Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

'Hard pounding, gentlemen!'



CODES COMMON TO BOTH SIDES


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IMLA 1 HEIC Field Gun, block trail carriage. (£8.50).
Supplied with barrels for the 6-pdr, 9-pdr and 24-pdr howitzer. Suitable for field and horse artillery on both sides of the 1857 conflict.

IMLA 2 HEIC Limber, pole draught. (£8.50).
Suitable for bullock-draught or horse-drawn artillery on both sides of the 1857 conflict. Supplied with rear pair yoke for bullocks, a sponging bucket and the appropriate draught poles for both bullocks and horses.

IMLA 3 Pair of Bullocks. (£7).
Supplied with basic yoke spar. Two different bodies with separate heads to enable variation. Supplied unpainted of course. 

IMLA 4 Bullock Cart or 'Hackery', latticed sides, open-top. (£16).
Supplied with 2 x bullocks, yoke and driver. Suitable for both sides in the 1857 conflict. 

IMLA 5 Bullock Cart or 'Hackery', solid wood frame, with canopy. (£16). 
Supplied with 2 x bullocks, yoke and driver. The canopy can be left off to produce a third variant of hackery. Suitable for both sides in the 1857 conflict.

IMLA 6 A pair of Indian drivers. (£4).

IMLA 11 'Water!' Two bhistis and a bullock with water-skins. (£8.50).

For caste reasons Indian troops never carried waterbottles. Instead every sub-unit had its own bhistis and water-bullock. The Company's European units and British Army units also operated the same system, but because the Mutiny started in the hot season soon took steps to acquire water bottles. This set can of course be used for both sides in the Mutiny, but can also be used across pretty much any 18th/19th Century conflict in the Indian sub-continent.


IMBC 27 Bengal or Oudh Irregular Cavalry, regimental alkaluks and pagri-turbans, Set I. (8 riders - buy horses separately). 

Note that, with the exception of the European officer, these figures can be used for either side. 

[Use horse codes IMH 4 & 5].


 

'All the Duke's Horses...'

The IDM Guide to Mounting Cavalry Codes


IMH 1 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers with basic hunting saddle and pistol holster. (Set of 4).
IMH 2 Regular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4)
IMH 3 Regular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4)
IMH 4 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4)
IMH 5 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4)
IMH 6 Artillery Horses - (Set of 8 - £20). [3 near-side, 3 off-side, 2 x saddle horses]. 

Our horses are sold in codes of 4 animals, (as illustrated below), separately from our horsemen, in order to permit maximum flexibility in how you mount your units: in other words no horses will necessarily be forced on you by your choice of riders.  Additionally if you want a few more of a particular code of riders, perhaps for conversion purposes, you won't have to pay over the odds by buying horses you don't necessarily need. The exception to the general rule of four horses to the code is a horse artillery code of 8 animals, (IMH 6), consisting of a limber team of six horses plus two saddle horses for outriders. The set serves equally well for British and rebel horse artillery. The corresponding sets of 8 artillerymen consist of an officer, a second outrider, three drivers and three seated gunners to split between the limber and the axle-tree seats of the guns.  Our existing limber kit comes with the parts necessary for it to be used for either bullock-drawn guns or horse artillery. 


In the case of the regular and irregular cavalry codes, buying a Set A and a Set B together will give you 8 differently animated animals. Which horses for which units then? It's easier than you think! The simple rule of thumb is that if the troop type has the word 'irregular' in the title, then you will need our irregular horse codes (IMH 4 and 5) to mount it How easy is that! Otherwise its regular horses for the Bengal Light Cavalry, Guides Cavalry and Hodson's Horse. For Havelock's Cavalry, uniquely, you will need one set of either regular or staff officer's horses for the 4 overthrown officers in the set, and one set of irregular horses for the four mounted infantrymen. 

 

Attaching Cavalry Carbines


It is a common misconception that cavalrymen rode about with their carbines attached to the sling swivels on their carbine belts, but in fact they were routinely secured to the saddlery forward of the rider's right leg, by means of a securing strap around the small of the butt and a leather bucket for the barrel. Because good history dictates that we should, this is how we have modelled our carbines.  Only after the cautionary command, 'Prepare to dismount', did the soldier unstrap the butt of his weapon and secure it to his person, by clipping the sling swivel on his belt to the bar on the left-hand side of the weapon. The weapon was then temporarily moved to the opposite hip to facilitate the physical act of dismounting. 


At the risk of teaching grannies (experienced modelers) to suck eggs (!), this how we attached the carbines to our figures. The carbines have been modelled with a locking on the inside of the butt, but because the carbine rests in a rather awkward spot between the rider's leg and the horse, (often in a slightly different position depending on your choice of horse), it has not been possible to position a corresponding receiving hole in either the rider or the horse.  Having made a decision on which riders and horses are to go together, those who wish to do so could drill a hole for themselves, but we found that this was by no means essential, as it was perfectly possible to secure the carbine with superglue, with no real prospect of it ever coming off, (save through the sort of rough handling that nobody in their right mind exposes painted figures to!). So we cut off the locking pin and proceeded without it. We found that the easy and quick technique was to rest the rider and horse on its side, place the carbine in position and then drop two subtle drops of glue onto the weapon, one high on the butt and one lower down - typically where the barrel bucket will be resting against the top muscle of the horse's foreleg (or thereabouts)...and 'bob's your uncle', as they say! All being well, your glue will flow nicely around to the rear of the weapon and perform its magic in an imperceptible way. Top tip: be sure to use a new bottle of glue, or one with a still neat neck, so that you don't get a massive outflow from a battered old bottle that you've unclogged countless times in the past! You will have a few seconds in hand while superglue will run, if not quite like water, then at least pretty readily, so  that if by chance you get a blob of glue resting on the visible surface, you will be able quickly to push it over the edge of the carbine, to the invisible rear surfaces, using a pinhead or similar. Job done. Here's a good picture from the Duke's collection demonstrating how the carbine was secured to the saddle, and you can see from the photos of our own figures just where we have positioned them:


 
IMH 1 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers with basic hunting saddle and pistol holster. (Set of 4).

IMH 2 Regular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4).

IMH 3 Regular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4).

IMH 4 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4).

IMH 5 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4).


IMH 6 Artillery Horses - (Set of 8 - £20). [3 near-side, 3 off-side, 2 x saddle horses]. 

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