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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Can I say "Negro" anymore? Is that too non pc?

Anyway, I got a pack of Old Glory Black Seminoles Maroons to paint up as Lord Dunmore's Ethiopians. I didn't expect them to come with separate heads, but they do. Naturally they are the old Lamming style with the peg on the torso and the hollow head. I prefer that by the way, but everyone else who makes separate heads dies the opposite. Easily fixed, but I digress.
The bodies are just what I'm looking for. Half are wearing a plain smock on which I can paint "Liberty for Slaves". The rest have a type if fringed smock.

The Seminoles come with a sprue of heads, wearing turbans with feathers. The facial figures are rather … vague. I'll keep a few turban heads but would like more variety.
Before I start on them, I would like to see if there are any separate heads on the market that I could use.
I would prefer African American, bare headed or with slouch hat. If not, I'll use some spare KMM heads and paint accordingly.

I ordered some Perry Ethiopian figures from the War Store but they were out of stock. So I do have that base covered.
And I am not going to cut heads off perfectly fine figures and do head swaps. I'm not that good, it's a lot of work, and what do I do with leftover bodies?

dragon631 Aug 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

what do I do with leftover bodies?
Put the left over heads on them

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

Redoubt – code ACWH 34 in Slouch. code ACWH 32 Bare

They also do in Kepi, Dead and Wounded.

Hope that helps.


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Why worry about the conversion when Perry makes the exact regiment

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

I have some Perry on back order.
I don't think they were a totally uniform unit. grin
The more variety the better, and I want some unique figures.
Obviously for a unit like the Volunteers of Ireland, I would not be asking this.

First mission will be to burn a Whig mansion with its tobacco barn.
Not a very politically correct scenario.

Henry Martini31 Aug 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

Head swapping is a great way to achieve additional variety and create figures that aren't otherwise available for relatively little effort:

Rather than attempt to cut all the way through from one side, which can result in loss of collar detail, remove the head by incising all round the top of the collar as deeply as possible. This will leave some solid metal in the middle of the neck, but so little that the head can easily be twisted off. Then it's just a matter of drilling a hole in the middle of the the neck of the figure to which you wish to attach a head and gluing in a short piece of wire, and lining up the new head side on and front/back to determine where to drill the receiving hole. Do a dry run before gluing and recheck for correct positioning. If it's not quite right drill another hole or start again with a different head, then attach with two-part epoxy glue, checking for the correct spacing between head and body. This stuff is usually thick enough to fill out the neck, but check from both profiles once it's set and if necessary apply a bit of putty, or glue thickened with metal filings, until you're satisfied with the effect.

I've done lots of these and it only took a few before the results were good enough to pass as cast on heads to most observers.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

Too bad you don't have the Perry plastic colonial dervishes. Lots of extra heads there.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

I've done lots too.
The heads supplied with the Seminoles have a turban and feathers. This is not practical for a 1:1 swap. grin

Anybody have any loose Perry heads looking for a good home? grin

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 4:04 p.m. PST

I bought a bunch of the Wargames Factory Zulu heads when they were a thing. Maybe you could pick some up in the secondary market? They have a head-ring, but since they're plastic, it's easy to file down.

Henry Martini31 Aug 2017 4:31 p.m. PST

If they were hidden under Warlord separate ECW slouch hats no filing would be necessary.

Wolfshanza31 Aug 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

How many do you need ? Have WGF heads without ring. May have some others but will have to look ? PM me your address and I'll send ya some :)


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

"and what do I do with leftover bodies?"

I love our hobby.

Royal Marine01 Sep 2017 1:04 p.m. PST

S'pose we will soon start talking about shrunken head? Well just use 15mm then!!!

Henry Martini01 Sep 2017 3:32 p.m. PST

Actually, I could use some of those WF heads for conversions. I don't expect you to post them from the US, Wolfshanza, so does anyone in the antipodes have some to spare?

Wolfshanza01 Sep 2017 9:23 p.m. PST

Nice thing about the WGF Zulus is that they had enough heads of both types (married and unmarried)for the figs. This meant lotsa spares grin

ITALWARS Inactive Member02 Sep 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

many years with a friend we had Irregular miniatures to make some custom produced 19 c. Ethiopians with separate heads…maybe you can ask to sell you some only heads packets..they were to basic ones plus a bold one

Skeptic03 Sep 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

On a similar note, it would be nice to see separate East Asian heads that aren't grimacing caricatures…

ITALWARS Inactive Member03 Sep 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

but everything at 28mm is caricatural

Skeptic03 Sep 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Relatively speaking, the Asian head sculpts that I have seen are rather extreme caricatures…

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