Maiwand

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54mm gives plenty of flavour I guess…

After The Crimea and The Little Big Horn it was my third attempt at Baccus 6mm, Colonial Khaki instead of the 24th and the Zulu War that exhausted itself (and me) in 25mm. I always wanted to do that khaki period but never got around to have but very few Minifigs in my time!

The terrain is not a marvel of “modeling” in itself, neither is in Afghanistan I fear, but I wanted to show what it meant to me the have room for deployment. This is not staged to do a wonderful picture, it is what a game looks like after all.

The best books I have read so far on it are “MY God MAIWAND!” by Leigh Maxwell and “Maiwand The Last Stand of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment in Afghanistan, 1880”. I have said before that I consider myself a reader first and foremost, but reading ends up in -or leads directly to- wargaming what I have read.

Figures are Baccus painted by Mersey Wargames, Buildings are LEVEN done by REVEILLE.

A general view… that’s what I call room for deployment! at last!
One of the series of last stands of the 66 Foot (Berkshires). Up to “The Last Eleven”.
The Pack Train at Mundabad with a Company of the 66 Foot.
The deployment of the firing line of the 66th.
The last eleven… in 6mm for wargame purposes. Bobbie the dog is scratchbuild by me and it is far too big and the wrong colour… planning to use white paint on it. Did not find a dog suitable in 6mm.

And as Kipling wrote:

If your officer’s dead and the sergeants look white,
Remember it’s ruin to run from a fight:
So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,

And wait for supports like a soldier.

Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains 

An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.

In fact there was a Retreat to Kandahar… of the remains of Maiwand… and the famous March to Kandahar by General Roberts… and of course the battle of Kandahar.