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oldjarhead20 May 2021 8:47 a.m. PST

Gentlemen, I wish to do a conversion to provide some 15mm bhistis for my NW Frontier forces. I have done some minor conversion work (plumes on Crimean war cavalry and changing their overalls to boots and breeches to resemble later home service dress) but I cannot find a basic figure to begin the work. I looked at Minifigs "India 1790s" irregulars, but they have a Mysorean turban which looks quite big. Any suggestions???

My thanks in advance for any advice


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2021 10:30 a.m. PST

I'd look at ancient ranges. I think you want figures in loincloths, right?

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2021 1:26 p.m. PST

Old Glory Sudan range have Ansar infantrymen that would do. They carry no shield and spear or shield can be clipped off.
Essex offer similar Ansar figures, however their poses may be a problem. The Arab slaves carrying baggage might be a better option.

rmaker20 May 2021 2:05 p.m. PST

I think you want figures in loincloths

"The uniform 'e wore was Nothing much before
and rather less than harf o' that behind
Fer a scrap of twisted rag and an issue water bag
were all the kit that 'e could ever find."

R. Kipling – Gunga Din

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2021 6:20 p.m. PST

Eureka does a Malay drummer that might work: link
It should be easy enough to break off the drum

oldjarhead21 May 2021 7:11 a.m. PST


Many thanks. I went to my lead pile, found some Ansar swordsmen with hands low, sword can be removed (carefully), should work. I am also planning on ordering some Malay figures after looking at the drummer figure.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2021 8:32 p.m. PST

Late to the party, but coincidentally happened across this late c.19th photo earlier today while looking through a catalogue of old books and illustrations related to Imperial India and Afghanistan, posting it here in case it maybe of some use to the OP and/or other visitors:


oldjarhead22 May 2021 7:06 a.m. PST

Mad Guru, thank you for posting this very helpful

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2021 2:44 a.m. PST

You are very welcome indeed, oldjarhead, and thank you for staying so!

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