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colonialnic08 Oct 2007 8:57 a.m. PST


Just thought I'd share something different with those who are interested. For those interested in pre-colonial period 'native' gaming, we had a game of 'Boomerang' with Aborigines versus Aborigines, a traditional Aboriginal 'battle' so to speak. The rules worked very well, though the battle was realistically short and sharp as such Aboriginal quasi-ceremonial battles historically were.

Here's a couple of pics:



The other reason I wanted to post this is because it shows these lovely and realistic looking typically Australian eucalyptus trees which are made in South Australia and are available through the shop 'Military Hobbies'. They come in a range of sizes as well as for 28mm figs, which I know at least one person here is doing Aborigines in.


colonialnic08 Oct 2007 8:59 a.m. PST

Btw, I just realised the above reads like I make the trees. I don't sorry. Just speading the word of their existance.

Plynkes08 Oct 2007 10:14 a.m. PST

Wow. Really nice. Love the look of the whole thing. Both the figures and the scenery.

I've always thought the ceremonial warfare waged by many tribal peoples might make for fun short games, if you could cook up some rules to capture their true flavour.

New Guinea, Melanesia, or somewhere else in the South Seas kind of appeals to me as a setting for it. Could work for parts of Africa, and Ancients too.

Are the Boomerang rules commercially available, or are they something of your own home-grown making?

Carlos Marighela 208 Oct 2007 10:43 a.m. PST

CC is going to wet himself with excitement. And yes those trees do indeed capture the look of the typical gum tree. Nice work.

kingscarbine08 Oct 2007 11:48 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed. CC is definitely going ape with this, lol.

Barry S08 Oct 2007 6:01 p.m. PST

Nice photos Nic.

The trees are by a small company called 'Murray Bridge Trees and Terrain'. I'm co-owner of the company. Thanks for sharing the photos and for spreading the word. I'm glad you like the trees and sorry for stealing your thread.

Kind Regards,


Cacique Caribe08 Oct 2007 8:10 p.m. PST


I love it, I love it, I love it.

Any close-ups on the figures themselves?


Henry Martini08 Oct 2007 8:38 p.m. PST

Boomerang is still in development. As I've mentioned previously on TMP, when we're satisfied that it's ready for public presentation it will probably be published on the net as a free download. Nic and I appreciate your interest and positive comments.

As Nic says, MBTT's gum trees come in a range of sizes, so if anyone is considering 28mm Australian frontier and/or bushranger skirmish games, they are an excellent means of quickly and easily capturing the essence of 'the great south land' on your tabletop.

I have some core material for an Aus variant of LOTOW in the works that will require play testing, development, and expansion. Watch this space!

colonialnic08 Oct 2007 9:53 p.m. PST

Yes, thanks for the compliments. So that's who makes the trees! How about some freebies for the plug! Just Kidding :) They're great though.

There are some closer pics of the figures in the two battle reports I posted in the 19th Century Battle Reports on 28th Feb, 2007.


Good Bye08 Oct 2007 11:24 p.m. PST


Now I can have the right scenery to go with my 'Timeless Land' Hordes Of The Things army.

Barry S09 Oct 2007 6:34 p.m. PST


Please contact me at

Will you be at the Group North open day at the end of October?



Cacique Caribe06 Feb 2010 5:25 p.m. PST


I finally got several packs of QRF's "Koori" a couple of months ago, and can't wait to finally put some paint on them.

Hope mine look half as awesome painted as those in ColonialNic's pictures.


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