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  1. Images like this have gotta make you wish you had a forward bazooka team huh?
  2. The scenario briefing mentions an MQ-9 is in support of the mission gathering intel. The player starts the scenario and has significant pre-battle intel showing some locations of enemy contacts with '?' symbol (already included feature). After starting the scenario, the player gets these '?' contacts updated as the UAV spots more contacts and previously spotted contacts move (new feature). Some of the infantry units in the scenario also have micro-UAVs. A unit with a micro-UAV is on the roof of a building and the player wants to see behind some buildings on a street where he has no LO
  3. UAVs (aerial) used in the close support role can be simulated in CM in the same way that manned air support is currently simulated. A forward air control unit calls an area or point strike mission and the off-screen "unit" that arrives is an MQ-9 rather than an F-16. Same type of Hellfire missile or GPS guided bomb falls on the target. The new functionality that they would have to add to make UAVs authentic is real-time spotting ability. A modern battlefield has micro-UAVs up to MQ-9s relaying information to controllers on the ground which have C2 links to the troops. Micro-UAVs are dir
  4. True, there are some people who don't even like modern era combat at all. I'm a fan of modern combat, however I still believe you have to be careful when projecting current experimental technology as actively deployed in a near future-set military sim as to not get into the "space lobsters" sci-fi region in the game setting. I think two to three years in the future is about all they should go while keeping with a military simulation type of game. Any further than that and it might as well be speculation and sci-fi as to what types of equipment we see. With that said, anything that we see i
  5. Here is a short list of some modern unmanned vehicles, some experimental, that will be used increasingly in any near future war. Especially interesting is BAE's "Black Knight" light unmanned tank currently in testing. Those that are currently in use such as the MQ-8, MQ9 and Talon Swords I would fully expect to be included as part of U.S. kit in any near future conflict and should be included in CMSF2 if possible. http://interestingengineering.com/index.php/top-10-unmanned-military-vehicles/
  6. I don't think it was shifting its facing prior to being spotted by the Jpz because GaJ had issued the ATG a 'Hide' command, which should keep all movement to a minimum. Spotting from vehicles aside (which may currently be slightly too good), GaJ should have kept that particular ATG unhidden and allowed to fire at Bil's overwatch units since these units are unlikely to show their flank on that hill as GaJ was hoping. He likely would have hit the Jpz at least once which could knock it out or at least immobilize it. If he did manage to knock it out, Bil probably would have used his Brummbar to
  7. Interesting that he 'needs' machine guns (probably referring to m4s and p90s) while he believes that any civilian in the U.S. doesn't need and shouldn't have anything more than a handgun. That, however is a debate for a different forum. The xm25 "Punisher" is now in active use by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and will be a welcome addition to CMSF2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM25_CDTE
  8. I agree with this. Iran is probably going to get a nuclear weapon, but that doesn't mean that it will be used. It will certainly not be used and for the same reason that North Korea won't use theirs, it would be the end of their regime. The US wouldn't retaliate to a nuclear strike with nuclear weapons in either Iran or North Korea however, because it would like to see pro-US regimes eventually appear, and every city being leveled and radioactive would make that much harder. The likely response to any Iranian or NK nuclear attack would be massive strikes with conventional weapons followed
  9. If firing from indoors is so dangerous, couldn't BF just add a chance that it would result in a 'red' or 'yellow' casualty? Since the player has to assume the role of the squad (or team) commander anyway, he should be able to decide whether to take that risk or not.
  10. ***Spoiler Alert*** Didn't know this was possible. APDS round? IIRC a 57mm team has 2 of them.
  11. I have a feeling that GaJ would have been better off using his foxholes for the ATGs to extend their life against artillery and Brumbar shelling. Anyone know if foxholes would have made the ATGs easier to spot?
  12. What experience factors did you buy your troops at? Did you leave the Rangers with their default "veteran/high leadership/motivation" settings? I don't recall how much a whole company of infantry moving up and down the soft factor scales costs in points.
  13. Agreed on the bazookas as a mistake. The map is too open to make them more useful than AT guns. Maybe include a few bazooka teams to hide in well concealed areas and buildings inside VLs. As for mobile forces, I think it is important to have a significant amount of tanks or self-propelled AT guns in order to take advantage of the side of the bisected map where Bil is weakest. Bil will probably have an AT overwatch on the far end of his "weak" side, AKA the side he chooses NOT to advance on, and this will likely have to be targeted with artillery or air support before GaJ can make use o
  14. The Elefant looks like it will be formidable and almost indestructible from the front. This is from Wikipedia: "Reputed to be able to knock out a T-34 at a range of over 3 miles with its 88mm Pak43/2 L/71, it was a strong opponent for the Allies. Although effective at destroying Soviet tanks, they performed quite poorly in other respects. In its original configuration, the Ferdinand lacked a machine gun as secondary armament, making it vulnerable to attack by infantry. While this was a disadvantage, most combat losses were from mine damage and mechanical failure. Within four days nearly ha
  15. CMSF2 is NATO vs. Russia in Ukraine, year 2015 or so. I know that there are many here who hate state-of-the-art weapons and equipment, but I personally prefer a modern setting over the 1980's because I like "what if this happens" type scenarios over "what if this happened." I think BFC can come up with a credible story of how Russia avoids having its air force and air defenses wiped out, creating more equal conditions on the ground.
  16. Before watching these videos I was sure that the best way of assaulting a battery of AA guns was with infantry on foot across an open field hundreds of meters across, but now I'll have to reconsider.
  17. I'd like to see shrek teams get to fire from inside buildings before they get an MP40, although that would be helpful as well. As it stands, AT teams aren't nearly as useful in urban combat as they should be. In real life there is all kinds of cover in urban terrain, especially in areas already hit hard by combat, but CM urban terrain is stripped of most of this and units cannot shoot and scoot around corners. Until this kind of fidelity in urban combat shows up in the CM engine, I think we should get the ability to fire from buildings as a compromise.
  18. I just noticed from Bil's thread that the FJ weapons company includes a recoilless rifle platoon. Why did you take this out? Were they expensive? Is the effective range short enough that you might as well have just replaced them with shrek teams for better mobility?
  19. How is ArmA3? I have played the demo of Arma2 but my computer was far too slow to run it well. I'm getting a new gaming computer soon though, and am interested in Arma3. It looks very realistic, however I have some reservations about the far-future setting and vehicle damage modeling. Does Arma3 use any kind of new penetration-based damage system or is it still using the hit-point system for vehicles? Do they still blow up every time they are knocked out? Battlefield 4 looks interesting as well, from what little I've seen of it so far. Although I already know to what audiences these
  20. Did you have a gentleman's agreement to not use Panthers or Tigers? Those would have evened the odds!
  21. True, we are not likely to see any active cyber warfare in a CM type game, but the effects of cyber warfare can be built into a CM scenario. Things like troops being placed into a disadvantageous position or less-than-ideal force being deployed to the theater because of economic damage back home.
  22. Not sure a high-tech army becomes useless, just less high-tech. Much of our fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was done with small arms and artillery technology that hasn't changed much in the last 40 years, albeit with a lot of high-tech intel help such as drones and high-resolution IR cameras. Cyber warfare could in fact be a very good story element in CMSF2 as a factor that levels the $630 billion difference in defense spending between the United States and Russia. Imagine the U.S. GPS system having been knocked offline, preventing the kind of massive precision Tomahawk missile barrage
  23. What was the range of the sten engagement?
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