The first is the 2nd Edition of Polemos Napoleonic. As you already know if you read this blog or listen to the podcast, I’m a big fan of these rules, and have been looking forward to the 2nd Edition ever since it was announced.
What are the differences over 1st Edition? Not a tremedous amount, although they have been tidied up and many clarifications made – but I’ll post my views on them in a future show.
The second set of rules I received were the Check Your 6! set of World War II aerial combat rules, along with the Over The Channel supplement from Scott Fisher of Skirmish Campaigns fame.
I’ve been eyeing these rules for some time now, and have been undecided as to whether to get them or not.
What finally made the decision for me was seeing the Pearl Harbour game at the Derby World Wargames Championships at the start of October. The game was using Tumbling Dice 1/600th scale aircraft and looked really good.
Also, since the game uses similar mechanisms to the World War I game Blue Max (which I play online from time to time) I was pretty much sold.
But of course, being a Brit, the Flying Tigers scenarios from the original rulebook hold only passing interest for me, so I just had to purchase the Battle of Britain scenario book Over The Channel to go with the original rules.
I’m really looking to playing this game – it just means that I now have to buy some more aircraft and a blue hex mat.
On the aricraft front, I’m sort of torn between 1/300th and 1/600th scale. I like the 1/600th Tumbling dice range of aircraft, but I also like the 1/300th planes because I prefer the size – it may simply come down to a matter of economics – it depends how many aircraft I will need to buy in order to play all the scenarios in the BoB book.
The hex mat could end up being more of an issue – I’ve looked around the web, and everyone seems out of stock at the moment…not good.