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, April 30, 2012


As I write this it is 12:59am on Monday, April 30th, 2012.

Later today will be the 149th anniversary of the battle of Camerone.

Though this blog is devoted to wargaming the Second Anglo-Afghan War in general, and the battle of Maiwand in particular, I must confess that as a boy I was a devotee of Camerone and the French Foreign Legion before I had heard of the Battle of Maiwand.  With the rather momentous 150th anniversary of Camerone coming in just one year, I have been planning for some time to do for that anniversary of Camerone what I did for the 130th anniversary of Maiwand a little less than 2 years ago, and build terrain and raise troops expressly for a miniature game to be played on the big day in question.  Late this past Summer I started a blog to keep track of the process.  Until now I haven't publicized its existence, since I haven't put much of note up yet.  But tomorrow -- on Camerone Day -- I will be participating in a one-year early "play-test", thanks to my good friend Nick Stern, who drove down from Northern California, with his car filled with Legionnaires, Mexicans, and the Hacienda de la Trinidad (all in 28mm of course!).  I hope to have an AAR on tomorrow's game up on the new blog very soon.  For anyone who's interested, please check it out here:


And to tide you over until I manage to post the many pics of the new rocky hill and the battle of Charasiab, here's just a few more -- plus a couple showing some new JTT Micro-Scale pine-trees I picked up at Allied Model Trains, that look to me exactly like the pine-trees in pics from the battle of Peiwar Kotal...


  1. Those rocky hills are great as usual and the trees are well chosen. I really would like to make a set of those for Indostan.


  2. What a joy! More stunning terrain and those pine trees are just fantastic!

  3. Superb looking terrain and the pine trees are the icing on the cake as they really set the hills off.

    Looks like you have also put a lot of research into your new project on your other blog. Look forward to seeing how this develops.

  4. Like the others love the terrain flawless the pine trees are superb will be stopping by the other blog to see that progress.


  5. Frank, Michael, Pat, & Willie,

    Thank you very much, gentlemen! Just finished playing an all-day/most-of-the-night CAMERONE game, which was very successful and lots of fun! Will talk more about it on the other blog, hopefully in the very near future, but in the meantime I'm glad to hear you to appreciate those pine-trees as much as I did! I'm afraid I am going to have to buy a bunch more of them. I also want to get started on vertical wood-chip hill #3, which will be the biggest so far, hopefully at least 3 levels of wood-chip contours on top of the styrofoam/polystyrene contour base. I've got the baseboard, just need to find time to cut it into a natural hill shape. Time to go crash, so I can go back to work tomorrow, after having taken Camerone Day off today!

    Best Wishes & thanks for taking the time to leave your comments,


  6. If you took the figures off the bottom two pictures you could pass those off as photos of real habitat somewhere out in the World, they are so realistic. Fantastic work there. Keep it up!!

  7. Thanks very much for your high praise, Volleyfire! I hope to have one more of those hills completed... at least before the end of the Summer!