Bruce popped over Tuesday for another go at some 1/600 planes using a modified set of c21 airway rules. Our first game saw two flights of MiG 19s assigned to down some Skyraiders.
The Skyraiders were on a pre-programmed flight. Bruce flew a pair of Phantoms on CAP.
This started out well for the North Vietnamese as I actually managed to get in behind the ground-attack planes. But then I could not make a maneuver roll worth beans and Bruce managed to splash two MiGs. I got two skyraiders in the end but it was a pretty clear US victory.
We then switched the WW1 biplanes. Germans escorting a bomber formation against a bunch of nasty Brits.
I had more discipline this game (and less tendency to over fly the target). I think Bruce got a bomber but paid pretty heavily against my escorts.
Overall, the modifications are pretty good. Dropping the cards has eliminated a lot of the tedious guess work. We talked about making shooting in close range a touch harder but otherwise I would say these rules are ready for prime time.
I picked a few more not-Lego figures for gaming this week. First up were some Ghostbusters. These were a bear to assemble as the complicated backpacks had no instructions. Fortunately, google was a big help.
I also picked up some Big Bang minis. Below is Howard, Bernadette, Raj and Stuart.
And Sheldon, Amy, Leonard and Penny.
Up next: Likely some more 15mm Battlelore figures.
I was over at Bruce's on Tuesday and we played some plane games. First we started out using C21 Airwar to play a Vietnam game. I had two Phantoms to protect some ground attack craft from 4 MiGs. Better hurry up, boys!
It had been awhile since we had played (years?) and it showed in my play. I was always one move behind Bruce. Then my one plane stalled after a failed maneuver and augured into the ground while the other one saw its missiles go offline.
I did finally manage to get into the slot for one gun shot but it was a good day for the North Vietnamese airforce. What a mess!
Bruce then hauled out some WW2 planes (British Hurricanes intercepting German bombers and CAP) and we played a stripped down version that kept the initiative mechanics from C21 as well as the manoeuvre rolls but ditched the cards.
This gave a way better game, I thought. Bruce again creamed me, with his ME110s chewing up my Hurricane's right out of the gate.
I did manage to back in the game later on but had a hard time putting enough hits in the bombers to bring them down.
Overall, much slicker mechanics here that felt more like running a squadron than flying a few planes. Much less guess work as well. Hope to try this again with jets and the missile mechanics from C21.