Mind, for my Turkish readers they are NOT exotic at all… this is one of the pitfalls of the so called “civilization” the “foreigner” is “exotic” to say the least… and our “boys” the right one’s… so many REAL WARS have been born of that delusion that it makes your senses dull.
Nowadays I have not a single Zulu, Dervish, Pathan, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Boxer, Touareg, Boer, or whatever supposed foe to fight my Imperialist troops… I prefer to fight between two Imperialist forces… so, If you have the BEAU GESTE syndrome (you compulsorily collect French Foreign legion soldiers) and are a fan (stupidly enough!) of the British Empire… (The 4 feathers and all that)… I think it is better to make them clash (after all before the Entente Cordiale they indulged in it quite often enough) in the desert… FASHODA like but with a difference!… Kitchener had 1500 soldiers, and Marchand 150 (only 10 or 15 of them “white”… so it was no contest and a quite intelligent affair… with restraint etc. NOT for me … in my book of wargames a la AGW the fRench in Algeria expand to Libia instead of Morocco and the brits feel the Channel (Suez) menaced… perfect scenario instead of Dorking!… to be fair I already posses the 54mm armies and would have to start from scratch to do Dorking… (I do that with Playmobils a la Wells… firing Playmobil cannons etc)… hope my grandchildren enjoy the adrenalin and learn that the PBI never actually WINS a War… and 99% of Heroes are DEAD.
Uf quite a long “talk” today… really tired of “preaching”… was not my intention at all mind.