Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Colonial Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

| July 28, 2016

Last weekend several HAWKs joined me in a combined Colonial and Napoleonic play test day for Combat Patrol(TM) supplements.  Dave has been working on a Boer and Zulu supplement for Combat Patrol(TM), but because of his busy schedule we had been unable to test some of his ideas.  In particular, Dave has been concerned that [...]

Napoleonic Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

| July 28, 2016

Last weekend a bunch of the HAWKs came to my war room to conduct another play test of the Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol(TM) that Duncan is writing.  This play test focused on confirming the last batch of changes and looking at cavalry vs. infantry and cavalry vs. cavalry fights. The scenario involved a British [...]

Wargames Supply Dump Falconeers

| July 22, 2016

In my continuing effort to reduce the amount of unpainted lead in the war room, I have been trying to knock out at least ten figures a week, despite work, family commitments, and gaming / play testing time.  This week I finished nine “Falconeers” from the Dirk Garrison line at Wargames Supply Dump.  These are [...]

Theme or Mechanics?

| July 21, 2016

I read a post here in which Peter Schweighofer was musing about which comes first, theme or mechanics.  As he said in his post, theme gets people to the table, but mechanics keep them coming back.  As a good blog post should, it got me thinking.  Certainly, I have signed up for games at conventions [...]

HAWKs Games for Kids at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

Most games put on by the HAWKs are kid friendly, but we often dedicate a table in the HAWKS room to games specifically targeted at younger gamers.  This year we put on three of them. The Dragon is Dead Dave ran a game using Blood and Swash from the Big Battles for Little Hands book. [...]

HAWKs Games at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

In addition to the Combat Patrol(TM) games already noted in a previous post, the HAWKS ran many great games at Historicon 2016. Dave Wood’s 28mm Game using Fate of Battle: Look, Sarge, No Charts:  Napoleonic Wars: In this scenario the British, Spanish, and Portuguese were trying to capture two key bridges from the French.  I [...]

Combat Patrol(TM) at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

I ran three Combat Patrol(TM) games at Historicon 2016.  All turned out very well.  In two of the games there seemed to be someone who was struggling with the card-based mechanics, but after a couple of turns everyone was pretty much self sufficient and running the rules themselves.  I was relegated to the role of [...]

Sunday at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

Sunday morning tends to be pretty light at Historicon, Cold Wars, and Fall In.  A few years ago there was a push to add Sunday morning games.  The HAWKs responded.  We typically put on at least two Sunday morning games — which constitutes about half the scheduled games.  This year Eric ran his car race [...]

First Sample Card for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII Pacific Supplement

| July 15, 2016

I just received this first sample card from my artist.  I think the new, special deck for Japanese is going to look quite good.

Working on a Japanese Action Deck for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

| July 14, 2016

I have been working for a couple of months on Pacific War supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII.  The supplement involves new morale results for Japanese units as well as special rules for banzai charges and suicide attacks on vehicles.  The new morale results have more unit results and fewer individual results to reflect the unique [...]