Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Conciousness Journal of a Wargamer

114th Signal Professional Development

| March 29, 2012

In what has become an annual event, Chris Palmer and I supported Sam Fuson and Ed Duffy in running a wargame for the 114th Signal Battalion Officer Professional Development (OPD).  This time Eric Schlegel joined us. In the past, Sam, Ed, Chris, and I ran WWII games using Look, Sarge, No Charts: World War II. [...]

Interview on Bring your A Game

| March 27, 2012

I was recently interviewed for an on-line magazine, Bring Your A-Game. Here is the interview: http://bringyouragamemagazine.blogspot.com/2012/03/game-designer-buck-surdu-discusses-his.html

The Sontarans are Coming

| March 24, 2012

I continue to prepare for my Dr. Who game at Origins and Historicon.  I recently finished building drop ships for the Sontarans from some plastic, craft store ornaments and ketchup cups from a fast food restaurant. The don’t look exactly like the ones from the TV show, but they are close. I’m pretty happy with [...]

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 [...]

Pirates by GASLIGHT

| March 13, 2012

Chris and I ran a twenty-player pirate game at Cold Wars 2012 using the GASLIGHT rules.  We ran the game on Saturday night.  We were give an award by the convention awards committee. The game featured bands of pirates roaming around the table seeking treasure.  There were two towns to sack, the governor’s palace to [...]

Tripod Down at Cold Wars 2012

| March 13, 2012

At Cold Wars 2012 I ran a GASLIGHT game, called Tripod Down.  A Martian tripod was destroyed by the Earth men near the small British town of Bramley, but the crew survived.  Three more tripods were sent to rescue the crew. The game took place just prior to WWII.  The Brits had two anti-tank guns, [...]

The Prussian Cavalry are Coming!

| March 4, 2012

I’m still banging away at my Prussian corps for LSNC: Napoleonic Wars.  I needed one regiment of Hussars, but the figures come in a bag of 30 and a command bag of 9.  That allowed me to make 5 regiments (with one regiment short a figure, but hey, sue me). After all the Prussian line [...]

Totems!

| March 4, 2012

I bought this pack at Fall In from Recreational Conflict.  As a break after 700 10mm Prussians, I pulled these out and painted them.  I’ve come pretty close to my goal of painting all the figures I bought from the last convention.  I’ve painted enough that I don’t feel bad about the 10mm Prussian cavalry [...]