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.


After searching high and low for an appropriate female figure to use for Malalai, I settled on one of Foundry's relatively new ANCIENT CIVILIAN figures.  Specifically, the "Roman Lady" pictured below with the brown shawl over her red-violet dress.  Only problem was that between having to purchase a pack of 6 Foundry figures and the shipping costs, that meant spending about $30 for one single 28mm figure, which did seem ridiculous.  But she looked so potentially perfect for the part.  Here, see for yourself:

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All I would need to do was sever her right forearm at the sleeve, turn it around and hope the palm of her hand would be wide enough to hold a little flagpole.

I agonized for weeks, maybe more than a month, then finally just sucked it up, decided it would be worth it to me and bought the pack.  I went out of my way to explain on the order form that the only figure I cared about was the Lady in the red-violet dress with the brown shawl and to please be certain to include at least one of her.  So when the figures arrived... guess what?  The only one I cared about -- the "Lady" to be converted into flag-waving Malalai -- was MIA!!!  Foundry had indeed sent me 6 Roman Nobles & Ladies -- but she wasn't included!

I called up Foundry and spoke to the legendary BERNARD, who indeed lived up to his legend and helped me out enormously.  Without making a big deal about it, he shipped me the specific figure I so desperately needed.  All's well that end's well, so THANK YOU, BERNARD!!!

Here's a link to the Foundry page with her on display:

Wargames Foundry Ancient Civilians ROMAN NOBLES AND LADIES

I hope to soon post some pics of the conversion process, turning her into a 19th Century Afghan folk-heroine...