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Sulman

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  1. I understand that, but the TacAI typically plays a role in trying to evaluate and respond to things. The Bren carrier seemed to be treated like it was harmless, when it was in fact killing everyone.
  2. For sure. It's generally a very capably MBT, but CMBS gave me new respect for the T72-B variants and their ability to resist APFSDS. Somebody here (can't find it now...) said the Oplot does not have the best penetrator available.
  3. Haha, yeah. That was a lot of lockdown play ago. I don't know if I'd do much better now, it's just a tough scenario. The difficulty on that campaign (it isn't long at all) really see-saws. Overally a lot of fun though.
  4. They're not like halftracks, not in CM. They can only be harmed by grenades or AT weapons. I don't know whether this is accurate but that's how it is. If memory serves from Graviteam Tactics I think 7.92 ball ammunition could get through the carrier's plate if close enough, but that doesn't appear to be the case in CM2. It doesn't take much hardened armour to stop rifle rounds. I have had a carrier wipe out an entire SS platoon it caught crossing a field at a range of about 100yds. The AI didn't seem to know what to do so kept advancing. That thing killed them all over about t
  5. I think it is TacAI awareness that the unit cannot be harmed by rifle/MG fire. Rifle Grenades and hand grenades are a different story. What does surprise me is how well the vehicle occupants are protected from small arms fire. even elevated positions don't seem to bother it much.
  6. Not only are they bulletproof up to rifle calibre, enemy infantry won't even open fire on them until the occupants dismount.
  7. It's nothing to do with my point, though. That's about the tool's efficacy, this is about the effect of mild cover on the spotting algorithm.
  8. There is one mission in particular where the Bren carrier is absolutely essential. The ability to fight German HMG positions with little risk is decisive. They're great in a supporting fires role. The defensive scenarios are an education. They're not bad. BTW as I'm sure you've discovered, using the mortar section and the Bren section together works well. They are good smoke throwers too, and always seem to have favourable LOS.
  9. Haha, be forewarned, the 'Easy' missions are not that easy. I played mission 2 both at Veteran and Green, and the only difference I could see was the German Armour (Stug III vs jagdpanzer) and that was about it. It played much the same. In terms of AFV bogging, I got lucky. I used slow orders when off road and they fared okay apparently. 1st mission I put a single tank watching the right hand field right after the deployment zone (careful with where you put it as it can be in LOS to the AT gun) and the 2nd I moved into the orchard on the left hand side once I was happy the AT gun was down
  10. Clutter seems to have a significant effect on the spotting algorithm. You don't need much partial concealment to gain a pretty decent bonus against being spotted, at least before spotting the enemy. There's a definite first shot bonus to it. It doesn't take a lot either, for example a small shrub in front of a tank parked in a garden seems to buy that tank a lot of security against being spotted (quickly) from that direction.
  11. The first two are tough. Mission 3 broke for me at the 5 minute mark so can't tell you much about it, but after that they're quite enjoyable. Mission 3 is a defend map, the first of a few in that campaign and that's a nice change you don't get much experience of in CM2 solo play. Quite agree about the Artillery support, it is big annoyance and I mentioned it earlier that PT is so stingy with it is as if he is paying for it himself! This is a wider issue of designers being ahistorical and throwing out doctrine because they're looking for a certain outcome. you may note the Germans have no
  12. I don't know about WW2 but one of the armor field manuals specifically mentions the TC dismounting to check corners at city intersections. There's a couple of scenarios in CMSF2 where this would be very welcome if you don't happen to have any infantry nearby (for whatever reason).
  13. It's probably because it's not 200yds and Chad Krupstahl can't boast to his mates about his unbroken long range 'Schreck record. I'm not bitter.
  14. I think the rehabilitation of Stalin and Marxist/Leninism has been as fascinating as it is depressing. On social media, Nazis are apparently everywhere and communism is fashionable again. I think it is the politicization of schools and colleges, and a culture of not reading anything. I'm a bit of a fan of TIK on YouTube, and he frequently battles revisionism on both sides of the narrative.
  15. Reminds me of that old joke on Garth Marenghi about using slo-mo to hit the required running time... I find these threads interesting and it's a credit to the BFC community they don't become a slugging match on moral relativism, which I see somebody already tried. One has to be very careful judging the past through the lens of the present. Different times. I remember visiting some Polish friends and being astonished at some very off colour jokes about Nazis and Communists, and realising there is a whole ethnic dynamic in these places an outsider does not understand.
