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.....   

UPDATE [as at 14.12.2017]: All the items you see below are now ready for production. Given the festive season break, however,  we won't be able to have them retailing through Empress Miniatures until the New Year - call it the middle of Janaury realisitcally. Please scroll down for news of an exciting wave of new artillery pieces, vehicles and elephants, which will be joining the range over the spring months of 2018. There are a few work in progress shots to see too. 

IMBC 39 'Camel Transport'. Set consists of 6 infantrymen, 6 wicker panniers, 3 camels, 1 Indian driver. 

Please note that you'll need to model (in cotton/string or similar) a rope connecting the animals nose to tail. 

IMBC 25 Personalities Set 1. (6 horses and 6 riders).

Please note that unlike the rest of our mounted codes, horses are integral to this code, in order that you have exactly the right horses to show off the personality figures to best effect.

Left to right: Lt Harry Havelock HM 10th Regt, (the general's son and ADC); Lt-Col. (later Brig-Gen.) James Neill, Madras Fusiliers; Maj-Gen Sir James Outram; Lt-Col. Fraser Tytler (DQMG), Brig-Gen. Henry Havelock, late HM 53rd Regt; Capt. Francis Maude RA, battery commander. 

IMBC 44 Staff Officers and Orderlies (8 riders only). 

Use any of our horses to mount these figures, except our two irregular cavalry codes IMH 4 & 5.

Second from the right, is a figure we call the 'magnificently bewhiskered self-confessed poltroon' who may or may not resemble the most notorious bounder, bully and bluffer of the age. Of course if you don't have a use for him in that capacity, he can just as easily be an ADC of irregular cavalry. 

General Havelock's bugler (Cpl Mackenzie of HM 64th) and standard bearer (from IMBC 44)

We reckon the standard bearer will look the part following the good general around - (though note, while Mackenzie was a real person, there is no real-world history to say that Havelock's staff Incorporated a standard bearer). We'll be adding a suitable Union Flag to our range of flagsheets shortly.   

Our first Personalities set (IMBC 25) together with the Staff Officers & Orderlies code (IMBC 44).

This is how the Duke intends to group these HQ wallahs. Centre rear is Brig-Gen Havelock and his staff. Right rear is Brig-Gen Neill with an ADC from the Madras Fusiliers. Left rear is Maj-Gen. Sir James Outram and his personal staff officers.  Remember that notwithstanding their respective ranks, it's Havelock who is the army commander. In the foreground there are three ADC's for individual basing so that they can go scuttling back and forth with orders, messages and reports.  

Brigadier-General Henry Havelock and staff. Harry Havelock gallops away on a mission. 

A combination of figures from IMBC 24 and IMBC 44 (see above).

Maj-Gen Sir James Outram (left) and Captain Francis Maude RA (from IMBC 25).

Sir James was shot in the upper left arm during the street fighting to relieve the Lucknow Residency on 25 Sep 1857, so you will see that he has bandaged his arm with his handkerchief. Other than that he paid no heed to the injury until the relief column had fought its way inside the residency perimeter. He is also holding the stout silver-headed malacca cane that he used as a cudgel in a charge mounted by the Allahabad Volunteer Cavalry the previous day.  Though he had been appointed as GOC of the merged Lucknow and Dinapore divisions, and was thus Havelock's superior, Outram waived his right to command until such time as Havelock's long-running endeavours to relieve Lucknow had been crowned with success. In the interim he considered himself to be a mere volunteer serving under Havelock's command, though he retained his civil authority as  Chief Commissioner of the region. He assumed military command at Lucknow on 26 September.  That was the theory anyway. Havelock's son Harry recounted that in practice Outram was strongly inclined to interfere during the 10-day run up to 25 Sep, such that to all intents and purposes his father was actually obliged to defer to his superior. Indeed Havelock minor felt sure that his father's previously certain generalship  was impeded by the situation.  

IMREB 24 Bengal Native Infantry, flank company sepoys, firing line or skirmishing. 

IMBC 47 Bengal Native Infantry, flank company sepoys, regulation dress, attacking, charge bayonets. 

These figures can be deployed on either side if you're thinking of collecting some loyalist units -  perhaps for the Battle of Chinhat or scenarios based on the Seige of the Lucknow Residency example. 

IMLA 16 Quartermaster and camel drivers at the halt. 

Of course these can be used in any number of camp/logistic vignettes. 

IMLA 16 in context

Our camels and baggage sets are sold separately to the four human figures in IMLA 16. 

IMLA 17 - 'The ammunition train'.

In this set you get everything you see in the picture. There will be another set of camel riders designed to perch on top of our camel baggage loads.  

IMBC 46 Sikh sepoys of Bengal Native Infantry or of the two Sikh Regiments of the Bengal Line.

You can mix these into mutineer units in the ratio of about 10%. Or they can be kept together and fielded as loyalist Sikhs. 

IMREB 22 Gwalior/other 'Local' Contingent Infantry, flank company command. 

IMREB 22 Gwalior/other 'Local' Contingent Infantry, flank company sepoys attacking, charge bayonets. 


We're delighted to report that in Germany the highly talented Niels Rullkotter, (who sculpted all our existing artillery equipment  and bullock hackeries (carts) to such an exceptional standard), is once again sculpting away at a major new release of vehicles, guns and equipment items, which will start to appear over the spring  (northern hemisphere) of 2018.  The equipment will all be twinned with figures sculpted by Paul Hicks. The package will include the following items:

A siege gun carriage with 18-pdr and 24-pdr barrels. Complimented by new gun crew sets for both sides of course. 

A heavy artillery towing limber which will be adaptable for either elephant or bullock draught. 

A EIC pattern heavy artillery  ammunition cart  (bullock draught).

Two types of 'dhoolie' - which is the name for the curtained stretcher used in India. There will be 2 x sets of figures each consisting of 4 Indian bearer figures and a casualty to go with them.

An elephant for heavy artillery draught, with mahout.

A baggage elephant with load & mahout.

A VIP command elephant with howdah, mahout and rebel leader.

Another set of artillery horses moving at a more sedate pace than our galloping set.  

A dak-gharry (which is a 2 wheeled bullock drawn carriage - dak means 'mail' or 'post', which was their original purpose, though they were pressed into service for troop transporting purposes). The vehicle will be complimented with a set of 4 seated British infantrymen and an Indian driver. 

All in all very exciting and part of our commitment to the effect that if you are an IDM collector then you are going to end up with the prettiest wargames armies imaginable! Here are some early 'work in progress' photos from Niels's workbench. 

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'.