Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

'Hard pounding, gentlemen!'



IMLA 1 HEIC Field Gun, block trail carriage. (£8.50).
Supplied with barrels for the 6-pdr, 9-pdr and 24-pdr howitzer. Suitable for field and horse artillery on both sides of the 1857 conflict.

IMLA 2 HEIC Limber, pole draught. (£8.50).
Suitable for bullock-draught or horse-drawn artillery on both sides of the 1857 conflict. Supplied with a rear-pair yoke (for bullocks), a sponging bucket and the appropriate draught poles for both bullocks and horses. There is also a long tool-box in the kit, (which you can't see in the photo above), that goes on the platform immediately in front of the seats for bullock-artillery, but is left off for horse drawn artillery. If you want the bucket under-slung as it is above, don't forget to feed the rope handle of the bucket onto the pole, before gluing the pole to the undercarriage....otherwise it might be a bit tricky afterwards!)  

This is how to configure the IMLA 2 limber kit for horse-drawn artillery. Use the pole with hook; gently bend the hook over the top of the rope loop on the cross bar, and secure with a blob of superglue. Support the weight of the cross bar  in the horizontal plane while the glue is setting. Leave the tool-box out altogether. 

IMLA 3 Pair of Bullocks. (£7).
Supplied with basic yoke spar. Two different bodies with separate heads to enable variation.

IMLA 4 Bullock Cart or 'Hackery', latticed sides, open-top. (£16).
Supplied with 2 x bullocks, yoke and driver. Suitable for both sides in the 1857 conflict. 

IMLA 5 Bullock Cart or 'Hackery', solid wood frame, with canopy. (£16). 
Supplied with 2 x bullocks, yoke and driver. The canopy can be left off to produce a third variant of hackery. Suitable for both sides in the 1857 conflict.

IMLA 6 A pair of Indian drivers. (£4).

IMLA 11 'Water!' Two bhistis and a bullock with water-skins. (£8.50).

For caste reasons Indian troops never carried waterbottles. Instead every sub-unit had its own bhistis and water-bullock. The Company's European units and British Army units also operated the same system, but because the Mutiny started in the hot season soon took steps to acquire water bottles. This set can of course be used for both sides in the Mutiny, but can also be used across pretty much any 18th/19th Century conflict in the Indian sub-continent.

IMLA 12 Baggage or Transport Camels on the march. (Set of 4). 

Baggage items not included in this code - see IMLA 14. 

IMLA 13 Baggage Camels Kneeling. (Set of 4). 

Baggage items not included in this code - see IMLA 14.  

IMLA 14 Set of Camel Baggage  (£7)

Four baggage loads that will fit both of our camel sets IMLA 12 and IMLA 13. 

[While not expressly designed for the purpose, the camel loads can also be adapted as baggage loads for the back of our two bullock carts above.]

IMLA 15 Indian Civilian Camel Drivers on the move. 

(4 figs: 3 x riding 1 x walking; use with IMLA 12). (Not yet available). 

IMLA 16 Quartermaster and 3 x Indian Civilian Camel Drivers at the halt 

(4 figs: use with IMLA 13). 

IMLA 17 'The Ammunition Train' Set.

As above: 4 humans, 4 animals and all the baggage included. (£28).

IMLA 18 Heavy Gun (24-pdr). (£15)

Requires some assembly.

Use with heavy towing limber IMLA 19 and the heavy artillery ammunition cart IMLA 20. 

