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15/04/2018 at 16:06 #88720
Hello everyone ,
Apart the Old Glory and Wargames Foundry factories, which has a big range of 25/30 mm figures for the Sikh Wars?
Thank you15/04/2018 at 17:22 #88728
I have only ONE pack for the Sikh Wars — so far! They are the OG Sepoys in shako. I like them. Many, if not most, of the figures for that range were sculpted by Chris Hughes, of Sash and Saber, if that’s a help.
The OG Army card brings the prices way down, but I don’t know whether that would help you, considering shipping costs.15/04/2018 at 17:49 #88732
Thank you, nice but the range continues or it’s over ?15/04/2018 at 22:22 #88748
Other than the fact that they originated with a kickstarter, I have to confess ignorance .
Maybe someone knows?16/04/2018 at 07:24 #88758
Thanks, there is also Tradition of London, I would not have thought there was so little choice.16/04/2018 at 16:53 #88796
Perhaps it does seem surprising, these days, but remember that Colonial gaming was almost totally dominated by the Big Three — AZW, NWF, Sudan — for many years, with everything else relegated to a tiny niche. You could look through various catalogs, and find the same figure-types, over and over. Understandable, when that is what sells.
Though even with those, there were important gaps: did you want dismounted Frontier Light Horse? Convert something else. Over here in the US, one gentleman, Richard Houston, carved out a niche by, in part, creating figures and equipment not covered by the large manufacturers.
I never thought to see figures for the early South African Wars, or Maori Wars, but here they are. We’re not yet in the Golden Age of Colonials (try browsing for companies that cover Adowa, for instance), but we’ve come a long way in the last decade or two.
Though even there, the situation is a bit tenuous: I don’t know how well the other companies are doing with Sikh Wars, but last I spoke with OG’s Russ Dunaway, they hadn’t yet broken even on their line. Given the large number of different sculpts, the (so far) limited market, and, of course, their prices, I can’t say I’m really surprised. I’m hoping the entry of more companies into the market will help bring on a tipping point; at least it should expose more gamers to the period.
That would be a good thing for Colonial gamers — one thing leads to another. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but when OG brought out their Sikhs, they also announced a range for the First Afghan War. Due to limited sales for the first range, the other one never happened. But if Sikh Wars becomes a “thing”, who knows? We could find ourselves marching on (or retreating from!) Kabul.16/04/2018 at 17:30 #88801
I’m going to take the complet Old Glory range to begin ,because I like Old Glory a lot for other periods and this range look quite complete, if it is necessary I will complete with but being careful to have compatible figurines …
I like many also the legitimate revolt of the brave cypayes …
In fact the british colonial wars before-1859 interest me …
I will play these wars with “Sebastopol, Sadowa & Sedan”…
About this if you know someone who can sell me copies of this rule and / or his book of lists of armies, I am a buyer.
Thank you16/04/2018 at 21:07 #88818
You should be pleased with the Old Glory line, although you might want to get a few sample packs to begin with, to be sure they have the look you want. With a number of different sculptors, the results vary; with the Indian Mutiny, since you mention it, I liked the mutineers, but was less satisfied with the British figures: the bayonets break off very easily, a perennial problem with OG, which is odd, because those on the mutineer figs don’t seem to have that problem. In fact, they are more robust in general than the British figures, which seem rather anemic in comparison. I suspect two different sculptors.
Anyway , this doesn’t seem to be the case with the Sikh Wars range. A couple of points, though:
You should probably get a command pack or two, to see exactly what’s in them. I’ve only inspected a couple at shows, but from what I could see, it looked as if there were more “extra” type figures than the usual officer/standard-bearer/musician combination. You may need more command packs than you think, particularly if you intend to have two colours per unit.
Another point: at least in the few pics I’ve seen, none of the horses for the Gorachurra have much in the way of armor; whether this is typical of the 1840’s I can’t say.
I would welcome correction on these points from someone more knowledgeable!
Lastly, there are,unfortunately, no Zamburak camel gunners in the OG range. They were going to be included in the First Afghan War range, but as I said, that never happened.
I did see where someone used the Zamburaks from the OG 16th-17th century Persian line, with some head swaps, so that’s a possibility.
I hope you’ll give us regular updates on your progress. And pics!17/04/2018 at 05:41 #88824
We will see, for Zamburak camel gunners, we must use those of wargames foundry, right? In this regard what do you think of the Wargames Foundry ranges on these two conflicts? The figures are smaller? With Wargames Foundry, there are things that Old Glory does not do and vice versa … And the small range of Tradition of London?
I will play these wars with “Sebastopol, Sadowa & Sedan”…19/04/2018 at 10:02 #88971
For the camel guns, see the Persian conversions I mentioned here:
As for size comparisons, someone else will have to say; I like to have them in hand when I do that, and I haven’t been able to do that yet. But Sysiphus in that thread seems to have seen no problem mixing OG and Foundry, at least in separate units.
Heh. “The Persian Conversions”: good name for a band!19/04/2018 at 10:36 #88973
I guess the Old Glory must be normally the biggest.
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