Above is a pic of Lt. Colonel James Galbraith, Regimental Colour in hand, alongside Bobbie the regimental dog and some of the other "Last Eleven" survivors of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment, making their last stand in one of the walled gardens just South of Khig village, a few miles West of the Afghan town of Maiwand.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Well, it's the eve of Maiwand Day here in Southern California, but in Maiwand and the rest of Afghanistan, Maiwand Day has arrived. For all those Americans and allied troops currently serving in that nation, I am happy to note it will arrive far safer than it did for General Burrows' brigade 130 years ago. In 1880, right about now, the Anglo-Indian fighting line -- under tremendous pressure, especially from intense close-range fire of Afghan regular artillery, was about to break and head for Mundabad Ravine. We got done setting up a short time ago and everyone but me has retired to grab some well-deserved sleep before arriving tomorrow morning for the big game. I think we pulled it off -- the set-up at least. Now we have to see how the actual GAME turns out. I suppose in a way the tail wagged the dog on this one, but hey, the table does look good and I think the game will actually be a lot of fun, hopefully for everyone involved.
In the meantime, I have 2 new pics to post. No more than that, because I need to get to bed myself! If possible I will post some updates as the game progresses. At the worst I will post after it's over. Then over time will come tons more pics of the game itself and of the terrain construction and figure conversion processes in more detail.
For now, here's a shot looking down the length of the Western-most nullah --
-- and another of the whole table, all laid out for the start of the action --