Thursday, April 21, 2016

Update: An extremely long delay and explanation....

Dear Readers and Followers of "The Bongolesia Blog":

I send this note to you as an apology for the lengthy delay in updating this site.
As you are aware of, our little blog here was not updated at all in 2015, and we are moving onto 2016 with no real updates.
For this I apologize.
On the gaming side, for the past two years I have been horribly absorbed with 28mm figures, (Pulp, Horror, Colonials), etc..and thus my 15mm African "paradise" has languished in obscurity.
It's the curse of mini-gamers as we flight from place to another.

Secondly, I have been thinking hard and long about "redesigning Bongolesia".
In essence, changing around some of the country and the look of this blog to make it more attractive and appealing to the eye.

I am currently tinkering with a draft on Wordpress but am not sure if I am going that route, or if I will just change the blogger/blogspot site we have here.

I am also looking at setting up a mirror site for Bongolesia's neighbor to the South, "The Fandango Republic", and allowing more international hi-jinks.

In short, I have a lot of things I want to do but so little time to actually DO them.

And for this and keeping you in the dark I do apologize.

I plan on reviving this site later on this summer.

Even now as I speak, word is being spoken of Fandango Armor being moved up North towards the border....

Thank you for remaining patient, being concerned, and waiting for more from our beloved land.

Yours Truly;

Michael T. Murphy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014



(Sudekia)  The morning sun usually greets our country, but on this day of days, it was greeted by the people of our land.
National Independence Day celebrations kicked off at daybreak with the ceremonial firing of the historic national relic Artillery Piece, known affectionaly as "Old Smokee"  - a signal gun used during the Bongolesian War of Independence.
With a loud, eardrum bleeding "WHOOSH POP BANG!", the day for celebrating our national independence had begun.


Of course and for sure, the main national parade was an amazing sight to behold as our people marched and sang and shouted and celebrated!

(Can't you hear those stomping feet?....NDF Soldiers march on parade. Our gallant boys in green show off their skills at cadenced marching and keeping in step.)
(While other members of our defense forces kept a watchful eye out for trouble on this glorious day....)

Everywhere you looked there were smiles and happiness throughout the crowds of happy Bongolesians. The children were especially happy to see the NDF men and their precision marching....

Among some of the more popular groups in the National Parade were a slew of lovely ladies in "The Blue Babee's Dance Troupe"...Out to show their stuff, and put it out there where it is...

Whoomp! There is it!  All ladies dance troupe parading before the turgid citizens in today's parade....
And their performances were highly appreciated.....

"Yeah Buddy!"...


(Nationwide): Among the many celebrations taking place in the country today, are the many, many festivals of the local native tribal groups.
Among these were members of the famous and fearless Z'bunga tribe of the Central Interior.
While performing their ritual dances, they sang in an amazing tone.

While listening to the singing and watching the mass movements, one of the locals did say, "Well....they have a good bass section....but no top tenor...."


Today's speech from His Excellency, President-For-Life P'hat Daddee B'wonah....

(Sudekia):  Greetings to all Bongolesian's and citizens of our wonderful nation, distinguished guests, donors and beneficiaries, and other folks that are listening in on this....
Today is our day of National Independence....and with it....our day of re-committing ourselves to be who we can best be at the best time to be it.
It was on the twenty second of October in the year 1960, that our nation and the groundwork for who we are and what we are now, was first laid.
Like a bird in a nest, grunting out the egg, our land and our people came into being, and the nation has "hatched".
It is here that I say to the world; that we are a member of the world of nations and while we are friendly and open and caring to those that would do their bestest and help get us what we want, we must also say that we keep a watchful eye on those folks in those third world hellholes that would wish to try to get the jiggy on us and see bad things happen to us, (And you know who you are).
I say to the people of world....look upon us...with our bright eyes, and outstretched palms....
And welcome us with gifts......of friendship....fellowship...and many many other good things that we work hard to get from you.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Workbench update!

