Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

A Little Weekend Gaming

| August 17, 2014

As my wife and kids are off visiting my mother in law, I invited a few buddies over for a small gaming session.  I find that early play testing rules is often better with a smaller group.  I am still refining the vehicle rules for GAMER and wanted to test some ideas with just three [...]

Toy Soldiers

| August 9, 2014

A couple of weeks ago Sammy ran her first convention game at Historicon.  She used my Eureka toy soldiers fighting the Eureka teddy bears.  That reminded me that I had 12 more toy soldiers in my ready-to-paint box.  This morning I knocked them out.  These are the last ones I purchased before they stopped updating [...]

Recent Painting Projects

| August 7, 2014

    It’s been a while, but I finally had time to do some light painting.  I took the opportunity to knock a couple of things off my painting queue.  The first was a batch of knights I got in a convention flea market.  I have been toying with the idea of a jousting game [...]

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 [...]