A few words from a modeller who blows up his own desert trains

It was good to hear from Kieran Byrne  from the Do You Have You A Flag? blogsite.

Kieran is one of the small team of builders of the striking Hallat Ammar 19 September 1917 desert train ambush diorama which is  currently in the Lawrence of Arabia: Shifting Sands exhibition  at the National Civil War Centre.

“This is a fantastic idea for adapting a scenario. I’m one of the builders of the Hallat Ammar diorama shown on the NQM blog  – see also my own, rather inconsistently maintained blog is http://gotflag.blogspot.com.2

“It’s very rewarding to see that the diorama has prompted some gaming of Lawrence scenarios – I was slightly upset to se the glass case go over the display, unfortunately we didn’t get any games in on the board before hand.”

“Keep up the good work, looking forward to reading more.” Kieran

You can see more of the finished diorama in Kieran’s photographs, including a few construction pics. Elsewhere on his occasional blog you can see the locomotive models being made (before he wrecked or blew them up!) and much more besides.

http://gotflag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/28mm-diorama-of-lawrence-of-arabias.html

Kieran had been reading my blogpost “Charlotte Bronte and Lawrence of Arabia blow up trains” about using this diorama to inspire various gaming scenarios:

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/charlotte-bronte-and-lawrence-of-arabia-blow-up-trains/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/blowing-up-desert-trains/

Do You Have A Flag?

I was quite curious where Kieran’s blog name from. The short  embedded clip from Eddie Izzard on Kieran’s Do You Have A Flag? website explains it. Watching it, I can’t help thinking that Eddie Izzard is so much of the same 60s / 70s Airfix generation as myself and many of us, in fact he is probably a glammed up version of Harry Pearson in Achtung Schweinhund.

A few more Lawrence links about the Hallat Ammar train ambush, rapidly approaching its centenary on 19 September 1917 / 2017

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/inside-first-world-war/part-six/10607944/lawrence-arabia.html

Photos of Hallat Ammar  http://nabataea.net/halatammar.html

Using Michael Asher’s book & photos  http://nemaloknig.info/read-264982/?page=57

A few more interrupted railway ambush gaming  scenarios inspired by this real event in the next few months.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN on his occasional Sidetracked blog, 21 August 1917 

Postscript:

I like Kieran’s  comment about the frustration of not having enough time to get a game in on this superb desert terrain before the glass lid went on.  In my Borrowers inspired brain, maybe when the lights go dim at night at the National Civil War Centre, out come the tiny tents, the campfires, the singing on each side, the camels lie down and all is well and calm until they are back in their fighting positions by opening time, just as before. But if you look carefully enough …

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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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