Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Sammy Completes a Project for Duncan

| April 19, 2014

My daughter, Sammy, has been painting terrain pieces for members of the HAWKs for some time now.  She doesn’t enjoy painting figures, but she seems to really enjoy painting terrain.  She is relatively inexpensive, so it’s been a win-win.  The HAWKs get something painted that was deep in their painting cue, and Sam gets a [...]

A Beholder and a Hydra

| April 15, 2014

I finished these some time back but didn’t post any pictures.  These are Bones figures.  

Thinking About Vehicles without Turrets

| April 13, 2014

The other day, when we played the vehicle-only game, I started thinking about how to handle vehicles without turrets.  I wanted to avoid modifiers to the cards.  I had a “rule” that said that turret hits on vehicles without turrets were hull hits.  But I thought that didn’t take into account the lower profile of [...]

Screaming Eagles

| April 6, 2014

I finally finished my American WWII infantry riding on giant American eagles.  In an earlier post I mentioned how I was able to get Major Objective painting service to mold and paint the riders for me.  The eagles were collected from flea markets over the past few years. All of this effort was to have [...]

Rating Vehicles in G.A.M.E.R.

| April 5, 2014

Since the vehicle test went relatively well last week, I’ve been thinking about how to develop the armor and penetration numbers for the vehicles.  Here’s my thinking:   Information on armor in various parts of a vehicle can be gathered on the internet and other sources.  As this isn’t meant to be a published project, [...]

Last Days of the First Empire Scenario Book

| April 5, 2014

Announcing the upcoming release of this exciting new scenario book for war gamers.   Napoleon’s 1814 campaign is little known, often treated as a footnote between Leipzig and the Hundred Days.  Many Napoleonic gamers have read that Napoleon demonstrated his old genius but was overwhelmed by numbers.  The research Dave Wood did on this scenario [...]

Bear Yourselves Valiantly Driving Toward Completion

| April 5, 2014

The team that brought you other popular titles in the Look, Sarge, No Charts family of rules (Surdu, Wood, and Palmer) are working toward a Summer release of this new title.  The book will be published by On Military Matters. We have teamed with Magister Militum to and their upcoming release of a terrific line [...]

(Almost) All Vehicle Play Test of G.A.M.E.R.

| March 29, 2014

Last night at the club meeting, I ran another play test of G.A.M.E.R. (which stands for the attributes of a figure in the game: Guts, Accuracy, Melee, Endurance, and Reaction).  I have been pretty happy with the way the infantry rules are working, but I have been needing to give the vehicle rules a good [...]

114th Signal Battalion Officer Professional Development

| March 29, 2014

For the sixth year in a row the HAWKs supported an officer professional development event for the 114th Signal Battalion.  The first year, the event just included the officers, so we ran just a single game.  Over time, more and more of the battalion’s leadership have been corralled into the event.  This year we had [...]

The Eagles Have Landed

| March 24, 2014

I have been trying to talk Eureka into creating fantastic aerial forces for the other countries to match their Germans riding pterodactyls, but they have not been interested.  I had suggested Russians on giant vultures, Americans on eagles, and Brits on owls.  Since Eureka wasn’t interested, I took matters into my own hands. For two [...]