Axis & Allies Miniatures Set 3: Contested Skies



  • Good to see the minor powers getting some officers.Â

    The aircraft will give good scenarios for doing particular battles if you only get one side.  Mostly Axis for Barbarossa, mostly Soviet for Stalingrad and the late war, etc.

    I was apprehensive about getting these sets after seeing the previews (Luftwaffe infantrymen?) but the list actually looks pretty damn good.



  • Ok, so it seems that the rules are the same for aircraft attacking aircraft as for any other unit attacking aircraft…  I guess that’s alright, after all a stuka had to have SOME chance of shooting down a mustang, but the antiair special on the mustang gives it the appropriate edge in the dogfight…  The thing I still don’t really like that much is that in order to effectively send a fighter after an enemy plane you want NOT have the initiative, so that you can see where he places his aircraft first.  Don’t know how to fix that really, maybe if fighters were given another special that gives them extended range vs aircraft so that it’s not quite as important to place your fighter right by the enemy plane…


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    This game is all about initiative.



  • So I was just thinking… not only for aircraft but for pretty much everything, if you win the initiative roll, isn’t it better to let your opponent go first?  That way you get to see what he’s doing, see what he hits/misses, and coordinate your actions accordingly.



  • It depends. Sometimes it’s good, other times it isn’t. My girlfriend learned the hardway when I went first and flooded the objective area with Paratroopers, followed up by Crusaders, Halftracks and jeeps loaded with guys, etc. It was an uphill battle after that for her. Me going first gave me time to get my artillery (we play with hitched artillery in the beginning) and reenforcements up there by turn two and having only had faced 1 round of shooting.

    So it depends. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s worth waiting to see what your opponent does.

    One idea we’ve been toying with is shuffling the unit cards (without looking), and that determines the order of initiative, so it’s a back and forth thing. We haven’t tried it yet.

    -=Grim=-



  • I might say that it depends on what kinda terrain is on the map.  For example, if there are a lot of plains around the map, maybe it would be good to let your opponent go first and go out into the open, and then pick them off when they leave cover.  However, if both players spend the first turn positioning units to get better line-of-sight angles, then initiative doesn’t matter there.

    And so you guys know, Set 3 is pretty fargin’ sweet!  I picked up (gulp) 20 boosters today, and I think the new units are nice.  The US got a new sniper, everybody gets an AA capable unit, and the US also gets some nice new tanks.  I hope the rest of you are pleased too.  The only thing I’m sorry about is that I didn’t get the Mustang or the Sturmovik.  The ONLY air units I got were Axis.  Oh, well - two Stukas sits well with me!  🙂



  • @MidnMike:

    So I was just thinking… not only for aircraft but for pretty much everything, if you win the initiative roll, isn’t it better to let your opponent go first?  That way you get to see what he’s doing, see what he hits/misses, and coordinate your actions accordingly.

    It’s better to go first if you want to take advantage of Strike and Fade.



  • Anyone else notice that the British got almost totally ignored for this set? No Spitfires, nothing really noteworthy. Hopefully, the next set will change that. Even the bloody Russians got better equipment.



  • They got all they needed. They got all anyone needed: The UC! Argh, how I want more transports that can lug artillery for all nationalities…  :mrgreen:

    -=Grim=-



  • OK - I got the Mustang and the Sturmovik now.  I have a complete set, only three days after it came out.  I’m definitely not bragging though.  Set 3 has already cost me 450 friggin’ bucks!



  • I think I’d shoot myself if I ever spent that much cash on a board game. That assumes I pull the trigger before my girlfriend does! I’ll probably buy another three or 4 boosters, for a grand total of 4 or 5, just to have some new units for the game. The new models are pretty dope.;)

    -=Grim=-



  • Okay I got three sets today.  Got the Pershing tank, which is ridiculously good.  Got a good balance between vehicles, air, and footsoldiers.

    Seems to me that this one is very heavy for the Allied forces.  I’ll ebay some to get German aircraft so I can balance the world out.  Good infantry units in this one.  Hopefully Set 4 is stronger for Axis.  Set 1 seemed stronger for Axis, while 2 and 3 had more Allies.



  • Oh man got one of the best boosters, got the bofors, the zero, the MGC (freakin tight anti-tank-tank), SS Stormtrooper, german stug III, ummm and some other sweet shit like the jap armored truck, the only shitty thing i got was the american observing jeep, lol, it blows. PEACE


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