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ChrisValera28 Mar 2013 9:47 p.m. PST

Hey, with all the new hub-bub over Foundry's change of heart, and new and improved business practices, I'm thinking of ordering some Masai.

My question; did the Masai wear the headdresses when going on raids, or were they ceremonial?

I want to make an attack force of Masai, and I want them to be historically correct.

Any websites on the historical Masai?

Any good rulesets to use with Masai/Zulu/colonial forces?

John Leahy28 Mar 2013 10:40 p.m. PST

Foundry had some good articles on DA tribes including them. I may have pdfs.

EDIT****I do have them. Post your email address and I'll send them to you plus any DA articles you may want. They are quite good.

ChrisValera28 Mar 2013 11:28 p.m. PST

My username

Thanks though!

Glengarry528 Mar 2013 11:30 p.m. PST

According to Osprey's Warrior Peoples of East Africa the lion's mane "busby", restricted to those who had killed a lion and seen on some of the Foundry figures, was mostly worn ceremonially but was seen in battle on occasion. The feathered headdress seems to be more common and appears in contemopary illustrations of masia in battle from accounts by explorer Carl Peters.

John Leahy29 Mar 2013 12:02 a.m. PST



ChrisValera29 Mar 2013 7:39 a.m. PST

@John Leahy: Err… You sure? Not seeing it in my inbox?

@Glengarry5: Okay good, I quite like the feathered headdress advancing pose from Foundry.

ChrisValera29 Mar 2013 8:04 a.m. PST

@John Leahy: Never mind found it. It was in the spam folder.

Glengarry529 Mar 2013 3:23 p.m. PST

I have those Masia in headdress and they look pretty spectaculaai

raylev330 Mar 2013 11:02 a.m. PST

For rules I would defintely check out Colonial Adventures by Two Hour Wargames.


Also don't forget Death in the Dark Continent


raylev330 Mar 2013 11:04 a.m. PST

And an article by Howard Whitehouse that includes a discussion of the Masai.


Caesar03 Apr 2013 7:23 p.m. PST

In the Heart of Africa is worth looking at.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2013 9:46 a.m. PST

Should I ask wjy a question about the Massai is on the empire board, or it obvious ? wink

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2013 12:52 p.m. PST

Everyone knows Masai armies dominate the popular Empire gaming scene.

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