Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

'Hard pounding, gentlemen!'


 28mm Indian Mutiny 1857-8


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                                                                                                       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.  

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. At first the 190 84th men with Havelock's command were all 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 the force up to that point. Later still, the balance of HM 84th, another 227 officers and men, also came up and participated in the later battles of Havelock's 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.  

Ferozepore 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 Ferozepore 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 Ferozepore Regiment - so that's another skirmish game cracked with these same figures. Later in Havelock's campaign, the Ferozepore 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 main body of the unit above draws on codes IMBC 8 (slope arms), IMBC 9 (charge bayonets) and IMBC 12 (Command). The Colours of the regiment are to be found at our flag-sheet IMBF 4. In addition there are also two codes of Madras Fusiliers in skirmishing poses - IMBC 10 and 11 - illustrated in the foreground above and in the image immediately 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.