Sunday, March 3, 2019

I Have Moved To


Thanks for visiting this blog and for your loyalty over the years. I have moved to a new website, which I intend to be my permanent new hangout.

Please visit me at:

I have a lot of new content and the format is almost identical as in this blog.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Visualizing Battle Spaces with Armored Brigade

Almost nine years ago, I wrote about the so-called "battle spaces" and how not being observant of them can ruin your day.

FM 17-15 (Tank Platoon) has an interesting section about the so-called "battle spaces":
... battle space is the three-dimensional area in which the platoon can acquire enemy forces and influence them with effective fires.

 In a new blog entry, a visual example of how battle spaces change and what to make out of that.

Now live at my new website


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

F/A-18E Superhornet by VRS

In search for a thorough flight simulation of the F/A-18, I turned into the VRS F/A-18E Superhornet (AKA the Superbug), which I flew in the Prepar3D v4.4 simulation environment.

I'm floored at the thoroughness of the simulated F/A-18E. The whole thing reminds me of the venerable Falcon BMS. The fully functional clickable cockpit, the flight model (full fly by wire), the weapons systems, the avionics. I have tried military aircrafts in FSX and X-Plane, but they always felt incomplete and like forced into an environment they don't belong. The VRS Superbug is very unique and likely the best military aircraft for FSX and Prepar3D.

Read more about this at my new website

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Graviteam Tactics Under the Cruel Star: The Loss of Homenki Farmstead

The newest DLC, "Under the Cruel Star" is now out for Graviteam Tactics Mius Front. The Soviet's 11 Cavalry Division will smash against units of the Leibstandarte entrenched in the vicinity of Bulakhi. The DLC is a 10 turn (playable from both sides) affair fought in snowy terrain (February 1943) in a map of around 48 square kilometers.

The amount of troops involved in this DLC is relatively small, and Under the Cruel Star may be a great entry point for newbies and for re-approaching the game after previous unsuccessful attempts.

I just played my first battle as the Germans. Read all about it in my new website.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

DCS AV 8B Harrier USS Tarawa Landing

I had to try this for myself and although it was enjoyable it was quite a shocker when I followed the stock advice found in the official forums and from a couple of the DCS YouTube stars. The main practice that earned me the drink very frequently was the continuous trimming. Honestly, I don't get this "trim, trim, trim!" so-revered crutch for everything difficult in DCS. It was already brought up for air refueling in the DCS Hornet, and proven unnecessary by many, including myself. But yeah, let's keep flying with the trim instead of with the stick ...

Read the rest of the story and watch a related video at my new website.


Monday, January 7, 2019

The Simplicity of Things Lethal – Steel Beasts ProPE Leopard A15’s Tank Commander

 I'm putting myself more and more in the virtual commander's hatch and learning to lead my crew into victory. And also to death, as you will see in a blog post.

Blog entry available at my new website!


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Combat Mission's Tactical AI

The purpose of this blog entry is to examine Combat Mission's TacAI and its ability to find out cover and concealment, and if that ability includes figuring out a path towards their destination.

New Blog Entry at

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Combat Mission Shock Force 2: Patched to V2.01

With the new patch, now at least the US Marines, Dutch and German land forces look like they were intended. In this micro feature, a look at the US Marines, old and new.

More screenshots at this link. Yes, I started a website because why not and I am kicking the tires.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Armored Brigade - Soviet Forward Detachment

The paradigm of the inflexible tactics of the Soviets is very likely overblown Western wishful thinking.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Active Defense Doctrine - Revisiting It 30 Years Later - Decisive Action, by Jim Lunsford (HPS Sims)

The Active Defense Doctrine made its debut in the US Army in 1976. It proposed a covering force area in which units would trade space for time, giving time for the forces in the main battle area to concentrate and fight the ENY's main effort in a reserve-less, counterattack-less, all guns upfront battle with occasional bends in the battlefront without allowing an ENY breakthrough. The echeloning of Warsaw Pact forces was certainly a problem the Active Defense Doctrine could not take care of and so it went away replaced by AirLand Battle.