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Iron Duke Miniatures

THE GAPS RANGE

Gwalior, Afghanistan, Punjaub & Scinde in the 1840s

The IDM Price List is at the Catalogue Page. Don't forget to check out the 'THEM' range (Transport, Horses, Equipment and Miscellaneous) for other products suitable for the Indian campaigns. 

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GAPS 1 British Line Infantry, firing line, centre company coatees, peaked forage caps (older pattern) quilted cover and neck curtain, knapsacks. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Particularly suited for HM 22nd (The Cheshire) Regiment in Scinde 1843. For officers use GAPS 3 below. The exact dress of some of the Queen's regiments concerned in the Gwalior Campaign (also 1843) is unknown, although they might not have carried knapsacks like HM 22nd in Scinde. 

GAPS 2 British Line Infantry, firing line, flank company coatees, peaked Kilmarnock forage caps (older pattern), quilted cover and neck curtain, knapsacks. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Use with GAPS 1 above for the flank companies of a line regiment, or alternatively use several codes of GAPS to portray a light regiment.

GAPS 3 British Line Infantry Command, company officer and two ensigns, in shell jackets and forage caps. (3 figs). (£5.25). 

Suitable for a great many Queen's regiments in most hot weather theatres between 1840 and 1860, since officers often wore shell jackets, (in order to preserve their expensive, tailored coatees), even when the rank and file were turned out in issued coatees. Ideal for HM 22nd (see GAPS 1 and GAPS 2) or HM 41st (GAPS 11 and 12). Note please that the flagsheet (IDM 04) and the 'finials', i.e. the spear heads and tasseled cords, (THEM 12), are separate items. 

ILLUSTRATIVE 

Figures from Codes GAPS 4 and GAPS 6 in use together as a unit (see below).

GAPS 4 Sikh Irregular Matchlockmen (or bandukchis)(Set I), firing line, with tulwars and slung shields. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Suitable for both jagirdari irregular infantry [the retinue troops of great men] or Fauj-i-qilajat [garrison troops] in the 1st and 2nd Anglo-Sikh Wars.

Above and below: GAPS 5 Sikh Irregular Matchlockmen, (or bandukchis), (Set II), firing line, with tulwars and slung shields. (8 figs). (£14.00) 

Suitable for both jagirdari irregular infantry [the retinue troops of great men] or Fauj-i-qilajat [garrison troops] in the 1st and 2nd Anglo-Sikh Wars.

GAPS 6 Sikh Irregular Infantry Command. Two four-figure command groups. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Suitable for both jagirdari irregular infantry [the retinue troops of great men] or Fauj-i-qilajat [garrison troops] in the 1st and 2nd Anglo-Sikh Wars. Use with GAPS 4 and 5.

ILLUSTRATIVE

Codes GAPS 7 and GAPS 8 in use together as a 12-figure unit.

GAPS 7 EIC Irregular Cavalry in alkaluks (Set I). Six horses and riders, including a British officer and a bugler. (£25.00).

This code is intended to provide the front rank of a 12-fgure unit, (use with GAPS 8), but can equally stand alone as a troop of six figures. Suitable for the Scinde and Gwalior campaigns, and both Anglo-Sikh Wars. The sowars right arms and carbines are separate components and will need to to be glued into place.   

GAPS 8 EIC Irregular Cavalry in alkaluks (Set II). Six horses and riders, including an Indian officer and a guidon-bearer. (£25.00).

This code is intended to provide the rear rank of a 12-fgure unit, (use with GAPS 7), but can equally stand alone as a troop of six figures. Suitable for the Scinde and Gwalior campaigns, and both Anglo-Sikh Wars. The sowars sword arms and carbines are separate components and will need to to be glued into place. Note that you will need to provide your own guidon pole with a brass rod or similar.   

GAPS 9 Major-General Sir Charles Napier Staff Set. (3 figs and 3 horses). (£12.75).

Comprising a personality figure, an irregular cavalry ADC and an Indian cavalry standard bearer. 

Above and below: GAPS 10. Kabuli Matchlockmen, firing line, with tulwars and slung shields. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Suitable for the 1st Anglo-Afghan War.

GAPS 11 British Line Infantry, firing line, 'bell top' shako, centre company coatees, bastion-end lace, knapsacks. (8 figs). (£14.00).

Particularly suited for HM 41st (The Welsh) Regiment in the 1st Anglo-Afghan War, as well as any other line regiment that similarly had 'bastion' ends to its lace, whether in Afghanistan or during the concurrent 1st Anglo-Chinese War of 1839-42]. For command use GAPS 3. Flank company figures are at GAPS 12  Date range 1835-1843.

