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WHAT SHALL WE DO NEXT M'LORD?

COMING SOON

Please keep in mind that anything shown as an original clay sculpt could still be up to 3 months away from becoming commercially available. If what you see is already an all-metal figure it will already have been master moulded, which means that the wait will about half as long. Much depends on the queue at the casters, but if you can see it on this page you can be sure it's on the way!

'Stragglers' and 'Remnants of the Cavalry': another two 'Retreat from Kabul' sets. 

British Line Infantry in coatees, covered bell top shako, light order equipment, flintlocks. 

1st Anglo-Afghan War & 1st Anglo-China War. Ideal for HM 44th in Kabul. 

Madras Native Infantry.

Almost all of the EIC Indian infantry concerned in the 1st Anglo-China War came from the Madras Presidency.  MNI Regiments had a number of features that distinguished them apart from the infantry of the Bengal and Bombay Presidencies. Their shako was different,  they always wore sandals not shoes and they were issued with waistbelts and haversacks. 

HM 39th (The Dorsetshire) Regiment. Shell jackets, percussion lock muskets.

Based on a watercolour from life, by Surgeon Grant, this is how the regiment appeared in the Gwalior Campaign. It was unusual for regiments to wear flank company wings on shell jackets, but in this instance Grant makes it plain that HM 39th did so.  Note when painting that the black leather peak of the cap is not inside the white cover. 

British Line Infantry, bell top shako, centre company coatee,, advancing at the shoulder, in light order equipment (no packs, waterbottles or haversacks).   On the left is a sergeant. 1st Anglo-Afghan War and 1st Anglo-China War. 

British Line Infantry, caps in quilted covers, shell jackets, percussion lock weapons. 

Ideal for HM 29th (The Worcestershire) Regiment, 1st Anglo-Sikh War. 

Officers in coatees and bell top shakoes. 

NEW for 2022: the 'Waterkloof' Range

A mini-range of Xhosa warriors for the Cape Frontier Wars. 

Sculpted by eBob. 

On display below are, firstly, two separate sets of four horses; one of held horses and one of walking horses. Once we've cast the held horses, which will be released in their first iteration as a set of six standing horses and two horseholders, we'll re-do the reins and release a conventional set of four standing horses ready to take riders. The horseholder figures are open-handed and will be supplied with a loose musket, which will leave open the option of arming them with throwing spears for that little bit of extra variety. That will also mean that they don't have to be horseholders, but can also be used as warriors moving about carrying their muskets or assegais at the trail. Next, there are nine skirmishing figures to look at. They have been expressly designed to reflect the Xhosa technique of opening fire from ambush positions. There are 3 kneeling, 3 prone and 3 on the move.  Two of the moving chaps are open-handed, to accept either muskets or spears. The accessory you can see, lying on the ground, is a discarded kaross, (a cowhide cloak), with a couple of throwing spears resting on top. We'll do a code of musket-armed Xhosa riders, two of which can also be seen below. Unlike the greens, the riders are sculpted by Paul Hicks. We've done the dismounted green chaps to be that little bit slighter in stature, on the basis that the warriors who held out in the Waterkloof under Chief Maqoma often had very little food available and obliged to sustain themselves on roots and such like for significant periods of time. amaXhosa youths became adult warriors at between 14 and 16 years of age, so if you wish to use these figures alongside the marginally more stockily built Xhosa made by Perry Miniatures, they will fit the bill admirably as younger warriors. We'll be recycling skirmishers and horseholders alike to become Basotho warriors, at which juncture they will become respectable again by adopting the loincloth!  [And other stuff, such as skins, copper neckguards and what-not].

New Sets of Horses. 

THEM 19 EIC Irregular Cavalry horses, legs gathered. 

THEM 20 EIC Irregular Cavalry horses legs extended

THEM 21 Officers' Horses (I). Minimal Saddlery. Set of 8. 

THEM 22 Officers' Horses (II). More saddlery. Set of 8.

THEM 23 Irregular Horses with sheepskin saddle covers. Ideal for Basotho. 

THEM 24 Set of 4 Irregular Horses, sheepskin saddles, walking. Suitable for Basotho/Xhosa/others besides. (NYA)

COMING IN DUE COURSE.

New artillery codes. The guns and limbers won't be released until we've got mounted drivers and gun crews to go with them, but at least you can see some of the pending items: here a 12-pounder howitzer, drawn by mules, as used in General Cathcart's Orange River Expedition of 1852.  

It's all in the detail.

Above: Exquisite detail on a British heavy dragoon helmet; sculpted by the eagle-eyed Paul Hicks.


Below: three more items of headdress, by Paul, namely a later P1847 heavy dragoon helmet, a light dragoon shako in quilted cover and a lancer's cap inside a plain cotton cover. 

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