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, June 2, 2015

Charasiab and surrounding villages

Earlier today I received photos from Chris The Model Maker showing the just completed three Charasiab villages with four watermills, a set of man-made irrigation canals, three modest bridges for crossing them, a larger bridge which won't be part of the Charasiab layout (since no such bridge played a part in the actual battle) but which I'll happily use to cross my carved-out terrain-board rivers for other scenarios, and to top it all off, Chris's version of the Sang-i-Nawishta -- or "Carved in Stone" -- monument which gave its name to the Gorge through which in the mid-17th Century, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered a passable road to be built through the mountains that separate Charsiab from the city of Kabul to the North...

The three villages combined into one, complete with all 4 watermills:
(the place-name Charasiab means "Four Watermills")

                         Split up into three seperate villages, two with one watermill
                         each, the third -- larger size village -- with two watermills*:

(*each watermill connects to the canal system)

Irrigation canal system:

Canal caps/end-pieces (always useful to have on hand!):

Three canal bridges:

The Sang-i-Nawishta ("Carved in Stone") monument:

Finally, one larger, more elaborate bridge to
span the rivers carved into my terrain-boards:

Not too shabby, eh???

On a related front, in the past week my 15 year-old daughter started working with Photoshop.  She used some of her new skills on a Panorama pic of the WIP version of my Charasiab layout on view here below, which I think turned out pretty awesome*:

*And hopefully bodes well for future images on this blog -- at least
until high school Varsity basketball season starts again in the Fall!


  1. They look fantastic! Can't wait to see them on your boards!

  2. AWESOME!!!! The board is going to be amazing.
    Man o man, Chris is THE MAN! His bldg.'s are perfect. The look, the texture, the off square and level nature of an Afghan vill. Very cool irrigation ditches and bridges too. Wow, I want some of those....LOL.....Can't wait to see them in person.

  3. Exceedingly jealous. Chris the Model Maker's buildings are just amazing.
    Those villages are the cat's meow.

  4. Really nice work on those villages! I like the huddled appearance they have, and the water effects in the mill channels.

  5. Thanks very much for taking the time and making the effort to comment, Brian, Jeff, James, A J, and Phyllion! I too cannot wait to see Chris's amazing work laid out on my table. Trust me, the moment after that happens I'll be posting the visual evidence here!

  6. Beautiful, great looking village and bridge!

  7. Fantastic work I may have to get a few made for my collection as well.

  8. Thanks for the additional kind words, Phil and Vinnie!

  9. Superb work on the buildings, some of the best I have seen. Your daughter has also done a fantastic job with the photoshop.

  10. THANKS for noticing, Pat -- my daughter's photoshop work, I mean! I was thinking I'd set her up to be ignored by putting the photo she worked on in the same post as all those pics from Chris The Model Maker!

    The package of villages, bridges & canals arrived this past week, and I have to say the pieces look even better in person. Unfortunately I am slammed with work right now, so no time to set up the full table, but the work has to be done by end of the day on Monday, so that night I will hopefully lay it all out, take some pics and put a new post up here on the blog.