Exciting WWI and WWII Aerodrome Events Coming to Huzzah 2011

April 15, 2011

This year there will be a number of exciting events featuring Aerodrome at Huzzah!  Stan Kubiak has been kind enough to commit to traveling up to the North East to run his extremely well received events once again.  He will be presenting a WWII dogfighting event, an exciting WWII Pacific engagement, and giving a talk on presenting Aerodrome events.  There will be also be a WWI dogfight event and the pulse racing annual tournament where one skilled player will walk away with the coveted KitS Huzzah cup!

Huzzah takes place May 13th – 15th 2011 in Portland, Maine.  Pre-Registration is from April 1st to May 1st.  Reserve your spot today!


Here is the detailed event information:

Friday Evening From 7p – 11p
Aerodrome 1.1  (1/144 scale World War One Aerial Combat)
Up to 16 Players
Presented by Andre Kruppa with Jerry Corey

This aerodrome 1.1 game consists of a series of dogfights featuring several late war aircraft with players matching wits for control of the skies. This is an opportunity to hone those Aerodrome skills prior to the Tournament on Saturday Evening or just have fun battling for the skies. This is an elegant fast play system featuring wooden panels to program moves. No prior rules knowledge is required.  (Under age 15 only with playing adult.)

Satuday Morning From 9a – 1p
Aerodrome 2.0 WW2 Aerial Combat
Aerodrome 2.0  (1/144 Scale World War Two Aerial Combat)
Presented by Stanley F Kubiak
Up to 10 Players

The new WW2 adaptation of the popular Aerodrome ® 1.1 WW1 ruleset. The rules remain easy to learn, easy to play, lots of fun, but take into account faster speeds and greater weapons lethality of WW2 aircraft; rules will be taught, charts provided. Up to 10 players per round, rounds last about one hour, running continuously through allotted time. Spouse & Female Friendly Game.  Under age 15 only with playing adult.

Saturday Afternoon from 2pm – 6pm
Aerodrome® 2.0 WW2 Aerial Attack in the Pacific
Aerodrome 2.0  (1/144 Scale World War Two Aerial Combat – Naval Action!)
Presented by Stanley F Kubiak
Up to 15 Players

Late World War 2 in the Pacific! Torpedoes in the water! Bombs! Flaming Bettys!  Kamikazes? Attack or defend a USN invasion fleet using Aerodrome® 2.0 and its Naval Air Combat rules. Players control Japanese torpedo bombers, dive bombers or fighters, fighting to sink the task force, or USN fighters fighting to defend it. Rules will be taught. Spouse & Female Friendly Game. Under 15 only with playing adult.

Satuday Evening from 7p – 7:30p
Presenting Aerodrome Events
by Stanley F Kubiak

Stan will draw on his vast experience of running fun and exciting Aerodrome games over the years to reveal a few of his techniques and ideas.  This 30 minute talk will help prepare you to run your won Aerodrome games with panache.   It is highly recommended for both new and experienced GMs and there will be some good bits of information for many aerial combat hobbyists.  All folks from those with a passing interest to those with serious commitment to the game are welcome!

Satuday Evening from 7:30p – 11:30p
Aerodrome 1.1 – Knights in the Sky Tournament
Aerodrome 1.1 (1/144 scale World War One Aerial Combat – Tournament Event!)
Up to 16 Players
Presented by Andre Kruppa with Jerry Corey

This Knights in the Sky Tournament consists of a series of dogfights featuring late war fighters in a vicious dogfight with players matching wits for control of the skies. A prize will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The highest scoring player will be awarded the coveted Huzzah Aerodrome Cup. Scoring is based upon Rick Schirtzinger’s well received system. To qualify a player must fly at least 3 missions. Play will be limited to an even number of players. This is an elegant fast play system featuring wooden panels to program moves. No prior rules knowledge is required. See the Rules section for scoring information. Results will be posted here after the tournament. (Under age 15 only with playing adult.)

Aerodrome 1.1 and 2.0 is coming to Huzzah 2011!

