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 2017 was a great success

    Posted By on January 23, 2018

    See pictures here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/142143895@N06/albums/72157668763280169/page1

    One Day to Barrage

    Posted By on January 18, 2018

    Barrage is tomorrow in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  See http://www.hawks-barrage.org for more information, directions, etc.

    Tomorrow and Saturday will be great days for gaming.  The weather will be too cold to be outside working on your honey-do list.  It has snowed recently, but the roads are clear and dry.  We have food available on site for a reasonable price, so once you get hear you won’t have to go out in the cold.

    We have a terrific slate of games on offer.  Why not sped the day doing what you love with a great bunch of fellow gamers?  Come for both days.  Can’t take off Friday, come after work.  But don’t miss all the fun.

    Two Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 17, 2018


    The best little wargaming convention on the East Coast is in JUST TWO DAYS.  Come to two days of non-stop gaming fun at Barrage.  See http://www.hawks-barrage.org for more details.

    Two soldiers blowing a hole in the opposition to get to Barrage.

    Pulp Figures, Star Wars Tower, and Crooked Dice Cultists

    Posted By on January 15, 2018

    Pulp Figures French Foreign Legion figures.

    I purchased a number of Pulp Figures packs at Historicon, and I finally got around to painting them.  My unpaired lead collection is getting dangerously low.  I like these figures.  They have the stereotypical Bob Murch style and animation, which I love.  My only complaint is that there aren’t enough poses to make a nice unit for skirmish gaming.

    I also purchased a pack of the masked avengers figures.  It turns out that I already had this set, but I painted it anyway, this time in different colors than the first set.

    The Green Hornet and Cato.

    Other masked avengers.

    I have been slowly painting the Star Wars buildings I got from Imperial Terrain.  My daughter painted the first one (see previous post).  I knocked this one out this weekend.

    These are staged with Matchbox scout troopers on speeder bikes.  These can be found on Ebay for a couple of dollars, while the Collectable Miniatures figures are $10 or more — if you can even find them.

    Finally, I knocked out these Crooked Dice female cultists that I picked up some time ago.

    Four Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 15, 2018


    Four days to Barrage.  See http://www.hawks-barrage.org for more information.

    These four soldiers are prepared for Barrage. Are you?

    Five Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 14, 2018


    There are only FIVE days until Barrage.  This two-day gaming convention is sponsored by the Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers.  See more information on events and logistics at http://www.hawks-barrage.org

    Five female space mercenaries plan to infiltrate Barrage. Will they find you there having fun?

    Five Confederate soldiers prepare for Barrage.

    Six Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 13, 2018


    There are only six days left until Barrage!  See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information.  Two days of great gaming fun await you!

    These six soldiers want to know why you aren’t coming to Barrage.


    Seven Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 12, 2018

    The Barrage, two-day gaming convention is only seven days away.  Go to www.hawks-barrage.org and sign up now!  Don’t miss all the great games.  This is a low-key, high-fun annual event.

    These seven space ducks are blasting their way to Barrage. Will you be left behind?

    If you haven’t attended Barrage in the past, you are missing one of the best gaming events of the year.  We have over 50 gaming events, two Flames of War tournaments, an ADLG tournament, vendors, on-site food at reasonable prices, and fun, fun, fun.

    If you go to www.hawks-barrage.org you can see the listing of events and find directions, information about local hotels, etc.

    Eight Days to Barrage

    Posted By on January 11, 2018

    There are only eight days until Barrage.  Don’t miss the fun!  See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information about a two-day schedule of quality gaming events.

    These eight Union soldiers are headed to Barrage. Don’t be a straggler.

    Eight rockettruppen are headed for Barrage. Don’t be left grounded.

    Nine Days to Barrage!

    Posted By on January 10, 2018

    There are only nine days until Barrage.  See www.hawks-barrage.org for more information.

    Nine soldiers headed to Barrage. Will you be among them?