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  • #58478
    Whirlwind
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    What size ships do you use for games involving air-sea attacks?

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    #58494
    zippyfusenet
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    I don’t do that a lot. I have played in a Blue Skies game pitting 1/300 airplanes against 1/1200 ships on about a 40mm hex grid. That worked well.

    How many model airplanes do you want to attack a ship in the same turn? Are you playing on a hex grid? How many model airplanes are allowed to attack in one hex in one turn? Or how many model airplanes can fit into the length of the ship model? Once you know these factors, it’s just arithmetic to determine how big a ship model you need to use.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #58515
    zippyfusenet
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    Maybe I have a little more to post on this topic.

    I played in a Pearl Harbor Attack game about a year ago, using 1/700 airplanes and 1/1200 ships. This was an ultra-simple set of home-brew rules where the Japanese planes showed up, maybe got intercepted, maybe the escorts defended them, they bombed and torpedoed, flew off, then another wave came in. No real on-board movement for the airplanes, they just appeared and flew off again. It worked fine.

    My advice is: use whatever models are conveniently available. 1/1200 ship models are common, so are 1/700; 1/600 or 1/400 ship models work fine too. The bigger display models can be a little fragile unless you build them intentionally for wargaming, leave off some of the masts or replace plastic with wire.

    Here’s an example of ‘use what you got’. I lightly converted and painted up a dollar store pencil sharpener as a river gunboat, to use as a target in a c.1937 Sino-Japanese scenario. No kidding, if you shove a pencil up her stern and grind clockwise, you’ll make wood shavings. His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Armed Scenic Cruising Vessel Kudzu. She’s about 3″ long, maybe nominally 1/400 scale:

    kudzu

    Here she is in the game. We were playing Mustangs/Air Pirates, using 1/300 airplanes on fixed-height stands, on a mat with a 5″ hex grid. The way I play, any number of airplane models can fit into a hex, we don’t sweat collisions. Yes, that’s an old Battlemasters game mat. I am a cheap’n’nasty wargamer:

    kudzuGame

    Lately, I’ve been thinking that the most practical plan is to use flat deck plan images as ship targets. That way you can put your flight stand right on top of the ship, which you usually can’t do with a 3-D ship model. These are available from a number of sources, you can scan your own from any book or magazine with ship plan views, blow up or shrink them to whatever size you want, color them in with pencils if you like. Let me know if you want some links:

    ShipTargets

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #58523
    Whirlwind
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    Thanks very much, that has given me lots to think about

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