Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scenics: Herero Cattle and Herd Boy

28mm Northstar Africa! Native Cattle

 Cattle were everything to the Herero, a pastoral people for whom these animals were sources of wealth as well as subsistence.  Even with the decimation of their herds during the Rinderpest outbreak in 1897, the Herero had tens of thousands long horned African cattle (with more than 20,000 estimated to have been brought together at the Waterberg prior to the battle of Hamakari).  These herds consumed vast amounts of forage and could drink a waterhole dry.

These 28mm animal figures are by Northstar Africa!, with gaps between the cattle heads and bodies filled with epoxy before painting.  The herd boy is part of an African Women and Children pack  - DA027 in 28mm from Wargames Foundry's Darkest Africa line.  They are painted with subtle shading. I may add another layer of ground cover sand but otherwise consider them finished.  They will travel with my Herero forces as they maneuver in the field.

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