Saturday, April 28, 2012

Belgium Askari to Fight the Mahdi



Ever since I started wargaming the Sudan I read further and further into the period and until recently I had no idea that their were other Colonial Armies fighting against the Mahdi at the same time as the Anglo/Egyptian Armies. 


One of these other Colonial Armies was from the Belgium Congo. In the mid to late 1890's the Mahdi State was sending out armies south in the search of slaves and territory. Then in 1897 they went into North/Eastern Belgium Congo and fought a series of small to medium engagements against mainly Belgium trained and lead Askari troops. The Belgium lead Askari troops were victorious many if not all of these engagements with little artillery and no cavalry support (that I am aware of). So wargaming this period with these troops should be quite interesting indeed.

 
In order make my favourite period a little more interesting I decided to order eight units (ten figures each) of these great figures from Wargames Foundry. Once the little army is painted and based they will hopefully make for an interesting game, if not a little more colour for the table top.



The first two units of my new colonial army I have just recently finished painting and basing this afternoon. Bit of a miracle really, having them completed and on the blog in two days...phew. Leroy has another company of ten figures and the mounted command, which I will place up, hopefully, in a few weeks. So please enjoy and maybe these guys will inspire others to branch out and go deep in to the Dark Continent.






14 comments:

leroy said...

Good stuff mate, Officers are especially good,always nice to see your painting on the blog!

Rodger said...

Awesome Vinnie. Lovely looking troops and really nice basibg too.

Michael Awdry said...

I've got to confess I'd no idea about the Belgium Congo connection either although I am relatively new to the period. These do look awfully tempting, nicely done Sir!

Silver Whistle said...

Great looking figures and would be interesting to see these in a 'what if' game against the Brits.

A J said...

Nice work, sir! In spite of my interest in Sudan gaming, I'm another who didn't know of the Congo Connection. Useful to know, and thanks for sharing.

Vinnie said...

No worries guys glad to have opened the gaming field for you. I am also intending to collect a number of Italian Colonial units as well, as they fought against Mahdi forces for a couple of years 1897/98 and earlier. Loads of Askari and regular Italians to collect.

Vinnie

DeanM said...

Really cool figures. Dean

Andrew Parr said...

hey they look great Nathan, well done.
Andrew

Cyrus said...

Great looking units!

Bluewillow said...

Great work mate!

No cavalry may mean jungle????

cheers
Matt

Rob said...

Quite pretty!

How did you get the white so white? What paints did you use - both for the shading and the main color?

I've been having problems with whites lately, so I am curious!

Gittink said...

nice stuff, try this:
http://tiny.cc/a3urdw

Mr Lonely said...

walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

Regards,
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