Upset by my inability to run Jane's Apache Longbow, I drifted and landed on the helipad of this great mod for Arma 3.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
In the latest patch, Graviteam has introduced the Panzerkampfwagen T-60 743(r), which is the Soviet T-60 light tank converted for German service.
The minute I felt compelled to start the training missions, I knew this seminal combat helicopter simulator would grab me and don't let me go. So here I am flying like it is 1996. And having a blast, nonetheless ...
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
In the immortal Ruben Blades' salsa song "Pedro Navaja", a pimp stabs a woman of the street without noticing that she is carrying a Smith & Weason revolver. Both end up dead, Pedro shot and the woman stabbed. A similar quick end by simultaneous blows almost happened to my Russian T-90. Fortunately, there was reactive armor ...
Saturday, January 9, 2021
I do have a YouTube channel and I occasionally post a video. A month ago or so I posted a video about an action from the Soviet side. This was in hedge country and I was in charge of the advance guard of a battalion tasked with securing OBJ Troika. A US Cavalry force with at least one M1A2 platoon was sitting on top of the objective. I could take care of two tanks, but the rest of the mission will need help from the battalion. In this video I'm presenting the rest of the action, played from a save game that matches exactly where I left.
Friday, January 8, 2021
In the year 1876 General Jules von Verdy laid the foundations of the so-called "free Kriegsspiel" in which the complicated rules and book keeping of the "rigid Kriegsspiel" were replaced to a great extent by an umpire that would use his own criteria to decide the outcomes across the board. This pivotal shift in the implementation of wargames is meticulously documented in Peter Perla's The Art of Wargaming.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
The business of maneuvering armor in tight spaces is a dangerous one. In this scenario, I'm fighting as the Russians, trying to clear up a road for a further reconnaissance mission. The road had only one bend, yet the route was tactically tortuous. The first stop of the tactical route: clearing mines.
Monday, January 4, 2021
According to the designer of Scheldt '44, the Moerbrugge scenario is unwinnable. In real life, the actions depicted in the scenario were an absolute mess. Due to an underestimation of the Allied commanders, the almost non-existent German resistance ended up being a superbly laid defensive system all along the Gent-Brugge Canal.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
It would be silly to end this year without a mention of Unity of Command II (UoCII). Right beneath the great graphics, the efficient interface, the tough computer opponent and the well-thought game mechanics you will find grognard-worth wargaming riches. Don't get confused by the looks, this is not Panzer General. Unity of Command II is a true wargame for the 21st century.