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future of Airfix Battles

posted Nov 06, 2016 09:34:37 by PeterAppleyard
As we seem to have a dearth of news about the game, what is the situation. Are there still plans to release new stuff in the near future eg 'Collector's Edition', more unit cards, scenarios for other theatres of war. Are they delayed, postponed, cancelled or what. Looking at the other forums, it's clear Modiphius have a lot of work on developing games. I just hope Airfix Battles hasn't fallen behind, because I genuinely think it's the best WW2 I have ever played and I have played a few.
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Mark Furnell said Nov 14, 2016 20:42:14
Even a hint on a release date for the full rule set would be nice!!!

Or perhaps a play test set of rules for us ? :-)

Cheers,

Mark

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SteveHanson said Nov 15, 2016 16:21:07
Airfix-battles is very much alive, however, we are having some production issues getting the collectors edition put together. It may take some time, more than we had origionally planned. The next thing coming out should be another set of unit cards to expand what we already have.
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Mark Furnell said Nov 15, 2016 16:55:50
Yay! More units! More fun! Thanks for the update Steve - best news in ages.

Mark

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PeterAppleyard said Nov 15, 2016 17:26:42
Thanks for the update and looking forward to the new units (more models to buy).
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PeterAppleyard said Nov 16, 2016 19:36:34
Any clues about the new unit cards to give us time to collect the models. My guess is 'Barbarossa'.
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wicky0570 said Nov 17, 2016 19:08:06
Phew! Glad to hear that news! My Son and I have just settled on deciding to buy AIRFIX BATTLES and then heard the rumour that the game may fade away! So glad to hear that rumour is not true!

I hope to buy a copy of the game soon. Would like to have physical buildings rather than cards, can anyone recommend some that suit this game?
Martin Wickham (wicky0570)
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PeterAppleyard said Nov 17, 2016 19:36:03
Hi Martin, trying not to be too sycophantic, I prefer the Airfix Battles system to any other WW2 land rules I have ever come across. The morale rules actually give you a chance to recover, some rules don't. Also you can play a game in a short space of time. What really impressed me was the fact everything you need is in the box. Plenty of games claim it, but then you find out you need photocopies, pencils and assembling models before you can start. Other bonuses are the solo rules and for a board game it is cheap compared with the average price. Get a set and have some fun.
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Mark Furnell said Nov 17, 2016 19:36:16
Hi Martin, welcome aboard! I posted some picks of TT Combat 15mm houses in the "Show us your models" thread. I play with 1/72 figures and tanks but found the 1/72 (20mm) houses a bit too big. The 15mm ones fit much better.

Of course once we get full rules and open boards... the sky's the limit!

Cheers,

Mark

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wicky0570 said Nov 17, 2016 20:44:47
Thanks guys for the replies. I am 46 and My Son is 14, we have never played wargames but really want to get into it! We initially were thinking of buying TANKS, but then happened across a post for AIRFIX BATTLES. I also liked the fact that everything was in the box.

I really value your comments on this. The maps look great and like the look of the counters and cards, but would just like to have 3D trees and houses. I have plenty of trees to use, as we make model railways, but I do not have any suitable buildings.

I will have a look at the 'show us your models' thread. Thanks again.

Also, regarding the Collectors Edition, I did email and ask when it would be released and got this reply;

"Unfortuantely we are currently in talks with the designer of the collectors edition, who is on extended leave from work due to personal circumstances. I cannot give an estimate as to when the collector's edition will be released at this present time."

Regards

Martin
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ChrisBirch said Nov 18, 2016 10:29:22
Hi guys thanks for all the positive comments, we're doing a 1/32 scale version of Airfix Battles at the Dragonmeet show on 3rd December in London if anyone can make it (www.dragonmeet.co.uk) and we have a 15 year old commander in charge of the table to ensure the unruly adults stay in line! We're using some fun old Airfix scenery and vehicles I scrounged from the family attic before it was cleared out and a giant print of the maps on vinyl. We'll make sure to get some great photos. The same game will be at UK Games Expo and Salute wargame show if you miss out.

