Friday, May 21, 2010

Hosting a Blue Max game at the Northern Conspiracy (2)

At the last minute tonight one of our club members had to cancel hosting his Aerodrome WWI air combat game due to having to work late. He asked if I could run my Blue Max WWI air combat plane it his place and I agreed to. Since I only had a few minutes to pack up the car and get on the road I opted for a plain Jane scenario. For the Germans, four Albatros DVa fighters and four Fokker Dr-I triplanes. For the Allies a force of mostly Sopwith aircraft: Camel, 1 1/2 Strutter and two Triplanes with a pair of Spad XIIIs and an Se5a escorting a DH.4.

When we started I only ended up with four players. The Germans chose to stick with just the Squadron of four Dr-I triplanes and the Allies chose the two Sopwith Triplanes and the two Spad XIIIs. Both sides jousted for a while with the Germans bringing their guns to bear first, but without a kill to show for it. As the game progressed the Allies started to draw blood, dropping a single Triplane followed by some additional jousting and then dropping two more tripes in rapid succession. With the final Fokker running for home the Allies ended up with a solid win. After the game the German players commented that a mixed group of two Dr-I tripes and two Albatros DVa fighters might have given them more options during the battle. For a quickly assembled game everyone seemed to have a good time.  More photos of this and the other game at tonight's game night can be found on our club's photo gallery.


DeanM said...

Nice photos - I've yet to play an air game, but maybe I'll get a chance next week at Enfilade - I think someone may be running a game. Dean

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Blue Max / Canvas Eagles and Aerodrome are both good games to play as your first air combat games since they're on the less complex side for air combat games.

The Colour Kiwi said...

Yep i agree with AJ bothg are good starting air combat games. You may find Wings Of War to be a great starter as well as you dont need any models to begin with.

Rich said...

Hi AJ,
We played together in the Bunker Hill game in '09 at Historicon, we did not get through into the redoubt on our first try. I've been following your blog since and decided it was about time to tell you how much it inspires me to keep painting. Is there a greater compliment? Anyway, keep up the good work.


AJ (Allan) Wright said...

thanks Rich