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.
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.
Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in CMSF Mojo Returned - Op TELIC Campaign/Missions
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:
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.
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.
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
Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in Op MINIMISE - New Mission
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:
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.
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.
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.
Combatintman got a reaction from MOS:96B2P in Warsaw Uprising?
Wouldn't need much modding to be honest - mix up some Volkssturm and Partisans by doing the old Axis vs Axis, Axis vs Allies switch around in the unit editor and then plonk them on the beautifully crafted map of Warsaw that you/ or another scenario designer make(s). The modding could be as simple as changing a Volkssturm armband to a red and white armband.
Combatintman got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in New Mini-Campaign/Scenario: Alarmeinheiten
All scenarios bundled with CM titles must be playable both sides vs the AI and H2H so you will at least get some scenarios that you can play as the Red Army. Not sure about campaigns - releases generally have one campaign per side so there should be a Red Army campaign but I haven't checked the bones thread for a bit so not sure about that.
Otherwise - it is all down to those who make user-made content. It seems most prefer to do German player vs Red Army AI scenarios/campaigns. Most of the stuff that I see is fairly closely linked to historical actions and this probably explains why German content is more common than Red Army content. German actions are a lot easier to research.
Combatintman got a reaction from 37mm in First try at a scenario: questions
Yes there is one - just click the folder where your game is installed - the image below is my CMFB install, the tutorial is the first item underneath the mod tools folder:
As to briefings and graphics - it really is a matter of taste. I knock up all of my briefing images in Powerpoint, screen grab them and resize them in simple old Paint - I know lots of people use photoshop and very fancy drawing programs for their briefing graphics but I haven't got the time, energy or inclination to buy these programs and learn them. You are free to disagree with me but my nuts and bolts Powerpoint/Paint approach produces results that I'm satisfied with and having released countless missions across four of the game's titles I've yet to have anyone say that the graphics were cr@p.
To illustrate the point, here are some examples for a mission based on the Battle of Ap Bac during the Vietnam War (hence the black and white imagery and 1960's font on parts of the images) that I will eventually finish for @37mm's awesome Heaven and Earth mod for CMSF2:
The above is the tactical map.
The above is the operational map (technically it isn't operational - but that is the image slot it has to fit into).
If you want my take on scenario design (including briefings and images), I did a tutorial on it here:
Note that this was for CMSF 1 so there are no tips on triggers or any of the new tools that came in with later versions of the engine (the same is true with the scenario design tutorial that bundles with the game) however the mechanics of about 80% of the current editor are the same as those for CMSF 1.
Combatintman got a reaction from Lethaface in First try at a scenario: questions
@Holditgood luck with your plans. Don't sweat the briefing graphics thing - it is easy peasy. I do mine in Powerpoint and most are generally a Google Earth image of the map or an overhead CM screenshot of the map in preview mode. All I do then is draw a few arrows, add some military symbols and write in some text or other annotations. Once I've done that, I just 'select all' on the slide and copy into Paint where I resize them to the correct dimensions and save them as 24 bit Bitmaps.
I think that many people have this perception that you have to use some Gucci graphics program like Paintshop Pro, be a ninja at using it and spend hours at it. Utterly not true - most of my Mission graphics I can knock up in under an hour using Powerpoint and Paint.
All explained here in my CMSF mission design tutorial.
If you look at the eighth post down on this thread, you will see two examples of briefing graphics that I put together using the method above: