EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

High Above The Fields of France

I never thought I would enjoy a game involving toy airplanes and cards but there we are. I've now played 6 games of Wings of War and enjoyed every one, and enjoyed them more as I gain flight hours. Very clever idea well executed.

These shots are from the 1st game. I figure, you've now seen a burning German wreck (even if technically I didn't down it)  so why would you need to see 2 British wrecks?

More on gridded Horse & Musket rules tomorrow.


  1. Wings of War is an interesting system. It reminds me of how much fun we used to have playing Ace of Aces. Enjoy

  2. Ace of Aces with toys? That was my impression of it. Lovely models, if somewhat expensive (in the UK at least). How did you do in the game Ross?

  3. Rob, Tim. The problem I always had with Ace of Aces was that so much of it took place in the mind, which in my case is a bit like an etch-a-sketch, 2D and things tend to be vague and temporary. With the mini's I can finally get the spatial relationships, sort of, we won;t mention the collisions.

    So lets see, the first game ended with both of Ron's planes down and 2 of my trenches unstrafed. We don't talk much about 90% of his damage coming from an early collision 1st time we used that rule, nor that Luke had 5x0 damage cards. But Brown did get credit for shooting down Von Ronstad.

    In the 2nd game, Brown, with a load of bombs caused a massive explosion. Unfortunately it was while colliding with a German plane and his own was the only one to take serious damage. That left Luke with flames and smoke spewing from his engine to strafe the target before hitting the ground.

    I have no idea how much the toys cost. I just show up and play.

    In the 2nd game, my bomb laden