Sang-i-Nawishta carving - any pics or detailed description?

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Sang-i-Nawishta carving - any pics or detailed description?

Postby Mad Guru » 14 Nov 2014 05:41

Hi there,

I'm a historical miniature wargamer in the USA with a lifelong interest in the Second Afghan War. Back in 2010 I built a rather elaborate 12' x 6' terrain set-up to refight the battle of Maiwand in 28mm scale on its 130th Anniversary. Over the past few years I've been doing the same for the battle of Charasiab, fought on October 6th, 1879 in the aftermath of the massacre of Major Cavagnari and his escort of Guides, at which General Frederick Roberts led a small Anglo-Indian army to defeat a much larger Afghan force which stood between them and the city of Kabul.

A key terrain feature of this battle was the Sang-i-Nawishta or "Carved Stone" gorge. The gorge got its name from an inscription dating back to Mughal times, carved to commemorate the mid-17th Century creation of the first ever road carved through the mountains there by order of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who much more famously built the Taj Mahal.

In 1879 the commemorative stone still stood in place at the South edge of the gorge which still bore its name and which also served as the Northern edge of the Charasiab battlefield. After defeating the Afghans, General Roberts had the stone carted off to Kabul and later had it set outside his tent in the Sherpur Cantonments, where he and his army spent the following Winter under siege.

One of the last details I need to recreate for my miniature version of Charasiab is the "Carved Stone" itself, but despite my best efforts I have been unable to locate a single period photograph or artist's illustration of it. Perhaps none exists, but... you never know. So I'm posting this topic and asking for help from anyone who may have seen such an image or even read a more detailed description of the Carved Stone itself.

If there's any place where I might be lucky enough to succeed in this search, I figure it's probably here on this site.

Thanks very much for taking the time to read this, whether or not you're able to help!

Yours truly,

Ethan Reiff
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Re: Sang-i-Nawishta carving - any pics or detailed descripti

Postby Mad Guru » 21 Jun 2015 23:33

Well, I didn't get many -- make that any -- replies to my query, but that largely confirmed for me that no such image or more detailed written description exists, and I did not let it stop me from moving forward.

I know this is not the place for model or wargame related posts but since my original post was read more than 400 times I felt it would be right to follow it up with the final result, now that one exists. I hope no one is offended by me posting this here and if anyone is please accept my respectfully humble apology in advance.

Here's one photo of my 28mm scale version of the Sang-i-Nawishta -- "Carved in Stone" -- monument, which stood at the entrance to the road through the gorge to which it gave its name:

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Re: Sang-i-Nawishta carving - any pics or detailed descripti

Postby Garen » 12 Sep 2016 22:16

Wonderful!
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Postby Mad Guru » 11 Oct 2016 04:54

Garen,

What a pleasant surprise!!! Very glad to see you approve of my "educated guess" version, and thanks very much for taking the time to leave a comment -- rather uncommon around these parts!
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Postby Garen » 02 Dec 2016 14:49

I approve heartily :-) Always admire your amazingly detailed work, it really brings the campaign and setting to life.

Apologies for my lack of participation in this forum ... I'm juggling too many balls at the moment and the Afghan war stuff is always the first to suffer, unfortunately :-(
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