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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Combat Patrol(TM): World War I

| December 30, 2015

As is the HAWKs holiday custom, Duncan hosted a game at his house last night.  He has been hosting a game sometime on or about Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve, depending on how the holidays fall in the week for some years.  This year he chose to use Combat Patrol for a semi-reprise of one […]

No Heart Attack in My Immediate Future

| December 29, 2015

     I was mentioning to Chris a week or so ago that my unpainted lead pile was getting dangerously low.  For many years, my policy has been not to buy figures at a convention unless I had finished the figures I had purchased at the previous convention.  With three big conventions a year, this […]

Completed Machine-gun Teams

| December 21, 2015

I found two interesting sets of figures a month or two ago in the local hobby shop.  These are Bolt Action figures.  Though I don’t play Bolt Action, the figures are nonetheless useful. The first is a three-figure set of a .30 cal machine-gun team on the move. The second is a .50 cal machine-gun […]

Combat Patrol Winter War Game

| December 19, 2015

Yesterday at our usual club gaming night, I ran a Combat Patrol(TM): World War II game with a Winter War (1939) scenario.  A Russian convoy, consisting of a T-35, two BT-7s, and two squads of infantry was assigned the mission to push up a snow-covered road.  The Finns, including a captured Russian AT gun, were […]

This just made me laugh!

| December 15, 2015

Why can’t those guys in Washington figure it out?!

Shipping Containers for SciFi Skirmish Gaming

| December 13, 2015

I have previously mentioned that I want to build a modular space ship for SciFi skirmish gaming — probably using Combat Patrol(TM). A couple weeks ago I also showed some 10mm buildings that were constructed from plastic boxes and then covered with facades.  I had a eight of those boxes left over from that project […]

Combat Patrol SciFi?

| December 13, 2015

I have been getting quiet queries in Email from people who are already playing Combat Patrol(TM): WWII (http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html) about Combat Patrol for other periods than WWII.  The title should suggest that I have always had it in mind to apply the Combat Patrol(TM) system and the GAMER(TM) engine to other periods.  Even during play testing, […]

Completed 50 Dutch Figures

| December 12, 2015

Several years ago I picked up a batch of 20mm Dutch soldiers for gaming Dordrecht in 1940.  I began work on a Dordrecht scenario book for Skirmish Campaigns many years back, but the effort got shelved in favor of other projects.  When I was still pushing Beer and Pretzels Skirmish (BAPS), some gamers in the […]

Combat Patrol for Christmas

| December 10, 2015

It is NOT too late to order Combat Patrol and receive the cards in time for Christmas gift giving.  Give that war-gamer in your life — even if that’s yourself — this really exciting and innovative rules set for WWII skirmish actions.  Order them now and have them in time to start the New Year […]


| December 8, 2015

I haven’t had much hobby time the past couple of weeks with holidays and work.  I received these “helper” figures from Sergeant Major’s Miniatures in the mail and took a break from a mob of 20mm Dutch WWII figures to paint them up.  I typically prime figures in gray or black, but for these I […]