Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Pulp Sci Fi Figures

| June 26, 2016

I haven’t had a lot of painting time this past week, but last weekend I started on a handful of pulp science fiction figures from Wargames Supply Dump.  Many of the Dirk Garrison figure seem very inspired by the Flash Gordon comic strips.  These Disidian Yeomen resemble the warriors under Prince Barin of Arboria. My [...]

No War Toys or War Movies?

| June 22, 2016

A few months ago, I saw a post on one of the on-line blogs in which the author had taken a dollar store armored vehicle, applied a few bits, and made it a science fiction armored vehicle.  The genius is that many of the armored vehicles that came in packs of plastic army men were [...]

Didn’t Get Much Hobby Work Done this Week

| June 19, 2016

The beginning of the week I was in Costa Rica on a family vacation, so I didn’t do much in the way of hobby stuff.  On Saturday, I did manage to work on a few odds and ends type figures while the kids were out with their buddies.  In short bursts I can paint the [...]

Costa Rica, 13-14 June, 2016

| June 15, 2016

On Monday morning (13th) we woke, packed, and had our final breakfast at Cabinas Capulin, in Monte Verde.  Then Orlando picked us up and took us to the Curi Cancha nature preserve.  This is one of many privately owned preserves in Costa Rica.  We went looking for wildlife — and found some. We took this [...]

Costa Rica, 12 June 2016

| June 13, 2016

On this day, we were on our own in Monte Verde without our guide, Orlando.  We began with another terrific breakfast, provided in the reception area of Cabinas Capulin before setting out for the Don Juan coffee and cacao tour.  The Don Juan tour was billed as “three tours in one:” coffee, sugar cane, and [...]

Costa Rica, 11 June

| June 12, 2016

After a terrific breakfast at our cabins, Orlando met us and took us to the Selvatura Cloud Forest park, where we began a zip line tour over the cloud forest.  Where we were in Monte Verde, Costa Rica, looks a little like a tropical rain forest, but in fact a cloud forest is different.  Where [...]

Costa Rica, 8-11 June 2016

| June 11, 2016

Over the past 6 Summers we worked to get the kids to all 50 states in the US before Tommy went off to college.  We managed to complete that goal about a week before he reported into West Point for Beast Barracks.  We had thought about trying to go to England this Summer, but the [...]

Star Ducks are Done

| June 8, 2016

Late last night before packing for a family vacation, I finished 36 of these Archive Miniatures Star Ducks. For a few of the ducks whose weapons were not well cast, I ordered some retro science fiction weapons from the Dirk Garrison line from Wargames Supply Dump.  I think these retro weapons look good on the [...]

Sally 4th Terra Blocks Photo Booth

| June 8, 2016

My teenage daughter just finished assembling and painting this small terrain item from Sally 4th.  It is a photo booth like the ones seen at tourist attractions and shopping malls.  The kit is part of Sally 4th’s Terra Blocks line.  For £3.50, I think this was a great value.  The kit went together very easily without [...]

Painting Figures in Black and White

| June 7, 2016

There was a recent post on TMP about whether people have experimented with painting figures in other than color.  That reminded me of these figures I painted some years ago.  At the time, I had grand plans of doing a whole game in black and white except for the camera crew to give the game [...]