Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thankyou!

I have been informed that all of the figures that were available at the SYW Convention in South Bend Indiana sold out last weekend!

Thank you to all that purchased them!

I started the range just to get figures that I needed for my own project. The fact that there are others out there who like them makes me all warm and fuzzy : )

And thank you to the Sculptor, Ian Mountain and the mold maker/ caster Nic at Eureka for all of their assistance with this project. And also to all of you whose kind words have motivated me to keep going when it all looked too hard!

Hopefully there will be some pictures of further greens up here this weekend!

regards
gwz

Friday, March 25, 2011

I am still here : )

Just that work has weighed me down recently. My basing proceeds slowly and I am waiting on pictures of the new greens.

I haven't even arranged for the latest figures to be painted ...

And just so I can post a picture, here is a camel jingal.
Tallest darn camel I have ever seen!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mysorean Greens!


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.

Officer



Standard Bearer
  


Drummer







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
gwz

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A teaser! Coming soon...

The moment I get them based!


This has, to date, been the most difficult research done for Golconda! I will be giving credit to those many people who have pointed me in the right direction...be it ever a dark unsigned track where every new snippet of information seems to contradict what you already knew-or thought you did!

gwz

Another Building!


The latest from Peter.



His blog article regarding the building can be found here part 1 and part 2



gwz

And now for something completely different!

Work in progress on the Dutch Navy in India.


36 Gun Frigate


Line of battle!
Langton 1/1200 ships painted and Rigged by Peter. I will be basing these up and putting on the ensigns and pennants.


24 Gun Frigate

Langton are beautiful models and one could really go to town with the rigging. However, I just know that the more rigging there is the greater the chance that I will damage it... I seem good at dropping figures and chipping paint!


36 Gun Frigate

There are 8 Dutch ships done, there are three 36 gun models, four 26 gun models and one 64. The latter is there just to beef up the Dutch line and didn't figure in any battles in India historically.

Although not officially at war, the Dutch were involved in a battle with the British on the Hoogly River on 25 November 1759. The Dutch had delivered a force from Batavia to India, which was defeated by the British at Chinsurah.

The Dutch fleet of seven vessels was heavily damaged by three Company vessels, each of 26 guns. Three Dutch vessels, including the Commodore, struck their colours.


Duke of Dorset engaging the Dutch from an old book on Clive

Dutch vessels of this period were not known for their colour - there are references to Dutch ships being all black. This would appear to be a combination of older vessels with many applications of tar.Langton's site refers to Dutch vessels as "sober" when compared to other nations!

(Morris's) 89th Regiment of Foot

The 89th, or Morris's Regiment, was a Highland regiment raised by the Gordon Family in 1759.



The uniform details are uncertain, although it appears that the facings were lemon yellow. The tartan would also appear to be Government set - as was the Black Watch. Whether the kilt was worn in India is debatable - but what are Highlanders without a kilt!



The figures are Front Rank, painted by Peter.

When disbanded in 1764/65, after having fought at Buxar,  many of the Regiment joined the East Indies Company battalions.



The Regiment was commanded by Sir Hector Munro, major, who was later appointed Commander In Chief - India.

Parkfield British Sepoys

Fourth & Second Madras Battalions

Here are some pics of the Parkfield British Sepoys - the French ones have been posted up previously.


Fourth Madras Battalion

As usual, painted by Peter. The light tent has managed to diffuse the light so that the shading on the faces isn't clear : (


Third Madras Battalion

The European officers are generally by Crusader.


Fifth Madras Battalion

In Bengal, the first permanent unit of sepoys were recruited in 1757. At Plassey they were designated the 1st Bengal Native Infantry. The Bengal sepoys were dressed in red. Madras and Bombay soon followed suit. Turbans appear, from subsequent practice, to be dark blue. jackets may have been the only uniform item issued.


First Madras Battalion
The colours resembled British Regimentals with a Union canton.