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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Additional higher quality play-test PICS

My friend Matthew, in addition to being something of a computer genius, a one-time Texas farmhand, and a consumately (overly?) competitive gamer, is quite a talented photographer.  When we brought Maiwand Day to Louisiana for the first Colonial Barracks convention, Matthew took a ton-and-a-half of great pics of the battle from start to finish.  A couple of years later when I held my 150th Anniversary Battle of Camerone game here at my place he did the same.  But at both of those games, he was not actually PLAYING, so he could concentrate on doing his photography thing, so to speak.

For the recent "Charasiab play-test: 1.0" game, Matthew served as British overall commander and did a good job of it, while also managing to find time to take a number of typically high-quality photos of the proceedings, displayed below...

(NOTE: as always CLICK on a pic to enlarge so you can enjoy it
even more - with this post I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to do so!)

The best looking figures on the table weren't mine but Michael Davis's, who was kind enough to pack them up -- very carefully -- and bring them with him for use in the game.  Amongst these were his Perry Sudan range Bengal Lancers with their lances replaced with swords and exquisitely painted as the Guides Cavalry, seen in the pic below, who in our game played the role of the 12th Bengal Cavalry...

The mounted British General also from the Perry Sudan range seen in the
pic below was Michael's Brigade Commander and miniature alter-ego...

Michael's 92nd Highlanders, also from the Perry Sudan range, played the role of... the 92nd Highlanders!  Here they are joined by a standard-bearing Ensign from my own 66th Regt., as Michael requested a Union Jack of some kind be planted on the rooftops to signify his troops having taken possession of Khairabad Village and -- despite being one of the Afghan commanders -- I accomodated him...

That's it for now.

All that's left for me to say is: THANK YOU MICHAEL for bringing along your finely-painted troops and THANK YOU MATTHEW for finding time to take your pics!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks again, Vinnie! Please keep the comments coming!

  2. Simply stunning, an outstanding achievement!

  3. Excellent! Nice to see the old Union flag flying over the scene.

  4. Wanted to reply to your comments one by one, Michael and A J, but Blogger's not having it, so I'm replying en masse...

    Michael: reading praise like that from someone as talented and accomplished in hobby terms as yourself makes me blush!

    A J: I agree, and must say I'm glad Michael/Major White thought of it at the time! It has also reminded me that I need to get Queen's and Regimental colours for my 72nd Highlanders, as during the real Battle of Charasiab the regiment's standards were damaged by Afghan fire. Time to email Rick the Flag Dude...

  5. Good to see it all together with figures added to your superb terrain to give it the icing on the cake. This period and you go hand in hand.