Air War - The Battle of Britain
|I always wanted to do a historical air wargame
and have now decided to do one based on the Battle of Britain.
I look at
varies scales, rules and size of games and decided I like the idea of a
skirmish air battle and I like my aircraft to mounted on telescopic flight
I am currently still developing the game, but here is what I done so far;
The one thing which have stop me developing a game is that I did not like
the idea of painting loads of miniatures aircraft. So when I
discovered that a number of company's do make a range die cast aircraft, I
started to collect. Most of my aircraft I purchase
are from Corgi Toys which are about 1/100 in scale. The Corgi 1/72
scale aircraft are a bit big for what I wanted to do and would cost me allot
for the amount of aircraft I wanted.
I got the Corgi Aircraft from Toy Shops, Corgi Mail Order and eBay, they
work out about £5 each which is pretty good for the excellent paint job they
have. So I ended up with with enough to form squadrons of Spitfires,
Hurricanes, Messerschmitt Bf109s and Stuka's (Ju87).
I also wanted some German Bombers. I search the internet for some which
was near to 1/100 scale and found out that not many manufactures make 1/100
scale aircraft. Most wargamers use either 1/300 or 1/144 scale aircraft, through there some
miniature manufacture do make some 15mm (1/100) scale aircraft miniature
(unpainted!) to support 15mm ground wargames (they cost more then Corgi
Toys). I wanted either a squadron Junker's Ju88 or Dornier's
Do17 or Heinkel's He111. I found out an American company called Model Power made a 1/98 scale Junkers 88, but they had stop making it, then I checked eBay and
somebody had some in stock at £10 each, I ordered some.
I would of like some other types of aircraft which took part in the Battle of Britain, but as yet not found any 1/100 scale pre-painted Messerschmitt's Bf110s, Defiant's 1, Gloster Gladiator's II or Bristol
Blenheim's 1. Through I think I have now got enough now for a good
My flight stands are built from telescopic
aerials which are mounted on 10cm squares of blocks of wood (see pictures
below). Replacement telescopic aerials are available from a number of mail order suppliers, but check
out the postage before you buy, I got mine from a 3rd party dealer on Amazon
at £2.20 each with free postage. .
To connect the aircraft to the
stand (and for storage) I am using Neodymium Disc Magnets (6mm diameter by 3mm thick,
found a good supplier on eBay), Through use a
good two part epoxy glue and clear off any excess of the face of the magnet,
even when dry it can stick the magnets together (by experience).
The die cast German
Bombers I purchase are heavy, so the aerials are not good enough to hold
them up so to construct a stand I purchase some 10mm steel tubing from a DIY
shop which I cut into lengths for each height I want the
aircraft to fly at (with a 10mm diameter by 5mm thick magnet on top), and
then constructed a 20cm square base which the tubing will slot into. See
The following list of books I have picked up over the years which
have proved useful in setting up a Battle of Britain game.
- Battle of Britain by Len Deighton (1980)
- The Concise Guide to British
Aircraft of World War II by David Mondey (1982, Reprinted regularly).
Concise Guide to Axis Aircraft of World War II by David Mondey (1984,
- Fighters 1939-1945 by Kenneth Munson (1969,
- Bombers 1939-1945 by Kenneth Munson (1969, Reprinted
Battle of Britain by Len Deighton have been the most useful for a
wargames point of view, but now hard to find and the rest are just more
details about the aircraft involved which do come up regularly in bargain
I have decided to use the Sturmovik Commander
rules (1.5) which are available free to download from the web. They
work really well and are fun to play.
Sturmovik Commander (v1.5) is designed for smaller scale aircraft (1/300), so I have double all the ranges
so to make them work with the larger scale aircraft (1/100). Through
the table dose get a bit crowed with aircraft, even on a 6 by 8 foot table,
so I do not use any more than 12 aircraft a side as the rules recommends.
Because the aircraft are mounted on 10cm square bases, there is plenty of
room to put stuff on them, so I do not use record sheets and use dice for
speed and altitude, counters for ammo, black pipe cleaners for damage and
made up order cards instead of writing them down on record sheets.
I have developed 1/100 scale
reference sheet (v2) for the
The 2nd edition of Sturmovik Commander are due to published soon, but the
new rules have been designed for bigger battles so they will work better
with 1/300 scale aircraft miniatures or smaller. I will not be using
them with my 1/100 scale aircraft and keep using the 1st edition (I like the
idea of orders cards).
Other rules I have looked into using are;
Check Your Six
Bag the Hun
Planes UK - A British Supplier of the "Model Power" die cast aircraft.
Bag the Hun Web Site - A fans
webs site which supports the "Bag the Hun" WWII rules, including some interesting
Dinger Aviation Page - An interesting page on Aircraft, check out the
pages on the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt (including the Luftwaffe Fighter
of Britain Wikipedia Entree