Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer
  • .: Welcome to my blog :.

    I'm John R. "Buck" Surdu. I have two Web pages that contain relatively static information about my professional life (including papers I've written) and my hobby life (including information about rules I've written and my wargaming projects). This blog is where I plan to post personal tidbits, like vacation pictures, wargaming projects, etc. Enjoy!
  • Barrage 2018 is only 11 Days Away

    Posted By on September 17, 2018

    Barrage 2018 is only 11 days away.  Don’t miss out on the fun.

    • TWO Flames of War tournaments
    • The largest ADLG tournament on this side of the Mississippi
    • Over 70 miniatures events with more being added daily
    • Dozens of kid-friendly games, so bring your young gamer and enjoy gaming together
    • Reasonably priced food on premises with good food options nearby
    • Spacious, free parking
    • Friendly game masters
    • The guys from Little Wars TV
    • Vendors and flea market tables

    This is gaming the way it should be:  no politics or kvetching, just a fun time miniatures gaming.

    If the large conventions are sucking the joy out of your gaming, come to the best little convention in this part of the country.

    The game grid is almost full, but there is still room for a handful of additional games.  Sign up today.  Bring a buddy.

    Getting Ready for HAWKs Barbarossa Theme Year

    Posted By on September 16, 2018

    Several of us in the HAWKs have decided to focus on Barbarossa for a number of our convention scenarios in 2019.  Chris will likely run a number of LSNC 1941 games, and I’ll be focusing on Combat Patrol(TM) skirmish games.  I have recently completed these two tanks and a squad of infantry in great coats.

    Tamiya KV-1 with Artisan Russian soldiers in greatcoats.

    Tamiya KV-II with Artisan Russians in greatcoats

    I started with Army Painter angel green and then applied a quick shade wash.  When I then sprayed the vehicles with Army Painter anti-shine matte finish, i got some crazing effects on the paint.  This is the second time this has happened to me, so there is some interaction between the Army Painter quick shade and anti-shine matte finish that I don’t understand.

    Barrage 2018 is Only 16 Days Away

    Posted By on September 11, 2018

    Don’t miss out on a all the fun of Barrage.  The schedule is nearly full, but there is still room for you — either as a game master or as a participant.  See www.hawks-barrage.org for more details.

    Barrage, run by the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs) is the finest small convention in this part of the country.  Over 70 events!  Three tournaments!  Good food on premises at reasonable prices!  Vendors!  Flea market tables!

    Rooman Reinforcements are Coming

    Posted By on September 11, 2018

    Back in the good old days, Ral Partha made ONE set of figures, called Roomans.  These were anthropomorphized kangaroos with spears and shields.  For some reason, the quirkiness of them always appeared to me, and whenever I found a pack in a bin, I would pick it up.  Over time, I amassed a pretty sizable collection of them.  We have just learned that the current owner of the molds is fixing up the master and is getting ready to re-release them.  I also hope that means that new poses will be coming soon.  You can click these images to enlarge them.

    A Rooman phalanx lead by my airborne-qualified Rooman commander

    Rooman swordsmen

    Rooman Gatling Gun crew with musketeers

    Rooman crossbowmen

    I am excited to hear these will be available soon, and I hope this means that additional poses and weapons will be available soon as well.

    Come to Barrage 2018

    Posted By on September 10, 2018

    Them! for Fall In 2018 Play Test

    Posted By on September 10, 2018

    This weekend we had a small play test of a scenario I am going to run at Fall In with Greg Priebe using To Be Continued… by GASLIGHT.  The scenario involves six groups of US soldiers advancing into a secret Nazi laboratory where the mad scientists are experimenting with creating creatures to help with the war effort.  These include giant ants, a giant crab, and other baddies. Also in the lab is a brilliant allied scientist who you can see in the picture above.

    Each player had a team of six soldiers armed with a submachine gun, BAR, and four rifles.  The Americans were competing to be the first to get a scientific device or other information out of the laboratory.  They had cards they could plan on each other to lay German patrols or giant ants on the other players.

    The Germans and ants got tougher the closer they got to the laboratory.  In the picture above, a gelatin creature engages in hand to hand combat with three Americans.

    The giant crab was a difficult opponent, killing one or two soldiers, but eventually the American firepower prevailed.

    An overview of the table before the action kicked off.  The caverns are from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1084069684/tablescapes-dungeons-modular-rpg-dungeons-by-secre/description.

    Of the four players who started the game, two were wiped out, and two other players each got off the table with one scientific device.  This is meant to be a six-player game, so with the added firepower, American casualties should be lower.

    Come to Barrage 2018

    Posted By on September 10, 2018

    Come to Barrage 2018

    Posted By on September 6, 2018

    Barrage 2018 is Nearing

    Posted By on September 6, 2018

    28 and 29 September

    Havre de Grace, MD

    See www.hawks-barrage.org for more details.

    Preparations for Barrage 2018 Continue

    Posted By on September 6, 2018

    28 and 29 September 2018

    Havre de Grace Maryland

    See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information.