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post Nov 23 2018, 09:10 AM
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BOMB ALLEY: PART TWO

Part of this batrep is missing a few pics which I haven't been able to locate in my photo archives. Apologies. The conclusion, Part III, will reveal the climax and outcomes.

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Photo S321 - Situation with the advanced German fighter escort. Part of Rotte 4 has detoured far to the north east and are returning to join Rotte 3 who are seizing the opportunity to attack the dispersed Yellow flight who were accidentally fired upon by their own ack-ack guns.

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Photo S324 - Situation showing Yellow flight and the threat it is about to face from the enemy.

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Photo S325 - The texted photo version of what has just preceded in the two earlier photos. A broader view showing the scene just east of the port town looking south (Allied view).

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Photo S327 - Similar view looking south closer to the port town.

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Missing photos so batrep now resumes at S350.
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Photo S350 - Game Turn 4. Overview from German side looking westward. German success noted.

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Photo S351 - Plight of Red flight (Hurricanes). Down a plane, the remaining two Hurricanes nonetheless continue their seemingly forlorn attempt to down some Jerries. But they quickly come under the scrutiny of Rotte 3.

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Photo S352 - The port town showing the layout and one gold star (a German target). Town Hall or Military HQ? I can't recall. Along with this target, the port quay (with the two docked freighters) is also a gold star target. Plenty for the Germans to target.

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Photo S353 - Meanwhile back over the English Channel, Red flight target a Kette of Dornier 17s.

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Photo S354 - A dogfight is developing north of the port town.

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Photo S355 - Likewise a situation is developing over the Channel.

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Photo S356 - The other half of Rotte 4 is chasing ghosts in the form of the unspotted White flight who are too late to prevent destruction of the radar station and therefore steers towards the port town to see if it can assist.

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Photo S357 - The previous photo showing Red flight sandwiched between German bombers and fighter escort might seem dire for the English but fortunes change quickly as evidenced in the above photo.

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Photo S359 - The bomber slip past the English Hurricanes as their comrades (the fighters) do the muddle dance. The English failed to activate to prevent the bombers eluding them but are grateful the fighters got themselves in a conventional twist. Still...opportunity lost by all involved to do some serious shootings!

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Photo S360 - Back at the port, two of the German bombers manage to dump a load on the port quay causing some minor damage. Meanwhile the remaining two bombers head for the target in the port town itself.

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Photo S361 - The Rotte flight leader misses his chance to tackle White flight as they and the lone Red flight plane race to assist the defenders in the port town.

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Photo S362 - A very good example of when things go wrong, they go wrong badly. Rotte 3 tries to engage Red flight. But this is their best effort!

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Photo S363 - Two of the Ju-88s head for home having expended their pay loads on the slightly damaged port quay. Yet more bombers are on their way. At the moment, it's not looking good for the English defenders in that particular area.

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Photo S364 - The same area but further north and inland. Congested at the moment and not a little confusing to either side.

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Photo S366 - Rotte 1 now enters the contest although at the moment it is confusing for the Allied reporter who mistakes the enemy planes now identified as Spitfires as White flight?

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Photo S367 - Over the water, Red flight is not yet fully engaged with Rotte 3 who are desperately trying to corral their opponents so they can attack from all sides. But the Hurricanes pilots are doing well at eluding their more maneouvrable opponents.

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Photo S368 - In previous post, I reported 4 Rottes. Well, I stand corrected in that one of those Rottes is actually a flight of Italian Folgore fighters on loan to the Luftwaffe. They have joined the attack on the port town.

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post Nov 25 2018, 10:21 AM
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BOMB ALLEY: PART III

Conclusion to the scenario which was played with a set number of turns.

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Photo S369 - What remains of the split rotte 4 attempts to tag onto some enemy planes...

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Photo S371 - ...but the Allies quickly latch onto the tails of two German bombers leaving the fighters to watch helplessly.

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Photo S371 - Elsewhere one of the Hurricanes happens to stray into LOS of the German Dorniers. But surprisingly, both planes fail to score any hits. Lucky Hurricane!

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Photo S373 - A pair of Messerschmidts on the prowl.

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Photo S374 - Red flight seems to be having fun evading the Germans pursuing them.

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Photo S375 - Freighters decide to leave the quay because it's suddenly attracting a lot of deadly attention.

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Photo S376 - Meanwhile, above the sky over the town...

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Photo S377 - White flight (Spitfires) safely climb above the attentions of the oncoming ME-109s without incident.

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Photo S378 - The port AA guns finally score hits on this particular bomber flight, destroying one mid-air and causing a fire on the other.

