Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

'Hard pounding, gentlemen!'


Here is a glimpse of products the Iron Duke has us working on presently. We know it's a bit frustrating to see the lovelies on display here and not be able to buy them straight away but, trust the Duke, it does take time to bring items to market at the standard you have a right to expect and the standard his lordship will always insist on. Nothing can ever be done in less than a month, counting from the time the sculptor puts his tools down, while some items have to wait a while longer for essential bedfellows to be finished: for example there's no point bringing the limber horses to market until we have some action packed artillery drivers flailing their whips about to go with them. They say that 'patience is a virtue': we're all collecting these things too, so we're all sharing the same journey together! But our notion is that a discerning customer base like ours would much rather see us getting things right than wrong, and would much prefer to see what's around the corner than be left in the dark waiting for something, anything, to happen!  So, for your delight and delectation, the Iron Duke presents.....   

NEXT: Expect to see the following items over the next few months:

A 8-figure code of British infantry skirmishers (HM 64th and HM 84th), in kneeling poses, shirtsleeves, with Enfields.
An 8-figure code of irregular matchlockmen in firing line poses.
An 8-figure code of badmashes armed variously with tulwars, spears and shields in attacking poses.
A 4-figure code of Rebel Irregular Command. 
A 4-figure code of badmashes armed with matchlocks.
An 8-figure code of HM 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses.
An 8-figure code of HM 5th (Northumberland) Fusiliers, peaked Kilmarnocks with covers and curtains, in smocks with Enfields, in attacking poses.
An 8-figure code (HM 64th & HM 84th), British infantry in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses. 
A 4-figure code, British infantry, wicker helmets, in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses.
A 'dhoolie' [covered stretcher] set with 4 bearers and patient. 
A heavy artillery carriage with a choice of 18-pdr and 24-pdr barrels.
A heavy artillery limber,  suitable for either elephant or bullock draught.
A heavy artillery ammunition wagon, bullock draught.
An elephant Set fitted with heavy artillery harness. with mahout.
An elephant Set, rebel command, with mahout, howdah and VIP.
An elephant Set, baggage, with mahout and load. 
A dak-gharry set, (bullock-drawn postal cart), with 2 bullocks, driver and 4 British soldiers. 
A 4-horse set of standing horses in artillery harness. 
An 8-figure set Bengal Irregular Cavalry sowars, of which 4 figures are carrying lances. 


Some of the forthcoming artillery and transport items for the Spring & Summer of 2018

Here you can see the 24-pounder heavy gun, the 18-pounder, a heavy artillery limber, (which can be fitted for either Bullock draught or elephant draught),  a heavy artillery ammunition cart, a dak-gharry (two-wheeler post cart) and two types of dhoolie (covered stretcher). The kits are beautifully detailed and easy to assemble. They are the work of the German sculptor Niels Rullskotter. Quite how everything gets bundled up for release remains to be seen, but we will keep you advised on that as we near the release date.  The figures you see inside the dak-gharry are not the ones we will release with it and at this stage  are just for show. The dhoolies will have teams of four bearers  and a casualty apiece.  

New Flagsheets: notice dated 16 Feb 2018.

We've just signed off on the designs for the 17 new flagsheets listed below. These are made for IDM by Iain at Flags of War, who has done his usual immaculate job on them. We will be passing them on to Empress for retail distribution as quickly as it can be done, and we'll advise you again on this means and on our FB page when Empress have them up in their online store, where they will also be illustrated. Here are some notes you may find useful. 

In two instances, IMBF 20 and 21, which address the Gwalior Contingent infantry, you will have to paint (or pen) in a central numeral of your own choice, as we have not been able to unearth a complete list of the contingent's facing colours system and we don't want to force the issue only to be proved wrong. So you decide what works best for you. If you are not that fussed then best stick to I and II (even I can paint those by hand alright!) The national flag for the Gwalior we like very much - they've not been done before and are very colourful. The GC infantry mainly fought in full uniform and still used the shako (and forage caps, so either type of headdress in the same unit is OK). We history zealots at IDM would have a large majority of shakoes and not more than a quarter forage caps, but if you are not quite so fanatical, then you need do only what makes you happy!

