wings of Glory has its own boxed set that contains the full rules, but no planes. It has a lot of extra bits in there, different decks for running bombers, and 2 seater recon/fighters, different damage decks to reflect how different planes where armed. The duel packs though are a taster of the game, and an ideal introduction.
A pack for beginners with two miniatures at 1/144 scale, fully assembled and fully painted and all the rules needed to start and to go deeper into the system: both Basic and Standard rules are included, plus several scenarios and special rules to go with them (both for trench cards and for AA machineguns).
Two version are available:
- one with Richthofen's Fokker Dr.I and Brown's Sopwith Camel;
- one with Paul Bäumer's D.Va and Frank Luke's SPAD XIII.
The game uses the original flightpath system, which so many other games Xwing, Attack wing etc have used, but instead of dials you have cards which allow for a larger diversity of moves.
Lets take a look in the box.....
Now the planes.......
The Albatross in comparison is fast, but no where near as nimble in a right turn. but then below we see the Fokker, which is super nimble, but not as fast as either of the other planes, so you will need to learn to fly to your planes strengths, and mitigate its weakness, as if you have a SPAD coming for you, yes you can out turn it easily, but she is faster and will catch up with you quickly.
Its a great game, its fun, the models are nice, but there is a lot of tactical depth to it to out think your opponent, and have fun with the beautiful models. Its excellent, and im looking forward to getting more planes, and some two seaters and some bombers and.. well you get the idea. Though to add those things i will need the rules and accessories pack that has more rules for all sorts of things in it, and other damage decks i may need.
i like it, its like other games i play so its not too hard to learn at all, its just making sure i use the cards right. I like the colourful planes, and i liked learning more about WW1 as we are learning about it in school.
Olivia made a good point about the history part, when we play Star Trek, or Xwing, these are just spaceships zipping around, but these delicate machines where really flown a hundred years ago, with brave men and no parachutes. There where times the average life expectancy of a British pilot arriving at the front was around 48 hours, often less at times. With all the memorials and honouring of the first world war service personnel over a 100 years ago now, lets not forget these brave men on both sides, flying a new technology with no hope of escape apart from a quick death if they caught fire, or where shot down or just had a mechanical failure, as flight was still in its infancy, and these machines pushed the boundaries of technology and men at the time.
With an RRP of £23.99 per pack head over to your Local store and pick up a pack, or both, and with a large range of expansion aircraft available you can get the airwar in miniature going on in your games room, or front room table, or floor, or anywhere.