Thursday, 25 May 2017

The 'Horn of Lucretius'

Von Tiddenheim has found evidence that an important artefact, the 'Horn of Lucretius', was hidden in the roman ruins at Rutbrint in Albania; he has made his way to the area with a small detachment of German paratroopers.

Also aware of this important artefact is Major Crichton Odd, who has got permission to dig there from the Albanian authorities. His party has made its way to the nearby Monastery of St Geralds, with a small escort of Albanian troops.

---oXo---

Von Tiddenheim with his party and military support arrive at a nearby village...
and make their way towards the roman ruins ....
meanwhile Crichton-Odd and his party with an escort of Albanian troops moves towards the ruins after leaving the monastery of St Gerald ...
von Tiddenheim's party move towards the centre of the ruins ...
von Tiddenheim gets to work by locating and reading inscription on the statue, while the paratroops secure a perimeter...
Odd's party and escort reach the edge of the ruins ....
just as von Tiddenheim cracks the clue in the inscription the commander of the paratroops notices movement on the approach to the square which the statue stands in ...
The paratroopers open fire on the interlopers,  soon the air is buzzing with rifle, SMG and LMG fire ....
von Tiddenheim runs back and up to the top of a small ruined temple platform and looks for the correct point to start digging; leaving the paratroopers to continue the fight ...
the Albanian troops slowly work their way around the flank of the German paratroopers into the ruined temple..
the germans hold their ground in front of the temple platform ...
the paratroopers have been outflanked and lost too many men and fall back to the ruined temple platform...

just in time von Tiddenheim has found something,  the officer tells them that they must leave as he cannot hold off the opposition any longer....
von Tiddenheim's party and whats left of the paratroopers move off quickly back towards the nearby village ....
As the Albanian troops mop up and secure the area. Crichton Odd has found something too...

---oXo---

When they got back to the village von Tiddenheim had time to open the chest - all he had found was a hoard of gold coins.  Still worth a fair penny, some return for their trouble. If only he had more time he must have read the inscription wrong...

Crichton Odd had examined the inscription on the statue and had done his digging in the remains of a small villa, the old chest fell apart as he tried to open it - inside wrapped up in an old cloth was the golden Horn of Lucretious ...


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Getting stuff ready .....

I've been getting some items ready for painting.

some Indian colonial troops (Hinchcliffe)

Some German marines (a mix of figures)

some armed sailors and officers

These are stuck in the painting queue while I finish off my 17C 40mm units.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

steam river launch - WIP

a sort of colonial steam river launch, made up from cardboard and bits ...
the covered area roof is done using strips of masking table over a simple card frame.

The Wittenberg Queen perhaps ?

Saturday, 18 March 2017

going down the river ....

von Tiddenheim and his niece look at the jungle from the rear upper deck of the river boat they are travelling on ...
[ river boat, shown in the previous posts finished off and painted; doors are plastic card with some small brass ship model portholes, the large port holes are plastic disks with black plastic circles fixed in the middle]

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

River boat - 'top deck' ...WIP

the basic structure of the river/gun boat is now finished.


the wheelhouse roof is removable. Final detailing and then painting to do ....

Monday, 13 March 2017

River boat - optional gun ...WIP

Knocked up a basic gun for use on the fore deck, using bits of plastic and other oddments. A piece of thick florists wire is fixed to the mount, which then goes in a hole in the deck piece, allowing it to swivel ...

Saturday, 11 March 2017

River boat - getting started ...WIP

I decided to knock up a small river boat, which could also be used as a little gunboat ...

Initially I made a cardboard base and basic superstructure, using some foamboard as a padding piece to raise the front deck
happy with the general layout, I increased the height of the hull by using a foamboard spacer and a cardboard base..
the next job was to add the sides. I cut these out of thin Daler mounting cardboard and bent as needed to fit, then stuck them on ...
 will leave this for the glue to set and plan out the top part of the superstructure plus how to make a small deck gun for the bow.