Reflecting on it, I can blame my grandmother! I recall being about 8 years old when I was given some old books and magazines by her to look at. I used to visit her on her farm every Saturday and, during school holidays, Tuesdays.
I complained about being bored one day and was given access to books, magazines and old model kits left there by one of my uncles (being of good Irish Catholic stock, my grandmother had 13 children!). In that bundle was a copy of a Look & Learn Magazine from the 1960s. I was amazed because not only was the magazine older than me, but it was "cartoon" type artwork (well, not really looking back all those years) and grabbed a kid's attention. In the magazine was an article about the battle of Plassey, or another battle of the time. How the years dim the memory : ) . I was hooked. It was exotic! It had elephants!
|Plassey from Look & Learn|
Look & Learn was published between 1962 and 1982. It had a number of artists, some of whom went on to illustrate Ospreys. Angus McBride and Gerry & Ron Embleton are three such artists that spring to mind.
In the pre-internet days, and living in the country, it was not easy to find further information. I did find some short articles and encyclopaedia entries.
Then in the 80s there were a series of articles in Miniature Wargames and Military Modelling on the period.
|Military Modelling with Buxar article|
I was hooked again. And I had been a gamer for a few years by this time. I needed an army! So I went 6mm, on the theory that I would need far too many Indian troops and that a larger scale was cost prohibitive. I used Heroics & Ros initially, then Irregular. I painted thousands of these guys, well, it felt like it. I found remnants of the army today and some pictures of it follow:-
|East India Company Battalion|
|Grenadiers from behind - did I really paint that cap lace!?|
|British Regulars in line (not many really...)|
|You can't have enough sepoys!|
I don't think that I even had rules for it - or they may have been TableTop or Newbury. Either way, I can't recall ever playing.
Many years later, Might & Reason became the flavour of the group. An Imagi-nation campaign was set in Pangea. In the exotic East was Golconda. It was Indian. It was mine! Shame that the rules punished an essentially all irregular army ( at least that's my view!) and that the Moghul Indian List was, well, not correct!!
|Golconda in Pangea - a work by Akula_au and the Cardinal|
And of course, there was Frank from the Adventures In Lead blog who convinced me to blog this! Without his assistance this blog wouldn't exist.
Having found most of the 6mm stuff, I think I will rebase them and post up pictures when done.