In the WW1 Palestine campaign supply lines were important to both sides due to harsh terrain and distances involved.
For Commonwealth forces the speed of their advances was determined by how quickly they could construct the supply lines. This supply infrastructure included water-pipes, a narrow guide railway, and chicken-wire roads (where the wire was laid down to stabilise the ground).
While the Turks had extensive railway network established. Large numbers of troops were tied up defending the railways against raids from Arab Rebellion forces and the activities of T.E. Lawrence.
As a break from painting figures and given the importance of railways throughout the Sinai and Palestine campaigns. I thought I should make a train and rolling stock so they could be represented on the tabletop and be objectives to be fought over. I opted to continue my scratch building approach and made some track from felt and a simple train. As with my recent scratch built models I rely upon painting the details rather than modelling them.
|Supplies are on their way on the latest scratch built model|
I used wooden dowel and beading to create the shapes of the train and its running stock. Cardboard is used on the sides to create a smooth finish and wheels.
|Wood dowel and beading is cut to create the models|
|Cardboard is used for the wheels and sides|
|Additional circles are cut for the wheels to help highlight them and make them easier to paint|
|The same approach is taken with the running stock|
|Circles are cut for wheels|
The tracks are made from some cut felt material which was lightly brushed with a sand colour. Once dry, I used a dark brown permanent marker to draw the sleepers and rails.
|The train with figures to show the scale|
|A view from the top|
I now need to find a suitable scenario to get the train in use on the tabletop.