Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rajput Cavalry finished!

Here are the pictures of the final product!


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.   :  )


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!


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!



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.


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.