My 28mm Māori warriors brandish their weapons in the face of their British and colonial opponents during the Northern Wars in New Zealand during the 1840s. I’ve now finished basing the first eight Empress Miniatures figures I painted, and have also added a further eight figures to the complement (click on the pictures below to see them more clearly):
Civilians and uniformed militia. The gentlemen on the right is painted in the uniform of the Magistracy Police in Kororareka during the early 1840s – it was pure chance that this figure matched the uniform (which consisted of a top hat and a white coat with black armbands carrying small brass badges). The Magistracy Police were not normally armed with anything more than a truncheon, but I’m sure in a Māori raid they would’ve grabbed something a little more effective.
I used heavy galvanised steel washers for the bases. These seem to have taken my automotive black sanding primer paint well, and give real heft to the figures. I can’t recall if galvanised steel is magnetic or not – if it is, then I have the bonus of being able to attach these figures to magnetic sheets to transport them.
Basing is my usual combination of PVA glue and a mixture of various types and colours of beach sand. On top of this I have glued patches of flock and static grass. I gave them a New Zealand feel by adding clumps of nylon tussock grass and some ferns. The latter are laser-cut paper railway scenery products from Noch. The Noch ferns, although only HO/OO scale, are actually much too big to decorate individual figure bases, so I have snipped off the ends and used only those. I also repainted the ferns, as I found the paper colour too vivid.