Sunday, June 7, 2015

Qajar Persians (19th century)

We are very pleased to release "15mm" Qajar Persians for the 19th century.  (They're really more 18mm, as is typical of Napoleonics in the market.)  Sometimes thought of as the "forgotten Napoleonics," the Qajars were regularly at war with two major players in the Napoleonic Wars, the Russians and the Ottomans, and in the first decade of the nineteenth century supplemented their masses of irregulars with a core of Western-trained regular troops.   

However, beyond their tangential involvement in the Napoleonic Wars, the Qajars are first and foremost useful for the endless simmering conflicts in the "back of beyond" in the mid-nineteenth century, as the uniform did not change until at least the 1860s.  The infantry in tall sheepskin hats illustrated fending off British cavalry in the Anglo-Persian War of 1856-7 are identical in appearance to the models released today. 

We are first releasing the infantry and artillery of the Qajar "new army."  Available here: 

The new codes are: 

Qajar regular infantry march attack 

Qajar regular infantry skirmishing/shooting 

Qajar regular infantry command 

Qajar artillerists

For guns, use any British or French cannon models, perhaps with the occasional Russian gun mixed in.   

The Qajar regular regiments wore uniforms but there was no set uniform colour for the entire army, and so for instance in the famous painting of the Battle of Sultanabad (in which the Persian regulars defeated a Russian force) the Persian infantry regiments are shown in a variety of different colours, although wearing uniform within the regiment.  (Our paintups show some of the uniform colours from the Sultanabad painting.)   

The tall hat was sometimes this tall, sometimes a bit shorter, so we left them long on the theory that it's easier to trim them down based on individual preference than it is to build them up! 

Sculpted by Mike Broadbent, painted by Knight Brush Studios.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More former Testudo ECW/TYW codes added....

We have just added many new codes to the former Testudo English Civil War/Thirty Years War range in "15mm" (more like 18mm) -- pikemen in no armour, pikemen in breastplate and tassets, Croat light cavalry, and two codes without photos yet -- cuirassiers in 3/4 plate with pistols, and cuirassiers in 3/4 plate with lances.  (We'll add photos of the cuirassiers asap.)

They are available here:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Zantin Scutari troops released

We are very pleased to release our latest codes of the very popular "Zantin Reconquest" 15mm sci-fi range -- squad heavy weapons and platoon assets for the Imperial troops, the Zantin Scutari. 

The Platoon assets set has a rapid fire heavy plasma gunner team, a RAM mortar team, and a sniper. 

The squad heavy weapons set has four troopers with portable missile launchers and four with grenade launchers. 

Both sets are available now, at the link below.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Khurasan releases BTR-60PB

We are very pleased to release our latest 15mm scale modern combat vehicle, the Soviet BTR-60PB

The BTR-60 was the first BTR in the now-familiar 'eight wheeled, enclosed, with small turret' layout. The PB variant was introduced in 1966, and has served in many wars right up to the present day.  It is suitable as transport for our 1970s Soviet Motor Rifles, for our Yom Kippur War range, and for our modern North Koreans.

The kit is mixed resin and pewter, and is available now at any of these store pages: