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bobspruster21 Jan 2023 10:30 a.m. PST

Hi all,
Starting a new project but stymied a bit by a lack of sufficient variety of figs. Was curious to know of any manufacturers (French makers, maybe?) or STL files out there that would help. Off the top, looking for Senegalese Tirailleurs, Spahis and good Berbers.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 4:07 p.m. PST

Hi, Bob. I have been to Theis Senegal training modern Senegalese Battalions about 13 times. They are great soldiers and have a proud history. ( if interested, look up Lat Dior). France has finally granted such soldiers French Citizenship.

The article below is Per Wikipedia: link

"Until World War II the Tirailleurs Sénégalais continued to wear the khaki uniforms described above, in either heavy cloth or light drill according to conditions. In subsequent campaigns they wore the same field uniforms as other French units, usually with the dark blue forage cap of the infanterie coloniale. The red fez survived as a parade item until the 1950s".
In short, use French soldiers and use a dark negro flesh tone.


Per Plastic Soldier Review, here are French 1/72nd scale figures that would be suitable:

Atlantic French Infantry Released
Caesar WWII French Army Released
Esci French Soldiers Released
HaT WWII French Artillery Crew Released
Italeri WWII Free French Infantry Released
MIR French Resistance Released
Pegasus WWII French Infantry Released
Strelets French Foreign Legion WWII Released
Strelets French Foreign Legion Heavy Weapons Squad Released
Ykreol French Foreign Legion at Bir Hakeim 1942 Released
Ykreol French Staff 1940 Released
Orion French Tank Crew WW2

Hope this helps!
Tom Dye

Perris070721 Jan 2023 4:12 p.m. PST

This site has 20mm figures that might be useful to your needs.

bobspruster21 Jan 2023 4:14 p.m. PST

Hi Tom,
Thanks for that, but….this is the Victorian Colonial message board.😉
Did you ever get to visit Hohenzollern castle before you came home?

bobspruster21 Jan 2023 4:27 p.m. PST

Thanks, Perris, looks like there is some really nice stuff here in the FPW range…for starters! Never heard of these folks, either!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 4:55 p.m. PST

Hi, Bob! Darn….I read it as WWII. Yes to Hohenzollern Castle- many times. My favorite in Wurtemburg and of all of Germany to be sure! Have the paper version and Hallmark ceramic one as well. Spent quite a bit in their gift shop, too! The chapel with the tribute to Frederick the Great and the museum is so well done! Have a picture of the musket ball, snuff box it hit and the coat he was wearing at the time. Hope you found that castle amazing as well.

I honestly did not notice it was for the Victorian Colonial board! Do look up Lat Dior. A very revered Senegalese leader in the Victorian age!

Umpapa23 Jan 2023 8:50 a.m. PST

I have converted those
into Congo Force Publique.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2023 8:54 a.m. PST

I'm thinking about trying this conversion of Spahis Algériens using HaT's Mamelukes:

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