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The Best Modern Air Wargames Rules 

Having been an avid player of Air Wargames and computer air combat games for many years I decided long ago that of all periods and genres the ’Air Game’ had great characteristics as an introductory game for new wargamers, if only the rules could be simplified. Most air games which try and deal with the complexities of multiple dimensions, and the problems of spotting in combat, find a convoluted and complex method of doing it; which drops the game pace to a crawl. Unit count is low however, and the period and genre has glamour…


The objective of these rules, and the Combatdice system in general, is to allow these complex situations to be gamed simply…but without losing the realism of the period.


So in ‘Bandits’ you will discover recon missions, bombing runs, fighter on fighter scenarios, and the air full of missiles and chaff, without hopefully becoming a full time accountant or bookkeeper. The overall concept owes much to the work of Mike Spick and his studies of air combat through the ages. The central concept of this work is that Situational Awareness (SA) is the dominant trait of Aces (the 5% of pilots who account for over 40% of all air to air kills!), this is the ability to be able to analyse the location, and situation of fast moving units to allow action to be taken that gives a good possibility for attack and escape.

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matthew A September 11, 2023 4:10 pm UTC
David, can you post a preview that shows the TOC? Wanting to use this for jets, maybe related to a naval action.
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David R September 11, 2023 9:51 pm UTC
Ah ha, sorry Matthew, I was at work and did not see the post until just now -, see below - I have used the rules for Falklands, Libya, Indo -Pakistan games, as well as Iran vs Iraq and North Atlantic cold War ... so possible to use for naval and maritime scenarios


A. Introduction Rationale behind the design….. Page 2

B. Situational Initiative Big picture ……… Page 3

C. Tactical Turns What can this plane do in this space of time…? Page 4

######### The Tactical Table ###### Page 7
D. Searches and Spotting Visual and Radar searches…before an attack… Page 9

E. Countermeasures If he fires a missile I drop a flare, if he uses guns... Page 11

F. Combat Fox 1! Bombs away….. Page 12

G. Damage Effects Engine hit, losing fuel, jettisoned all external stores… Page 15

H. Ammunition / EW Last Sidewinder…..3...See more
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Chris B July 20, 2018 4:18 am UTC
What types of miniatures do you use for this game?
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David R February 10, 2019 2:30 am UTC
Sorry for delay in replying- no email notice to warn me of the question :(

- I use either 1/600th scale or 1/300th scale - I have a reasonable collection of both scales, but am increasingly moving to 1/600th scale, nearly always from Tumbling Dice although I have bought some from Shapeways..
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David R February 23, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Hey , everyone has an opinion,

If you have played the game then I don't mind a 'value' observation... but for less than the price of 2 x Starbucks I find it hard to think it is worth less when you get a set of well proven rules, a scenario generator and a bunch of data for aircraft and missiles from 1960 to the present day..!
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February 23, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Given the production value and 32 pages, IMO $7.79 for a deal of the day is still too high for this product. You have to value your work, but $4.99 as the non-sale price would be more appropriate based on my experiences in this market. If you're going to use the promotion points to go for a deal of the day, I hope it's profitable for you.
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