Due to holiday and work commitments we were unable to all get together for an all day game this month. Instead Nathan came over one evening and we played a game of Blue Max.
The last time we had played this we were using 1/72 models which I have to admit look great but are probably a little too large for the hex size mat I have. I have even considered going back to Wings of War and enlarging/blowing up a set of cards by 100% for 1/72nd. In the end I went back to 1/144th but decided not to buy the lovely but in my opinion expensive Wings of War planes. I would not mind buy the planes only, if this were an option. Eventually I came across an old advert for some Skytrex models and this in turn led me to Red Eagle Miniature. Here is their link. http://www.redeagleminiatures.co.uk/ After a bit of thought I decided to purchase the planes represented in Blue Max. These were for the Allies, the Nieuport 24, Bristol F2B and the Sopwith Triplane while for the Axis forces I order Fokker DR1, Albatros DIII, Halberstadt CLII and just because I could a Gotha Bomber. Here are a few picture from their website.
The best thing of all is the value for money. All the planes except the Gotha were £5 each and the Gotha £9 and this included transfers as well. Once they arrived I made a few up and a brief description of the game is below.
For a bit of fun we set up a couple of Sopwith Triplanes against a lone Gotha Bomber. The details for the Gotha Bomber are not included in the Blue Max game but Blue Max is based upon a free online game called Canvas Eagles. There they have stats for nearly every WW1 plane you can possibly get a model for. With this detail I made up a combat chart for the Gotha for Blue Max.
The game started off as I had planned. Flying high and straight I headed for the end of the table. Nathan was soon engaging me and without being too boastful paying the price. Unable to get a direct bead of fire on to me he was an easy target for my observers to fire upon him. the triplane needs a direct line of sight (3 Hexes) to possibly hit while my 2 observers can fire into both the frontal 3 hexes and rear 3 hexes again up to 3 hexes in range.
This fire soon shot an engine out of one of the Triplanes. We agreed that another Triplane could appear on the table edge representing a straggler that had eventually made it to the fight.
Within a few more moves both Triplanes were in serious shape again with only light damage being scored on the Gotha.
Then my wheels feel off, well with the amount of damage Nathan inflicted upon me in one turn I wouldn’t be surprised if they hadn’t. Wing damage and engine hits caused me first to get a smoke marker and a failed wing test meant I was in a spin.
I dropped a level in altitude and came out of the spin and attempted to stop the smoke. A bad roll and the smoke had become a fire!!!!!!
Eventually I managed to put the fire out having taken some damage but still confident. The next turn I managed to hit and bring down another Triplane. Unfortunately this confidence was short lived as the very next turn Nathan having positioned his sole plane in a perfect position rolled 4 dice for hits and hit my fuselage, not and issue but then killed my front observer, pilot and rear observer. No recovery from this my plane spiraled into the ground.
A great night of gaming.
Next time I may need a DR1 as an escort.