|Copplestone Darkest Africa Zanzibari Regulars Marching|
|Copplestone Askari Converted to Baster Abteilung|
There were two Copplestone Zanzibari Askaris in a mixed set of German colonial miniatures that I picked up a few months ago on eBay, and this week I decided to do a test conversion of one of them to see whether it would work for the German-Herero war as a native auxiliary from the Baster Abteilung. The Rehoboth Basters or Bastards are of mixed ethnicity, and one photograph of the unit that served with the Germans during 1904-1907 shows them in light colored German corduroy uniforms with the white litzen removed from the collar and sleeves.
Possibly I'll try to sculpt more ammunition pouches with a cavalry harness, but for now this is more than good enough. I may go back and make the cap a darker brown, and I need to add a couple of silver buttons on each sleeve, but otherwise it is finished and I have decided to complete my Baster unit with similar conversions of Copplestone's Zanzibari Askaris Marching sets.