Extraordinary Sights in the Great Park

The Lady Qelhatat O’Flynn, Official Wife Number Seven is now comfortably accommodated in a pleasant suite of rooms in Sir Gilbert’s country house. Her husband, Chief Kansan O’Flynn, has been unaccountably absent since news of her arrival in England reached him. Undeterred, she has been exploring her surroundings and has found great contentment in the sylvan calm of Sir Gilbert’s Great Park. Her foremost pleasure is to perform her wild, native dances against the backdrop of the ancient trees, always accompanied by her bodyguard of hand-picked young warriors.

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The Lady Qelhatat,is closely attended by her bodyguard. They have adopted suitable garb for the unaccustomed cold of England. In their native climes, they are usually au naturel – indeed, her Ladyship insists on it. In the background, Fragrance Sweetmeat, Sir Gilbert’s secretary, takes a close interest in these exotic visitors

 

The bodyguard have been making new acquaintances in their adopted home. A chance meeting with the Wormbridge, Abbey Dore and Pontrilas Morris side almost resulted in catastrophe when a friendly hobby-horse approached the bodyguard suddenly. Spears were raised and then lowered by the timely intervention of the accordionist whose playing distracted the body guard at the crucial moment.

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Nearly a nasty incident…!

 

Soon, the guard and the Morris men were firm friends and great jollity ensued.

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Great Jollity ensuing

The Golden Valley is agog with expectation of more exotic and exciting glimpses into the strange ways of the new arrivals.

 

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A Surprise for Chief O’Flynn

A message from Liverpool, taken by Wrench the Butler, contained surprising news for the Hill Enterprises (Dominions and Colonial) Loyal Volunteers Section’s leader, Chief Kansan O’Flynn. Entirely unexpectedly, one of his wives, The Lady Qelhatat O’Flynn, Official Wife Number Seven, had arrived in England. Leaving Official Wives One to Six to care for Chief O’Flynn’s thirty five children, she had followed her man to the wars.

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Official Wife Number Seven, The Lady Qelhatat O’Flynn (left) arriving at Liverpool docks. She is accompanied by her mother, Sole Official Mother-in-Law Tapiwa Onwuatuegwu

As Chief O’Flynn was digesting the implications of this news, particularly regarding his plans to make friends amongst the Ladies of Hereford (already many of the WI section were considering transferring their affections from the POUM mortar crew) The WI and POUM  he received more disturbing details from Wrench. The Lady Qelhatat had not travelled alone. She had brought her mother. Sole Official Mother-in-Law Tapiwa Onwuatuegwu was a Wise Woman. Possibly as a result of that wisdom, she was the only surviving Official Mother-in-Law. When her daughter became the Chief’s seventh wife, there were six other Official Mothers-in-Law, all hale, hearty and optimistic. Within a few short months, all had died, apparently from natural causes.

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An unsuspecting Chief O’Flynn mingles with the WI ladies.
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A brief misunderstanding brought on by confusion about the nature of Miss Virginia Ironside’s camera was soon resolved

Chief O’Flynn had doubts about how his mother-in-law would react to his plans for the Ladies of Hereford. Chief O’Flynn, known to friends and enemies alike as The Lion Hearted, The Buffalo Chested, The Crazy Hippopotamus, was strangely nervous in the company of Sole Official Mother-in-Law Tapiwa Onwuatuegwu.

Unaware of these undercurrents, Sir Gilbert sent his man Stirrup to collect the distinguished, if unexpected guests.  “ Take the yellow Packard, Stirrup, the ladies will like that.”

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Stirrup delivers the ebullient Lady Qelhatat O’Flynn and her mother to The Green Man pub where rooms had been booked for them courtesy of Sir Gilbert. There is little doubt that the arrival of Mrs O’Flynn will prove a great tonic for the embattled defenders of The Golden Valley

 

 

 

Sir Gilbert’s Latest

Sir Gilbert Welcomes New Recruits

At a recent ceremony, Sir Gilbert Hill, selfless defender of Herefordshire’s Golden Valley, welcomed the latest addition to his hard fighting platoon. From the heart of Africa willing volunteers have flocked to the aid of the Mother Country in her hour of strife, none less than Sir Gilbert’s cheerful estate workers.  Hill Enterprises (Dominions and Colonial) Loyal Volunteers Section is the first drop in the first trickle of the impending flood of robust warriors who will swell the ranks of the Golden Valley defenders.

