When I was first introduced to wargaming, it was using the Operation Warboard rules and Airfix plastic model tanks – not the kits, but the ready-built soft plastic ones- do you remember those?
It was very much ‘Green vs Grey’ tank battles , so it tended to be a mix of Pattons, Shermans and Centurions vs Tigers and Panthers. What can I say? I was young…but equally it was a lot of fun.
A couple of years later I was playing ‘proper’ World War II games, using the same rules and lots of 1/72nd Airfix infantry and tanks…and it remained that way until I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and Games Workshop.
On Thursday, I had an e-mail from Chris Birch at Modiphius Entertainment, announcing the launch of a new Airfix wargaming project: Airfix Battles
This is a new, introduction level wargame, using playing mats, cut-outs for infantry and tanks (just in case you haven’t got any soldiers yet) and two card decks – one which contains all the stats for your models, the other which contains orders for your forces.
It also contains a 16-page rulebook and a 16-page mission bookm, and some dice.
This will be available in April 2016.
Then, in the summer, they will be releasing the Collectors Edition Rulebook, along with separate card decks.
This expands the introductory wargame from a board to the wargames table.
It had a couple of half-decent mech models (and yes, I’m still planning on painting those T-Rex for my sci-fi army), but was otherwise…err…not very good.
This time around though, Airfix are going with their strength: World War II. I really hope that it’s a success.
…and yes, I’m trying to get a chat with Chris on the podcast soon!