Sunday, December 11, 2011

Horse variants

Some horse variants just in. These will be available from Eureka shortly.

Click on the pic for a larger version.

Regards
gwz

Monday, December 5, 2011

Two more pics of the Greens

Here are two more photos of the Mysorean cavalry greens.


Above are two of the riders with the spear arms attached. And yes, the tufts on the spears are pointing the correct way!
Regards
gwz

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Greens! Mysorean Cavalry

As promised here are the first of the Mysorean Cavalry greens from Ian. There is still a little work to do, but I thought I would post them up anyway.


Things are a little different this time. The right arms are separate for more variety. There are 2 sword arms and 2 spear arms in addition to the standard bearer and musician.



Feels good to do a proper blog entry after so long!

Regards
gwz

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two months ago...

was my last post. I have been weighed down again by real life work commitments. I can't believe how busy things have been.

Anyway, the next lot of figures are underway with Ian and, all going well, pictures should be up soon.

Things will be slackening off after tomorrow and I will get back to putting some life into this blog.

regards
gwz

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another Indian Figure



Ok, I have broken the rule I set that I would only post regarding the Indian subcontinent range. It has been a slow month for posts and it is a nice figure!

 The Lone Vigilante is over at my other blog.

Both are sculpted by Ian as usual. Unfortunately, I won't be offering these for sale.

Regards
gwz

Monday, September 19, 2011

A quick note...

that the archer variants are now available from Eureka. The Rajput cavalry greens have been received and are also being cast by Nic.

Regards
gwz 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Swordsman variants


Now with Eureka to be cast up!

Next up - more mounted figures - this time for the Mysoreans!

regards
gwz

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Latest from HG Walls


These are the latest three buildings  from Herb at HG Walls.

Mosque

The buildings are based upon a period picture and the official description, as recorded by the East India Company, of the main street of Patna:

Many of the houses are built of brick, but the greater number of mud; they are generally tiled, a few only are thatched, but all with little exception look mean and slovenly. It is difficult to imagine a more disgusting place…the houses are very densely crowded together. (The mosques, received) so little reverence that they are let as warehouses.

Building 1 - Front & rear



Building 2 - Front & rear



The pictures have been supplied by Herb.

Regards
gwz

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rajput Cavalry finished!



Here are the pictures of the final product!








regards
gwz

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More Rajput Cavalry WIP Pics!

I just received these pictures from Ian. A little more work and they are done.


Really looking forward to these.   :  )

gwz

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rajput Cavalry Part 2

Rajput armies consisted predominantly of cavalry.Firearms were not common, swords and lances being considered honourable weapons.

Here are some pictures of Rajput horses and rider for painting ideas...

Rajah hunting with wives
Artwork regularly show Rajput horses with the legs and/ or lower half of the body painted red. Why? Well that I haven't been able to establish and museums and art experts I have emailed have no idea either. If anyone knows please let me know. It does seem to be limited to the upper level of Rajput society and mostly to white and piebald horses. On darker horses it seems never to be above the knees.The majority of the artwork showing this also comes from the Rajput States of Mewar, Bundi, Deogarh, Kishangarh and Mawar, although I have also seen one illustration from Bengal with the lower legs painted red.

A mural at the fort at Bundi have approximately 30 mounted figures depicted. One is the Raja who has his horse decorated. Only 2 others are on painted horses and they seem to lead a unit of horsemen each.

It would also seem that the paint is a sandalwood paste - something usually offered to the Gods. If that is the case then it probably has something to do with the Rajput worship of their horses. A common saying was that if God had not made the horse he would not have made the Rajput.

Rajah hunting

A God with horse

The following two pictures date to c.1765 and were commissioned by Rana Ari Singh II (d.1771). It appears to be the same rider, although this is probably not the Rana. The horses are named, along with the dates of acquisition. The rider is not named so is probably a servant.





One of the earliest pictures depicting the red paint c.1737
Rajput horses were renowned for their quality. The most common types were the Mawari and Kathiawari, descended from Arabian stock. And of course, they weren't all painted red!




When faced with probably death the Rajputs would wear yellow robes. If a battle went against they could  dismount and fight to the last man. Equally, however, they could just ride off... 

In the poem Kanhadade-Prabandh, written by Padmanabh c.1455, there is a description of a battle between Allaudin Khalji and Rajah Kanhadade (fought c.1298). In it Rajput warriors are described as follows:

They bathed the horses in the sacred water of Ganga. Then they offered them Kamal Puja (prayer). On their backs they put with sandal the impressions of their hands... They put over them five types of armour, namely, war armour, saddles acting as armour, armour in the form of plates, steel armour, and armour woven out of cotton. Now what was the type of Kshatriyas (warrior) who rode these horses? Those, who were above twenty-five and less than fifty in age,... shot arrows with speed and were the most heroic. (Their) moustaches went up to their ears, and beards reached the navel. They were liberal and warlike. Their thoughts were good ... They regarded wives of others as their sisters. They stood firm in battle, and struck after first challenging the enemy. They died after having killed first. They donned and used (all the) sixty-six weapons. If any one (of the enemy ranks) fell down they regarded the fallen person as a corpse and saluted it.

