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WHAT SHALL WE DO NEXT M'LORD?

COMING SOON

Keep in mind that anything shown as an original clay sculpt could still be up to 3 months away from becoming commercially available. If what you see is already an all-metal figure it will already have been master moulded, which means that the wait will about half as long. Much depends on waiting times at the casters, but if you can see it on this page, you know it's on the way!

HM 44th (The East Essex) Regiment, Retreat from Kabul, GAPS Range. 

HM 44th (The East Essex) Regiment, Retreat from Kabul, GAPS Range.

IDM 05 HM 44th (The East Essex) Regiment 

Coming at the same time will be: 

  • IDM 06, a flagsheet of guidons for the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry, the 5th Bengal Light Cavalry and the 9th Bengal Light Cavalry.
  • IDM 07, a flagsheet of 3 Afghan flags; the designs are derived from flags captured in the war and now housed in a regimental museum.

British Infantry, cloth or oilskin covered bell top shako, basic crossbelt equipment, flintlock muskets.  GAPS Range. Suitable for 1st Anglo-Afghan and 1st Anglo-China Wars. 

British Infantry, bell top shako, flank company coatees, full equipment including box knapsacks, flintlock muskets. GAPS Range. Suitable for 1st Anglo-Afghan and 1st Anglo-China Wars. Particularly suited to HM 41st (The Welsh) Regiment or any other line regiment with bastion ended lace. The centre companies code has already been released.  

British Infantry, Kilmarnocks, flank company coatees, full equipment including blanket packs, percussion lock muskets or MiniĆ© rifles. 

Orange River (South Africa) Range. 

Particularly suited to HM 91s (The Argyllshire) Regiment in the 7th Cape Frontier War (1846-7) and early stages of the 8th War (1850-53). Also the Phillipolis Intervention (1845) and the Pretorius Rebellion in the Orange River Sovereignty (1848). Suits other line regiments besides.  The centre companies code has already been released. 

GAPS 16: Retreat from Kabul (Set IV): the ad hoc mounted troop. (6 riders, 6 horses).

Reading from left to right the figures above are: an officer of any infantry regiment, Queen's or EIC; a trooper of the Bengal Horse Artillery in a cloak coat; an officer of the 5th Bengal Light Cavalry in a sheepskin poshteen, (uniquely the 5th BLC's facing colour was black); another BHA trooper, this time in a poshteen; a personality figure of Brigadier John Shelton; and finally a more generic officer, who could be from almost any regiment or corps. Note that to bulk out the artillery component of your table top 'ad hoc troop' the 2nd figure from the left is duplicated here from his other iteration as the driver in GAPS 17. 

Brigadier Shelton, a man with no faith in either the mission or his aged and faltering chief, Major General Elphinstone, proved to be a difficult subordinate and an indifferent tactician, albeit he was undeniably a courageous man. He had until lately been the commanding officer of the 44th (The East Essex) Regiment, which is why he wears the regimental number on the front of his forage cap, [which should be remarked as superb detailing by Paul Hicks]. He wears an officer's cloak-coat over the top of a single-breasted frock coat (navy blue). He had lost the lower half of his right arm at an earlier point in his career, so that the sleeve of his coat hangs empty at his right side, while the sleeve of his frockcoat is tucked into the buttons running down the front of his coat: this we base this on a portrait watercolour painted from life.

GAPS 17 Retreat from Kabul (Set V) 'The Last Gun'.

Captain Nicholl's Troop, (1st Troop/1st Brigade Bengal Horse Artillery) lost all six of its guns over the course of the retreat. We know that the last of the ordnance to be abandoned was a lone 6-pounder, the piece that serves as the focus of this set. The four-figure gun crew consists of the captain, a kneeling sergeant very near the end of his tether, and two gunners, one in a forage cap and the other in a brass helmet. The rest of the set consists of a 6-pounder gun kit, a limber kit, a mounted BHA driver and a team of four standing horses. 

GAPS 18 Retreat from Kabul (Set VI) 'God help the women and children.'

Conveying something of the sheer misery of the retreat, Set VI consists of an Indian camp follower leading a pair of camels, two camel panniers with three passengers - two ladies and a baby boy and a 3-part baggage load for the second camel.

COMING IN DUE COURSE.

New artillery codes. The guns and limbers won't be released until we've got mounted drivers and gun crews to go with them, but at least you can see some of the pending items: here a 12-pounder howitzer, drawn by mules, as used in General Cathcart's Orange River Expedition of 1852.  

It's all in the detail.

Above: Exquisite detail on a British heavy dragoon helmet; sculpted by the eagle-eyed Paul Hicks.


Below: three more items of headdress, by Paul, namely a later P1847 heavy dragoon helmet, a light dragoon shako in quilted cover and a lancer's cap inside a plain cotton cover. 

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