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Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2016 8:28 a.m. PST

I was wondering from amongst the air wargamers here, what set-up they have in terms of:

Models or not?

And if yes, what scale?

What board / mat / layout (size and type)?

Hexes or not?

Solitaire, H2H, multiplayer?

Only video games?

Vigilant11 Dec 2016 8:58 a.m. PST

Always models. Scale – 1/100, 1/144, 1/300 and 1/600 depending on period and rules, the faster the aircraft the smaller the scale to allow space to play. Usually on a 6'x4' with a mix of hex or plain table, mostly hex. Always multiplayer. Don't play video games because without a wrap around screen set up they don't reflect flying to me, but that's because I used to be a pilot.

Buckeye AKA Darryl11 Dec 2016 10:38 a.m. PST

Models, yes. 1/285th for Check Your 6! Currently 1/144th for Wings of Glory, but most likely going to head to the Check Your 6! Great War version and in 1/285th once Raiden starts casting their range.

Mat is 6' x 4' for Check Your 6! scenarios, and the Wings of Glory mats for WoG.

Hexes are needed for CY6! and mine are 1.5" on my 6 by 4.

Typically multiplayer.

Would like to do video games, but PC isn't powerful enough and my game console is a PS2.

Mako11 Inactive Member11 Dec 2016 11:12 a.m. PST

1/72 – 1/2400, and most scales in between.

Have both green, blue-green, blue, desert, and snow mats. Desert mat is lightly hexed, and not, on the flipside – hand made fabric.

All are at least 6' x 12', or larger.

I generally prefer hex-less games/rules.

3-D Dogfight Flight Stands for 1/300th and larger minis, which I created and sell.



Use various rules solo, with a few others, and for club and convention games. Duel of Eagles, Clash of Sabres, AirWar:C21, CY6, Canvas Eagles, etc.. WWI – Ultramodern, and spacefighters too – Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.

Have a few video games, but it's been ages since I've played them.

Joep123 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2016 6:07 p.m. PST

Hi Whirlwind;
We, in Central Maryland, play CY6 the most and some Wings of War.
For Check Your 6 we've done WW2 gaming, 1/300 scale from North Africa to the wars end and Me-262s versus Thunderbolts. Also done Pacific air combat.
I have some ship flats from Topside Minis, so we have targets.
Our game mat is 6 x 4 with 1.5" hexes.
We have played CY6 Jet Age, with some games using 1/600 a/c and others using 1/300.
I am painting up some WW1 1/300 aircraft I picked up from MSD Games, Hostile Aircraft. We will also use Wings of War 1/144. Our games take place at a local game store in Glen Burnie, MD and we are always multiplayer.

Blutarski11 Dec 2016 6:56 p.m. PST

The Great War retro-fit of CY6 by Brian DeWitt is a total gas to play. I like it much better than WoG.


NKL AeroTom Inactive Member11 Dec 2016 6:57 p.m. PST

I have about 100 1/600 aircraft from Tumbling dice, all WW1. And a few scratch-built zeppelins.
We play on a 6' X 4' table, playing Dogfight! (a system I wrote) which has 2 players commanding their own squadrons, emphasizes pilot quality, and rewards players for conducting bombing and reconnaissance, as well as shooting down enemy aircraft.
Pretty quick and deadly game, usually have about 10 aircraft a side, but it can handle many more.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member12 Dec 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

Four-ish periods:

1) 1/300 WWI, using Algernon Pulls It Off rules, on 1.5" hexes.

2) 1/600 WWII, using Bag the Hun, on 1.5" hexes.

3) 1/600 early moderns (1950s/60s) using Check Your Six Jet Age, on 1.5" hexes.

4) 1/600 later moderns (1970s+) using C21 Air War, hexless.

There's some overlap between 3 and 4, not sure what rules I'll land on between CY6JA and C21AW for the 1960s and early 1970s.

I also have some 1/600 interwar stuff.

My mats so far are all from Monday Knight Productions, all 6x4", have desert and water so far, will pick up European fields eventually, probably Hotz Mats version.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Dec 2016 8:44 a.m. PST

My air gaming is all 1/600 from Pico Armor and Tumbling Dice, WWII to present, using a cut-down version of TFL's "Bag the Hun."


I'm using an old, hexed boardgame for a table, Legos for flight stands, and effects from Fights On! Quick and easy.


TGerritsen12 Dec 2016 9:44 a.m. PST

I love Air Combat games and play the following-

WWI- Wings of War/Glory and Aerodrome 1.1- 1/144
WWII- Check Your Six, Black Cross/Blue Skies, Luftwaffe 1946 1/300
Cold Wars/Modern- Check Your Six Jet Age, Wings at War, C21 1/600

I agree that the scale gets smaller with the era so that you have room for the movement, which increases with speed.

I love aircraft gaming so much I'm writing up my own rules right now for Mercenary Air Combat in an Alternate 'Secret' history of the Cold War.

Ghecko Inactive Member02 Jan 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

See the Jet Combat page at for how we do it…

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

I use (last time I did this) 1/1200 scale AC models on home-made stands, along with the SPI "Air War" rules (because I am used to them). I like the smaller scale not only because the AC are less work to paint, but also because I prefer the look. I have a huge stash of unpainted lead-alloy and plastic 1/1200 jet-era aircraft from the 70s and 80s. Being of soft-ish material, these are easy to modify if needed. Finally, I prefer hex grids whenever possible for all miniatures games, and of course Air War supports this.

I have also done a lot of on-line MMP air gaming using Air Warrior (by Kesmai; since defunct), and then Aces High (by Hitech Creations).


Mark H.

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