These are the 12 heavily armed askaris which I need for my Arab army. I finished them today, so that gives me all four of the units of firearm-equipped Zanzibari troops I need for the Gary Chalk scenarios. Wargames Foundry figures, of course.
The Arab force so far: perilously close to an army!
Now all I have to do are complete the sword armed Baluchis, another cannon, plus the leader of the force, and the Arab force will be complete. Then I will have to move on to the three tribal forces I need which will total 140 figures. I'm not sure if these are all armed with spears which means painting cursed shields so I will have to check back in the relevant issue of Wargames Illustrated. A little bit of research has shown that tribesmen in this area would have had Zulu style shields so I will probably have to order them from somewhere. Empress miniatures do them separately I know.
I'll probably take on the second cannon next.