Well it's been a bit since I have updated everyone here on what I have going on with Bongolesia on my workbench. To be honest, most of the stuff was put on the back burner while I took a break from 15's and did some 28mm Pulp figs. Now that I have them out of the way thought, I thought I would go ahead and get back into finishing up some of my 15mm stuff...

The workbench/table is kind of full right now...

I am happy to report that I have completed 13 more stands of NDF troops, which equals out to approx 37 figs. This will be the last of the NDF "Boys in Green".

I've also essentially finished the coastal patrol boat, "Moesha".

Both of these are waiting for warmer weather to be sealed and they are done.

The BNINF (Bongolesian Naval Infantry), is 3/4 of the way done. This will be about a dozen stands of Naval Troops used for coastal security operations.
I should have them done within the next week or so.

On top of that, I've started working on a new problem for Bongolesia.......

 (Arms and Equipment of "The Neighbor to the South; The Fandango Republic"
An AH1 for Air Support, Some M41's for Medium Armor, and an M42 Duster for AA protection)

Battlefront had a sale for the month of March you see....
They had 40% off on their Vietnam War stuff, so I made an order. I still have some M113's, some M48's, an M577, and a Recoilless Rifle Team on their way. Soon B'wonah is gonna have to get serious about his Southern Neighbor.

But we can't let Fandango have ALL the fun now can we?

(Better armed and armored than the standard troops trucks and just as noisy too!)

This will probably be the last of the regular equipment purchases for the NDF/Presidential Guard. After that I think I have all for the governmental forces.

My game plan is to get this stuff done quickly, and finish up The Presidential Palace once and for all. I swear it's becoming my albatross.

Then I need to get back to work on my MEU.....I'm still looking for 1/100th scale CH47's (at a decent price), and V22 Ospreys, and I will be making some quick and dirty mockups of LCAC's since the DRAGON model is almost 50 bucks per thank you....

More to come...hopefully...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bongolesian Diplomat Offers Assistance

Diplomat offers to meet with Alcovian leaders and " Help get stuff settled"....

(Sudekia)  With the growing crisis in the Ukraine making headlines all over the world, The National Government today announced that they have been actively monitoring the situation with our good friend, The Nation of Alcovia.
"Alcovia's really a nice place to see once all the snow melts and it warms up again and their plumbing thaws out" A National Government spokesman said during a recent press conference. "It's just too bad and sad and bad juju when they decide to go at each other and cause all sorts of problems that can be resolved one way or the other. We've felt sorry for their ongoing crisis, and know that we can offer them all sorts of assistance and expertise on getting jiggy and getting it done!"

To this effect, his Excellency, President-For-Life P'hat Daddee B'wonah, approved sending one of Bongolesia's top diplomats to Alcovia to meet with the leaders of both sides to see "what's going down.", and to seek a proper resolution.

"Bongolesian Foreigh Affairs Experat and Tip-Top Diplomat, W'atsit T'uyoo and his staff are ready to make haste to Alcovia, to show our friends that we can help and when we help, EVERYBODY can get some...We come in peace and look forward to doing our bestest on the world stage of international feel goods..." The National Spokesman continued to say.

A diplomatic telegram has been sent to Alcovia two factions offering Bongolesian Diplomatic Arbitration of the issue. The National Government is awaiting an answer."

("Ready, Willing, and Able", to do what needs to be done...Ambassador W'atsit T'uyoo is ready to help with the Alcovian Crisis and to further mutual interests for everyone...)



President celebrates 29th birthday in Sudekia with celebrations around the nation!

(Sudekia)  All of Bongolesia is involved in the happiness of this day as His Excellency, President-For-Life P'hat Daddee B'wonah celebrates his 29th Birthday today at The Presidential Palace.

"It's a great day to be 29!" The President said amid the chorus of "Happy Birthday Mr. President" sung by the girls choir of Chumba' wumba High School and Pre-University.

"To listen to the love and affection that they sing for my birthday....It just touches my heart." The President said with tears of gratitude in his eyes as he looked at the young ladies performing for him. 

