Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

The Final Act

| July 13, 2016

This picture is really hard to see.  I drew it 30+ years ago in pencil on a piece of loose leaf paper.  This cartoon depicted a party of adventurers bursting into a room during a Tunnels and Trolls game.  I don’t remember why the one character had his face explode as the party entered, but […]

Barrage 2016 Web Portal Goes “Live”

| July 12, 2016

The all new Web portal for Barrage 2016 has gone live for people to register as attended and GMs.  This year the folks who bring you the popular HAWKs rooms at the various HMGS conventions have expanded Barrage from one day to two days.  Take a look at the Web portal (www.hawks-barrage.org).  Come back frequently […]

Completed 11 Khanopian Guards

| July 11, 2016

A few weeks ago, I ordered a bunch of figures from Wargames Supply Dump in the Dirk Garrison range.  I had been working on them a half hour at a time most of the week, but today I had a chance to finish them up. The figures have a very retro comic book styling to […]

Japanese vs. Americans with Combat Patrol

| July 11, 2016

This weekend, Sam Fuson hosted a gaming day at War Horse farm in Gettysburg, PA.  I had a chance to play in a modern skirmish game with Ed Duffy’s modern rules he’s been developing.  In the afternoon I ran a slightly modified reprise of my American raid on a Japanese radio site on “some island” […]

Combat Patrol(TM) at Historicon 2016

| July 8, 2016

There will be several Combat Patrol(TM) games at Historicon next weekend.  Sign up for one of the games, come by to see if there is space, or just come by to watch how this elegant system works. Thursday, 1400:  The Battle Before the Battle (GM: Duncan Adams):  Battalions formed; lines dressed; banners flying. The drums […]

Sally 4th Corner Shops

| July 4, 2016

During my very enjoyable experience at Partizan in June, I had a chance to look at the buildings from Sally 4th with the photo-realistic covers applied to them.  I picked up the corner shops, part of the Normandy range, and brought it home.  I had begun construction a couple of weeks ago, but life got in […]

A Little Painting

| July 3, 2016

Despite a business trip and a bunch of gaming this week, I did manage to get a little painting accomplished. At Nashcon I found three packs of figures.  They were supposed to be promotional giveaways from some sort of tournament.  One of the vendors had them available for sale.  I thought they would be a […]

Combat Patrol (TM) Rubbled City Play Test for Historicon

| July 3, 2016

On Saturday some members of my gaming club met at my house to prepare for our series of rubbled city games at Historicon 2016. At Fall In 2015 several of the HAWKs ran a series of skirmish games on the same terrain board.  The idea was to set up an elaborate table and then use […]

Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test for Historicon

| July 3, 2016

Friday during our club night I ran a play test for the scenario I plan to run at Historicon in a couple of weeks using Combat Patrol(TM).  The table doesn’t look like much.  I had been on a business trip all week, and I couldn’t find the sheet I have for the town square or […]