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No. 42 Tales of a Utility Man Operative.

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Story Notes

For this story I was keen to give the tale an Egyptian feel. Suitably dressed mini-figures and vehicles was part of the process in achieving this. But I was also keen to try and recreate several Cairo 1950 images of scenes and buildings, structures found in the city of Cairo via www and other sources. The images I selected and crudely created in Lego can be found in the Behind the Scenes pages that accompany this story. This approach turned out to be a lenghtly process, building cars, street scenes and rooms. Several scenes were created and then shot during early 2016, with the remainder of the story being completed late 2016, early 2017.

I also experimented for the first time with using micro-scale street scenes and cars in a story. Which I think worked rather well. As regular readers know, I'm not brilliant at building vehicles (at any size), so the building of Suliman's taxi in micro-scale was a big challenge for me.

Whilst it took some time to create and produce this story, the end result is worth all of the effort.

This story introduces four new characters, Dantis, (which is Prussian for tooth), a Fritzrovian equivalent of British Intelligence's (BI) Utility Men. Dantis is tough and deadly. Tom Laxton, Head of Cairo Station, Suliman a B.I. information gatherer, driver and Sir Charles, head of British Intelligence, (codename Walsingham), during the Great War against Fritzrovia.

This is the first part of several stories to be told over the coming months, about Sir Charles's ongoing duel in attempting to track down and identify Rubicon, the mole in his organisation.

Readers will notice in this story that vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road. This was mainly due to Napoleon Bonaparte, when French forces invaded Egypt in 1798. (The railways though travel on the left, because the British were heavily involved in the building of the country's railways).

Behind the scenes

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Green Lion Comics, story and characters © Adrian Banfield, 2017.