|2 shots of Matchlock armed Infantry. Variously called barkanzyes of Najibs. Al Indian forces used them - even as late as the mutiny rebellious zamindars still had numbers of these.|
Si it struck me that-aside from specialist forces for these campaigns I would ned sme generic forces to represent those troop types that were scattered all over India and fought for almost everyone at one time or another from 1760 to 1860. Now that IS stretching a point but it seemed to me, reading the sources that assorted matchlock armed infantry fought in Indian armies from the late 16th century to around the time of the mutiny with very little change in appearance.
As for cavalry- that is a bit more complex but from the mid 18th century onwards the bow mostly disappeared- though I will have some bow armed heavy cavalry when I finish them- and firearms Lances and swords take the lead.
So here are a few pics of the initial results of this line of thought. Some of the cavalry were painted by Dave Jarvis about a decade ago and have been given a reviver.
All the models are Old Glory 25mm - or 28 if you prefer and come either from the Sikh Wars or Indian mutiny ranges. I shall also be using packs from the Renaissance Persian range and from the later Ottoman Turkish
Wonder where this project will end up?