This weekend was the annual wargame show Little Wars now in its new venue at the Kingston City Hall in Moorabbin. It was a great venue and I hope we are back there again next year.
I was running a public participation game called "The Twenty Minuters", a World War One dogfight game using the free Canvas Eagles rules with 1/72nd scale model planes. The star of the display was the Zeppelin which I scratchbuilt out of foamboard, dowel, balsa and paper card. A local television crew was doing a special on the show and they did a short segment on my game.
Here are some pictures of the event and my display game. Here is the hall before the masses arrive.
Here is my game in full flight (pardon the pun) with the zeppelin.
The Zeppelin game is set in the early war period around 1916. After that the Zeppelin became easy pickings for the faster more heavily armed fighters. The aircraft were british DH2 and Nieuport 11 fighters and the Germans had Fokker EIII and Pfalz EIV defending the Zep.
The Zep was brought crashing down in flames by a DH2 pilot who pumped a couple of long bursts into the envelope and scored particularly well on the damage chits.
I also had plenty of late war aircraft too.
The Red Baron despatching a Sopwith Camel flown by an Australian (note the bommerang symbol on the side). Historically the Australians had lots of fights with the Baron's Jasta 12 squadron and of course the latest theories suggest that the Baron was killed by an Australian machine gunner in the trenches.