Further to the blog entry about how to paint the Bengalis, I thought it best to post some ideas about the Mysoreans.
The miniatures represent the Mysorean regular troops of Haider Ali and Tipoo Sultan - covering the period c1755 to 1799.
The regular troops wore mostly white uniforms early in Haider's reign. Towards the end of his reign they had started to be uniformed in bold colours embroided with a tiger pattern, seemingly at the request of Tipoo. The tunic could be worn with or without white trousers. Although some sources indicate the trousers to be short, Tipoo's palace guard at least wore long white trousers with pink vertical stripes. The guard also appear to have had white leather belts. Many sources indicate that the uniforms were purple and this is depicted in many illustrations. A description towards the end of the period states:
The dress of the regular infantry is generally of purple wollen 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, except a kind of sandal slipper, worn to protect their soles from the roughness of the march. They are accrouted with black leather cross belts, and commonly armed with musquets of French manufacturer...
Contemporary illustrations in Tipoo's palace disclose a much wider range of colours. The troops could also be uniformed in white with blue longitudal stripes or checks.
|From Miniature Wargames - checks|
|A poor picture, but you can see the type of stripes used in some uniforms.|
|From Tipoo's palace|