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FCornwallis20 Jan 2019 8:19 a.m. PST

Has anyone gamed this period? I was thinking of gaming Clive and the Carnatic wars, or maybe some of the later wars (e.g. Cuddalore, Mysorean wars, Maratha wars etc) in 15mm.

I have the John Company ruleset, which seems nice and flavourful, but possibly a bit complicated. Plus units have tons of bases (up to 20), which means in 15mm I'd have to either base individual 15mm figures, or have tons of them if I put multiple on each base (in this scale, I'd prefer a unit to be a small number of multi-figure bases). Any ideas for alternative basing ideas, or other rulesets? Still my no. 1 choice at the moment, but very open to advice.

Figures-wise, QRF have a small range specifically for this period, but it only has a few codes, and lots of obvious gaps. Minifigs have their own range for the end of this period, plus the Two Dragons range which looks interesting. Am I missing anything? Does anyone have any thoughts on which ranges are best, and how well they mix?

Any advice would be appreciated!

Ashokmarine20 Jan 2019 8:54 a.m. PST

May want to try Essex I think they have Rajputs and Moghuls.

Indus miniatures

BorisTheSpider20 Jan 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

Freikorps had a great set called "Honour & Fortune" I believe. I played them but never owned a copy, long out of print i think. Maybe EBay? I think they were by Howard Whitehouse?

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 9:33 a.m. PST


E-mail me at and I'll provide you the alternate basing system that should solve your legitimate concerns for our "John Company."


Dennis20 Jan 2019 9:51 a.m. PST

In addition to the ranges mentioned above, Irregular Minis has some 15mm figures that will be useful for the Indians.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 1:23 p.m. PST

I game it in 28mm.Also try Eureka Miniatures for EIC. Good Luck ,you are now on a journey where little is written…

Durban Gamer21 Jan 2019 4:26 a.m. PST

With a quaint mixture of Indian elephants and rocketmen, European regulars and Sepoys in bizarre uniforms etc, this is indeed a great period to game. Agree that 15mm would be a good scale to keep things manageable. I am doing Cuddalore. Converting minifigs Sepoys to flat pancake turbans and converting Peter Pig AWI British regulars in slouch hat to the slightly taller white hat. Will then go on to do Wellington in India – here you can get what you need in 15mm without having to convert. Note that the uniforms of the Europeans keep changing each decade, so you really have to choose one decade if you want accurate figs.

Stoppage21 Jan 2019 4:54 a.m. PST

Review of first edition of John Company rules:

TMP link

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 11:38 a.m. PST


Thank you for providing the link to the original review by Chick Lewis of "John Company."

Any interested parties should know that the game is now in its Third Edition, with more tweaks and fixes to make for a better game.


The same basic system, streamlined in its most recent form, is used in "Gone To See The Elephant," as promised years ago.


A further tweak to the rules now allows players to mount as many figures as they wish, of any scale, to each standardized base.


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