This batch includes a Huaxtec nobleman, first figure from the left, who is destined to be my force's main leader. Most, but not all, of these fellows are fitted with back braces to wear banners, but I do not want to have all of my tlahuiztli wearing them. Some will be modified to remove the braces, which is going to be difficult to hide after the fact. Hopefully some judicious application of paint will help! The banners shown are from Outpost's Mayan range, which are commonly supplied for the Huaxtec, and makes sense as the Huaxtec are more closely related to the Late Mayans and not the Mexica invaders from the north.
This pic is of the other tlahuiztli in the Outpost range:
Most figures from Outpost are supplied open-handed, so a variety of weapons can be fitted.
Overall, I like the Outpost figures. They are well-cast and have a variety of poses, and the variety of weapons is a nice touch. But, there is one problem:
Outpost, Eureka, Lucid Eye, Outpost
In this pic, one can see the effect of differing decades of figure sculpting - both the Eureka and Lucid Eye miniatures are much taller than their older Outpost companions. The thick bases of the Outpost figures do not make up for it, although the banners will help divert attention away from the short Outpost figures. And the two Outpost figures in the above pic are the ones standing up straight; others are in short appearing positions that will only exacerbate the effect. The shields are very similar in size, thankfully.
I am going to stay with the Outpost figures, for both my Huaxtec and Tlaxcala forces.