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Colonial New Zealand Wars?

Strelets make some wonderful sets of some or the more unusual conflicts. What about adding some sets portraying the colonial New Zealand Wars of the 1845-1872 period?

I could see a set of Maori warriors, some armed with traditional weapons such as 'patu' clubs and 'taiaha' quarterstaffs, and others with muskets and 'tupara' double-barrelled shotguns.

Then you would need a set of British in either/both of the 1840s and 1860s uniforms.

And some New Zealanders - militia and later Armed Constabulary wearing their unique kilt-like blanket dress.

Maybe a set of Maori pa (fortification) defences, such as palisade walls with carvings, would not go amiss too?

For inspiration, you can check out the article I wrote for 'Wargames Illustrated' January 2021 issue. And I have tons of posts about the period on my blog:

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Hi Roly,

Would the Crimean War Brit Infantry work for the Maori Wars?


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I’m in if they do it!

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Excellent suggestion, Maori warriors would be awesome.

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Me too.

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Great idea, and as a Kiwi I’m all for it.Crimean figures can work in a very limited way - indeed American Civil War figures can too - again, depending on the phase of the land wars that you are talking about (also bearing in mind that a number of the wars - and they were various, they were fought in fairly dense bush meaning that British/Colonial troops had to adopt uniforms and tactics to the conditions). The wars themselves also extended for nearly 35 years. So lit/uniforms changed dramatically.

Having said that my personal passion is the Great War, and I will reiterate my repeated pleas for the Gallipoli/additional Turkish troops promised so long ago.

Happy New Year to all from a blisteringly hot (34c) and humid corner of Puhoi - about an hour north of Auckland.

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Oh yea, some Maori would be cool! A few more sets devoted to pre-1900 non-European cultures in general would be nice, I personally think something to go with the old Caesar and Revell sets of Aztecs would be good too (Aztec priests/civilians, Tlaxcala warriors, etc.).