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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:

      -showui

      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve

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  1. Erwin, If you look at his other dioramas and models at MissingLynx, you'll see he does a lot of work using calendar photos and such as backgrounds. Believe he's got an article there showing the process, in fact. Also, he has a distinctive painting and weathering style. this is quite apparent when you look at a whole bunch of his models, regardless of nationality or period. For me, at least, it's "Oh, that's a Steve Zaloga model!" reaction. Would love to see the above diorama from many more angles, not least because the way the scene is shot makes the presumptive LCM look akin to one of those 2D boat cutouts used during plays long ago. In a sense, the way the scene is composed pretty much removes the boat, leaving it as more a stick figure than a substantial landing craft which could carry a Sherman. Regards, John Kettler
  2. Andy, Yet another fine effort by a man so accomplished in three military related fields (defense analysis, military history and technology articles and books, military modeling) I oscillate between wanting to hate him and eyeing my (nonexistent) tanto while contemplating seppuku! The man's a terror. If that landing craft is an "M" boat, then it's from "Patton's Navy" Boat Two, a special Navy detachment my Uncle George served in from D+1 to VE Day (and maybe beyond, given all the demobilization delays. Boat Two was instrumental in Patton's famous/notorious "rock soup" advances when he wasn't supposed to be advancing. Regards, John Kettler
  3. DesertFox, Appreciate the info, and my apologies for the rather horribly mangled and unclear title I wrote! Regards, John Kettler
  4. Guys, You may be interested to know one of the CASA (Spanish licensed version) He-111s and used in the famous 1968 movie Battle of Britain still exists, and I have seen it. It's at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas. It is so prized it will never fly again. Would provide a direct link, but it's got the potential to cause commercial (it's really a 501(c)3) link woe, so I'll give the Wiki instead. Ju-88s abound, though not from the BoB, but there isn't a single intact Do 17 "Flying Pencil" on the planet. This is as good as it gets. Aviation nuts, buy Depends™ first! Regards, John Kettler
  5. StieliAlpha (and anyone else interested in Napoleonic warfare), If you're gaming Waterloo, then you absolutely need to read Waterloo: New Perspectives: The Great Battle Reappraised by David Hamilton-Williams. In a nutshell, he shows that the standard account, authored by Siborne is anything but impartial and factually correct. What really happened is that Siborne embarked on the great and glorious task of putting out a thoroughly researched account of the battle, drawing directly on numerous (hundreds?) interviews he did himself with those who were there. Unfortunately for him, he ran out of money and wound up going cap in hand to several famous British regiments for funding, resulting in their taking pride of place in Siborne's well-received book, which became the standard canon. In turn, since practically everybody drew on Siborne for the British side of things, this has perpetuated a gross distortion of what really happened. MY familiarity with Napoleonic warfare is chiefly naval, but I certainly knew the basics. The book I'm recommending blew me away, and I can't say enough good things about it, for it is first rate. Regards, John Kettler
  6. user1000, Forgot to mention the Zaloga book also has several photos of both field expedient and Engineer built (not OEM) versions operating in the field. One I saw was unbelievably crude and of dubious protective properties, being made of mild steel. Looked like something an incompetent kid in Welding class threw together. Andy, Please provide a link so we may all enjoy its wonders. Regards, John Kettler
  7. Andy, The UR-77 is the Russian version of the US MICLIC, but it looks to me as though a major change has been made, for there seems to be and enormous delta between what you provided from a jihadi group with an impressive AV team and the Russian one below. There is a possibility the apparent extraordinary effects may be the result of going off amid structures, but it seems to me the disparity is greater than the difference between wrecking part of a neighborhood and blowing up a strip of steppe. It would help greatly to see things after the dust had truly settled in the first video. Here's the standard model, in conjunction with some pretty dynamic combat engineering footage. I first saw a UR-77 photo during the Cold War while a Threat Analyst and found it quite odd in appearance, like a weird morphing of a 2S1 into some deformed relation. Later, when I got to see some firing imagery, it was quite apparent what it was. But now, compare the UR-77 with the US MICLIC's range and performance in this excellent quality video I found. If weapon elevations are equal, ours is relatively short legged, but I do note it generates a lot of dust, too, but nothing on the scale of the video you presented. Regards, John Kettler
  8. IMHO, Many thanks! Callnote Premium, which is free if you don't do more than 30 recordings a month, looks very promising, and my colleagues are excited. shall keep you posted. Regards, John Kettler
  9. This is not a big deal, but in putting together invoices, I found it in Skype Chat and thought I would share it as word play. Groans optional! LEXOPHILIA - WHO ON EARTH DREAMS THESE UP? A lexophile of course! • Venison for dinner again? Oh deer! • How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it. • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. • I tried to catch some fog, but I mist. • They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a typo. • I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now. • Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. • I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. • I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me. • This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore. • When chemists die, they barium. • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down. • I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words. • Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations. • I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me. • Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils? • When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble. • Broken pencils are pointless. • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. • I dropped out of communism class because of terrible Marx. • I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. • Velcro - what a rip off! • Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last. Regards, John Kettler
