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.....   

British Officers of Irregular Cavalry
Left to Right: 1. Officer of Punjab Irregular Cavalry in frogged lightweight tunic. 2. Officer in lightweight tunic. 3. Officer of Hodson's Horse. 4. Officer Punjab Irregular Cavalry in regimental alkaluk. Nos. 2 and 3 could serve equally as well as staff officers or infantry field officers.


Sowar of a Bengal or Oudh Irregular Cavalry Regiment


The Horse Artillery too....


Captain 'Hellfire Jack' Olpherts, Bengal Artillery


8-figure set - Olpherts's Battery. The horses, gun and limber are sold as separate items from the 8 mounted and seated figures seen here. Olpherts's Battery was unusual in that its drivers were found by a combination of soldiers seconded from the Madras Fusiliers and Indian civilian 'syces' or grasscutters. A counterpart set of rebel horse artillery will also be released in our first tranche of horse artillery.


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


Out week commencing 13 Feb. IMBC 21: a supplementary command code for Sikh Infantry. The set consists of an ensign, a bugler and two privates, one at the shoulder and one at the slope.   The idea with these is that they form part of the unit's central cluster around the colours, but the two privates can readily be mixed into the unit anywhere along its frontage that you choose, to provide added variety to the attacking or charge bayonets figures.

Out week commencing 13 Feb. IMLA 11 'Water!' Two bhistis and water-bullock with skins.

'You're a better man than I am Gunga Din.'

Coming Early 2017: horse drawn artillery - team of six and 2 outriders at the gallop - this is going to be good! 


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'.  

'All the Duke's Horses...'

Our horses will be moulded and sold in codes of 4 animals, (as illustrated below), separately from our horsemen, which will also retail in codes of four. This will 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 this general 'rule of fours' will be a horse artillery code of 8 animals, consisting of a limber team of six horses plus two saddle horses for outriders. The set will serve equally well for both British and rebel horse artillery. The corresponding sets of 8 artillerymen will 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.

IMH 1: Basic Hunting Saddles (suitable for Commanders, Staff Officers and other miscellaneous purposes). There is a saddle holster on the other side of the horses.

IMH 2: Regular Cavalry Horses Set A.

IMH 3: Regular Cavalry Horses Set B.

IMH 4: Irregular Cavalry Horses Set A. The IMH 4 & 5 saddlery and harness suits the formed Irregular Cavalry regiments of the Bengal Army and likewise the Oudh Irregular Cavalry regiments, most of which mutinied at various points. It also suits the genuinely irregular horse to be found in the service of the various native rulers that fought on the rebel side.  

      IMH 5: Irregular Cavalry Horses Set B.


IMH 6 Artillery team of six with two saddle horses for officer/crewmen outriders.

The first set of horse artillerymen will be for the battery commanded during the Relief of Lucknow by Captain 'Hellfire Jack' Olpherts. This was a very unusual battery, in that the Duke's research has shown that Olpherts actually had two complete sets of limbers - one to draw his guns with bullocks, and the other set horse-drawn, to be whistled up to assume the horse artillery role wherever the tactical situation demanded it. (Olpherts' battery was an ordinary European company of the Bengal Artillery, not a unit of the Bengal Horse Artillery). Even a European battery had a proportion of Indian gunners, but history relates that suspicion fell upon Olphert's 'golunduz' during the march up-country and that General Havelock dismissed them from the battery and set them to labouring duties.  With double the number of limber teams than was usual, Olpherts needed to have more personnel seconded to the battery, so he was given a small party of Madras Fusiliers, which, together with a number of his Indian civilian 'syces' (or grasscutters), he trained up in the role of horse artillery drivers. So the 8-figure team we'll release will have 'Hellfire Jack' himself, a couple of MF drivers, a syce driver, a European gunner outrider and three seated European gunners to split between the limber and the axle-tree seats of the gun.

   Saddlery and Harness Close-Ups

Closer view of saddlery and harness across the four types: basic hunting saddle for commanders and staff officers (4 horses); regular cavalry (8 horses); irregular cavalry (8 horses); and horse drawn artillery (6 horses). We'll offer guidance as to which of the horses you'll need with each of the 4-figure cavalry codes we release. We anticipate releasing the first of the cavalry over the winter months 2016/17, with a view to having a few sets available by Salute 2017.  Then we'll keep rolling onwards from there.