I managed to get a few of my new Arab slavers painted up as test pieces before I launch into the full army. I was a bit eager to get some paint on these guys and rushed them a bit so the paint jobs are a bit rough. I tried some longer grass (little bits of door mat) on the bases than I usually use but I quite like the look.
At the moment, using Chris Peers in the heart of Africa rules, I think the army will be
3 units of Arabs and armed slaves/retainers count as askari (a mix of askari and Zanzibar figures)
2 units of Bemba allies count as Ruga-ruga (mostly ruga-ruga miniatures plus a few tribal musket men)
1 leader (the Arab with the spear in the above pictures)
1 standard bearer
baggage train (porter and spare Zanzibar miniatures)
I also have a unit of swordsmen for early Arab armies.
Lots to paint....