We're still selling the corebox, it's been interesting introducing it to the US market where Airfix is not such a well known brand but having the US Paras on the cover helped (one of the reason we did that), but sales have been much slower even in the UK than we hoped. Everyone who plays loves the game though and we've had amazing reviews and I wanted to confirm we're committed to supporting the rules. The system I developed with Nick in our basement flat (and launch pad for Modiphius!) which was once called ONE WAR has really turned in to an excellent introduction to wargaming for everyone, as well as a great taste of wargaming for those who just don't have the time.

The original rules were developed with normal wargaming tables in mind, we also had a deck of cards which controlled AI units and it was designed with our world war two Achtung! Cthulhu universe in mind - so zombies and other creatures would spring up from time to time as threats to both the germans and allies.

It was a chance meeting with Airfix that made me think this was the perfect match to bring these rules out and we've worked hard since to make the package great value, and spread the word. So please help spread the word of Airfix Battles. We're promoting it at all the major wargame shows - including Warfare in Reading this weekend and will hopefully talk about what's to come soon.



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wicky0570 said Nov 18, 2016 12:08:52
Thanks Chris for that reply, that is great news to hear. I am a 46 year old kid that has been thinking of getting into wargames to play with My 14 year old Son. I had been doing research for a couple of months on the subject. I googled 'ww2 wargames' and started going through all the options. We eventually decided on buying TANKS, then realised we needed a map! When I started to look for maps, that is when AIRFIX BATTLES started to pop up. Had we not started looking for maps we would not have known anything at all about this game.

From My point of view the game has not been marketed enough! It looks amazing, the packaging looks fantastic, and the maps and counters are a very high quality, but if nobody knows about it it will not sell.

Since mentioning this to some of My mates, they all raise an eyebrow and are very interested, but have not necessarily thought about wargames before. I, like most parents always thought wargaming was expensive and needed lots of different components from different places and would not be an easy purchase for our children to play with, however with AIRFIX BATTLES, this is not the case! I honestly believe every Father & Son in the country would love to have this game .... if they knew it existed.

What can we all do to help promote this game? I for one want to see a community grow for this game, and would be prepared to join anyone else in working to spread the word in some way, ideas anyone?

Why is this not advertised on the Airfix Website? I ordered some kits for My Son a few weeks ago, no mention of this game at all. The Airfix kits could have a sticker on them, for example 1/72 US Infantry, could say "As featured in AIRFIX BATTLES, The Introductory Wargame for everyone! Everything you need in one box, visit website for details", or something like that!

Maybe a facebook group could be made, or a club? I am sure that all the people that love this game will be prepared to talk about it and share the popularity.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Regards

Martin
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wicky0570 said Nov 18, 2016 16:57:12
I have created an unofficial Airfix Battles Appreciation group on facebook just to see what interest it develops.

The link to join is;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206526343128595/
Martin Wickham (wicky0570)
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Mark Furnell said Nov 18, 2016 20:29:24
Thanks for the reply Chris - it is a shame the game isn't taking off. As I've have posted on other boards, the game may sell in toy / model shops - I've bought games from model shops that I wouldn't have sought out on the net (funny enough Airix Robogear was one of those). I don't know if this is a distribution option for you?

A deck of Zombie cards might be fun - perhaps you could share those sometime if you're not thinking of selling them retail.

Cheers,

Mark
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wicky0570 said Nov 20, 2016 17:35:16
Thanks to everyone that has joined Our facebook group over the last few days, we now have 21 members and one of Our members is planning to have a stand at a show in February to demo games and let anyone else join in. Hopefully we can get some support from Modiphus? Hint! Hint!
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SteveHanson said Nov 21, 2016 03:19:02

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