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  1. 11 points
    Vergeltungswaffe

    Free eBooks from Osprey

    Since a lot of people have more reading time than usual right now, Osprey is giving away 5 free eBooks a week for the next 4 weeks. Take a look here
  2. 8 points
    After a year and and five months it is done! The SF2 mod really burned me out but I managed to FINALLY finish this bad boy after lots of breaks and procrastination. There's over 1700 portraits included. I hand made 60+ unique faces for this one, there's plenty of variety. Thanks to MJ for sending me the new portraits so I'd know what was included in RtV. He didn't have the SS so I had to guess, but going by my research I think I have them covered. Guys, please read the included "Urgent" readme in the zip when you get a chance. Things are pretty tough for me right now so I'd appreciate it. I sent the mod off to Booty so it should be up some time soon (or maybe Ian can get a hold of him and let him know). In the meantime here's the splash screen and I posted a pic in my FI Mods thread. Hope you guys enjoy them and stay healthy, the world has definitely taken a weird-ass detour. Mord.
  3. 7 points
    Bud Backer

    Be Not The Anvil

    I’ve no idea how many are reading this but I’ll give some background to what you’re seeing. First of all, this is created using new software that I wanted to try. Making this comic took almost three months which is about the same time per page as my previous ones. I was concerned about the learning curve when switching software but it was less effort than I expected. There were a few shortcomings, like very few onomatopoeia, and one's ability to manipulate them wasn’t as advanced as my usual software. However, the ability to change the dimensions and shapes of each panel on the fly was huge. Previously I had to go on to separate custom software to re-size the individual panels on a page and they had to be four sized, and right-angle parallelograms. With the software I used here, I could almost make any shape. This afforded much more flexibility in terms of layout, as well as reducing reader boredom through panel layout repetition. Second, I wanted to give the perspective of a single squad in combat. Some films, and a number of books, have taken a much more focused view of battle, personalizing it. Rather than making it that of one man, I thought a squad might be interesting. There are few grand overheads, because a squad would have none. There are few explanations of what is going on everywhere else in the battle (and it was a fair sized one) because again, a squad would have little such information. If you’re confused what is going on where, then you’re in the boots of Gorokhov and his men: aware of a wider engagement around you, following where you are led, and only certain of what you’re doing and the ground you’re running on. Finally, since this is a special edition, the look itself of the graphics is different. You won’t find many speech bubbles here, and no comic half-tone dots. I wanted this to look less like a comic and more like a graphic novel.
  4. 6 points
    After playing around a bit with the scales and transform here is the result, vanilla on the left and modded on the right. You can also note that the vanilla crew is way too far back, which is fixed by transforming the model backwards in Blender. I plan on releasing the fixes for the 7.62cm Pak36(r) and the various CW 6 pounder guns after I'm finished with them.
  5. 4 points
    Macisle

    RT Unofficial Screenshot Thread

    After a few point blank rounds are put into the position, Soviet troops make another attempt to take a hard point that has been giving them hell. All is looking good until another defender is spotted deeper in. The advancing Russians quickly dispatch the dazed enemy rifleman. But, suddenly, point blank MG 42 fire from a hidden position rips through them, cutting down two attackers. As the friendly "insurance" team rushes in the back door, the German gunner is spotted loading a new belt of ammo. It's not looking good for him... However, confusion reigns. The first attacking team is stunned and unable to react quickly. The second has not yet spotted the threat. The German machine gunner, on the other hand, is a crack trooper and in the zone. With steel nerves, he finishes loading the belt and rises to fire. He cuts the nearest Soviet in half as the man desperately attempts to flee. Then, with lightning speed, he delivers the same execution to the second-nearest man, who claws the floor, paralyzed with fear. But now, the second Soviet team is closing in. A Russian rifleman peers through the smoke and slowly lifts his weapon...stepping on broken glass as he does so. The sound reaches the German's ears and he instinctively spins around to its location. As the smoke dissipates, the Soviet hesitates, for fear of attacking a friendly. The German, who knows is alone, does not. It is a fatal mistake for the thoughtful Russian. But now, time has run out for the German. He is fast and deadly, but the last two Soviets keep their nerve and aim true. It is the end for him. Another stepping stone is gained at heavy, heavy cost.
  6. 4 points
    Wicky

    King Tigers in Paris (Summer 1944)

