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Ok I have found a store that sells some of the Wings of Glory Balloons and I was wondering, should I get them or purchase more aircraft?

I currently play my two children (7yrs and 11yrs) so looking for something that will raise the fun factor. Any input is welcome.

I already have 8 aircraft; 3 single-seat fighter and 1 twin-seat for both factions.

And own the following;

Both Duel Packs.
Wings of Glory; Rules and Accessories Pack.
Series II Airplane pack. (4 aircraft)

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I recently bought 2 balloons and I'm glad I did. They may eventually get re-released, but I had been waiting long enough. There will always be more planes. So far, I've only had one session with them, but I was able to put together an interesting bombing scenario with barrage balloons running interference.
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I was thinking of a balloon busting scenario where both my kids target the balloon while I try to protect it.

But what about bombers? Are they worth getting - for me its all about scenario play rather than head to head dog fighting.
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I'm just now getting into bombers, as well, because I also think that scenarios will make things more interesting. Here's a photo from a game we played a couple of weeks ago.

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Operation "protect the beer!"
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btw Jeffery, where are you buying your miniatures from?
 
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Balloons make for a nice change of pace to provide a "mission" that is different from just "shoot the other planes."

They also make for a good solo session.

Bombers are similar--a change of pace (big, slow-moving target that shoots back) and potential for solo play with random movement (mostly straight, but a few turns).
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FarEast wrote:
btw Jeffery, where are you buying your miniatures from?

CoolStuff has been good to me.

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I love the balloons and have invested in 3 additional 3rd party balloons that are all painted up, in addition to the two original WoW ones.

You can team up with your kids against the balloon too, as Kevin suggests.

I run a balloon buster scenario at several game conventions that I attend (including BGG Con) and the balloon requires a dice roll to drop a level. While I don't typically play with altitude rules, I do make lowering the balloon something that requires a roll each turn, getting progressively easier as the game continues. I typically start it at a 'level 4', marked at the base with a die showing 4 pips.

As it lowers, I change the die to show the new level.

Adds a fair bit of tension to both sides as the shooters are trying to get it before it gets safely on the ground and the balloon/defenders are trying to prevent its destruction.

Of course there are ground guns around the balloon also and friendly fighters if there are enough players.

So yes, I'm a big fan of balloons!
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So balloons it is - how many would you guys suggest?
 
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I went with two for now, as expensive, but am hoping they get reprinted so I can get a third. They are quite big and take up a lot of room on the table, so one is fine for observation scenarios, but two are really needed for the visual effect of barrage balloons. If you have the R&A Pack, I believe you have the balloon cards, which make a nice stop-gap measure, but are not as impressive as the miniatures.

 
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Sadly the new Wings of Glory 'Rules and Accessories' pack only contains the rules for barrage balloons and not any of the cards or counters.

I guess today I'm off to Tokyo to pick up a barrage balloon or 3.
 
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sduke wrote:
I love the balloons and have invested in 3 additional 3rd party balloons that are all painted up, in addition to the two original WoW ones.

You can team up with your kids against the balloon too, as Kevin suggests.

I run a balloon buster scenario at several game conventions that I attend (including BGG Con) and the balloon requires a dice roll to drop a level. While I don't typically play with altitude rules, I do make lowering the balloon something that requires a roll each turn, getting progressively easier as the game continues. I typically start it at a 'level 4', marked at the base with a die showing 4 pips.

As it lowers, I change the die to show the new level.

Adds a fair bit of tension to both sides as the shooters are trying to get it before it gets safely on the ground and the balloon/defenders are trying to prevent its destruction.

Of course there are ground guns around the balloon also and friendly fighters if there are enough players.

So yes, I'm a big fan of balloons!
Steve, where'd you get your pre-painted balloons?
 
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They came unpainted but I had them professionally painted.
 
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But where did they come from as I too would be interested in them!
 
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[q="kduke"]While you wait, you can use these:

http://www.angelfire.com/nj4/armamentsinminiature/aircraftin...



Would it happen to be these ones?
 
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Or you could purchase from Shapeways as they seem to have a lot of different types:

http://www.shapeways.com/search?q=1%2F144+balloon

 
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I bought this today :



It cost me a pretty penny but I think it will be worth it both from a solo point of view as well as a focal point for the kids and play 'pop' the balloon!
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FarEast wrote:
Sadly the new Wings of Glory 'Rules and Accessories' pack only contains the rules for barrage balloons and not any of the cards or counters.

I guess today I'm off to Tokyo to pick up a barrage balloon or 3.


Really! I recently got some extra ones. They must have come with the balloons. How much did the balloon buster set cost you? Upwards of ¥7000?
 
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9,000 JPY - brand new.
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FarEast wrote:
9,000 JPY - brand new.

And you didn't have to wait for the postman.
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James, thanks for the links...
 
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Mayor Jim, hold your horses though as I'm in the process of a write-up that might be of interest to you.
 
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I got my Dragon balloons from a Armaments in Miniature and my other from Shapeways.
 
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sduke wrote:
I got my Dragon balloons from a Armaments in Miniature and my other from Shapeways.
Who did you get to paint them?
 
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