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  1. I liked this one as well. After reading this thread I am even having much better success as the Soviets. I personally tend to think less about infantry in modern titles than I should. Now learning that in CW, the tech is good but not 21st century good. The grunts have way more utility. Also glad that I was a tanker in the 90's and 2000's, not the 70's or 80's. LOL
  2. I personally like the narrative style for briefings. The more proper one's often read and sound like a real order being delivered, but I like a story. FWIW of course, I am just a silly C-DAT.
  3. That is weird, given that my experience is they worked better in the cold or when raining. Unless maybe the bad guys had not moved or run the engine in some time.
  4. Like everyone else said, you better be. "If you are not scanning your sector, you are wrong." If you are not in direct contact, the loader should be up and looking around as well, with the binoculars if the TC is not using them.
  5. As a former armor crewman, I can confirm that this is not a thing I would want my tank to do on a regular basis. Track is heavy and a real PITA to fix, especially under fire. Add a level or two of difficulty for having to fix it while not in the motor pool.... If the crunchies have demo, armor should sit back a bit and use all those wonderful weapon systems to support. IMO of course.
  6. Interesting take. I actually find the differing dice pools my favorite feature of the ruleset. Followed closely by the "reaction" features. It simulates to quality differences among the sides well. I won't give away the results of this scenario, but my plan involved making full use of the dice system.
  7. *Takes Bow* I am "Brian" in this particular episode. I "star" in three others from this season. Speak to my agent for interviews. :) Full disclosure, I am not a veteran of Iraq II. My time was before 2003/2004.
  8. That is cooler than the other side of the pillow. Thanks!
  9. I am upgrading my gaming PC sometime this fall. After I have the upgrade version of CMSF2 installed.... Will I need to install CMSF1 on the new PC and then upgrade it again? (After properly uninstalling on old PC first, of course.) I promise to injure myself in some way if this question already has been asked and answered.
  10. +1 to this. I have seen it happen and have had it happen while I was driving. It would usually happen in winter conditions. But never on purpose like those clowns.
  11. What this guy said. Wanted to add that it took me a second to think about why going over RR tracks like that could do what you said. That had to be impressively installed RR track that the RR track won. Also, having been there and done that with the whole "I spent 24 hours picking wire out of the tracks" thing, a HUGE +1 to the idea of not running over many obstacles unless you really have to. It might be fun in the moment but you will likely regret it later. I probably said this before... For every hour of "this is awesome" you get out of being a tanker, there are 10 hours of "this sucks" that goes into it. But it IS a wicked awesome hour.
  12. I stand happily corrected. So the general grumblings I recall in my head of "hull down" being difficult to attain are just those damn voices again?
  13. Fighting positions would be nice but I imagine the "LOS is calculated from the center of the object" issue would be a problem. When the vehicle is in the position, it would not be able to see much. We would also have to simulate the ACE crew who stole all your pogey bait while you were sleeping while they were digging. LOL
  14. You mean the smoke generator plate on the rear deck? I never got to see the smoke genrator in actual use, but it was very handy for heating things up. When I was in Cav, the scouts were our buddies in winter.
  15. Quoted for truth. There was nothing in that MRE worth eating. It had the "tack pad" oatmeal cookie bar and some other awful side. I'd rather go hungry.
  16. I have a cow, a poor silly dog, an old Volkswagen (hey, the don't park here sign was there for a reason) and countless trees on my record as a driver. I should add all these mishaps (save a few of the trees) happened at night, in the time before thermal vision for the driver. Cleaning up the cow was...yuk. I was moving pretty fast around a curve and the farmer needed to fix his fence. Like panzersauerkrautwerfer says.... Its both easier and harder than you think. It is always wise to be kind to the driver. He can rapidly ruin the turret crews day. A M1 has GOOD breaks. If you put the peddle to floor, the tank will stop RIGHT THERE. If you are moving at any speed and do not warn them, they will be angry with you. Especially the TC if he is unbuttoned. This random off track post brought to you by late afternoon boredom.
  17. Re: 2 man crew Everything panzer saurkrautwerfer said. A 2 man crew is nuts. That statement alone makes me skeptical of the journalism. The author clearly never operated a tank or spoke to people who do. The "fun" stuff we see in game is 1/10th of what a tanker does. All the things <tm> that need to happen during "down time" just got 100% more difficult with one (or as we do it, two) less dudes. Also, what about the platoon leader or company COs ride? Those guys are always in meetngs and other officer stuff. How does all the things <tm> get done when they are gone? Yeah, two man crew is not something to brag about.
  18. Would love to see this one as a standalone mission for download. Great piece of work by all involved in making and playtesting it.
  19. Re: driver spotting When I was a driver, gunnery was pretty boring. The only fun I got to have was hauling ass back to the ready line after we were done. So I got way into helping spot. Especially when the TC was busting .50. I don't know how table 8 s done now, but in my day the most difficult was Bravo 3 Swing, the dreaded widowmaker. PC, rpg team and troops with a very short time hack. There was a "fire, fire heat and adjust. Caliber fifty!" Command in it. If the TC did not drill the rpg team in the frst burst, you lose that one. Was happy to help. I hate myself for never thinking to do this. Very good point. Crew safety is very important. If you fire the main gun when the loader is in the way, he is at least crippled for life, at best. I agree that first round fired he would be out of the way. However, just for the record, I would never fire the main gun without a loud and clear UP! I trained my guys to holler it at the very top of their lungs. Had a younger kid once who was still coming into his voice. Fun times. Lol Thanks for the fun chats. I could talk tanks all day. Miss it a lot.
  20. I am not pnzrldr, or a Panzer Leader but I was a Panzer Crewman. 4 seconds is very doable, especially if the target is stationary. A mover requires a fraction of a second after the lase to let the lead get induced. And I was only ever on M1A1's, I can imagine that A2's makes this even faster. As long as your loader is good, you could do it again 4-5 seconds later. At 650 meters you would really not even need to go narrow (switch the zoom on the sight) to make that shot. I would think that at 650 meters, if the gunner and TC saw it at the same time he command would be more like "HOLY S!!!....ON THE WAY!". LOL panzersaurkrautwerfer - Very, very cool that you scored a training sabot penetrator! I have a few aft caps I was able to....procure. But that is much more cool.
  21. I think you might have just been unlucky. I killed a couple of T-90's with 155mm precision fire in a QB tonight. V 1.01. Stryker Cav vs. heavy Russian stuff is fun.
  22. The US uses the AT-4, which is a single shot version of the Gustav.
  23. Ah, that is "eye black". It cuts down on glare, or so the theory goes.
  24. From my personal experience, I think calling it "propaganda" is a bit much. You just learn to know the difference between what is important and what is not. What makes you want to use the term "propaganda" anyway? Also, your first question, the part about "for absolutely nothing" is an opinion not a statement of fact. I would think such a statement would be rather insulting to most guys who got involved. All that political crap is for Generals and politicians. My $.02
  25. I wonder what happens if you pre-order between the other pre-orders getting the go sign and the time when they update the site to let we slackers at it? Hopefully you get to find out soon.
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