As I might have mentioned, I'm pretty new to historical wargaming, having played WHFB off and on for quite a few years. So why on earth do I have a bunch of 28mm Ethiopians and why is there a large shipment coming from Australia with more?
One day a friend sent an email about how he and a few others had talked about playing a new game set during WW2 called Bolt Action since I had about a shelf full of WW2 history books I kind of knew that resistance was pointless and that I'd be joining in. The official Bolt Action forums refused to let me register so I ended up at BoltAction.net where I noticed that someone had put together an unofficial Ethiopian army list. That caught my eye because I had traveled to Ethiopia two times, once to help my brother adopt a son and once to help his whole family go and adopt a daughter. The second time the whole family went because the country had made enough of an impression on me that I kind of insisted that my sister in law go and see it.
So anyway, I've got some Ethiopians and eventually I had so many Ethiopians that I needed to buy some Italians for them to fight. Some of the Ethiopians are even painted and based but let's start this thread in media res with a pics of minis in the middle of being based.
As you can see, I fully subscribe to Bolt Action's emphasis on ignoring historical platoon structure and putting whatever might seem plausible on the table. Also, I swear that the Italians all facing away from the camera is happenstance and not any kind of attempt at humor.
The Ethiopians will be based with some long grass tufts and flowers being inspired by the cover of this novel
The Italians will be based on a more harvest/desertish theme so they could possibly match someones desert rats. Inspired by this painting
Eventual plans are to build more enemies to match against the Ethiopians.
- More Italians for the First Italio-Ethiopian War.
British from the Napier expedition.
Muslims led by Ahmed Gran
Possibly some Sudanese, but that raises the problem of Sudanese minis having been drafted into my Ethiopian Army.
Also I've started a Kings of War "Army of Prester John" that's kind of a fever dream combining what the Crusaders were hoping would rescue them, Ethiopian touches and fantasy elements like and Arc of the Covenant and Gnolls created by feeding hyenas by mouth.
That's enough for now, I'll post more later for sure. Any and all comments, advice, questionsetc. welcome!