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Dean AKI04 Jan 2021 5:18 a.m. PST


Long time no post, what with global chaos and basically no gaming for 10 months, I've busied myself with improving my painting and not really wargame related activities. But 2021 see's me with a shiny new Games room/studio


And an ambition to do a bit of original historical research and army creation.


My intent is to produce a force for Lion Rampant initially, to represent the diverse Empire of Mali, around it's height – 1250-1350 or so. Images are limited and texts even more so, but with enough trawling (my rough and ready French and Google translate are assisting) adequate detail can be found. I started with some design roughs before moving on to miniatures:


Finding suitable mini's has been a challenge, and at present I have a selection of Wargames Foundry, Gripping Beast, and Northstar Miniatures to represent a blend of Jungle natives, Savanna peoples and Desert tribes, for an army that mixes Islamic and African traditional styles in both appearance and fighting.

Over the festive break I finally began on some miniatures:


You can read more on the project across these posts:

link Part 1

link Part 2

link Part 3

And for those who just want to look at increasingly pretty painting, you can stick to my more regularly updated Instagram:


Anyhow, an recommendations of suitable 28mm figure ranges I haven't already mentioned, or good sources of images or texts, gladly received!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 7:37 a.m. PST

Nice work, and what a well organized space.

PDF link

WarWizard04 Jan 2021 7:42 a.m. PST

That game room looks quite excellent!

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 8:14 a.m. PST

It's an unusual period that's worthy of more attention.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 8:28 a.m. PST

Wow. Proper lighting. Clean room. Shelving…

I envy you.

And I think it's an interesting period/force you are choosing too.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 9:16 a.m. PST

Terrific gaming space! I shudder at descending into my cluttered, disorganized hell-hole of a game room today.

mghFond04 Jan 2021 11:47 a.m. PST

Excellent game room. I know you've already started your project but Khurusan Miniatures already does this in 15mm, Mali and other west African states with lots of infantry and cavalry types plus leaders.
Oh if nothing else you could look at their paintjobs on the samples for painting ideas.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 2:48 p.m. PST

Lovely room and project! Congrats. I was very into the West Mali Empire after I learned about them in college. Alas there were no suitable minis back then. I even tried to commission a 15mm range through Eureka at one point but never achieved enough support.

Looking forward to your results.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 9:15 p.m. PST

What a great work space!

and play space!

Dean AKI15 Nov 2021 3:41 a.m. PST

So it's fair to say I've made a lot of progress on this idea this year. But I'm slack about posting updates outside of Instagram (so 'down with it'!)

But you guys might like a picture or two:





Lots more pictures can be found on my Insta links below:







And for those who prefer rambling, there's still my Blog:


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