Sandal is a fragrant wood associated with worship of the Gods. It is also distributed as a paste to devotees, who apply it to the head, neck and chest. Preparation of the paste is a duty fit only for the pure, and is therefore entrusted in temples and during ceremonies to priests.Sometimes it is mixed with saffron and other pigments.

Sandalwood paste

Sandalwood powder
Red sandalwood




Coat of 10,000 nails - named after the number of studs on it

Royal Armouries example

Coat of 10,000 nails
Anyway, enough! The post is long enough already!

Regards
gwz

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rajput Cavalry WIP

I have just received these pics from Ian for the first of the Rajput cavalry (well, they can be used for any armoured Indian cavalry really).

Mailed rider

"Coat of 1000 nails"



The horses are from Eureka and have been "dressed" by Ian. There are two more horses to come in this first release. There are another two riders to come as well.

More pics soon and ideas about painting them!

regards
gwz

Archers!

Well, another fortnight has gone by and I haven't posted in that time. I have been diverted by a "moderns" project...and work. Being self employed has its benefits, although regular work flow isn't one of them!

I still haven't based up the Mysorean and Bengali figures...

I received these pictures from Nic at Eureka today - conversions/ variations of the original sculpted by Ian.



 First cavalry pictures should be up soon as well.

Regards
gwz

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Black Powder - The Last Argument of Kings


Alas, the realities of life have been in the way again...

Anyway, arrived today was the new Black Powder supplement.



I have a copy of Black Powder, but haven't played. I disclaim any prejudice against the rules on that basis, although if pressed, I would say I like what I see. I purchased the supplement specifically to see the War in India section.

Essentially, there are three pages. The first is a potted history of the wars, concentarting on the period 1750 to 1760 odd. Then there are two lists - generic European and  generic Native lists. There is a rule for elephants on page 18.

I was disappointed in the lists, particularly the European. It may work for Brits and French, perhaps the Dutch, but not for any of the other European nations involved. I would recommend that if you want to use BP for 18th Century India do your own research and lists!


Otherwise, the supplement is very spiffy if you want to play 18th Century games. I have read other reviews concerning some typos, but won't comment on them as they don't fall within the scope of this blog.

The pre-order figure is also very spiffy and will be making an appearance in my army very shortly.

Regards
gwz

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A great book - but with a Caveat!!

Sometimes a book comes along that has great information in it - and this is one of them!


This is a reprint of an original publication in 1817 by an officer of the East India Company. There is lots of good information regarding the original organisation of the Bengal Native Infantry, the campaigns in which they fought, reorganisation over time etc. The author does state that he wrote most without the benefit of documentation and mostly from personal experience/ recollection. Where he cannot remember something he says so.

There are two grey scale pictures of sepoys c.1817. Those are the only illustrations.

Now the caveat - as noted on the inside of the cover and not noted on the online vendor's site:

The disclaimer

pages 186, 187 and some others...
Not only are there blank pages but there are several  pages missing - 88, 123 & 124 at least. Some of this makes no difference to the text, some of it does... One can only wonder what is missing!

This certainly isn't as bad as those Optical Character Recognition ("ocr") books that I have complained about before. Some of those are just unreadable rubbish. However, there is certainly valuable information missing from this book.

There is great information in this book, such as listing the names of the 60 European officers in the Bengal army in 1760, noting which were at Plassey. Circa 1796 the European officers corp had expanded to more than 1600!

Overall, I am very happy with what is in this book. Lots of info you just can't find elsewhere.

Regards
gwz

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Empire's First Soldiers - A short review

I received this book, and some others, from On Military Matters yesterday.


Unfortunately, it isn't quite as I expected, extending up to modern times and covering the War of 1971, UN operations and counter-insurgency. The theme of the book is stated to be to show how India has stood to  benefit from professional soldiering but is now seen by the world as a soft state, cowering in front of all and sundry. It is a call by the author for India to face the terrorist threat of today.

The author, DP Ramachandran,  is a veteran of the 1971 war. It is published by Lancer Publishers of Delhi in 2008. Quality wise, this is a nice book, well bound - one is always uncertain as to quality when getting a book from India!

There are 10 maps, three of which deal with the Carnatic, Maratha Wars and Burma campaign of 1824. The other seven maps deal with the Kashmir war of 1947 and subsequent campaigns.


The first 129 pages are of most interest for the subject of this blog, covering from 1746 to 1824. As an introduction to the period it is quite good, but general in nature. The information, however, can  be obtained from other sources dealing with the topics in greater depth. It is, however, a very good overview of the Indian military from 1746 to date.



I wouldn't recommend this book if your interest doesn't extend beyond the Mutiny. It is highly recommended if you want a good overview of the Indian military from 1746 to date. There are no illustrations other than the maps.

Regards
gwz