Aerial Antics with Wings of War

Another busy evening of gaming here in “The Wargames Room” with four very enjoyable multiplayer Wings of War encounters. Over the last few weeks several players have either purchased additional aircraft or their first aircraft. It therefore seemed fitting to get some of the aircraft into the air.

As it transpired five of us took up the challenge. Our evening started with two Great War encounters which found Albatross, Fokkers, Spads, Sopwith Triplanes and Hanriots grappling for advantage.

Above, an Albatross DIII on the left and a Fokker VII break as a Spad closes in the distance. Below, a view from the perspective of the Spad XIII. I find it fascinating that such simple mechanics produce such interesting and varied games with each aircraft having a very individual feel. The Spad for example being very quick but is unable to turn tightly. The result is it requires a very different tactical approach than say a Fokker DrI.

Moving forward a couple of decades it was time for an encounter, or two, over the Pacific. Now it’s been a while since I’ve had my World War II aircraft out and I was rusty with the rules. However, we soon settled on a scenario where three Zeros were engaged against a pair of Wildcats. Below, two of the Zeros tangle with Wildcats in a head on pass…

Interestingly the World War II version of the rules plays very differently from the First World War version. Aircraft move more rapidly due to a different movement sequence and two movement speeds. Further, combat especially at close range, can be very deadly. A mistake can be very unforgiving. Indeed, I lost a Zero in my first game from two bursts of fire without drawing an explosion chit. Certainly it pays to gain some tactical advantage to exploit.

Above, a Wildcat tangles with two Zeros, the second Zero is visible in the distance and will soon swing to its right allowing it to follow the first Zero in. Below, during the second game, two Wildcats pass each other flying in opposite directions. In subsequent turns the Zero in the distance managed a series of close range bursts resulting in the destruction of another Wildcat.

Another superb evening of gaming with plenty of great wargame moments for all. Now, about those Spitfires…

Since first posting this report one of the players involved has also posted some photos of the games. They can be found on Robin’s Wargamingnz blog.

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