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Sunday, August 7, 2016

B-17 Queen of the Skies upgrade

Hi all,
     Wow it has been one month since my last post. Sorry life has been keeping me very busy.

So last weekend and part of this weekend I have been working on an upgrade project for the Avalon Hill solo player game B-17 Queen of the Skies.

I have played 5 missions over the last month and I wanted to improve the visual aspect of the game. As you can see from the pictures below the air battle board is not the most appealing game board.

I took some time and made a new map that will allow me to use the new 3mm Miniatures that I painted up over the last two weekends to replace the old cardboard aircraft.

When combat would take place between the B-17 and the attacking German aircraft you place the cardboard aircraft on the battle board and it can be difficult to tell the altitude of the attacking aircraft.
So I created a new battle board.

Now to the aircraft.

I painted up 1 B-17:

Next up are 3 BF-110's

Then there are 8 FW-190's

And finally I painted up 8 Me-109G's

So in total I painted up 20 aircraft.  That is not a bad amount of miniatures to paint up.

So here are a few pictures of how the game looks with the new battle board and the new aircraft. I have included a picture of how the battle would look on the old board too.

 Here is a comparison of the cardboard aircraft and the new miniatures.

So what do you think?

Thanks for checking out my post!


  1. That is really great. Your improved version looks far better, a both aesthetically and functionally.



  2. That looks great! Much better than the original version.

  3. Holy smoke, Rattlesnake - they are amazing! I love how the scale of the minis work so much better than the original cards too. Your paint work is colourful, accurate and immersive; putting the mini's on stalks is cool too - gives the game a much needed 3 dimensional touch. You've rejuvenated the game and I don't doubt now that you'll be playing a lot more B-17 QOTS. Thanks for the inspiration, mate. Arcuspilot in Oz

  4. That's a great idea. I've played many a game of B-17: Queen of the Skies, and this would make it even more fun.

    I guess I need to buy some minis now...

  5. Thank you all for the positive comments! It was a fun project and adds some bling to the game.