Rokossovski reacted to DougPhresh in Russian Artillery - long time to arrive
A 155mm round is about 100lbs compared to the 30ish lbs of a 105mm. In the early 2000's a lot of NATO planners assumed artillery would be standardized to 155mm but operational experience has shown that cheap, light, mobile guns are valuable. I'd rather have a 105mm on call than a 155mm tied up supporting other units. More tubes are generally better than fewer state of the art tubes with precision rounds. I think the Russian way of war is on the right track in that regard.
See also the return of 60, 81 and 120mm mortars to NATO after all those theorists thought precision CAS would replace organic fires.
When I joined the military as a field artilleryman, even at the school staff were bemoaning the End of Artillery because everybody was reading about how armed UAVs, small diameter bombs on CAS, land-based CIWS, Hell even tactical lasers had made artillery obsolete. I think NATO thinkers get tied up in the latest and greatest until the next conflict. Look at all the loony ideas before Vietnam, or even throughout the 70's and 80's.
Rokossovski reacted to Zveroboy1 in Afghan National Army Mod
Afghan National Army for Combat Mission Shock Force 2
Okay so I am going to release this because it has been sitting on my HD for about a month without me tweaking it further. So it is probably good enough in its current state.
This is a two-in-one mod that turns some of the Syrian Infantry into Afghan National Army. Here is what it does in detail :
Syrian mech infantry ----> Early Afghan Army
Syrian airborne infantry ----> Late Afghan Army
So basically you get both uniforms in a single mod and it is up to you to decide which type you want by selecting the corresponding branch.
Early Afghan National Army :
They replace Syrian mech infantry and use AK's with a woodland camo uniform. The camo is supposed to represent either regular US woodland, a variant from Iran or Pakistan or a cheap chinese knockoff with a slightly different pattern and colours.
Late Afghan Infantry :
They replace Syrian airborne infantry, field M16's and their uniform is a mix of woodland camo and the new Spec4ce Afghan Forest camo.
If you plan on using late war afghan infantry, I suggest you use regular airborne infantry as opposed to mech airborne infantry, both located under special forces. They will have a full allotment of RPG ammo.
When to use early or late war?
There isn't a clear cut date really but here is what I could gather with a quick search online.
The ANA began to issue its own pixelated camouflage design in 2008-2009, designed by Hyperstealth Industries and named "Spec4ce Afghan Forest" pattern with some initial batches of these uniforms were made in China.
The U.S. military began shipping about 55,000 used Marine Corps M-16A2 rifles to Afghanistan with the intent of outfitting every soldier in the Afghan army with one by the late spring of 2009.
Of course both of these changes happened gradually but before 2008, you should opt for early ANA and after 2009, go for late war ANA.
1/ The texture for the buttstock of the AKS-74U used by the squad leader of the paratroopers and the AKMS of the mech infantry looks a tad messed up. I think this is caused by the weapon swap and shared parts so I don't think it can be fixed for late war ANA. For early ANA, you could just temporarily remove the AK74M to M16 weapon swap folder from your mod directory.
2/ This isn't directly related to the ANA mod because the issue stems from the Syrian uncon fighters-Taliban conversion that I made previously, but since both mods are likely to be used in conjonction, I should mention it here. In my Taliban fighter mod, I swapped uncon fighters (the guys with the black pajamas and balaclava) with uncom combatants models and re-textured them both to use the same skin. Syrian uncon fighters and Syrian regular soldiers share the same boots though.
If you want to pit ISAF forces versus Taliban, there is going to be no issue whatsoever.
However if you plan on having a battle with ANA on one side and Taliban on the other, either the boots worn by ANA soldiers or the boots worn by Taliban fighters (depending on the load order) will look messed up because they share the same texture.
Again, I need to emphasize that this will only be an issue if you are using both my ANA mod together with my Taliban fighter mod (And NOT combatants who don't wear boots but trainers).
To keep it simple, I recommend that to represent Taliban forces, just use my Taliban combatants mod and only use my Taliban fighters mod sparingly. Only if you need heavy weapons like Dshk and recoilless rifles that combatants don't have for instance. And finally make sure the ANA mod loads after the fighters. This way the glitch won't be as noticeable.
How to install :
Extract the mod in the following directory : Documents/Battlefront/Combat Mission/Shock Force 2/User Data/Mods
37mm did the weapon swap for the late ANA. Without his help I would probably not have bothered with the weapons and only modded the uniforms.
Let me know if there is any problem or error with the mod.
