The Starship Shmootar

Over the past several months I have occasionally posted pictures of works in progress for the space ship I am building for Combat Patrol(TM) science fiction skirmish games.  After finishing up some additional “furniture,” I assembled what I have completed and took a couple of pictures.

A view of the bridge
Another view of the bridge
A final view of the bridge

I have been building rooms from Depron, which is essentially the foam stuff between cardboard in foam core board.  It cuts easily and glues with Tacky Glue.  The idea is to build a bunch of these boxes and then be able to assemble them in different configurations from game to game.  I haven’t determined what the basic deck of the ship will be made of on which these boxes will be arranged.  Greg has ordered a mat made from mouse pad material that might work.

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The link above is to the warp core to my space ship.

A look down the hallway. The seam is between two sheets of Depron. I'll eventually replace this base with something more interesting.
A view of the sick bay
A view of two bunk rooms

I printed the doors on card stock.  I found glue sticks that are the kind of glue on post-it notes, so they can be removed and replaced at will.  The glue leaves no residue behind.  In the picture below, you can see what a door looks like when it is opened.  During a game I’ll be able to pull off the closed doors and replace them with opened doors at will.

The day room and a storage room. The day room needs more furniture.
A view of the shower / locker room
The armory on the left and the transporter room on the right

I made the corner light bars and the doors in PowerPoint.  The corner light bars help hide the seams in the boxes and also provide a sufficiently science fiction look.

The storage room on the left and the dayroom on the right
Another view of the armory
Another view of the corridor

Well, I figure it is about half completed.  I need to build the engine room, cargo hold, a few more rooms, and some weapon turrets.  It is starting to shape up, however.

Combat Patrol(TM) Cards for Warlord “Battle for Berlin” Set

Warlord has produced another starter set of figures and vehicles.  These starter sets are very nice.  For those of you who are interested in using these figures with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII, I have posted the unit record cards for free download on the Combat Patrol(TM): WWII web page.

Get them here:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html

 

Work Begins on Combat Patrol(TM): Dark Ages

Mockup of new Action Deck cards

I have begun to develop a version of Combat Patrol(TM) using the GAMER(TM) engine.  This will be for ancient, mediaeval, pike and shot, and similar periods.  There won’t be huge changes from the WWII version, but the changes will better enable the rules to reflect to differences between modern combat and earlier periods.  I have been tentatively calling this project Combat Patrol(TM): Dark Ages, but I don’t think that title is inclusive enough.

Development has begun with mocking up a sample Action Deck card.  I will create a couple decks of cards like this for play testing.  Once I am happy with the results, I’ll send the mockups to the artist I use in Canada to build the final cards.  Emmanuel did an excellent job on the original Combat Patrol(TM): WWII cards and also the South Pacific supplement cards.

Some interesting differences:

  • Melee will likely be the primary mode of combat, rather than firearms, so I will move the melee modifiers from the back of the unit record cards to the Action Deck.  Those are shown in the blue rounded rectangles in the mockup.
  • I am thinking about going with a numerical score for Accuracy as well as Melee.  Your starting point for shooting or Melee will be this number below the target icons.
  • Instead of six “columns” for WWII, I will go with eight or ten “columns” for this game.  These previous three changes are designed to permit “leveling up” of figures between games in a campaign type setting.
  • I THINK that there will be a cover icon on the cards for armor.  If you are hit in an area with armor and the armor icon appears, you are protected.  If you are hit in an area with armor and the armor icon does not appear, you are not protected.
  • There will be an additional icon where the tank hit location used to be that shows a man on a horse.  On about half of them, the man will be highlighted, and on the other half the horse will be highlighted.  This will be used when firing at a mounted figure to determine if the man or horse was hit.
  • Instead of “out of ammunition,” these cards will have a “fumble” result.  This will have results like firearm explodes, bow string breaks, figure falls, drop sword, etc.  If the condition is applicable, that result will apply.  If it is not applicable, it is ignored.  For instance if you get a fumble results that says firearm explodes, but you were attacking with a sword, you ignore the result.
  • I plan to use the concept of reach that was developed for Bear Yourselves Valiantly.

The first historical period to feature these rules will likely be the Border Reiver period.  I am working with Greg Priebe on a Border Reiver campaign system.

Recent painting odds and ends

Pulp Figures Woodland Indians

Over the past week and a half, I have had lots going on, so I have been painting small projects that I could knock out quickly.  Here are pictures I took this evening of things I have finished recently.

Pulp Figures Volcano Queen set
Colonel Klink, Colonel Hogan, and Sergeant Schultz from http://stoessisheroes.com/meet-the-heroes-hogan-klink-schultz/
Female Adventuress / Pilot (I think from Pulp Figures)
Crooked Dice female minions for 70s spy type games

It was kind of fun to do some figures in a uniform again.  This made the painting much faster than when every figure is an individual.  Of course, you have to like the figures on these figures.  🙂

 

 

HAWKs Invitational Gaming Day

When we needed to change the date of Barrage, Cliff Brunken and several of gamers in New Jersey who run NJ Con: Fire in the East suggested that we might host a smaller gaming day.  After discussions among the HAWKs we decided this was a good idea.  As this was meant to be a low-key event, we wanted to keep down costs.  We normally game at   Grove Presbyterian church for our Friday club nights.  As their church hall was available last weekend and there was no charge, we planned the gaming day.  The hall is large enough for six 6×10 tables, so that set the size of the day and necessarily limited the number of gamers.  There were 25 HAWKs there, three gamers from the Gettysburg / Frederick area, and five from New Jersey.  The HAWKs ran six games, and the gamers from New Jersey ran four.  Below are some pictures from the event.

Sam Fuson ran his innovative GASLIGHT game using scrabble tiles to solve puzzles in order to accomplish their missions.

I wasn’t sure I was going to have a chance to play something in the morning, but I had a chance to participate in Jamie Davis’ ever popular carpet race game that combines his excellent Future Race rules with Blood and Swash.

Jamie and Chris Davis running Magic Carpet Racing
The typical madcap kerfuffle ensues.
More craziness.
My magic carpet lost its magic, so I leapt onto a passing carpet to try to hijack it. My driver made it, but my number two man fell and died.
Eric Schlegel ran Smeagol's Ferry (a fantasy take on his series of Schlegel's Ferry games) using modified Blood and Swash.
John Mitchell ran an Eastern Front skirmish using Bolt Action.
Don Manser ran a Pickett's Charge game using Fire and Fury.

We had five gamers running in the morning with room for a sixth game if we had more gamers.  We broke for lunch and then ran five more games in the afternoon.

Zeb Cook ran a 1939 Winter War game using Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

 

The Russians advance.

John Hollier ran a game of Shako II

Cliff Brunken ran the battle of Germantown with 28mm figures using Black Powder.

Don Hogge ran a game of Congo.

Greg Priebe ran a fun Combat Patrol(TM) game using the recently released Star Wars supplement.  This involved clones versus droids.

Greg hosting his game.

This was a very successful event.  We ran ten games and played from 0900 to 1800.  Everyone had a good time.  We kept it a low-key, low-stress event, focusing on playing games.  We are already starting to talk about another such event in the future.

Announcing the Star Wars supplement for Combat Patrol(TM)


After many months of development, we are happy to announce the release of the FREE Star Wars supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): World War II.  This supplement was written by Greg Priebe, a long-time Star Wars fan.  With this supplement, you can “recreate” your favorite skirmishes from the movies, television series, and comics.

This supplement uses the streamlined and intuitive mechanics of Combat Patrol(TM): World War II.  Cards are used, not just to control activation, but to resolve combat, conduct movement, check morale, etc.  There are not charts and tables to slow down the game.  You will find instructional videos and other free downloads on the rules’ web page.

This supplement, like almost all of the other supplements for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII, is FREE.   You do need to own the basic rules and cards to play the game.  The supplement is 26 pages of background, weapons stats, vehicle stats, rules for Jedi powers, and other material.  This is a free download from either the rules’ Web page or the Sally 4th Combat Patrol page.

To help you get started right away, we have provided a play through video demonstration of a Combat Patrol(TM) game using this supplement.  It is based on season 1, episode 1 of The Clone Wars in which Yoda and a handful of clones defeat a much larger droid force.  You will find a link to this video on the Combat Patrol Web page.   We think you will find this video — combined with all the other instructional videos on the Web page — is a good way to see the ease of play and intuitive mechanics of Combat Patrol(TM).

We have also pre-made the unit cards you will need for a platoon of clones, droids, rebels, and stormtroopers — including a small number of vehicles.  These, too are available for free download.  Just print them out and start playing.

If you have a box full of the old Star Wars collectable miniatures, or you are looking to play bigger battles than are possible with Imperial Assault, the Star Wars supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII will allow you to do so.  We have used the rules (and this supplement) for games with as few as two players and as many as 10.

This is a fan publication, and it is free.  We are not attempting to infringe on any IP from Lucas Films or Disney.

A scene from the Star Wars supplement play through video

Don’t forget to check out the play through video that is on the Web page.  You can also go directly to it at YouTube.

As a reminder, this is a supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII.  You need the rules and cards to play the game.  There are a number of purchase options available.  You can order the sets of cards from DriveThru.  You can order starter sets from Sally 4th or On Military Matters.  Sally 4th sells individual Action Decks if you want to buy just one to try out the mechanics yourself.  Directions and links are on the rules Web page.

We hope you enjoy the supplement and enjoy the rules.  May the Force be with you, young Jedi.

Beyond Star WarsCombat Patrol(TM): WWII is also a very good set of rules for WWII skirmishes.  On the Web page you will see many other supplements that extend the basic mechanics for other historical periods.

I Created a Video Play Through of Combat Patrol

I created a video play through of a Combat Patrol(TM): WWII game using the soon-to-be-released Star Wars supplement.  Thanks for Greg and Chris for helping out.

https://youtu.be/mUgOxAc2shQ

I have not made any public announcements about the video, yet.  I will hit all the on-line fora with this when we are ready to announce the availability of the supplement, which should be not later than Friday.

For all three of you who read this blog, enjoy the sneak preview.