Spot of formation dancing on the porch.
These chaps are Hat Models Ruga Ruga from the box of the same name. These guys existed between about 1800 and the Great War and were essentially mercenary soldiers who served tribal chieftains, similar to the Scots-Irish Gallowglass in that respect. Their defining characteristic was skill with firearms and they made their way serving as guards for the caravan trade.
You can read a bit more about them here.
The huts are cut down plant pots. I got a stack of 10 for a euro and they do very nicely thank you very much. I'm all about the high speed low drag approach to terrain.
From the front.
These guys were dealt with as follows.
1. Quick run through in the dishwasher to clear any grease.
2. Base and then give them a coat of PVA.
3. Let the PVA dry over night and then spray undercoat in Army Painter Brown.
4. Wash the whole figure in Army Painter mid tone ink straight from the bottle.
5. Paint the robe white and then wash with another colour. Add a highlight if time permits.
6. Paint the gun and add hair to taste.
7. Dry brush a white highlight onto the base, add static grass.
8. Spray varnish.
And the rear.
These came along very quickly, I did them in between more demanding figures and knocked out the lot in a couple of hours split over a few evening. They will no doubt do good service protecting my porters from similarly armed young chaps.
I intend to use these with The Sword in Africa small unit TSATF variant for African exploration games. The problem has been finding some opposition, my afghans will do for Arab slavers and so on, but there was a distinct lack of general tribesmen that weren't Zulus.
I had a bit of a brain wave and had a look through the Ancients section of Plastic Soldier Review. Both HAT and Ceasar do biblical era Nubian figures who look close enough to 19th century African tribesmen. I reckon they should do the trick.