Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

More Russians and Some Really Useful Boxes

| September 29, 2013

I recently finished eight more battalions of Russian infantry.  To finish the VII and VIII corps, I just need to complete several regiments of cavalry and many leaders.  It takes 30 figures to make an infantry battalion but only 10 for a cavalry regiment, so I suspect it won’t take long to complete the order [...]

My Formal Retirement Ceremony from the US Army

| September 28, 2013

On 26 September 2013 I participated in my formal retirement ceremony conducted by the Old Guard at Conmy Hall at Ft. Myer, VA.  More pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoldguard/sets/72157635920974634/. Many family, friends, and co-workers attended, including Marcel “Frenchy” Lettre, who was my battalion commander when I was a company commander (above); my parents, mother-in-law, sister, [...]

Last Uniform Photo

| September 25, 2013

Tomorrow is my official retirement ceremony; although, I don’t become a civilian until 1 October.  Today I had a last “official” type photo taken in uniform.  Tomorrow I’ll take it off for the last time.  I have mixed emotions over all this.

World War II Skirmish Ideas, part 7

| September 24, 2013

If you have been following this series of posts, you’ll recall that I am developing some concepts for a new skirmish-level World War II game.  In previous posts, I’ve provided examples of some of the action cards as they’ve evolved.  Above is a sample unit record sheet for a player.  Note that each player is [...]

This Morning I was Important; This Afternoon I’m Just Some Guy

| September 24, 2013

Today I completed my final out-processing from the Army and began what is ominously called “terminal leave.”  I will be on “terminal leave” the remainder of the week and then return to work on Monday as the deputy of the technology development program in which I was one of several project managers.  It’s interesting and [...]

Completed Several Battalions of 1812 Russians

| September 18, 2013

For the first time since May I had a chance to do some painting.  Sam Fuson has made sheets of labels for Fate of Battle that reflect real orders of battle.  For my Russian force, I am building out Bagration’s VII and VIII corps.  My current Russian force was an ad hoc mixture of things [...]

WWII Skirmish Idea, part 6 (I think)

| September 17, 2013

I’ve continued to think about the WWII skirmish ideas while running.  Today I had both a six-mile run and a two-hour plane trip to think about this.  I have been wanting to simplify the cards a bit while also wanting to address indirect fire in a more streamlined fashion. In the top third of the [...]

Barrage 2013

| September 15, 2013

Yesterday the Harford Area Weekly Kreigspeilers (HAWKS) ran our annual gaming day, Barrage, in the Havre de Grace community center.  Above is a picture of the team that put together this very successful gaming event.  At it’s peak we had about 130 participants, and we presented 42 miniatures events along with a Flames of War [...]

Began Work on Russian Jaegers

| September 10, 2013

I started work last weekend on eight battalions of 10mm Russian Jaegers.  It was the first time I’ve picked up a brush since May.  Between the move to a new house, Summer vacations, and other events, I just haven’t had time to paint.  I have been trying to fill out my Russian forces IAW the [...]

Backpacking Shenandoah National Park

| September 4, 2013

This past three-day weekend I went with the Venture Crew to backpack in Shenandoah National Park.  This was meant to be the kids’ first overnight, long-distance, back-country, backpacking trip in preparation for our planned trip to the Grand Canyon next Summer.  The kids did a very good job for their first trip of this kind. [...]