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Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 07 Feb 2020, 14:38
by Richard B.
On a whim I commissioned Matthew of Elhiem Figures to create a selection of Senegalese to add to his range of tropical French, the castings arrived this morning (I`m pretty happy how they turned out) and will be available through his website.
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Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 09 Feb 2020, 07:46
by panzerman47
They look great. Matt does excellent work for sure.... 8-)

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 11 Mar 2020, 21:18
by ITALWARS
Bravo Richard !

i tought about those troops for a mini project from years..i even had the sculptor of my frozen Italwars range made a prototype....even if belonging to the ennemy that caused a shameful defeat to the colonial Italian Army in Lybia i like them and they are perfect for the French column that attacked the Kufra Oasis in 1941....hope that packs with the tirailleurs sporting only the chéchia will be avaialble......we could, with those last reinforcments, stage a nice mini campaign perfect for a tabletop simulation with small numbers of very exotic and iconic troop like truck carried Tirailleurs Sénégalais, Rhodesian/Autralian LRDG, Lybian/Italian Askaris and beautifully uniformed Italian/Lybian Saharian troops mounted on desert trucks...(for depicting in 20mm those last troops i still have a very few and never released types from my own Italwars range but i suggest to use lightly converted NWF tribesmen in metal from Raventhorpe or plastic from Red Box). I even discovered that the Tirailleur Sénégalais Free French Column that attacked the Italian oasis was screened by some French Camel Troops patrols...in few words a paradise for those who, like you and me, love the Colonial/Side Show Fronts of WW2 with an eye, maybe, to Hugo Pratt plates.

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 12 Mar 2020, 17:18
by Richard B.
ITALWARS wrote: 11 Mar 2020, 21:18 Bravo Richard !

i tought about those troops for a mini project from years..i even had the sculptor of my frozen Italwars range made a prototype....even if belonging to the ennemy that caused a shameful defeat to the colonial Italian Army in Lybia i like them and they are perfect for the French column that attacked the Kufra Oasis in 1941....hope that packs with the tirailleurs sporting only the chéchia will be avaialble......we could, with those last reinforcments, stage a nice mini campaign perfect for a tabletop simulation with small numbers of very exotic and iconic troop like truck carried Tirailleurs Sénégalais, Rhodesian/Autralian LRDG, Lybian/Italian Askaris and beautifully uniformed Italian/Lybian Saharian troops mounted on desert trucks...(for depicting in 20mm those last troops i still have a very few and never released types from my own Italwars range but i suggest to use lightly converted NWF tribesmen in metal from Raventhorpe or plastic from Red Box). I even discovered that the Tirailleur Sénégalais Free French Column that attacked the Italian oasis was screened by some French Camel Troops patrols...in few words a paradise for those who, like you and me, love the Colonial/Side Show Fronts of WW2 with an eye, maybe, to Hugo Pratt plates.
I am planning to run the Kufra raid one of these days, I`ve got plenty of notes, just haven`t had the time :)

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 14 Mar 2020, 22:08
by ITALWARS
..me too..for the moment is just a dream project..

by the way i suppose you already have this book on the subjecrt...beautiful illustrated..extremely detailed maps and toes..obviuosly very contemtptuos against Italians..but as i'm also French mother-tongue and having studied in France i'm accostumed to that ;)

https://www.amazon.it/LOdysee-Colonne-L ... 2913903851

and if you want to reproduce even the small patrol skirmishes around and just before Kufra..this one is a must and also my favorite..not only because among other things , it relates how before succumbing to the Free French Tirailleurs and their field artillery the Kufra Saharian motorised patrol included in the Kufra garrison succeeded in giving a heavy lesson to the famous LRDG ;)

https://www.amazon.it/INCIDENT-AT-JEBEL ... 0620420103

If you need any info from Italian official sources i'll be pleased to send you

regards

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 11:30
by CarlL
italwars

Lovely links. Ones for Xmas pressies at roughly E86 (for L'Odyssée de la Colonne Leclerc - Les Français libres au combat sur le front autonome du Tchad, 1940-43) and E39 (euros) (for Incident at Jebel Sherif, In search of the first clash of the Special forces 1941/2009, by Kuno Gross, with Roberto Chiarvetto and Brendan O'Carroll. Kuno Gross, 2009. ISBN 978-06-204-201-0, pp. 188. Maps, photographs, 2 annexes) each. But from blurbs I read from your links and elsewhere (eg https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals ... C5BC91C63C) definitely informative for those with intetest in the small wars of WW2 North Africa and elsewhere.
Its a long time since I bought any history books in French so not sure if my school boys French are up to this French history of Leclerc.

CarlL

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 11:31
by CarlL
Richard,

I think I said it elsewhere but lovely work sponsoring these figures and I do like their varied headgear and lovely poses.
CarlL

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 11:57
by Richard B.
ITALWARS wrote: 14 Mar 2020, 22:08 ..me too..for the moment is just a dream project..

by the way i suppose you already have this book on the subjecrt...beautiful illustrated..extremely detailed maps and toes..obviuosly very contemtptuos against Italians..but as i'm also French mother-tongue and having studied in France i'm accostumed to that ;)

https://www.amazon.it/LOdysee-Colonne-L ... 2913903851

and if you want to reproduce even the small patrol skirmishes around and just before Kufra..this one is a must and also my favorite..not only because among other things , it relates how before succumbing to the Free French Tirailleurs and their field artillery the Kufra Saharian motorised patrol included in the Kufra garrison succeeded in giving a heavy lesson to the famous LRDG ;)

https://www.amazon.it/INCIDENT-AT-JEBEL ... 0620420103

If you need any info from Italian official sources i'll be pleased to send you

regards
Thanks for the links and titles, the volume on Le clerc has been on my "to buy" list for ages, but Tunisia became too absorbing and most other things have been shelved.

I don`t own an italian desert column, so Jebel-Sherif will have to wait too :)

Re: Senegalese in tropical kit

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 11:58
by Richard B.
CarlL wrote: 15 Mar 2020, 11:31 Richard,

I think I said it elsewhere but lovely work sponsoring these figures and I do like their varied headgear and lovely poses.
CarlL
I made a promise to support the range, and I always try to uphold my word.

The sculpting is all due to Matts skills - of which i have none :oops: