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Subject: Hex maps and Starting! rss

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Ben Rawlings
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So I have some P-51's and 109's painted (although even after varnish they chip a bit any help there would be appreciated?).

Has anyone any recommendation of hex maps or making thier own? I am using 1/300 minis. Also is there anything you need other than the planes minis to play this?

 
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Tom Oxley
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I'd recommend a 2inch hex size, but you can get by with an inch and a half size, the extra gives you a bit more room if you have 2 planes in the same hex at the end of a move. You should have flight stands of some sort, and the ones I use have the dials on to show speed and TAL, but others use D6 holders and you simply place two dice of different colors to show those things. You can get by with placing the models directly on the hex mat to start, and use the two different dice to either side for speed and TAL and that would be a good way to start learning the game and teaching somebody else, but the look with the planes up off the mat just adds a lot to it. You can get as elaborate as you can afford with stands. Here in the states, I go to I-94 Enterprises for just about everything, but you should be able to find somebody there at carries the flight stands, maybe an importer of Litko materials. Many of the nice game mats now come from the UK, so you should probably be able to find one fairly reasonably. If you want to make your own, Litko makes a hex grid template that you can use to make your own mat. Not cheap, it is pretty sturdy and would last through making several hex mats, and since it is pretty light, shouldn't cost an arm and a leg for shipping costs. You can see the Litko templates at http://www.litko.net/categories.php?category=Stencils/Grid-S..., and from there also see their flight stands. For I-94, you can see their materials at http://www.ekmpowershop25.com/ekmps/shops/raiden/index.asp. Here is a mat maker in the UK, and I think he will add hex grids: http://www.tinywargames.co.uk/online-store.

There is a very active Check Your 6 Yahoo group, so look them up. You will probably find players in the UK there who can point you in the right direction for all these things. There is also a Facebook group, Aerial Wargames, that has several members from the UK who also play this and other air combat games.

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