15mm Figures For An "Almost War" in Morocco, 1904
"Perdicaris Alive, Or Raisuli Dead!,"
was President Theodore Roosevelt's slogan regarding the release of the
(possibly) American citizen, 64 year old Ion Perdicaris, kidnapped in Morocco by Moulé Ahmed Muhammed El Raisuli, Sheriff
of the Riffian Berbers, and would be ruler of the country. The Raisuli's ransom demands were "preposterous" to the
US Government which at first tried to persuade France and Britain to join a coup to take control of Morocco from the
Sultan Abdelaziz. However, later the governments simply leaned on him to pay the ransom and let the matter pass. The
"American Citizen" had been freed, and all again was right with the world.
Until 1914, anyway....
But some 70 years later, writer/historian/firearms
authority/director John Milius brought to the screen what most war gamers would have preferred--the actual showdown between
the Great Powers, the Sultan of Morocco and--just because as screenwriter he could--the German Empire, too. A perfect
example of Hollywood History--"The way it should have been!"
The film's characters--historical and fictional--and their
cross-cultural interactions made for a story that was thrilling enough, but the whole was made irresistible with
a portrayal of the Game of Nations. The interests of France, Great Britain, the United States, Germany and Morocco all came
together as a result of an affair inconsequential itself, but which was turned into a fencing match by the Great Power Players.
And the final three- (or four?) way battle is a classic
action sequence known and beloved by most hobby grognards ever since its initial release.
Oddly, I can't remember the movie's title just now, but I
know it juxtaposed elements of weather with a certain African apex-predator.
Well, after years of planning and sculpting, TVAG now
offers to the fans of this great film, and Colonial War Gamers in general, all they need to fight and re-fight this famous
battle, as well as any others of their own design.
All Infantry/Marines/Sailors/Palace Guard Packs are sold
with 20 castings each, in multiple poses and with Command figures & appropriate printed flags included. Cavalry (mounted
and dismounted) are sold 12 to a Pack, also with Command and flags.
The German Artillery has two gun to a pack with the necessary
crew figures. As there is some chance that the Berbers may capture one or both of the German guns, two of their crews are
The US Navy Colt MG's come two to a Pack and are on special
wheeled mounts complete with crews of 4 figures each (Pusher, Firer, and two w/ammo boxes).
Finally, the "Personalities" Pack includes special
figures in support of the film's cast (if not history), including a certain Female, her two children, the Raisuli
(mounted and on foot), a German Officer (also mounted and on foot), and a US Marine Officer.
French Foreign Legion Artillery
Two 75mm field guns with 4 crew each, a Battery CO and Bugler.
COMING SOON!--"The Battle In A Box"
All of the PAORD figures required will be provided already organized for a
recreation of the final action in the film in a boxed set which will include specially designed PDF's of the proper Moroccan
buildings, a special set of rules representing the scenario and based on a very popular Colonial War Game, and the
necessary dice, and all for a bargain price.
Watch for news of these releases!