I've been playing Wings of Glory since it was Wings of War. I have a good collection of both the WW1 and WW2 versions. Used to play it a lot and even played in tournaments and won them :-)
Its a great game. Simple, easy and a lot of fun. When my daughter was just 9-10yo she loved playing the DR1 just so that she could say that she was a little Fokker.
You can even get the War of the Worlds version Triplanes Vs Tripods which I have played. I wish I could post pictures of the game. I also have all the Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory vinyl playmats that I use for a lot of other miniature games.
I was wondering if I should just use my existing maps or buy the WoG playmat.
I would always use maps I already own. I've only brought others because I play a variety of games and now I've got playmats to suite any land, air and naval games I play.
However if you can afford it then why not?
Ah, affording something. When did we ever let our budgets stand in the way of purchasing toys? But you are right: the game mats are silly expensive. You can buy an (unpainted) army for the cost of a game mat. And I do have a number of game mats, although most of them have hexes on them.
Those who don't remember their history are bound to do something or other...
I have tried it many years ago at a gaming con somewhere. I did not like the movement mechanics and at the time I was fully committed to AAM/WaS and AAAF. Other games had no way to get "in" The models look good and for those [players interested in WWI it is the only option I know. BTY- I have seen many pics of Boomer Bill's custom planes and they look really great, he is an artist and historian. Have you played yet Bill?