Today, while doing the ironing, I watched two railway/railroad based films/movies.
The first is typical of its time, featuring a multi-racial cast, and depicts an initial corporate failure leading to a disaster with actual massive loss of life, but in our story, after several personal triumphs by our hero the final result is a happy ending for most of the group we are following. There are some humorous moments and many of high tension.
The second is typical of its time, featuring a multi-racial cast, and depicts initial failures by two individuals leading to a potential disaster with massive loss of life, but in our story, after several corporate failures the final result is a happy ending for most of the group we have been following. There are some humorous moments and many of high tension.
For my next “Market Garden” battle I have a large rail bridge for which I already have one straight rail hexagon tile embanked to the correct height.
My problem is that I also have two road/rail crossing points to create. I already have these crossings at normal ground level.
Option 1.I make sloping railway hexagons to drop a height of 12mm over 10cm, which is a far steeper gradient than would look realistic.
Option 2. I keep the railway embanked at 12mm height and create bridges (real or indicated by painting) beneath for the roads. To do this I might need to carve beneath the normal terrain level to make a useable bridge.
The photo shows a Sherman tank (based) with the current embankment and a normal ground level railway, and an indication of the slope required for option 1.
Nominal ground scale is 1:2500, but vertical scale is 1:285.
I think that by setting up a mock-up and having seen the result I use the exaggerated slope method. So now all I need to do is to make two convincing sloped embankments and fit (and paint) the rail tracks..
The number of bespoke Kallistra hexagons in my collection is getting a little worrying, but it is keeping two companies in business – Kallistra and Really Useful Boxes!
I want to know why it is that, with a former “walk-in” wardrobe and half a loft full of wargaming impedimenta, every time I want to play a game I have to prepare some new models?
For my next game I have already painted up some GHQ A13 and Mark VIb tanks for the British, not to mention several Adler Vickers MG teams marching and firing and about a dozen new trucks and lorries. The Germans needed cyclists and new MG34 teams, as well as more infantry and a captured truck with hastily applied white crosses.
As for the terrain (I use Kallistra hexagons, pre-flocked and then customised) I have to make some more embanked railway lines and three level crossings which must involve ramped roadways. Alternatively I may make road bridges across the railway, but that will be even more work!
To help this game along I have just received the first consignment of double curved railway track from Leven Miniatures, designed to my specifications so that four pieces – two inner curve and two outer curve – will exactly fit a 10cm hexagon with a 60 degree curve. I urge all gamers of late C19th onwards to buy some of these if only to repay Mick for his development time!
In addition, and very oddly, I needed to model an ancient British hill fort that would meet the requirements of the ground scale (10cm hexagon = 250 metres side-to-side) and also accommodate bases of at least 15mm x 20mm. Pictures will no doubt be forthcoming in the battle report when I finally get around to playing the game.
A thank you to Leven Miniatures for producing for me – and no doubt for you too – some new 6mm railway track.
I was struggling with creating curved railways – specifically twin-track – for my Hexxon II tiles and asked Mick if he could design a double track curved railway, compatible with his (and other) 6mm railway systems.
I have received these samples. Four pieces designed specifically to fit 10cm hexagons, and useful for any double track railway.
Well done Mick. I will be placing an order as soon as they are on the http://www.levenminiatures.co.uk/ website.