When I was at Gen Con last month, I swung into the Ares booth to stock up on some aircraft miniatures for Wings of Glory game. I’m a Wings of Glory junkie – I’ll concede that. They ran a great special, buy two get one free.
I opted to snag the new Hanriot HD.1, the Aviatik D.1, and the Sopwith Triplane. I saw the DR 1 Triplanes too, so I grabbed an all-too-familiar red DR.1 piloted by Manfred von Richthofen.
Okay, the photos do a good job of speaking for themselves. Let me say this, this metal miniatures have some incredibly intricate paint jobs. Ares is to be commended on that front. The quality of the paint jobs is outstanding. Check out the paint scheme on Mario Fucini’s Italian Hanriot. It is very intricate for the level of detail. I’ve noticed on eBay that a cottage industry has sprung up with people custom painting these models, which is testimony to how detailed they are.
I was looking forward to the Sopwith Triplane and the Aviatik. I wanted the Aviatik for some scenarios I’m running with Bert Hall of the Lafayette Escadrille. Sopwith Triplanes, to me, have a special look about them and Ares did a good job in capturing these.
The other plane in this series that I didn’t pick up with the Siemens-Schuckert D.III. This brings to surface my only minor gripe with Ares on this game line – which planes they are bringing out. Let’s face it the Siemens-Schuckert D.III and the Hanriot HD.1 are not on the list of prominent aircraft of the Great War for most historians. Ares so far has skipped over Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters, for example (come on Ares, give me a Fred Zinn Sopwith!) I’m sure they’ll get around to the more popular and recognized aircraft at some point, I was simply hoping they would do that up-front.
Here’s the latest release set:
Hanriot HD.1 Coppens Belgium
Hanriot HD.1 Fucini Italy
Hanriot HD.1 Scaroni Italy
Aviatik D.I Linke-Crawford Austria-Hungary
Aviatik D.I Sabeditsch Austria-Hungary
Aviatik D.I Turek Austria-Hungary
Sopwith Triplane Collishaw Canada
Sopwith Triplane Dallas Australia
Sopwith Triplane Little Australia
Siemens-Schuckert D.III Lange Germany
Siemens-Schuckert D.III Veltjens Germany
Siemens-Schuckert D.III Von Beaulieu-Marconnay Germany
If you haven’t picked up Wings of Glory, I recommend it. It’s a beer and pretzel’s approach to WWI combat where the pace is not bogged down with rules adding realism and complexity. It’s the kind of game you can teach an eight year old in about 10 minutes.