New rules arrived

The postman was kind to me this morning and delivered 2 new sets of rules for my continued gaming delight…

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.

3 Comments on New rules arrived

  1. Paul O'Connor // October 29, 2008 at 18:02 // Reply

    I did a breakdown on the aircraft required to play all those Over the Channel scenarios some time ago. There are a substantial number of aircraft, which will probably point you toward 1/600. There are a couple classes of aircraft used in only one or two of the scenarios, though, so as long as you stock up on Spits, Hurricanes, and Messerschmidts you cover the majority of the actions.

    Starting up a WW2 air game has been an unrealized ambition of mine for several years. I played Avalon Hill’s Mustangs boardgame as a miniatures game when I lived in Vancouver, BC several years ago, both with the locals and with Paul Hannah’s group down in Seattle, and it was terrific. If I get a group going, we might play Mustangs, but I am also looking at Two Fat Lardies’ Bag the Hun, and I suppose Check Your 6 as well.

  2. thomothelost // December 11, 2008 at 00:03 // Reply

    With regards to the Hex mat – whilst Over the Channel scenarios presumably are located Over the Channel, some would have drifted in over land and so there is a lot to be said for using a land based hex mat – will serve well for most aerial gaming.

    And as Paul said, Mustangs provides a great game too. When I was in Korea I played a lot of Mustangs (although more in a Mig Alley setting) with Migs, Sabres and what have you duking it out over Korea. We did some WWII stuff as well – mustangs was a good fun game.

    Having said that, I’m pondering future Air Warfare rules now that I am back in Oz so will be intetrested to hear your views on Check Your 6 when you’ve used them a few times – or indeed, Paul’s views on Bag the Hun.

  3. I agree with you on the hex mat front with regard to the colour, though I did have a problem, in that I was having difficulty getting hold of a HOTZ mat in the UK, and Dom only had a blue one left 🙂

    It will double up nicely as a mat for The Uncharted Seas, though.

    I’m probably going to get ‘Bag the Hun’ as well at some point…but I will certainly let you know what CY6! is like…

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