Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Completed a litte over 800 points of Humans

| November 16, 2014

I recently finished about 800 points of human for Bear Yourselves Valiantly.  These are the humans from two Games Workshop Battle of Five Armies starter sets.  Now, I’m working to finish up all the goblin infantry and a few other odds and ends.

Eight Year of Senior Leader Professional Development Events

| November 16, 2014

This past Thursday, a group of the HAWKs took time off work, retirement, and/or daily activities to travel to western Maryland to a professional development event for the 114th Signal Battalion.  This is the eighth such event that we have helped run.  Each year gets more and more sophisticated.  This year Sam Fuson orchestrated an [...]

G.A.M.E.R. at Fall In 2014

| November 10, 2014

I ran GAMER again at Fall In.  Interested readers can search on GAMER or G.A.M.E.R. in my blog to see entries that describe the development process for these rules.   In general, I was happy with the way the rules played.  We had one or two players who couldn’t seem to get the hang of [...]

Random Pictures of HAWKs Room Games at Fall In 2014

| November 10, 2014

As usual, the HAWKs ran a rich selection of both historical and non-historical games at Fall In.  In this post, I will show a number of pictures of our games without any narrative. Dave turned out to be the HAWKS “iron marshal” at Fall In this year.  He ran FIVE full games at Fall In. [...]

Fantastic Urban Terrain for Roaring 20′s Games

| November 9, 2014

While there were many quality terrain setups at Fall In 2014, most were nice, but not unusual.  This setup was exceptional.  It is difficult to get a feel of scale from these photos, but this table was over 20 feet long.  There must have been over fifty vehicles. Most of the buildings were made of [...]

Review: Eccentric Miniatures

| November 9, 2014

At Fall In this past weekend, I ran across this new product.  At least it was new to me.  This company, Eccentric Miniatures, it making plastic figures on square sprues.  They make bowmen, men at arms, etc.  The price of these figures is reasonable.  This pack of eight bowmen cost $12. These are the contents [...]

Armies for Kids 2015 Gets Underway

| October 19, 2014

For the past several years, the HAWKs have been putting together painted armies, running games for kids at Historicon, and giving the painted armies away to the kids (ten and under).  The first year we gave away AWI armies.  In other years we’ve given away Seven Years War, Napoleonic, and Civil War armies.  This year [...]

Terrain for 10mm WWII

| October 14, 2014

Usually a year or two ahead of rule development I start painting figures and building terrain so that when we start to work on the rules, we have something with which to play test. The vehicle in the foreground is a 10mm science fiction vehicle for scale.  I recycled some packing material.  One held a [...]

Not Quite Seven Years War in 10mm

| October 14, 2014

Rob Dean has been running Not Quite Seven Years War games in 54mm with home-cast figures for years.  A little over a year ago, Chris Palmer got the idea of doing it in 10mm with some variant of the Look, Sarge, No Charts rules.  As I had the day off today, I finished several units. [...]

More Air Support for My Female Hussar Force

| October 13, 2014

I have often said that much of the Warhammer 40K stuff looks more Victorian Science Fiction than “hard core” science fiction.  I have a few Warhammer vehicles that I have added some smokestacks and other bits to make into vehicles for GASLIGHT.  I have a hard time investing $50 for a single, unpainted model, but [...]