Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Vader Raids a Rebel Outpost

| May 20, 2015

Last night we played another Star Wars Miniatures game.  Each side had about 160 points.  The scenario was an Empire raid on a Hoth Rebel facility to blow up some McGuffin.  I was, once again, the Empire.  Darth Vader led the raiding party.  Defending the compound were Han, Luke, Leah, and a host of Rebels. [...]

Corner Hotel from Multiverse Gaming

| May 17, 2015

I went to the Multiverse Gaming site (www.multiversegamingterrain.com) to purchase some of their fire escape kits to add to man of my pulp buildings.  While at the site, I found this corner hotel and ordered it. The kit is made of thick MDF, probably 3mm instead of the normal 2mm.  It assembled easily, despite the [...]

A Mall Video Arcade and Pool Hall

| May 11, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I posted some pictures of the gaming store I built for our club shopping mall game (http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=3858).  this past weekend, I spent all day Saturday at my son’s track championships and with the Venture Crew at an all-night relay for life for the American Cancer Society.  Despite that, I did have [...]

A Mention in Dispatches

| May 3, 2015

Cory Ring sent me this yesterday.  Apparently some folks are using my Santa Anna Rules for the American Civil War.  Santa Anna Rules was written for the Mexican American War.  It’s always neat to hear about folks having fun with rules I wrote.  Too often the only feedback an author gets are the slings and [...]

G.A.M.E.R. Science Fiction

| May 3, 2015

Several of the HAWKs assembled this Saturday to paint figures for our Armies for Kids project.  After about three hours of painting, we set up an impromptu science fiction game using G.A.M.E.R.  I am still wrapping up development of G.A.M.E.R. for WWII, so it wasn’t quite ready for a science fiction game.  Chris had recently [...]

Recent Terrain Efforts

| May 3, 2015

With limited painting time last week, I didn’t get to paint any figures, but I did work on a few bits of terrain.  Greg pointed me at Underground Lasers (https://undergroundlasers.com/index.php?id_category=13&controller=category), which makes MDF terrain accessories.  For my ongoing effort to construct a shopping mall for a zombie game, I decided to purchase the Food Court [...]

Guns! Guns! Guns!

| April 29, 2015

While I paint 28mm figures for gaming, my dad has always been more interested in 54mm (and larger) figures as display pieces.  He sent me these two pictures of recently complete projects. I think the metal track for the fortress gun came out particularly well.

Ral Partha Chaos Wars Kickstarter

| April 29, 2015

Iron Wind Metals has announced a Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1050509756/ral-parthas-chaos-wars?ref=discovery) to re-release the classic Ral Partha fantasy figures form the 1970′s and 1980′s.  While these figures do not have quite the sculpting of modern figures, I really like them.  They are much better proportioned than many more recent figures, and they don’t have those crazily oversized [...]

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 [...]