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Weekend Updates

| April 26, 2015

 40mm American Civil War: As part of the Armies for Kids project for Historicon (see previous posts and posts on Chris Palmer’s blog), many painted Confederates were donated along with many unpainted Union figures.  The HAWKs had one recent painting day to get the figures painted up.  A second one is scheduled for next weekend. [...]

Dungeonmorph Dice

| April 23, 2015

I received these dice in the mail from Inkwell Ideas (http://inkwellideas.com) yesterday.  They look like they will be a nice way to generate one-off adventures off the cuff for fantasy role playing games.  I can even imagine using them for historical adventures or pulp games. There are three sets of five dice — or 15 [...]

First Store for Zombie Shopping Mall Game

| April 19, 2015

A a semi-club project, several of us are making stores to build a shopping mall as a setting for zombie, post apocalypse, and modern games.  This weekend, I finally finished the first of two that I am building — a hobby store. The stores are made from uniformly-sized boxes for scrapbooking paper.  I have decorated [...]

Songs of Blades and Heroes

| April 19, 2015

On the spur of the moment (almost), Rob, Chris, Greg, and I got together for an impromptu four-player game of Songs and Blades and Heroes.  This was only my third game using these rules.  The activation mechanism is interesting.  As a four player game among buddies, where we can fill in the time between activations [...]

Brigade Models 10mm Science Fiction Buildings

| April 8, 2015

As we are beginning to think about Look, Sarge, No Charts near future and science fiction rules, we are already beginning to put together units and terrain in advance of development.  These buildings were recently released by Brigade Models.  My daughter painted them for me. I didn’t want them to be in a single gray [...]

Completed a Few More Odds and Ends

| April 7, 2015

In my continuing quest to reduce my unpainted lead collection, I have been picking away at odds and ends have been sitting in my “ready to paint” box or penny packets of recent acquisitions.  Recently, Hinterland released a few more figures in their line of female hussars.  Above you can see two of the robots [...]

Cards for Fate of Battle

| April 7, 2015

In several of the Look, Sarge, No Charts rules sets, a number of special dice are used to resolve various combat effects, such as morale checks, rolls to close with the enemy, and rolls to stand when charged.  During a recent G.A.M.E.R. (see previous posts) play test, Chris suggested that the card mechanism being developed [...]

Men Against Tanks

| April 6, 2015

I found this really neat video on YouTube.  It is a German 1943 training film on infantry tactics against tanks.  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDbFdngVOJk&feature=youtu.be

Duncan Prepares for his Napoleonic Skirmish Fight Game

| April 6, 2015

In a previous post (http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=3749), I described a game that Duncan ran at a club night using G.A.M.E.R. to represent the skirmish fight between two formed units.  That play test was so successful that Duncan sign dup to run it at HISTORICON.  He has been working on how to represent the formed troops are are [...]

Imperial Assault

| April 4, 2015

After working on the Armies for Kids project (see related post on Chris’ blog), we pulled out Imperial Assault to give it a test run.  We played the tutorial scenario twice.  I as the Empire player won both tutorials, but the second iteration was very close.  My probe droid turned out to be the most [...]