GAPS 12 British Line Infantry, firing line, 'bell top' shako, flank company coatees, bastion-ended lace, knapsacks. (8 figs). Not yet available. 

Use with GAPS 11 above. Date range 1835-1843.

Above and below:

GAPS 13 'Last Stand at Gandamak'. Retreat from Kabul (Set I). (24 figs). (£50.00).

A special edition set, inspired by W.B. Wollen's iconic painting,

and magnificently brought to life in 3-D by our lead sculptor Paul Hicks.

[1st Anglo-Afghan War].

Key to the British figures in GAPS 13.

[See the first gallery photo above].

1. A wounded officer of an indeterminate infantry unit.

2. A sergeant of the 44th.

3. A private of the 44th.

4. An officer of an indeterminate unit.

5. An officer of an indeterminate unit.

6. A dead private of the 44th.

7. Private of the 44th.

8. A private of the 44th.

9. [Not visible in this photo but see elsewhere]. A private of the 44th in the correct style of forage cap (i.e. unlike the anomalous cap in Wollen’s painting).

10. A private of the 44th.

11. A slightly wounded cavalry officer (moustaches not permitted in the infantry).

12. A flank coy private of the 44th.

13. A private of the 44th.

14. Lieutenant Soutar, 44th Regt.

15. Badly wounded private of the 44th.

16. A slightly wounded sergeant of Bengal Horse Artillery.

Content of GAPS 13: British x 16 Figures, Afghans x 8 figures.

[Flagpole not included. We have a flagsheet of Afghan banners in design]. 

GAPS 14 'Retreat from Kabul' (Set II): HM 44th (The East Essex) Regiment in greatcoats. (5 figs). (£10.00)

A selection of private soldiers from GAPS 13 to allow for expansion your tabletop force.

[1st Anglo-Afghan War].

GAPS 15 'Retreat from Kabul' (Set III). Afghan swordsmen in winter dress. (4 figs). (£8.00).

Optional shields will be supplied loose with the code.

[1st Anglo-Afghan War. Also suitable for the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War.]

GAPS 16 Retreat from Kabul (Set IV). The ad hoc mounted troop. (6 riders, 6 horses).

A feature set consisting of three officers, two gunners of the Bengal Horse Artillery and a personality figure of Brigadier John Shelton. 

GAPS 17 Retreat from Kabul (Set V). 'The last gun'. (£37.00). 

A feature set based on Leslie’s Troop, (1st Tp/1st Bde Bengal Horse Artillery), it consists of a 4-man gun crew, a mounted driver, a 6-pounder gun kit, a limber kit and 4 x draught horses. Gun and limber kits require some simple assembly with superglue. Alternative barrel for a 12-pdr howitzer also included.  [Please note that to help spread the cost of this code in these difficult times its elements are also available in two separate sub-codes at GAPS 17A and GAPS 17B].

GAPS 17A Leslie’s Troop, 4-man gun crew and mounted driver in winter clothing, with 6-pounder gun kit. Not yet available. (£18.50).


Gun kit requires some simple assembly with superglue. Alternative barrel for a 12-pdr howitzer also included. Note that the horse illustrated with the driver is not included in this code, but is in codes GAPS 17 and 17B. 


GAPS 17B Four horse team and limber, expressly for Troops of the Bengal Horse Artillery.  (£18.50). Not yet available. 


Note that uniquely all the horses in a BHA team were ridden: all four of these animals have saddles therefore. 

GAPS 18 Retreat from Kabul (Set VI). 'God help the women and children'.  (£12.00).

A feature set consisting of an Indian camp follower leading a pair of camels, two camel panniers with three freezing European passengers and a 3-part baggage load for the second camel.


GAPS 19 Retreat from Kabul (Set VII). 'The Rearguard': Rank and File. 

A feature set based on HM 44th Regt. 16 x figs (with no duplicates). (£32.00). Use in conjunction with with GAPS 20. Not yet available. 


GAPS 20 Retreat from Kabul (Set VIII). 'The Rearguard': Command. (£32.50).

HM 44th Regt Command. Maj-Gen Elphinstone Mounted Personality Figure, 2 company officers, 2 ensigns, 2 sergeants, 7 rank and file (2 casualties, 5 other). Total 14 figs & 1 horse. (£32.50). Combine with GAPS 20. Not yet available. 

ILLUSTRATIVE. Above and Below: GAPS 19 & GAPS 20 Combined. 

