Category: Rif Wars

The Rif Wars were the main Spanish contribution to the Scramble for Africa. Officially the Rif wars spanned the years 1893-94, 1909-10, and 1920-26, but in reality this was a period of fairly continuous conflict. For example both Millán Astray and Francisco Franco made their names leading Regulares in the Moroccan campaigns between 1912 and 1920, i.e. in a period outside the official wars. Look else where for other Spanish-Moroccan Wars: Spanish-Moroccan War (1859-60), Ifni War (1957-58) and conflict in Spanish Sahara (1956-76).

The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2016)

Megalomaniac surveying all those unfinished wargaming projects in 2016

It has been a year since my Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian so definitely time for the 2016 update. I figured that, by sharing what I’m working on (far too much) and where I was up to with it (not far enough), I’d feel bad enough about my lack of progress to limit my work in progress and get some projects finished. Well, it worked, but only partly. I still worked on seven projects this year and finished none.

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The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2015)


One of the things that really impresses me about Paul Ward of Matakishi’s Tea House is his focus. He chooses a new project, plans the project, does the project, finishes it, and moves on.

I’m a bit more scatter gun myself despite the fact that at work I encourage teams to limit work in progress. I start with a focus and get a lot done but then often wander off on a tangent when something else comes up that sparks my interest. I let myself do that because this is my hobby, not my job. A hobby shouldn’t really

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28mm Rif War figures from Rif Raf Miniatures

If 28mm is your thing then have a look at the superb Rif Wars figures from Rif Raf Miniatures. They have a good sized collection already and it is growing. They focus on the 1920s. Richard Ansell is the sculptor and the casting is done by Griffin Moulds Ltd.

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Fuego Cruzado: Crossfire House Rules for Spain’s Wars

Fuego Cruzado is my Crossfire variant for early 20th century wars involving the Spanish, notably the Spanish Civil War and Rif War. All of my normal Crossfire House Rules apply. These house rules are additions specifically for Fuego Cruzado.

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John Arnall – Missing in the Rif

John Arnall 1901

Ann Procter wrote in about a distant relative who died during the Rif Wars …

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How to Convert Ansar Figures to Riffi

As discussed on my 15mm Wargaming Figures for the Rif Wars page, nobody that I’m aware of does an accurate Riffian figure. I decided to buy 19th Century Mahdist/Ansar figures with rifles and convert them to Rif. I’m not a figure designer so my aim was to give the impression of a Rif rather than get pure accuracy. This page describes what I did.

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Steven’s 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán

I’m building up the 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán from Column Asensio of 1936. Battalion Code = “T” for Tabor or Turban or Tetuán within the Unit ID for Crossfire.

As long as you led from the frontwhere they [the Moroccans] could clearly see you upright, they would follow.

Alferez Juan Crespo.

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Geography of the Rif Wars

I wanted to get a sense of the geography of the area in which the Rif Wars was fought.

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Wargaming Rules for the Rif Wars

Any small scale Colonial, WWI or WWII set of rules will work for the Rif Wars. Check out Colonial Wargames: Rules or Major General Tremorden Rederring’s Colonial-era Wargames Page: Rules for longer lists of Colonial period rules, but choices include . . .

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Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers on the Rif Wars

The Journal and on-line forum of the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers (SOTCW) often have material on the Rif Wars. You can find the society on the SOTCW Website

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Painting Guide for the Rif Wars

A painting guide for the Rif Wars. The Spanish uniform evolved over the period of the conflict from, so I’ve included sections on three periods (1909-13; 1914-19; 1920-26). There are also sections on the Spanish Foreign Legion, Moroccan Regulars and the Rif tribesmen themselves.

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15mm Wargaming Figures for the Rif Wars

Finding 15mm wargaming figures for the Rif Wars is a bit of a struggle so some creativity is required.

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Fuego Cruzado Scenarios: Crossfire Scenarios for Spain’s Wars

My scenarios for Fuego Cruzado – my variant of Crossfire for Spain’s Wars (e.g. Spanish Civil War and Rif War).

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Timeline for the Third Rif War 1920-25

Although known at the time as the Rif War it was actually the Third Rif War. The war started in 1920 with the failed Spanish attempt to conquer the Djebala. The next year saw the spectacular Spanish defeat known in Spain as the Disaster of Annual where the forces of Abd-el-Krim destroyed the 14,000 strong army of Gen. Silvestre (Scurr, 1985). Indecisive fighting continued until the French joined the fray in 1925. The French attacked from the south while a Spanish expedition landed at Alhucemas Bay and attacked from the north. Abd-el-Krim surrendered to French authorities on 27 May 1926

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Timeline for the Second Rif War 1909

Although known at the time as the Rif War it was actually the Second Rif War. I have included earlier events to set the context. Also see the separate timelines for the First Rif War and Third Rif War.

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