Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Native Artillery

I have nine pieces of field artillery in the army so far. In addition there are some camel jingals and rockets.

 The guns are a mix of manufacturers including London War Room, Old Glory, Redoubt, Eureka and Games Workshop. The crews are a mix of London War Room and Foundry and Eureka for one of the mortars.

London War Room Tiger Gun

Redoubt Malabar Gun

Old Glory Gun

Mortar Battery

Redoubt Tiger Mortar
Eureka Mortar
Redoubt dog in action


  1. Very nice looking guns and mortars.


  2. Super stuff indeed- can we see the rockets soon/ I always feel the combination of elephants and rockets give such indian armies their uniqueness- not to mention sll the other colourful and fascinating components of the army...
    How did you get "into " 18th century India in the first place?

  3. Amazing! So colorful and vibrant - really nice and certainly says INDIA.


  4. A marvelous set - with in addition all those ('un-wargaming') little details that visually make the difference!

  5. In the matter of Indian artillery, do you intend to have this 'typical' Indian weapon system of the period, the bullock war wagon?
    The 28mm model used in the battle reported by andy is spectacular, but I'm worried / doubtful about a few details (OK I *know* I already pestered you about these, but... people tend to be lenient during the XMas - New Year period, so I abuse...)
    -{in addition -but it may be a matter of out-of-scale 'trace' on the tabletop- to lamenting the low number of bullocks: from this p.o.v. this 15mm model seems more 'realistic'}.

    - 'multi-spoked' wheels would look far more typically 'Indian' and they were used for 'juggernauts' certainly at least as heavy as the artillery wagon, and for incredibly heavy cannons.
    But such wheels would not be that easy to obtain or scratchbuild, and it's a detail.

    Any idea of the size of the gun itself, btw? India seemed to favor *huge* artillery pieces, and something requiring to be pulled by a *lot* of oxen AND pushed bt an elephant was certainly not of 'falconet' size!

    - The 'field carriage' used on this model: of course the gun has to be mounted on a carriage, not directly on the wagon, otherwise the bullocks in front and the pushing elephant would all be killed by the recoil (unless unyoked before the gun fires: not ideal for a 'self-propelled' piece, but given the reported rate of fire, anyway...). No, what surprises me is the *field-type* carriage: being India, and to be mounted on another vehicle, I'd supposed a fortress-type 2-axle carriage -perhaps not as 'simple' as the Redoubt Malabar one, but something of the kind (with perhaps a system of ropes to restrain the recoil, as in contemporary warships?).

    - The closed sandbags used as frontal protection (I suppose such 'impenetrable' protection comes from contemporary descriptions, because 'logically' it appears inconsistent with the lack of protection of the bullocks). To this unlearned me at least they look like a very 'modern' idea: earth-filled barrels (the adaptation of the 'gabion' concept to a vehicle) or *open* vertical sandbags (a closed-bottom variant of gabion) look more 'period-fitting'?

    With the field carriage and the closed sandbags, the 28mm model reminds me of an improvised 'portee' of early WW2!
    In these 2 respects -and the number of bullocks- I favor the 15mm model over the 28mm one.
    But this preference is totally without basis on actual knowledge: what is the opinion of an expert?

    Best wishes,

  6. Jean-Louis,

    I have made a seperate blog entry - hope it answers some questions!