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A Fourth Combat Patrol (TM) Video

| January 27, 2016

I just posted another Combat Patrol (TM) Instructional video on YouTube. This one describes the process of anti-tank fire. You can get to it through the rules’ Web page or directly on YouTube.  Check it out!

Combat Patrol(TM) Design Articles on Cigarbox Battles

| January 23, 2016

I wrote a longish article on the design process for Combat Patrol(TM): World War II.  It was originally serialized and posted on The War-games Website.  After the six-month exclusive period expired, the articles have been reposed on Cigarbox Battles.  The first three parts of this four-part article are posted now.  Please give them a read […]

Combat Patrol Science Fiction Support Weapons

| January 19, 2016

I have been collecting figures to adapt Combat Patrol(TM): World War II for science fiction skirmishes.  I have the Woodbine figures from the movie Aliens, the Sergeant Major’s Miniatures Firefly crew, and a bunch of Reaper Bones science fiction figures.  Chris pointed out that for an open-field type science fiction skirmish we needed some vehicles […]

Boot Hill Friday Night

| January 17, 2016

Friday night we had two miniatures games at the club.  Eric ran a Hogwarts themed game with Blood and Swash.  The other was Zeb’s cowboy free for all using the old TSR Boot Hill rules. The game was a wild affair with various groups fighting to break a prisoner out of the jail, keep him […]

X-Wing Game in Orlando

| January 13, 2016

I was in Orlando this week for work.  This evening I had a chance to play a largish X-Wing game with a guy from work at a local hobby store, Paladin.  My dice were characteristically cold, and I was down from 6 to 2 ships in just a couple of turns.  The game was nonetheless […]

New Combat Patrol (TM) video posted

| January 10, 2016

I posted another Combat Patrol (TM) demonstration video to the rules’ Web page:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html.

Storing X-Wing Stuff

| January 5, 2016

The question came up on The Miniatures Page about how people store their X-Wing ships.   I found this to be the most cost-effective — and safest — way to store mine.  I started with a 4-liter Really Useful Box.  I cut a piece of 1/2-inch blue insulation board to fit inside.  Then I drilled holes […]

HAWKs Ring in the New Year with GASLIGHT

| January 2, 2016

As has been our tradition since 2008, I hosted a New Year’s Eve gaming event at my house for members of the Harford Area Weekly Kreigspeilers.  We began at about 3:30 in the afternoon with a 14-player GASLIGHT free-for-all set in Egypt.  My New Year’s Eve pulp games typically feature Duke Morrison and his buddies […]