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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Completed my modular caverns

| April 13, 2019

Little by little I’ve been working on my Sally 4th Terra Former modular terrain.  I have been working on making caverns that I could use in pulp games, science fiction games, and others. In the next few shots, you will see closeups of the tiles with some 28mm figures for scale. The Terra Former product […]

Cold Wars in the HAWKs Room

| March 19, 2019

Below are some pictures I took in the HAWKs room this past weekend at Cold Wars. Friday: Greg’s This is Not a Test game on winter terrain: Duncan’s Soynara Gringo game: This game is based on a report in the newspapers in 1916.  It was reported that Japanese had landed in Mexico and were preparing […]

Ducks on the Ghost Archipelago

| March 10, 2019

Today we played our monthly campaign game of Ghost Archipelago.  I have been crazy busy at work so for me “monthly” has been more like “every four or five months.”  While the other crews are at sixth or eighth level, I was at zero level today. My Heritor is Robin Duck (top right of the […]

Some WWII Tanks

| March 4, 2019

This weekend we were supposed to see my son’s Ultimate Frisbee tournament, but it was cancelled due to weather, so I had a chance to knock out some vehicles that have been in the project queue. The first was a Churchill Mk. VII Crocodile.  This is a Tamiya 1:48 scale kit. The second was a […]

Play Test of “Tales of the Gold Monkey” Game

| March 2, 2019

Last night at the club meeting I play tested my Tales of the Gold Monkey game for Cold Wars in two weeks.  For this game I am using the G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. rules, but I gave all the extras a Save as well as the Main Characters.  The game began with most of the board blank, covered […]

Preparing for my “Tales of the Gold Monkey” GASLIGHT Game

| February 27, 2019

I am going to run a GASLIGHT game at Cold Wars that is very loosely based on the Tales of the Gold Monkey television show.  Each player will have a group of explorers and will set out to find treasure.  They will have cards that they can play on each other to slow down the other […]

Hydra Miniatures Retro Raygun Valkeeri

| February 25, 2019

Some years ago, I purchase the dismounted Hydra Miniatures Valkeeri, and I use them as “Venusians” or other suitable aliens for my pulp games. A few months ago I ordered several of them on rocket sleds.  Today I finished painting them.  I didn’t get the skin color to match exactly, but they are close enough. […]

Work in Progress Terrain Project

| February 25, 2019

Over a year ago, I purchased some of Terra Former products from Sally 4th.  See https://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/epages/950003459.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950003459/Categories/TerraFormers.  I really like these, but I have been hesitant to get started.  Last weekend, I worked on a couple of them, and this weekend I finished laying in the foam and cork bark on the 15 that I purchased.  From […]

Progress on Albedo Combat Patrol Activation Decks

| February 22, 2019

I recently received the artwork for the Activation cards from the artist. To that artwork I added the card serial number, copyright information, and morale results. I think they look pretty good. See what you think of these samples.  

Another Approach to LSNC: Sci Fi

| February 19, 2019

I have been making a number of abortive attempts at LSNC: Sci-Fi.  I am trying to take into account the difference between directed and kinetic energy weapons, represent different types of motivations (wheels, tracks, hover, legs), RF-guided weapons, thermal sensors, unmanned systems, and cyber/EW.  The first attempt used the shooting and defense numbers very much […]