A formal birthday luncheon for today is planned for all national dignitaries and governmental heads, and a formal birthday dinner, reception, and ball will be held this evening at the Presidential Palace for visiting dignitaries and ambassadors.  Dress code is formal, and RSVP please....

We here in The Nation of Bongolesia wish our beloved President a very happy birthday!!!!

(His excellency enjoys a birthday breakfast treat on this special day of days in celebration of his 29th Birthday....)

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Wow...7 years...and still going....

Once again my little child continues to grow and get another year older...

Although I have NOT been as active with it this year as I have wanted to; we have seen the following happen:

1: I've created the first elements of The Bongolesian Navy, (to include Naval Marines).
2: I've painted up the first "enemy armor" from their neighbor to the South, The Fandango Republic.
3: I've painted up another unit of NDF troops.

My focus lately has been more on 28mm figs than my 15's. But once I finish this current project I am on, I will be back to getting more Bongolesian goodness going...

And, it wouldn't be the same without you, dear readers and supporters...

I am always humbled and honored and in awe when people discuss my blog, and talk about how much they like it. I never expected this, and for those that have used it as inspiration for their own nations, I am truly honored. May your flags forever fly high...

Thank you once again and long live the nation!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013




(Sudekia): The Glorious Nation of Bongolesia and it's people under the wise and ever all knowing and benevolent government of His Excellency President-For-Life P'hat Daddee B'wonah, celebrated The National Day of Independence today throughout the country with parades, prayers, celebrations, patriotic speeches and remembrances.

Our beloved National Flag, flapping high in the breeze, letting you know what it is...

From the local children's parade and landmine strut outside of Lonnieville to the ever growing and popular "Barb-wire Hoedown" in Port Tuziak, the people of Bongolesia celebrated their national day of supposed Freedom and assumed Independence.


Speaking from The Presidential Palace, (The Pink Palace), His Excellency, President-For-Life P'hat Daddee B'wonah spoke of this glorious day.
"It just fills my heart with such gladness and joy to see our folks lovin' what they get and what they got comin' to them. It's been a long, rocky, pothole filled dirt road that we have forced others to travel upon to get where we are today, but I promise you that the ordeal was worth it. We know who we are, and we are here to show the world who we are what it is!"
His Excellency was going to be spending the day in conferences and reviewing contestants for the upcoming "Miss Banana Chip 2013" at the upcoming National Banana Chip Festival.

"That ain't working....that's the way you do it!"  
The nationally acclaimed Bongo Group, "The Bongoleers" pose before their concert in Clarksville.  Tickets were sold out fast for this show...

Meanwhile, lets not forget our gallant "Boys In Green" who even on this day, stand ready to defend our nation against those who would do us harm, or attempt to collect on debts, (real or imagined).... Here we see a tank and crew from 1st Bongolesian Armored (aka: "The Fighting Jujus"), parked near Bomb'a De Plane International Airport in Sudekia.

Just seeing if you are paying attention....

Indeed what would a country be without it's music?
Our nation is filled with all sorts of talent, (real and otherwise). Among the many concerts and shows given this day to the masses (for a small price), are Bongolesian International Recording Superstars Buddy Bongo (above), and P'nut Lohg singing their critically reviewed hits "There's A Crocodile In The River", and "I Didn't Know She Was Married!!!", among other things. Buddy has been known sometimes to even break out some of his older hits such as "Landmine Blues", and "What's That Sound?"
Much music and fun and dancing was had by all!

 One of the many fans of P'nut Lohg, (Who has sold more records in SE Central Africa than Slim Whitman)....
Dancing The Night Away....Festive and Happy Citizens dance into the late hours to music and celebrations of the nations independence.

With congratulatory notes coming from a wide variety of countries, including China, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Chad, Cuba, The Democratic Republic of The Congo, Chechnya, and many others, Bongolesia is truly a nation among nations!!!!

Long Live The Nation!