Okay, I wasn't going to post these up until available from Eureka, but I am rather excited by these. Mysorean Sepoys! Suitable for the period of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan (c.1757 to 1799). Sculpted by the very talented Ian Mountain. If you are interested I am sure Eureka will take pre-orders : )
Here are links to Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan on Wiki - a good general introduction to the period. Hyder Ali was so successful that he forced the British into a treaty at the end of the first war. Mysore was a largely Hindu population with Islamic ruling class. Tipu remains a controversial figure in India today due to his policies.
Ali was involved in conflicts with the Moghuls, Marathas and the British. I will be using them for the First Anglo-Mysore war of 1766, although have to say that Tipu calls me very loudly!
A contemporary account of Tipu's troops reads:
“The dress of the regular infantry is generally of purple woollen stuff, with white diamond formed spots on it, which is called the tyger jacket. On the head is worn a muslin turban, of a red colour, and round the waist a cumberband, or sash, of the same. Their legs and feet are entirely naked, excepting a kind of sandal slipper, worn to protect their soles from the roughness of the march. They are accoutred with black leather cross belts, and commonly armed with musquets of French manufacture; though some are made in their own country; over the lock is a leather covering, to defend it from dampness.”Regards