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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

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 [...]


| 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 [...]

Christmas for Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

| December 23, 2016

US Military personnel are deployed in over 120 countries.  Regardless of your feelings about the politics or wisdom of a particular war, action, or mission, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen server their nation’s call all over the world.  We might complain about traffic or crowds at the mall.  These Americans face much worse [...]

Christmas During the War in Vietnam

| December 23, 2016

Most of us are braving traffic and crowds to do that last-minute shopping.  Many of us think fondly of white Christmases and snow, of logs on the fire and roasting chestnuts.  These Soldiers braved bullets and bombs.  They spent Christmas in steamy climates.  Pause a moment to think of the Soldiers serving overseas and away [...]

Christmas During the Korean War

| December 23, 2016

Soldiers often find themselves in faraway places rather than at home with their family and friends.  Pause a moment this Christmas to think of those serving 120+ nations around the world this Christmas.