Below. Before I stuck anything to anything, I placed the models on the bases just to see how they fitted, then moved the around to get an arrangement I was happy with.
their patterns like the Zulus or Masai, so instead one base in each unit includes a different animal model”. So animals it had to be as well!I had already painted the animals for this purpose, I chose to paint some mandrills, converting the North Star baboons for the purpose. Originally I was going to use baboons, but I thought mandrills looked more startling, and although the Ila and mandrill geographical ranges don’t overlap, I took some artistic licence and thought that the mandrills range might have a bigger range in the past. I am always willing to sacrifice some historical accuracy for colour!But before I stuck anything to anything, I placed the models on the bases just to see how they fitted, then moved the around to get an arrangement I was happy with. This also allowed me to see how much extra stuff I would need to fill the rest of the base, quite a bit as it happens!
Following Chris’s guidance I based up these Ila to go with his “Death in the Dark Continent” rules. I wanted them to be quite radical diorama type bases with suitable vegetation as Chris suggests, and I have included some animals too! As skirmishers they only need to one or two models per base anyway, but I didn’t go quite as far as Chris said by have no models on the bases at all! DesignTo start with I had to decide what the Ila’s bases would be like. In his article on the Ila Chris says “The most distinctive feature of Ila warriors was the extraordinary hair cone or “isusu”, which was allegedly designed to allow the members of hunting or war parties to see each other over the tall grass of the Kafue floodplain.” So tall grass it had to be! Also in his basing article he says “The men in my Ila army, for instance, have no shields and so cannot be distinguished by