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  1. LongLeftFlank

    Disappointed

    Surprise! any scenario in open terrain like the Western Desert or Iraq is going to tax any game engine that also allows tactical control of hundreds of individual troops. At the other end of the spectrum, I did a Tiny recon scenario set in the Normandy bocage; limited visibility, even more limited movement choices. But with minor variations, the requirement is the same: locate enemy MLR, preferably without getting your unit mauled and rendered useless for the next mission. If you happen to find a gap in that MLR, call in help to secure it then crack on! Striking the right balance of daring and caution is the essence of recon work since time immemorial. Those are also very fun scenarios to play.
  2. This thread is really wandering around here. (I've peeked back in to take a break from the banshee howls AAAAAGH! THE CHILDREN! THE CHILDREN! presently inundating my other boards and socmedia [/politics] ) Realistic cinema combat data dump: Estonian film '1944' came up recently, uneven tactically, but not too bad. Agree re "319 Platoon" being the gold standard. The 1990s Dien Bien Phu epic has some great scenes as well which seem right out of the memoirs (flamethrowers on Eliane 2, plus fighter bombers at zero height). "Battleground" is probably the best thing Hollywood has done, helped by the fact many of the actors and extras had seen the real deal not long before. I watched an ANZACs in Vietnam film 'The Odd Angry Shot' on VCR 30 years ago and remember being impressed, but I don't know how it's held up. "Black Hawk Down" tried hard to get the events right, I think, although I doubt the battlefield was quite that crowded the whole time.... The Danish film "A War" seems like the most authentic film to have come out of the GWOT. The Army attack on Burpelson AFB in 'Dr Strangelove' featured some very realistic faux newsreel combat footage, interspersed with @General Jack Ripper's epic dialogue with Group Captain Mandrake. Too bad Kubrick never tried this technique elsewhere. A little known Jimmy Stewart film, "the Mountain Road" has a very intense, visceral (for Hollywood) scene where vengeful Americans massacre Chinese bandits holed up in a tavern at an accurate combat range and fire tempo. Stewart was another actor who'd seen the sharp end. The 'Sand Pebbles' is just a fantastic film in general, on my Top 10 list, but the assault on the KMT pontoon barrier and the shootout at the end are pretty good tactically. ("What the hell happened?!") Candace Burgen is just so heartbreakingly beautiful; they broke the mould on that lady.
  3. LongLeftFlank

    My Honor Was Loyalty (movie)

    The actresses were both quite hot, so there's that. Italian film, ciao bella....
  4. LongLeftFlank

    Disappointed

    What vile incantation hath awakened me from my non-Euclidean slumber in the nameless deeps? Oh, and
  5. LongLeftFlank

    Grabner's force at Arnhem Bridge

    This snip from an old thread, link now defunct: Surprise and shock were Graebner's only protection. It was a typical armoured commander's approach to an infantry problem. Panzerleute (armoured 'types') tended to disdain the resistance value of lightly-armed airborne infantry
  6. LongLeftFlank

    s h o c k f o r c e 2

    Repeat post, but "AAAAAAA!"
  7. LongLeftFlank

    s h o c k f o r c e 2

    "Perhaps he meant the Camargggggggggue region in France?"
  8. LongLeftFlank

    Hyena Road movie

    Surprisingly impressed by 'Leibstandarte' (2015), in spite of the jumpy cinematography and the score lifted from a third rate hotel spa.
  9. LongLeftFlank

    When is Shock Force 2

  10. LongLeftFlank

    When is Shock Force 2

    As many have noted before, BFC is just a couple of dedicated guys (and a disembodied brain in a jar) with a vision and mad hacker skilz, working at remote secure locations offworld, guarded by Space Lobsters and Waffelgrenadiere clones. They are the only shop that attempts to marry the tactical hex and counter wargames most of us grew up on with the look and feel of tactical shooters. The customer market is "niche" but also extremely particular, as are the designers. To paraphrase Conrad: "They are 'one of us'." So to use the ancient pillars of project management: Cost, Scope and Schedule (and in the real world, you can only really have 1 and part of another).... with limited budgets and artisan quality required, time must be BFC's slack variable. No need to be shocked. There are plenty of fantastic tactical shooters out there to divert yourself with in the meantime, but they won't scratch our particular itch. Patience!
  11. LongLeftFlank

    When is Shock Force 2

  12. LongLeftFlank

    Green Troops

    This! This is why I like Green troops for large formation assaults that historically involved waves of units (e.g. beach landings). With green troops, you can't keep piling up fresh waves to reinforce existing waves until you overwhelm the defenders. Or expect 2/3 depleted squads to see the job through the way you might with vets or crack. The first waves are spent after securing their objectives. Continuing to shove them forward anyway is a desperation move for a commander and will result in higher incidence of panic and more casualties. It will (and should) punish a commander who is oblivious to the state of his forces. "Yew had ONE JOB!"
  13. LongLeftFlank

    Kharkov Map Sneak Peak

    Pity you can't put flat roofs on the modular buildings.
  14. Banality of evil, ISIS edition. Quality journalism from the NYT here. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/04/world/middleeast/isis-documents-mosul-iraq.html Most accounts of how the Islamic State became the richest terrorist group in the world focus on its black-market oil sales, which at one point brought in as much as $2 million per week, according to some estimates. Yet records... show that the ratio of money earned from taxes versus oil stood at 6:1. Despite hundreds of airstrikes that left the caliphate pocked with craters, the group’s economy continued to function, fed by streams of revenue that could not be bombed.... The financial reports tallied over $19 million in transactions involving agriculture alone. The documents describe how it made money at every step in the supply chain: Before a single seed of grain, for example, was sown, the group collected rent for the fields it had confiscated. Then, when the crops were ready to be threshed, it collected a harvest tax. It did not stop there. The trucks that transported the grain paid highway tolls. The grain was stored in silos, which the militants controlled, and they made money when the grain was sold to mills, which they also controlled. The mills ground the grain into flour, which the group sold to traders. Then the bags of flour were loaded onto trucks, which traversed the caliphate, paying more tolls. It was sold to supermarkets and shops, which were also taxed. So were the consumers who bought the finished product. In a single 24-hour period in 2015, one of the spreadsheets in the briefcase shows, the Islamic State collected $1.9 million from the sale of barley and wheat.
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