Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Happy Birthday, US Army

| June 15, 2012

Today, we celebrate the 237th birthday of our Army. For 237 years, our Soldiers, Civilians and Families have been the strength of our Nation in peace and at war. Today, America’s Army is engaged in nearly 150 countries around the world, on 6 of 7 continents, with over 94,000 Soldiers deployed today and 94,000 forward [...]

Day trip to the Smithsonian

| May 6, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, while I was recovering from surgery for two hernias, we took a short trip to the Smithsonian American History Museum.  We hadn’t been there since it was closed a few years ago for a whole year for renovation.  I have to say that I was underwhelmed, and think the American [...]

Christmas Truce

| March 24, 2012

One of the Wargames Illustrated offered some historical vignettes as a subscription renewal bonus.  You could also buy the separately as well.  I bought four or five different ones.  In the center of this diorama is the two figure Wargames Illustrated set, supplemented by three figures from another manufacturer (which I cannot remember). I’ve wanted [...]

More 10mm Napoleonics

| August 21, 2011

For the first time in two months, I picked up a paint brush.  With the prep for the move, the move, unpacking from the move, getting into the new (hectic) job at work, and going on vacation, I just haven’t had time. After the last play test of Look, Sarge, No Charts: Napoleonic Wars at [...]

HAWKs Plastic Army for Kids Game

| July 12, 2011

The HAWKs sponsored two iterations of the Plastic Army for Kids project (see previous posts) at Historicon 2011.  All participants were supposed to be 10 or younger, and all of them received a Continental Army, a British Army, a ground cloth, a copy of Big Battles for Little Hands (donated by Phil Viverito of LMW [...]

Battle of Lwów (1939)

| September 24, 2010

As a Look, Sarge, No Charts: World War II extravaganza for Cold Wars 2011, Chris and I are working on a large battle based on the fighting around Lvov in 1939.  We’ll be taking a little license with the history.  The Germans attacked the city around the 12th of September.  Polish forces retook the city [...]