    King Tiger tanks of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503 having just been transported by rail from Mailly-le-Camp and de-trained at Gare de l'Est, Paris can be are seen turning from Rue d'Aubervilliers into Boulevard de la Villette on their way to Mantes-la-Jolie * https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/431078995567859884/ maybe a connection here http://tank-photographs.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/king-tiger-tank-fontenay-saint-pere.html * This is a photo of a King Tiger Tank turret in France. He said that this and other King Tiger Tank parts were found in 2001 near Mantes-la-Jolie, France, This Tiger 2 tank, from the 101 SS.s.Abteilung, was lost in a crater near Fontenay-Saint-Père on 26 August 1944. And restored 'According to an article from the Musée des Blindés French Tank museum's magazine n° 54, this King Tiger tank, which now carries the turret number 233, is believed to be tank number 123, which belonged to the 1st Company, 101 SS Panzer Abt in August 1944. It is believed to have been abandoned by its crew on 23 August 1944, due to engine problems, at Brueil-en-Vexin, near Mantes-la-Jolie. It was salvaged by the French Army in September 1944, and then stored at the AMX Tank factory at Satory before being transferred to the museum in 1975.' http://tank-photographs.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/tiger-II-heavy-tank-Konigstiger.html 'In August 1944, German Tiger II tanks of 503rd Panzer leaving Paris for the Normandy front.' Colourised version
  7. 4 points
    John Kettler

    Firefly in the Bulge?

    Friends of the Tank Museum posted this great pic on FB. Too good not to share. Regards, John Kettler
  8. 4 points
    Warts 'n' all

    Blind troops

    "Loud mouthed Dane 12 o'Clock. Let him have it boys."
  9. 3 points
    Some shots from Gog and Magog. A really great scenario. I'm down to two IS-2's and some anti-tank guns, but have severely reduced my enemy's fighting capacity. Submachine gunner's view. No Country for T-34's. No country for Panzer IV's either.
  10. 3 points
    Macisle

    RT Unofficial Screenshot Thread

    Meanwhile, a fresh T-34 moves up to provide overwatch for the next street crossing. It's been quiet there and a friendly assault gun in the desired position has not been attacked. The Soviet tank rounds the corner and approaches its final destination. As it does so, the distinct sound of a panzerschreck is heard from a keyhole position across the street. The German had been patiently waiting in his hiding place. Bye-bye 70 rounds of HE and 3,000 MG rounds. Every time I break the "send the tank with lowest ammo" rule...
  11. 3 points
    benpark

    Fire and Rubble Update

    Rebar, indeed. Added that so the walls could look acceptable where they don't align due to ground height issues, as well as look convincing enough at the ends. There's a few other new flavor object stuff in there as well.
  12. 3 points
    danfrodo

    best scenarios for CMBS noob

    Thanks very much everyone. I started w smallest as suggested. These Russian soldiers are for real! Dude is hitting me w grenade launcher from 500m and seems to be bravest man on earth. Bullets and mortars all around him and he just keeps firing. How many rounds does this guy have?? I've got MG firing from a reverse hill crest, a good position, but their luck will run out at some point. THIS IS FUN!!!
  13. 3 points
    Lethaface

    Blind troops

    Don't worry bout me, I'll do as I please. I don't think Umlaut was offended, either. However, it takes two to tango and I guess you guys could probably both listen that song before reacting to each other. But than I don't really have a wish to get in between of it either. So, wish all a good weekend!
  14. 3 points
    Bud Backer

    Be Not The Anvil

  15. 3 points
    MikeyD

    Fire and Rubble Update

    Oh, Soviet greatcoats are in the game too. Not just greatcoats but also a version of standard dress with the folded up greatcoat draped across the body (often incorrectly called a 'bedroll') So there's lots of variety.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    Bud Backer

    Be Not The Anvil

    Just adjusting to the cost of toilet paper...
  18. 3 points
    Combatintman

    Be Not The Anvil

    Your comics were 10 cents last year …. I hope you're not profiteering … 😏
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    Wicky

    THE PANDEMIC CHAT ROOM

    https://www.euronews.com/2020/02/13/debunked-this-images-doesn-t-show-extent-of-corpse-burning-in-wuhan In short, this looks like just another more example of the difficulty of separating rumours and misinformation in a subject as sensitive as the coronavirus. Many take advantage of the traditional opacity of the Chinese authorities to multiply the most gruesome speculations. The World Health Organization itself or the major social networks and Internet platforms have created special pages to try to stop false rumours about COVID-19.
  21. 3 points
    umlaut

    Blind troops

    Once again: The issue is this: They dont even see the effing tank!
  22. 2 points
    Bud Backer

