Bristol Fighters arrive on the scene with the sun behind them and flying on altitude 6 which was diced for
Algy uses 12 bands of altitude. These flying stands are by Litko with gimbal mounts and ball bearings
available from Wings of Glory Aerodrome.
These are great for making the action look a lot more aesthetically pleasing.
With 'Archie' bursting (Litko again) the Biffs quickly moved to target the German Roland flown by the Veteran
Kurt Manners, with Observer Hermann Boering.
However, the Walfisch easily gives most of them the slip with the exception of one plucky chap who follows.
But fails miserably to pass a 'getting on the tail test' and the Roland escapes.
Two more Biffs peel off and drop down low over the enemy trenches. Scout planes carrying bombs have
reduced speed and manoeuvrability until they drop their 'eggs'. Scout planes drop their bombs as part of
their 'Move' card and make their bombing run at half speed. They must end their move at altitude 1 or 2.
"I think its four enemy planes up top Sir!" shouts Observer Dick Mussel to his pilot Roger Roughshaft.
Turn 3 and I rolled the five or six required for four Hun 'Bogeys' to appear.
Their height (D6+2) and their table edge diced for randomly
One eye on the enemy planes the Biffs begin their approach led by R.G Bargy with his Observer Devlin
Archie busts ineffectually all around them. Archie is layered in Algy. Roll 2D6 per plane
Light Archie 10-12 to hit (MGs and rifle fire) occurrs at altitude 1-3,
Medium 11 or 12 to hit (Pomm-Pomm and 'Flaming Onions') at altitude 3-6,
and Heavy 12 to hit (3"/75mm etc) at altitude 5-9
Enemy spotted two Albatros D.II. Its Hun ace Max von Schortarsen (Junior Ace) and a Sprog
With their bombs successfully dropped the attention of the Biffs shifts to the Albatri.
The Walfisch tries again to take pics of the target, albeit unsuccessfully.
Help arrives. No, not the hand of God (or it that Gott?) its five Airco DH2 under Steve's control.
As with Graham Steve has a Junior Ace, two Veterans, a Regular and a Sprog.
Algernon Carpet-Byrnes leads the way.
An airplanes speed in Algy is rated from 1-8 which is the number of hexes that can be moved.
A D4 throttle dice may also be thrown and added to the score.
Essentially, the better a pilot is the better his use of throttle is.
An Albatros D.II moves at 6 and its rate of climb is two altitude levels per turn.
An Airco DH2 moves at only 4 hexes and can only climb one level of altitude.
Albatros D.II ceiling is altitude 10. A DH2 ceiling is only altitude 8. Altitude is often king in aerial gaming.
Max von Schortharsen climbs above the DH2's using his superior climb rate, no doubt to zoom on them.
Suddenly four more unidentified enemy planes arrive at altitude 5
The Biffs decide to have a turn at the balloon and so abandon the DH2's
Archie is heavy, but ineffectual
Carpet-Byrnes snap turns his radially powered DH2 to face the unidentified planes and strains his eyes....
"More Hun Albatri. Damn it." Its the evil Gotthard Rimstinger (Veteran) with a fellow Staffelhund (Regular)
However its first blood to the RFC. R.G Bargy fires a five second burst into Max von Schortarsen damaging
The neat smoke effect is a pipecleaner. These are great as you can fold them over wings and engine
cowlings to indicate damage and they look pukka.
In a daring dive and zoom Rimstinger's wingman fires a full burst into a DH2 causing serious damage.
Whilst the DH2 is armed with a Lewis gun on a forward firing fixed mount the Albatros D.II has two forward
firing Spandaus synchronised to fire through the propeller.
Hits in Algy are determined by length of burst factor + armament factor + modifiers for range, size of target
The Albatros pilot has a five second burst (+2), gun 4 (+4), firing dead close (+3) on a size 4 DH2 (+3) a total of
12 dice to roll. Any 5 or 6 will register as a hit.
The DH2 rolls to save. Its manoeuvrability rating is 3 (+3), range is 1 hex (+1) only four dice to roll needing a
5 or 6 to register as a save.
The total of hits and saves are compared, and the difference between the two is cross referenced according
to the robustness of a plane. A DH2 rates as a robustness of 3.
2D6 are rolled to determine the damage.
The DH2's try to manoeuvre but are so slow compared to the fast diving Albatros.
Rimstinger lines up the Sprog and fires from close range.
"It's hit, it's hit!" he cries, no doubt punching the air.
Whilst the four Albatri are carving the DH2's to pieces the Biffs are off for a spot of balloon busting don't you
This balloon is a Wings of War one, and rather nice.
Not having incendiary ammunition the balloon is holed as it is winched down. It'll need some patching up.
Better get your sewing needles out Hans.
Graham's Biff's guns now begin to jam. How much bad luck are the RFC boys going to get today?
Surely at some point its going to change?
Enjoying the view of the French countryside Graham? Peaceful isn't it?
Not over the trenches it ain't chum. Its bloody murder.
The faster Albatri are massacring Steve's DH2's.
Send the women and children to bed this is getting ugly.
Its von Schortarsen behind a DH2.
He needs to pass a getting on the tail test and score 4 or more however he's adding +2 for a Junior Ace.
Two or more required. He's on the tail.
DAKKA...DAKKA...DAKKA....an eight second burst into Les Been's DH2 from point blank range
KA-BOOM! Les Been's plane disintegrates in a fearful explosion sending von Schortarsen's Albatros into a
spin. Can he pull it up in time?
"Can't...get...control" gasps the Hun Ace fighting his damaged plane.
Vengeance is sweet and fortune is fickle. Les Been is revenged.
The Walfisch of Kurt Manners turns and gets in on the action even. Another damaged DH2.
It's like kicking a kitten for the Hun pilots.
Rimstinger lines up a Biff and I roll a handful of D6...Eight Hits!
Graham rolls to save...one save.
Seven net hits, robustness 4, roll 2D6 and cross reference..
DOWN IN FLAMES!
Gothard Rimstinger's after another. He turns, he turns....
He's on the tail!
DAKKA...DAKKA..DAKKA...Another damaged DH2.
To add further insult to injury even the Archie manages to shoot down a DH2.
There is just nothing going for the RFC today.
With one DH2 shot down by von Schortarsen, and another by Archie, with two damaged DH2 limping for
home, and a Biff shot down by Rimstinger, we called it a day. At least Algernon Carpet-Byrnes managed to
land safely back at his aerodrome in the only undamaged DH2