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Richard Baber18 Jun 2023 7:10 a.m. PST

Scenario and AAR over on the blog. Riff War Morocco 1925 set in the French zone

Jcfrog18 Jun 2023 9:34 a.m. PST

Had a friend whose uncle was flying navy floatplanes. He was delivering on very low speed at roof level packs of ice to the besieged posts. It would melt to be their water.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2023 10:36 a.m. PST

Cool looking board and great game idea.

Richard Baber18 Jun 2023 10:49 a.m. PST

Jcfrog – yes I`ve read a lot about brave pilots dropping ice and supplies to besieged positions.

Quite often pilots recorded bullet hits from above as they flew so low – the enemy were actually above them!!

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2023 4:19 a.m. PST

I always enjoy your non-mainstream (for want of a better expression) scenarios.

Richard Baber19 Jun 2023 5:25 a.m. PST


I try not to walk the mainstream path in my hobby :)

bobspruster19 Jun 2023 7:12 a.m. PST

Richard, great stuff, thanks for posting!
I'm ramping up for a French in Morocco project c. 1900 (which I hope will devolve into a Wind and the Lion farce) in 1/72nd scale, so I'm keeping an eye out for suitable figures for the native forces. I spotted some Airfix and Esci figs in your mix, but what else did you use?

Richard Baber19 Jun 2023 7:44 a.m. PST

Hi Bob – I`m glad you enjoyed it – it is nice to get feedback. I used SCW Regulares (Bandera, Irregular & Barcino), WW2 Goumier (Shellhole Scenics & Battlefield/Blitz), there are also some Retrokit and Early War Miniatures plus a number of headswaps using Raventhopre Spahis heads.

I ran a sort of "Wind and the Lion" game a couple of years back based loosly on the Marine landing, called "Operation Big Stick"

bobspruster19 Jun 2023 9:06 a.m. PST

Thanks again, Richard. Operation Big Stick launched from the USS Heston! Love it!
Thanks for the tips re: figure makers, there are a couple there I'd never heard of before. I'll give them a look-see.
Best regards,

Richard Baber19 Jun 2023 9:39 a.m. PST

De nada mi amigo

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2023 1:25 p.m. PST

Great job on a little gamed conflict

Richard Baber19 Jun 2023 2:08 p.m. PST


Thank you.

This conflict has been an obsession of mine for a number of years.

emckinney22 Jun 2023 8:06 p.m. PST

The Rif War is one of those colonial conflicts where we only hear the European side of the situation. The Berbers certainly didn't want to be dominated by a foreign power. The were subject to discrimination in their own country. Of the Spanish and French followed the model of Europeans in Egypt, they could abuse the Arabs and Berbers at will, and resistance against assaults, destruction of property, and worse, could lead to the Arab or Berber being prosecuted.

Richard Baber23 Jun 2023 6:37 a.m. PST

emckinney – depends on how widely you read to get all sides of conflict. There were European and American journalists who travelled into the Rif to interview Abd el Krim and his brother both of whom spoke excelletn English ( + French and Spanish and Arabic and several Berber dialects also).

Morocco like the rest of Africa was divided up by the Europeans without thought to the locals – similarly to how the white settlers carved the North America and butchered all the inginous inhabitants who dared protest :) Different times.

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