The wonderful thing about our North Star 1672 range is that the figures will do for many different nations armies in the period 1665-1680. This is  because it is a time just before uniforms, and the figures are all dressed in the fashions common amongst soldiers throughout Western Europe.  
This of course includes Britain.  The years covered by our range is called the Restoration Period in  Britain as it was the time the monarchy, represented by Charles II,   was restored after the English Civil War.   It was also the genesis of the British Army. Britain, tired of soldiers  and war, had disbanded much of it’s forces after the Civil War and  Oliver Cromwell’s reign. With the return of Charles II to England in  1660, the units still under arms swore allegiance to the King and  became the senior units of the British Army. Some of the infantry regiments:  Coldstream Guards Grenadier Guards Scots Guards 1st Regiment (Royal Scots) 2nd Regiment (The Queen’s) 3rd Regiment (The Buffs) st
The latest additions to North Star’s Darkest Africa  range are several packs of “Jungle Cannibals”. On the  face of it, it might seem rather politically incorrect to  release a range of Africans and describe them as  cannibals, but these are sensible and accurate  miniatures, not the caricatures that we sometimes see.  Besides, “cannibals” is what they would have been  called in the nineteenth century, and with good reason.  Some modern anthropologists deny that people have  ever eaten each other, except perhaps as part of a  funeral rite, but there is plenty of evidence from Africa  that, even if people were not normally on their menu,  many tribes deliberately cultivated a reputation as  man-eaters in order to terrify their enemies. This was  particularly common in the Congo rainforest, and it  may not be coincidence that this was a region where  protein was generally hard to come by. H. M. Stanley,  on his descent of the Congo in 1876 - 77, was often  
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taunted from the forest with shouts of “Nyama!  Nyama!” or “Meat! Meat!” One warrior of the Amu  Nyam tribe rejected the presents he was offered in  exchange for peace by asking “if we thought we could  disappoint them of so much meat by the presents of a  few shells and a little copper”. Elsewhere in Central  Africa, the German explorer Georg Schweinfurth heard  the Abanga greeting a Turkish slaving party with the cry  “To the cauldron with the Turks!” The Belgians’ Tetela  allies once disconcerted an Arab emissary who was  enquiring after one of his compatriots with the  undiplomatic confession that “we ate him the day before  yesterday”, while a Belgian officer who sent a peace  mission to the Nkutu received a reply to the effect that  the messengers had been very tasty, and would he please  send more? So at least some of the jungle tribes, if they  later found themselves being caricatured as missionary-  boilers, had only themselves to blame.  
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