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Personal logo Brigadier Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 9:03 a.m. PST

What models would you use in 6mm to represent the Ethiopian Army in during the Italian invasion?

Black Cavalier04 Jan 2013 9:14 a.m. PST

For the Italian Askari in the East African WW2 campaign,
I bought Afrika Korps figures & trimmed the bill off the cap. That makes the cap look like a fez & they're already in shorts. The specific weapons types probably dont match, but at that scale, it doesn't matter much.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 9:22 a.m. PST

Irregular Abyssinians from the colonial line:

Personal logo Brigadier Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 10:29 a.m. PST

Thanks! Think I might go with these from Baccus 6mm.

Mahdist Rifles


Mahdist Arty


Mahdist Command


Mahdist Troops


This seems to reflect what the Ethiopians painted about the war.


Might add some camel cavalry too.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 12:49 p.m. PST

That picture shows the Battle of Adwa, 1896, not WW2.

Personal logo Brigadier Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 1:32 p.m. PST

That picture shows the Battle of Adwa, 1896, not WW2.
Drats! I found that picture here: link

magister equitum04 Jan 2013 1:34 p.m. PST

the picture is for the 1935-36 war, look at the italian uniforms and the machineguns

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 5:10 p.m. PST

Well, it's here as Adwa:


Here as Adwa:


And here:


Sorry, uniforms and machine guns but the battle depicted is Adwa!

Though apparently painted in the 1940's, so how useful for either period is open to question.

Pict17 Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 12:42 a.m. PST

Garrison Minis is absolutely right, the painting is 1940s depicting the Battle of Adowa 1896.

I'd suggest that the Madhist minis you have looked at have too many turbans for Ethiopians; most Ethiopians went bareheaded. I'd suggest using Beja/Dervishes as the tribal Ethiopian warriors (big hair, white shamma robes, rifles/ swords/ spears) and early WW1 BEF British Tommies as the better-uniformed Ethiopian regulars (Mahel Safari/ Imperial Guard, who usually wore khaki uniforms, puttees and peaked caps or pith helmets – boots were not worn, but I suspect that you can paint that in on 6mm models.)

The Osprey book has good colour plates and photos to help with sourcing the right models.

Hope that helps.

Personal logo Brigadier Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 6:03 a.m. PST

Thanks Pict17! I'm going to use your advice on the early war British.

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