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Photo S379 - The other half of the kette manages to evade the heavy enemy flak fire without mishap and turn for home.

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Photo S381 - The damaged bomber is descending towards the water. It's already at Alt band 2. The fire is still raging causing it problems with flight.

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Photo S382 - One of the Stuka still has a bomb left. With the radar station already destroyed, permission is given to take out the nearby flak gun.

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Photo S383 - Blue flight (Spitfires) has attacked a pair of Ju-88s. One cops severe damage (pipecleaner attached) while the other has damaged fuel line.

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Photo S384: Overview showing the various locations of each of the individual engagements happening and described above. Here the captioned batrep photos end. But the archive photos show much more still happening to the conclusion so the next photos have just been captioned.

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Photo S386 - Another quick overview.

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Photo S387 - The MS Maiden Star and MS North Star leave the harbour and make for open water and thus avoid the attentions of the newly-arrived Italian Folgore fighters.

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Photo S388 - The benefits of formation flying against flying individually is clearly seen above.

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Photo S390 - Not much has changed (activations being what they are). Situations can easily change in a second or two.

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Photo S391 - Out east, the situation might seem tense but the Allied fighters here seem to have it under control despite the growing odds.

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Photo S393 - Another overview, this time looking south east towards the port town.

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Photo S394 - It would appear the Stuka has made an unwise choice as Red flight quickly turn up and begin tailing the unprotected fighter bomber.

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Photo S395 - And viewed from another angle, the situation seems very precarious as more Allied planes arrive on the scene...

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Photo S397 - But then help somehow arrives in the form of a lone ME-109E. Will he be a saviour or a handicap?

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Photo S396 - Blue flight shoot down the bomber with the fuel line problem. It slams into the ground killing all onboard.

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Photo S398 - The late arriving Dorniers split to tackle more targets. But is it all too late? The Italian fighters and wounded Dornier seem frozen in time as they repeatedly fail activations!

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Photo S399 - Game ends. Overview of the battle zone from the German side looking north-east.

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Photo S3100 - View from English side looking south-west towards the sea.

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German success - Radar station destroyed and 1 fighter (Hurricane) downed.
English success - 2 Dorniers destroyed or damaged, 2 Ju-88s destroyed or damaged.

Outcome - draw.








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post Apr 14 2019, 12:05 PM
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Managed to fit in a quick dogfight. Rules by Canvas Eagles. Fokker Dr-1 beautifully painted and creatively based by my opponent. The SE5a is my effort. armata_PDT_36.gif

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The flight paths show that we simply went round in circles until we ended playing chicken. My opponent copped the "Pilot killed" damage chit. And that was that!


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post Apr 17 2019, 08:09 AM
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Just a friendly reminder and shout-out that I will be running a public participation game at this year's BrisCon. Saturday, 27 April. All day. Allies vs Central Powers.

If you like diving off the deep end, then pop in and have an easy game (or two) with 1/72 aircraft from the First World War. Game play is quite easy to pick up. A quick briefing intro and then you're off gallivanting in the clear blue skies. Very soon you will be zooming about on the table engaged in earnest dogfighting.

The event will be a modified version of the Fluid game which is just continuous dog-fighting for a set period.

Aircraft shot down, destroyed or forced off-table respawn at specific hex location (there will be six per side). Roll 1d6 to determine return hex.

Respawning is simple: aircraft rolls 1d6. If score is 1-4, aircraft will return in 2 turns; 5-6, aircraft return in 3 turns! When returning, place aircraft in return hex in the turn prior to respawning.

Basic day is planned with active Fluid games lasting 2 hours with a resonable break between games.

People may join/leave any time providing planes are available. Rule is first-in, first-serve.

Choose wisely as players are not allowed to switch allegiances during the game.

Period will be Late War (combat aircraft that were active from Jan 1917 onward). The Allies will be fully multi-international with English, Australian, Italian, Belgian, American. Central Powers, meanwhile, will be all-German.

Both sides will field up to nine (9) planes each. Each plane will be different from one another with the majority based on historical aircraft.

All aircraft are either single, or dual-seater fighter/fighter bombers. Exception is the Handley Page which is a heavy bomber and normally crewed by 4 in this game. Whoever opts to use the Handley needs to keep close tabs on crew losses.

Game will be played on a hexed mat table.

All participants will be deemed novice. Therefore, no tailing or restricted maneouvres allowed.

I will oversee and referee game play.



