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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
EYE CANDY: 72nd Highlanders at Charasiab
These are some of the first pictures of miniatures taken in my new house.
I took them in my office, using light from a small directable ceiling fixture meant to illuminate artwork that will one day (hopefully in the not-too-distant-future) hang on the wall below. The light came in quite handy for my purpose.
My favorite British army regiment of the Second Afghan War is the 72nd, Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders. More than a year ago, after some back-&-forth with me over his painting tests for their trademark plaid trews, a very talented painter in NYC painted a unit of them for me, and IMHO did a fantastic job. I posted some pics here, on the "figures" PAGE. But since most all of the pics on this blog focus in some way on the battle of Mawiand -- which the 72nd had no part in -- they never got the attention they deserved. Until now.
I placed them atop the new "vertical" rocky hill I finished up just before moving.
The 72nd were present at the battle of Charasiab, General Roberts' last major fight en route to Kabul, after the massacre of Major Cavagnari and his escort of Guides, late in 1879. Here I have posed them after driving the Afghans -- who were a mixture of regular and tribal forces -- off the heights to the West of the Sang i Nawishta defile, opening a path for the army to proceed North, to Kabul.
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