Saturday, 15 July 2017

Wittenberg Rifle volunteers ...

Von Tiddenheim is back in the Yucatan, 
this time on a small expedition, with him is a small military support force - volunteers from the Wittenberg rifles kitted out for overseas duties

Friday, 30 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

'Multi-ship'completed - optional configurations

Finished off the steering house etc and decided on a colour scheme for the ships and deck options. A black hull, faded brown deck and the rest grey.

Passenger ship or private yacht ....
 a small cargo vessel
 gunboat ...

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ship - multiple deck options - WIP

I've been working on the hull and kit parts shown in a previous post , the hull has been given a deck and initial superstructure with space in the deck for alternate sections to swap fore and aft.

sections made so far: fore gun; aft cabin section, cargo hatch, gun

deck sections, provide lots of variation, the private yacht or small passenger ship
 a small cargo ship
 a gunboat ...
the tricky thing will be a paint scheme that will work for all variants. I will finish the superstructure and cabin section first.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Across the desert sands ....

At Sidi al Byriani,  a watch is kept on the desert from the small military outpost - Crichton Odd's survey expedition was due here two days ago..

---oXo---

The expedition had been dogged by bad luck; the first truck had broken an axle on some rocky ground and the big end had blown out on the second truck when they were a day out from Sidi al Byriani; so they gathered up their essentials and continued on foot .... their first stop would be a small oasis ..
They were glad to come in sight of the the Oasis .....
with the oasis secured, men took it in turns to refill their water bottles and have a rest...
 after a short while they left the oasis and headed towards some nearby ruins ....
 as they approached the nearby ruins, they could see a couple of men with a small lorry there, perhaps they could get some help ?
but NO ! they were treasure hunters, up they popped from the ruins guns blazing ....
but soon they found out that they were outmatched ..
and jumped into their van and drove off into the desert .......
while the party had a rest Crichton Odd got his bearings from atop of the remains of a small temple ...
off they went again and neared a small rock field...
the party picked their way through the rocks ....
out of nowhere a small pride of desert lions appeared ....
the nearby men fired at them, killing one but enraging the others who went on the rampage mauling anyone they could reach ....

finally the lions rampage was over, with two of them dead and the other one skulking away....
 the remnants of the little column reformed on the other side of the rock field and trudged across the desert without further incident reaching Sidi al Byriani

Sunday, 18 June 2017

von Tiddenheim desert expedition ends ....

Von Tiddenheim as been on an expedition in North Africa, not much of interest has been found. After 2 weeks they decide to return home....

Von Tiddenheim and his niece have their photo taken for the expedition album...
 the expedition finishes packing and loading up ....
Von Tiddenheim takes one last look out over the desert before they leave ...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Useful civilian figures ...

Firstly Lledo die cast cars, some of their 'Days Gone' items were made with sets of 3 plastic figures, these are about 28mm in size, a couple with a 28mm 'reference' figure
Also Waddingtons made Cleudo with some figures for game pieces, some in plastic and some in metal. I picked up a set of metal ones off Ebay; they are rather nice, about 28mm in size





Saturday, 10 June 2017

von Tiddenheims private yacht ? (work in progress)

Picked up a nice kit for £2 at a Car Boot sale, its a 1/150 scale kit of a yacht
 I picked out all the bits that were usable (size-wise)..
stage one of the build to make von Tiddenheims private yacht, was to cut the hull pieces to 'water line'; then 'cut and shut' the deck and hull sides by removing the centre 4 inches; then stick the modified bits together. The base of the hull was sanded down to get it smooth.
if possible I may have some alternative arrangements for the hull top so it could be the yacht, a small gun-boat or ...

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 ...