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    Combatintman got a reaction from Lethaface in Hypothetical China-India war is now much less hypothetical   
    Like Najibullah, it depends on the money methinks.  It had better not implode or things will be a tad cheeky for me next year.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in Heaven & Earth - "Open Beta"   
    @puje a Friendly Casualty parameter for the AI force might have helped you here - say you set it at 50% it means that the AI side gets the points if the player ceasefires at start or without inflicting 50% casualties.  It is more flexible than the Friendly Bonus trick.  Obviously setting your percentage threshold requires a few tests but I often use it in conjunction with the Friendly Bonus to give the AI force a points score at the start which automatically results in a player loss if a turn one ceasefire is selected.  Clearly if the human player plays the scenario through then they will reach a point (in this instance 50%) where they have killed the required number of enemy and the AI force no longer gets the VPs for the Friendly Casualty parameter.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in Heaven & Earth: Project discussion thread   
    Maybe not do all of them - the 1 Australian Task Force TO&E would be a cinch to write.  The only real changes to the Infantry Battalion were the introduction of the Kiwi Company to form ANZAC Infantry Battalions and the withdrawal of the Owen SMG and introduction of the M-16.  The dates for the introduction of the Cavalry Squadron and the Armoured Squadron plus their composition are well documented too.  Speaking from experience, having done the Brit TO&E for CMSF, I could write it to BFC standard's in about a month I reckon.
    You would have to do the ARVN I think and that would be a headache and the US wouldn't be a cakewalk either even though both are well-documented.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in Heaven & Earth: Project discussion thread   
    You'll get both mate.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in New Afghanistan inspired campaign: Valleys of Death   
    Well for those who were there …. every experience is real and unique.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in Heaven & Earth: Project discussion thread   
    I am wheels up from Kabul tomorrow so should be in the scenario editor with a vengeance on Monday.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Howler in Calling for fire assistance from the experts   
    While a TRP speeds things up, soft factors come into play as well such as observer experience and firing unit experience.  Otherwise a lot will depend on whether your opponent is AI or human controlled and the distance between the direct fire engagement area and your indirect fire engagement area.  Ideally they should be one and the same because that enables you to concentrate the effects of your firepower.  In planning terms you would have a Decision Point (DP) that would trigger those fires so that when the enemy met the DP conditions you know to execute the fire order (or whatever other action you planned to take) which would ensure that the rounds landed in the engagement area or Target Area of Interest (TAI).
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Pete Wenman in Su-76M veteran's account survived from old IRemember.ru   
    No need for those big maps then eh … 😏
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Lethaface in Heaven & Earth book reading prep   
    Free stuff here:
    http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p4013coll11/searchterm/vietnam war/field/all/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort/page/1
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Heaven & Earth book reading prep   
    Free stuff here:
    http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p4013coll11/searchterm/vietnam war/field/all/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort/page/1
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Lt Bull in Storm on Stoumont 19 Dec 44: Then & Now & CMFB   
    @Lt Bull - have a like mate for the pdf … which shows off how accurate the map is.  I've done the Peiper trail heaps of times and it was great to be a tester for CMFB.  I still maintain that the campaigns and scenarios that bundled with that title were the best researched and best executed of all of the titles.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from sburke in Storm on Stoumont 19 Dec 44: Then & Now & CMFB   
    @Lt Bull - have a like mate for the pdf … which shows off how accurate the map is.  I've done the Peiper trail heaps of times and it was great to be a tester for CMFB.  I still maintain that the campaigns and scenarios that bundled with that title were the best researched and best executed of all of the titles.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from Pete Wenman in "That's one vast valley!" - hard-edged, realistically scaled map   
    This thread answers some of those questions if you download @Lt Bull's pdf - while I appreciate it is a different bit of Belgium there are wire fences aplenty.  Also check out the master maps in the title - they are extremely well researched and well executed and therefore worth a study to get a feel for what looks right and what doesn't.
     
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    Combatintman reacted to Lt Bull in Storm on Stoumont 19 Dec 44: Then & Now & CMFB   
    I originally played the excellent Kampfgruppe Peiper campaign that I believes comes with CMFB several years ago and forgot about it enough for me to warrant playing it again. One thing I really appreciate is playing on battlefields that are based directly on replicating the actual historical battlefieds itself.  I believe all the maps in this campaign are like that.
    One battle in particular caught my attention (again) which is the "Storm on Stoumont" battle and it's map. After play as the German attacker I wondered how much more challenging the German attack could be if a human player played as the US.  I was inspired enough to extract and create a H2H scenario battle version of the "Storm on Stoumont" battle and let's just say it is quite interesting to see how that battle plays out when a human calls the shots for the US defenders.
    Anyway, having extensively surveyed the CMFB map in preparation to play the battle, I really got a good feel for the battlefield itself and started researching the actual battle that did occur there on the 19 Dec 1944 between KG Peiper and the US garrison defending. I started looking at the amazing historical combat action photos and videos taken by the Germans during the actual assualt on the 19 Dec 1944 and it occurred to me that my familairization with the battlefield just from playing CMFB was essentially enough for me to have a good enough idea where virtually every photo/scene was taken/filmed. While searching for more photos and information from the battle, I did stumble across a Youtube video of Before & After photo comparisons of the battle of Stoumont that basically confirmed some of my guesses.
    I then decided it might just be worthwhile trying to recreate as many of the photos/scenes from the historical photos and film as possible, just for fun, and to see how CMFB compares. Using the before and after comparison screenshots from the Youtube video, I conveniently added my own CMFB versions to complete the trifecta of comparisons, in cases where the "after" photos (current day photos) had been compared to the historical footage/photos. I recreated in CMFB a number of other photos/scenes for which no "after" photo comparison were suggested/offered. PDF link below:
    Youtube Video: Battle of the Bulge Then & Now - Stoumont Then & Now!
    CMFB Comparisons: Bull's Stoumont Before & After & CMFB.pdf
    And a big shout out and tip of the hat to @Pete Wenman for researching and designing the map you see featured! It's amazing what can be achieved by some within the CM Scenario Designer. Much appreciated.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from The_MonkeyKing in British Campaign?   
    Highland Games is the British campaign.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from MOS:96B2P in Consulate Evacuation   
    Unlike me - you've come a long way in your scenario designing career.  It was a pleasure being by your side as you took your baby steps in the editor.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in 'Have You Ever Used a Pistol?' - New Scenario Afghanistan 2006   
    Hi folks - I am back on the internet for a couple of days. I see that the file eventually uploaded - it is called Zumbelay Withdrawal.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Fallujah Hospital   
    For a change I thought I'd take a break from the Brits and try my hand at a US scenario based on the 2nd Battle of Fallujah in Nov 04.

