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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Duncan’s Traditional Christmastime Game

| December 29, 2014

One of many HAWKs traditions is the Christmastime game at Duncan’s house sometime during the holidays.  Often the game is set in the War of 1812 and often in the winter.  This year Duncan hosted an American raid on a British encampment in Canada in the winter.  The American objective was to capture supplies, loot, [...]

What Makes a Movie a “Christmas Movie?”

| December 23, 2014

I got in a discussion recently about what makes a movie a Christmas movie.  (By the way, in this post, I will use the term “movie” liberally, applying it to 22-minute short animated shorts as well as live action feature films.)  The movie in question was March of the Wooden Soldiers, starring Laurel and Hardy. [...]

Hide the picnic lunch. The ants are coming!

| December 21, 2014

I recently ordered some 10mm giant ants from Magister Militium for my fantasy armies.  I went back and forth on whether to make them black ants or red ants.  I decided on red. I like the looks of these figures.  The giant ants are in sort of a centaur pose. I thought the praying mantises [...]

HAWKs Night

| December 20, 2014

Last night was HAWKs night.  There were two simultaneous games.  The first was Kurt Schlegel’s 1973 Arab-Israeli War game based on the battle of Quatre Bras.  Since many of the HAWKs supported the 114th Signal Battalion’s SLPD (see http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=3350) the various game masters have taken turns running their version of the scenario at club nights. [...]

Only Seven Days Until Christmas

| December 18, 2014

Anything But a Twenty

| December 18, 2014

Greg Priebe, one of the guys in our gaming group, sent me a note about a toy available at Target stores from the Disney movie, Planes.  It is a good size for 28mm figures and looks like a C-119 cargo plane.  I’ve always liked the look of the C-119.  Before I could take action on [...]

Labels for Bear Yourselves Valiantly

| December 8, 2014

The Look, Sarge, No Charts family of rules uses special dice to take the place of chart cards.  During development of the first set of rules, Look, Sarge, No Charts: World War II, I used wooden cubes from a craft store for play testing.  Those cubes are a little smaller than the blank dice that [...]

Northwest Frontier

| December 7, 2014

Some years ago, at one of the HMGS East conventions, the giveaway for all attendees was a small sprue of four or five 25mm plastic British colonial figures.  Most of the HAWKs handed me their sprues, because they didn’t do any colonial gaming in this scale and thought I could use them in a GASLIGHT [...]

Disney Goes Team Punk

| December 7, 2014

I was in Orlando last week for a conference for work.  I had an opportunity one evening to spend an hour or two at the Downtown Disney marketplace looking for stocking stuffers for my kids and wife.  In the art store I saw this picture and had to take a photo of it.

Additional 10mm Figures Completed This Weekend

| December 7, 2014

This weekend I continued to pick away at unpainted 10mm figures.  The three units I finished this weekend were Copplestone 10mm figures.  I like the way the archers are mounted in pairs.  They are easier to paint than individuals, but not as easy to paint as strips of Old Glory or Games Workshop 10mm figures. [...]