IMBF 17 and 18 are Oude Irregular Contingent infantry. Despite the name of the contingent they were not 'irregulars' in the classic sense of the word, but rather drilled close order infantry in the EIC service, and dressed like the Bengal Native Ifnantry regiments. Here the senior colour takes the form of an unadorned union flag. This may be surprising but there are surviving examples of OIC colours (which we have copied). The OIC infantry, which had only been absorbed into the EIC service in 1856, still used the shako, unlike the BNI regiments, but that does not mean that they did not use the forage cap. The OIC did not much adhere to uniform - so for your mixed units with some lads in uniform, some in native dress, some in shakoes and some in forage caps - the OIC colours will work nicely.

We've got some nice generic rebel flags and banners between IMBF 13 and 15 inclusive, which will go nicely over irregular units of matchlockmen and badmashes (being sculpted by Paul presently). We use 'banner' (IMBF 13 and IMBF 15) to mean the triangular streaming type of pennon, as opposed to square or rectangular flags. IMBF 15 is the Lord Hanuman banner which appears to have been adopted by the Rhani of Jhansi, but we see no reason why it should not be used more generically over any other irregular contingent.

We've got 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry all onto the same flagsheet (IMBF 22). These three are specially selected as amongst the most often engaged mutineer cavalry regiments. Their guidons are swallow tailed, whereas the Irregular Cavalry regiments are square.

IMBF 24 has the regimental guidons for 1st and 2nd Punjaub Cavalry. IMBF 25 has the regimental guidon for the 5th Punjaub Cavalry plus two guidon sized plain Union flags. Bear in mind that these were large squadron sized regiments and all fought together in the same composite regiment under Capt Watson. The fourth squadron of the regiment during Campbell's Lucknow campaigns was provided by Hodson's Horse. HH was too newly formed to have guidons, so we suggest using a Union flag. In that way if you buy these two flagsheets you have all four units covered and have one Union flag left over for the British command and personality stands in your collection.

Here then is the list:

IMBF12 HM 93rd (Sutherland) Highlanders.

IMBF 13 Pair of Old Mughal Empire Banners, (green field).

IMBF 14 Red Lotus & Chapati Flags. [One large, two small]. (Said in some contemporary Indian sources to have been a primary banner of the insurrectionist movement).

IMBF 15 Lord Hanuman Banners [One large, two small]. (Said to have been used by the Rhani of Jhansi)

IMBF 16 7th Oudh Irregular Infantry. (Regimental colour yellow field). (Mutineer regiment).

IMBF 17 2nd Oude Irregular Infantry. (Regimental colour white field). (Mutineer regiment).

IMBF 18 5th Oude Irregular Infantry. (Regimental colour green field). (Mutineer regiment).

IMBF 19 3rd Infantry, Gwalior Contingent. (Regimental colour white field). (Mutineer regiment).

IMBF 20 Generic Infantry Regiment, Gwalior Contingent. (Regimental colour blue field).

IMBF 21 Generic Infantry Regiment, Gwalior Contingent. (Regimental colour buff field).

IMBF 22 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry. (Mutineer regiments).

IMBF 23 1st and 3rd Oudh Irregular Cavalry. (Mutineer regiments).

IMBF 24 1st and 2nd Punjaub Cavalry. (Loyalist Regiments).

IMBF 25 5th Punjaub Cavalry and Union Flag of Cavalry Guidon dimensions. (Loyalist regiments).

IMBF 26 3rd and 15th Bengal Irregular Cavalry. (Mutineer regiments).

IMBF 27 8th and 13th Bengal Irregular Cavalry. (Mutineer regiments).

IMBF 28 1st and 2nd Gwalior Contingent Cavalry (Mutineer regiments).

Forthcoming figures for 2018 by Paul Hicks

HM 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs), dressed for the second half of Havelock's campaign to relieve Lucknow, now in smocks, wicker helmets and armed universally with P1853 Enfields.

HM 5th (Northumberland) Fusiliers

Here's a couple of the infantry dollies we have in hand at present, destined in this case to end up as codes of 'matchlockmen'.