Tuesday, 7 July 2015

My God! Maiwand- 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot

This pics below will be me entry into the painting comp. For those that aren't familiar with the events of the Battle of Maiwand during the Second Afghan War, the 66th Regiment of Foot were routed and many died defending the colours. Although, it has to be said, the events that took place during the route are not crystal clear.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed putting all this together and as mentioned earlier, it is not a diorama per say, but a mix of a terrain piece and the start of my collection for the Second Afghan War.

I feel it necessary to point out my mistake in that it was only the officers in the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot that wore blue puttees and the rank and file wore khaki. Many thanks to Mad Guru of Maiwand Day Blog fame for pointing this out to me and acting as a fantastic source of inspiration which is very much an ongoing process for me. Needless to say, I will paint up the unit of the 66th in khaki puttees and this unit will be consigned to that of another! :>) I owe the soldiers that fought on both sides the right to be represented in the correct uniforms that at least.

I hope that you enjoy the photo's; there are pics of the individual soldiers of the 66th Berkshire's too!

66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot

Individual Shots of the Mini's:

Hope that you enjoyed the pics- it was a real pleasure to paint them up.

Bye for now.


  1. All that hard work and then the competition went and got cancelled for lack of interest. Bummer! You had a good shout to win the £50 first prize too

  2. I wish there was a £50 prize..... :>)

    and I wish that there was a competition!!


    1. Quoted from the 2nd Forum Painting Challenge, Steve's first post

      "**STOP PRESS**

      This next painting competition is going to be sponsored as part of the Newbold Challenge. The winner will receive £50 and an extra £50 will be donated to charity via the 2015 Newbold Challenge (supporting Children with Cancer and WWF).

      The 4 semi-finalists will appear in a gallery on the NW website."

      Even with a £50 prize there wasn't enough interest. The Forum's dead.

  3. Very lovely figures and painting. I've seen some sources indicating that the 66th wore a light grey tunic, but I'm not certain of that.

    1. The Light Grey probably refers to Khaki I would have thought. Certainly every article I've read has them in khaki.

      Having said that, I've just found out that it was only the officers who had blue puttees and not the rank and file who wore khaki! I''ll be painting another unit of Brits to match the 66th.

  4. Nice figures indeed! I like the terrain they're standing on too, very effective.

  5. Very nice, I like the khaki, has a nice yellow tinge to it. Can I, please, ask what paints you used to achieve that?

    1. Sure Moonshadow, I used AK paints WWI British Uniform (the lightest shade with a dab of black as the basecoat. Then AK paints WWI British Uniform with added highlights of Vallejo Model Colour Beige, then finally I highlighted that mix up by using Vallejo model Colour Ivory until I was just about only using the Ivory with a tiny bit of the mix added.

      There are about five to seven layers on the models.

      Hope that helps?