  10. MisterMark, When I first got into CMBN back in 2013, and having played only CMx1 games before that, I found both the game system and dealing with individual troops traumatic, likening it to herding cats. Worse, the bocage itself is a problem, for when you order your guys to walk on the near side of it, they finds a gap you didn't see, walk out in plain view and gets shot up! I did better in a different scenario, which was kind of a dawn sneak attack. Things were going great, but I neglected to put short cover arms on the men I was largely moving in groups. Next thing you know, this gung ho idiot declared war on the Wehrmacht, and the Germans shot back at my very exposed force going across a substantial plowed area--using really impressive guns. The fire is deadly, the advance hopelessly blown and exposed. I pulled the plug on the whole thing, but never again will I move a force without putting short cover arcs on anyone who could cause trouble by opening fire prematurely. My last outing with CMBN was in a MG scenario vs SLIM as Germans. I tried to do everything by the book, but I was too slow and SLIM knew exactly what he was doing. We had to stop because of I forget what on my end, but he almost certainly would've won. In that fight, I did a lot of moving building to building and occupying and leaving various levels. Had to do a lot of splitting and recombining squads, sending out recon teams across exposed grassy fields, trying to suppress (preferably kill) every HMG I found the hard way, and more. Believe I had a full Airborne Company, and it was a lot of work doing all that stuff more or less simultaneously and on a considerable front. Unless you absolutely need your officers to shoot, give them short Cover Arcs (15 meters, and that goes for everyone else given one, too). that way, they won't start banging or blazing away and get shot generally or by a sniper. Erwin, Now, you just stay put. The nice men with the white coats and big butterfly nets will be along soon. Wow! You're running a Battalion (+). While you may need some time in the rubber room, another Forum Member is running a Regiment. A Regiment! (head explodes) Regards, John Kettler
  11. Wicky, No idea where you found that photo, but it left me gobsmacked, first, for the (not Belgian!) lace being on a motorcycle, second, for somehow being woven into/sandwiched between Kevlar™. Looks to be aftermarket rather than custom. Regards, John Kettler
  12. A colleague of mine has been dragged kicking and screaming from Windows Vista into Windows 7, and she learned, after being walked through a lot of mostly bad tutorials (am on Mac, so no choice), how to find her specs. They are: Intel(R)Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E8400 @3.00 GHz 3.00 GHz, 6 GB RAM (2.96 GB unstable, whatever that means)). 32-bit OS, no Pen or Touch available. Figure 1 TB HD. This is a tower version which has been massively overhauled, so video card should at least somewhat reflect that. Finding what we did was hard enough! What do you guys recommend for recording a a full-duplex video with both sides of the conversation included, please? Thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  13. Apocal, The quote is "Speed is armour" and originated from Jackie Fisher, father of the British battlecruisers eaten alive at Jutland by German battleship shells. Apparently, his idea was that the BCs, taking advantage of better FC (which they never got) and faster firing guns, would stand off at range and clobber the slower and slower firing enemy BB flagship, which had a low likelihood of hitting the much faster and agile BCs. Never happened, and those fine ships wound up in the line of battle with the BBs--and got shot to pieces! Unsurprising, since this was akin to pitting a frigate against an SOL, in the Age of fighting Sail, in a straight up broadside duel. panzersaurkrautwerfer, A most cogent and useful analysis. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Apocal, Since Edit is presently in a quantum state regarding my earlier post, wanted to note that open fire range for the 45s was 200-250 meters and 500 for the ZIS-3. Obviously, this completely stands in direct opposition to the German approach to engage much farther out. Also, if you look at what I said elsewhere from Tank Archive about Russian tactical mobility via pushing for the ZIS-3 vs the British 17-pdr., (500 over Rough vs 100 over smooth) in a technical assessment, what's being talked about isn't moving the gun during battle but between them, if needed and with no transport to hand. Regards, John Kettler
  15. 76mm, My apologies, for I think I meant to write Apocal but wrote to you instead. Apocal, If you want to understand Russian antitank warfare, Artem Drabkin's Panzer Killers is an absolute must. It has personal accounts from those using towed ATGs and ATRS, too, together with a brief portion on SUs and ISUs which gradually took over some of the towed ATG's job. The first thing to know is that tank destroyer batteries have four 45 mm guns, with intervals of 25-50 meters between the guns. This interval reflects the limits of the human voice. No signal flags needed. Second, the gun line is only three guns wide Why three? The other gun is almost invariably 300 meters in front of to the right or left flank of the gun line. Its job is to fire on the enemy's vulnerable sides and rear, causing them to turn toward it, whereupon the gun line opens fire at only a few hundred meters out against the opposite sides of the Panzers. This very short open fire range is doctrinal and is intended to pretty much guarantee a hit. The 45's accuracy was good enough to target and hit specific parts of the Panzers, with track hits being much desired on moving ones because of the resulting hull slew, which exposed the flank. Survival odds weren't good for the guys on the flank gun, who were not only machine gunned and shelled, but driven over by tanks! If you had, say, ZIS-3s, then open fire range might double, but otherwise things were as before. Positions were occupied at night, with the guns dug in and camouflaged before dawn, but life expectancy was short when a gun opened fire, for it was almost instantly detected and shot up. Some pretty extreme measures could be and were taken to reduce vertical profile, including removing the gun shield! There were no alternate firing positions, for the tow vehicle, a horse, was always kept well to the rear. These guys fought from their original positions throughout the battle. The tank destroyer unit casualties were astronomic, and these guys fought on even after their infantry support bugged out. One regiment was reduced to a single gun and, I think, half a crew! For higher order antitank defense, please see Biryukov and Melnikov's excellent monograph Antitank Warfare. It uses the GPW experiences to illustrate just how drastically weapons such as ATGMs have changed the combat situation. What was discovered was akin to all that modern battlefield lethality material crash inserted into FM 100-5 after it was ready for release. Russian infantry used Panzerfausts when it had them, but there is zero mention of this being done by the tank destroyers. They were far too busy! Regards, John Kettler