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Sir Gilbert, with Lady Hill at his side, elegant in her chartreuse dress, the latest Cristóbal Balenciaga fashion. To his left is his secretary, Fragrance Sweetmeat, in a simple red dress from Chanel. Also in attendance is Stirrup, Sir Gilbert’s man and Wrench, the Butler. Marlborough, Sir Gilbert’s faithful labrador, was much in evidence. They were all waiting outside Sir Gilbert’s summer cottage to welcome the colonial volunteers

 

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After the new section had paraded past Sir Gilbert and his entourage, its leader, Chief Kansan O’Flynn performed the ritual Ceremony of Pointing to indicate his devotion to Sir Gilbert. All present were visibly moved by this solemn obeisance.

 

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And then it was time for a final march past as once again, the devoted retainers of Hill Enterprises (Dominions and Colonial) demonstrated their fealty to their benevolent leader, Sir Gilbert Hill.

 

Small Disturbance at Little Bedding

Sir Gilbert Hill, taking time out from his vital efforts in the Civil War, was visiting his cousin, Sir Rufus Pitt-Bulstrode, Squire of Much Rampling in Borsetshire. However, before he had time for a well-deserved snifter, he was made aware that all was not well in the Much Rampling area.

Apparently Sir Rufus, as chairman of the local Watch Committee, had got wind of a planned attempt by some political roughnecks to disrupt the annual fete in the neighbouring village of Little Bedding. Sir Rufus had to make an effort to prevent this happening; the local bobby at Little Bedding, Constable Gravy, had no chance of taking on the hooligans on his own. However, Sir Rufus could not call on any of his employees or tenants because they were all, so he said, vitally employed elsewhere.

Realising what was coming, Sir Gilbert, displaying his characteristic brio, offered to come to the rescue. “Don’t worry, old boy, I’ll send some of my people – they’ll put these scoundrels to the rightabout”. He gave instructions to his man, Stirrup to gather together a suitable group from amongst his followers and sent him off to do battle against whomsoever should disturb the Little Bedding peace.

ALL IS CALM AS THE LITTLE BEDDING FETE GETS UNDER WAY
ALL IS CALM AS THE LITTLE BEDDING FETE GETS UNDER WAY

 

Stirrup assembled the following from Sir Gilbert’s entourage and set out for the village.

Stirrup (Leader)
Fragrance Sweetmeat, Sir Gilbert’s secretary
Roger Gently (Tenant farmer)
Constable Smallbottom
Marlborough, Sir Gilbert’s Dog

 

As the morris men warm up in the park.....
As the morris men warm up in the park…..

 

.....and customers enjoy a drink outside the pub.....
…..and customers enjoy a drink outside the pub…..

 

...trouble is brewing

At the other end of the village, trouble was brewing.

Roughneck Agitators
Cecil Pimms (Leader) aided by:
Bert, Sam, Bill
PLUS 8 local ne’er-do-wells

 

 Constable Gravy, intent on watching the morris men, is still unaware of danger

Constable Gravy, intent on watching the morris men, is still unaware of danger

 

 

 

 Miss Marble, the village school teacher, tells an itinerant she doesn't want to buy a watch
Miss Marble, the village school teacher, tells an itinerant she doesn’t want to buy a watch

 

 

 Stirrup sends his League into the village from the south - Constable Broadbottom on the left; Roger Gently with Marlborough in the centre and Miss Sweetmeat on the right. The morris men head for the pub
Stirrup sends his League into the village from the south – Constable Broadbottom on the left; Roger Gently with Marlborough in the centre and Miss Sweetmeat on the right. The morris men head for the pub

 

From the north, more riff-raff stream into the village
From the north, more riff-raff stream into the village

 

 

The doctor and his wife hurry to get indoors as gang members line their hedge
The doctor and his wife hurry to get indoors as gang members line their hedge

 

 

Miss Sweetmeat, as always, takes up a favourable position
Miss Sweetmeat, as always, takes up a favourable position…..

