Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

A Platoon of Poles

| August 22, 2016

The theme for Fall In 2016 in November is Poland.  I have always enjoyed the early WWII campaigns, including Poland.  I have quite a few 20mm / 1:72 scale figures, but I have been slowly duplicating my 20mm WWII collection with 28mm figures, which I like better.  I signed up to run a very large [...]


| August 21, 2016

Or is that Roo-men?  Sometime in ancient history, Ral Partha made a single pack of figures, called Rooman War Party, which had Roomans in two poses, but all armed with pikes or spears.  They are no longer available.  Over the years, I collected dozens of the originals, but they have become quite rare, even on [...]

Barrage Event List Filling Up

| August 18, 2016

The event list for Barrage is beginning to fill up.  This is our first time running Barrage as a two-day event.  At this point, we have nearly as many events as last year, with a heavy schedule for Friday.  And we are still several weeks away, so I anticipate a very full schedule. Here is [...]

Kid Friendly Games at Barrage

| August 15, 2016

GMs are submitting games a couple a day to the schedule for Barrage 2016 (see www.hawks-barrage.org).  Today we added two games specifically targeted at younger gamers.  One features the Panzer Kids rules by Peter Schweighofer.  The HAWKs have a reputation for being kid friendly, so you can count on there being more games suitable (or [...]

Barrage 2016 Events List Beginning to Fill Up

| August 12, 2016

The Web page for Barrage 2016 has been live since Historicon (http://www.hawks-barrage.org).  Through that portal, attendees and GMs can create accounts, register for the convention, sign up to run games, and sign up to play in games.  GMs have been registering games.  I have laid them out in a tentative schedule for both Friday and [...]

Pulp Science Fiction Fighters

| August 8, 2016

This weekend I completed a unit of alien-looking fighters from War-games Supply Dump.  This is part of my ongoing build up of forces for using Combat Patrol for science fiction games, both hard science fiction and pulp science fiction. I like the way these figures came out.  I primed them in white, because I had [...]

Sally 4th Norman Church

| August 8, 2016

I completed the Sally 4th Norman church this weekend.  The kit was in some ways more involved and in some ways less difficult than the corner shops I described in an earlier blog post.  A challenge I have with kit building is a distinct lack of patience.  The Sally 4th kits have clear, step-by-step instructions, [...]

Colonial Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

| July 28, 2016

Last weekend several HAWKs joined me in a combined Colonial and Napoleonic play test day for Combat Patrol(TM) supplements.  Dave has been working on a Boer and Zulu supplement for Combat Patrol(TM), but because of his busy schedule we had been unable to test some of his ideas.  In particular, Dave has been concerned that [...]

Napoleonic Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

| July 28, 2016

Last weekend a bunch of the HAWKs came to my war room to conduct another play test of the Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol(TM) that Duncan is writing.  This play test focused on confirming the last batch of changes and looking at cavalry vs. infantry and cavalry vs. cavalry fights. The scenario involved a British [...]

Wargames Supply Dump Falconeers

| July 22, 2016

In my continuing effort to reduce the amount of unpainted lead in the war room, I have been trying to knock out at least ten figures a week, despite work, family commitments, and gaming / play testing time.  This week I finished nine “Falconeers” from the Dirk Garrison line at Wargames Supply Dump.  These are [...]