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Stalkey and Co19 Apr 2022 5:17 a.m. PST

As I'm certain someone has done this before, but I've not seen it blogged or at a 'con, who has recommendations for gaming this fascinating campaign?

I'd be very interested in details of the campaign itself, and of course uniforms and other resources for the table, including figure manufacturers.

Partly I'm interested in using Decision Games solo game on the campaign.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 7:25 a.m. PST

As far as figures are concerned, I know that Brigade Games has a dedicated range for this in 28mm. Many years ago, I gamed it in 15mm by picking and choosing figures from the Minifigs catalog.
For rules, personally I'd suggest The Sword and the Flame or maybe One Hour Skirmish.

Blaubaer19 Apr 2022 7:28 a.m. PST

HäT have british and german troops for that, 20mm in plastic.

gunnerphil19 Apr 2022 8:21 a.m. PST

Pendraken does then in 10mm

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 8:42 a.m. PST

I was going to do it in 1/72…but was so underwhelmed by the HaT range…really disappointing. So…25/28 I think. Askari has some good figures and Brigade games as well.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 8:43 a.m. PST

Some excellent accounts of the East African campaign:

My Reminiscences of East Africa – Lettow-Vorbeck

Tip and Run – Edward Paice

Mimi and Toutou go Forth – Giles Foden

Blockade and Jungle – Christen Christensen

For 28mm figures it would be hard to beat the range from Brigade games with a few Foundry's Congo range thrown in.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 8:57 a.m. PST

Major Thomas Foolery's blog has an outstanding series of entries on gaming the East African Campaign:


Umpapa19 Apr 2022 11:05 a.m. PST

In 1:72 there are also some figures at CP Models and Elhiem, suit well HaT and Italieri

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 12:20 p.m. PST

Tiger Miniatures also makes a range of German and Askari with artillery and MGs in 28mm.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 12:23 p.m. PST

A company in England had a pretty extensive 20mm WWI in Africa line. I can't remember their name. IT Miniatures?

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

also Honourable Lead Boiler Suit ,has a exstensive German Colonial line.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2022 9:57 p.m. PST

You can't go wrong with Byron Farwell's "The Great War in Africa"! His work must be the classic for this conflict. The factual exploits he tells the story of is better than made up fantasy. When reading, read about the "Battle of the Bees"; read about how the only Allied aircraft found a German Battlecrusier under repair and how they kept the plane flying, the army officer who devised a plan to conquer Lake Tanganyika but was displaced by a clutz of a naval officer who's wife made dresses for him and how this naval officer won the VC! Seek out this book and if you are serious about the campaign you will have a dearth of scenario ideas just from reading this book.

Durban Gamer20 Apr 2022 4:54 a.m. PST

QRF have just produced an extensive 15mm range.

Stalkey and Co20 Apr 2022 6:41 p.m. PST

Does Minifigs do this period in their 25mm line?

I loved the old Minifig 15s, they were the first ones I painted up!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2022 7:42 p.m. PST

Stalky and Co. There are some that could be used but in different MF 25mm ranges. You'd need to see examples to make sure of their suitability. The Indians in the colonial range being one suggestion. Been away too long from my Minifigs molds and references.

Prince Alberts Revenge21 Apr 2022 8:19 p.m. PST

I believe there is an Osprey campaign being released shortly on these campaigns.

My preferred scale is 10mm, but a good majority of the Pendraken range is a bit dated. I'd love to see this range updated.

Not much in 15mm as fast as dedicated ranges. Some options in 20mm and 28mm.

Grumble8710604 Jul 2022 2:29 p.m. PST

I believe there is an Osprey campaign being released shortly on these campaigns

The Osprey campaign book is out, and there is also an Osprey Combat book (#20, KAR versus Schutztruppe).

I will be running a Command Decision game at Historicon based on information gleaned from the Combat book.

Grumble8710604 Jul 2022 2:32 p.m. PST

I was going to do it in 1/72…but was so underwhelmed by the HaT range…really disappointing.

Dave Jackson, what was disappointing for you about the HaT range? Just curious.

Grumble8710604 Jul 2022 2:45 p.m. PST

Another good book about the East African campaigns is
*World War I : the African Front* by Edward Paice. New York : Pegasus Books, 2008.

Grumble8710604 Jul 2022 7:32 p.m. PST

Osprey also published a book for the Men-At-Arms series, #379, titled *Armies in East Africa 1914-1918". It has eight color plates of uniforms, depicting all of the major combatants including Belgians and Portuguese, plus a wealth of photographs, an overview map and chronology of the entire campaign, a full-page bibliography, and several orders of battle.

Blutarski05 Jul 2022 6:42 p.m. PST

If anyone is interested in the story of SMS Konigsberg and how her guns reached von Lettow-Vorbeck, I recommend the book -

KONIGSBERG – A German East African Raider
by Kevin Patience



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