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The Wing Leader Game System

WING LEADER is a two-player game of tactical air combat in World War II in which the players control squadrons and flights of 4-12 aircraft. The game presents the air battles in a unique side view in which forces manoeuvre vertically and end-to-end along the path of an air raid. Interceptors must gain height, exploit the Sun and cloud for advantage, and mass or divide their formations to stop the enemy. If you fail, the enemy bombers will smash their targets below.

The rules model command and control, aerial dogfights and the bombing of surface targets. Experte pilots and special weapons also feature.

ILLUSTRATION: Wing Leader provides a unique side view of the air battle, in which altitude is king.

The Core Game Sets

The Wing Leader system comprises two core game sets:

Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942 features 40 aircraft of the early war and 23 exciting scenarios that range from the Battle of Britain to Malta, North Africa, China, the Coral Sea, Midway and Stalingrad. A second edition of Victories is now available to pre-order (see news below).

Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 features 48 aircraft of the late war and 23 scenarios that range from jet battles over Germany, to heavy bomber raids on Japan, to the Southwest Pacific and the Eastern Front.

ILLUSTRATION: The box art for the core game sets.

With small, introductory scenarios to ease players into the action, Wing Leader takes you into the heart of the Second World War's great air battles.

Wing Leader: Victories and Wing Leader: Supremacy are published by GMT Games and the system is designed by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Cover art by Antonis Karidis.

Expansions

Expansion sets add more aircraft, scenarios and even campaign games to the Wing Leader system.

The first expansion, Wing Leader: Blitz, features 16 new aircraft of the early war, 10 exciting scenarios and a full-featured campaign, Drive on Kiev,  set during Operation Barbarossa.

The second expansion, Wing Leader: Eagles, features 23 new aircraft of the late war, 18 thrilling scenarios and a full-featured campaign, Fortress Rabaul, set in the Pacific. This expansion is in development and is available for pre-order.

Downloads

Make sure to check out our DOWNLOADS PAGE for more scenarios, the latest rules set, unpublished Aircraft Data Cards and the VASSAL module for online play.

Community

Join the active Wing Leader community. Take part in discussions about rules and scenarios, and look for gaming partners online.

The main conversation can be found on the Consimworld forums HERE.

Threaded conversations can be found on Boardgamegeek, on the forum sections for Wing Leader: Victories and for Wing Leader: Supremacy.

The designer participates in all these fora.

Latest News

Second Edition Wing Leader Files Posted

24 February 2018. Files for the second edition of the Wing Leader system have been posted to the downloads page. These include a draft of the second edition rules set, updated player aids and all the published and unpublished Aircraft Data Cards in the game (almost 200 in all!), revised to the second edition standard.

The second edition features fixes to data card consistency, and a major change to the way that bombs values have been calculated. All future expansions and reprints will conform to the new standard.

An explanation of the second edition changes and why you might want to pre-order the second edition can be found at the GMT bog HERE.

Wing Leader: Eagles in pre-order

4 February 2018. The second expansion for GMT's Wing Leader system, titled Wing Leader: Eagles, is now in pre-order.

Eagles adds more aircraft and a new campaign, Fortress Rabaul, set in the Pacific. Fly Yak-3s against German Hs 129s. Lead Japanese Ki-45s into battle with P-47Ns escorting B-29 Superfortresses. Launch Me 163 rocket planes against American heavy bomber groups. Players will need a copy of Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 to play Wing Leader: Eagles.

Wing Leader: Victories second edition

24 December 2017. The first Wing Leader module, Wing Leader: Victories, has sold out. GMT Games have announced publication of a second edition of Victories, bigger and better than the first.

The new Victories will upgrade the original game to the component standard of Supremacy, including the battle board, updated map, etc. It also adds new content in the form of four new aircraft and scenarios to accompany them.

Wing Leader: Victories 2nd edition can be pre-ordered from GMT Games. If you already own Victories, you can order an update kit that contains only the new materials for the second edition. Expected publication date is late 2018.

To order your copy, click on the Buy Game tab at the top of this page.

Wing Leader: Blitz ships

20 December 2017. The first expansion for GMT's Wing Leader system, titled Wing Leader: Blitz, has shipped.

Blitz adds more aircraft while expanding the scenarios into new theaters of war. Fly Dewoitine D.520s against German Heinkels. Lead Japanese Ki-27s against the Soviets over Nomonhan. Launch P-39D Airacobras against the Japanese approaching New Guinea. Players will need a copy of Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942 to play Wing Leader: Blitz.

Wing Leader: Blitz features a full-featured campaign, recreating air actions in the early weeks of the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The campaign comes with its own 11 x 17" campaign map, and will confront the players with tough decisions on targeting, attack planning and raid execution in the desperate days of Operation Barbarossa.

Wing Leader in C3i Magazine Nr 30

01 January 2017. New scenarios for Wing Leader have been published in C3i Magazine Nr 30. The magazine also features new counters for squadrons in alternate colour schemes, such as Royal Navy Corsairs, Hellcats and Avengers. The magazine can be ordered from Amazon.com.

New Scenarios for Wing Leader: Supremacy

28 December 2016. With the launch of Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 we are releasing seven new scenarios as a free download. Get your copy of Scenario Supplement 2 from the Downloads page HERE.

Wing Leader in C3i Magazine Nr 29

2 June 2016. New scenarios for Wing Leader have been published in C3i Magazine Nr 29. The magazine also features new counters for squadrons in alternate colour schemes, such as American Spitfires, RAF Kittyhawks, USAAF and Soviet A-20s. The magazine can be ordered from Amazon.com.

Contact

All questions and enquiries should be directed to the designer Lee Brimmicombe-Wood at: leebwood at googlemail dot com (Note that this address has been modified to protect against web spiders and other malware.)


Wing Leader copyright Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, 2014-2016. All rights reserved.