I've never liked Tufecki infantry. Always thought they looked weird and not very Turkish. Every miniatures range seems to have them (Warfare, Old Glory, TAG...) but I have never been able to find a reliable reference for them beyond the early 17th Century. I was interested then to see them illustrated in the Bruno Mugnai book (just published by Helion,) plate F, and labelled as a "European Azab". Azabs are described in the book as being a well organised local militia who are able to take on garrison duties or fight in the field as a part of the regular army. It makes a lot of sense that their dress should look similar to Croats and other Balkans soldiers if this were a European province example of an Azab.
In the same colour plate is an illustration of a European Azab from the end of the 17th Century. This figure has replaced the shonky feathers in his hat with a turban, he has very voluminous trousers and a slightly longer kaftan. A rather more fine figure of a man to my eye!
So I decided to have a crack at converting one of my 28mm Warfare figures to match. Here is the result.
I much prefer the look of him now. I might try another with a longer coat next. I also gave this chap a yatagan style sword, made from a trimmed down Victrix Greek kopis. You can only see the hilt from this side. I decided that a militia man would be very unlikely to have a nice scimitar like the one that is supplied with the figure