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 28mm Indian Mutiny 1857-8


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                                                                                         Additional Officers and Ensigns

You can achieve added variety in your British units with our codes of Generic Infantry Officers and Generic Ensigns (IMBC 19 and 20 respectively). All are clad in shell jackets, frequently worn by infantry officers, regardless of the dress of the rank and file members of the regiment, making these supremely flexible figures. It was commonplace to wear a neck-tie, usually in black silk, and to own shell jackets cut in an informal or non-regulation style by local tailors. Sashes might or might not have been worn, according to the diktats of the colonel or, more often than not, personal whim. These were the earliest days of the revolver and not all officers owned one. Sun helmets were worn widely by headquarters staff officers and in many HEIC units, but only gradually caught on in regular army infantry regiments. The colours in which these figures have been painted are by no means prescriptive: almost any combination of the colours shown (and others besides) can be used on any of the figures. One of the ensigns appears twice in this picture, to demonstrate the flexibility of the figures, reflecting the traditional stubborn refusal of the British officer corps to dress alike when soldiering in the field. 

 

Flagsheets

Don't forget to check out with some of our exquisite flagsheets in your basket. Each sheet portrays the Queen's and Regimental colours of a particular regiment. The colours are vivid, they have a shading effect to save you time and effort and every word on them is legible. They look great on the table. We have another new tranche of flagsheets for Bengal Native Infantry units on the way.  

Mutineer Infantry & Artillery 

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IDM mutineer castings beautifully painted by Jeff Davies for his private collection.
(With grateful thanks to Jeff for his kind permission to display his handiwork here. Awesome!) 

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BRITISH & COMPANY UNITS

 

                                                                                                       Maude's Battery.

Captain Francis Maude's Battery was the artillery mainstay of the 'Allahabad Moveable Column', commanded by Brigadier General Henry Havelock. The battery was a composite organization, full details of which can be found at the 'Historical Notes' section of the website. From left to right we see a Royal Artillery sergeant, an 'invalid' gunner from the Bengal Artillery, a member of HM 64th Regiment and a private of the Royal Artillery. In practice these figures can represent most British and Company batteries.    

 
 

HM 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs).

This unit is made up primarily from codes IMBC 13-16. There is also a second ensign from IMBC 20, our set of four Generic Ensigns, while the pointing officer on the left flank is from IMBC 4. The Colours of the 78th are available at our flag-sheet IMBF 2. We find the secret to painting all-white uniforms is not to paint them white! We've started here with a soft buff undercoat and built up through shades of cream, leaving true white for the belts and cap pouch.  At first only one wing of the regiment, consisting of four companies, was present with the 'Allahabad Moveable Column' - fewer than 300 officers and men - so if you are applying figure ratios to historical scenarios, HM 78th will be a smaller unit than, say, HM 64th or the Ferezopore Regiment.  Below we've portrayed the unit with all its rank and file carrying their weapons in the 'slope arms' position. 

 
 

HM 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment.

This unit draws on codes IMBC 1-4 and again has a second ensign from IMBC 20. The Colours of the 64th are at our flag-sheet IMBF 1. These same codes are also suitable for HM 84th (The York and Lancaster) Regiment), portrayed immediately below. In the 64th both flank companies were armed with the P1853 Enfield, while the centre companies were armed with the P1842 percussion version of the Tower musket. 

 

HM 84th (The York and Lancaster) Regiment

Above: for its rank and file members, our portrayal of HM 84th, in the opening phase of Havelock's campaign, draws exclusively on IMBC 1, which is to say infantry in shirtsleeves, attacking, with sloped arms. The sergeant and the drummer shown here come from IMBC 4. The unit is rounded off with one each of our generic officers (IMBC 19) and generic ensigns (IMBC 20). We decided to portray the 84th in blue 'dungri' trousers, for the sake of a splash of colour, as there are no definitive primary source references to say precisely which type of trousers they actually wore. Where HM 64th marched with about 450 officers and men, the 84th was at first represented by fewer than 200 officers and men - the battalion's two most advanced companies having made it into Cawnpore and Lucknow before the sieges began. Thus, at only 16 figures, the unit is somewhat smaller than the other regiments in the 'Allahabad Moveable Column'. At first all the 84th men were musket armed, but when the light company  came up it was re-armed with the Enfields of the casualties and sick incurred across the other regiments of Havelock's column up to that point. Later still, the remaining balance of HM 84th, about 225 officers and men, also came up to join Havelock's force and participated in the later battles of his campaign. Below: here we see our portrayal of the enlarged 84th, drawing now on IMBC 3, our code of Enfield-armed skirmishers, and the 'charge bayonets' poses in IMBC 2.  By September, when the final push for Lucknow began, both the 64th and the 84th had been fully re-equipped with Enfields and had also received an issue of proper hot weather clothing, so in due course we will field new codes representing the two regiments in the post-August 57 period.  

 

Ferezopore Regiment (Brasyer's Sikhs).

This magnificent looking regiment of Sikh fighting men is drawn from codes IMBC 5-7 inclusive. The figures are very flexible, allowing you to model not only the Ferezopore Regiment but also other musket-armed Sikh units, such as 2nd (Green's) Punjaub Infantry, 4th (Rothney's) Sikh Local Infantry and 'Rattray's Sikhs' (which was a paramilitary Bengal police battalion employed astride Havelock's lines of communication with Calcutta). Green's and Rothney's were at the Siege of Delhi: such details of their uniform as are known for sure are to be found at the Delhi page of our Historical Notes section.  A party of 50 of Rattray's Sikhs earned great renown for their defence of Mr Boyle's house at Arrah - a fight against very long odds which can be thought of as a Sikh version of Rorke's Drift. Rattray's Sikhs would have been dressed in white, exactly like our version of the Ferezopore Regiment - so that's another skirmish game cracked with these same figures. Later in Havelock's campaign, the Ferezopore Regiment dyed its clothing 'khaki' - so if you have two units of these, one in white and one in khaki, you've pretty much cracked musket armed Sikh infantry regiments. Later on we'll produce Punjaub Irregular Force codes armed with the Brunswick Rifle - which will be suitable for  the Corps of Guides, 1st Punjaub Infantry (Coke's Rifles) and 4th (Wilde's) Punjaub Infantry. These three units also fought in the Siege of Delhi and will come in a slightly longer frock-coat length version of the kurta: their uniform details can also be found at the Historical Notes section.  After the fall of the old Mughal capital, the 2nd and 4th Punjaub Infantry moved across to the Lucknow front, fighting at the Battle of Agra en route, before then participating in Sir Colin Campbell's second relief of Lucknow.  So you can't have too many Sikhs...and these are beautiful sculpts by Paul Hicks. 

 
 

1st Madras Fusiliers ('Neill's Bluecaps').

The unit above draws on codes IMBC 8 (slope arms), IMBC 9 (charge bayonets) and IMBC 12 (Command). There is also a second ensign from IMBC 20 and an officer from our generic infantry officers code IMBC 19. The Colours of the regiment are to be found at our flag-sheet IMBF 4. In addition to the figures above, there are also two codes of Madras Fusiliers in skirmishing poses - IMBC 10 and 11 - illustrated below. The regiment was universally armed with the Enfield from the outset and, having already received an issue of summer clothing, its dress remained unchanged throughout the operations of 1857. So, with the exception of a casualties code still to come, that's it for the Madras Fusiliers. 


Unit Galleries
 

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More Rebel Forces: All the master sculpts seen below are now cast and on sale. We'll add imagery of more painted units as they come to hand.

 

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