A summary of what I did for my desert scenics found its way into the 2020 December issue of Wargames Illustrated "Quick Fire !" section
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
The Sterling Brothers are travelling through Europe investigating the sudden departures and disappearances of philological academics; they have arrived in Wittenberg in Germany they are on their way to the university ....
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
An off-shoot solo game ......
Lord Fisher had been abducted after the Colonel and his party had left on their flight (see here ). Kit Campion had found out about the abduction when he went to the airport .. he informed his contacts in the intelligence service - Sterling and Stirling.
A few days later Kit received a telegram ....
Possible whereabouts of Fisher - location Gigglesrick - contact Inspector Watkins -
- Sterling & Stirling
he packed his rucksack (including his trusty revolver). Then he phoned Watkins to let him know when he would arrive; another phone call for a taxi to take him the station- then he was off accompanied by his dog Ruffles....
--- At Gigglesrick ---
He arrived at Gigglesrick on time - Watkins met him at the station.
Sunday, 22 November 2020
Thirty foot. Twenty. Ten. Brace yourselves!
Flaps fully down, engine throttled back to barely above stalling speed,
Roger Cuddlesworth fought to balance the torque of the single engine and the gusting wind.
Both wheels touched together. running smoothly across the packed sand.
Then disaster struck, a patch of soft sand or perhaps a rock, one wing pitched into the sand and the aircraft started to spin.
Roger fought to control the aircraft, preventing it from flipping over and finally came to a standstill, half sunken in the waters of the English Channel.
As the aircraft came to a halt, rocking gently in the waves, Roger Cuddlesworth, his face pale and his jaw clenched against the pain, ordered everybody out.
Lieutenant FitzWindsor, being nearest to the door, was first out, he appeared unhurt, but his companion, Lieutenant Lovesett was bleeding badly from a scalp wound.
With room to manoeuvre, Clara set about splinting the Colonels obviously broken leg, assisted by Greeves, his useless arm tucked into his jacket.
"What about you Roger" She asked.
" Not too good " He responded. "Arms are pretty useless, and I think I`ve cracked a few ribs"
A new face appeared at the door, A farmer, working nearby, with a young lad, about twelve, alongside Lieutenant FitzWindsor. Together they got the Colonel out and into the dunes, returning to tend to the pilot.
Clara had barely started to strap Rogers arms, when an attractive brunette, incongruously dressed in a black evening gown suddenly appeared to help her.
Together the two young ladies attended to Rogers injuries, interrupted only by the arrival of an ambulance from nearby Nouvion. Closely followed by the local Gendarmerie.
As the convoy moved away to the local hospital, Roger looked back at the aircraft, It was obvious she would never fly again, He,with a bit of luck, would.
They always said a Good landing was one you could walk away from.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Or How I learnt what happened next.
This is very much an exercise in questions, answers and probability.
- Does the sabotage work? Probability high.
- Where and when?
- Between London and the coast / Over the channel / in France?
- Can they land?
- Is anyone injured?
- Can it be mended?
- How long will it take?
Our intrepid party, sat back in their seats,.The men, ex- military, were already settling to sleep, only Cuddles the pilot and Clara remained awake.
Clara sat gazing down at the Kent countryside worrying about her father and wondering what lay before them.
Flying officer Cuddlesworth seemed relaxed, but his eyes flicked constantly between the horizon, his instruments and the sun. Too many hours spent over the trenches had left their mark.
Over the channel now, a brief stop in Northern Italy to refuel, then on to the Greek island of Pathos, before flying on to Cairo.
His eyes lingered on the gauges, both Oil pressure and Starboard Engine temperatures were creeping up.
As they rose steadily into the red, he made his decision, too far to turn back, the only hope lay in reaching the French coast. He feathered the engine. The plane would still fly, but a forced landing would be tricky.
The change in engine noise roused the men and Cuddles explained his plan to land on the sandy beach dimly seen ahead.
Getting closer he could see that the tide was out. The Lady was still at his shoulder.
Turning as close as possible into the wind they made their final approach, there was little room for error, only a narrow strip of firm sand between waves and dunes.
To be continued........
The scheme I settled on for track is to use standard OO/HO track pieces (secondhand pieces bought on Ebay and at Toy&Train fairs), on cardboard with a surface made of printed ballast effect paper.
I will make up some more generic track pieces, curves, turnouts etc; then after that make any extra pieces up I need for specific scenarios.
Monday, 16 November 2020
A quick build station ...
I had some MDF side pieces from a broken up box folder, these were just right for a low platform. Along with a suitably painted old Triang station building
now I need to make the track sections up; the overall ethos for these railway scenics is to be representative of the prototype - but not detailed models.
Sunday, 15 November 2020
I've been building up a few pieces of railway rolling stock to use in adventure games; target area is desert/arid or jungle - so need to make them as generic as possible.
I had a large'ish HO tank loco which looks suitable; I bought some cheap wagons off Ebay and discarded the tops and kept the underframes..