In the Bazaar of old Khartoum
|The local market place, or bazarr in Khartoum|
I like to populate my wargame scenics with civilians and vignettes to enhance the appearance of my table top. Civilians are easy to find in my regular 28/30mm figure sizes, but are harder to find in the toy soldier size of 54mm or 1/32 scale. So over the years, whenever I see a figure that looks remotely like something that can be used in the Middle East and Khartoum, I snap it up as quickly as I can.
The civilian population of my Khartoum movie set has grown nicely over the past two years. By my count I now have 22 Arabic figures and 6 European figures that are appropriate for 1880s Khartoum. These are some of the figures that will be on display in my Khartoum! wargame at Historicon 2023.
|A nice close up photo of the market stalls.|
The majority of the Arabs are made by a toy soldier company called „King & Country“ that is located in Hong Kong. The company was established in Hong Kong in 1983 by an expatriate Scot, Andy Neilson. King & Country. I have several European civilians from various sources that can stand in for some of the unfortunate ex-pats residing in Khartoum.
|I recently found these two 1/32 scale market stalls.|
|General Gordon’s arrival in Khartoum|
|The European ex-pats welcome Gordon to Khartoum|
|On the upper deck of the Nile River steamboat.
Gordon is in the center, wearing a red fez.
|Departing from Cairo for the journey up the Nile to Khartoum.|
|More civilians in the streets of Khartoum. I particularly like the man with the houkah.|
I am always on the lookout for more Arabic civilians, so if you know of any then please let me know.
I look forward to meeting some of my blog followers at Little Wars and Historicon. Drop by and say hello at the conventions, or better yet, sign up for my games.
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