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.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Colonel Galbraith, Regimental Colour of the 66th Regt. in hand...

Here's my converted mini of Colonel Galbraith, Regimental CO of the 66th, down on one knee, with sword in one hand and Regimental Colour in the other, beside regimental dog Bobbie, in one of the walled gardens of Khig, as he is pictured on the bas-relief sculpture commissioned by his siblings after his death at the Battle of Maiwand. The figure started out as an Empress Miniatures kneeling British Infantryman from their Anglo-Zulu War range. Some day soon I hope to post pics of the conversion process, which was a bit tricky.


  1. Gentlemen

    what a fantastic effort on all fronts! May you all have a terrific day that lives up to all your work and expectations...

    best wishes


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  3. Thanks very much, tradgardmastare! You are the first to post a comment on this blog -- and you picked the perfect time to do it too, on the very eve of the game! I appreciate your sentiment and will pass your good wishes on to my "MAIWAND DAY" colleagues tomorrow, on the day!

    Yours truly,


  4. Huzzah to you sir! The game and the site are truly inspirational! I've been very eagerly following your progress. It sounds as if y'all had a fantastic time. I too have met Nick Stern via the Internet but have yet to meet him in person. He has been very helpfull and a pleasure to deal with. He has also provided some great Mutiny scenarios for us to play test that he designed. Speaking of gentlemen I have had the pleasure to Rick O'Brian at a Historicon quite a few years back. He also provides our group with ALL of our flag needs for all the periods we do. His product and customer service can't be beat.

    Please post more photos of this great game! I noticed one Sikh unit in blue turbans and another on a pinkish hue. What units are those? I'm currently working on several periods in 25/28mm, the Sudan, NWF, and figs for a movie, "The Wind And The Lion". With minor collections of FFL, Boxers, Mutiny, WWI Africa, Philipines, and WWII in 20mm.

    I eagerly look forward to your further exploits.

  5. Jeff,

    Very sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your comment!

    "The Wind And The Lion" is my all-time FAVORITE MOVIE, so you have fantastic taste in my book! Are you familiar with the RED SHADOW miniature wargaming site? You probably are but if not, here's a link:


    It's a terrific French in North Africa miniatures site that's partially inspired by "The Wind And The Lion" and includes and extensive After Action Report on a game based on the climactic battle at the end of the movie.

    The Sikh unit in red turbans are Foundry figures painted as "generic" Sikhs but used in the big Maiwand Day game as the 30th Bombay Native Infantry (Jacob's Rifles).

    the Sikh unit in the medium blue turbans are Castaway Arts figures painted up as the 45th Bengal Native Infantry (Rattray's Sikhs) who fought in the Second Afghan War but not at Maiwand but were used in the big game as the 1st Bombay Grenadiers.

    I totally agree about Rick O'Brien. He did a fantastic job on all the regimental flags. I hope some day soon to organize a big custom order of FLAG DUDE Afghan regular army standards, patterned on the paper flags presently carried by my Afghan regulars, to replace them with. Kind of a "flag upgrade". I'd like to do the same with the flags of all my NWF tribal forces. Rick's flags are not cheap but they are absolutely beautiful.

    Based on my experience these past months and in particular over the 3 days he came to town to play, Nick Stern is a Prince among men! I plan on lugging my Maiwand terrain boards up to Santa Clara for him to fight his own Maiwand convention game over on Labor Day Weekend at the Pacificon Game Expo.

    Sounds like you must have your hands full working on armies in all those different periods and different scales. Best of luck with them all!

    Finally, I must say that you are absolutely right: we most definitely did have a fantastic time!

    Yours truly,


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