Postie has battled through the snow to deliver my latest purchase; a box of Perry Miniatures plastic Zouaves.
Before you ask, no I haven't suddenly discovered an interest in the American Civil War (it's still a period that's never floated my boat). Instead I'm planning on using them to play Sharp Practice set in Mexico during the Maximillian Adventure.
I've not yet decided how to use them. They may be French Zouaves:
Or I might use them, with a little conversion, as contra-guerrilla infantry as per the chap on the right here:
Given the baggy trousers on the Perry models, the French zouave route looks easier.
Then again, given that there are 40 rank and file (plus an officer and a drummer) in the box, I could probably do both!