Blowing up desert trains Part 1

WW1 15mm Peter Laing Turkish and German Infantry with Askaris and German mounted troops defend or assault  the railway halt and blocked bridge.
The Allied troop train column – Indian, French and British infantry – all Peter Laing  15mm figures – detrained and deploying onto the river bank. The heliograph operator sets up his equipement and later climbs to the top of the caboose for some height to flash back a request for help – ‘track blocked ambush’ – at great personal risk of enemy snipers.

The railway crosses desert sands, rock and marshy swampy rivers. The small railway halt is defended by Turkish troops and some German ‘advisors’.


Are they trying to steal the train or destroy both locomotive and track?

How will the scenario on my lovely new 192 Hexes of Joy game board end?

Ran out of sand hexes so not quite deserty enough …

Find out more  in my next blog post or part 2 (below), featuring a now even more deserty desert than shown here, as my family thought this initial game board not quite deserty enough.


Posted on Sidetracked by Mark, Man of TIN, 3rd August 2017.


Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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