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, August 31, 2020



What a day and what a game.

I will be back some day soon with loads of detail on all aspects of this third day's events, but right now I'm just gonna' post some nice pics I took just before we kicked off this final leg of the Battle of Kandahar/Baba Wali 140th Anniversary Tour...

2nd Battalion 60th Rifles near the South end of the table, fighting their way North-West towards Pir Paimal Village, followed by 25th Punjabs & 15th Ludhiana Sikhs (portrayed in this game by my 45th Rattray's Sikhs), with Gundamullah Sahibdad Village in the background, and the Southern tip of the rocky ridge just visible on the left...

Some views with an added BACKDROP of the action in Baba Wali Kotal/Pass as the British 2nd Brigade tries to fight its way through in the face of 2 Tribal ambush units, one on each flank...

3rd Brigades RA Screw Gun Battery still holding
in position in front of the Abandoned Outpost...

Arghandab Valley Mother & son in midst of collecting fresh water
from the canal, pause to take in the historic sights to the North-East...

All I'll add is that it was AN EPIC SLUGFEST -- probably the toughest, hardest fought miniature wargame I've ever participated in.  My two fellow GMs, Skylar (my son) and Matthew Rigdon (our good friend), and all 6 players -- Afghans Bob, Nick, Phil, and British Jeff, Mike, and Dan -- did a great job of hanging in through the mix of epic highs and grinding lows.

Happily for all of us the game reached a definitive conclusion, and I'll tell you all about that the next time I post.

Until then, to everyone involved in this game, I'm thankful and happy we managed to pull it off, despite the many and varied obstacles which stood in our way, and it couldn't have worked without everyone involved.  Despite being certifiably insane the "real-time remote epic tabletop game" kind of worked out pretty well.  There are a bunch of improvements I will make before doing it again, but lesson's learned are a good thing.  Another good thing will be if some day in the not too distant future we can all play a game across a table face-to-face!

-Mad Guru Out (for now)


  1. Ethan, this truly was an intense hard fought battle, even from afar! I consider myself lucky to have been a part of it.

    The research and prep that went into this game must’ve been enormous and laborious, but I know it was a labor of love.

    The table and terrain exquisite, the minis absolutely beautiful, the scenario very well throughout and brilliantly executed. You and your GM team brought it all together for an amazing game, thank you! I’d love to play this game again, in person sometime!!!!

    I’m looking forward to your AAR and more pictures...

    Sgt G, aka, General Roberts

    1. Great to hear (again!) you enjoyed it, my brother! So did I!

  2. Superb set-up! Looking forward to the game report.

    1. Always great to hear from you, AJ, and thanks for taking the time to leave your complimentary comment!

  3. Epic looking game, now with added backdrop! Lovely photos, it does sound like a bit of a logistical nightmare,so evenbetterforpullingit off!
    Best Iain

    1. Iain,

      Despite the sizable logistical challenges, it really wasn't half-bad! I'm both happy and relieved we managed to pull it off. It was very much a GROUP effort, with everyone involved contributing and maybe most important of all, everyone maintaining a cooperative & positive attitude -- not amongst the hostile forces, of course, but I'm sure you understand what I mean. It was kind of awesome in that way.