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Blood Red Skies: North Africa

Blood Red Skies: North Africa

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Project Blog by fithgodsmote

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About the Project

Build up, paint and play Blood Red Skies with forces representing the conflict in North Africa during WW2.

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Painting begins

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I’ve started painting up the 109s. I looked up various colour schemes and have gone for variants on those used in North Africa around 1941. I’m not going to get too hung up on historical accuracy as I won’t change then as the campaign progresses. As there are no models for them either I’ll use these to represent the different variants of the 109 that JG27 upgraded to throughout the war.

One this that has been quite frustrating is the soft plastic that the planes in the core box set are made of. They take some straightening prior to painting and are pretty annoying to work with. My box of Hurricanes has arrived and these are made out of a hard plastic so I’m looking forward to getting them cleaned up an painted.

No model progress but sorting out the paperwork

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Not had much time (or motivation) for any modelling recently. I’ve ordered a box set of Hurricanes which will feature in the first few missions against JG27. The little time I have had I’ve been developing the paperwork for my campaign using some of the resources over on the Blood Red Skies forum on the Warlord Games website.

 

The squadron has been generated as per the pdf on the BRS forum along with 'random German name generator'The squadron has been generated as per the pdf on the BRS forum along with 'random German name generator'
Starting to work on the historical timeline which my campaign will follow at key pointsStarting to work on the historical timeline which my campaign will follow at key points

Initial plan

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After some initial research I’ve decided I’m going to use Jagdgeschwader 27 (JG 27) as a basis for this project. JG 27 served in North Africa from April 1941, with units rotating out for other theatres of operations or to upgrade to a newer variant of the BF-109. This should make it a good unit to follow along with this hobby/campaign project.

 

While I await some more books arriving in the post for research the first thing to do will be to prep the BF-109E that come in the starter set and get them undercoated. I also need to pick out some desert paint schemes from 1941. To add some variety I won’t be painting all the aircraft in the same colour scheme.

Initial plan

Research and where to begin

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I’ve only recently got into Blood Red Skies but have been really enjoying the game play. I haven’t done anything with the models that came in the started set yet and rather than go down the Battle of Britain route I wanted to do something to represent the air war in North Africa during WW2.

Not knowing a great deal about it I’ve spent some time over the last few days reading up and ordering some reference books. This has already changed how I initially perceived this project going.

My basic plan at the moment is to start somewhere near the beginning of the desert air war with some relevant RAF and Luftwaffe forces. Then somehow work through the timeline, adding the relevant forces and aircraft types and playing scenarios from the game relevant to what combat was going on at the time. I’ll also possibly develop my own scenarios depending on how the core ones fir in the historical context.

This will initially be a slow burn project while I do some research to get going and other projects take priority!

 

 

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