As I'm steadily working through the last 20 figures for my Punic Wars project, in the shape of a unit of Allied Italian infantry for the Carthaginian army, my mind has been focusing on what I should paint next. With that in view I sorted out the RUBs under my desk containing the Lead Pimple. There are enough units there to keep me entertained amidst all this ongoing pandemic malarky but I also fancied something new. Well, I'd guess as fellow wargamers you'd all understand that.
I must say at the outset though that I didn't really fancy two whole new armies, so I looked rather at what I might add to existing collections to give a different game. I looked at expanding the F&IW or adding a British Intervention Force to my ACW set up but in the end neither really gripped me. Now, as it happened I'd received a copy of The White Mughals by Dalrymple as part of a Christmas gift and that started me thinking about games set in India around 1800. It's immediately clear that numbers of irregulars and my Raja's Guard can be pressed into service from my Indian Mutiny collection, while some Canadian Militias from my War of 1812-15 collection can proxy for British and E.I.C. European battalions.
While I was thinking on all of this I ordered up a couple of books from Caliver Books ~
The Wargaming Wellington in India is an obvious beginner's choice and at first read through seems really useful in planning the additions I'll need. The Wargamers' Annual I always enjoy and this one has the added advantage of numerous pictures of a display game of the period!
So, having decided what I would work on during the coming months I also decided on a semi-imaginations approach. The games will be set in the fictional Indian state of Pendawar, which for the geographically challenged neighbours Rhanzlistan. I took the plunge then and ordered up some figures: guns for the army of Tippoo Bykha from AWM; Matchlock men, camel gunners and artillery crew for the guns, together with Bengal Horse Artillery and 9lb guns from Foundry; and lastly, Bombay Sepoys and British infantry in round hats from Perry Miniatures. Together with the figures I've identified as already available in GHQ these will form the basis of the game. (The guns from AWM arrived yesterday! I call that exceptional service in the circumstances.)
Now I'll obviously have to add cavalry to both sides and some foot artillery for the E.I.C. army, but that must await funds later in the year. We'll see how it goes, shall we?