 

 

....as does Consatable Broadbottom
….as does Constable Broadbottom

 

 

 Meanwhile, 2 female hooligans, brush past staff and customers at the pub in search of a victim

Meanwhile, 2 female hooligans, brush past staff and customers at the pub in search of a victim

 

 

However, the victim - a well known con-man - is ready and deals with his assailants
However, the victim – a well known con-man – is ready and deals with both of his assailants

 

 

 Pimms' Followers now swarm into the park - scattering by-standers (including a reporter and photographer. One miscreant falls while climbing over the wall and breaks a leg - he's out of it...! Constable Gravy remains calm

Pimms’ followers now swarm into the park – scattering by-standers (including a reporter and photographer). One miscreant falls while climbing over the wall and breaks a leg – he’s out of it…!
Constable Gravy remains calm

 

 

 Others (including the sinister figure of Pimms himself) move up the road and through the doctor's garden. The doctor and his wife flee in terror

Others (including the sinister figure of Pimms himself) move up the road and through the doctor’s garden. The doctor and his wife flee in terror

 

 

 Accurate fire from Constable Broadbottom and Roger Gently take out 2 of Pimms' hooligans. Another suffers the consequences of falling off a wall

Accurate fire from Constable Broadbottom and Roger Gently take out 2 of Pimms’ hooligans. Another suffers the consequences of falling off a wall

 

 

Stirrup himself now advances along the main road towards the enemy
Stirrup himself now advances along the main road towards the enemy

 

 

Meanwhile, Marlborough the dog, attacks the enemy as they move through the park
Meanwhile, Marlborough the dog, attacks the enemy as they move through the park

 

 

Personal Message (Online) Re: Small Disturbance at Little Bedding - PA AAR Part 3 now posted « Reply #9 on: September 01, 2015, 03:40:03 PM » Reply with quoteQuote Modify messageModify Quote Brilliant, Doug. Pure eye candy with a generous dollop of chuckling for good measure. Thanks, Paul. I'm such a fan of your games, this is praise indeed... Cheesy Quote from: d phipps on August 30, 2015, 11:51:05 PM Great stuff! Keep 'em coming. Cheesy If you are not familiar with our Phantom Agent promo, check it out at --- http://store.pulpalley.com/ You can pick up some unique promo Pulp Alley cards, but please be sure to read and follow the instructions. Wink HAVE FUN Thanks so much - been there and placed my request - whooppee...! Quote from: Wolf Girl on September 01, 2015, 04:01:38 AM I love your terrain Love You have some great stuff Thanks Wolfgirl - I appreciate than coming from you - your games looks so gorgeous... Cheesy Right then, let's see if we can wrap this AAR up.... Turn 2 and the formidable figure of Stirrup appears on the scene Marlborough, the dog, rushes to the attack A setback for Stirrup's League - Constable Broadbottom takes hit
A setback for Stirrup’s League – Constable Broadbottom takes a hit

 

 

Personal Message (Online) Re: Small Disturbance at Little Bedding - PA AAR Part 3 now posted « Reply #9 on: September 01, 2015, 03:40:03 PM » Reply with quoteQuote Modify messageModify Quote Brilliant, Doug. Pure eye candy with a generous dollop of chuckling for good measure. Thanks, Paul. I'm such a fan of your games, this is praise indeed... Cheesy Quote from: d phipps on August 30, 2015, 11:51:05 PM Great stuff! Keep 'em coming. Cheesy If you are not familiar with our Phantom Agent promo, check it out at --- http://store.pulpalley.com/ You can pick up some unique promo Pulp Alley cards, but please be sure to read and follow the instructions. Wink HAVE FUN Thanks so much - been there and placed my request - whooppee...! Quote from: Wolf Girl on September 01, 2015, 04:01:38 AM I love your terrain Love You have some great stuff Thanks Wolfgirl - I appreciate than coming from you - your games looks so gorgeous... Cheesy Right then, let's see if we can wrap this AAR up.... Turn 2 and the formidable figure of Stirrup appears on the scene Marlborough, the dog, rushes to the attack A setback for Stirrup's League - Constable Broadbottom takes hit and is down and out and his Plot Point is up for grabs Matters get worse. Roger Gently races to Constable Broadbottom to rescue the situation and is in turn despatched himself. Finally disaster. Miss Sweetmeat attempts to leap the wall to help her comrades and gets tangled up in her long dress and crashes to the ground.
Matters get worse. Roger Gently races to Constable Broadbottom to rescue the situation and is in turn despatched himself. Finally disaster. Miss Sweetmeat attempts to leap the wall to help her comrades and gets tangled up in her long dress and crashes to the ground.

