Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Milk and Cookies Naval Rules

| May 23, 2017

The HAWKs have been putting on land battles under the banner Armies for Kids for several years.  We run a game at Historicon and then when it is over, the kids (under 10 years old) take home fully painted armies, rules, dice, tape measures, and often some terrain pieces to play the game at home [...]

Action at Murrell Bridge – The Refight

| May 22, 2017

The recent issue of Wargames Illustrated magazine included an article about Greg Priebe’s Falkland War supplement for Combat Patrol(TM).  The editors omitted Greg’s name as one of the co-authors of the article.  For space reasons, the section of the article that described the refight of the included Murrell Bridge scenario was not included in the [...]

How to Make a Space Ship

| May 21, 2017

In a previous post I showed a work in progress of some silver space ships that are meant to be evocative of the ship from The Day the Earth Stood Still. A few folks have asked for some more details on how they were constructed. I started with a microwave steamer meal.  After eating the [...]

Combat Patrol(TM) at NJCon

| May 17, 2017

NJ Con will be held on 9-10 June in New Jersey.  A number of the HAWKs are going to head up to run a few games.  Among the games we are taking up there are three Combat Patrol(TM) games. Zeb Cook is running a cowboy game using his under-development Wild West variant of Combat Patrol(TM): [...]

Weekend Works in Progress

| May 10, 2017

I have shown pictures of 1:48 French tanks for my Historicon scenario in previous posts.  This past weekend I worked on the platoon of infantry to go along with them. I am running two scenarios in the same French village, one in 1940 and one in 1944. In addition to the French figures, I also [...]

Hover Tanks for LSNC: SciFi

| May 5, 2017

I’m not sure I think that hovering tanks are very practical on a futuristic battlefield.  The cannot climb well, they are loud, they blow up a lot of dust and debris, and they are expensive.  The LCAC is useful for its purpose, but I am just not convinced of a general land battle use case. [...]

Added Some Weathering to 1:48 Scale Tanks

| May 5, 2017

I tried something new this week.  I used some withering powders for model railroads to dirty up my 1:48 scale French tanks a bit.  I didn’t want to go crazy with the weathering effects, but I wanted to get some dirtiness to the undersides of the vehicles and the tracks.  When you compare these to [...]

French 1:48 Scale Tanks

| May 2, 2017

I am getting ready to run a France 1940 game using Combat Patrol(TM): World War II at Historicon in July.  There is nothing like a convention promise to improve your painting throughput.  This past weekend the weather was nice enough I could sit in the back yard and airbrush six French tanks I recently purchased [...]