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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 8:50 a.m. PST

Aloha! How is Ruga Ruga pronounced? Short or long "u's"? Rugga-Rugga or Rooga-roogah?

If I'm going to paint up the hundred or more I have, I might as well know what to call them.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Aloha! How is Ruga Ruga pronounced? Short or long "u's"? Rugga-Rugga or Rooga-rooga?

If I'm going to paint up the hundred or more I have, I might as well know what to call them.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 8:53 a.m. PST

Lol. Hundreds? Awesome.

Ivan DBA15 Apr 2017 9:28 a.m. PST

I'v always pronounced it with a long U, "rooga roogah." I recon if it was a short u, they would have spelled it with two g's.

Personal logo Cyrus the Great Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

Long "u's".

Chokidar15 Apr 2017 10:00 a.m. PST

wooga wooga!!!!

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

Rooga-Rooga!

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

That's good to know! Thanks, Ruga-Rats!

Wooga wooga ruga ruga! You can never have too many, am I right?

The double-post whammy struck, too, I see.

FlyXwire15 Apr 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

posted-posted!
Piper, are you painting up any of the new North Star Ruga-Ruga, or going all Foundry, or a combination (assuming 28s)?

Martin Rapier15 Apr 2017 11:04 p.m. PST

I've always pronounced it with a short u.

I'm not sure it really matters.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

I have mainly a big "horde" of Foundry figures I bought many years ago in one gulp. Also a few extra packs of misc. types that came from I don't know where. Possibly North Star. Yes, 25/28mms. I expect they will see service in Pulp games and also to fight my 1920s Foreign Legion guys, on anti-slavery patrol.

Pronunciation matters to their mothers!

Tom D119 Apr 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

"Iron breaks the head"

mrinku19 Apr 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

Haven't found any direct pronunciation confirmation, but the word pops up in Swahili dictionaries and according to wiki their "u" is always as in "rule" and never reduced. Swahili being the general Bantu lingua franca for the time and place, I'd be happy with that.

So looks like it's probably more "Rooga-Rooga".

Smokey Roan Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Difference between askaris and Rugg Ruga?

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

Bula Bula to you.

mrinku20 Apr 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Askaris are native troops that are raised as part of the colonial forces and typically led by white officers… equivalent to sepoys in India. Each unit will often be drawn from one tribe or area. At Lugalu in 1891 the Germans had both Sudanese and Zulu Askari units.

Ruga-Ruga are typically mercenaries, often escaped slaves, criminals and other outcasts.

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