28mm Victorian Afghans
This entry was posted on September 12, 2021.
Regular readers of my blog will know that I always like to mess around and hybridise my plastic infantry. In one specific period, I'll use the parts from different kits. Recently two companies, Perry Miniatures, and Wargames Atlantic have launched plastic Afghans suitable for the Victorian Anglo-Afghan wars.
Naturally, my mind has turned to how compatible the two sets are with each other. To my delight, Perry and Atlantic are very mixable.
I wanted my Afghan figures to be varied and unique, so using and combining both sets together gives them a very irregular look.
For the most part, very little actual conversion was needed. The arms are mostly compatible 'off the sprue'.
The heads were the only slightly tricky bit. The Perry heads have a 'ball socket' for the neck, while the Atlantic ones are flat at the base, with a high neck on the body.
For the Perry bodies, I simply added a little bit of spare sprue to the Atlantic heads before shaping the neck to fit the shoulders.
For the Atlantic bodies, I shaved a little off the Perry heads on the bottom to make them compatible.
The final results are most satisfying. Now I have easily doubled the variety that each set has, giving me even more unique poses for my Afghans. I found these conversions fun, not at all taxing.
With Great War and modern sets announced by Atlantic, conversions for 'back of beyond' 1920s and perhaps more recent conflicts become possible. Of course, I could combine parts with other plastic sets, such as the Frostgrave or Stargrave sets for Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but I'll leave this madness for another time.