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Razzia! Berber cavalry has arrived PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 03:19

Askari Miniatures is excited to release four sets of mounted Moroccan Berbers.



The Berbers of Morocco and Algeria were noted horsemen, fighting the colonizing French for a century from the 1830s in Algeria to their final pacification of Moroccan tribes in the Atlas Mountains in the 1930s.

The word razzia is from the Algerian Arabic word ghaziya غزية which means "raiding." A razzia as a raid by a Berber tribe on another tribe or against the French. The French borrowed the term and engaged in their own razzias against the Berbers.

Mounted Moroccan Berber Cavalry sets include BC-1, Charging with muskets, BC-2, Charging with swords, BC-3, Leaders, and BC-4, Moroccan Scout. The horsemen are mounted on our Moroccan Barb horses. The Leaders and Scout sets feature a new, rearing horse.

You can mix-and-match these riders with the Algerian Spahis of the French Colonial figures (FRC-5,6), as the spahis wore traditional Algerian dress.

Even today Moroccan horsemen participate in festivals that feature wild charges firing their ornate muskets. They and their horses are dressed today in traditional costume just as when they engaged the Foreign Legion.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 03:26
 
We have a new poll for 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 January 2014 22:45

I've just put out a new poll for 2014. Thanks to all who answered last year's poll and provided emails and ideas.

This year I have some fairly specific things in mind. Askari Miniatures has been focused on Colonial conflicts in roughly the period 1870-1940 and for conflicts not well covered by other manufacturers. Who needs yet another set of British and Zulus?

In that same time period, many of the units we make fought elsewhere, such as conflicts in Europe. One example is the Russian and Cossack figures for either the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 or the conquest of Central Asia. Another is the Zouaves, Turcos and other Colonial troops used by France in the Crimea, Italy, and France itself. The Italian uniforms in Ethiopia in 1936 are identical to those in Libya in 1940.

With all that in mind, I'm seeking to build on what we--and you--already have to expand the possibilities.

Please answer the poll and let me know what you think. I'm always limited by time and resources so the most popular items win out first.

 

 

 
More painted Schutztruppe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 December 2013 23:55

Schutztruppe CommandSome more new color photos. Our painter, Les Keffel, has been busy with Schutztruppe, Hereros and French sailors. Check out the inspiring new photos at the webstore.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 23:58
 
French Fusiliers Marins from 1871 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:45

We have some new French Fusiliers Marins in their blue winter uniforms and sheepskin jackets from 1871 now available.

There is also a command group. Just need to take the pictures.

This is a slight departure from our usual Colonial focus. In the Franco-Prussian War, the French brought over the Zouaves, Tirailleurs, and Chasseurs d' Afrique from North Africa, which are in our current Colonial line. The Chasseurs Alpins are also suitable for 1870/1. I thought it might be fun to expand a bit and make the sailors as well.

This is a slightly new direction for Askari Miniatures: I would be interested to hear what you think.

The two figures on the right come with full packs; the two on the left are without.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 02:33
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German Schutztrupe Command Released PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 October 2013 18:41

The German Schutztruppe Command set is here and ready to ship. It consists of four figures as shown: NCO waving, Officer with sword, Bugler running, and Scout pointing. These make the command figures for the dismounted Schutztruppe GE-1.

I have worked this summer to finish up some projects and am now making production molds. Expect to see quite a few new things in the next  few months.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 00:00
 
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