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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Pre-printed Vehicle Cards for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

| September 27, 2017

For many months, Sally 4th has been selling sets of cards for many of the platoons whose orders of battle are posted for free on the Combat Patrol(TM) rules Web site (http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html).  These include U.S. Armored Infantry and German Panzergrenadiers.  These are professionally printed cards with all the information already filled out and ready to […]

More ducks?!

| September 25, 2017

I recently purchased this package of ducks form Archive miniatures on Ebay.  Yesterday I had a chance to paint the.  

Barrage 2017 Moved to January 2018

| September 24, 2017

As the original date for Barrage 2017 approaches, I wanted to remind everyone that, due to a scheduling conflict with our venue, that Barrage 2017 will be held 19-20 January 2018.  This will still be referred to as “Barrage 2017.”  Knowing that weather in January can be somewhat unpredictable, we have scheduled the following weekend, […]

Sunday play tests for Fall In and other stuff

| September 20, 2017

This weekend I had a chance to do some gaming and also do a little painting.  Greg found something called the “rust bunker” in MDF from a company, called Impudent Mortal.  Instead of painting it in post-apocalypse rusted metal, I painted it in gray to be a bunker in some Star Wars games. Greg turned […]

Tanks for the memories…

| September 13, 2017

I have been working on a stack of kits that were sitting on my war room floor.  These included some Bandai plastic kits and some Blitzkrieg Miniatures resin kits.  This is part of my campaign to be able to walk into the war room. All of these kits will find themselves in a Combat Patrol(TM): […]

Combat Patrol(TM) Star Wars game on Friday

| September 11, 2017

Last Friday night we played another Combat Patrol(TM) game to test the soon-to-be-released Star Wars supplement.  This scenario involved droids versus clones.  I had recently gotten my hands on a couple of droid and clone tanks, so this gave us a chance to try — and correct — vehicle stats for the supplement.  This was […]

| September 11, 2017

Yesterday HAWKs member, Greg Priebe, and I got together to take some illustrative and filler pictures for the nearly-completed Star Wars supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): World War II.  This supplement is nearly complete and should be released in a couple of weeks. We also had a chance to review the vehicle and weapon listings and […]

HAWKs Launch Battle in a Box Contest

| September 6, 2017

The Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers are launching the Battle in a Box contest for Fall In! 2018.  Pass the word! See more information here:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Battle_in_a_Box_Contest.html

54mm French and Indian Figures

| September 6, 2017

My dad has been collecting Britains and other similar figures as long as I can remember.  He must have 10,000 of them in show cases.  In recent years, he has been collecting the Collector’s Showcase French and Indian figures.  He sent me these pictures today of his “pseudo diorama.” He doesn’t enjoy gaming, so these […]


| September 5, 2017

Almost a year ago I found these goofy octopus tentacles in a bin at a store and immediately decided they would be useful for gaming. I finally got around to mounting them to heavy washers so they would stand up.  I then used ModPodge to create some texturing on the bases.  Then four coats of […]