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SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 7:10 p.m. PST

2nd Battalion 60th Rifles (Kings Royal Rifle Corps) Battle of Kandahar / Battle of Baba Wali – 1 September 1880


Building this unit for Mad Guru's 140th Anniversary of the Battle of Kandahar 1880 game.

For this project I decided to start with a unit of 28mm British colonial infantry, one of the plastic Perry Miniatures kits that I had gotten from a friend. These were already built and painted but needed touch ups, re-basing, and changes to make them the 2nd Battalion 60th Rifles – Kings Royal Rifle Corps 1880.

Here's the blog post;


Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 10:13 p.m. PST

I swear I thought that officer was 54mm. Those are amazing. Nice painting.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 12:06 a.m. PST

PaulCollins: I thought the exact same thing! Awesome work, Jeff! That officer and his entire unit looks splendid on the table, and pretty much exactly like our best guess of how the 60th Rifles (KRRC) looked at the real battle. Thanks so much for sharing them!

15th Hussar03 Sep 2020 2:36 a.m. PST

Good Stuff there, Jeff!

Royston Papworth03 Sep 2020 11:13 a.m. PST

So,black putters for officers and khaki for O/R? 👍

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 1:54 p.m. PST

@Royston Papworth, a very dark Blackish Green for Officers and khaki for OR. I did another Officer with the same Black / Green for the trousers which they wore both jacket and trousers in that dark green almost black uniform in the Zulu war and possibly in Egypt in 1882.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 1:59 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the positive comments, these were a lot of fun to do. However the basic figs were already painted by someone else, I just transformed them, touched them up, and rebased them. Still very time consuming, but not done from Scratch.

Next post is about the 3rd Sikh's which I also did for Mad Guru's recent mega Epic game The 140th anniversary of the battle of Baba Wali / Battle of Kandahar 1880.

Mad Guru's game here:

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 2:09 p.m. PST

Very nice. They looked very good on the table Jeff. Too bad we Afghans couldn't finish them off.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Rhingyll, thank you buddy. It wasn't for a lack trying though. Your battle plan and execution were sound, we just fared better this battle my friend. What a grand battle it was, indeed.

Andyuk29 May 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

Lovely painting, except Rifle Regiments had sword bayonet s still

42flanker29 May 2021 2:51 p.m. PST

'Khaki was worn… this was the first occasion in which the Regiment, since it had become Rifles, had fought in any other colour but green. (
'A Brief History of the King's Royal Rifle Corps' (1912) p.29

Major Royle of 4th Rifle Brigade, Peshawar Field Force- 'The mens' dyed drill was so soiled "by the perspiration of the men, the blacking from the belts and the bad dye that we looked a very dirty crowd."
(Michael Barthorp, The British Army on Campaign 1816-1902(3): 1856-1881 (p.39)

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2021 8:40 p.m. PST

Andyuk, that is very true sir. Thank you for your comment. When I did my initial research I toyed with the thought of converting the troops by adding the sword bayonets and decided against it at the 11th hour. I had instead decided to add turban fringe on my 3rd Sikh's with putty. These 2 units would be my contributions to Mad Guru's epic remote game The Battle of Kandahar / Baba Wali. I knew I wouldn't be able to complete both conversions, even though minor, base the figs, and get them safely packaged and sent to the other side the country in time for the game.

Here's my 3rd Sikh's in action storming the heights of Baba Wali in Mad Guru's game and the link to his blog post about the game.



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