We have got our grubby mitts on a couple of ‘test shots’ of the forthcoming Afghan/NW Frontier Tribesmen from Perry Miniatures. There are still a few details to iron out e.g. the trigger guards on some of the rifles, but this long awaited box set is now pretty much ready to roll.
Please note: We are showing these figures rough, ready and raw. More time spent filling the joints and undercoating will doubtless further improve their appearance.
The finished set will contain four main frames and two command frames, providing for 36 figures. Plus a clothing and weapons guide/leaflet.
Taking a closer look at the figures, we have two squatting/kneeing, four running and two standing, plus another running and another standing figure on the command frame. The command frame figures don’t actually look very leader-ish because in actuality they would have looked just like regular warriors, but it does contain a standard (or at least flagpole) and table-style drum.
For weaponry we have several different muskets and rifles including the classic (and handmade) gun of the Northwest Frontier – the jezail. There are also a couple of (presumably captured), Brown Besses and Sniders. The frame also contains various tulwars (curved swords), khyber knives (big nasty knives!) and dhal shields.
The heads wear a variety of coverings, mainly classic turbans, but also two ‘beehive’ hats and kullahs (pointed skull cap).
The torsos are all dressed for warm weather – so no poshteen coats.
Classic Perry Mins detail and dynamism are on display in this incredibly versatile set of figures – usable in Afghanistan and on the Northwest Frontier between 1840 and the early 20th Century – a welcome addition to their ‘Victoria’s Little Wars’ range. Huzzah!
Comparison shots: Perry Miniatures Afghan Tribesman (left), Empress Miniatures’ Afghan Tribesman (middle), and Wargames Atlantic Afghan Warrior (right).