Well, it's taken four months but I have now fininished my British force for the Zambezi campaign. A unit of Sikhs, two units of regular askaris, a unit of irregular askaris, two units of Naval brigade plus command and baggage. 61 figures altogether but I painted some extras too so altogether it's 74 figures.
I have also painted two more characters, for the McKenzie's trading post scenario. This requires a trader, McKenzie, and three clerks. My trader is called Jones, after the character in the underrated and quite brilliant animated children's TV series Charlie Chalk. Here he is (right) with one of his clerks Portuguese Paulo (left). I need to find another clerk for him, who will probably be a native and for the fourth character I think I will give him a wife. Hopefully I will get these two done in the next week.
Trader Jones is sick of his bossy wife and wishes he hadn't persuaded her to go up the Zambezi with him as he quite likes the look of the native girls who would be very happy to look after him in exchange for beads, cloth and whisky. He wishes he had followed the example of his brother, Vic, who had the sense to travel to the South Seas instead to set up his trading post.
In fact the British force is not quite complete as I have to finish my gunboat, which means finding a suitable artillery piece and naval crew for it. Mutineer Miniatures have just released a naval gun crew which, although from forty years earlier, will probably do. Their figures will certainly look better with the Copplestone and Foundry ones than the rather lumpy Zulu War naval crew from Foundry.
I have now also started work on my first Arab unit and hope to have these finished by the end of this weekend.