Rich Baker and I ran a couple sessions of the new Air Force Miniatures at Seattle's Museum of Flight on the 12th (as part of NHMGS' annual game day at the museum). The MoF is an amazing venue for gaming. The museum gives us four tables, plus an info/display table, beneath the wings of the Blackbird on the main exhibit floor.
But I'm sure you're all more interested in photos of the game.
The scenario was the starter set's basic Battle of Britain matchup: Spitfires and Hurricanes vs. Bf 109s.
First shots were exchanged at the point shown below. (There's one more German aircraft cut off at the top of the photo.) The Spitfire at the center of the photo damaged the 109 in front of it, but a devastating (and lucky) burst from the 109's wingman knocked the Spitfire out of the sky!
The battle broke into two smaller fights, with two 109s concentrating on the beleagured Hurricane (flown by a free Polish pilot) in the foreground. Fortunately for him, the Brits won initiative, which gave the Pole a chance to stay away from the German guns and line up a shot of his own ... which missed the evading target.
Then the Brits won initiative again, buying him another chance at the wounded 109. This time, the Hurricane took advantage of what Rich calls the "crazy Pole" special ability to let the 109 fill his windscreen before squeezing the trigger. Sadly, with the 109 still evading and this being a high-deflection shot, the Hurricane missed again.
The scenario went for several more turns, and eventually the Germans whittled down the Brits to the point that the RAF pilots broke off the engagement.
This third photo shows the scale of a 1:100 Spitfire in comparison to a 15mm AAM Sherman tank (15mm and 1:100 are approx. the same scale).
If you've never had a chance to visit Boeing's Museum of Flight in Seattle, it's amazing. A few years ago, the museum added a huge annex to house its WW1 and WW2 collections. Here's the Spitfire that greets you as you enter the WW2 wing.
Parked directly across from it is its nemesis, the Bf 109.
Finally, here's a shot of Rich Baker holding up our Bf 109 to let big brother get a good look at it:
There's now an Air Force Miniatures area in the Avalon Hill forum. Hop over there if you have comments and reactions to share on the new game.