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Raid Scale Gaming

Page history last edited by Si Tyler 12 years, 5 months ago

I finally bought some of Tumbling Dice' 1/600th aircraft after walking past their stall at nearly every show in the Southwest over a 4 year period and always saying "nice, but I just don't fancy another period".


My best mate (who is also a gamer) always loved the idea of Korean Mig V Sabres, so I thought a starter pack for under a tenner wouldn't break the bank.  Little did I know that this would lead me to a painting a large collection of aircraft not only for Korea but also for Vietnam and now slightly more modern periods. 


With my interest rekindled I looked at what interested me in the area of air combat.  It wasn't pure dog fighting but actually putting together integrated strike packages, get them to the target and home again.  So in terms of rules I wanted two approaches.  One was to have a quick set to get the models on the table and play with friends, and the second was to allow me to model the techincal level of detail that was interesting (to me) but could mean a harder game to get to grips with. 


For the Modern area two rules sets were out there that would fit the bill.  One was dedicated miniatures set the other was a board game but had potential for conversion to use with Miniatures.



  • Downtown is a boardgame that I came across which could allow me to playout, using miniatures, complete Strikes into North Vietnam.  Published by GMT games it is resource friendly from the game designers website http://www.airbattle.co.uk/downtown.html .  Secondly both GMT and Lee Brimmicombe-Wood gave me permission to reproduce some of the player aids for the conversion to miniatures.  


  • Since the publication of DT,  The Team have developed an Arab-Israeli variant called Elusive Victory which introduces later generation weaponry and defences this is in print but as yet we aren't too sure about the solo side of the game but will include some information for those interested.


For World War II I was faced with three areas (probably) I could do Battle of Britain, or the daylight raids over Germany or the night raids.  I discounted the night raids quite early on which leaves me with the US Daylight raids or the Battle of Britain.  As I had purchased a pack of the TD Early War Luftwaffe my choice was made (well current choice is made)


  • So first up was to get cracking and get the unpainted led sorted out which would then kick start me into looking at the rules and mechanisms needed. For now this will take you to the Luftwarffe Forces.  Once I have these done then I can start looking at the RAF Defenders but this will all depend on the rules selected.


  • US Daylight raids hasn't gone away but currently lack the reference material to make this a viable diversion. 



11 Aug 10

Tony Curtis at GMT Games LLC and Lee Brimmicombe-Wood have given permission for us to a limited print run to support the demo game at Colours at Newbury in September

The Downtown conversion pages have some new sections added.


14 Sep 10

The colours 2010 game went extremely well and we walked away with "Best Small Game" which is quite an acolade seeing as all the other games were put on by clubs or Vendors of Products.   Daniel (Thundermaker404) has been doing some cracking work on the 1983 stuff over lebanon and with help from others this is now looking like the right game for us.  If you are interested then come and join the Yahoo group 


18 Sep 10 

Just started work on some 1983 scenarios for Ops over lebanon.  Any suggestions gratefully received 


20 Nov 10

Started Adding Information for Arab Israeli engagements using the Downtown/Elusive Victory system from GMT Games


2 Apr 11

Major Housekeeping effort underway while I seem to have a quiet period.







Also added two pics of the 1/600th Downed Pilot Markers from Fight's On 


15 May 11 

Added a new section (1940 - Luftwaffe ) for the progress


17 June 11

Added some new shots of some 1973 era Neshers


18 June 11

Began work on the EV side of the game to go to Newbury in September.  I have become a bit jaded on the Vietnam Front and need to rekindle my interest.  The EV scenarios are a bit larger than the Vietnam ones so a new 1 1/2" Hex mat is on order from Hotz Mats.  As the Hotz mats haven't arrived I am going back to Vietnam for the Newbury Show.


30 Aug 11

Dan's ideas for the Iran Iraq war 1980 - 1988 have kindled another project.  Shots of my first IRIAF aircraft are up


3 Dec 11

A Shapeways FUD F-101 Voodoo arrived in the post from a colleague on the Yahoo Group (thanks Wulf), which has been pressed into service as a RF-101C.  This one has markings from a Tan Son Nhut based aircraft rather than a Thailand based one but will look at this in the future.  The detail on the FUD is excellent but the material is very fragile and possible not good for hands on gaming.  I might see if this is available in WSF and do some more.  Picture will be updated over the next couple of hours to improve the quality of the shot.


This site is designed to a collaborative effort to develop the miniatures theme and also allow additions and possible changes to the Thud Ridge set such as stand off weaponry.  As a health warning most of our effort has been with Downtown and I am tending to keep to the high end realism side of gaming at present.  Thud Ridge gets looked at but we haven't done anything on it for a while.

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