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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!

Tally Ho!

7 comments:

  1. Nice set up. Our club used something similar for WW1 and WW2 aerial games.

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  2. Yes, the hexon is a recent addition instead of a laminated card map. It's a cracking game!

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  3. Great idea, 1917 is a very interesting year...and wonderful picture!

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  4. These look great Jim. Now you have a bit more time on your hands would you be interested in writing a few articles for WSS magazine? They have an upcoming theme on 1917 and subsequent revolutions and I thought if your Bolsheviks and these planes!

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  5. Hi Mark,

    Yep, that sounds like a plan. Why not?

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