I have another friend who lives as a teacher for German language in Okinawa. He told me interesting stories about Japan and especially the language...
He sent me a lot of japanese historical movies for my collection. Really interesting stuff and the language is a pleasure to hear!
After the experience with the movie pack I know what you mean::))
If you take a look at Kai Fuhrmanns homepage and scroll down to Gallery than you will find conversion from Detlef Strunk, all of them colonials. I have some more photos from his work. For example an ambulance wagon for the Australian lighthorse. Very great work. And the way to make the conversions is amazing!
In case your job will lead you to Germany you know where to find me!
I only bought two sets of those WWI artillery in terracotta when they first came out. I still have one of the old boxes (without contents).
Believe it or not but I did a similar conversion with the Esci Brit Zulu War heads about 20 years ago.
An Airfix classic.
The Esci foreign service helmets/heads are pretty good. To me, one of the most important details is the air vent on the top. Can you see how I have carved every one, including the Boer, to show the vent? Made me crazy Esci sprews are always attached to the top of the helmet - their Romans too, which just about guarantees you lose this detail.
I tried this same coversion with A Call To Arms Zulu British but they are truly HO, so too small, even for Airfix bodies. The S*R foreign service helmets are "just perfect!" for conversions.
I think Colonial Wars fans will be pleasantly surprised when I submit my Part II - Light Artillery, Ambulance and Supply Wagon conversions which includes the maxim machine gun nest (3 guys with pith helmets). I've done the tripod group, an Afghan Wars type scratchbuilt maxim on table-type legs, and a single horse-drawn cassion/maxim. You can see this one in your book Uniforms Illustrated No. 19 The Boer War on page 47, and my Pom-Pom guns on pages 46 (Boer) and 50 (British), and the Boer Cannon page 45, and Ambulance scenes pages 16 and 59.