This post is over a week late but I have been itching to write my initial thoughts about Warlord Games' "Blood Red Skies" World War II air to air combat game.
Ken brought the starter kit over which comes with 5 x Spitfires and 5 x ME109 Messerschmitts. We played the first 2 x scenarios in the book and they delivered great action, great decision making, and lots of tension and excitement! We were actually able to play 3 games in an afternoon and that was with much conversation and looking a few things up in the rules. This also gave me a great excuse to put my Cigar Box Battle "cold water ocean" mat on the table, naturally serving as the English Channel during the Battle of Britain!
Rather than post a proper "batrep" I'll post some of the neat features about the game that I really liked starting first with the really cool models of the planes themselves!
|Going after the British Recce plane!
|THe number on the base is representative of the pilot's skill and experience. The number influences alot of what you can do.
|Trying to stop the recce plane!
|Since the speedy Spitfire blows right past me, I try a different approach to stop them (also - isn't this mat awesome? I need to paint up more ships for Trafalgar!!)
|A furball developing as Ken ducks his airplanes into a cloudbank, preparing to burst out of it next turn and go after the ME109s!
|Shooting template down