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Rake

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About Rake

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    From the Blue Waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the Hills of Tennessee
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    Former Fly Fishing Guide, Field Engineer, Tactical/Operational Wargaming, Photography, Photoshop

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  • Biography
    Former fly fishing guide, gamer since Tactics II, AW (USN) way back in the 70's
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    Small town somewhere between the Blue Waters of the Chesapeake Bay & the Hills of Tennessee
  • Interests
    Wargaming, Fly Fishing, Photography
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    Field Engineer/Surveyor

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  1. Custom icons don't give any more info than the stock ones - they just replace files that are already in-game. Like Bil say, they're easier to read quickly. If I have a choice, I use NATO-type icons in all my wargaming. If I don't, I make my own or use someone else's. I've been playing this series since way back at the very beginning of CM1. I've always played a highly modded game and never had an issue with mods. As Vin said above my post, the game just doesn't look right without mods. I install mods immediately once I install a game.
  2. I'm with ya, Bil. Whenever I watch a youtube video where the stock icons are used, I have little idea what units I'm seeing. I use a combination of yours and ones I've done myself. I just found this aar... Thanks for doing this and all you do for the hobby. I didn't play CMSF1 much. At the time, I didn't care much for modern equipment (I really didn't know much about it to tell the truth); it was WW II all the time. I only bought the base game, and that only much later on after most of the bugs had been worked out. I bought Black Sea on a whim and since then have played mostly cold war and later in all the games I play
  3. Done... before I even got to your post. Trolls like this are a major reason why I rarely post on any forum. The anonymity of the keyboard gives far too many a presumed right to be asshats obnoxious. I'm far from thin-skinned, but I doubt he's spoken with too many people in that vein
  4. Rake

    Map Coordinate Help

    DF... This is excellent!!! Many thanks!
  5. I've been reading, again, Blumenson's Breakout and Pursuit. Along with this, I've been doing some other research and located a trove of aar's in the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library. What I'm having difficulty (sp: l a z i n e s s, ) with is converting map coordinates in the aar's into lats & longs so I can find a "real" location. I've found a site explaining the "British Modified System", but that system uses coordinates such as "vZ3383", meaning (as best as I can tell) Map Section vZ, 33 kM East/83 kM North. The US aar's use coordinates similar to, say, "565-068". Does anyone here have a link that will point me in the right direction. I'm a land surveyor IRL, so I do understand coordinates, projections and the sort. Thanks in advance, Rake
  6. Having the same issue with CMBN and have opened a ticket. I had no problem upgrading CMRT or CMBS, but both of those were previously installed and I just loaded the upgrade. CMBN had been removed due to hardware issues and I hadn't played the game in about two years since I removed it. I've tried twice to install from the full upgrade and the license has been rejected. I also tried installing module by module. After downloading up through 3.0, I attempted to install just the base game and was rejected for having used all my activations. The license key has been saved on another computer since my original purchase during pre-order and I checked it against the key in My Accounts... same key, same issue. Regarding the insufficient activations... I thought (read somewhere on the forums) a new activation was added every year after the initial activations ran out. Not having installed the game for two years, I thought I'd have two additional activations remaining
  7. I just dl'd the big "pack" of the upgrade. The computer I'm currently on only has CMBS and RT on it. I have BS up to 1.04, but I haven't been able to find any installation instructions on the BF website or within the upgrade folders. There are two CMBS folders in the upgrade package... Am I to ASS U ME that I only need to run the CMBS Upgrade 4 Windows or do I need the CMBS 2.00 Full Windows? Thanks in advance
  8. This happens... and it has since the release of CMBN (and probably CMSF; I didn't play that enough to notice). You have to back off of the "boundary", either by rotating or moving forward just enough to allow the camera to scroll left or right. It is annoying as hell, but IIWII!
  9. Rake

    Transparency for BMP files

    8 bits per channel for the RGB channels, and 8 for the alpha channel... I kept making the same mistake as the OP until I remembered I was dealing with four channels, not three Oh, one more thing... Every time I make a selection, I've learned to save it as a separate channel (I'm assuming you're using Photoshop). That way, if I screw something up, which I'm often prone to do , at least I don't have to recreate the selection; just load a "new" selection.
  10. Rake

    Bil's NATO Floating Icon Set - BETA

    And a couple of the Germans from, well... CMBN, CMFI & CMRT...
  11. Rake

    Bil's NATO Floating Icon Set - BETA

    I do understand that the modern version would be the rectangular, but after starting a set, it just didn't look right to me. I'm working on it slowly; as I play a new scenario and encounter new types of units, I'll pop open Photoshop and create a few new ones. My ADD won't let me game long sessions, just as I can't play in PS until I finish a whole series One thing that I am doing, and have done with the WW II sets is to make the "Icon ** 2" version the opposite and/or much lighter color of the "Icon ** 1" symbol, e.g., the "Icon Soviet * 2" is red on a yellow background... The brighter color helps to pick out teams that have been hit, but more importantly, it has several times saved me from the silly mistake of double-clicking to select a unit and then giving orders to an entire company An example from RT...
  12. Rake

    Bil's NATO Floating Icon Set - BETA

    Bil... sorry to throw my hiccup into this (ya just can't please everybody ), but I always loved the circle version for the blue army. I understand that some may prefer the square or rectangular versions; these seem to fit more with the NATO symbols. After playing with my own modded versions of your period based icons for so long, I've found I'm just going to have to create my own set for CMBS... Now trying to fit the wheeled AT symbol into the 128 square pixel area (circle or diamond) is gonna be tough, but I'll figure out something, even if it's using old WW II style symbols Thanks for all you do for the series... from your AAR's to you Battle Drill blog (an extra thank you for the link to the Obscure Battles page). I read it all, post little, but always grateful.
  13. Okay, as a bit of a "mea culpa" for my outburst the other night (even at my age, enough vodka can get me, ummmhh... "riled up" ), I have a planning map to share of the second KG Engel scenario. Basically, it's a copy of the mission map with contour lines drawn in. I do this for a number of the larger scenarios I play... If you're able to get into the second scenario with all your tanks and the AT gun showing up I can drop it into a dropbox account... that is IF I can figure out how to do so... Send a PM... or, if you're lazy, just right click and "save image as"
  14. Rake

    Testing new Ukrainian camo

    Yikes!!! The first picture (studio lighting) looked awful close to the color of the Class 3 safety gear OSHA requires for construction workers... minus the reflective striping of course
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