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post Apr 26 2019, 03:30 AM
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Forces are gathering in the quiet of the night. The squadrons have begun assembling (by the snoring of the dog) and will begin relocating shortly. Final destination: Mt Gravatt Community Hall, Upper Level. It's a major campaign for both sides. The Western Front has stalled. The Eastern Front is also stalemated. Mesopotamia is a mess. The fierce struggle for the Dardanelles is entering its dying stages. The war on the oceans and rivers of the world pulsates but does not merit the same attention and focus as what is about unfold about one foot off the tabletop in a neutral venue.

The eternal struggle between Good and Gooder will take place. The Bloodz and the Crispy Cremes will join in that martial tango that will decide who emerges victorious? Who will claim the imaginary crown of best Canvas Eagle pilot at BrisCon 2019, and forever earn the right and the respect to perpetually pat himself on the back when no one else will? Is it be you? Or that guy standing next to you eating that tasty corn dog? armata_PDT_13.gif

D Day is D minus 17 hours. And counting down. Can the Allies, a truly multi-national force, confront and break once-and-for-all the dominant Central Powers? Will the stranglehold power of the Red Baron forever haunt the Allied pilots to their beds? Or will Snoopy finally get his revenge, and find peace in the doghouse? Will the HP 11 find its lumbering sauce? Is Hannover truly code for Haberstadt?

All will be revealed Saturday morning as the aircraft will take to the hexed map skies over eastern Brisbane.

The Red Baron may be absent tomorrow (he's attending a wedding elsewhere) but there is still enough Prussian red ready to strike fear into the hotch-potch multi-coloured Allies? Is this where the Belgian renown for road racing first find its origins via aerial defeat? And why are the German flying in patterned pyjama-coloured aircraft? Are they actually going to be flying in their sleep/dreams? Are they that confident of their superiority over their erstwhile Allied opponents? Will the Brisfit finally emerge from its own shadow and cause mayhem among the "kreuzes"? How will "Harry Tate" fare against the nifty and nippy Fokker Drei?

Who knows...but I am going to find out come Saturday at 9am at Mt Gravatt showgounds in the Community Hall, Upper level (opposite the cafe). Two hour games of constant dogfighting. Free-for-all between the two warring factions. Who will prevail?

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Long trailing silk scarves, leather flight caps and goggles are optional. But welcomed. armata_PDT_34.gif

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post Apr 27 2019, 12:35 AM
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Finalised list of planes on offer for the public participation game today.

I will be running the Fluid game version in two scheduled sessions: The morning one is from @1000-1200 hrs while the afternoon session is slated for @1330-1530 hrs.

Each session game will be faction based, i.e., Central Powers versus Allies. Both sides will slug it out until one emerges victorious by the end of game. A five minute warning will be given.

Whoever is last pilot standing from each session is declared the winner and receives a free copy of the rules. If tied between two, then it's a face-off, or as we have started playing in our group, "Let's play chicken" starting head-on at ten hexes distance. Winner is the one who causes the most damage in the chicken run.

If, however, there are still multiple planes left over, then it becomes a free-for-all melee until one is left standing! Yes, it means it's every pilot for himself! armata_PDT_36.gif

Central Powers (subject to addition but won't know until the day):

1. Albatros DIII - (motley coloured scheme with red heart insignia).
2. Albatros DV - (motley coloured upper scheme with black and white sword lower half).
3. Fokker Dr-1 (all black colouring).
4. Fokker DVI - (hand painted disruptive colour scheme).
5. Fokker DVIII - (red and white).
6. Hannover CLIII - (similar disruptive coloured pattern as the Fokker DVI). Only two-seater in the group.
7. Pfalz DIII - (red and silver).

Allies (also subject to addition but awaiting confirmation on the day):
1. Bristol F2B or "Brisfit" - to be verified on the day
2. H.P.11 - last-minute reinforcement as my HP 11 is not ready (olive drab)
3. Nieuport 28 - (based on actual Italian air ace)
4. RAF R.E.8 or the "Harry Tate" - to be verified on the day
5. Sopwith Camel F1 (Belgian)
6. Sopwith Camel F21 (In RNAS colours)
7. Sopwith "Tripe" (Australian air ace version)
8. SE5a - British brown. Probably used in Mesopotamia.
9. SPAD XIII - US/French

Anyone can take part from 0930 hrs onwards. Just rock up and introduce yourself and request a plane. Starting hex is diced for (d6). It is possible that multiple planes may start from the same hex. There will be six such hexes per side. These also act as respawn locations. Once starting hex is determined, roll d6 to determine starting altitude (Max altitude - dice result = starting altitude). Example: the Nieuport 28 in CE has a maximum ceiling altitude of 8. Player rolls a 5. Therefore starting altitude will be 3 (8-5=3).

Please use the altitude dials on the flight bases. And also use the telescopic rods to represent appropriate altitude. It helps when taking the photos.