Assembling the 18 and 24-pdr gun kits

Both the 24-pdr and 18-pdr gun kits come with two sets of tools for the guns, which when travelling would be carried on both sides of the gun carriage. They simply glue into place as shown in the 18-pdr photo two below this. However when the guns are in action, one set of tools is obviously going to be in use, so, unless you are vignetting a travelling gun under tow, we recommend that you glue only one set of tools in place. There are two trunnion mounting positions on the siege gun carriage, one at the front and the other - the travelling mount - further back. Again, unless you are vignetting a gun on the move, we recommend for everyday gaming use that you glue the trunnions into the forward (firing) mount. The travelling mount was only used over long distances anyway. In the photos you can see a tool box on the ground. These are positioned at the bottom of the bracket trail for travelling, but would not be in that position for firing. So again we recommend that you do not glue the tool box into place, but rather leave it as a loose ancillary.  The only slightly fiddly part of assembling the gun kits comes when mounting the barrel - first pop the elevating screw through the small drillhole in the carriage and glue it in place. Now we need to locate the wooden wedge, which is going to support the heavy end of the barrel in the horizontal or near horizontal plane. In the photos you can see the thick end of the wedge protruding from under the barrel, near the cascabel at the back of the gun. Be sure to have a dry run before gluing anything. Rest the thin end of the wedge on the front cross strut of the carriage and the thick end of the wedge centrally on top of the elevating screw. The idea is that the wedge should provide a broadly horizontal platform to which you will be able to glue the heavy end of the barrel. When you're happy you've got it, glue the thin end of the wedge to the carriage and pop a spot of glue on top of the elevating screw. Now drop the thick end of the wedge onto the sticky elevating screw and quickly adjust for position - have a modelling knife or a cocktail stick to hand for the purpose of pushing the wedge into the right position. When you're happy drop a spot of glue into both the forward trunnion mounts and  another spot onto the top surface at the thick end of the wedge. Now apply the barrel to the three aforementioned points of contact  and quickly adjust for the final position.  When the barrel is securely glued in place you can glue  the tops of the trunnion mounts into position. This is quite fiddly. Be sure to take care in removing the mounts from the sprue, so as not to break them. It's best to have that knife or cocktail stick handy again to push the trunnion mounts around and fine tune their placing on top of a spot of glue. 

IMLA 19 Medium-Heavy Gun (18-pdr).

Use with heavy towing limber IMLA 19 and the heavy artillery ammunition cart IMLA 20. Requires some assembly. (£15)


IMLA 20 Heavy Artillery Towing Limber (with parts for bullock or elephant draught). (£10)

Use with IMLA 22 (draught elephant when available) or with 3 x bullock pairs (IMLA 3). We recommend 3 pairs for the right visual effect on the table-top. Requires some very basic assembly. The pole and yoke in the centre is for bullock draught. The spars at top and bottom are for elephant draught and are not needed otherwise. Dry run the placing of the central spar, so that you don't glue it to the carriage upside down.  

For demonstration: the IMLA 20 Heavy Limber with an IMLA 19 18-pdr (front) and an IMLA 18 24-pounder (rear) under tow. 

IMLA 21 Heavy Artillery Ammunition Cart (bullock drawn). (£13.50)

Use with two bullock pairs (IMLA 3). Requires some very basic assembly. 

For demonstration: the bullocks and driver are not part of IMLA 21


Dhoolie Sets: check out the British and Company listing for our two Dhoolie sets IMLA 26 and 27, which are only specifically British in so far as they come with a British casualty and doctor. If you can use these two figures elsewhere in your collection (and they are designed to be freestanding of the set), then of course the dhoolies and bearers are entirely suitable to serve with your rebel army. 




Rear to front: IMLA 23; IMLA 25 with baggage load IMLA 28; IMLA 24 Command/VIP with integral howdah; IMLA 25 with baggage load IMLA 29.

Illustrated: IMLA 23 Heavy Artillery draught elephant with IMLA 20 Heavy Limber.

Assembly Notes:  After gluing the wheels onto the frame of the limber. don't immediately  glue the spars to the limber, because you will need them to be at the right angle.  It is much easier to secure the spars to the flanks of the elephant if you first pin-drill small holes in the flanks of the elephant, as shown above, and glue in a short length of florists wire or similar. This will enable you simply to hook the bracket on the spar over the length of wire  and secure it with a blob of glue.  You will need to support the crossbar at the front of the limber with any old object of the right height. Then, one at a time, drop the hooks at the back ends of the spars into the two rings on the front of the limber and secure with a blob of glue. 

IMLA 23 Heavy Artillery Draught Elephant. The animal only. Resin Item. [Use with IMLA 20 Heavy Limber. Use Mahout No. 1 - see IMLA 30]. (£16)
IMLA 24 Command/VIP elephant with howdah. The animal only. Resin Item. [Use with set IMLA 33 'The Maharajah'].  (£16)
IMLA 25 Baggage Elephant. The animal only. Resin Item. [Use with baggage items IMLA 28 or IMLA 29. Be sure to select the right mahout for the right baggage load - see IMLA 30 and 31]. (£16).
IMLA 28 Baggage Load for Elephant (I) - Basic Load. Resin Item.  [Fits the IMLA 25 elephant only.  Use Mahout No. 2 - see IMLA 31]. (£8).
IMLA 29 Baggage Load for Elephant (II) - Load with Tent Poles. Resin Item. [Fits the IMLA 25 elephant only. Use Mahout No. 1 - see IMLA 30]. (£8)

Above and below: IMLA 30 Mahout No. 1. [Suitable for IMLA 23 (Heavy Artillery Elephant) and IMLA 25 (Baggage elephant)]. (£1.75).

