Early War Miniatures Abyssinian War releases

Readers may recall an earlier post showcasing the 20mm manufacturer Early War Miniatures who have undertaken a dedicated line of figures for the War in Abyssinia and in particular the Abyssinian Crisis.

Since that release they have added a good number of figures in a new round of releases including the first of the Abyssinians. Pictures of the Italians can be found on a tmp link showing the ever expanding range which looks really good.

The Abyssinians look particularly nice. Included here are some of the images that are up on their Facebook page showing their initial release. If 20mm is your scale then it would be almost impossible to go past the release of figures from Early War Miniatures. The figures have a lot of character and variation in pose and look to have a nice bit of heft to them as well. Whilst I don’t have any samples myself they look like they’ll paint up very well.

So without to much more to add here are some of the initial Abyssinian releases by Early War Miniatures in 20mm with hopefully many more to come. As you can see their range is growing quickly and with alot of variety…really excellent stuff.  You can check out the Facebook page for further updates.

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Image may contain: 1 personAbyssinian Imperial Guards infantry Sargent (Asiraleqa) with Chevron arm bands in puttees bare feet, field tunic & webbing with separate head and weapon.

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Image may contain: 1 person, sitting2 Abyssinian Imperial Guards infantry with rifles in puttees bare feet, field tunics,webbing in advancing poses all with separate heads.

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Image may contain: 1 person3 firing poses Imperial Abyssinian Guards infantry in puttees bare feet, field tunics,webbing in prone, kneeling & standing poses all with separate heads.

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Image may contain: 1 person, shoesThe first Kebur Zebanga – Ras Tafari’s Imperial guards.

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No automatic alt text available.The initial figures of Mehal Sefari. They have not the look of the European style Imperial Guard nor the tribal warriors of the powerful Rases, the Mehal Sefari was older than emperor himself, forming an important role in Ethiopian society. A significantly large force they were also to provide many recruits to the more professional and better equipped Imperial Guard battalions under the emperors modernisation programme. Dressed in a blend of traditional dress and contemporary military style clothing they make for a unique looking Ethiopian soldier unlike others of their time.

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Image may contain: 1 person2 tribesman riflemen kneeling firing rifles with separate heads. Pack contents will vary. £2.00 for 3 models

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No automatic alt text available.10 man Hazb unit chain of Command ready. 10 figures all with open hands, separate heads and many weapon options. Weapons are included ranging from swords, shield and spears to random firearms, mostly outdated by modern standards. Heads will vary across 6 designs.

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No automatic alt text available.6 tribes man advancing with open hands and a selection of weapons and separate heads. Weapons include a wealth of swords, spears, shields, old rifles. This will allow you to create units that look very different.

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Image may contain: one or more people2 x Camel Mounted tribal warriors. Ideal for South Sudanese, Abbysinian/Somali Irregular Baluch. Sold in packs of 2 models. Each has a selection of side arms and firearms, with separate heads. You can build units with an idividual feel. A selection of poses are shown to illustrate what can be done with these figures.

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20mm Italians, c.1935

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I happened upon this post which slipped by my casual perusal of TMP.  It announced a new range of figures that fit perfectly for The Abyssinian Crisis, which will in fact be using the Chain of Command army lists for organising/packaging and some design aspects of the figure range.

These figure look absolutely brilliant and will be must a have for Italian players of this period and totally usable into WW2. They look very much like the images of the period and actually are the most characterful Italians in any scale IMHO.

Hopefully a solid 20mm selection of Abyssinian Chitet, Mehal Sefari and Ethiopian Imperial Guard will follow to give TAC gamers a full suite of figures to choose from and make EWM for this period the one-stop shop to field all the forces needed. A quick look at the EWM range shows that the Vickers Independent tank and Vickers Mark III medium tank are available so they can be used in the Abyssinian Armoured Field Force. The Vickers Carden Loyd is also in the range along with the a number of French vehicles all totally usable. British Mk II mediums and Light tanks would expand the range nicely if they were added and truly make the20mm option the most viable from a ‘completeness’ point of view.

It would appear that this may very well be ‘the range’ to do this period in…a real option  to 28mm…competition is here!

Below are some pics of the characterful figures on offer and some chat about the growing miniatures range .

Early War Miniatures Facebook and their website

The Miniatures Page chat

Nice work Early War Miniatures

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