Mmmk, so ignore the ridiculousness of the camera angle. The bathroom lights are above me so i had to do a matrix pose to get the lighting. Also, quality is a bit bad because it was taken with my camera phone, but I think you can get the gist of it.
I tried it with cream, and I may have not used enough cream or water, but it remained foamy with lots of air bubbles after a lot of spinning. I soaked the boar brush while I showered and squeezed out about half the water.
My "beard" was about... 7mm long hairs.
Pass one was to try to cut it up a bit, pass two to finish the job, pass 3 to try to do a close shave with the grain, and pass 4 was to finish off against the grain.
I didn't put on any pressure and let the blade do the work, used my hand near the end to touch the skin and feel the rough patches, so the shave at the moment is pretty smooth.
I applied about 6 droplets worth of witch hazel aftershave by putting the drops in my hand, rubbing my hands together, and rubbing my face.
It didn't burn, but as you can see, a few minutes after the shave there are still a bit of red bumps. No blood though. The red bumps could have already been there prior to the shave, a result of a "dirty beard" that just was growing out for about a week. Could be from the blade angle, since it was my first time, or from the foamy rather than creamy lather.
Feedback would be helpful! any questions that I didn't include, just ask.