Saturday, 8 January 2022

Gun fight at the Oasis...

Professor Loft had been re-captured in Cairo by Colonel Wang and his tong supporters (see A New Day and A New Day Part 2). While his daughter Clara and her friends discussed their next move at Mick's Place, the professor had been taken under duress to the Oasis Al Masala by his captors to decipher the hieroglyphic inscription on a small obelisk.

---oXo---

The camp at Oasis Al Masala, early evening.  Colonel Wang and his men have retired early for the night after a tiring day's travel, a guard has been placed on the tent containing Professor Loft.

Also in the area is an expedition led by von Tiddenheim (archaeologist, explorer and adventurer); needing to replenish their water supply they have headed to the Oasis Al Masala. As they reach the oasis they see the camp. Von Tiddenheim cautiously halts the convoy and calls out to the camp ...."Hello there" ... 

His call rouses the campers from their rest, a group of armed men confront von Tiddenheim's party (who carefully get out their fire-arms)... The leader of the armed men, Colonel Wang, tells them to move on .... then drops his hand - his men open fire ....
no-one is hit, but von Tiddenheims party returns fire downing two of the opposition ...
the fire-fight continues, Colonel Wang is down and his men are falling back ....
von Tiddenheim's party have the upper hand; and the tong are on the run (into their lorry and off into the desert...)
They search the camp and find Professor Loft, shaken up by the gun battle...
von Tiddenheim recognises the professor, who he'd met at a conference. After a brandy was administered and the oasis secured, they went over to examine the obelisk together
A short time later a group of British troops emerged out of the desert (on patrol in the area they had been sent to investigate the gun-fire)....
von Tiddenheim tells the British officer what had happened and introduces him to the Professor ..

---oXo---

The Professor now freed returns to Cairo under the protection of the British authorities and is re-united with his daughter...

---oXo---

The nefarious activities of the Rule of Six organisation still continue... what are they going to do with the Pyramidion and how does it fit into their plans ? 

While intelligence agencies try learn more about the plans of the Rule of Six, other involved parties carry on with their own investigations; these include :

  • Clara Loft searching for answers to why her father was abducted with help from her friends and the Incorrigibles
  • the adventurer journalist Kit Campion and his friends..
  • Sir Ray Landsmith searching for the lair of Mu Fanchu

Friday, 24 December 2021

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Action on Coromelle

 The Sultanate of Nambuzo seeking to extend its influence into the Indian Ocean has seized the small french controlled island of Coromelle.  The French none to happy with this have pulled together a small force which left from Madagascar and has arrived at the island not far from the small port of Romoni...

---oXo---

The French gun boat Aurore starts landing the troops, first wave will be a detachment of the 5th foreign regiment and the second wave comprised of armed sailors ...

The first troops hit the beach ...
The port of Romoni ....
The first wave is moving in land and the second wave is about to land..
The french landing had been observed, barricades were erected on the roads into the port and some of the Nambuzo troops had moved into the jungle to ambush the French...
the ambush is set ....
As the french come into view, the Nambzuo troops open fire
and then attack ...
The French get the edge and slowly start pushing the opposition back...
The remaining Nambuzo troops fall back slowly to the outskirts of Romoni ..
The French move up cautiously ...
once in position they engage in a firefight with the Nambuzo troops manning the barricade
The Nambuzo troops fall back from the barricade ....
Outnumbered and surround the Nambuzo troops surrender...

The French have secured the port and the island.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

French sailors ...

After sitting for awhile on the modelling desk a selection of french sailors from the Gringos40 28mm Tonkin range are finished... some to stand ready on my small river boat

and more for action on land ....

Monday, 11 October 2021

New deck-gun

 Up-gunned the deck gun for my river boat ... a metal casting from a pulp range

Saturday, 25 September 2021

At Al Kedir : I'll have that pyramidion...

The antiquities dealer informs the local police that his shipment will arrive early this morning for loading onto the first train out; the shipment is to be guarded by an armed escort due to its value.

The crew chat before they prepare the engine ...

A man watches the goods yard from a roof-top..

Waiting for a signal from the man on the roof-top, agents from the 'Rule of Six', among them are the maleficent seven.
In Al Kedir the antiquities shipment, the pyramidion of Senusret I,  has arrived by lorry and is making its way into the goods yard ...
As it arrives, the man on the roof top makes the ready signal and the agents of the 'rule of six' move up..
The crate is unloaded from the lorry while armed guards stands ready ....
As they start loading the crate into the train, a small lorry approaches and screeches to halt blocking the other entrance to the goods yard, another lorry blocks the line at the level crossing. 
A man opens fire from the roof top; soon others open fire and two of the antiquities armed guards are down ...
A gun battle erupts between the antiquities guards and the agents of the 'rule of six';  the loco moves off to try and clear the line (they may be able to get the train away ...)
The loco runs off down the track and pushes the lorry out of the way ....
it then runs back up and halts to change the points, the fireman jumps out under fire from the adjoining roof-top
The agents of the 'rule of six' have got the edge and are moving forward to try and take control of the loading dock...
The fireman had managed to change the points; as the engine moves slowly forward the driver realises the waiting train is now under the control of the attacking group of armed men; besides his fireman has been captured - he stops the engine.
the remaining antiquities guards run for safety as the 'rule of six' agents secure the area round the loading bay....
With the area secure they prepare to unload the crate containing the pyramidion from the train..
The crate is transferred to a lorry ...
and then they start to move off; a few shots are exchanged with some armed police as they get away
An hours drive later and they arrive at a makeshift airfield...
the crate is loaded into the plane and it takes off to a secret destination, the pyramidion is now in the hands of the 'rule of six' .

Sunday, 19 September 2021

The 'Rules of Six' meets

 Somewhere in hidden location, the organisation of the 'Rules of Six' meets; the fiendish Mu Fanchu leads the meeting, the others have sent their number two's or number three's to represent them.

The pyramidion of Senusret I has been located in the possession of a antiquities dealer; it is needed for one of their fantabulously devious projects; they plan to steal it ...