 

 

Constable Broadbottom and Miss Scarlet had been gathering evidence of Pimm's criminal intentions. In an attempt to secure these, Pimm advances towards the helpless pair. However, in the nick of time, he is confronted by the redoubtable Stirrup.
Constable Broadbottom and Miss Scarlet had been gathering evidence of Pimms’ criminal intentions. In an attempt to secure these, Pimms advances towards the helpless pair. However, in the nick of time, he is confronted by the redoubtable Stirrup.

 

 

At the same time, in the park, the heroic dog Marlborough despatches his opponent, only to fall bleeding to the ground himself seconds later....ahhh
At the same time, in the park, the heroic dog Marlborough despatches his opponent, only to fall bleeding to the ground himself seconds later….ahhh

 

 

Stirrup deals with Pimm despite the latter's great size and strength and then despatched the one remaining enamy with a burst from his smg. The day goes to Sir Gilbert's men at the cost of several cuts and bruises and a nasty rip to Miss Sweetmeat's dress. Marlborough the dog was patched up by the local vet and was soon back on his feet. Most of Pimm's hooligans fled although the local police, led by Constable Gravy, were able to arrest several of the more seriously injured.
Stirrup deals with Pimms despite the latter’s great size and strength and then despatches the one remaining enemy with a burst from his smg.
The day goes to Sir Gilbert’s men at the cost of several cuts and bruises and a nasty rip to Miss Sweetmeat’s dress. Marlborough the dog was patched up by the local vet and was soon back on his feet. Most of Pimm’s hooligans fled although the local police, led by Constable Gravy, were able to arrest several of the more seriously injured.

 

 

This game was played with the Pulp Alley rules to see how they would work in a VBCW-era setting.

Answer? Pretty good. I’ve left out references to Pulp Alley rule devices such as “Plot Points”. As it happens, Stirrup, as the Last Man Standing would have harvested all the plot points if time (ie number of turns) hadn’t run out. So strictly speaking, the game was a draw. However Sir Gilbert, never one to limited by artificial constraints claimed the win and I’m not going to argue with him.

 

 

 

 

 

Small Ordnance Discharger (Elastic Powered) is added to The Volunteers’ Inventory

The Battle of the Frontiers taught the Volunteers many lessons. One of the main ones was an appreciation of the power of artillery and mortars. They were much impressed by the work done by the field gun which was seconded to them by their allies. Although they have not been able to add such a weapon to their inventory, its value has inspired the agile minds that are so ubiquitous in the Golden Valley.

 

The newly finished Small Ordnance Discharger (Elastic Powered) is admired by Miss Temerity Ping and Mrs Fiona Cadwallader-Herring of the WI
The newly finished Small Ordnance Discharger (Elastic Powered) is admired by Miss Temerity Ping  (right) and Mrs Fiona Cadwallader-Herring, both of the WI

 

A combined effort of the Women’s Institute, the Pontrilas Boy Scout troop and Bernard Beetle, the undertaker, has resulted in a magnificent extempore weapon – a grenade-throwing giant catapult. Known as the Small Ordnance Discharger (Elastic Powered), the original design was by the Scout troop, the frame constructed by Mr Beetle and the elastic from the WI.

 

Miss Ping consults the not inconsiderable SOD (EP) manual
Miss Ping consults the not inconsiderable SOD (EP) manual

 

The WI have declared that they would like to donate this weapon to the Wormbridge, Abbey Dore and Pontrilas morris men. As Violet Ironsides, the WI standard bearer said:

“We felt so sorry for them in the last battle – running round jangling their bells and waving their little sticks in the air. Now they can twang our elastic and really let the enemy know they mean business.”

 

Grenade launcher 1

 

once again, thanks go to the  agile mind and nimble fingers of Tim Peterson for providing this wonderful scratch-built madness

 

“Mad” Wullie McSpaniel – Tank Hunter

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The local rat-catcher, “Mad” Wullie McSpaniel, a Scottish gentleman, has been missing for over a month. His disappearance caused a little interest but frankly, compared to the momentous events involving the Golden Valley Volunteers, it was of minor significance. Mad Wullie was not a member of any of the Volunteers’ units. “Ahm no a joiner” he said when questioned about his reluctance to get involved. And then he disappeared.

