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Monday, January 10, 2022

Bennet Burleigh

Another special character for The Men Who Would be Kings (Paid Link). Bennet Graham Burley (1840 – 1914) was a Scottish-born pirate and Confederate spy . . . so of course he became a journalist! Later in life, he changed his surname to Burleigh and became a celebrated war correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph.

Bennet Burleigh watching the 14th Sikhs march out from a mission station to Chaimbellistan.

In 1881, Burleigh was hired by the London Telegraph to cover the war in Sudan.  He was a correspondent for the Central News Agency during the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882.  Burleigh was the first to report the failure of the Gordon relief expedition, which led to the slaughter of the Khartoum garrison. He also covered the Boer War and the Russo-Japanese War. He authored several books on his experiences reporting on conflict.

 Bennet Burleigh in 1898.

In 189? he was one of the first correspondents to cover the war in The Princely State of Chaimbellistan during the Fiction Anglo-Russian War.

Bennet is a Perry Miniatures figure from their Newspaper Correspondents pack.

I am creating my own ImagiNations around the fictional country of Chaimbellistan and the Batal Colony for my Colonial forces to operate in and around using The Men Who Would be Kings (Paid Link) and In Her Majesty's Name.  Bennet of course will be covering the action.


  1. He is another very nice looking figure Neil. Who is the chap in white - he looks a lot like Mark Twain!

    1. If I remember correctly he is Dr. Livingstone from Wargames Foundry:

  2. Just what I've been looking for! A Journalist / Correspondent for my Darkest Africa (also an Imaginations) games. Nicely painted, too, Neil. 👍

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    1. He's my favorite figure in the Correspondent's pack.