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The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Another Crescent Root Building

| July 4, 2015

I have begun picking up the crescent root buildings one or two a month.  They are awesome!  The price is good, the construction is solid, they were designed for gamers, they’re light, and the pain jobs are terrific. This one is 28D3.  I received this one from my sister for my birthday. From a scale [...]

Zombie Mall Play Test

| July 4, 2015

At Historicon in two weeks I’ll be running a zombie game using GASLIGHT set in a shopping mall.  Last night was the play test. Many of the HAWKs built one or more stores to be assembled into a shopping mall.  From the pictures you can see the different styles and types of stores, from my [...]


| June 7, 2015

A few weeks back Rebel Miniatures (http://www.rebelminis.com/28mmboxsets.html) released these duck men.  Since they reminded me of the guards in my Tunnels and Trolls dungeon from many years ago, I couldn’t resist picking them up.  (The mechanical scorpion is a pewter figure I picked up at a booth at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival last year.) The [...]

Mechanical Monkeys

| June 6, 2015

I invested in the small Kickstarter project by Westfalia Miniatures (http://westfaliaminiatures.com) to make mechanical monkeys for pulp or VSF games.  This was the fastest Kickstarter redemption I have experienced.  The figures are very clean, with almost no flash. There are two sets of five figures each, one with pistols and one with swords.  These will [...]

Crescent Root French Hotel

| May 31, 2015

I ordered a 28mm Crescent Root (http://www.crescent-root.com) French hotel to see if they are as nice in person as they are on their Web page.  They are.  These are MDF buildings that come pre-painted.  Some sections are pre-assembled, and other sections can be easily assembled and disassembled. First, the paint job is superb — significantly cleaner [...]

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 [...]