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Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2014 7:22 p.m. PST

Ran two games; one with and one without Squadron Forward. Report here:



Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member16 Nov 2014 7:32 p.m. PST

Great stuff as always, Joe, and I'm absolutely with you: 'one-off' games just don't do it for me, there has to be a campaign backstory to give it context and make it interesting.

I appreciate you posting this up, and look forward to more batreps. Though I think you need to get some Marine Corsairs into the fight, and give up those Army Thunderbolts ;)

I want so badly to move on with one of my three (3!) campaigns (Brits at BoB, Flying Tigers in China, and carrier Wildcats), but I just have too much going on…


Microbiggie17 Nov 2014 7:04 a.m. PST

Squadron Forward is a get way to keep interest going in air gaming. We're still going strong with the Southern Barbarossa air campaign and have had a dozen or so people playing on and off. I just got some Hungarians involved last week.
Tons of Cy6 action here:

nov 2014 038 by mhluther, on Flickr

nov 2014 040 by mhluther, on Flickr

One IAR 39 hit by mhluther, on Flickr


Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2014 6:54 p.m. PST

Just Jack,

Thanks and I hear you! I actually have a marine corsair squadron but they are on Guadicanal. Your modern stuff has inspired me to get some figs for christmas. Also I have actually started writing down Grunts Forward.

Congrats on keeping the campaign up. You must have some aces by now. I thought you were doing Romanians? Your Hungarian stuff looks very cool.



Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member17 Nov 2014 9:17 p.m. PST

Excellent Joe, I look forward to all three: Corsairs on the 'Canal, your modern troops (glad I could serve as your inspiration, Lord knows you've had an impact on me), and Grunts Forward.

Take care.


ChrisBBB Inactive Member18 Nov 2014 5:28 a.m. PST


Great looking games, as always. Love the Ju-86s, clumsy beasts.

I see you had both Romanians and Hungarians in the same airspace in one game. Did you get much blue-on-blue action in that one? :-)


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Microbiggie18 Nov 2014 6:13 a.m. PST

Chris-- Almost had some not so friendly fire. The visibility of that game was very low to begin with. The 1st Pzl on the scene just barely made a ID roll (same as pilot/crew check -had to roll 8 or more on 2D6) Everyone else easily made their ID rolls. That is not something required for most CY6 games. You just roll for spotting. But I thought an additional roll would be a good thing for this encounter. The addition of the Romanians was a random event per Squadron Forward. Great ideas in that book.

ChrisBBB Inactive Member19 Nov 2014 6:05 a.m. PST


Passing the ID roll might not necessarily have prevented a blue-on-blue. I have read about one incident where a Slovak pilot deliberately attacked his Hungarian ally on the eastern front. Hungary had scuffles with both Slovakia (1939) and Romania (1940), so I can imagine Romanians and Hungarians taking the chance to have a pop at each other in 1941 as well.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Microbiggie19 Nov 2014 6:13 a.m. PST

I agree Chris and I was kinda hoping this might occur. But all 6 Axis fighters managed to ID each other and see the Russkies as the bigger threat. The JU86s did fire at the Pzls but missed BTW. We generally have at least one incident of friendly fire per Cy6 rules in a larger game at any rate.
The war you have now apparently took precedent over the war you had a couple of years earlier in this case.

ChrisBBB Inactive Member19 Nov 2014 9:49 a.m. PST

Yeah, I guess Russkies would still be higher up the target priority list!

Anyway, nice to see the minor air forces and their obscure aircraft in action.


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