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The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Planning for Barrage Commences

| July 24, 2014

Now that HISTORICON is behind us, the HAWKs will begin planning our annual gaming day, Barrage.  This year’s event will be 13 September.  If you would like to run an event, please contact surdu@acm.org.  Also, see the Barrage Web site:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Barrage.html In addition to a full slate of games, we will also have a table [...]

Historicon 2014

| July 23, 2014

Last weekend was HMGS East’s flagship convention, HISTORICON.  For the third year in a row it was held at the Expo Center in Fredericksburg, VA.  I had planned to take both Thursday and Friday off work to attend.  Since I hand’t committed to running any Thursday games, at the last minute I determined to go [...]

HAWKs’ Armies for Kids Project, 2015

| June 17, 2014

For several years, the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs)  have been running a really neat event at Historicon.  In addition to the other games we run at the convention that are targeted toward younger gamers (we dedicate a table throughout Saturday of the con to only kids’ games) we run a special event.  This event, [...]

HAWKs Night Play Test of Vittoria

| June 8, 2014

I missed this Friday’s game night, because I was chaperoning an end-of-the-school-year part for 20+ teenagers (which by the way went very well and was uneventful).  While I was listening to teeny bopper music and watching the teens devour food, Duncan and Dave were play testing their Vittoria scenario for Historicon.  These are pictures of [...]

Nice Article on our GASLIGHT Game at NASHCON

| June 6, 2014

Cigar Box Battle posted a nice writeup of our NASHCON GASLIGHT game.  See it here:  http://www.cigarboxbattle.com/the-h-a-w-ks-undersea-gaslight-game-at-nashcon/  

Historicon Play Tests

| June 1, 2014

This Saturday several HAWKs got together to run some play test games for Historicon.  The first was my 10mm Napoleonic game of the Battle of Hanau using Fate of Battle. The battle occurred in October 1813, after Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig.  The combined Austrian and Bavarian army squared off against Napoleon.  We will make a [...]

Log Cabin

| May 26, 2014

I returned from Nashcon and just HAD to do something gaming related while I was still excited.  I bought another 4Ground building from Age of Glory.  After filing, priming, and basing a bunch of 15mm fantasy figures I will be using with my 10mm fantasy collection, I assembled the log cabin.  These are very fun [...]

HAWKs Expeditionary Force to NASHCON 2014

| May 26, 2014

For the second year in a row a subset of the Harford Area Weekly Kreigspeilers (HAWKs) from the Baltrimore area headed down to NASHCON for the weekend of gaming.  This year’s expeditionary force was Dave, Chris, Duncan, Don, Greg, and me. We had signed up to run 15 games throughout the weekend.  We tried to [...]

Working on Bear Yourselves Valiantly

| May 18, 2014

I have been slaving away on adding all the figures to the Bear Yourselves Valiantly book.  I think it’s coming along nicely.  Above is one of the examples form the book.  There’s still a lot more to do, but I made a lot of progress in the last couple of days.

G.A.M.E.R. Quck Start Guide

| May 14, 2014

I completed a five page quick start guide, complete with two large photo examples. I will try this out on a couple of folks at NASHCON later this month. I think it turned out well.