IntroductionI've spent a large part of today cleaning out my garage, so this is just going to be a short post - sorry!
A long. long time ago, when it was first released, I tried the PC game "Wing Commander" and flew space fighters in dogfights against the cat-like Kilrathi enemy. For a while, this was my favourite game and I enjoyed it so much that I also bought and played the first sequel. I've experienced many computer games in my life, but few were as memorable as this.
Also many years ago, I became aware of the plastic spaceship models from EM-4 miniatures. I thought these were really neat, but since I couldn't think of any game I'd play with them, I managed to resist such a purchase on many occasions. Even if it had occurred to me to use the EM-4 fighters to revisit the world of Wing Commander, there were no suitable rules, I thought (although Silent Death always seems to have been very popular).
What finally cracked my resolve was the recent release of 5150: Fighter Command by 2HourWargames. It took only a few days for my determination not to start a new project to crumble and so I ordered both the rules and some plastic spacecraft. This, I believe, is in no way unusual - many others have done exactly the same thing.
I'm slowly painting my way through the craft I bought; here are the first groups. I haven't yet come up with a lot of background fluff for these, so you'll have to make do with the pictures:
The Good Guys (Star Navy?)
The Bad Guys (Kilrathi? Hishen?)
ConclusionSo far, so good. However, I've many more fighters yet to paint up; these will make up at least 1 (maybe 2 or 3) other factions. I'm also looking for inspiration: what to use for capital ships and how many different types of these I might need. Finally, I'll need to go through all my gaming boxes to see if I have some large, black hex mats. Fighter Command can be played free-form, but reading the rules suggests that hexes might make things easier.
I really didn't need this distraction from my other projects. I've just not got enough willpower to resist all the shiny things!