March 15, 2011

Aerodrome 1.1 and 2.0 is coming to Huzzah 2011 and it is only two months away! Saturday night will feature the 2nd annual Huzzah Knights in the Sky Aerodrome 1.1 tournament with pilots competing for the prized Huzzah Cup! There will be dogfights for both eras (WWI and WWII)! On Saturday afternoon there will be an exciting Pacific War scenario with fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers!  The fun begins on May 13th, in Portland, Maine, at the Fireside Inn and Suites.  Join us at Huzzah and have a great time!

Check out Huzzah: www.huzzahcon.com

Aerodrome Dogfights at MWGA Game Day

October 27, 2010

On Saturday October 16th a number of Maine gamers gathered for an eventful game day in Bath.  I ran an afternoon session of Aerodrome that was well received!  We play 4 dogfight missions using Pfalz DR1s vs Sopwith Camels.  Kills were fairly evenly distributed and players got the hang of the game quickly.

I have been swamped with other projects lately and am just getting to posting this! The ramp up to my RPG events for the next convention cycle starting with Carnage has been taking the front seat at the moment.  I am in the early phases of getting material ready for e-publishing a horror game.

Tighter mission rules and a random mission generator are in the works for this winter and work will start on this in earnest after the holidays.  Stay tuned for more and keep flying!

Aerodrome Event Update

July 22, 2010

I thought I’d take a moment from a busy summer to post about the status of Aerodrome Events.  I have run several games recently.  More will be taking place in the fall after the run up to Carnage which takes place during the first weekend in November.

I ran a demo at Game Geeks on June 17th.  It went well and folks had a good time.  I ran 3 missions for six players and I think there will be further interest.

I also ran a small session at the last Northern Conspiracy session and had a fun game!  Game night is often lightly attended in July and so I had few players, but a lot of guys took a look and I think that we’ll see more!  (It is an imperative to enjoy summer while you can in this neck of the woods!)

The next event in stone is a large game for the Maine War Gamers Association on the afternoon of October 16th.  I expect to be running several other events and we are looking at involving some high school groups and hope to get some involved.  (Stan kindly gave the MWGA some rule sets to help jump-start some interest!)

I am sure there will be a number of pickup games to get a grip on making tighter Mission Rules as the key element of a campaign game.  I see the campaign as being a series of randomly generated missions with specific setup rules for each.  The campaign will progess through the war offering new aircraft and other effects.  I will be looking to post and get feedback once the bones are down and preliminary testing is done!

Dogfights at Game Geeks on Thursday June 17th

May 27, 2010

On Thursday from Thursday June 17th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM two dogfight missions will be presented at Game Geeks featuring Sopwith Camels in the classic match-up against Pfalz DR1s (a sturdier cousin of the Fokker DR1) with players matching wits for control of the skies.

This is the first of a number of Aerodrome events I expect to be offering in the area.  As the summer wears on I will be scheduling more events.

 The next project in the works is the first stage of getting the campaign rules ready.  This first step will be refining the mission rules.  This will probably take a while.

Fokker DRI Conversions – Jasta 19

May 14, 2010

This is the first of a series of conversions intended to provide flights of aircraft for tournament and campaign play. Some time back I purchased a bunch of decals for converting a number of Wings of War miniatures into specific squadron aircraft from Dom’s Decals at www.domsdecals.com. The decals look great and he sends instructions with each set explaining the conversions and even specifying what paints are needed and what ratios are needed to mix the colors correctly. That is something that is very helpful for a guy like me!

The weekend before Huzzah I managed to get to the first set of planes done. These are the Fokker DRIs of Jasta 19. The base aircraft model is the Wings of War Rhan DRI. The conversions came out pretty well. The decal application is a tad fiddly as Dom says in his instructions. I managed to mess up two of the decals, but I was still able to use them to make two planes that were differentiated from the rest, but are not historically accurate. I admit that, as I lack a steady hand, I did not bother to paint the fuselage green in the tail section despite the instruction to do so.

DR1 Conversion - Painting

The setup for painting the DRIs, which was done while folks were playing Blood Bowl.

The painting was easy. I mixed the paint according to the instructions without difficulty. The color matched very well. I was very happy with the results.

Once the paint was dry, after a 24-hour wait, I sprayed the planes with Krylon acrylic gloss to give the decals a surface to cling to. I put two coats on to be sure.

