Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Sails and Powder: Cape Finisterre

The other set of print and play rules I'm going to try out over the holidays are the Sails and Powder Napoleonic naval rules, which are very simple indeed (no wind!) and so ideal for playing large battles with small children, or just small battles with large adults if that's more appealing. I have the basic Trafalgar core rules and the Cape Ortegal scenario but thought I'd splash out on the Cape Finistere scenario counter set as well, especially as it was only a couple of quid. In fact, I'm off to Finisterre in Brittany soon, so it's all very apt.

Table Air Combat: Battle of Britain

This summer I'm taking the Table Air Combat rules on holiday again but with the aim of playing a series of games focussed on the Battle of Britain. I've dabbled with the Pacific and NW Europe last year, in order to try put the various special rules for bombing, ground attack, anti-shipping and strafing, but this time I've decided to concentrate on the Luftwaffe vs. RAF in the Summer of 1940. I may even try to run a campaign style game of linked scenarios, using a variation of the Too Fat Lardies Bag the Hun supplement for the Battle of Britain, Finest Hour. Tally Ho!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Table Air Combat 'How to' Youtube Video

A really neat introduction to the excellent Table Air Combat system for the beginner and also for me, as I haven't played a game for ages and have some holiday time coming up, so I'll be packing the T.A.C. stuff ready for some new scenarios and aircraft. Brilliant!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Table Air Combat B-25H Mitchell

A new addition to the Table Air Combat system, which is also available in a Pacific War bundle if you want to get everything you need for the Pacific theatre all in one go. The Mitchell set has some really interesting and unusual scenarios including an airfield strafing mission over Rabaul by the looks of it and featuring some really impressive terrain tiles. There's also a Kagero class destroyer and a Japanese cargo ship to strafe, so lots of bang for your buck. I'm definitely going to grab this set as it looks like a cracker!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

EM-4 Space Fighters for Tacship

I found the box of plastic 'Universal Spacecraft' from EM-4 in the loft the other day and have been working out how I can use them for Tacship. These are the old Silent Death models but are very well sculpted and cleanly moulded, with some really funky designs. I've grouped them into pairs of fighters and fighter bombers, based on similarity of design, size and shape so that I can use formations of them together in strike, interception and escort scenarios, for example. I particularly like the models demarcated by the green and red rectangles (above), with the latter as very good alien style craft. I'll see if I can find the time to get some of them prepared and painted over the weekend.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tacship Cover

One thing missing from my downloaded copy of Tacship is a front cover, so without further a-do (whatever an a-do is?), I've adapted a cover that I designed for a set of naval rules to a space fighter format. I can't remember where the picture came from but it's rather good and captures the spirit of the rules really well. Anyway, I've now printed out the rules and put them in a handy folder ready to try out a game, once I've sorted out the EM-4 plastic space craft that I have successfully located up in the loft.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Talking of Tacship

I've found a revised record sheet for Tacship on Boardgamegeek, which is a cleaner and neater version of the one featured in the online SSFFW version of the rules. I might have a go at twiddling around with this a bit further to add a bit more customisation and some colour. I've also been considering ways in which I could organise the EM-4 plastic fighters into different factions, which is quite easy as some of them share similar design features, and how I can add some more spacecraft to build further units.

I do like the look of the Brigade Models 6mm Folgore multi-role fighter, which would scale well with the old Silent Death models, even if the rest of the Squadron Commander range doesn't really appeal that much. Anyway, I have more than enough to play around with just using the EM-4 plastic ships, so it's all systems go for a Tacship project this summer. I'll see if I can dig out the boxes of plastic space fighters when I get home from the holidays in a couple of days time.