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Stalkey and Co24 Sep 2019 11:28 a.m. PST

Anyone have thoughts and resources for gaming the battles in the Congo from the 60s? I caught a copy of Mike Hoare's "Mercenary" and it has me thinking.

I found a board game called Congo Merc by decision games that looks like a good campaign engine.

Aside from that, don't know much about the period, including figures, scales, etc. I was thinking 15-28mm would be the best scales for it.

Suggestions appreciated!

22ndFoot24 Sep 2019 11:54 a.m. PST

Peter Pig 15mm Modern Africa range contains much of what you'd need.

28mm requires a bit more variety – The Assault Group do various African Irregulars, Matakishi does some interesting suitable figures; for the mercenaries you could use Eureka's Brits for Aden or Britannia/Grubby Tanks Brits for the Malayan Emergency.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2019 12:19 p.m. PST

20mm Liberation and or Elheim figures.Also check out Modern African Bushwars facebook page..a whole album on congo Mercs..plus all the Un factions..

Prince Alberts Revenge24 Sep 2019 12:29 p.m. PST

Can't go wrong with Peter Pig's 15mm range and corresponding rules AK47 Republic. Thier ranges could be used to cover most of the troops.
Helion has a nice range of books on Africa at War: link

Hope this gets you in the right direction.

Dragon Gunner Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2019 12:53 p.m. PST

This is a gaming period I have wanted to try for years but all but given up on do to a lack of interest from the guys I game with.

15mm would be the affordable way to do this however I have found 15mm sucks when it comes to skirmish gaming where the weapon an indivudual man is carrying matters.

28mm is more pricey but better suited to skirmish gaming. Sally 4th? makes some appropriate miniatures for their Wild Geese range. I have also consider kit bashing Simbas from a variety of sources, Mad Robot my primary source, Plastic Tribesman Ghost Archipelago, Plastic Zulus, Plastic Dervish and Zombie plastic kits for modern clothing and civilian weapons.

Vehicles that are very specific I suggest looking at Shapeways (i.e. The Swedish APC) There are a variety of other historical manufacturers to round out your vehicles.

Travellera24 Sep 2019 1:12 p.m. PST

Badger games has 28mm Congo forces sculpted by master Paul Hicks, that's as good as it gets ;)

mad monkey 124 Sep 2019 1:35 p.m. PST

Watch this for more inspiration:
YouTube link

The Wild Geese.

22ndFoot24 Sep 2019 1:54 p.m. PST

I should have added that Eureka does a number of suitable 28mm codes in their Modern Africa range too:

link

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stephen m24 Sep 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

There is a very good thread on that right now on theleadadventure forum cold war spot.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

You can also go with 20mm or 1/72.

Stalkey and Co24 Sep 2019 5:32 p.m. PST

Yeah…I think that 15mm may be too small for a skirmish game, but it would be perfect for a company level game.

Probably the first thing to decide is…skirmish game in 28mm or company level game in 15mm.

Of course, I could split the difference as use 20mm figs mounted individually, which would also enable me to use plastic model vehicles that are pretty cheap.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2019 5:59 p.m. PST

Britannia/Grubby have an entire range, with Mercs and Simba in 28mm, including jeeps.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2019 2:37 p.m. PST

How do the different ranges of 28mm compare?

I only have Eureka and they are somewhat on the small side and rather slim. I would not mix them with my Vietnam collection of TAG, Baker Company, and Westwind. They do match up well with the old London War Room (later called Jungle Rot).

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2019 5:36 a.m. PST

Mongrel Miniatures has rereleased their 28mm congo line.

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