Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Frostgrave Game

| May 8, 2016

A few of us have been involved in a Frostgrave campaign.  I am going to miss the next session, and then I heard that Don and Chris were planning on a Frostgrave demo / recruiting event at Critical Hit hobbies in Bel Air.  I said I might be able to come, since my wife was [...]

The Phrinx are Coming!

| May 8, 2016

My friend Ma’k Morin recently discovered the Star Rovers line of figures from Archive.  See his article here. Ma’k molded some of them for me, since they are no longer in production.  The guy who has all the Archive molds, doesn’t have these, so they may be lost.  Last weekend, Ma’k gave me two ten-man [...]

Beer and Pretzels Urban Combat

| May 2, 2016

I received a nice Email this weekend: A few years ago you were kind enough to send a free copy of BAPUC for my son. I don’t want another free one, but I would like to buy one from you, this time for my brother. I hadn’t realized how much he liked the game until [...]

New Combat Patrol(TM) Supplement: Skirmish Campaigns

| April 26, 2016

At the request of a Combat Patrol(TM) gamer, I just posted a short supplement to the rules’ Web page that provides the Rosetta Stone to convert the generic Skirmish Campaigns ratings to the attributes for figures in Combat Patrol(TM).  Enjoy!

What I Did This Weekend

| April 24, 2016

This was a big gaming / hobby weekend.  Tom is at West Point, and my wife was visiting my daughter at her school for the weekend, so I was a geographic bachelor.  The weekend began on Friday with our normal HAWKs meeting.  This week we only ran one, large game, instead of the more typical [...]

A Day with the Air Brush

| April 18, 2016

In 2009 a buddy gave me an airbrush, and then I deployed to Iraq, moved twice, retired, and changed jobs.  Today was the first time I had a chance to play with it.  About a year ago, my dad replaced his compressor and gave me the old one.  Last time I used an airbrush was [...]

First Battalion of 10mm Science Fiction Infantry

| April 17, 2016

After some yard work and running a few errands, I completed my first battalion of 10mm infantry for Look, Sarge, No Charts: Near Future and Science Fiction.  This battalion was made of Dropzone Commander infantry of different types.  For this battalion I was considering either three companies of four platoons or four companies of three [...]

Sci-Fi Shipping Containers

| April 14, 2016

I recently ended up with a stack of unwanted hexagonal bases from the Reaper CAV Kickstarter.  Why all the tanks I ordered came with all these bases, I don’t know, but they did.  I was trying to figure out what to do with them.  As I was holding a couple together contemplating their potential, I [...]

Fourth Reaper CAV Armored Battalion

| April 10, 2016

Even with the Combat Patrol(TM) play test day yesterday, I managed to complete my 4th Reaper CAV tank battalion, this time heavy tanks.  From previous posts, you know that I am painting each battalion in different camouflage schemes to make them easier to distinguish on the gaming table.  The first three were in a modern, [...]

Play Test of Two Combat Patrol(TM) Supplements

| April 10, 2016

A number of people have agreed to develop supplements for Combat Patrol(TM).  Supplements in active development are Napoleonic Wars, The Falklands, several British colonial periods, and modern Afghanistan and Iraq.  Several of the supplements have elements common to each other.  For instance, several of these periods require rules for close formations and cavalry.  To help [...]