Ever since I got into wargaming, circa Y2k, I have collected colonial miniatures. This has led me to research a lot about the 19th century, an era I know little about. Wow is that an exciting time: the rise of science and industrial revolution. But also the conquest of the world-spanning empires, the Great Game, and so many colorful troops to paint and collect.
I still have quite a collection of African warriors: from the Masai to the Congo, these guys are super versatile as minis go. You can use them from the Age of ancients all the way to Pulp adventures in the 20th century! Not only that, but they are really easy and quick to paint!
One thing I found with black skin is that it is easy to paint, they do require a touch of care to make them "look right". And I think they came out right. This set is composed of women and children. Perfect to represent villagers, objectives, prisoners, or slaves. Again, very versatile models...
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