The next step was applying the decals. This was pretty tricky and I used a large flight stand taped to the side of my game table work area to hold the models sideways while working. This worked fairly well. I used a couple of sets of tweezers to put on the decals, one straight pair and one pair with tips at a 30-degree angle.

DR1 Conversion - Decals

The setup for putting the decals onto the party repainted Rahn DRI models.

The surface was prepped with decal setting solution and then after drying a softening solution was applied. The trickiest part was placing the really small decals. I had a real problem putting the tiny crosses and tiny numbers on the rear of the fuselage on a couple of planes and these were the ones that I ended up fudging. These were the only two issues. The long decals were easier that I thought and I held them in place and then slid the paper away. It was pretty easy to adjust the position of the decals with a paintbrush.

After the decals dried I used a couple of coats of Krylon matte acrylic to protect the them. I had tried the Games Workshop matte spray on a test model and it produced a nasty frosting effect, which really bummed me out. A friend of mine pointed out a couple of forum posts regarding this. I found that spraying the models with a gloss coat fixed it and gave it a matte appearance.

DR1 Conversion - Gloss

The models being sprayed with gloss acrylic to insure a good surface for decaling.

It was nice to get them done before the con. The German aircraft are much more snazzy and it was easy to run the tournament with a mix of Camels that were not modified since the Allied aircraft are rather drab. The match-up that I ran at the convention was Camels vs Pfalz DR1s (a more robust version of the Fokker DRI).

DR1 Conversion - Final 1

Some of the coverted DRIs of Jasta 19

Unfortunately there is no Camel decal set. I purchased a bunch of Camel models to convert and the book British Aviation Squadron Markings of World War 1. I expect that I will be using the white vinyl letters from www.modelflags.com. These worked very well in a prior project. It may turn out that I can add a little flair with some other assorted decals, but I am still figuring that out.

I plan to do Sopwith Snipes and Fokker DRVIIs as well. These will probably be my late war match-up for tournament play. I am hoping that there will be a set of Sopwith Triplanes coming out eventually for Wings of War. (If not I may purchase a bunch of Skytrex 1/144th models if I feel like biting the modeling bullet.)

DR1 Conversion - Final 2

A side view of the converted Jast 19 DRI models.

Good Gaming!

– Andre

First Tournament Winner! & Huzzah a Success!

May 3, 2010

The first Knights in the Sky Aerodrome Tournament was held at Huzzah and was a resounding success. A crowd of 10 boisterous pilots did battle in the sky! Jerry and I were able to maintain a fast pace and the gamers contributed witty repartee across the table. All in all it was a blast to run and fun was had by all!

Eric accepts the KitS Huzzah! Cup

Eric accepts the KitS Huzzah! Cup

Eric Hatch emerged as the victor with a whopping score of 7.333 with 3 kills. Manuel Veloso took second place with a score of 3.66 and 2 kills and Gaylord Tang was right behind him with a score of 3.33 and 2 kills.

Several pilots had the misfortune of having their aircraft catch fire. At least one Allied Powers pilot was forced to land and captured by Central Powers infantry. The sky was aglow with gunfire and flames.

Stan Kubiak came and run his exciting Aerodrome 2.0 and had a good crowd of players for his Friday evening Dogfight scenario and his Carrier Attack game as well. The carrier strike was a continuation of his game from the prior weekend at Little Wars in Chicago.

Manuel accepts his Distinguished Service Medal

Huzzah went very well and the Sabis Battle sponsored by Wargames Factory was impressive! There were so many good looking well run games, I cannot even begin to recount them all! A goodly number of vendors came including ADC Books, Aerodrome, Blue Moose Arts, Bunker Hill Games, Crossroad Games, John Durant Books, The Arrington’s, The Dice Turret, RLPBS (suppliers of Aerodrome Equipment among many other nifty things!), Eureka Miniatures USA, Falcon Miniatures, and The Hobby Bunker.

Aerodrome 2 Carrier Attack in progress.

Aerodrome 2 Carrier Attack in progress.

There were a lot of attendees on Saturday and most sessions had plenty of players. A Flames of War tournament was held, there was a raffle after every period, and prizes were awarded at the end of the con.

Stay tuned for future events!