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Smokey Roan01 May 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

Ian wrote me (from Irregular)

Great news, they can make a variety of versions for their "Chinese Civilian" (he says 4-6, so maybe 20 will give me a nice start there. 20 figs, 4 poses, painted differently).

The not bad news but not real great: He can make up a 100 figure Ashanti army, but its gonna be kinda generic, more "Darkest Africa" natives with spears and such. Nice looking figs, but it wont be a true Ashanti army, IMO. (I see the Ashanti as mostly musket with sword types, and they had a peculiar dress, almost European in terms of boots, and tunics, right?)

I dont know. I've never seen a good pic of a Ashanti. :O

Anyhoo, I'm gonna have Ian make me up a 100 man Boxer army (it will be fun, like a grab bag, and it will compliment the units I'm doing from OG15s, and waiting on this new line to come out)

But Ashantis? Have we ever figured out how to get the most accurate representations?

Irregular's "Ashanti" figure is nice, but is a sword carrying dude with a cape. Can't have units made up of him. Can I?

Should I look to convert via painting some QRF seminoles, and Blue Moon Africans with muskets, and other lines, like OG15s and such. Maybe Zulus or Derrvish? Would they paint out like an Ashanti?

What did YOU do for 15mm Ashantis? Pics? How about pics of actual Ashantis?

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

Google London Illustrated News for period drawings:

Smokey Roan01 May 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Gracias! I have seen some of those in books. Come to think of it.

So, generic, tunic/toga clad musketeers should be the figs I seek.

Color plates would rock! :)

BTW, they always get the British wrong. They did NOT wear standard uniforms (tunics). Save for some officers. The soldiers wore a gray, cotton, button down shirt (Like a Polo)

Henry Martini01 May 2017 2:46 p.m. PST

There are a few decent illustrations in the relevant 'Queen Victoria's Enemies' Osprey.

Smokey Roan01 May 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

Thanks guys. I have that Osprey book. I forgot.

No big red boots to be seen. Who told me that?

Looks like its all in the painting, if you use generic and scantily clad figures.

These re enactors look like they fit the bill?


deflatermouse02 May 2017 2:13 a.m. PST

Minifigs used to do Xhosa in 15mm with Spear and cloak and Xhosa with muskets.
I did manage to get 1 packet of each in the '90's.
Sadly they have said they have don't have any plans to re-release them.

Smokey Roan02 May 2017 2:43 p.m. PST

Yep. Sad.

Gonna let Irregular work their magic and buy a 25 quid army for starters. I like those guys. Very dedicated and love the hobby. Just wish their interests also included 21st Century website technology. :)

I love their business model. One or two sculpts for every conceivable figure and period, in 2 to 54mm, with a bunch of variants for each , and it seems said variants are supplied at their discretion, which is fine. Figures sold by the piece. Nice.

If I had me druthers, I would open a US distribution of Irregular Minis. I'd stock ALL of their figs. And we would make a killing! (Wait, did I just think of an idear?)

And Blue Moon, WHY did not you offer a native pack armed with muskets? Why? :(

Smokey Roan02 May 2017 7:20 p.m. PST

Update: Eureka has some possibilities in 15mm, mainly Abyssinians with muskets and "Tingit" North America Indians with muskets (never heard of them, but several figures can make good Ashantis)

Smokey Roan09 May 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

We need more 15mm natives with muskets!

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