Modiphius Entertainment Announces Airfix Battles
November 24, 2015 - 11:19am
Modiphius Entertainment, a London game publisher, has announced a deal with Hornby Hobbies, a British model railway brand, to create a wargame based on the Airfix brand. For those who don't know, Airfix is a brand of scale model kits of aircraft and other objects. Until now, there have been no concrete rules for playing with the Airfix models, and people would create their own games. But now with Airfix Battles, Modiphius will create an introductory wargame using the model kits. The game will be playable with existing models and will also come with everything you need to play, including cards, dice, missions, instructions, and cardboard figures if you don't have existing models. Airfix Battles will be available in April of 2016. To learn more, check out http://www.modiphius.com/airfix.html or read the press release below.
GRAB YOUR TANKS & SOLDIERS! PLASTIC GENERALS GET READY! AIRFIX BATTLES IS SET TO RE-CONQUER A TABLETOP NEAR YOU Modiphius Entertainment, a London based publisher of tabletop games has announced a licensing deal with Hornby Hobbies to create an introductory wargame based on the classic Airfix brand. London 19th November – Whether it’s British commandos, US Marines or Germany’s Afrika Korps, Airfix’s 1/72 scale soldiers have been fighting their wars across carpets, dining tables and gardens for decades. Airfix is a fondly remembered part of childhood and the company are famous for their line of injection-moulded plastic aircraft, tanks and soldiers. The Airfix brand has been synonymous with model kits for years and now it’s back with a vengeance, with Airfix Battles bringing those adventures to life and its campaigns to a tabletop near you Modiphius founder Chris Birch grew up on a healthy diet of plastic campaigning and says: “My friend and I used to construct vast battlefields of forested hills and valleys fought over by our Airfix figures. “ “I still remember the day I suggested we roll dice instead of blindly mowing down our guys accompanied by bad attempts at machine gun and explosion sounds. We carried on inventing all manner of rules for our soldiers, heroes and tanks, and this kept us playing with our Airfix sets for years.” Airfix Battles is the fruit of those early war games given a full modern update with Chris and co-designers Nick Fallon and Alan Paull turning this epic clash of plastic into a fantastic introduction to the world of tabletop wargaming. “Airfix Battles is a fantastic idea, and brings the wonderful world of Airfix to a new audience!” Commented Jim Procter-Blain, Marketing Controller for Hornby Hobbies. “It now means that consumers can not only enjoy making and painting Airfix models, but can enjoy battling with them too. Twice the fun!” Playable with all your existing Airfix figures and vehicles, the Airfix Battles Introductory Set comes with everything you need to play exciting World War Two battles straight out of the box. This includes die cut cardboard counters for tanks, infantry and guns in case you don't have any figures to hand. Airfix Battles also lets you plan your army using the Force Deck. Draw the cards or select the ones you need to build an exciting army to challenge your friends. Set up the battle using step-by-step instructions in the Mission book and you're ready to play. Each player has a hand of Command Cards to move and make their forces fight, bring in airstrikes or artillery support. You'll never know what your opponent is going to do next! The game is designed to get you playing quickly, with fast and fun rules so you can play several times in an afternoon or evening with typical missions lasting from 30-60 minutes. The Airfix Battles Introductory Set features:
Airfix Battles will be available in all good model stores & game shops from April 2016. Further releases are planned through 2016 to expand the Airfix Battles range. Collector’s Edition Rulebook & Card Decks. Summer 2016 will see the launch of the Airfix Battles Collector’s Edition, which introduces new rules to expand your game, as well as showing you how to move your battles from the board to wargames terrain with movement in inches or centimeters instead of squares. The book will contain fantastic photography of games in action to inspire you as well as much bigger campaigns to fight your way through. The Collector's Edition will be available in print and PDF. The Airfix Battles Force Deck and Command Deck will be available as a double pack to enable commanders to purchase just the Collector's Edition book and dive in to battle. Each deck consists of 54 cards. Watch out for new Force Decks to expand your forces!
- 2 double-sided maps showing the war-torn Normandy countryside to fight over.
- 2 sheets of die-cut counters featuring scenery, objectives, tanks, vehicles, guns and infantry so you can start playing immediately or better still grab your Airfix figures.
- A 16 page Rulebook with introductory rules to get you playing Airfix Battles
- A 16 page Mission book. Each mission introduces new rules leading you step by step through a series of fun narrative missions across Normandy.
- A 54 card Force Deck, each card describing a German or American squad, tank, vehicle or gun.
- A 54 card Command Deck to give orders to your forces
- 5 six-sided dice.