Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

'Hard pounding, gentlemen!'



WHAT SHALL WE DO NEXT M'LORD?
 

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.....   

'OMG!'...as I believe the yoof of today say. 

A first glimpse of the latest beauties from the sculpting genius that is Hicks Pasha. The Duke was observed to swoon at the sight. When he came round he could only mutter, 'Get them on my damned table by yesterday D'Arcy'. Of course real life isn't quite that easy, but we'll do our best to make haste with getting them into production.

From top to bottom of the set of images immediately above and below, we have the following items:

  • A quartermaster type and 3 loafing civilian camel drivers - to stand around our loafing camels - or to do anything else you want them to.
  • Some soldiers being transported about in the savage heat of the day on the flanks of camels. There'll be two of each in the 8-figure set as our camles come in sets of four.  
  • Some mounted camel drivers. 
  • Some British personality figures. From left to right they are: Lt-Col James Neill, initially the commanding sahib of the 1st Madras Fusiliers, and subsequently a brigadier in the Oude Filed Force, in which capacity he was KIA (25 Sep 1857) during the first relief of Lucknow; Capt Francis Maude RA who commanded Havelock's artillery in his early battles and won the VC; Major General Sir James Outram, who though senior to Havelock nobly waived the command until that officer's herculean efforts to reach Lucknow met with success...and in the meantime served as (very senior!) 'volunteer' in the Allahbad Volunteer Cavalry (Sir James is shown carrying the stout silver-headed Melacca cane that he wielded as a cudgel in one cavalry pursuit, no doubt 'braining' a number of hapless rebels in the process);  Lt-Col Fraser Tytler, Havelock's DQMG (in practice his chief of staff and head of intelligence rolled into one); and finally Brigadier-General Henry Havelock, God-fearing Victorian hero and the victor of a dozen general actions along the road to Lucknow. His grace found a sketch of Havelock and Tytler that had actually been drawn from life during the course of the Lucknow campaign, so the historical authenticity of the figures is guaranteed. 
  • The start of some new British infantry...being HM 5th (Northumberland) Fusiliers with a brace of 78th Highlanders in the 'candle snuffer' wicker helmet. All are wearing smocks and are armed with Enfields.   
  • As if that's not spoiling you enough already, not yet illustrated, but in the same batch of releases are Sikhs in coatees, Gwalior Contingent Command in shakoes, Gwalior Contingent flank coy types in shakoes, BNI flank coy types in full uniform with forage caps and BNI flank coy types in dhotis. We'll snap those and post them when His Grace has decided how to bundle them for release. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Closer views of some of the newly released mounted officers. 

Dual-purpose fully uniformed Sepoys

This 16 figure set is out now. It consists of a British officer, a native officer and 14 properly dressed and equipped sepoys devoid of dhotis and non-regulation weaponry. They wear centre company coatees. In order to make the set suitable for either side in the conflict, it has been discounted by £2, such that the British officer is effectively a freebie. He is dressed in such a way that he can easily be incorporated into virtually any European unit, or of course you could swap him with friends for something else.  If you're feeling mean you could even sell him! In any event, the sepoys can be used, on the one hand, for loyalist troops, (such as the residues of the three Lucknow regiments who stood by their officers, fought in the Battle of Chinhat and subsequently formed a key component of Colonel Inglis's garrison during the siege of the Residency): or on the other hand, could be incorporated into your mutinous units.  They would mix well, for example, with our Local Contingent sepoys in shakoes, to make up more varied units of the Gwalior Contingent or Oude Irregular Infantry. There are several very specific references in British participant accounts to show that the Gwalior Contingent sepoys  fought in the battles around Cawnpore and Lucknow in red coats and long trousers. Another possible use is for scenarios set in a cantonment where mutiny is actually breaking out, at which juncture the sepoys would still have been properly dressed. We will be releasing a set of 8 sepoys in flank company coatees and forage caps very shortly. 


As the Bengal Native Infantry regiments had all taken in Sikh recruits in the aftermath of the Anglo-Sikh Wars, we'll shortly be supplementing this set with a separate set of 8 figures with Sikh turbans and facial hair. For the sake of a tolerable degree of uniformity in your units, this second set will be basic headswaps on some of the torsos shown above.  This time there will be no officers in the set. When a BNI regiment mutinied, Sikh sepoys often provided the  central hub of whatever residue remained loyal to their European officers. That said not all the Sikhs had the option to stand by their officers, for mutiny is a murderous business, nor indeed were all of them inclined to do so...not a few were ardent mutineers. British intelligence reports indicate that the Sikh sepoys who went to Delhi eventually detached themselves from their parent regiments and formed two small Sikh battalions much given to boasting about how they would show the rest of the rebel force how it was done. They do not seem to have made any great impression on the British besiegers of the city, unlike the many thousands of their co-religionists who came in from the Punjab to fight against the rebels and gave a great deal of distinguished service.  In any event, the Sikh figures in coatees can be used on both sides of the conflict. 


 

IMLA 12 Set of 4 Baggage or Transport camels on the march. 

Not sure of the price yet - we'll have to see how much metal goes into the mould - but our object, if we can manage it, is to price our sets of four camels as close as we can to our codes of four horses. We've shown baggage loads attached to the animals here, so that you can see them fully kitted out, but please note that you will have to buy the baggage separately at IMLA 14. The flanks of all four animals are drilled to receive either the four crates/cases provided in the IMLA 14 baggage pack or the eight panniers (containing drowsy soldiers) in our forthcoming code IMBC 39. If using the set in baggage mode, then, you will need to apply lumpy paint, glue or filler to cover the cavities on the flanks of two of the animals.  We will shortly be adding a separate code of four Indian civilian camel drivers, three of whom will be riding the first to third animals (left to right), with one man leading the right-hand animal on foot. 

 

IMLA 13 Set of four Baggage camels kneeling at the halt.

Again please note that you will need to purchase the baggage loads (IMLA 14)  separately.  In this case there are no cavities on the flanks of the animals,  as we have assumed that the kneeling animals will be used primarily in simulating camps, bivouacs or defensive postilions, the idea being that the crates can be laid about on the ground to suggest partial loading or off-loading. In similar vein we will shortly be adding a code of four Indian civilians, designed  to complement this set of camels. In this instance they will be loafing about the camp. We're keeping the Indian civilians separate from the animals, so that Sudan gamers are not obliged to pay for human figures unsuited to their purpose. 

 

IMLA 14 - Set of Four Baggage loads for Camel sets IMLA 12 and 13. 

The loads have been designed so that they will suit not only the Indian Mutiny but sundry other colonial conflicts besides, perhaps not least the Sudan or Afghanistan. There's more metal involved but, if we can manage it, we'll try and keep the price as close as we can to a code of four infantrymen. 

IMH 7 Set of Four Officers' Chargers Standing. (Commanders and Staff Officers). (£10.00)


IMH 8 Set of Four Officers' Chargers Walking & Cantering (2 of each). (Commanders and Staff Officers).(£10.00).

 

The drivers seen here are Bengal Artillery Europeans. There will be a complete 8-figure set of BA Europeans in the second tranche of horse artillery.

 

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'.  


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