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Completed Pig Iron SciFi Figures

| February 11, 2016

In addition to more WWII, I have been looking at adapting Combat Patrol(TM): World War II to science fiction.  The biggest hurdle was figuring out how to represent body armor, which I have done.  We are going to play a science fiction game at the club night tomorrow, so little by little, I have been [...]

Army for Lion Rampant

| February 6, 2016

Greg Priebe is trying to get us started on Lion Rampant.  In order to get up and running quickly, Greg asked Chris and me to paint an army.  He handed us each a bag of figures to paint.  We decided to paint them generically and by color.  I have the blue army.  I have read [...]

Pulp Cowboys

| February 5, 2016

Back before Fall In (November 2015), Bob Murched released a new line of figures within his Pulp range focusing on cowboys, Villistas, etc.  I picked them up at Fall In, and I am just now getting them painted.  They have Bob’s usual character and animation.  I think they are excellent figures.  We recently played a [...]

Fourth (and final) Installment of the Combat Patrol Design Article Posted

| February 2, 2016

The folks at Cigar Box Battles have just posted the fourth and final installment of my serialized article on the design of Combat Patrol.  Enjoy. Part 4

Combat Patrol(TM): WWII Now Available through Sally 4th

| February 1, 2016

After a few weeks of coordination, I am excited to announce that I have teamed with Sally 4th to make Combat Patrol(TM): WWII more easily available in the UK and Europe. Sally 4th is the maker of quality wargaming terrain, including their photo textured buildings.  Potential customers in the UK and Europe complained that the [...]

A Fourth Combat Patrol (TM) Video

| January 27, 2016

I just posted another Combat Patrol (TM) Instructional video on YouTube. This one describes the process of anti-tank fire. You can get to it through the rules’ Web page or directly on YouTube.  Check it out!

Combat Patrol(TM) Design Articles on Cigarbox Battles

| January 23, 2016

I wrote a longish article on the design process for Combat Patrol(TM): World War II.  It was originally serialized and posted on The War-games Website.  After the six-month exclusive period expired, the articles have been reposed on Cigarbox Battles.  The first three parts of this four-part article are posted now.  Please give them a read [...]

Combat Patrol Science Fiction Support Weapons

| January 19, 2016

I have been collecting figures to adapt Combat Patrol(TM): World War II for science fiction skirmishes.  I have the Woodbine figures from the movie Aliens, the Sergeant Major’s Miniatures Firefly crew, and a bunch of Reaper Bones science fiction figures.  Chris pointed out that for an open-field type science fiction skirmish we needed some vehicles [...]

Boot Hill Friday Night

| January 17, 2016

Friday night we had two miniatures games at the club.  Eric ran a Hogwarts themed game with Blood and Swash.  The other was Zeb’s cowboy free for all using the old TSR Boot Hill rules. The game was a wild affair with various groups fighting to break a prisoner out of the jail, keep him [...]

X-Wing Game in Orlando

| January 13, 2016

I was in Orlando this week for work.  This evening I had a chance to play a largish X-Wing game with a guy from work at a local hobby store, Paladin.  My dice were characteristically cold, and I was down from 6 to 2 ships in just a couple of turns.  The game was nonetheless [...]