Firehouse and BoomerBill play AAAF by phone May 1, 2020 2:27:26 GMT firehouse and Stalker6 like this
Post by boomerbill on May 1, 2020 2:27:26 GMT
Firehouse and I have been experimenting with some by-phone gaming during the pandemic lockdown.
This week, we tried AAAF in the Pacific theatre. I have a Kawanishi H8K “Emily” in 1/144 scale -- technically too small for AAAF, but since it is a rather bulky four-engine flying boat, the scale works. The Marine Brewsters are repaints of AAAF Brewster/Buffaloes. While the photo here is of my setup, Firehouse had a similar arrangement, with a Rex standing in for the Emily on his table.
Here's the history behind the game:
A Kawanishi H8K “Emily” piloted by Pilot Lieutenant Hisao Hashizume and a second Emily had on March 4, 1942 overflown Hawaii on a raid intended to disrupt salvage operations in Pearl Harbor. They missed their target, but it was otherwise a successful long-range mission.
On March 10, 1942, Hashizume was flying one flying boat on another long-range mission, with the target being Midway. This was an armed reconnaissance mission. The Emily’s objective is to photograph Midway Island and its defences.
Just a few minutes after the Emily was sighted, Marine Corps Brewster F2A Buffaloes led by Captain James L. Neefus scrambled to intercept.
Neefus won the Navy Cross for splashing the Emily, the first combat kill for a Brewster Buffalo.
While historically, Neefus had led a flight of four Brewsters, I only could field two: Neefus and a wingman.
In our game, the object of the Emily was to end five turns over the island (taking a photo on each turn), flying at Level 3 and at Speed 2. If the Emily was not destroyed, it was successful in taking a photo. Once five photos had been taken, the Emily was free to escape.
The object for the Brewster Buffaloes was to splash or cripple the Emily.
We both used the Bandits High island map. Although the map is not marked with letters or numbers, it was simple enough to give values for both to the map. Movement was accomplished by indicating that an aircraft was moving due east or west, or southeast, southwest, northwest or northeast, as per the hexsides.
Firehouse took the Emily and successfully completed his mission and escaped undamaged, while dishing out some damage to one of the Brewsters.
Then we played it again, with me taking the Emily. Again, the mission was accomplished, but the Neefus Brewster was shot down, while the remaining Brewster and the Emily took points of damage.
We have played face-to-face before and trust each other on the dice rolls -- although even I was surprised to roll box cars on my first initiative roll. Many of my subsequent rolls were less than spectacular, with the exception of the last shot at the Neefus Brewster, which vitalled it.
Each game lasted about an hour -- a great way to spend two hours of gaming, and about a half hour of catching-up chat.
A great way to spend part of an afternoon.