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"True 25mm" Maori Warriors

The Maori would be unique Warriors among the Native Armies fielded for Colonial War Games (and The Sword And The Flame in particular) in that no set number is required to form a discrete unit in play.

Fighting in Hapu ("half tribes" or "clans") of a given Iwi (tribe), their numbers could vary widely with no other formal organization. While each would be led by a Rangatira (a man of great respect and possible kinship with the Iwi's senior Ariki, or "chief"), the size of a given Hapu would hardly be the same from battle to battle. Even the number of Hapu themselves was variable. Consequently, the full details of how to depict a Maori War Party or Garrison, including details of tactics, weaponry, their defensive skills inside Pa's, and much more, are offered in the "Maori Wars Resource Guide," below.

The Figures
These are sold singly in "open stock," the buyer choosing the needed poses of Warriors and Leaders with Muskets, Shotguns, and various Close Combat Weapons. All figures cost $1.50 each (plus postage). However, a minimum order of 10 figures (in any mix) is required.

For each 25 figures bought, another five (5) of your choice may be added for free.


Maori Warriors

MA-001
Maori Ariki (Chief)

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MA-002
Maori Rangatira (Leader)

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MA-003
Maori Toa (Warrior) with Hatchet

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MA-004
Maori Toa (Warrior), Open Handed with Mate

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MA-005
Maori Toa (Warrior)

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MA-006
Maori Toa (Warrior) 

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MA-007
Maori Toa (Warrior) 

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MA-008
Maori Toa (Warrior) 

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MA-009
Maori Toa (Warrior)

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MA-010
Maori Toa (Warrior)

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MA-011
Maori Toa (Warrior)

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This unique guide contains 16 pages of background, organizational, and tactical information about the Maori, plus special rules and game related data for fielding them in games of The Sword And The Flame. Much of this appears in the campaign game book for TSATF, The Sun Never Sets , but now includes contemporary color & B&W uniform illustrations, extensive weapons data, plans for Pa's, theater maps, and more to introduce the Maori for an entirely new Colonial Gaming experience.

This PDF file will be sent postage free to the Customer's E-mail address immediately after the order is received.

MA-012
Maori Wars Resource Guide

$5.00

AVAILABLE


MAORI PA and WHARE CARD MODELS

A card model of a Maori Pa has been designed in modular form, allowing gamers to print any number of components and build Pa's of any size and most any shape. Available as a PDF for self printing and assembly, it prints on 6 full color 8.5" x 11"card stock pages with an additional B&W page showing historical examples. There are two different versions of the inner and outer palisades (though only one of each is shown below).



Maori Pa Components Set
$10.00

MORE ACCESSORIES COMING SOON!

Similarly, four different Whare have been designed, including a large Meeting House, two typical dwellings, and a Storehouse on pilings.  All are authentic Maori house design, decorated with wood carvings and decorations. The models will be sold as PDF's for self printing, are easily assembled, cost only $5.00 each, and will be E-mailed postage free.

The entire Collection of Maori Whare and Pa components may be bought for $20.00 , a savings of $10.00 over buying items singly.

Besides the Maori's signature defensive works, these remarkable people had a great fondness for flags, proudly flying their own designs above their Pa's, and flying them in battle. A range of authentic miniatures of these variously shaped and colored flags will be made available soon and sold as a set for about 50 cents a flag. These may be bought pre-printed when ready, but more inexpensively acquired as a PDF file (post free) for home printing.

At least one Maori War Canoe (Waka Taua) model, initially as a card design, will be released as well, but may yet be followed by a resin casting.

Finally, new figures (command, specialty poses, additional warriors) will be forthcoming if there is any show of interest, so please let us know what you want to see.




Maori Haka
(War Dances)

For those who appreciate hearing the sounds of their Native Armies, here are two LINKS, 1) and 2). to recordings (there are several) available from Amazon, which may be bought on CD or downloaded in whole or part as MP 3 files.

These powerful and intimidating war dances could bring these warriors to heights of blood lust as they worked themselves up to an almost berserker state. They must be seen and heard to be believed!

One of the most famous of all Haka is the "Ka Mate," which may be bought and downloaded from several sites. Here is a You Tube Link to see and hear this particular Haka. The Maori lyrics follow, along with an English translation:

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru
Nana nei i tiki mai
Whakawhiti te ra
A upa ... ne! ka upa ... ne!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!
Hi !!!



I die! I die! I live! I live!
I die! I die! I live! I live!
This is the hairy man
Who fetched the Sun
And caused it to shine again
One upward step! Another upward step!
An upward step, another.. the Sun shines!!

TVAG does not profit in any way from this listing or any sales, except by way of helping Colonial War Gamers to experience more fun with their games. Listen to these haka while painting your figures, or play them in the background during a game, but music definitely adds the "Third Dimension" of appreciation to our pastimes!


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