Thursday, 13 October 2011

Grand Manner In the Heart of Africa

I was having a look through the Grand Manner webshop yesterday in search of suitable tribal village bits for the Nkonde, when I spotted this pack of colonial gunboat guns and mounts. The Hotchkiss revolving cannon is particularly useful for a French or German gunboat, or as a carriage mounted gun for a German colonial expedition. At £15.50 it's a good value pack as well, except for the postage of £9.00!

I don't think I'll be ordering a pack of guns anytime soon as a result, which is a shame. I'll have to wait until Warfare next month to see if I can get a pack then. In the meantime, I've decided that the Grand Manner village huts aren't suitable for the Nkonde, as they seem to have constructed square or rectangular adobe style buildings with thatched roofing, as far as all the pictures I've seen seem to show.

This is also a pain, as I have two or three of the resin Mangbetu huts already, so they'll have to wait for another tribal style army to turn up. In the meantime, I'm going to have to scratchbuild some square huts for the Nkonde together with enclosures and perhaps a tembe for the big chief to hide in. I'm on the search for inspirational pictures to give me some ideas!


  1. The HLBS company do the same weapons,, but with cheaper postage.

  2. Excellent!

    Thanks for the to splash some cash over at HLBS!

  3. Nice find. Some inspiration for scratch-building there, methinks (and I've got a river boat or two to tool up). Cheers WW.

  4. I keep finding new stuff on Grand Manner at present. Dave never puts anything up on TMP, though, so I often mis things (like the Sudan gunboats!)