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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 daylight 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. The current version of Victories is the second edition, which updates the rules and adds new scenarios and data cards.

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. A second edition is now available for pre-order, which updates the rules and adds new scenarios and data cards.

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 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.

The third expansion, Wing Leader: Origins, features 29 new pre-war and early-war aircraft, 26 scenarios and a Mediterranean campaign, Malta Spitfires.

The fourth expansion, Wing Leader: Legends, features 12 aircraft, 22 scenarios and an eastfront campaign, Decision Over Kursk. (Legends is now in pre-order.)

ILLUSTRATION: The cover art for the expansions.

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

Wing Leader: Supremacy second edition available for pre-order

1 August 2020. The second core game is out of print, so a new edition is available for pre-order. This features an update to rules and data cards, just as with Wing Leader: Victories second edition. We also add four new data cards and scenarios, for the Lancaster, late-model Halifax, A-36 'Apache' and Ta 152.

Wing Leader living rules posted

27 June 2020. The living rules for Wing Leader have been posted. These incorporate feedback from users on forums such as Consimworld and Boardgamegeek. They clarify rules and fix a number of bugs with the game. You can download these from the DOWNLOADS PAGE.

Wing Leader: Origins ships

7 June 2020. The third expansion set for Wing Leader, titled Wing Leader: Origins, is now shipping. The new expansion expands the game to cover pre-war battles in Spain and China, as well as early war actions over Poland, the Netherlands and France. It updates a number of the Wing Leader: Blitz data cards to second edition standard and also includes a campaign set over the island of Malta. Players will need a copy of Wing Leader: Victories to play Wing Leader: Origins.

Wing Leader: Legends in pre-order

19 Mar 2020. The fourth expansion set for Wing Leader, titled Wing Leader: Legends, is now in pre-order. The new expansion covers the entire war, filling in gaps that other expansions have left empty. It also includes a campaign set over Kursk. Players will need to own multiple Wing Leader products to play this expansion.

Victories second edition and Wing Leader: Eagles both ship

25 September 2019. The reprint of Wing Leader: Victories and the second expansion, Wing Leader: Eagles, are both now shipping.

The new Victories (aka Victories second edition) upgrades the original game to the component standard of Supremacy, including the battle board, updated map, etc. It also adds content in the form of four new aircraft and scenarios to accompany them. Those who already own Victories can order an update kit that contains only the new materials for the second edition.

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.

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 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: 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, 2014-2020. All rights reserved.