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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Announcing the New South Pacific Supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

| August 16, 2017

Announcing the Release of the South Pacific Supplement for Combat Patrol™: World War II. Like all the previous supplements for Combat Patrol™, this supplement is FREE to download as a .pdf. Why a South Pacific Supplement?  Fighting in the South Pacific during World War II was unique compared to other theaters, even other parts of [...]

Combat Patrol Gaming in Rippon

| August 11, 2017

While in England, I took the chance to travel to Yorkshire and visit Chris Alley of Sally 4th for a Combat Patrol(TM) game in Rippon.  Chris has a really nice games room.  We played Combat Patrol(TM), had an excellent dinner with Chris and his wife, and then played some Settlers of Cataan. Chris is working [...]

A visit to Bovington Tank Museum

| August 9, 2017

For me, a highlight of our family vacation in England was a visit to the tank museum in Bovington.  Somewhat off the beaten path Bovington is the armor (armour) school for the British Army and the site of the largest collection of tanks I’ve ever seen — and most of them have been repaired to [...]

Combat Patrol(TM) South Pacific Battle Report

| July 30, 2017

Last night at our club, I ran a Combat Patrol(TM): WWII South Pacific game using the rules from the soon-to-be-released supplement.  It was a chance for a final play test of some of the rules before the release of the supplement in a couple of weeks.  In particular, I wanted to test the vehicle-mounted flamethrower [...]

Air Ship for Pulp and VSF Games

| July 28, 2017

Some months ago I succumbed to the lure of this really cool MDF air ship kit.  I have been staring at the stack of MDF, cardboard, and other bits for months.  Finally last weekend my daughter and I began to assemble it.  During the week we began to paint the various sub assemblies.  While I [...]

The Retreat from Moscow

| July 25, 2017

I have been working for over a month to complete a batch of Retreat from Moscow figures.  These were a Christmas present two Christmases ago.  They took a very long time to paint, because each one was a different, so I couldn’t really paint them by assembly line.  I think they came out nicely.  What [...]

Downed Plane

| July 25, 2017

I recently completed building a downed German fighter plane for a WWII skirmish game.  The plane was a cheap ($13) snap together kit meant for kids, but it was 1:48 scale.  The crew and the Home Guardsmen are Foundry. Rather than a single, large base, I decided to make the plan on three smaller bases.

Combat Patrol(TM) South Pacific Supplement is Almost Done!

| July 19, 2017

I completed the South Pacific master cards today. These are for the South Pacific supplement to Combat Patrol(TM). I have sent them to DriveThru to do their magic to make the cards ready to print. At that time, I’ll send the revised masters to Sally 4th to get ready to print them in the UK. [...]

Award Winning HAWKs at Historicon 2017

| July 18, 2017

We had four HAWKs win awards at Historicon 2017.  Geoff won an award for this Lego pirate game for kids.  Chris Johnson won an award for his American Civil War game for kids.  Don won an award for his Battleground WWII game on our French village table.  Eric won an award for his American Civil [...]

Combat Patrol Games Run at Historicon 2017

| July 17, 2017

There were several Combat Patrol(TM) games run at Historicon 2017. French vs. Italians 1940 The first was a Thursday game run by Eric Schlegel set in southern France in 1940.  It involved the Italians attacking the French.  I only managed to get one poor picture of this game.  You can see that the Italians had [...]