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Everything posted by JulianJ

  1. Hmmm....CM Taiwan does seem to follow in the tradition of SF and CMBS....although for the poor Taiwaese sake, BF's horrible record of prediction doesn't come to fruition in this case!
  2. Yes, surely. There's a whole load of hypothetical militarist mayhem we should be testing out, in a purely imaginary manner. I love the smell of Alternative History in the Morning!
  3. I am open minded about Pacific War CM. A few months ago if you'd said, "How about CM CW?" I'd have replied, "Well, I'm not really bothered. I doubt I'll buy it." Build it and they will come. But I did and I am really enjoying it. I think CM PacWar would have takers and interest. I don't expect battlefront to be interested, but it does have all sorts of tactical challenges, and of course there are both Japanese and US tanks participating in quite a lot of battles. Never say never, huh?
  4. I'd have to tick: "All of the Above". There don't seem to be too many westerns made nowadays. What was the one with Aragorn in? That was good. You know who I mean, but it's been a long day and I can't be bothered to google it, sorry.
  5. The Shane clip is fantastic. "You ain't going to drink that in here." "You guessed it." Smack. 🙂
  6. I clicked on this as a new YT tank vid. Bit of mil porn...it was worth it for the laughs. It's clickbait. Nearly every line has something egregiously wrong. I'm sure many of you will spot stupidity I missed. Highlights: random footage of Leopards instead of the appropriate vehicle. Which tank should be competing in F1 instead of warfare?
  7. Funnily enough, like Simple Simon, I was going to pick the Sherman too. Since reading Zaloga and hearing the Chieftain/Nicholas Moran I have come round to the idea that it was a pretty decent and survivable tank for WW2 (that is with the various upgrades, expecially ammo stowage).
  8. I'd like to add this to the list: it's on Youtube for free - the 2019 Russian Film "Tankers". It's not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed it. I think you have to suspend your "military geekness" and not mind the Pz IVs are not 1942 variants (they seem to be full size vismods, not cleverly-done 1/6 R/C tanks, which I thought at first). I won't say anything about the plot for the sake of spoilers, but I thought the characters are well-drawn; because there is a female Russian tank repair engineer there is a romantic element which adds some light and shade to the often all-male war film type. The main tank is a real KV1. Loved that. It seems surprisingly roomy inside 😄. Lots of T34s. There's a lot of the mundane aspect of tank warfare: bogging down in a stream and mechanical issues which make a change from many other films. Several scenes take place while the crew are re-ammunitioning the tank which I found a clever use of drama and realism.
  9. LOL. Was the entire military deployed for a pop video? It looked like it.
  10. You are entitled to your opinion, but iconography is important. I expect you know enough about WW2 Germany to know that is the case. It's not just that the game doesn't favour one side of the other, difficult as that is to achieve, but also players see that is how everything in the game appears.
  11. I second the premise that the main and loading screens should be side-neutral. In all the CM games I play, I generally play both (all) sides depending on how the fancy takes me. I was surprised at the comment about the US perspective. I didn't get that at all, which is why the lack of Soviet kit slightly irked me. On an irritation scale of 1-10 this is about a 2 so not very bothered but surely easy to change? Plus, from an iconography point of view, the 3 pix akd posted are evocative. The current ones are not as "sexy" from a gaming perspective.
  12. @John Kettler Thanks for the information. As you can see I found the book, in its audio version, very convincing. I think I know enough about WW2 to spot obvious fakes. So if it was made up, presumably by mixing up fiction with bits taken from existing German accounts then that would account for its verisimilitude. Apart from the Goliaths, which fitted in with other accounts: great idea, but didn't work too well in actuality, there wasn't anything in the audio book about secret weapons? Maybe that was missed out? I will check out your links. @LukeFF Yes, that makes sense - the hurris would be too vulnerable in a high air threat environment but could still operate around the med.
  13. @Bozowans interesting approach. After SF2 and particularly BS I am kinda conditioned that rushing forward is a recipe for disaster. Perhaps I need a bit of time in a Soviet Reeducation Camp to get the proper gung ho aggressive spirit. Interested that your air seems pretty ineffective too.
  14. I'm on my third playthrough. 1st as US, put the M60s hull down on the flanks and slaughtered the Ruskies at long range. 2nd as the Red storm I held off at long range with the T72s and blasted the linear road target with mortars and rockets. Then sent in one aircraft. It seems only one MANPAD had survived and it missed. My tanks killed everything eventually, including the TOW 113s. Although I had wiped out the US force with negligible casualties (2 BMPs and a damaged tank, lost all the foot scouts though), I was just too slow in getting to the road so got a Russian Minor Defeat. Game 3 I am not doing so well as the Soviets. Although I felt I used the arty and air better, there was less effect and got one plane shot down. Minor variations in deployment of the armour (or bad luck in not spotting the M150s immediately) means I am down a few tanks with both M150s and 2-3 M60s still active. 16 minutes left on the clock. I don't think there is much wrong with the game design, but the TacAI of my own troops is frustrating me. BMPs don't seem to fire their 73mm. I can't seem to shell places where I think US troops are hiding; they have wasted a few ATGMs on buildings though. The long delay in bringing down artillery does hamper my attacks. The two ground attack aircraft use their cannons mostly and depart the scene with most of their bombs and missiles onboard - they seem to spend about 5 minutes between attacks coming round. So it is difficult to bring the full firepower of my Evil Commie B'staads to bear on the Lackey Capitalist running dogs of the US army.
  15. Now I come to think about it, why not have Shakira, Pele, Kermit and Jenna Haze present their Bottom 5 tanks?
  16. I had a quick skim through it. It seemed to be trolling for clicks. The guy may have a degree but so do I. I rate his knowledge about tanks as deep as a puddle. I revise my earlier comment - the guy's a cnut, who isn't advancing our knowledge any. Just the sort of media prat I expected.
  17. It seems a bit academic: my local computer store plus eBuyer and Amazon are all out of cards.
  18. I must admit to not necessarily rating his expertise. He's a comedian. The Chieftain was an actual combat tank commander, and David Fletcher is one of the world's most knowlegeable tank historians. I may give it a watch though.
  19. Mission Accomplished! The lesson is that for some reason you need the latest extracting software.
  20. Hi, I think it's working now - I got the latest 7-zip from 7zip.org - version 19 for win 64. I installed that separately from the previous 7zip.
  21. I'm having the same problem. I'm sorry @Lethaface your instructions don't make any sense to me. Using 7zip I've tried right clicking, extract archive and open archive. Nothing works and also downloaded Express Zip file (which also does RARS).
  22. I need to get a new graphics card for my win 10 dell desktop. I have found that buying refurbished Dell computers is a cheap and effective way to upgrade. It came with a NVIDIA GTX710 2 mb GPU. It feels a bit laggy on some games, even though I generally don't go for really major new releases - it will also be used for photoshop, design and some video editing. PCI-Express x16 slot. I planned to upgrade to a mid-range graphics card around Xmastime. I looked at the Palit GTX 1050. I didn't get round to buying anything. I thought there'd be bargains in January. Unfortunately the huge rise in cryptocurrency mining (you use 6-8 GPUs in a rig) has meant graphics cards are very expensive and hard to get hold of. I'm at a bit of a loss and wondered if anybody had any advice - I don't need a top of the range card, and quietness is good, as I find a noisy fan quite distracting sometimes.
  23. I am sorry to report that @Bootie informed me that the book is a complete fraud and hoax. He pointed me to this twitter thread, by no less than Giles Milton (one of my favourite historians):
  24. Anybody know any more? I'm like a skittish kid on Xmas eve!
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