This project was always intended to be a multi-player club game. Little did I realize how popular it was to become!
The history of Aerial warfare in WW1 is a story of Dashing Airmen, flimsy aircraft, brilliant colour schemes and dog-fighting which have held a constant fascination.
The rules chosen were “Dog-fight over Flanders”. Although quite an old set of rules they have playability, simplicity yet had a “feel” for the period that wasn`t found in others. Originally they were written to match the launch of Skytrex`s 1/44th scale lead models with fixed height poles and a height dial indicator on the base.
This being the Coltishall Cowards, nothing that small would suffice!
1/72nd was chosen as the most pleasing to the eye, for the availability of models and listening to tales of people slicing the tops off fingers or gluing themselves to tail struts! Also it was decided to “go 3D” by using 4 foot poles marked in height levels with the aircraft attached to pegs.
The early games produced an excellent response from all the members and regardless off model or painting ability people turned up with something. The games went very well and the emphasis was on fun - which was had in abundance!
However Wargamers being Wargamers and having the bit between their teeth, more and more interesting types other than standard fighters began to appear.
Rare kits such as the Revell Sopwith Triplane were obtained on ebay. Later types such as the Snipe, a Russian C16, Ilya Mourometz and Gotha bombers and even Floatplanes all began to join in missions! Indeed, the modeling skill and painting ability of some members are quite frankly amazing. Some even built flights of 3 similar aircraft at a time and one game even involved a submarine!
The interesting “human” element of the game is the sheer confusion of the combats resulting in peoples` decision-making crucial to the outcome i.e. do I dive from combat or watch the Flight Commanders tail?
If you`ll pardon the pun, this game can be played on many levels and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. So why not come along and give it a go?
Wing Commander “Biffo” Hardly-Worthitt.
(aka Baron von Richtovenchip)
Since this was written many of the kits mentioned have now become available.