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HAWKs Tankfest Tour (part 3, Tankfest Preview Day)

| June 30, 2018

After breakfast in the hotel we headed for Bovington.  Friday was “preview day.”  Tankfest is officially Saturday, but getting there on Friday allowed us to see the museum and all the additional vendors brought in for the day.  Since most of the people were out watching the tanks drive around the track, the museum was […]

HAWKs Tankfest Tour (part 2 – The Imperial War Museum)

| June 30, 2018

The next morning we checked out of our hotel, left our bags at the front desk, and got on the train.  Our intent was to hit the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum, and (if time permitted) the National Army Museum.  After an uneventful tube right to Westminster, we headed for the War […]

HAWKs Tankfest Tour (part 1)

| June 30, 2018

Last year, I came to England with my family, and we had a great time.  A highlight for me was a visit to the Tank Museum in Bovington.  As with many museum visits, my family patiently put up with Bovington for a couple of hours and then kept hinting that it was time to leave. […]

Moro Supplement for Combat Patrol

| June 26, 2018

I just posted the latest free supplement to Combat Patrol here:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html Like nearly all the supplements, this one is free. This supplement includes optional rules to add to your Combat Patrol games for this theater.  We have had a lot of fun play testing this supplement through a variety of Moro games.  You can […]

Pulp space ship

| June 24, 2018

These have been sitting on my project table for a while, and I finally got around to finishing them this morning. The first one if made from a Denny’s kid’s meal cup.  I sprayed it gold about three years ago.  Today I painted the red fin, attached the rocket gun in the nose, and printed […]

Beware the Drantakhs!

| June 21, 2018

Over the weekend and this week I finished my Drantakh force.  The Drantakhs are figures manufactured by Badger Games.  They are science fiction figures with dinosaur-like heads.  The sculpting is nice, and the molding is almost without any flash. In a previous post I showed the headquarters personnel and the heavy weapons.  This weekend I […]

Look, Sarge, No Charts: SciFi Play Test

| June 20, 2018

Last club night, Dave Wood ran a play test of his Look, Sarge, No Charts: Science Fiction scenario fo Historicon 2018.  The rules have been under development, on and off, for a few years, and some aspects are starting to shape up.  In particular the cyber phase is working well.  I am not quite happy […]

Napoleonic Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

| June 11, 2018

The second play test game yesterday was a game Duncan will run at Historicon with the Napoleonic supplement to Combat Patrol(TM).  The scenario involved a supply convoy getting ambushed by Spanish guerrillas and Portuguese troops in a small town. Though my Portuguese and Crazy Dave’s Spanish were just about wiped out, the arrival of two […]

Combat Patrol(TM) in Little Basely by the Sea

| June 11, 2018

I have been away for work quite a bit lately, so I haven’t had a chance to play test my scenarios for Historicon at regular club nights.  I invited a few folks over to play test one of Greg’s and my Sea Lion games and Duncan’s Combat Patrol(TM) Napoleonic games. In this scenario, a German […]

Drantakh Empire Troopers

| June 4, 2018

Badger Games (https://shop.badgergames.com/category.sc?categoryId=87) carries these really neat Drantakh troops.  Greg suggested that I paint them with the original Lost in Space silver jump suits. I completed the heavy weapons and command group figures.  I will begin working on the rank-and-file riflemen soon. I also recently ordered the tanks for the Drantakh.  I really like these […]