Monday, 10 January 2011

Imperial Moon

A clever chap has dressed up a 1/6 "Action Man" style figure as a Victorian Astronaught and concocted this background to go with him - bravo!

In 1899, Britain added the Moon to it's Empire. The mission was the result of decades of work by the Empire's greatest engineers, scientists and mathematicians and culminated with Captain William Harland (Royal Navy) planting the British flag on the lunar surface.

Over the following week, he explored the area around his landing site - collecting samples of rock and dust (to study back in his spacecraft) and making observations of the nearby highlands.

Like every good Victorian Explorer, he took a rifle with him in case he found something to shoot! In this case the rifle is air powered and can fire 20 shots before needing reloading (such a rifle was used for real by Lewis and Clark on their Expedition in the early 1800's).


Unfortunately, there was no plan for getting him back to Earth, and after transmitting his final findings back to Earth by wireless, he was never heard of again...
Personally, I dont think we've heard the last of dashing Captain Harland!


David Crook said...

Linking up with H.G.Wells First Men in the Moon perhaps?

Great figure.

Tas said...

Or captured by Selenites maybe, like Bedford and Cavor!

J Womack, Esq. said...

But we all know that Doctor Cavor was the first to claim Luna for her Majesty (God Bless Her!).

Tas said...

Or so we have been led to believe...

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