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Toby Haynes

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  1. It depends what you mean by fancy... Have you tried the software I wrote to create roads for DropTeam? The tutorial is at DropTeam WIki - making roads and the source code is over at Flow motion source code. I can provide 32 and 64 bit binaries for Linux easily. Windows would be easy enough for someone proficient with a compiler - the sources should be fairly trivially portable. Cheers, Toby Haynes P.S. I am slowly regaining some free time now my son is a little older
  2. I wonder if DTs import is faulty - I get the same issue (inverted normals) when I export OBJs from Blender for use in DropTeam. I usually flip the normals just before export to get the right effect.
  3. Congrats IG! I'm sitting at the keyboard typing one handed with my 4 week-old son on my left arm so I empathize with you! Give it time and windows will open in your schedule again, In the mean time, my Blender skills are being polished when I get a smidge of time. Expect some new models soonish.
  4. While I remember, budding Blenderites should take a look at the four (so far) video tutorials on Blender Underground. These explain, at a manageable pace, many of the core features of Blender. http://blenderunderground.com/learning-blender-3d/
  5. Poesel71 - upgrade to blender 2.45. 2.44 had tons of plugins missing, including the .cob import/export scripts. I've used Blender for all my models. If I can sort them all out, I might release a tarball of the blend files so that other people can have a hack at them. I still have that incomplete Icarus gunship to reveal, amongst other files. I will reappear on the forums a little more in the coming weeks - we've survived the first few days and things are settling down. I may do a bit more modding work though - it's easier to leave Blender in a hurry if I hear crying than it is to go afk in the middle of a Dropteam assault. That does mean you might see the Crystal landscape level before Christmas
  6. Hi folks - just a quick word. I think, given the demands of the new arrival, that it would be better for the tournament if I bowed out at this point and let ThePhantom go through in my place against Redcon. I'll be online sporadically (when not sleeping, watching baby, panicking, etc...) but I really can't commit to a 1.5 hour match at a specific time right now So good luck to ThePhantom in his battle.
  7. I'm around, sporadically. I've just become a Dad, so time, sleep and other such matters are going to be erratic Do people want the 1-on-1 matches recorded for posterity (or laughter if I pull another tank flipping special )? If so, how do I do the recording stuff? I seem to have missed out how this actually works...
  8. Redcon - drop me an email to tjwhaynes at gmail dot com and we can work out when we wish to get cuttering...
  9. You might consider having creating various mods for experiment. Then you could have mod-of-the-week on Creature Zoo and we can comment on each variant. For example: David vs Goliath mod Blood has Thors and a few Apollos, Water has an even balance of Paladins and Apollos Light entertainment mod: Flying vehicles, paladins, shrikes and infantry Death from above mod: No Thors at all. Fit out both sides with more Mortar units, flying units and maybe extra EWV.
  10. Ah - that would be my tinfoil hat working again
  11. Actually, I think that the unseen scoring vehicle trick (or the Troll Bridge technique as I like to call it) is completely valid. Partly because you have to protect all approaches to the objective and partly because the score is a good indicator that there is something out there in scoring range. Just because one side can't see it is no excuse It goes without saying that I usually put mines and turrets under the bridge on this level Which reminds me - are we going to switch map for the next round of the 1v1 tournament? We've all shown some of our strategies for Gulch - how about we switch scenarios? SlugFest is a good Objective map. So is SeaCliffs (although I think I'm disqualified from suggesting that one).
  12. The more I play this game, the more depth there is in the strategies available. In some respects, it's like rock, paper, scissors. EWV trumps ATGM. Thors crush anything non-Thor. Apollos can crack Thors. ICs can annoy the hell out of anything and can weaken even the strongest tanks to being vulnerable to lesser tanks. Paladins can get into areas fast and gain points. ATGM can knock out heavy tanks from vast distances. Mortar can crush any weaker units and most buildings. EWV trumps Mortar. Mercurys are useless in general combat but can be decisive when used to turret storm or EMP defenders. Recently, I've become more enamoured of the 90mmAP turrets. These little devils are fabulous anti-Thor units. Stuck in strange places with narrow field of view and jammed, they can surprise many players and blunt attacks. I had to use most of these tricks against ThePhantom. Great games. We need a way to record these matches for posterity - a replay function would be deeply cool, and would be a fraction of the size of recorded video.
  13. ... but useful. I think the latest updates have some downforce which stabilizes the tanks. That's why the Shrike no longer flips so easily. However, it seems a little overdone - I can drive tanks up most inclines without trouble, although the cutter still does backflips climbing steep slopes.
  14. AAR for Nexus6 vs ThePhantom, as reported by Nexus6. Two tense, fabulous games where the final ten minutes of each game were nail-biting experiences. These are my recollections - hopefully ThePhantom will correct any errors. Game 1 : ThePhantom Attacking I put down a distributed defence across the map, including jammed AA turrets liberally scattered over the northern side of the map. The south side of the bridge was erratically mined, to slow the advance of ThePhantom's tanks and turrets were placed to try and catch the flanks of the advancing forces. Of course, all good plans go out the window once the game started. Rather than attack from the south, ThePhantom landed in force to the NW and overwhelmed my AA defences. It then became a cat-and-mouse game of trying to flank the attack as it pushed SE to the bridge, which worked fine up to a point but eventually broke down and ThePhantom owned the bridge. With my neat arrangement of forces shattered, I was in deep trouble. With about five minutes remaining before the game ended, I played my joker. I drove a Hermes down the side of the gorge and parked it right under the bridge. This provided me with anti-missile support and a vehicle in a scoring position. I then switched out into my bots to maximise the damage to ThePhantom's forces and managed to repel the tanks for long enough to scramble for the narrowest of wins. Result: Nexus6 wins. Final score: Nexus6 667 - 506 ThePhantom. Game 2: ThePhantom defending. Not knowing what lay in wait for me for a Dropship assault, I opted to bring my team in at the deployment zone - three Thor Mortars, one EWV and a Cutter (driven by yours truely). The Mortars immediately went into the attack but I redirected their fire at the nearest SAM base and levelled it. Meanwhile, after rolling three Cutters trying to ascend the southern slope of the western-most base, I finally made it to the top, took out the three turrets and captured the base. Immediately I brought in Collins in a Thor H to provide cover, and dropped a Thor H for myself. Adopting hull down positions on the base (myself on the wall), Collins and I took pot shots at ThePhantom's forces well deployed below, while the other bots pushed up to south of the bridge to develop a wider field of fire. ThePhantom had laid a heavy minefield to the NW of the bridge, with turret support around the bridge itself and further jammed emplacements to the north. Tanks were arrayed mostly on the north side of the bridge. After a few minutes pounding at the forces around the bridge, I realised that it would take a bigger push to seize the bridge in time. Switching to a Mercury, I EMP'd and Fire'd the bridge defences, bringing in a SAM unit to block further Air recovery. I also took the opportunity to lay groups of jammed turrets at strategic points, dropped AA coverage beyond the SAM unit's range and generally went into porcupine mode. The bots pushed up successfully to the bridge, and the holes made by the earlier artillery bombardment proved useful in digging in with two Thors, an EWV and a ATGM to sit out the final minutes once my SAM support had bought it. Final result: Nexus6 wins Final score: Nexus6 1089 - 66 ThePhantom Nexus6 advances to the next round.
  15. Toby Haynes

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    Just remember your Viking mythology on alcohol... Every drop you spill goes into a barrel. Before you are allowed entry into Valhalla, you are up-ended into your barrel of spilt drinks and forced to drink it all. So don't spill Baileys and Bitter Lemon - that's all I'm saying. Stick to beer
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