World War 1 Dogfight – Those Fokkers !

Last night a couple of mates who couldn’t make the big game over the weekend turned up for a chat and a game. Luckily I had just finished putting together some 1/72 aircraft to play Blue Max with. A Hotz hex mat (Bought for Armada game), a mix of 1/72 Airfix, revel and diecast SMER planes, home made bases and smoke and fire markers. The game was ready in 10 mins.

I think Blue Max is one of the best game to play this era.

The forces were two Nieuport 24s portrayed in the game by Sopwith Camels against 2 Fokker DR1s.

Both sides energetically attempted to engage each other and first blood had to go to the British in the shape of Luke who in a particularly daring do managed to cause tail damage to none other than the Red Baron. This had the hilarious affect of forcing the Baron to perform left turn manoeuvres only for 3 turns this and the fact that he had also jammed is guns which can only be unjammed in straight flight. This essentially put the Baron out of the game for at least 4 turns. But the Baron being the Baron managed not only to survive, unjam his guns but then caught Luke in a head on duel and shot out Luke’s one and only machine gun as well as causing significant damage to his wings. This force Luke to attempt to safely land to fight another day.

Brian flying the other Sopwith was trading blow for blow with the other DR1 and getting the upper hand. He wasn’t even fazed when the Baron started to head his way. Unfortunately in one turn both DR1s got a bead on him and  took out his engine and most of his wings. He glided down to the ground the Fokkers letting live to fight again.

A German victory.


Start of the dogfight



SAM_3364 Too close for comfort. Both planes received some wing damage


The dogfight in its full glory


Luke attempting to land his machine gun less and almost wing less plane to fight another day.


2 Fokkers is too much even for Brian, with his engine destroyed and smoking


Those Fokkers !!! Queuing up to have a go at the wounded Brian.



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