Remember: No tailing permitted (too complicated for this sort of game) and no restricted maneouvres (sorry, no Immelman). Just a fun day of easy basic dogfighting using 1/72 model planes.

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post Apr 27 2019, 02:50 PM
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At BrisCon. Brisfit, FE8, and Pfalz turned up as we were setting. Even enjoyed a quick game with one of the lads. Place was packed early on. Afternoon has thinned out ans is much cooler than the oven next door. biggrin.gif

Had a session with some of the guys.



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post Apr 27 2019, 06:47 PM
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An interesting day that began well, got crowded and then tapered down. Had a few admiring stares and comments. Some even tried the game. Good to see Angus active again. Much thanks to Rod, Russell and Simon for the plane loans who made the outing a success. Enjoyed a quick reconnect game with Russell who was competing in Team Yankee. Thanks to Garry for the liaison and coordinating work. Definitely going to the next BrisCon. May even put my hand up to organise a FoGN event.

Barely moved from the Community Hall, Upper level locale. But took some quick snaps.

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Two tables down, a Wings of War/Glory demo game was being run.

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Grandson even got to participate in Frostgrave which he liked a lot. \

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There was even martial demos of blades and other historical weapons. They even had some dude dressed up in Samurai kit. Must have been hot though.

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ACW skirmishing using Fire and Fury rules. Modified to local gaming situation.

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Really colourful Traders Stands. One such stand.

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Aside from Traders and Demo games, the usual events booked up every available space. This one is KOW.

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post May 6 2019, 09:28 PM
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The Canvas Eagle dogfight batrep from Saturday. My opponent is becoming good at this.

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It only lasted twelve turns. But maybe it was long overdue? Lol. Good game. Can't wait to see a whole squadron of push planes next encounter against a whole squadron of E5s!! Bloody April? Stay tuned.


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post Aug 17 2019, 10:35 PM
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Been looking to take aerial dogfighting to the next level after a brainstorm of an idea earlier today. That brain fart may not have been one of my more lucid moments. But sometimes one's curiosity becomes so much greater than sense or sensibility. To that end, I have discovered a mil-sim style game that's piqued my interest enough to engage with.

Rise of Flight United is a WW1 aerial game that has been around for a while now. To find such a wargaming gem was too hard to resist. And the immediate potential to play it as a wargaming group is part of the initial allure. That attraction becomes greater when one learns this game is FREE to play. Access point is either through the 777 website or by Steam. The latter is the approach I adopted after a random search led me to this surprising find.

At the moment, I am mastering the flight controls in the Training Missions. To date, I have crashed all three attempts but inching forward with each attempt. I am slowly advancing my way through the intricacies of yaw, pitch, roll and keep level as one flies through the open countryside. And don't expect to become the inspired Eddie Rickenbacker of the training film. The controls themselves aren't intuitive so some tweaking is required. Hopefully, I can keep one posted as I progress on to the campaign missions although I expect that reporting will be as long as the Great War itself. Lol.



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post Aug 19 2019, 12:12 PM
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Been training again. Passed first two training missions but struggled on the third when I kept clipping the trees as I was beginning my low-level flying and diving into the river as a result.

The mission requires taking off and flying a circuit that includes low-level flying, mastering sudden climbs and dives, and stalling (initiating and recovering) followed by landing.

Am going to like this game a lot.

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post Aug 19 2019, 01:06 PM
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Old stuff I know but am pretty excited about eventually taking part in this game. Working my way through training. Keep crashing into the top of trees while low-level flying. Lol.

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post Aug 24 2019, 09:56 AM
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Another aerial PC game (also free) is Warplanes WW2 Dogfight by Polish company 7Levels. I believe it's one of those Early Access games they regularly place on Steam for people to trial and comment on. So you could probably say it's a WIP. Originally intended for the Nintendo, it's migrating over to PC now.

Had a busy session yesterday playing British building up a squadron of planes. There are four basic nations to choose from: British, American, Russian, and German. I easily chose British.

The default starter plane is ubiquitous BoB Hurricane Mk1. After playing individual missions you accumulate credit (usually gold) for succeeding. I soon got to add a Blenheim bomber (handy for bombing oil refineries, storage bases, ammo dumps). Then as I gained more gold, I started adding several more planes in fairly quick succession - two Spitfires (Mk2 - MGs and Mk5 - cannons/MGs), another Hurricane (Mk4 with 20mm cannons only) and lately a Hawker Tempest (rockets/bombs/cannons).