IMLA 31 Mahout No. 2. [Suitable for the IMLA 25 Baggage Elephant, but only when fitted with the IMLA 28 basic baggage load].  (£1.75).

IMLA 32 Mahout No. 3. [Also suitable as a seated driver for our IMLA 4 and IMLA 5 carts/hackeries].  (£1.75).

IMLA 33 'The Maharajah'. [Four item set for the command elephant consisting of Maharajah, Mahout No. 3, standard bearer on foot and rattan sun-shade. Use with IMLA 24 only]. (£7). 

IMLA 34 Static Limber Set.
Consists of Limber Kit (IMLA 2), 4 standing artillery draught horses (IMH 9), 2 European drivers and 2 Indian drivers; use for either side. [Note that two of the four drivers are supplied free of charge, so that you are not out of pocket]. (£21.50).

IMLA 35 Assorted Civilians.
Consists of 4 bhisti water carriers (3 variants); 2 seated hackery/cart drivers with whips; a snake charmer,; 6 walking or standing hackery/cart drivers with sticks; and a prone 'Bob the Nailer', the notorious Lucknow sniper, said to have been an African eunuch, together with his spotter, seated alongside him on the rooftop. (16-fig set). (£28.00). 

IMBC 27 Bengal or Oudh Irregular Cavalry, regimental alkaluks and pagri-turbans, Set I. 

(8 riders - buy horses separately). Note that, with the exception of the European officer, these figures can be used for either side. 

[Use horse codes IMH 4 & 5]. 

IMBC 28 Bengal or Oudh Irregular Cavalry, regimental alkaluks and pagri-turbans, Set II. 

Set of 8 sowars (riders only - buy horses separately). These figures can be used for either side. [Use horse codes IMH 4 & 5].

[The beautifully painted set above is by Jeff Davies]. 

IMBC 29 Bengal or Oudh Irregular Cavalry, regimental alkaluks and pagri-turbans, Set III. 

(Set of 8 riders only, all sowars, 4 armed with lances, 4 with tulwars -   buy horses separately). 

These figures are intended for those irregular cavalry regiments where a proportion of the men were armed with lances. They can be used for either side. 

[Use horse codes IMH 4 & 5].

IMREB 32 Mounted Native Officers, summer shell jackets and forage caps, drawn swords. (2 riders, 2 horses). (£9).
(Suitable inf or arty units. Also suitable for both sides).


IMBC 45 Bengal Native Infantry, Hindu or Muslim sepoys in regulation dress (centre coy coatees) and forage caps, charge bayonets (16 figs). 
Can be used as loyalists or uniformed rebels: note that the set comprises 14 sepoys, one native officer and a British officer, but that the set is discounted such that the British officer is effectively free. [Mix in Sikh sepoys from IMBC 46 to give a full 24-fig loyalist unit]. (£26). 

IMBC 46 Bengal Native Infantry, Sikh sepoys in regulation dress and turbans, charge bayonets 

(4 figs - 3 centre coy, 1 flank coy). Can be fielded on either side.

            IMBC 47 Bengal Native Infantry, Hindu/Muslim Flank Coy sepoys, in regulation dress (winged coatees) and forage caps, charge bayonets. (8 figs).

                                                                                                          Can be fielded on either side.

'All the Duke's Horses...'

The IDM Guide to Mounting Cavalry Codes

IMH 1 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers with basic hunting saddle and pistol holster. (Set of 4).
IMH 2 Regular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4)
IMH 3 Regular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4)
IMH 4 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4)
IMH 5 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4)
IMH 6 Artillery Horses - (Set of 8 - £20). [3 near-side, 3 off-side, 2 x saddle horses]. 
IMH 7 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers Standing (Set of 4).
IMH 8 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers Walking/Cantering (Set of 4 - 2 of each type).
IMH 9 Artillery Horses - (Set of 4). [2 near-side, 2 off-side]. 

