Iron Duke Miniatures

Iron Duke Miniatures

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Keep in mind that anything shown as an original clay sculpt could still be up to 2 months away from becoming commercially available.

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, although 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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