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.....   

NEXT: Expect to see the following items over the next few months:

A 4-figure code of British infantry skirmishers (HM 78th), in kneeling poses, shirtsleeves, with Enfields.
An 8-figure code of badmashes armed variously with tulwars, spears and shields in attacking poses.
A 4-figure code of badmashes armed with matchlocks.
An 8-figure code of HM 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses.
An 8-figure code of HM 5th (Northumberland) Fusiliers, peaked Kilmarnocks with covers and curtains, in smocks with Enfields, in attacking poses.
An 8-figure code (HM 64th & HM 84th), British infantry in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses. 
A 4-figure code, British infantry, wicker helmets, in smocks, with Enfields, in attacking poses.
An elephant Set fitted with heavy artillery harness. with mahout.
An elephant Set, rebel command, with mahout, howdah and VIP.
An elephant Set, baggage, with mahout and load. 
A dak-gharry set, (bullock-drawn postal cart), with 2 bullocks, driver and 4 British soldiers. 
An 8-figure naval gun crew for a 24-pounder.  
A 4-piece code with 2 x standing artillery draught horses  and 2 x dismounted artillery drivers (British and rebel variants).

Coming Soon: New Horses


IMH 10 Standing or held horses in regular cavalry saddlery. [Note: Suitable for riders in shell jacket and overalls only.] 
IMH 11 Walking horses in regular cavalry saddlery.  [Note: Suitable for fit riders in shell jacket and overalls only.]

IMH 10 Four standing horses in regular cavalry saddlery. Suitable for riders in shell jacket and overalls only. 

(Mounted figure for illustrative purposes only).


IMH 10 can be used for horseholder stands, but please note that the reins are not tailored in any way to that purpose. If you particularly wanted all the reins to lead to the hand of a horseholder figure, they could readily enough be modeled in cotton or similar.  (Mounted figure for illustrative purposes only).


Please take note that IMH 10 and IMH 11 are tailored for horsemen in shell jackets and overalls.  If you try to use them for other purposes not all our cavalry/mounted figures will seat properly. If you took at the images above in the order left to right, at No. 1 you will see a near miss - this figure could relatively easily be filed down at the back of the shirt and the inside of the rear saddle blanket to fit. At No. 2 you see the horse being used as it is designed to be used, which is to say for a rider in a shell jacket, and that the result is a perfect fit. At No. 3 you will see a figure in a frock coat that does not even come close to fitting. At No. 4 is another shell-jacketed figure, which once again is a perfect fit.


IMH 11 Four walking horses in regular cavalry saddlery.  Suitable only for riders in shell jacket and overalls. (Mounted figure for illustrative purposes only).


                                                              IMH 11 Four walking horses in regular cavalry saddlery.  Suitable for riders in shell jacket and overalls only.


NEW ELEPHANTS


We have three new resin elephants coming into production shortly.  One is a heavy artillery draught elephant, one is a VIP command elephant and the third one is a baggage elephant, for which there are two different baggage loads, also in resin. Note that your preferred baggage load has to be purchased separately from the baggage elephant itself.  The howdah on the command elephant is moulded on to the animal.   There will be separate metal figures to support the beasts, including mahouts to ride them and a maharajah type for the howdah. 

Here is the artillery draught elephant, illustrated with our existing heavy limber kit and the 24-pounder siege gun  kit.  The elephant and limber can just as readily be used for the 18-pounder gun. 

TOP TIPS ON ASSEMBLING THE LIMBER WITH THE ELEPHANT

You'll find an obvious T-shaped bullock yoke in your limber kit, which you can set aside. You will need the two spars seen in the illustrations above and below.  Glue the wheels onto the limber, but don't rush ahead of yourself by immediately gluing the spars in place.  I found it easier and quicker to pin-drill a small hole on each side of the elephant and glue a short length of florist's wire or similar into the hole as seen in the illustration above.

  


You'll be applying the spars orientated as they are in the picture above, bracket up and hook down. In the background you'll see the limber being supported at the front, so as to sit at the right angle. As luck would have it that's a component from the heavy artillery ammunition cart, which is perfect for the purpose, because it has sloping sides and you'll get the limber at exactly the right angle very easily. You might have bought a cart with your gun, elephant and limber, but if not any old object of the right height will suffice. Easy peasy now...four reasonably subtle blobs of glue...two on the pinholes on the flanks of the elephant and two on the rings of the limber. Hook the bracket over the pin and then drop the hook end of the spar into the rings and then quickly do your fine adjustment to make sure everything is nice and square. Below the whole kit and kaboodle is just resting until the glue sets. If you have overdone the length of your pins, you can obviously snip them off to be flush with the spars once the glue had dried. The gun isn't glued to anything of course and I've just popped it into this photo to show how the barrel would be carried in the (rearmost) travelling trunnions, when moving about over long distances. That's the technical bit of history, but unless you are a millionaire or making a diorama/vignette you won't want to have travelling guns and fighting guns. At the two bottom images, I've illustrated how his Grace has decided he wants his guns based. The elephant and limber are based together, so that they can loiter behind the gun-line. The gun is separate so that it can be fought on the table with a crew. Then there is a third and separate base, which will be landscaped, and can just be covered off to create a travelling set.         

Here's a closer view of the two variants of the baggage elephant. 


Here's a close view of the command or VIP elephant with a few figures to illustrate relative size. That isn't the maharajah: he will be a new figure.  

LATEST  FIGURES


 At the top are some wonderful 93rd (Sutherland) Highlanders by Paul Hicks. All 8 figures will be in the same code and are divided between front and rear rank men. [These will be followed in due course by an 8-figure set of skirmishers and an 8-figure command set including officers, ensigns, NCOs and a piper.]  Next down, also by Paul Hicks, is an 8-figure naval brigade gun crew for the 24-pdr siege gun (out already).  There is a lieutenant, a petty officer and 6 ratings.  After that comes a 4-figure code of kneeling skirmishers for the light company of the 78th Highlanders. 


COMING SOON: 93rd (Sutherland) Highlanders attacking. (8-figure set).

These are animated as four front rank men at a position of 'charge bayonets' and four second rank men at the 'slope arms' in accordance with the 1833 edition of the regulations Field Exercise and Evolutions of the Army, still extant in 1857.

COMING SOON: Naval Brigade 24-pdr crew (8-figure set).

[The 24-pdr gun, ammunition cart, heavy artillery limber and bullock pairs which appear above are all separate items and are already available]. 

COMING SOON: 78th Highlanders, Light Company, kneeling skirmishing, Enfields. (4-fig set).

New Artillery Horses

OUT NOW-  IMH 9 Artillery Horses Standing  - Set of 4. [2 near-side, 2 off-side].

Forthcoming figures for 2018 by Paul Hicks

HM 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs), dressed for the second half of Havelock's campaign to relieve Lucknow, now in smocks, wicker helmets and armed universally with P1853 Enfields.


HM 5th (Northumberland) Fusiliers