Our horses are sold in codes of 4 animals, (as illustrated below), separately from our horsemen, in order to 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 the general rule of four horses to the code is a horse artillery code of 8 animals, (IMH 6), consisting of a limber team of six horses plus two saddle horses for outriders. The set serves equally well for British and rebel horse artillery. The corresponding sets of 8 artillerymen 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). 

In the case of the regular and irregular cavalry codes, buying a Set A and a Set B together will give you 8 differently animated animals. Which horses for which units then? It's easier than you think! The simple rule of thumb is that if the troop type has the word 'irregular' in the title, then you will need our irregular horse codes (IMH 4 and 5) to mount it How easy is that! Otherwise its regular horses for the Bengal Light Cavalry, Guides Cavalry and Hodson's Horse. For Havelock's Cavalry, uniquely, you will need one set of either regular or staff officer's horses for the 4 overthrown officers in the set, and one set of irregular horses for the four mounted infantrymen. 

IMH 1 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Chargers with basic hunting saddle and pistol holster. (Set of 4).

IMH 2 Regular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4).

IMH 3 Regular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4).

IMH 4 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set A. (Set of 4).

IMH 5 Irregular Cavalry Horses Set B. (Set of 4).

IMH 6 Artillery Horses - (Set of 8 - £20). [3 near-side, 3 off-side, 2 x saddle horses]. 

IMH 7 Commanders'/Staff Officers' Horses Standing. (Set of 4). 

IMH 8 - Commanders'/Staff Officers' Horses, Walking & Cantering (Set of 4, 2 of each type). 

IMH 9 - Set of Four Artillery Draught Horses Standing. 

IMH 10 Regular Cavalry Horses (Standing) Set C. (Set of Four). 

Note that these are designed for riders wearing shell jackets and overalls. 

                                                            IMH 11 Regular Cavalry Horses (Walking) Set D. (Set of Four).  

                                                                    Note that these are designed for riders wearing shell jackets and overalls. 

Attaching Cavalry Carbines

It is a fairly common misconception that cavalrymen rode about with their carbines attached to the sling swivels on their carbine belts, but in fact they were routinely secured to the saddlery forward of the rider's right leg, by means of a securing strap around the small of the butt and a leather bucket for the barrel. Because good history dictates that we should, this is how we have modelled our carbines.  Only after the cautionary command, 'Prepare to dismount', did the soldier unstrap the butt of his weapon and secure it to his person, by clipping the sling swivel on his belt to the bar on the left-hand side of the weapon. The weapon was then temporarily moved to the opposite hip to facilitate the physical act of dismounting. 

At the risk of teaching grannies (experienced modellers) to suck eggs (!), this how we attached the carbines to our figures. The carbines have been modelled with a locking pin on the inside of the butt, but because the carbine rests in a rather awkward spot between the rider's leg and the horse, (often in a slightly different position depending on your choice of horse), it has not been possible to position a corresponding receiving hole in either the rider or the horse.  Having made a decision on which riders and horses are to go together, those who wish to do so could drill a hole for themselves, but we found that this was by no means essential, as it was perfectly possible to secure the carbine with superglue, with no real prospect of it ever coming off, (save through the sort of rough handling that nobody in their right mind exposes painted figures to!). So we cut off the locking pin and proceeded without it. We found that the easy and quick technique was to rest the rider and horse on its side, place the carbine in position and then drop two subtle drops of glue onto the weapon, one high on the butt and one lower down - typically where the barrel bucket will be resting against the top muscle of the horse's foreleg (or thereabouts)...and 'bob's your uncle', as they say! All being well, your glue will flow nicely around to the rear of the weapon and perform its magic in an imperceptible way. Top tip: be sure to use a new bottle of glue, or one with a still neat neck, so that you don't get a massive outflow from a battered old bottle that you've unclogged countless times in the past! You will have a few seconds in hand while superglue will run, if not quite like water, then at least pretty readily, so  that if by chance you get a blob of glue resting on the visible surface, you will be able quickly to push it over the edge of the carbine, to the invisible rear surfaces, using a pinhead or similar. Job done. Here's a good picture from the Duke's collection demonstrating how the carbine was secured to the saddle, and you can see from the photos of our own figures just where we have positioned them: