Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fanatics!

"Fanatics" were usually present in Indian armies in small numbers. They could be Hindu, Sikh or Muslim in their beliefs.



These Foundry figures are mostly Sikh fanatics, known as Akali ("followers of the Divine/ Supreme power"). Throwing quoits ("chakra") were popular weapons. Firearms were few in number.


They can't all be Sikhs - 2 are missing turbans!
Bairagis (meaning "dispassionate") were Hindus who eschewed emotions and colour. They would grow their hair long and matted and often rub ashes over their bodies. They would also display forehead markings to indicate which subgroup they were part of.

Bairagi


Ghazis were followers of Islam and who also had a reputation for being fanatics.

Akali from Osprey # 219 - Queen Victoria's Enemies (3) - India
Painted by Peter as is usual!

Regards
gwz

3 comments:

  1. The Akali look suitably fierce fellows! Very nice indeed.

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  2. Once again, very impressive troops, nice work!

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  3. Very nice and love the blue contrast!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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