Sunday, 25 July 2021

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

A couple of character figures ....

 Finished a couple of character figs for story lines and games ...

(Notes: old Grenadier figures, dog from WizKids 4D camp set)

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Micks Place

 Later that evening, gathered at Micks Place, an Irish themed bar in the poorer part of town. The group discussed the situation.

    It was not Claras' choice of venue, she found the pianists repetition of a limited repertoire especially annoying, but it was Darcy's  favourite and his last night with the group. Time for him to rejoin his regiment on the North West Frontier.

    The afternoon had been busy, Darcy had contacted a friend from Sandhurst, presently based at Fort Adenuff far to the South, who had promised to help. Billy Odd Fellowes, he assured them was a first class chap and certain to help.

    Clara, Diana and Sophie had been discussing matters and had decided it was time for The Incorrigibles to enter the scene. Miss Baker-Streets Incorrigibles as they were known, had been formed of a small group of girls at St Geraldines Finishing School. Although uncertain who had finished who, the girls had solved more problems in the quiet corners of Dorset than they had caused. Reminiscing over their adventures, the trio had sent a variety of telegrams to the former members scattered throughout the world.

    Daisy May, had last been heard of interfering with the activities of a group of renegade moonshiners in Northern Indiana. Frankie was in Dublin, Princess Leya at her fathers palace in Northern India, and Fumiko was teaching the use of the Katana on Honshu. Remembering the grace with which she handled a hockey stick, they could only wonder the skills of her pupils. Miss Baker-Street was still teaching at St Geraldines. With term end approaching, her assistance was also considered.

    Other telegrams had been sent to the professors colleagues, but with little hope of a timely response.

   Until they did a lot of the professors notebook would remain indecipherable.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

A mixed bag of....(painted figures)

Some more aerial adventurers...   The dastardly Sigismund von Tiddenheim with his able assistants Scharfe and Fischer...

and some gangsters (some old Grenadier figures picked up off Ebay, have some more on the way...)

Friday, 25 June 2021

A New Day Part 2.

Continuing the story:

Clara was the first to her feet, leaping on Colonel Wang, she hurled him back against the fountain.
Darcy was slightly slower and his opponent started to lead the professor away as other Tong members hurried in support.

The pair, snatched him away and hurried deeper into the back streets, others, their attention drawn by the scuffle could only watch.

The deeper they went into the alleyways, the nearer to trouble they went.

Clara was grabbed from behind, but quickly beat off her attacker.

Spotting the converging tong members they dodged into the next alleyway.
Pulling the professor along, they emerged near the rear of the souk just as the two Englishmen approached.

Their attention momentarily distracted, the professor was grabbed from them and hurried away.

Rushing after them, they quickly caught up 

Assisted by the two Englishmen they battled to free the professor, Tong reinforcements being temporarily blocked by a passing camel train.

Outnumbered the two Tong members, beat off their assailants and bustled the professor away, exhausted, he could only struggle weakly.

Still struggling he was led away, as a lone Tong member blocked the alley.

More Chinese flooded the alleyway.

The odds against Clara and her companions was growing fast, but still they struggled to catch up.

One man blocked their way in the narrow street.
Then with a blow from Peter Lewis' umbrella he was down.

The alleyway was clear, no sign of the professor.
Leaving the Lewis twins to guard their backs Clara and Darcy raced to catch up with the professor and his captors. 

The Colonel had a good lead now,and calling others to protect his rear he hurried the professor away.

The Lewis twins did their bit to help.

And a passing French Gendarme and his Spanish companion joined in.
But the colonels daughter Tsu-Tsi and his number one son, helped hold them off.

More Tong flooded the scene.

Diana and Sophia were still too far away to help. Darcy and Clara miles behind.

By the time, they arrived at the edge of the city, all that could be seen was the tail end of a small convoy of trucks, and behind them a figure wearing a leather jacket and fedora, riding a white horse to the rescue, like some modern day film hero.
For a moment, Diana was reminded of her father Milton.

Impossible. Milton Keynes Jones was somewhere in South America seeking a small golden idol.

Meanwhile the Sphinx gazed enigmatically on the scene as others tried to discover the secret.

Perhaps She knows what happened next;


Tuesday, 22 June 2021

A new Day Dawns.

As the professor turned towards the city, the market was beginning to come to life.

All seemed normal.

Clara and Darcy were walking the city streets, hoping for news of her father.

But others too were searching.

Diana Jones and her sister were trying to find the professors friend Abdullah, whilst members of the 19 Crows Tong had been alerted to his escape. Their instructions had been clear, recapture the professor without alerting the authorities, things were at a crucial stage. Interference could be disastrous.

The Tong members tried to remain inconspicuous, but the alert observer would spot them.**

Converging on the area of the old city souk.

From South.**
 East. and West.

Professor Loft entered through the Northern gate, unaware of those behind him.

The gods looked down as the situation developed.

As the Tong members moved towards the centre of the old town, the professor, distracted perhaps, or maybe just cautious, wandering into the back alleys.**

They seek him here, they seek him there, often obstructed by the moving population, frequently back tracking to recheck something.**

But soon all approaches to the souk were covered by observers as other groups searched the ginnels.

From the remains of the temple walls near the Sphinx, two men, obviously English Gentlemen by their appearance and manner, approached the old city gates.

Meanwhile by the fountain of the Lions, Clara thought she had spotted her father amongst the crowds.

Moving closer, she could see she was correct, calling out, she rushed over, Darcy following.

As the three stood greeting one another, they failed to notice the approach of Colonel Wang.

He and his colleague, roughly pushed Clara and Darcy to the ground and proceeded to seize the Professor.

To be continued.....

**Notes on mechanisms for those interested in such things.

Initiative was decided by the use of playing cards.
  • Spades meant all agents of the Tong could move, or a new group appear at random locations.            
  • Clubs: one unit of the tong could move plus other figures up to the face value of the card. This led to the professor wandering backwards and forwards in an apparently aimless manner.
  • Hearts; All "Goodie" units could move, or again appear. 
  • Diamonds: The professors faction could move one unit, plus  others to the value of the card.  This was used to divert and block the searchers, civilians got in the way, or searchers turned around. 
  • Jokers: An event, such as the arrival of the Lewis Brothers. plus reshuffle pack.             
Whilst the grass green bases did help to identify tong members, it was due to the master plan of overpainting bases to suit the game, failing.