Saturday, March 18, 2017

Slithering snakes ...

A monk and native guide has taken Randell and Hopkerk to see some of the large snakes that are to be found in the forest...
[snakes - a couple of toy snakes picked up while browsing some local charity shops, one has been repainted; not the right colour scheme for an anaconda or boa-constrictor - but snakey enough for me 😃]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

to the mission of San Cristobel .....

Messrs. Randell and Hopkerk are on their way to the mission of San Cristobel to meet with the monks to learn about the region from them. They have a small military escort of provincials plus an officer and NCO from the regular garrison troops.

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At the mission, the monks go about there normal routine ...
 the expedition column finds a small clearing in the jungle, after a short break they decide on the direction to go in .....
 they are on the last leg of their journey and have to pass through a low lying area to get to the mission which is on higher ground ....
 the column sets off ...
 the lead soldier gets stuck and starts to sink in quicksand, he throws off his coat as he struggles ....
but before the others can get to him he has been sucked under. The column avoids the area and crosses a nearby stream ....
 as they skirt a marshy area, they see some of the local natives who are watching them intently ....
 as they continue they are shadowed by the natives (who think they might attack their village)...
 the natives getting nervous fire their bows, killing two of the provincials.  The provincials return fire, killing two of the natives ....
 the natives melt away into the undergrowth .... the column continues on through the jungle ...
a couple of large feral pigs disturbed by the presence of the column rush at the nearest soldiers, one pig is shot the other runs straight into another soldier
 who goes down badly winded but OK, the surviving pig runs away.. a couple of natives are still watching them ....
 The column arrives at the bridge near the mission where they are greeted by one of the monks ....
 who leads them into the safety of the mission ....

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The expedition arrives ....

There have been a spate of new arrivals in Malize to help with the expansion of the colony. A shipload of settlers and a small geographical and scientific expedition.

The expedition is lead by messrs Randell and Hopkerk, with them are a group of surveyors and mapmakers; plus artists to record wildlife and plants.

The surveyors are set to work marking out plots in cleared land for the new colonists...
one of the artists is already at work recording the local wildlife....
while other members of their team are busy, Randell and Hopkerk discuss where the should go for the their first expedition in land ...
perhaps the maya ruins at Cochumel, or the caves near Comayagua, or a search for the rumoured mayan gold in a lost city in the deep jungle. These are  all very tempting but they decide on a trip to the mission of San Cristobel to meet the monks there and obtain the native language dictionary that the monks have compiled .....

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Action off Malize...

continued from the previous post .....

The newly arrived troops for the garrison are in the process of disembarking from the merchant ships hired to transport them
A French squadron bears down on Malize, commanded by the Duc de Pommefrites; ships: Florissant (flag ship), Tonnant, Gaillard and Hasardeux (three heavy 3rd rates and a common 3rd).
As the french ships approach, Commodore Burke leads the British squadron out to meet them; ships:  HMS Thunderer (flag ship), HMS Audacious, HMS Arrogant and HMS Prince Albert (three heavy 3rd rates and a common 3rd).
The two flags ships in sight of each other
The British ships alter course to try and cross the french battle line, but have to steer against the wind and don't make enough head-way. The Florissant bow rakes HMS Thunderer with a broadside as it passes ....
damaged by the bow rake Thunderer turns slowly with the wind and gets a broadside from the Tonnant leaving it disabled with many of its crew dead, half its port guns gone and its rigging shot away.  HMS Thunderer had returned fire but not caused significant damage to either french ship
As the french passed by they swapped broadsides with HMS Audacious which inflicted some damage on the french but came of much worse and lost most its crew, ports guns and rigging. HMS Thunderer and HMS Audacious start to drift on the wind. Captain Biedekker in HMS Prince Albert manages to get his ship between the two of them .
..... HMS Arrogant nears the french and starts to engage them...
The french broadsides hammer HMS Arrogant, she loses all her rigging and most of her starboard side batteries, unable to steer she starts to drift on the wind...the french sail on towards the port; HMS Prince Albert starts to turn about ....
the cumulative damage from british fire on the french ships now starts to tell; The Florissant unable to steer effectively runs aground on the rocks on the island in front of Malize, the Gaillard also with damaged rigging turns successfully to avoid the same fate as the Florissant; Tonnant and Hasardeux fire on the ships in the harbour....
One ship in the harbour is damaged and starts to list, Tonnant and Gaillard move on to attack the fort...
The Tonnant causes some damage to the fort guns but receives heavy damage form them and starts to move away, the Gaillard moves past her and starts to turn; meanwhile HMS Prince Albert sails towards Malize passing HMS Arrogant ...
HMS Prince Albert heads in to have a go at the french...exchanging broadsides at long rage with the Hasardeux
HMS Prince Albert then stern rakes the Tonnant while the Hasardeux heads away
The Tonnant is damaged badly and on fire
HMS Prince Albert closes in and finishes her off ....

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After the French are out of sight, Captain Biedekker of the HMS Prince Albert writes a brief summary of the engagement..

Action off Malize 
- a French squadron attacked the port during disembarkation of the garrison troops ; Commodore Burke led us out against them.  After a hard fight heavy damage to our ships and many crew lost
    HMS Thunderer dismasted and drifting, Commodore Burke killed.
    HMS Audacious badly damaged and drifting 
    HMS Arrogant damaged and has run aground on a small islet - good chance it can be re-floated.
    HMS Prince Albert - light damage.
Damage was inflicted on the French -  One ship ran aground on the rocks, another sunk by gunfire from the fort and HMS Prince Albert. Two lightly damaged french ships left the area.
Will attempt to assist Thunderer and Audacious, with help from the merchant ships. Will remain on station off Malize...

A cutter was sent with this report to the naval HQ in Jumeida...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sail Ho !

HMS Albert is standing off Malize with some other ships, while the new garrison disembarks.

A cry of 'Sail Ho, off the larboard bow' is heard from up top .... Captain Biedekker turns and looks out towards the horizon...
 he gets his out his telescope for a closer look ....
 French ships ! The Captain turns and barks the command 'Beat to Quarters'.......

to be continued ....

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Building a fort - ready for action ...

The fort sections have been painted up. I used a mid-brown undercoat, then two coats of 'Home of Colour' Pecan matchpot (bought at Homebase), with a mid-grey wash to finish. The flagstone paving was then added, a tweaked scanned copy of a piece of acrylic floor tile which I printed up and stuck on as needed.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Building a fort - an alternate gatehouse

I knocked up a smaller gatehouse ...
also a quick tryout with all the sections gives me a fort about 1ft x 2ft;

with variations using inset buildings and smaller setups it will have plenty of uses.