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gekkoseba18 Nov 2020 9:51 a.m. PST

I am looking for a set of rules to play with my 1/72 planes. I used to play Blue Max / Canvas Eagle, but after playing Wings of Glory, hex-movement seemed too old school to me. Is there any ruleset for this? (aside from WoG, as i already have my own models and also dont want to print the cards)

Stryderg18 Nov 2020 10:16 a.m. PST

There's this: link
It's based on the Chain Reaction system by Two Hour Wargames. I don't have a copy, so this is based on discussions I remember from the forum.

It's playable solo and there is a campaign system. The games are short enough that you can play 2 or 3 per night. It covers the various planes and their availability through WWI.

Here's a blog post with a step-by-step so you can see how it plays. link

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

Kevin Smyth and Dave Schueler have been running a WWII adaptation of Air War C21 that uses no hexes. It's a pretty simple game, so an inter-war or WWI version probably wouldn't be hard to craft.

- Ix

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2020 1:54 p.m. PST

Nick Yankosky has a set called "Blue Skies, Wood, and Canvas" available for free download. Google Rivertown Pubs to get to the website. Nice set of rules, simple, but pretty realistic from my POV. Good luck. Tom

15mm and 28mm Fanatik18 Nov 2020 2:09 p.m. PST

Haven't tried this, but at $8.50 USD download from WV it's not a heavy investment:



KSmyth18 Nov 2020 9:58 p.m. PST

Just to follow up with Ix, we use Airwar 1940, which David Manley allowed us to beta-test. We love them for the kind of games we run. Those are typically a bombing mission with interception. The are fun to play, easy to learn and hexless. My understanding is that these rules should soon be available to everyone. Good stuff.

daveshoe18 Nov 2020 10:08 p.m. PST

There are several hexless rules on Wargame Vault. Although most are for smaller scale aircraft.

Wessex Games was supposed to publish a WWI version of the AirWar series, but it seems to have gotten stuck along the way. They did put out a demo version that is free:

A and A Games have a couple that seem okay too


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