Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Science Fiction Armored Cars

| August 20, 2019

At Historicon I purchased four armored cars that look like they came from bags of green army men.  I bought these for a dollar or two each with the idea of using them in my science fiction Combat Patrol games.  First I disassembled them and painted them.  The barrel (top right of figure above) is […]

More Cars for Mad Maximillian

| August 19, 2019

I have compared Gasland and Mad Maximillian for armed car racing.  I like Mad Maximillian better; although, the rules writing is somewhat cryptic.  I have all the Eureka Mad Max cars painted up, and I ran the game at a club night some months ago.  I need to try to run it again one of […]

Blood and Sand

| August 11, 2019

In my copious free time, I’ve continued to think a bit about gladiator rules.  There are some nice sets of rules already on the market, and I don’t see this as a commercial project.  I am looking for something quick and easy for one-off games.  Greg has been looking at distinguishing special abilities to make […]

The Deep Ones are Coming!

| August 11, 2019

At Historicon I had a chance to look at the Black Sun figures from Bob Murch.  These are Vietnam figures but with two pulp science fiction forces added.  One are these Deep Ones, for of Creature from the Black Lagoon looking.  The ones for Black Sun come with AK-47s.  Very similar Deep Ones are available […]


| August 8, 2019

I have been working on a Roman gladiator project recently.  I recently bought three sets of Foundry gladiators and painted them along with a bunch of Steve Barber Roman spectators.   I also purchased a Playmobile Roman coliseum / arena.  My daughter painted it for me. I bought a copy of Sons of Mars and […]

Armies for Kids Feedback

| August 1, 2019

The HAWKs recently received an Email from John Spiess about his daughter and the Armies for Kids project.  With his permission, I am sharing the letter: Hi guys, I know you are probably getting busy planning for Barrage, so I wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks for all you do for […]

Updated Barrage Recruiting Posters for 2019

| July 27, 2019

I have updated the Barrage recruiting posters.  Everyone should feel free to repost any or all of them as widely as possible.

Barrage 2019 Web Site is Now Live

| July 25, 2019

Barrage 2019 will be 27-28 September in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Don’t miss this outstanding regional convention.   The Web site for Barrage 2019 has gone live, and it is open for registration for GMs and Attendees.  Come back to the Web site frequently to see the growing list of games that will be run […]

Retreat from Moscow at Historicon 2019

| July 16, 2019

I ran a fun Combat Patrol(tm) game at Historicon using the Napoleonic supplement rules.  It featured a ragtag group of starving Frenchmen trying to reach the safety of a small Russian village while the pursuing Russians worked to stop them. The Russians came from all sides of the table.  Most of the Frenchmen were in […]

The Battle of Hoth

| July 16, 2019

Greg and I ran two instances of the Battle of Hoth with Combat Patrol(tm) at Historicon 2019. The first was Friday night, and the second was Saturday morning.  Both instances went well.  On Friday night the Imperials got half way to the cave / hangar.  On Saturday they blew up the shield generator.  At that […]