While I was at Partizan it came up in a conversation about my book- 'Their Infantry and Guns Will Astonish You that there aren't any ranges available to wargame the campaigns out lined in the book. Well that is both true and false.
True there aren't any dedicated RANGES for these fascinating campaigns.
FALSE because there are plenty of figures out there if you look about yourself and stop being a lazy chap expecting to be spoonfed. After all building such an unusual army is part of the fun of this hobby.
The first place to look of course is any 'Wellington in India ' range, which of course you will understand when you have read the book.
|One of DeBoignes battalions with its 'gun company' .Figures are First Corps with Old Glory AWI command figs which have been give Spare Redoubt sepoy heads.|
Redoubt have a good range in 28mm as do AW Miniatures though personally I'm not keen on the AW cavalry. In terms of size the 2 ranges are fairly compatible unless you are one of those anal dudes with a case of '3mm angst'. These 2 ranges will take care of most of the regulars but I also use some of the First Corps SYW Indian troops too. They do a couple of nice sepoys but you will have to source other command figs. These are smaller than Redoubt
|Assorted Irregular cavalry - all models are Old Glory either from the Sikh Wars range or the Renaissance Persians|
Foundry and Empress also do plenty of useful models for the Mughals and other more irregular troops. Empress also have some useful carts waggons and baggage items geared to Indian armies.
Old Glory do plenty of the irregular types hidden in the Sikh Wars and Indian mutiny ranges - some of their Pathans are doing duty as Rohillas in my slowly growing collection. .
If you can source them Indus miniatures do some useful figures but beware some are, rather oddly, left handed.
Perry have a few Bombay sepoys hidden in their British Napoleonic and their plastic Afghans are a useful source of spares parts for conversions - as are the Wargames Atlantic plastics.
Eureka in Australia have some very useful 28mm in their Golconda range but they seem to be a little difficult to source.
|A mob of Irregular Infantry again all Old Glory models from the Indian Mutiny or NW Frontier ranges - with a couple of Muslim Militia from the Crusades range for good measure.|
I have seen some rather tasty 20mm/1/72 scale models from Schilling Miniaturen - a German company worth a look certainly as they are very sweet indeed.
|Elephant towed 24pdr gun by AW miniatures. Although from their Indian Mutiny range with earlier crew this piece will fit neatly into earlier campaigns .|
|Rohilla matchlockmen from Old Glory - actually out of the NW Frontier range.|
|British gun and crew of the Bengal Artillery. Crew are AW gun is a Sash and Saber model|
In 15mm Minifigs do a Wellington in India range - never seen them in the flesh but the pictures look OK. Freikorps 15 used to have a warfare in India range but no longer sure who owns these now.
In the tiny sizes Irregular do some useful stuff in 6mm .
So building armies for these campaigns is very possible with just a modicum of effort.
Once you have the armies then you can think about rules.... More on this when I have had a little think ....