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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hone Heke, Empress Miniatures

As promised here as an update of my latest unit of Maori Warriors from Empress Miniatures starring the infamous Hone Heke. Hone Heke was a Māori rangatira (chief) and a war leader in Northern New Zealand. I am very happy with this paint job and felt that the cheq robe came out really well as did the facial tattoos which you cannot see very clearly in the photos.

Anyway let me know what you think? Lots more Maori to come over the next few weeks.

Some hisoircal background on Hone Heke:

Bay of Islands Ngā Puhi chief Hone Heke was an influential Māori voice in favour of the Treaty of Waitangi. However he later became a leading opponent of British rule in New Zealand.

Disillusioned by the failure of colonialism to bring his people economic prosperity and by the increasing control of the British government over Māori affairs, Heke ordered the cutting down of the flagpole at the British settlement Kororāreka (later renamed Russell). This was intended to show displeasure at British government, yet not threaten the Pākehā settlers. Over the following months, it was re-erected and cut down again three times. In 1845, this protest action resulted in war between British troops and northern Māori.