By Rob Morgan
Many solo gamers will almost certainly know of the Osprey “Book Vote,” and readers have been asked to choose which of the following titles they would like to see published in the series:
Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-40
French Naval and Colonial Troops 1816-1871
French Naval and Colonial Troops 1871-1914
Italian Colonial Troops 1883-1943
Interestingly, the two French titles are polling very low, at 10.5% and 13.5 percent, while the Carlists (a most obvious choice, to my mind) are a 27%+. It looks like the Italians with 30.76% are likely to win the poll and, of course, as we all know there are numerous wargames figures — the excellent Raventhorpe among them, and Irregular Miniatures too — of Italian Colonial troops around – which must be an influence.
Sadly, if the two French titles don’t win, I’m going to find it difficult to identify some of the illustrations (above) of their troops that I found years ago. Arguably, the most colourful colonial forces ever – a pity, but then I did vote for the Italians anyway.
Both units above served in WWI in North Africa against the Sennusi and in the war against Abyssinia in 1936, and against the British in 1940-41. The models are 20/25mm from Raventhorpe Miniatures in the UK.
A very good plate of these colonials can be found in Osprey’s “Lawrence and the Arab Revolt.”