Sunday, 18 December 2016
Knights of the Sky
This is the fast play WW1 aerial dogfighting multiplayer game that we have enjoyed many times at the club but which has slipped into obscurity in recent years for no particular or explicable reason. It's a simple hex based system written by an ingenious club "old hand", using 1/72nd scale model aircraft on magnetic extending pick up tool flight stands. These make it easy to replicate altitude and allow for some nifty dogfighting.
It is great fun and perfect for multiplayer games, which is one reason why it is currently in the running for the club participation game in 2017. It's very early days yet but, as my contribution to the game, I'll probably be building some more Airfix and Revell kits to add to the extensive collection of WW1 models that I already have. These include British, French, German and American planes for 1916, 1917 and 1918.
The idea is to run a game set in 1917, perhaps to represent the events of "Bloody April", as this would be a good way to commemorate the centenary of the conflict. It is also ideal as there are plenty of interesting scenarios and aircraft to draw upon. I'm looking forward to getting involved, having been unable to do so this year, so perhaps a club game in January would be a good place to start, the last time we played being way back in January 2014!