Thursday, 18 October 2018

Lethal Skies


This is a new(ish) set of card driven miniature modern air warfare rules, available from Wargames Vault and published by Talion Games. The rules and some sample aircraft, weapon and trait cards are available as Pay What You Want downloads, with additional cards available for $2.00 each. The system is designed for larger scale models on circular bases, the blurb suggesting 1/200th scale as an ideal size, although I would have thought that 1/144th scale would be the obvious choice. 


You need to buy a couple of the relevant aircraft profile cards, then the appropriate weapon cards and trait cards before you can play, so it could end up being an on-going cost if you want to use more than a handful of types. However, once you have the required downloads you can use them again and print multiple copies. I think it looks interesting, as I've always fancied some 1/144th scale jet combat using model kits, so I think I'll download the core rules and some sample cards for a closer look:

6 comments:

  1. Great find Jim- all downloaded now... thanks.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. Looks pretty good. The downside is you are limited to the planes that are available, unless you make your own cards?

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  3. Hi Jim,

    Saw the rule set as well and am interested in the system. However, as you mentioned, two dollar for maneuvers and weapons can quickly add up to a lot of dollars. :-)
    Mostly though, what is holding me back, is than I have not yet found a good review of the game.

    @Pete, if you were asked what you like most about the game, what would your answer be?


    Regards,
    Swen

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  4. As an addon, I have bought some Table Air Combat aircraft after reading about your experimentation and short scenario's with the game. From a curious sceptic I have turned into a pleased user of the game. Simple, yet with surprising depths.

    Regards,
    Swen

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  5. Hi Swen,

    Glad you like TAC. I think its a very smart little system and also very inexpensive, as well as being really easy to transport around.

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  6. SWen- fast playing, I think it is best to sacrifice some granularity for speed in an air combat game to reflect the nature of modern dogfighting.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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