    Be Not The Anvil

    While Ian and I are sorting out some really disappointing challenges with our CMFI AAR - one I wish to complete regardless, I was swamped with a major project at work and of course now our friendly pandemic. He and I started a battle in CMBS to have something in the fire while we slowly got things going in R2V, and I wanted to try a different comic software. It’s a nice one that works on both my Mac and my IPad which allows for some added flexibility. I was going to post this after I finished another comic, but that one also ran into a snag with all files lost and I am underway making that from scratch. But then this happened... Blame him... In any case, CMBS and CMSF2 are the two game families that have no comic for them. This is an attempt to rectify that gross lack.
  23. 2 points
    Ultradave

    Fire Support Methods of Attack

    I found my little shirt pocket sized handbook that I used to carry as a FIST Chief and as a Brigade Fire Support Officer and then Artillery Bn S-3 (Ops officer). It's full of useful info and templates for fire support - calls for fire, how to develop ops plans for attack and defense. All the info a fire support officer at different levels needs at hand in abbreviated format. The most useful thing though for CM I found in it is a couple of pages of opposing targets and recommended fire missions - which resource and how many volleys, and different tables for attack and defense. This might be most useful for Black Sea due to the time period (this was from about 1979-80 I think). HOWEVER, all of my experience was in the 82d Airborne, which is a very highly trained light infantry division that arrives in style. We had towed 105s (M102s - the successor to the M101s from WW2 and Korea), 81mm and 4.2" (107mm) mortars. Same as WW2. The biggest difference we had was more forward observers pushed down to lower levels. Our fire direction procedures still used charts and "firing sticks" (specialized slide rules for calculating elevation and time for time fuses. One per charge) So it may be pretty well applicable to WW2 as well, with the obvious change that the calls for ICM and DPICM would not apply. But each one has a few choices depending on the friendly resources. It could be used for reference by players, or by scenario designers setting AI fire missions I think. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15dTgvZmGvfxoyGjHr3smkzoaPmGJMstSWF4djW2KFEQ/edit?usp=sharing Enjoy. Hope this is useful. Dave
  24. 2 points
    It's been driving people crazy for years. If you search on the forum you will find many posts about it.
  25. 2 points
    Heinrich505

    Be Not The Anvil

    Bakhtiyarov drives like a wild man towards the trapped squad survivors while hoping/trusting/praying/having blind faith that the supporting tanks will take out an enemy tank that he is essentially driving straight towards. Sheesh! Did he marry the Serzhant's sister or something? Or is he afraid of the officer that ordered him on this stunt? I like this guy - he's got chutzhpah (or however you spell it)! If he didn't need two hands on the wheel, I'd guess he was swilling Vodka one-handed while singing some crazy Russian Techno-pop song. Thanks Bud. Now we are following the sniper driver too. Keep him safe. Someone's got to go back to get ammo and vodka soon.
  26. 2 points
    Falaise

    King Tigers in Paris (Summer 1944)

    I returned the stack of books from my library and I found this book "45 tigres en Normandie" on 503 Didier Lodieu's Posts & Activity here is a series of new photos taken in Paris both Henschel and Porsche visible
  27. 2 points
    Warts 'n' all

    Blind troops

    In my younger days I did rub shoulders with Sikhs on anti-Nazi demos, and was glad to have them on my side. Regarding my sense of humour, well it's a bit like Marmite (you have to be a Limey to get that one). As for being a subject of your great empire, my dad's family didn't get here until the 1500's, and my mum's not until the 1930s, so I missed out on that one. But, my two nephews did have a band called King Knut with a couple of their mates. Meanwhile I hope that you are staying safe and well on your side of the Dogger Bank.
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    t34577685

    Fire and Rubble Update

    the russian in the APC,wearing greatcoat!!
  30. 2 points
    Oleksandr

    Oleksandr's Modding Space for CMSF2

    CMSF2 : East Germany BMP-1 Pack by Oleksandr This mod will provide you with a complete pack of BMP-1s of all kinds. 24 decals included. Link: https://www.thefewgoodmen.com/cm-mod-warehouse/combat-mission-shock-force-2/cmsf2-vehicle/cmsf2-east-germany-bmp-1-pack-by-oleksandr/ Enjoy!
  31. 2 points
    MikeyD

    Fire and Rubble Update

    About the no-hat Volkssturn. Its just because Steve hasn't dropped in the hat coding for 'em yet. There's a lovely selection though, soft caps, baker boy hats, fedoras. Russian Partisans get their own selection of hats too.
  32. 2 points
    You're welcome.. stay safe.
  33. 2 points
    New CMSF2 mod from @Oleksandr now available. https://www.thefewgoodmen.com/cm-mod-warehouse/combat-mission-shock-force-2/cmsf2-vehicle/cmsf2-east-germany-bmp-1-pack-by-oleksandr/
  34. 2 points
    Buzz

    best scenarios for CMBS noob

    And it gets more intense as the battles get bigger. Have fun and Get Some! Yes CMBS is a wee bit more intense. BFC has such a rich palette of WWII kits it makes one really appreciate how much equipment / tactics have evolved with CM Modern, CMSF2 & CMBS. Buzz
  35. 2 points
    Lethaface

