Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

The Ma’k I Space Panzer

| January 26, 2017

Ma’k Morin tried his hand at an original creation — a futuristic tank as envisioned in Popular Science in the 1930s.  See his blog (link at the top of the page) for details.  I was lucky enough to get one of the first out of the molds.  I tend to paint a lot of my [...]

Space Bugs

| January 26, 2017

My buddy Ma’k molded these space bugs from the old Archive Miniatures Star Rovers line.  Apparently they are called Phraints.  I just call them “space bugs.”  For these I wanted to try something a little different. I found this spray paint at my local Michael’s store.  It is “citrus dream” glitter blast hobby paint from [...]

Space Centaurs and Mk. III Robots

| January 22, 2017

 I was supposed to go play a war-game with some board gamers from where I used to work on Saturday evening, but Saturday morning I picked up some sort of cold / flu / upper respiratory bug that knocked me out.  All day Saturday and Sunday I would do something for an hour and then [...]

Painted Some Dragonspawn Troopers

| January 16, 2017

Back in October, Ma’k Morin posted an item on his blog about making a mold of some old Star Rovers Dragonspawn figures.  He sent me a bunch of these figures to paint.  I finally got around to them this weekend. Recall that some weeks ago I painted some other figures that Ma’k molded, the Phrinx. [...]

Played Frostgrave on Saturday

| January 16, 2017

We played the first game of the 2017 Frostgrave campaign on Saturday.  For this year, I have chose to be an Elementalist.  I did a little better than average, getting off the table with four treasures.  

Another Star Wars Combat Patrol(TM) Game

| January 16, 2017

Greg Priebe has been working on a supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): World War II to play Star Wars themed games.  Most of the conversion is pretty straight forward, but last Friday we started working on rules for Jedi and Sith.  This game featured clones vs. battle droids.  Each side was supported by two Jedi type [...]

Completed Baker Company Finns

| January 8, 2017

About two years ago I bought into the Baker Company Winter War Kickstarter.  The figures are now on their Web page for purchase:  http://bakercompany.co.uk/13-ww2-finnish-army.  I committed to running a Winter War scenario with Combat Patrol(TM): World War II at Cold Wars.  There is nothing like committing to run a convention game to provide motivation to [...]

Combat Patrol(TM): Napoleonic Wars

| January 8, 2017

We are announcing the release of a FREE supplement for using Combat Patrols(TM): World War II for Napoleonic skirmishes. Combat Patrol is a unique set of rules featuring card-based combat resolution that streamlines play without being simplistic. More information about the base rules is available here: http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html.This page includes how-to videos to show players how [...]

Ringing in the New Year with Combat Patrol

| January 3, 2017

Since 2009, I have been hosting an evening of gaming on New Years Eve for the guys in my gaming club.  This year we began around 1500 and ran until about 0200 New Year’s Day.  The first game was a GASLIGHT game run by Chris Palmer, called the Twelve Doctors of Christmas, in which various [...]

Grass

| December 24, 2016

This meme hit my Inbox this morning.  It is a soldier in Iraq growing grass in front of his tent.  I cannot verify the accuracy of the rest of the Email that accompanied this image, but scenes like this were not uncommon.  When I left for Iraq in 2010, the folks who worked for me [...]