Friday 16 March 2018

15mm Persian Napoleonics

Following our BP game using my 15mm Russians I wondered who else they could take on.  Looking through the various 15mm manufacturers listings, I came across Irregular Miniatures 15mm Persians. Not only could I ally these to my Ottomans to take on the Russians but also fight against them.  The Persians are listed under the Indian Mutiny tag.

These are really nice little figures and paint up well in my opinion.

Persian Line Infantry - FIP1, FIP2, FIP3, FIP4

Gholam- Tufanghis or Jazaurchis provincial infantry - FIP 14

 Persian gun crews FIP 13

Russian Guard Infantry in Persian Service FIP 5, 6 and 7 

Persian Militia Infantry FIP 8

Regular Lancer cavalry FIP 9

Kurdish Mailed Heavy Lancer FIP 11

Camel Mounted Zambuck Gunner  FIP 12

Some irregular cavalry using CAU1

Commanders for the Persians is a bit of an issue as the best are the various Ottoman Officers from the Colonial and Renaissance ranges.


I thought I would have a go at making some Officers in the more European uniforms.  The Regular Line Lancer (FIP11) works well as a conversion for a mounted Infantry Officer and for my European style Commander.  The lance is cut down and the carbine removed.  I them squashed the remaining bit of lance with a pair of pliers to make a flat sword - should have left more of the lance, but they will do.  For the General I cut away the lance completely and bent the arm into the body to hold the reins.

Whilst I was at it, I made a couple of outriders for a limber team.  The outriders are again the  Irregular Miniature Persian regular line lancers (FIP11 above).  Cut away the carbine, reduced the lance and added a bit of green stuff to make the fancy gunners bonnets. The Limber and harness team are from Warrior and were left over from an earlier project.

Like their Ottoman counterparts there should be lots of irregular cavalry.  For these I turned to Lancashire Games partly because I had a few already, but also because they had a sale on!  They can also fight with the Ottomans or in the case of the Tartars with the Russians!

Eastern Light Horse

Tartar Light Cavalry with bows



  1. That looks like impressively fast work to get such a good looking and unusual army together.

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I do seem to have got this army up and running fairly quickly. I can't put my finger on quite why. Sometimes it is all about being in the right mood.

  2. Brilliant paint job and a very unusual army , Irregular do nice figures for some of the lesser know armies .

    1. The interesting thing about the Persians is the number of enemies they had, you can fight the Russians in Napoleonic and later uniforms, the British, the Afghans, the Ottomans and others combinations making it very unusual. These particular Irregular figures are very nice.

  3. What a fantastic looking army!

    1. Hi Ray, glad you liked them, they painted up really well. Painted the figures then gave them a coat of the Army Painter Strong Tone which I have had laying around for ages - had top add some pure turps to get it back into life. Them blobbed some highlights of the original colour on top. Quite pleased with the results. The whole project came out much more quickly than I thought.

  4. That is certainly something different! love those camel gunners.

    1. The Camel gunners are certainly fun. god knows how they managed to keep the camels calm in real life! Thanks for taking the time to post.