As I've progressed, I've purchased upgrades for the individual planes such as more ammo, faster climb rates, better quality pilot, improved engine performance, armour, and so on). One can purchase increased rewards (gold) for a small fee online. Which probably suits those anxious to skip straight to the top of the tree instead of working your way up from the bottom. Like dumb old me. smile.gif

Thus far, the Hurricane Mk 1 is one of my faves. Aside from being the first plane, it has eight MGs, more than enough to tackle those nasty Me109s. It is robust enough to take several hits, whether from enemy bullets or AA fire. Next would be the Hurricane Mk4 along with the Blenheim bomber. Who'd think bombing would be fun?

The enemy bombers, especially the Stukas are tough to shoot down because the AI gunner on the bombers are deadshots. Unless you are attacking from below or dead straight behind them, you're going to cop a fair bit of hits. The Ju 88s are a lot more easier to shoot down but you still have to be careful of their top turret gunners.

I've just acquired the Hawker Tempest although it was a tough call because the Hawker Typhoon is one of my all-time favourite WW2 British aircraft. I play it in my Rapid Fire 2 games and those 8 rockets are a real tank buster!

The game mechanics are very easy and user-friendly. As a flight sim, it is not; it's a game where you get to shoot up your opposition planes with as much aplomb as you can muster. Whether it's defending a local installation at night with a bright moon, weaving in and out of flak as you engage an enemy Me109 trying desperately to elude you, strafing rail wagons of fuel and other precious war cargo, attacking a small squadron of e-Boats with nasty AA capabilities, there's something for any afficionado of WW2 shoot-em-up air combat.

The only thing missing is the multiplayer capabilities. This is purely a single player game.

As you add planes, you start assuming the mantle of squadron leader, meaning you get to command and thus control the actions of each of the planes you take on the mission. You can switch planes easily in-mission which is handy if you cop some real damage. And the heavily damaged plane can return to base. Of course, they do so anyway in-game if they cop some damage.

In the game, you get the chance to see how well you understand leading the target, an important element in shooting moving targets. The US were expert at this, so I read somewhere long ago, during WW2. In this game, you get to learn how to do this competently, maybe even expertly. You also learn how important short bursts were in flying. But prolonged bursts are equally employed in this game to a great extent, especially when attacking convoys and AA gun emplacements.

One beef I have with this game is that you cannot go under a certain level when strafing, as in you cannot shoot at targets below a certain height otherwise you will crash. There seems to be some in-game limit which prevents you from stupidly flying into the game unless you really want to, ie., as in diving straight down. The rest of my review is all positive. Game is engaging but not too taxing mentally. Shuffling between planes is something I hardly do but a handy skill to have when you want to switch attention to another area of the game. Several missions involve more than one task so it pays to keep tabs on it to ensure everything is going according to your plan. Each plane has at least two (blenheim has three) boxes of actions it can perform - strafe or dogfight. Make sure to check at least one.

Reviews generally are mixed. What those mixed reviews conclude are something I don't know about. I am just enjoying this game for what it is: a fun filled few hours whilst waiting to be recruited into the Iron Brigade for War of Rights. But that's another story. smile.gif

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post Aug 24 2019, 04:57 PM
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Correction to the above report: There are five nations - I forgot Japan. Planes I have are the Hurricane Mk1A & MkIIC, Spitfires Mk1, Mk Vc, Mk IXb. And the Blenheim. All good solid Empire names.

At the moment, I'm upgrading all my planes with each mission success. And added another Spitfire today, the Mark IXb which carried both cannons and MGs...as well as space for either one or two bombs! Hoping to remedy the lack of bombers with either the Wellington or Lancaster to give some oomph on those bombing missions.

I was not aware I was actually playing Hard Core (never bothered using the aim lock to start with) which added a further five gold bonus to every mission once I corrected my error. The premium reward only happens once a day though. But as I said above, you can always buy gold reward credits which starts at under AUD1.50 for 20.


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Completed 46 out of 60 total solo missions. Need to reach this goal to complete all the possible Achievements for this squadron. To date, I have eleven of fifteen available planes - 2 Hurricanes, 3 Spitfires, 1 Tempest, 1 Mosquito, 1 Blenheim, 1 Wellington, 1 Lancaster and 1 (my personal favourite nowadays) Halifax. The remaining to go - 1 Meteor, 1 Typhoon Mk 1b, 1 Beaufighter TF MkX, and 1 Mk 1 - will be acquired before I move on to the US.

I made an investigative start on the US the other day but wasn't all that impressed with the US plane taking on the more zippy Zeros. Perhaps though I am biased because my British squadron is most flying as upgrades. And therefore will outperform any basic aircraft of similar calibre.


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A quick review of the game, Warplanes WW2 Dogfight, complete with pictures on my blogsite. Link.

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