Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Panzer Battles Demo Packs a Lot of Variety and Content

From the beaches around the Alligator Creek estuary in the Solomons, through the troop- and fuel-eating expanses of the Ukraine, the unforgiving sands of the desert in Lybia and all the way to the bucolic pastures and crops west of Brussels (what a beautiful place to fight in a tank!), you will get a chance of leading Allied or Axis troops in WWII battles.

Hannut, South East of Brussels: May 13th, 1940. A beautiful scenario in which you command a German tank brigade. Don't get fooled, the French have more than that tankette seen at the edge of Lens St. Remy.

Monday, February 6, 2017

DCS: AJS37 Viggen (Beta) - Screenshots and Quick Look

The beta for the AJS37 Viggen, developed by Leatherneck Simulation has been out for more than a week. This version of the Viggen is an attack aircraft in essence, featuring a very nice array of weaponry and capabilities. And, yeah, it is very photogenic.

In this blog post, a quick look at the DCS Viggen. More screenshots than anything else ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Combat Mission Game Engine 4: Withdraw Zones in the Scenario Editor

One of the cool features in the new game engine is the possibility to have the computer opponent to withdraw its forces towards a destination.

Pull back! According to the manual: "By shift-left-clicking on the map, AI Groups can be ordered to Withdraw while moving towards their movement destination. Vehicles will move in Reverse to the destination ..."
This computer-controlled US tank destroyer has been assigned a move zone back away from the screenshot. The US vehicle pulls back in reverse while throwing a smoke screen hiding him from a specific point in the map (the distant gap in the treeline) called a withdraw zone.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Steel Armor Blaze of War - Attack by Fire

I have this gameplay, non-edited video takes of my ongoing operation against the Mujahideen in Helmand.

X-Plane 11 (Beta)

Have you tried the beta for X-Plane 11? Here is a video of my landing at a very popular airport in Argentina.

Make sure to watch it at YouTube (better resolution).
X-Plane 11 has a better user interface (still a bit too nerdy but at least your controllers show up in the set up screens), the trademark surface-based flight models and off course gorgeous views.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Command Ops 2: Interior Lines!

This is a continuation from my previous post about Command Ops-Westwall "Counterstroke in the Swamp" scenario. Spoilers warning.

Day 2, 7:52. As reinforcements pour in, I order them south towards the critical road junction at Meijel and the stretch of road between Liesel and Heitrak. These two pieces of real estate dominate the two main bridges that the Germans are using to move across the canal.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad/Moscow - The Ju 52/3m 4ge DLC Aircraft

Slow and defenseless but no less iconic of WWII military aviation. This is an aircraft DLC for IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad/Moscow combo.

Somewhere near Moscow, hauling fallschirmjäger.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Command Ops 2: Rescuing Cavalry

Yes sir, troopers need to be rescued sometimes too.

In this scenario, US Cavalry (brown icons) is caught off guard along the 25 km front held by the 7th US Armored Division. In this screenshot, fallschirmjägers are swarming north along the road network in the town of Ospel (Holland).
This is from a game I played as the Allies against the computer. The game is Command Ops-Westwall and the scenario is "Counterstroke in the Swamp". Massive spoilers warning.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Combat Mission Game Engine 4

I didn't see this one coming, but it arrived yesterday and I am so excited to see two particular improvements to the virtual tactical combat world of Combat Mission.

Russian infantry treating a building corner with great respect and appreciation: the new update features an automatic "peeking around corners" which allows a careful recon in the unforgiving urban environment. From Combat Mission Black Sea.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DCS Mi-8 - Finally in Release/Final Status

This wonderful chopper has been in beta status for a long time (3.5 years or so). It was recently released in final form, along with a very detailed manual.

I took it for a victory lap around Batumi airport. I wanted to see those door gunners in action (one left door, one rear window).