Luke's 15mm DBM Armies

Later Muslim Indian

This page last modified: 3 May, 2002

This is one of the few armies I own that I did not paint myself. It used to be Rhys Batchelor's, and he sold it to me in March 2002 after he decided to concentrate more on 6mm rather than 15mm scale armies. I had once borrowed it a couple of years before to enter a small convention with; see here for the battle reports. The army is quite gaudy - the noble cavalry and the elephants are extravagantly coloured and make a striking contrast to the mundane appearence of the Hindu foot-levies that bulk the army out in terms of numbers.

View of entire army

The army of the Sultanate of Dehli as see from above.

Most of the options allowed in the DBM army list (book 4, number 36) can be seen here. The10 elements of camp followers - Hd (O) - are in front of the camp (here comprised of 14 elements of Bg to allow for various numbers of commands) with the grenadiers to the right (ie. their left). Despite the quite large numbers of cheap elements Hd and Irr Bw (I); the army is not that large in terms of element equivalents due to the high cost of the Jagir cavalry and the elephants. The elephants can be seen deployed directly behind the rocketeers.

Jagir cavalry
Rocketeers with their pack camels. These are mostly useful to bulk up the size of the army, since at 4 AP each they are relatively cheap. They are not without utility however, particularly when deployed on the flanks of the foot archers. The Jagirs are classified as Irr Cv (S) - a good all-round troop type, albeit quite expensive at 9 AP an element. While vulnerable to good Kn, these can however be countered with the army's elephants. Their main enemy is therefore foot archers, especially good quality ones which need to be tackled by the army's Hindu swordsmen.

What self-respecting Indian army could be complete without elephants? Not this one! Here we see armoured pachyderms from the Sultanate of Dehli with their crews sheltering from hot sun under gaily coloured parasols. As they are accompanied by escorting infantry, they are rated as El (S). They are consequently very difficult to kill - but also incredibly expensive in terms of army points.
More jumbos
I am not sure what manufacturer the elephants are by, I shall have to ask Rhys - probably Essex. The parasols however Rhys made himself. The grenade-lobbing crew might seem rather improbable given the famed nervousness of elephants, but they are firmly attested in the historical sources. Training elephants to become used to the noise of fiery explosions must have been 'interesting' work...

I don't know what the element of enemy cavalry is just visible in this shot, but being overlapped with an armoured Indian elephant charging down on it, it sure isn't going to last long. Elephants are deadly to any cavalry - armies relying on knights are therefore likely to be extremely upset if they meet a Later Muslin Indian army in a tournament setting...

The Rhys Mahal
Perhaps the most visually satisfying part of this army is not any of the troop elements at all, but the marvellous mausoleum Rhys made to accompany the army as a built-up-area, andaffectionally know to all and sundry as "the Rhys Mahal".

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