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 TODAY

    Posted By on September 28, 2018

    Don’t let the rain keep you away from Barrage 2018.  Barrage runs today (at noon) until 2000 tomorrow, Saturday.  Don’t miss the best two days of gaming you’ll experience for a long time.

    See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information, directions, lists of games, etc.

    You could lament the rain, or you could come to Barrage 2018.  We have spacious, free, paved parking right next to the convention venue.  You’ll barely get your feet wet.  And it is easy to carry your loot from the deals and flea markets to your car and come back for more!

    Barrage 2018 is just TWO days away

    Posted By on September 26, 2018

    These two soldiers will be at Barrage in TWO days.

    September 28-29, 2018.  Don’t miss these TWO days of gaming fun!

    See www.hawks-barrage.org for more details and to sign up.

    Barrage 2018 is in FOUR Days

    Posted By on September 24, 2018

    These four soldiers would rather be at Barrage 2018 in just FOUR days.

    Barrage 2018 is in just FOUR days, 28-29 September 2018.  Don’t miss this excellent two-day gaming event with over 70 events, a third of which are kid friendly.  Find more information and signup at www.hawks-barrage.org.  This is the best small convention in the region.

    And don’t miss out on a chance to see the vendors who will be at Barrage 2018:

    • Age of Glory
    • Pictor’s Studio
    • Critical Hit
    • B&V Traders
    • War Store Collectables
    • Six Sided Simulations
    • LittleWarsTV

    Five Days Until Barrage 2018

    Posted By on September 23, 2018

    These five space mercenary women are headed to Barrage 2018 in five days!

    Barrage 2018, run by the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs) is just FIVE days away.  These TWO DAYS of non-stop gaming are just around the corner.  Don’t miss this terrific event. There are lots of games that are kid-friendly, so bring your younger gamer and build some memories.  Go to www.hawks-barrage.org for more details, directions, local hotels, and to sign up.

    These five soldiers are preparing for Barrage 2018 in just FIVE DAYS.


    7 Days to Barrage 2018

    Posted By on September 21, 2018

    The countdown has begun.  Seven Russian soldiers represent seven days left to Barrage 2018, 28 and 29 September in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information and to sign up.

    • Over 70 miniatures gaming events covering a wide variety of scales, periods, and genres
    • About a third of the evens are kid-friendly, so bring you younger gamers
    • Friendly game masters
    • Two Flames of War tournaments
    • The largest ADLG tournament on this side of the Mississippi
    • Quality vendors
    • Flea market tables
    • Reasonably-priced food on premises and more food options nearb
    • The guys from LittleWarsTV


    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