His reappearance has been of more interest. It transpired that his wilderness month was not a wasted one. Still less, was Wullie attempting to avoid danger. On the contrary, he had applied his unusual brain to the problem of tackling armoured vehicles. He was aware of the difficulties the Volunteers had experienced in their last battle when faced by BUF tanks. In fact, they had no answer to the armoured threat. Until Wullie set to work.

After a month of punishing work and experimentation, Wullie reported to Sir Gilbert and revealed the results of his labours. It was a manually delivered anti-tank bomb. The innovation that Wullie had perfected was a sticky casing that enabled the bomber to attach his bomb to the target and make good his escape before it exploded. A good part of the month that Wullie was absent was spent in unsticking himself from various surfaces and items of equipment. It wasn’t until he developed a skin for the bomb that covered its adhesive surfaces, that he was able to escape from his workshop and tell the world, via Sir Gilbert, of his invention. It is known as a Manually Attached Device (MAD) in recognition of its inventor’s nickname and Mad Wullie himself has been appointed the Volunteers’ first MAD man.

"Mad" Wullie practices his technique
“Mad” Wullie practices his technique

 

Wullie displays his bulging bag of bombs
Wullie displays his bulging bag of bombs

 

Wullie perfects his evasion manoeuvre
Wullie perfects his evasion manoeuvre

 

A big “Thank You” goes out to my old Canadian chum, Tim Peterson for providing and painting the figure for Mad Wullie. He read of the Volunteers’ problems against armour in the last game and set to to rectify the omission of an anti-tank capability in their OOB.

You can find plenty of Tim’s excellent work here . He’s the editor and major contributor.

Thanks Tim

The Finale – Introducing the 4th Section

Ignoring, with difficulty, the morris men, Inspector Andrew glanced at Sir Gilbert who gave a slight nod.

DI Andrew waits for Sir Gilbert's nod
DI Andrew waits for Sir Gilbert’s nod

Whereupon, Andrew gave a mighty blast on his Hudson’s Police Whistle which ushered in Sergeant Roger Roundly, leading the Abbey Dore Division Police Volunteers who Sir Gilbert had accepted in to the ranks of his force as the 4th Section.

The Police Volunteers advance
The Police Volunteers advance

Displaying great pride in their new weapons (they are armed with rifles except for Sergeant Roundly who is equipped with a sub-machine gun), the section advanced across the park to the accompaniment of many cheers; There was also a certain amount of good-natured mock insults from the Welsh Gangsters Nationalists and some of the 1st Section who on occasion have been accused of poaching and thus dealt with the police in less happy circumstances. Ignoring the crowd, the section gave a spirited demonstration of the tactics of Fire and Movement. They were unperturbed by the presence of the morris side, still performing at the other side of the park.

Morris men and Police section apparently unaware of each other
Morris men and Police section apparently unaware of each other

On the word of command from the sergeant, the leading riflemen gave a volley of blanks which had the effect of causing the morris men to rout precipitately from the field, accompanied by theatrical groans and laughter from the Gangsters Nationalists

The morris men take to their heels
The morris men take to their heels

Sergeant Roundly smartly halted his men in front of Sir Gilbert who, surrounded by his personal staff, acknowledged the police section with a dignified bow of his noble head.

Sergeant Roundly presents his men to Sir Gilbert
Sergeant Roundly presents his men to Sir Gilbert

Detective Inspector Andrew had been taking copious notes during the display and now ushered his men away from the audience and gave every appearance of delivering a very frank assessment of what he had seen. Apparently, he felt there was room for improvement.

DI Andrer delivers his verdict
DI Andrew delivers his verdict

This marked the end of the Field Day which all declared a huge success. Stirrup called for Three Cheers for Sir Gilbert and the Volunteers responded with a roar that would have turned Fascist spines to jelly, had there been any Fascists close enough to hear. The Volunteers then dispersed with morale high, looking confidently forward and ready for anything their disreputable enemy might throw at them.

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