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A first look at Combat Patrol Napoleonics

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Mr Midshipman Whistler and the Spanish Farm

Yesterday, my son Lewis and I had a first test game of the Combat Patrol Napoleonic Skirmish supplement... Buck had warned us that it was very much a work in progress, rough first draft, but we were keen to give it a go. We normally do big Napoleonics, multi-Corp games using Blucher and big bases full of 6mm figures, so this was very much the opposite extreme. We liked the idea of being able to game the sort of encounters that had enter...

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Combat Patrol Participation - Partizan 2016 Part 2

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Combat Patrol Participation Game, 22nd May 2016, Partizan - Newark Part 2

We were very lucky this year to be joined by Buck Surdu, retired US Army Colonel and prolific rules author. Buck has recently released the most refreshing and original set of WW2 rules that I have encountered in the 35 years or so that I have been wargaming the Second World War. Combat Patrol is set at the same level of engagement as Bolt Action, so figures are mounted individually and are completely interc...

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Combat Patrol Participation - Partizan 2016

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Normandy 1944 - D+2 - Part 1

Combat Patrol Participation game at Partizan 22nd May 2016.

A sleepy market town, 12 miles inlanf from the Normandy coast is fiercely contested. Captured and held by elements of 82nd Airborne on 7th June, the town sees a determined counterattack by German Airborne and Panzergrenadier troops before its cleared by US Armor and Armored Infantry moving inland to join up with the thinly spread Airborne carpet.

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Zombicide 3D Action

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Zombicide 3D Action

using Urban Blocks from Sally 4th

Zombicide 3D Gaming Terrain

Last weekend Ann, Lewis and I decided to try out Zombicide board g...

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A 10 Day Army Part 4, The Vehicles

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A US Rifle Platoon, Armored Rifle Company, Armored Battalion 1944

We wanted to have some additional forces for our participation game at Partizan yesterday (22nd May 2016) so I set myself a challenge to assemble, paint & base a Armored Rifle Platoon (55 all ranks and five M3 Halftracks in 10 days). This little project came in on time and budget. The vehicles and the infantry basing were completed late on Friday night, in time to pack and head down to Newark on Saturday mornin...

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A 10 Day Army Part 3 Painting 28mm WW2 US Infantry

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Painting against a deadline focuses the mind on what's needed and what is the most efficient way to achieve it.

On Sunday we are putting on a WW2 participation game using 'Buck' Surdu's excellent Combat Patrol rules. About a week ago I identified that we needed another allied platoon and choose to model a US Rifle Platoon of a US Rifle Company of an Armored Battalion, around 55 miniatures and 5 vehicles. I needed to make the best use of my time, lunchbreaks at work and an hour or s...

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A 10 Day Army - Part 2

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Last night I made a good start on the 10 Day US Armored Platoon Project and completed the tasks in the plan for day 1, i.e assemble one vehicle kit and at least 10 figure.

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A 10 Day Army - Part 1

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Every time that we put on a big game at a show I end up promising my wife that it will never be that way again; the next time we will only book in a game once we have all of the terrain made and the figures painted and based. The intention is always there at the start, but being a ‘normal’ wargamer the desire is always their to do that little bit more or to do it that bit better.

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Combat Patrol Participation Game at Partizan 2016

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This year we are extremely lucky that 'Buck' Surdu, author of Combat Patrol and many, many more great wargames will be joining us to run a participation game at Partizan in Newark on Sunday 22nd May.

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Bear Yourself Valiantly the start of A War of the Roses project

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Bear Yourself Valiantly Wargame Rules by Buck Surdu

My son Lewis and I had been talking about playing a War of the Roses campaign for many months, but we just could not find a set of rules that we liked that had a realistic feel to them but did not give you a headache crossreferencing data in charts, looking things up in rulebbooks or quick play sheets. We had both really enjoyed playing Combat Patrol, which is also written by Buck Surdu, both for WW2 gaming and also for Winter o...

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