Rokossovski reacted to FoxZz in A plea for a French Army DLC
So I figured that the main difficulty devs would get trying to implement the French is language barrier and finding sources especially considering French army organisation was quite significantly tweaked in 2014-2016.
So I've managed to build a quite precise Order of Battle from online ressources, and magazines. I've not taken into account units out of the scope of the game such as logistic and non-combat support elements and command elements are greatly simplify (as a result command element are the least accurate I think). This may not be 100% accurate, especially regarding support elements, but main combat formations should be exact.
The document presents the main formations from which are drawn the GTIAs and SGTIAs as well as off-map assets that would make it in the game scope.
Except when specified otherwise, all soldiers are carrying a Famas assault rifle.
Doctrine wise, when it comes to fire suport, French army is quite close from the US army. For Artillery Fires, Squad Leader and Platoon Leaders can order simple artillery fires, while Foward Observers will provide more advanced fires (danger close fires, predicted fires, special effect shells, large bombardments). When directed by foward observers and their observation vehicles, fires don't require ranging shot.
For CAS, Foward Observers and TACP teams are allowed to guide an airstrike, but also a Platoon Leader in certain circonstances. The main difference (at least from how US army is depicted ingame) is for helicopters and CCS. In French doctrine, Helicopters will enter in direct radio contact with the supported units and are responsible for the fires they make, all units from Squad Leaders and upwards can guide helicopters. They will also provide them recon and intel directly.
Next time I'll try to present the different vehicles and armaments with "stats" similarly as how US, Ukrainian and Russian weapons are presented in the Game Manual.
ToE France CMBS2.docx
Rokossovski reacted to Sir Lancelot in Sahrani Liberation Army (SLA)
Hi IICapMillerII, thank you for making your beautiful mod available for all of us to use! I took the liberty of borrowing the vest you made and SaintFuller's Ssh-68 helmet to remake a mod that IMHO more accurately depicts what the Syrian army from circa 2008 would have looked like. Since you're the inspiration of this mod, it's only right that I should share my screenshots with you before I put it out there for the rest of the community. It goes without saying, credit will go to you and SaintFuller for the vest and the Ssh-68 helmet. Cheers!
Rokossovski reacted to 76mm in Assault Boats?
Yeah, I guess, although we wouldn't need animations of frantic paddling, I'd be happy if they sat placidly in the boats during the crossing.
As to too few use cases--not sure about that... There were lots of cross-river attacks, including on the eastern front, although the Russians were as likely to use crude rafts or even logs as assault boats. But some way of crossing rivers other than on bridges would open up lots of new scenarios.
Personally I would much rather have features which allow different types of scenarios (partisans, assault boats) rather umpteen variations of the Pzkw IV or a bunch of oddball vehicles, for instance.
Rokossovski reacted to mjkerner in Shock Force 2 Unofficial Screenshot And Video Thread
While I'm in Photophuckit, here are some camo schemes I'm toying with for African Bush Wars. I'm thinking I'll just put out a series of different uniforms schemes that can be used for all of the different Syrian unit types for mainly rebels and insurgents, but govt troops as well. Then some from NATO types mainly to be govt troops, or at least govt spec ops. Then y'all can pick and choose which camo to wear that day. 😉
Rokossovski reacted to IICptMillerII in Sahrani Liberation Army (SLA)
Sahrani Liberation Army
The Sahrani Liberation Army (SLA) is the army of the fictional country of the Democratic Republic of Sahrani from the videogame Arma: Armed Assault made by Bohemia Interactive.
I decided to make this reskin because I've always liked the "generic OpFor" look of the SLA. The "lore friendly" loadout of the SLA is mechanized infantry in BMP-2s (Syrian
Republican Guard formation) along with T-72M1s. However, all T-72 variants and the BMP-1 have been retextured as well to allow for flexibility when using the SLA.
This modpack will replace the following stock Syrian assets:
Regular and Reserve infantry
T-72 (all variants)
Special Forces (NOT Syrian airborne)
In Arma, the SLA have hispanic heritage, thus speak Spanish. However, I have given them Russian voices and names as these assets are readily available from Combat Mission Red
Thunder and Combat Mission Black Sea. Going through the process of creating a whole new set of voices in Spanish would have taken me too long and been far too labor intensive.
