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    Avatar photoDaniele V

    Hello, what WW2 air rules would you suggest that satisfy these criteria?

    • Simple, fast play
    • Solo friendly (a must!)
    • Hex board or free
    • Small playing area
    • 1/300 scale
    • 1-4 models each side

    Thank you!


    Avatar photoJim Jackaman

    Bag the Hun would work, especially as it’s card driven so ideal for solo play.

    Avatar photodeephorse

    With human opponents I like Canvas Eagles, but I’ve discovered a solo version adapted by a guy in Australia


    and the original rules plus game aids



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    Avatar photoMr. Average

    Table Air Combat is a nice set, although you have to get it in some modules – very economical though.


    Avatar photodeephorse

    Stupid me.  Somehow I read WW2 as WW1.  Should have gone to Specsavers (but you do, you idiot).  Sorry about that.

    Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen

    Avatar photoSteve Burt

    Bag the Hun is great

    If you want something simpler, Blood Red Skies is also very good, and can be easily adapted to a hex grid.


    Avatar photoKrieghund

    Developing The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery has a simple set of WW2 air warfare rules, hexed and scale agnostic IIRC, might be worth a look.

    Avatar photoAnonymous

    Highly recommend Blood Red Skies, it does a great job of capturing the feel of a dogfight without a lot of mechanical complexity.  The rules pdf should be free online, and while Warlord’s miniatures (~1/200) are nice and have a clever tracking system built into their stands, you could play with your own miniatures and a simple token to track advantage pretty easily.

    Avatar photoJim Jackaman

    Raiden  miniatures had a free set of rules called Thunderbolts and Lightnings that would tick all of your boxes. It’seems still be available via Free Wargames Rules or the Raiden site. Nice and straightforward.


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