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Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 12:09 a.m. PST

Starting a project based on the conflict in Kenya in early 1950's. I think I can get the military figures I need. Have many which I can re-purpose. What I need are "settlers." These are armed farmers, men and women with rifles and even smg (sten and stirling).

So, who makes armed rural civilians from the 1950s? Any Mau Mau types also. Thanks

Edge of Empires04 Dec 2023 1:05 a.m. PST

What scale?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 5:17 a.m. PST

Bob, check Eureka and Britannia. Here you go -

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I can't vouch for Grubby's service though.

Royston Papworth04 Dec 2023 11:08 a.m. PST

Only a small order, but my last Britannia order came through in less than a week..hth…

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 12:05 p.m. PST

Sorry about the scale. 28mm
Thanks, Nick. one nice family, at Grubby. Need 15 figures.

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I have lots of Britannia Africans from doing Congo games, no civilians there except priest and nuns:)

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 1:05 p.m. PST

Bad Squiddo has some women who I think would do nicely, especially as the clothing and hairstyles would be within period.

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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 1:55 p.m. PST

Bob, what about IRA figures? As for that one Britannia family, just vary the hair and clothing colors.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 4:36 p.m. PST

EP, thanks for reminding me about Bad Squido. I have all of those figures in my VBCW collection -- Land Girls and Women's Institute -- but did not think of them for 1950's Kenya. These will work.

Nick, are there IRA figures of women?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 5:24 p.m. PST

I don't think so. Another option are the plastic sets, especially Great Escape Gunfighters (male and female sets), and Wargames Atlantic French Resistance. You can usually buy single sprues.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 9:36 p.m. PST

You'll make something of value, I'm sure.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2023 11:32 p.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol LIC !

Nick, I do have the War-games Atlantic figs, good thought.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2023 5:14 a.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol good one.

Bobgnar, Have you found any figures for the Mau Mau?

Someone had made figures for Kikuyu but for an earlier period. I think it was the Miniature Wargames people late 1980s early 1990s

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2023 3:32 p.m. PST

Dan, I have lots of modern armed native African warriors from my Congo, 1960s games. Must eliminate those with AKs, Also many in tribal dress/weapons. I am told that Keelmen Miniatures is making specific Mau Mau figures but cannot get contact.

Scene from Congo game. Base on The Dark of the Sun

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Travellera06 Dec 2023 5:52 a.m. PST

For armed civilians I starter to pick up some from resistance/partisans miniatures from Warlord, West Wind, Foundry and other

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2023 7:16 a.m. PST

The Wargames Atlantic Resistance figures have been mentioned and would, with an African head, make better Mau Mau than settlers IMHO.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2023 11:03 a.m. PST

Thanks ep, but who makes African heads? I have lots of Euro heads.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2023 12:16 p.m. PST

I think the best option would be the Perry's NNC head set:

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A nice variety of caps, hats, and head bands that wouldn't look out of place in 1950s East Africa. The only thing I would say isn't 100% usable out of the tin are the ones with stiffened head rings, but those could be made to work pretty easily.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2023 11:54 p.m. PST

EP, excellent find. I did not know of these. A bit pricey -- $23 USD inc postage, minus VAT .
I can cut the top of head off on some and replace with Brodie (dishpan) helmet for home guard. Also, the short fez is also worn by them, upper back right

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This project is shaping up nicely.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2023 11:37 p.m. PST

Thank you Bobgnar and FusilierDan. It's nice to be appreciated.

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