  16. It has its frustrating moments. I found the difficulty curve all over the place. Some missions were almost easy, but others seemed impossible. The branching difficulty system is ambitious and well-intentioned but I don't think it really works. I had to repeat the first scenario a few times, and I can safely say the 2nd was no easier at 'green' level. 'Green' is a bit of a misnomer, on one green scenario I still had regular troops but the SS were all veteran. I think it only adjusts time and it definitely affects enemy armour you'll face, but otherwise I didn't see much appreciable differe
  17. CM2 throws up lots of realistic unfortunate events. That vehicle you really need will always bog or get knocked out. That squad will suddenly break cover at the worst time. That tank will spot a threat and start trying to reverse all the way to Spain. It's part of the fun. HE seems to win urban battles. The Marines in Hue relied heavily on the recoilless rifle, either on its mule mount or as part of the Ontos vehicle. Well-entrenched HMG positions were usually dealt with this way. The LAW-66 too came into its own as a way to target floors across streets. Then other innovations like portab
  18. I actually found a tank and HMG crew were ideal companions for the AT firing position. In defence (as this was) they get overrun very easily, and you need a good HE tank (75mm is perfect) and an MG to keep the crew from breaking while they hook the gun up to the track or whatever mule you've got to pull it.
  19. I reached 'Crescendo of Doom' after a (personally) very disappointed performance in Granville Chateau. Paper Tiger giveth, and Paper Tiger taketh away, and 'Chateau is very much the latter. An under-strength company attack on a defended position, which has cover from an orchard about 300m away. You're given strict instructions not to bother with the Orchard force, but not doing so means you are limited to the worst possible approach to the Chateau. It did not go well. Support? Battalion 80mm Mortars, about 80 rounds total. Just about hopeless dealing with buildings and foxholes. You do get a f
  20. ...Than towing an AT gun to a spot you picked, dismounting and deploying it, and that little 6pdr making a difference for that whole flank. I love the crewed weapon mechanics in CM2. Fabulous.
  21. @chuckdykeIt is the ww2 titles that gave me an understanding of the assault gun. I could not underrstand really what it was for, until I started regularly assaulting buildings with little artillery prep...Having a big HE thrower is very handy. It's a shame you can't open walls with them, like the breaching charges because that would open up many possibilities. Sure, you can blow out an entire wall, but that's not quite what I'd prefer. An infantry-sized hole would be great. The Bradley's 25mm cannon is quite excellent for sweeping floors. Be careful though, it will easily kill your men (a
  22. I find the MG42 on the lafette mount absolutely beastly in CM2. Scenarios often have it sitting 400-500yds on some terrain feature and it can easily control the area it overlooks. It it's behind bocage it can be surprisingly tricky to kill with 60mm M2 fire.
  23. I spent most of that scenario figuring out a route the infantry could use. I eventually chose the field where the marshy river bed is. Annoyingly you get no engineers at the start, so you have to do it the long way. I never did get the company on the left into the fight, I just used what I had plus the reinforcements. But once that scenario opens up it's pretty decent. I found that campaign hard and frustrating and yet cannot say I didn't enjoy it. I learnt a lot. Respect to anyone that keeps at it past 'School' as the first time I played that one put me off for about five years. It was
  24. On a well designed scenario I really don't mind. There's also a good chance there's things I didn't try or get to see. In the case of that first mission there's a variety of AI plans and the defensive lines did differ quite a bit, to the extent that I could not assume I knew the disposition of the other side's forces. Where I don't like it is on those maps where the criteria are so tight that you really have to 'learn the trick' as it were, as in you must take this route and the objectives in that order and so forth.
  25. Alas, you cannot play get Paper Tiger missions like that. They're scored strictly. If you've got two objectives, you'd better bloody get two objectives. I know this because I tried that first mission about four times. I've repeated more missions in this campaign than any other, because there's always something stacked against you, either the clock, miserly artillery support, trick map set up, or no armoured support. The recent changes to defensive behaviour make some missions extraordinarily tough. Fighting high morale SS troops in defensive positions with under strength infantry is not
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