  27. top notch work on basically second class troops.

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  28. Great brushwork Michael, very well done.

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  29. More excellent work Michael, You now need to acquire a FEZ for the leader of these lads

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  30. Quite the serious, no-nonsense bunch aren't they? Not sure I'd be dropping a "Tommy Cooper" jibe at them regarding the fezzes any time soon... O_o


    Lovely work Michael.

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  31. Great paint job! I love these figs. I have them and plan to paint mine in white for Egyptian Sudanese troops or early German Askaris. I'm looking forward the AAR's of your adventures.
    Cheers,
    JB

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