Making scenery: PERISCOPE

This is just the thing for one-up-manship over one's wargaming rivals.

The method of construction is the same as for the foam-board buildings (see buildings). This has been covered with blotting paper. The beam is veneer. The shutters are louvre-texture plastic card, with strips of card for the frames. I am thinking of adding a cloth awning, with cocktail stick supports, to cover the bottom aperture a bit more. I hate it when I have gone to a lot of trouble to paint my figures and scenery nicely, and some git puts a fast-play sheet and Coca Cola can on the table and leaves them there, spoiling the look of the table. In recognition of this, I have taken the trouble to disguise my periscope as a building, to make it less offensive to the eye.

The design of the periscope is not mine, though the design of its disguise is. To find the details of the measurements and angles of the workings of the periscope, visit Major General Tremorden Rederring's Colonial-era Wargames Page.

What is the use of this periscope? This photograph should tell you.

Can those Frenchies be seen between the two hay-ricks? They can! Open fire!

Yes, the periscope is a toy, but a nice one. It affords someone standing at a wargame table, an easy model-soldier's-eye view of the table top. It can be used to settle line-of-sight disputes, and it makes the table look far better than the usual helicopter-view of it we normally get.


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