In games set in the context of the 'Retreat from Kabul' we envisage HM 44th (The East Essex) Regiment being a larger unit than is usual in a 28mm game, principally by reason of the fact that the other infantry units ceased to exist after a couple of days in the hills and passes. Thus the 44th Regiment becomes the hub of the wargames army not merely one of the infantry units on the table. So we've gone to special lengths to help you accumulate a suitably large unit incorporating a good deal of variety. As you can see you would get a 30-man unit by combining one set of GAPS 19 with one set of GAPS 20. On top of that again, GAPS 14, (a 5-figure set),  and GAPS 21, (an 8-figure set), provide additional options for increasing your unit strength. GAPS 21 includes only men who are still fully equipped and wearing covered shakoes. There is a flagsheet for HM 44th (IDM 05), or alternatively you could 'case' your colours (see our cases at THEM 13). Yes, there will eventually be more casualty figures!

GAPS 21 British Infantry, Winter Gear, full kit, 1816-1843. (8 figs).

Suitable for Afghanistan 1839-42, especially HM 44th Regiment. Also ideal for any British line regiment during the 'Patriote' Rebellions in Canada 1837-8. The men in this set are turned out in an entirely uniform fashion, so that they can be used as the hard core of cold weather firing line units in rather less frenetic scenarios than the Retreat from Kabul. With their shakoes and uniform jackets/coatees covered they can fit into a very broad date range from 1816-1843.  (£16.00). Not yet available.


GAPS 22 British Line Infantry, firing line, cloth covered 'bell-top' shako, centre company coatees, bastion-ended lace, knapsacks,  (8 figs).

(Date range between 1828-1843) 


GAPS 23 British Line Infantry, at the ready, cloth covered 'bell-top' shako, centre company coatees, knapsacks, (8 figs).

(Date range between 1828-1843) 

GAPS 24A Afghans, Winter Dress, Sniping (I). (8 figs).

 Suitable for 1st and 2nd Anglo-Afghan Wars. (£16.00). Not yet available. Set includes two sets of bipod legs for jezails.

GAPS 24B Afghans, Winter Dress, Sniping (II). (8 figs).

Suitable for 1st and 2nd Anglo-Afghan Wars. (£16.00). Not yet available. Set includes two sets of bipod legs for jezails.

GAPS 24C Afghans, Winter Dress, Charging (I). (8 figs).

Suitable for 1st & 2nd Anglo-Afghan Wars. (£16.00). Not yet available. Set includes one set of jezail bipod legs.

GAPS 24D Afghans, Winter Dress, Charging (II). (8 figs).

Suitable for 1st and 2nd Anglo-Afghan Wars. (£16.00). Not yet available. Set includes one set of jezail bipod legs.

GAPS 25 Afghan Command, Winter Dress. (8 figs).

Suitable for 1st and 2nd Anglo-Afghan Wars. (£16.00). Flags not included (but available separately as IDM 15 in our flagsheet range). 

Not yet available.

ILLUSTRATIVE (Above and Below)

Here are two specimen Afghan units of 20 figures apiece. Above are the two 'sniping codes' (GAPS 24A and GAPS 25B), brigaded with one of the two four-figure command groups you get in GAPS 25. Below is the same effect in respect of the two charging codes, GAPS 24C and GAPS 24D, this time brigaded with the other half of GAPS 25. 

GAPS 26 EIC Irregular Cavalry: lancers in alkaluks, with percussion carbines. (£25.00). Not yet available. 

Six riders & 6 horses. Lances not included. Carbines are supplied loose and can be glued forward of the rider's right leg, or omitted, as not all regiments carried carbines. In some EIC irregular Cavalry regiments it was the practice to arm half the sowars with lances. Such an effect can be achieved by mixing this code with figures from GAPS 7 and 8. However, because they do not have slung matchlocks, they are not entirely suitable for mixing with GAPS 27 [see below] in the same unit. See the flagsheet range for a suitable sheet of lance pennons. 

GAPS 27 EIC Irregular Cavalry, in alkaluks with slung matchlocks, charging with tulwars.

Six riders and 6 horses. (£25.00). Loose sword arms to maximize variation: half at the point (front rank), half at the shoulder (second rank). Not yet available. The matchlocks are cast on. Suitable for many EIC irregular regiments in the 1830s & 1840s. Also Suitable for Shah Sujah's 2nd Irregular Horse in Afghanistan.

GAPS 28 EIC Irregular Cavalry Command. 

British and Indian Officers, Bugler, Guidon. Flagpole not included. 4 riders & horses. (£17.00). Not yet available. 

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