I got the German version recently for super cheap. I downloaded the paste-ups to sticker project paper and cut them out and pasted them on the board. I think it looks fine and we enjoy the game.
Playing the game I realize that this game is a little old in the sense that it has been replaced by other games over the years. I can see why it was popular when it was but I'll be interested to see if the zeal is still there now that the English reprint is out there. Don't get me wrong, we liked the game a lot. It just isn't a must have in my opinion. The mechanics are not unique. I was able to teach it pretty quickly by saying, this is basically Stone Age.
I'd keep the German copy and craft the paste-ups. Spend the money on another game.
Thanks for the advice, maybe I will do that. Kind of bugs me not to have the English version but it is an older and dated game as you say. Wish they had the expansions available though.