"Finally finally finally dear boy". Caruthers was swirling the brandy in the bottom of the large brandy balloon glass. 'Finally we shall see those cursed creatures from the face of this earth. Today's arrival shall herald my revenge" and he gazed out of the mess window with the enthusiastic smile of a ten year old by who had just been given both a spinning top and a hoop. Young Lieutenant Winstanley was trying to contain his own excitement, gulping his pink gin like a dog at a puddle.
For there on the field across the parade ground sat the wondrous flying machine of the famous adventurer Lord Chelting of Cheam. Many were the stories of victory that the newspaper columns of the Times had laid before the admiring population of this glorious England, stories of daring do, stories of Lord Chelting's triumphs against the odds.
Finally Caruthers' ambitions for imperial glory would be achieved.
|Lord Chelting of Cheam arrives at Caruthers' field headquarters with his wondrous flying machine.|
|Lord Chelting at the controls.|
|Caruthers and Winstanley greet Lord Chelting|
|Caruthers and Winstanley lead the aerial forces of the Caruthers task force in a fly-by.|
It is perhaps not quite as 'steam punk' as I'd envisaged it, but .. I've now almost got the 72 points I need for the 3 command Big Battle HotT.. just 3 points to go. Another artillery piece I think. I have the gun, just a search through the spares box for a couple of crew.