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Dadster Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2019 3:54 p.m. PST

Any advice on what 25 or 28mm figures would most appropriately be used for playing scenarios like the movie the Man Who Would be King?

FearAndLoathing18 Aug 2019 5:11 p.m. PST

Ran three scenarios at Little Wars a couple years back called Danny & Peachy's Excellent Adventure using using some old small 25mm Ral Parthas for the Brits and Billy Fish, along with assorted 20 mm plus ESCI Muslim warriors and RedBox Afghans for the rest. This is the dirt cheap way to go. However I think some of the new 28mm minis that have come out over the last couple years are really nice. Comprehensive list at link
You plan on using TSATF or TMWWBK rules? Used the latter, it worked well in all 3 scenarios, plus you get away with smaller sized units

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2019 5:43 p.m. PST

Fear and Loathing – thanks for the tips

I own an old old copy of TSATF. TMWWBK by Osprey? Just ordered it. Any idea the size of the units involved in typical scenario?

Thanks for the list. I am going to try to trade some of my Napoleonics for NWF fig. Wish me luck!

Glengarry519 Aug 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

Suggested unit sizes for TMWWBK are regular and irregular foot units 12 figures, Tribal foot 16, Regular and irregular mounted units 8, tribal mounted 10 and artillery one gun and 4 crew.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2019 12:53 p.m. PST

Thank you Glengarry5

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2019 3:46 p.m. PST

Re: the lead characters themselves, one very good choice is the Artizan Designs "Chaps who'd Like To Be King" pack, available at this link…


…and pictured here:


Dadster Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2019 5:06 p.m. PST

Thanks Mad Guru – I think I can get them from Lon at Brigade here in the States as well. Will be buying those guys. Are they a good fit with Perry, Foundry and Old Glory?

FearAndLoathing19 Aug 2019 9:32 p.m. PST

I used two 12-man irregular rifle units lead by Peachy and Billy plus an 8 man irregular cavalry lead by Danny for the core of the Ever Victorious Army, or whatever they were called, plus 2 units of allied tribal foot and 1 unit of allied tribal cavalry to round it out.

That said, to make a game of it, you need hordes and hordes of the opposition. Think I used some thing like 2.5 or 3 to 1

The rifles will mow down anything within shooting distance, but if they get hit by tribal cavalry, they have problem.

The folks playing P&D in my game learned that the hard way by wasting too many shots long range into the rough while at the same time neglecting to protect their flanks with their tribals as the Kafiristani juggernaut bore down on them.
Danny can't get hit until the rest of his unit gets wiped out because, you know, he's immortal.
Billy made a suicide charge at the end, though. That was pretty cool.

Artizan's stuff is spot on, by the way

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2019 10:58 p.m. PST


The Artizan Second Afghan War figures are just a bit taller and chunkier than Perrys, but I would rate them as a relatively good fit. Same goes for the various British officers and Sikh troops in the Foundry Darkest Africa range, which is larger scale than the older Foundry colonial ranges, like the NWF, and also larger than Old Glory figures. Those older Foundry colonial ranges and Old Glory colonials are even smaller in scale compared to Artizan. I wouldn't hesitate to use Artizan figures in the same game as Perrys, or maybe Empress, but I might hesitate to use them side-by-side with old school Foundry colonials or Old Glory figures. Of course, if you only use that character pack with Daniel Dravot, Peachy Carnahan, & Billy Fish, they're kind of "Hero" types or "Big Men," so having them be a little bit bigger than their troops might not be a problem.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2019 10:35 p.m. PST

Thanks gents.

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