Blood Red Skies: First Impressions
This Fourth of July I was visiting my parents and I played some games with my dad. I picked up a copy of the WWII dogfighting miniatures games Blood Red Skies. Specifically, I acquired the Battle of Britain beginner set. The beginner box cost $50 at my dad's FLGS. I asked a couple of questions of the store owner about the game and his answers helped to sway me to make my purchase. I asked if there was any model assembly required (There is not, the airplanes just pop into the custom bases) and what the required table size was (whatever you got, dinner table is fine, his group played on 4'x3').
|A box full of goodies!|
Blood Red Skies has a unique approach to representing airplane combat on the tabletop. Each airplane has a special stand that is designed to tilt back, stand straight, for tile forward. These positions correspond to the aircraft being advantaged, neutral, or disadvantaged. These positions are an abstraction that represents a combination of the plane's altitude, moxie, and location. An airplane needs to be in a superior position to its target in order to shoot at it, and an airplane can downgrade its position on purpose to gain speed or maneuverability. It is an interesting mechanic that plays fast.
|The position stands in action. The two Spitfires on the left are advantaged, the one in the middle is disadvantaged, and the Messerschmitt on the right is neutral|