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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Combat Patrol(TM) South Pacific Battle Report

| July 30, 2017

Last night at our club, I ran a Combat Patrol(TM): WWII South Pacific game using the rules from the soon-to-be-released supplement.  It was a chance for a final play test of some of the rules before the release of the supplement in a couple of weeks.  In particular, I wanted to test the vehicle-mounted flamethrower [...]

Air Ship for Pulp and VSF Games

| July 28, 2017

Some months ago I succumbed to the lure of this really cool MDF air ship kit.  I have been staring at the stack of MDF, cardboard, and other bits for months.  Finally last weekend my daughter and I began to assemble it.  During the week we began to paint the various sub assemblies.  While I [...]

The Retreat from Moscow

| July 25, 2017

I have been working for over a month to complete a batch of Retreat from Moscow figures.  These were a Christmas present two Christmases ago.  They took a very long time to paint, because each one was a different, so I couldn’t really paint them by assembly line.  I think they came out nicely.  What [...]

Downed Plane

| July 25, 2017

I recently completed building a downed German fighter plane for a WWII skirmish game.  The plane was a cheap ($13) snap together kit meant for kids, but it was 1:48 scale.  The crew and the Home Guardsmen are Foundry. Rather than a single, large base, I decided to make the plan on three smaller bases.

Combat Patrol(TM) South Pacific Supplement is Almost Done!

| July 19, 2017

I completed the South Pacific master cards today. These are for the South Pacific supplement to Combat Patrol(TM). I have sent them to DriveThru to do their magic to make the cards ready to print. At that time, I’ll send the revised masters to Sally 4th to get ready to print them in the UK. [...]

Award Winning HAWKs at Historicon 2017

| July 18, 2017

We had four HAWKs win awards at Historicon 2017.  Geoff won an award for this Lego pirate game for kids.  Chris Johnson won an award for his American Civil War game for kids.  Don won an award for his Battleground WWII game on our French village table.  Eric won an award for his American Civil [...]

Combat Patrol Games Run at Historicon 2017

| July 17, 2017

There were several Combat Patrol(TM) games run at Historicon 2017. French vs. Italians 1940 The first was a Thursday game run by Eric Schlegel set in southern France in 1940.  It involved the Italians attacking the French.  I only managed to get one poor picture of this game.  You can see that the Italians had [...]

HAWKs run Games for Kids at Historicon

| July 16, 2017

As usual, the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielsers ran several games focusing on kids at Historicon.  Below is a quick rundown on some of them. Navies for Kids Giveaway Buck Surdu ran a game in which a group of kids were given a box full of boats and other materials.  They then chose sales for a [...]

Operation Sea Lion with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

| July 12, 2017

Chris Abbey at Sally 4th just published a very nice battle report on a Sea Lion game he ran with Combat Patrol from the Bolt Action scenario book.  See the details here. More information about the rules can be found on Sally 4th’s page or the rules’ Web page.

Combat Patrol Cards for Band of Brothers Starter Set

| July 7, 2017

Greg, one of the guys in our gaming group, suggested that I create a set of cards for the units in this starter set.  Warlord released the starter set along with Bolt Action 2.  It appears that a number of Bolt Acton players have been attracted to Combat Patrol.  I created a set of unit [...]