    The map is done but a first test has shown that I need to trim the Allied force considerably to make it challenging (36 Iraqi Commando Battalion and 3 Light Armored Recon Bn USMC).

    More to follow in due course.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in CMSF Mojo Returned - Op TELIC Campaign/Missions   
    Hi Folks,

    Been away for a while - marriage and emigration and other stuff take up a lot of your time as I have now discovered.

    Been working on an Op TELIC campaign for a bit - still a while off and not sure whether it will be a campaign or just a load of standalone missions.

    Taster as follows:

    Umm Qasr Google Earth Image versus CMSF Screenshot (Oblique) of same area:


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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in New Mission - 'M' Wadis   
    Having kicked 'Into the Green' out of the door, I have started my next project. The name of the mission comes from the nicknames ('M' - the abbreviation for Motorways in the UK eg M1, M2 etc) of the wadis running south into Kajaki in Helmand Province.

    This will be a company group sized mission depicting a generic fighting patrol out of Kajaki during 3 Commando Brigade's first Helmand tour in 06-07. This time the map is of real ground and is nearly finished. I'll keep you updated.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in New Mission - Into the Green   
    As alluded to on my 'Some Scenarios' thread, I've now reached the point where one of my long dormant missions is developing sufficiently for me to be confident of releasing in the near future.

    The mission is called Into the Green and is a fictional but representative mission set in Helmand Province. The ground is very loosely based on the area around FOB Inkerman (represented by the fictional FOB Alma in the mission) which lies between Sangin and Kajaki.

    The basic premise is a British light role company group patrolling into the Green Zone to investigate three suspicious compounds. Inspiration for the mission came from the following two excellent reads:

    Company Commander by Major Russell Lewis MC
    Honourable Warriors by Major Richard Streatfeild MBE

    Both are accounts of tours at FOB Inkerman conducted by the companies commanded by these two officers.

    Map size is 2952m x 1508m and the mission as it stands currently will be two and a half hours long.

    Some screenshots:

    Suspicious Compound 1 ... what lies here?




    Suspicious Compound 2 ... what lurks within?



    Suspicious Compound 3 ... anyone at home?



    View into the Green Zone from the SE Sangar of FOB Alma



    Enjoy ...
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Op MINIMISE - New Mission   
    Hi gents,
    Keeping the CM flame burning, I have uploaded a new mission to the Scenario Depot called Op MINIMISE.
    This is the spiel
    'This is a fictional but representative depiction of the hard choices and severe constraints faced by small units operating in Helmand Province Afghanistan in the early iterations of the British presence there. The map is of real terrain in the area indicated by the mapping. My motives for putting this together were, apart from paying tribute to the brave men and women who served in that dangerous place, to design a short but fun and challenging mission. It is easy to win but really you should strive for a Total Victory to do it justice. I hope you enjoy it.'
    Here are some briefing graphics:


     
     
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Mullah Fayyad Highway - Iraq 2006   
    Ok folks ... Predator imagery just in ...

    This mission is semi-historical inspired by an article I saw in a recent issue of Modern War Magazine and deals with TF 4-31 Infantry's actions in Iraq 2006.  More details to follow and mission release should be some time this week.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Op LOAM - Helmand Afghanistan   
    I know I have a few things on but this is something else I've got on the burner - three maps done with either one or two to go ... depends how the rest of my stuff stacks up. This will be a mini campaign (strictly linear) about supply ops in Afghanistan.
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    Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Resecuring the Ring - Kandahar Province   
    Gone a bit quiet in here over the past few days so here's something to whet your appetite. I'm not quite sure how this mission will look in its final form but the essence of it will be similar to my recent Qarmat Ali mission. It is designed to be fairly beer and pretzels and the design motivations were driven by
    1. An area on Google Earth that I thought might make an interesting mission.
    2. I've always wanted to do a mission featuring the Canadians.
    No history involved here, so this is a representative action set in Kandahar Province.
    The following image shows real and CMSF maps laid side by side (area is 731m x 652m):

    In terms of development progress, the map needs some minor final touches and I've tested one mission concept which I think needs a bit of a rescrub.
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