Both Regular and Reserve Syrian infantry have been retextured to look like SLA soldiers. Regular infantry have their rifles model swapped to use the AK-74. This is purely a
cosmetic change, as the game still simulates them firing the 7.62mm round of the AKM. Additionally, the stock helmet texture has been remade by SaintFuller to model the Soviet
SSh-68 helmet. The textures for the helmet were made by SaintFuller and tweaked by myself. All other infantry textures were made by myself.
Included are reskinned BMP-1s, BMP-2s, T-72s, BRDMs, and the Shilka. All textured by myself.
These are the Special Forces of the SLA. They are equipped primarily with AKS-74Us and wear green berets into combat instead of a combat helmet. The stock Syrian Special Forces
are used to represent the Especas. The AK-74Ms and helmets have been model swapped for the AKS-74Us and berets. The beret is from Combat Mission Battle for Normandy with the
retexturing done by myself. The AKS-74U model is from Shock Force 2. All other Special Forces textures were made by myself.
Sometimes, swapped model textures will "flicker" when viewed from a distance or from up close. To my knowledge there is no way to fix this. However, it is mostly unnoticable.
Battlefront.com for making Combat Mission and most of the base textures and models
Bohemia Interactive for making Arma: Armed Assault and the SLA
IICptMillerII for making most of the textures and model swaps
SaintFuller for making the SSh-68 helmet model and base textures
You are free to use this mod how you like. If you use any assets from this to make your own mod, just be sure to give credit where it is due.
Rokossovski reacted to Jace11 in Windmills in FB
Windmills are present in FB's archives but not available in the editor despite Holland being depicted as one of the locations. Here is a way to enable windmills...
It's triggered by a "bogus" bitmap. Simply add the bogus bitmap to your Z folder. I included a snow roof too.
The windmill will appear in the editor as the last (bottom right) independent 4 story commercial building.
The windmill works exactly as in CMBN, but it's snowbox is square. So in deep snow conditions the snowbox around the bottom floor looks a bit wonky.
This discovery leads me to ask what else can be enabled by bogus bitmaps...? There is a lot of content in the brz files of FB that don't appear in game like various others bridges e.g canal bridges.
Rokossovski reacted to Zveroboy1 in Afghanistan Mod Pack
These mud houses are my take on the typical houses found in Afghanistan, made out of dried mud. I based this mod on the green zone of Helmand province, therefore they are perhaps less suitable for the more mountainous regions where stones are more prevalent. But they will probably work better than the stock buildings anyway. I suppose they could also work for the more rural areas of Syria or Iraq.
These mud houses are made to work alongside Kieme's CMSF in HD buildings. You can have both mods installed at the same time. The mud houses, because they are located in a directory whose name begins with the letter z, should replace some of the buildings made by Kieme. At first I only intended to replace a couple of buildings but ended up making more and more so that only two of Kieme's buildings are intact so to speak.
Finally, although they are modular buildings and can have any number of floors, they work best for single or two storey buildings obviously. Not sure you could stack mud that high anyway.
The opium poppies replace grain tiles.
There are two different textures included in the mod. The default one and another one with a more brownish/yellow colour that is found in late summer when crops are ripe.
Not much to say about these.
In order to see the mods in your game, you need to add one or several of the mod tags that are linked to the textures.
poppies or poppiesyellow
TEST MAP :
The mod also includes a small portion of an Helmand map I am working on, already set up with the mod tags so you can have a quick preview.
Details on how to install included in the readme inside the rar file. I have uploaded two versions of the pack, one with all the files tagged and one without tags. Install the mod tag version, it won't interfere with your game unless a scenario designer adds the tags in a mission. The other version without tags, you can just swap it in and out of your fold folder at your convenience.
Mod tags :
https://www.dropbox.com/s/utekfowt06srp3d/zAfghanistan Mod Pack - Mod Tags.rar?dl=0
No mod tags :
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bob522itexpip3d/zAfghanistan Mod Pack.rar?dl=0
credits : Mord for the SF2 logo
Rokossovski reacted to 37mm in Shock Force 2 Unofficial Screenshot And Video Thread
I had a few days off so finished my first (admittedly byte sized) campaign, "Guardians of the Homeland"...
... twas great fun, shame there weren't more "episodes" featuring "the Guardians".
Rokossovski reacted to IICptMillerII in Shock Force 2 Unofficial Screenshot And Video Thread
Rokossovski reacted to sburke in Shock Force 2 Unofficial Screenshot And Video Thread
Marines, Army. y'all suck at posting screenies Here ya go.
Bull Co on a night time raid in Sadr City
The Mahdi Army stirs. RPG attacks hitting the Slat armor on the Strykers
Light em up!!