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 GuardsGrenadier GuardsScots Guards1st Regiment (Royal Scots)2nd Regiment (The Queen’s)3rd Regiment (The Buffs)st
As for other painting details, the “Congo nappy” loincloths were normally reddish brown or salmon pink, but some richer men could wear red, white and black striped versions. The long Bushongo style kilts worn by some of the chief figures could be checked in the same colours, red with a yellow border, or even bright pink overall. Other kilts would be made of grass, either in its natural straw colour or, more likely, dyed red or black. Chiefs could also wear leopard skin aprons as insignia of rank. Feathers came in a variety of colours, with red, reddish brown, black, and barred brown and white especially popular. The Cannibal Chief’s splendid drum might have been left in its natural reddish brown wood colour, but would probably have been painted in the usual palette of red, white and black. These are just a few ideas for inspiration, and I have to admit that so little is known of some of the tribes of the region that there is plenty of room for imagination and creativity. For more information on the subject see my Foundry book, “Armies of Central Africa” (also available from North Star!)
Bangala: red and white striped warpaint; large oval shields.Soko, Kusu and other north-eastern Congo tribes: rose pink warpaint (yes, honestly!); rectangular or oval shields, painted black or striped black and white.Tetela: tattooed rather than painted; smallish rectangular shields.Ngombe: warpaint lines, scrolls and concentric rings in red, white, yellow and bluish-grey; long oval shields.Mongo: warpaint grey or white, sometimes with stripes of red or black; shields large oval or smaller V-shape.Topoke: warpaint probably rust red; large V-shaped shields, often painted in red, or black and white stripes.Basongo: warpaint yellow, shields probably oval.Basongo: warpaint yellow, and shields probably oval.Lele: red or maroon warpaint. The Lele were archers and did not usually carry shields. If they did, they may have been similar to those of their Bushongo neighbours.Bushongo: red or maroon warpaint. Large oval wicker shields, probably left in their natural pale straw colour.