Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Graviteam Tactics: Operation Moduler - Pantserskool I

There is one law of nature, and one iron law that the Boer never forgets, that the answer to superior forces is greater mobility.
Thomas Pakenham, The Boer War

The South African Defense Forces have been serving its staple dish of high mobility-high tempo operations with a side of maneuver warfare since a long time ago. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CMANO, Kuril Sunrise - The "Gotcha!" Becoming a "Got Me!"

I'm playing the Kuril Sunrise DLC as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

You can read the detailed briefing a few lines below. But to make a long story short my mission is to stop a Russian convoy with our meager forces consisting of diesel submarines, a nimble division of destroyers and assorted air assets which consist of F-15Js, F4s and just three P-3 Orions. The Russians will cover the move of the convoy with one frigate, a bunch of older corvettes and an undetermined number of nuclear submarines.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Steel Fury Kharkov 1942 - Mission Editor - Mission Accomplished

I knew that Steel Fury had an editor and I tried it back in the year I got the game. But it was not straightforward, not too documented and tended to crash on me.

Figure 1 - Of my own creation, Soviet attack against a German delaying detachment.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

JTS The Seven Years War - Lobositz - Closing with the Enemy

Yeah, it's never bad to be in the shoes of Frederick the Great! In this solo scenario (Lobositz) I'm closing with the Austrians and their unknown intentions.

Figure 1. The Prussian Army (blue icons) is moving east through the funnel shaped by the Lobosch and the Homolka.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

DCS MiG-29 - Taming the Fulcrum-C

The Mig-29 has become available as an early access aircraft for both owners (free) and non-owners ($15.00) of the Flaming Cliffs 3 DLC.

The big selling points are an upgrade in the flight model (the so-called professional flight model), some instant action missions, a campaign and going to battle against the F/A-18 Hornet with a true-to reality flight model. Still, it is a Flaming Cliffs 3 aircraft with no clickeable cockpit.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Battles of North Africa 1941 - Fighting the Wrong Engagements and Using the Enemy's Doctrine

John Tiller Software - Wargame Design Studio - Battles of North Africa 1941
Status: beta
Release date: unknown, but soon

I already mentioned in that I'm fighting the Mersa el Brega scenario in the beta of Battles of North Africa.

Figure 1

Battle is all good and dandy and then all of the sudden I realize that I'm commanding the Germans and fighting like a British!

Graviteam Tactics: Raid - Book Time!

A short video about books worth noting for the historical aspects of the operation depicted in the Raid DLC for Graviteam Tactics Mius Front.

I am playing the Raid operation, but after getting the two books mentioned in the video I'm thinking about re-starting the thing all over. Now that I think about it, a raid should be conducted without too much fuss about lines of communications. What's your take on it?


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Combat Mission Shock Force 2 - Demo is Out

A demo loaded with a grand total of 6 hours 40 minutes of simulated tactical combat is now available.

Featuring US Army, US Marines, British and German forces, the demo will transport the player to combat in both open terrain and built-up areas. For those veterans who played the original Shock Force (2007), the cumulative changes that the game engine has gone through will be very evident.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"Sorry I Played Your Game Without Paying Attention" - Steel Fury Kharkov 1942

Another game where I didn't grasp its quality back then. Steel Fury Kharkov 1942 (circa 2008), from Graviteam.

A superb armor simulation, fully loaded with a true combined arms environment. Although the more recent Steel Armor Blaze of War has a more complete user interface and graphics, the good old Steel Fury has a lot to offer for the repentant virtual armor commander in me.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Armored Brigade is Coming! - A Video Preview

TacOps, Armored Task Force, Combat Mission, Close Combat, Command Ops and Flashpoint Campaigns had a baby!

Armored Brigade -shown in the video below in a beta status- is perfect for detailed and realistic tactical combat during a Cold War gone hot. A very well designed game, pleasant to the eyes and ears, featuring full-fledged combined arms action in battlefields of up to 15x15 km.