    Blind troops

    Let it go, let it go, let it go
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    It looks like Stalingrad to me. but I can't read the street sign. And I can't find an exact match for that flight of stairs, bloody modernisation.
  38. 2 points
    Erwin

    best scenarios for CMBS noob

    Unless someone else has a specific suggestion, I would start with trying the smallest scenarios. I was a veteran of CM1 and then CMSF1, but when I started CMBS it was shocking how much more deadlier it was.
  39. 2 points
    Bud Backer

    Be Not The Anvil

    Thanks, man! Appreciate that! With everyone at home these days I thought something fun might be I order so I posted this sooner than originally planned. Haha! Not so undercover, really. Those Beta showcase comics ARE intended to get people interested. But creating this comic is purely to satisfy my own desire to get something out for CMBS. It’s (in my opinion) far more interesting than the (Seemingly) limited scope would make some infer. You’re very welcome! They are such superb comics, I’m happy to see someone snatch them up. Thank you. I realized when I was 2/3 into creating this that it might be really confusing where the squad is at different points. Because the POV is kept purposely restricted, I thought a map with the key locations on it would make following the action easier, but not kill my concept of showing (almost) exclusively what the squad sees. I know some folks like @Michael Emrys like a more easy to follow map and it’s a valid point. I hope that in conjunction with pagination that this works.
  40. 2 points
    Lethaface

    Be Not The Anvil

    Just discovered this so that's one reader ;-). I usually read all your AARs (and others), however often just lurking but giving likes. Due to corona I work from home so everything is a bit more calm and thought to post to show there are actually people reading and enjoying. I think I'm not the only lurker who enjoys those. Great to have a AAR to read during this period! So, thanks!
  41. 2 points
    BluecherForward

    Fire and Rubble Update

    I find the Washington Post and New York Times far more appropriate as they are already full of ...
  42. 2 points
    kohlenklau

    Fire and Rubble Update

    Nice fur hats and quilted jackets! Reminds me of toilet paper that once existed...
  43. 2 points
    Xorg_Xalargsky

    The Year Ahead Bone Post

    The stock CM sound effects are not that great, but they do their job. That's where mods come in however. CM allows you to modify any visual (2D) or sound asset. The High Quality Sounds mod is available for every title and provides excellent sound replacements for literally every gameplay-related sound in the game. They're pretty consistent in terms of style, volume, and about as realistic as you can get with a simple audio file.
  44. 2 points
    Holman

    THE PANDEMIC CHAT ROOM

    You're really suggesting that FreeRepublic is less biased than the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which runs FactCheck.org?
  45. 2 points
    Holman

    THE PANDEMIC CHAT ROOM

    The respectable FactCheck.org considers NeonNettle to be a highly unreliable conspiracy site.
  46. 2 points
    umlaut

    Blind troops

    Yes. Let’s just say that their turbans suddenly slipped down and covered their eyes and ears 😜
  47. 2 points
    In case you didn't read it already, this was the reaction of Steve in the 'year ahead bone post' in de CMRT forums when I asked about the different issues with the Dutch forces: I can only speak to the radio thing as that is something I personally fixed. Radios were missing from quite a few units across multiple nations. As I said above, we fix things as they are brought up. I'm not always aware of them and even whe can only speak to the radio thing as that is something I personally fixed. Radios were missing from quite a few units across multiple nations. As I said above, we fix things as they are brought up. I'm not always aware of them and even when I am that doesn't mean I remember 'em. We have bug tracking software to do that n I am that doesn't mean I remember 'em. We have bug tracking software to do that
  48. 2 points
    umlaut

    Blind troops

    Would the smoke and dust be sound proof too?
  49. 2 points
    Hadwin73

    Fire and Rubble Update

    Hi, I am released from my employer for 4 weeks because of Corona..., here in Germany the number of sick people and unfortunately also the number of deaths is increasing..., everything not nice at all. We can't leave the house anymore. Red Thunder would be a small ray of hope. Will it be something with the release this month, or not until April? Stay healthy all together!
  50. 2 points
    umlaut

    Blind troops

    As I said: If I had the team selected during the entire sequence, you wouldnt have been able to see the tank that is the centre of the discussion. Excactly because they dont see it! I select the team in the end of the video to show that they still havent spotted the tank. It is a PIAT team I sent out to engage the tank, so they could have done plenty - if they had only seen it.
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