St. Trinian’s, St. Trinian’s, our battle cry …

Work in Progress: The next Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop patrol or group is a little different. They are the 1st St Trinians Girl Guides, no less.

The St Trinians Guides appear in at least one film to retrieve casualties on stretchers on First Aid duty during one of the famous hockey matches (or hockey massacres).

These girls are conversions from the Little Britons STS 42mm Range LBB30 Boy Scout figure, using PVA glue and tissue paper for skirt / pinafore dress and untidy hair, with a file and snips to roughen the hats up.

Dressed in a motley assortment of hats, guide uniform and school uniform from the 1930s and 40s, these gals eschew the traditional scout staff for the more effective duelling or melee weapon of the hockey stick. I found modelling a lacrosse stick a bit tricky; the odd croquet mallet might be possible instead.

More on St Trinians, the original Ronald Searle cartoons and their wartime origins, several YouTube film clips, including their school or battle song (with its astute military strategy) here at:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/09/09/st-trinians-st-trinians-will-never-die/

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog.

Blog post by Mark Man Of TIN (1970s British Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, retired) 11 September 2022

Haworth Will Fall: Stranger Things, Yarkshire Folklore and The Brontes

When Stranger Things meets The Brontes…

When Hawkins, Indiana meets Haworth, Yarkshire …

Crossposted from Man Of TIN Two blog:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/haworth-will-fall-stranger-things-yarkshire-folklore-and-the-brontes/

Most. Bronte. Ever!

With thanks to the Bronte Babe Blog. (Cross)Posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 20 August 2022

RPG, Escape From Kraznir and Scouting Wide Games

A repost of a December 2019 “clearing the drafts” blogpost about Escape from Kraznir that I reread recently as I try to work out more RPG / narrative and fantasy elements into my Scouting Wide Games Project:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/23/man-of-tin-blogvent-calendar-day-23-kraznir-revisited/

August 2022 Update: New Post with the original Kraznir scenario and map which I have crudely denamed, the characters made gender neutral and differently classed or with more generic, updated character types to suit a wider range of periods:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/kraznir-denamed-and-rebooted-2022/

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN December 2019 / August 2022

Morse Code signals, monoplanes, spies and submarines – Canadian Girl Guides 1942 WW2

A remarkable story of Canadian Guides in WW2:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/08/12/enemy-submarines-morse-code-and-monoplanes-canadian-girl-guide-adventures-in-ww2/

An interesting gaming scenario?

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog, 12 /13 August 2022

Recent Boy Scout and Girl Scout uniform research for my Scouting Wide Games Project, quarterstaff fighting and Mutant Snowmen

Recent uniform research to create new patrols of Girl Scouts and Guides, Boy Scouts and other unformed groups for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project – a summary of recent blog posts late July / August 2022, crossposted from my other blogs:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/08/07/recent-scouting-wide-games-uniform-research-quarterstaff-fights-mutant-snowmen-and-other-blog-posts/

Solo gaming: Quarterstaff fighting and Mutant Snowmen …

Blogposted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) 7 August 2022

That Kate Bush Experiment IV video – a British Stranger Things c. 1986?

** If you haven’t seen the Netflix retro 80s series Stranger Things this won’t make much sense **

Reading Alan’s Tradgardland blog this morning http://tradgardland.blogspot.com/2022/07/kate-bush.html#comment-form


I wondered whether Kate Bush’s music – most obviously in the track Hounds Of Love 1985 album (which featured her Running Up That Hill song used in Series IV volume 1 – had an unconscious influence on Stranger Things?

What about her Experiment IV song and her 1986 video (from her 1986 Greatest Hits album The Whole Story?)

Did this make it big enough Stateside for the Duffer brothers to have seen or heard this?

Every Reference? Experiment IV or Cloudbusting clearly wasn’t mentioned in this Wired channel Youtube interview with Stranger Things creators The Duffer brothers 🙂

I do not own copyright to these images – copyright Kate Bush- All screenshots for discussion / research purposes only.

A very 1981 Raiders of The Lost Ark ending angel or demon summoned by Experiment IV?

The good old Stranger Things nosebleed motif in Experiment IV ?

The unmarked white Government transit van …

Unlikely but Experiment IV and Stranger Things are both clearly the product of the nuclear 80s Cold War, as is her track and video for Cloudbusting.

Isn’t that device being pushed up the hill by Kate Bush and Professor Donald Sutherland a little like DustinHenderson’s amazing ham radio antenna in Stranger Things Series 3 Episode 1 “Suzie, do you copy?” and the Never Ending Story theme song duet (funny bit) of Series 3 Episode 8: Battle Of StarCourt Mall?

Cloudbusting video still: Donald Sutherland and Kate Bush

As I don’t have the tech skills to film and cut one Kate Bush video to the tune of another song (the Stranger Things soundtrack), instead you can get the effect by watching the official Kate Bush music video of Experiment IV or Cloud Busting with the sound down and the Stranger Things theme music playing from another device.

Richard Vernon, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie – in the British Experiment IV Hawkins Lab?

IMDB reference https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9207512/

Lyrics etc. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiment_IV

Insert cameos of famous 80s actors in both Stranger Things or Experiment IV and Cloudbusting. Light the blue touch paper and retire. Do not return …

Peter Vaughan cameo as General with Kate Bush

Somebody has already done 4 his in reverse, cut some Hawkins Lab Stranger Things series 4 scenes (Beware Spoilers! Beware fake blood and gore! etc.) to this Kate Bush music track of Experiment IV – https://youtu.be/NDhdaCFRfGc

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So when speculating as I have done recently why Stranger Things or The X Files couldn’t have been set in Britain or deepest darkest South West, or what its 70s 80s based British TV equivalent would be –

Grange Hill with Monsters meets the troubling and disturbing Rentaghost and Pipkins

I can now add to this mix Kate Bush Experiment IV and Cloudbusting video along with the earth based Pertwee 1970s Doctor Who Series.

How this mistrust of government (mis)”guided by the science” and other pulp themes will influence my gaming, who knows?

My previous posts on gaming scenarios and Stranger Things:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/tag/stranger-things/

My previous post on The Two Ronnies and The Worm That Turned as an alternative VBCW gaming scenario:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/man-of-tin-advent-calendar-day-11-alternative-1979-vbcw-with-the-two-ronnies/

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN 31 July 2022

The Lost Snow Patrol Defrosted – early Girl Scouts versus Mutant Snowmen c. 1909 1910

The Lost Snow Patrol Defrosted – early Girl Scouts versus Mutant Snowmen c. 1909 / 1910

The frozen North, 1909/1910 somewhere in Britain or Europe.

The mystery of a missing Boy Scout patrol. A Girl Scout patrol caught in a snow blizzard up in the hill forests. Lashings of hot chocolate, quarter staff fighting, fire arrows and some carrots …

Cross posted by Mark Man Of TIN (not Man of Snow) from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/07/30/the-lost-snow-patrol-defrosted-early-girl-scouts-versus-mutant-snowmen/

Further Uses of the Scout Staff

Beyond quarter staff drill …

Boy Scouts Of America handbook first edition 1911

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/07/23/further-uses-of-the-scout-staff/

Staff or Stave drill opens up some skirmish and melee possibilities for my Scouting figures with staffs, male and female:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/boy-scouts-camping-and-quarter-staves-again/