Middle of the month and time to join in with Clare’s Share Your Desktop Challenge. Same format for me as last month’s entry – two desktops.

On my Gaming PC I have a desktop that ties in nicely with Clare’s, since Space is involved. This is a screenshot from a game called X4…

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It’s a view of my ship, a small fighter, docked at station. The ship is an Elite Vanguard and is the first ship you are given when you start the game. It’s an interceptor rather than a dogfighter. As I’ve only recently started playing this game, I can’t really tell a lot more about it and certainly no plot details. I’m not even sure it has one in the starting option I chose – more of a sandbox where you make your own way in the galaxy๐Ÿ˜…

On my Photography PC things are a lot simpler. Here’s a photo taken on Brompton Road…

Robinsons PE56 YXS on Brompton Road

Centrepiece of the image is a Volvo FH12 belonging to Robinson’s Haulage of Sandy. Fitted with a 520HP engine, the tractor unit has a 6×2 Tag-lift chassis – note that the centre axle is the driven one. This configuration is a little unusual in London as it is commonly favoured by companies that work on untarmacked roads. There is also a crane fitted behind the cab to assist with loading flatbed trailers. The truck conforms to the ‘You can never have too many lights’ rule-of-thumb and has a nice set of air-horns too๐Ÿ˜… If you look in the centre of the windscreen you can see an Angry Duck – the hood ornament from Rubber Duck’s Mack truck in the 1978 film Convoy. There are a lot of other ‘Volvo’ details added to the vehicle which tells me that the driver loves his truck! Finally, for those that haven’t recognised the large building in the background – it’s Harrods ๐Ÿ˜Ž

It’s the middle of the month and that means it’s time to join in with Clare’s Share Your Desktop Challenge. I promised Clare a surprise and here it is: 2 Desktops๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘ I bought a new Gaming PC in late May and allocated my existing PC to photographic duties – hence the 2 desktops.

On my Gaming PC this month I have a screenshot from The Hunter – Call of the Wild. I have been getting back up to speed in this game now that I have a pc that doesn’t suffer from periodic stuttering. The shot was taken on one of the base game reserves – Layton Lakes…

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…Layton Lakes is set somewhere in the state of Oregon. You can hunt Blacktail, Whitetail, Moose and Black Bear on the reserve and some other species too. If you look very closely, there is a Moose lying down, right of centre, just beyond the reedbed in the distance. All the while as you roam the reserve you will be seeing some wonderful vistas. With views like this I’m happy even if I don’t happen to shoot anything bigger than a Rabbit๐Ÿ˜…

On the Photography PC I have a photo taken at Clapham Junction on a very wet morning…

5724 at Clapham Junction

…Whilst the Southern Railway have withdrawn all of their Class 455 units, around half of the South Western Railway’s 455’s are still in active daily service as problems continue with the class 701 units that are their replacement. Here, 5724 enters the station on a Waterloo-Kingston-Richmond-Waterloo loop service. The passengers on the platform add a little intrigue – where are they going and why are they wearing dayglow jackets. I think they were probably on an advertising mission with a trolley full of leaflets to hand out. They seemed a little uncertain whether the train was going to Waterloo, so I guess they don’t travel through Clapham Junction very often ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I hope to be out and about on a few of these Class 455 units again later this week,๐Ÿ‘

Well, it’s the middle of May and that means it’s time to Share my Desktop for Clare ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I’m, once more, using a screenshot from a Truck Simulator game but this time it’s American Truck Simulator. The makers of the Truck Simulator Games, SCS Software, have taken many big steps forward over the last couple of years. They have upgraded the sounds and the lighting of the game while going back to older parts of the map system and improving the level of detail. Every change takes both games forward in terms of realism ๐Ÿ˜Ž

In some ways this was driven by the original release of American Truck Simulator in 2016. As the new kid on the block, it had to show it was up to what Euro Truck Simulator 2 was offering – it failed… SCS Software released ATS at a smaller map scale than ETS2 – a disappointing option that didn’t go down well with the fans of the original series.

Now it’s time to give credit where credit is due – they went back and resized the maps to the same scale as a free upgrade. I don’t know of many software development companies that would even consider that, let alone, carry it out! We got some beautifully scenic maps with some great details. But, ETS2 was now looking a little tired as a result. Cue an upgrade and remaking of the maps in Europe. These improvements are ongoing – Austria has just been updated and released as a free update last Thursday. Not to mention the free upgrades to the US maps – California is being rebuilt currently too! That has been the story throughout and explains why most of us who play these games take pride in supporting SCS when they are releasing new maps and other DLC’s.

So, back to the lighting. Last year, SCS updated this to show much more realistic sky effects. Now we get some beautiful sunsets and sunrises as a direct result and in general the days and nights look much more true to life. I think my Desktop this month illustrates that pretty well…

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…It’s dawn and the sky is threatening rain as I turn Smoky Bennett’s nose northwards on our way to Boise (ID) with Hay from Riverton (WY). We’ve just passed through the DoT station at Echo and we’re climbing away from the I84/I80 intersection heading towards Ogden. It’s a long grind ahead but we’re up to the job๐Ÿ‘ And, yes, I can recognise this location on the real-world map ๐Ÿ˜€

You can catch Clare’s Share Your Desktop Challenge here. I know she’d love you to take part ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