Project Maiwand - Day One

There was thirty dead an' wounded on the ground we wouldn't keep -
No, there wasn't more than twenty when the front began to go;

But, Christ! along the line o' flight they cut us up like sheep,

An' that was all we gained by doing so.

- Rudyard Kipling

During our previous Craft Day in January we decided that February's would be a different sort of affair. We had been browsing the excellent ruleset "The Sword and the Flame" and looking at Michael's excellent British troops when we decided that it was a shame that they didn't have a good opponent to battle.

Thus was the genesis of Project Maiwand: a fully painted Pathan force in only two Craft Days! Day One would be spent cleaning, filing, priming, basecoating and finally dipping. Day Two will be spent highlighting, varnishing and basing. We thought about only doing forty figures, but during the priming process we ended up with twenty sticks of three each for sixty total. Michael, Will and I worked for ten hours and we finished!

It wasn't easy. Speed painting is tough. We hit a wall about seven hours in and I thought that we wouldn't make it. But we encouraged, cajoled, threatened and pushed each other until we made it to the finish line. In two weeks it will be Day Two. I can hardly wait!

Above you can see the pre-dipped troops. Below are the freshly dipped Pathan figures.

Sidenote: My lovely wife has decided to take her hobby to the next level. Please click this link to see how she is doing. Thanks!