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Everything posted by danfrodo

  1. I hope the movie is as good as the trailer. While we're on the subject of movies w Russian gear, anyone know of the movie from the late 80s called The Beast? Starring a T55, about a russian tank crew in Afghanistan in 1981. It's now available on Amazon Prime for free. I haven't seen since I first saw it a hundred years ago. Really holds up well. Lots of action inside & outside the tank.
  2. I recall Steve did say in the September interview that it would be ready before end of year. I am assuming 'end of year' is based on modern western calendar and not some ancient Aztec or Celtic calendar. So I am expecting they are keeping their powder dry for a pleasant ambush when we are least expecting it sometime in the next 6 weeks.
  3. so The Liberator was released in US yesterday. Today during my lunch-exercise break I watched the first 45 minutes. Folks on this forum will certainly notice the Chaffee tank in January 1944 Anzio -- which I am sure would've have been nice to have if those tanks existed then. I was going to say I am rather mixed on the show, except that somehow 45 minutes on a ski machine felt like 15 minutes, so clearly I was very engaged. I am not excited about the comic book presentation but given how little WW2-based material is available, I am saying give it a try.
  4. Finally finished the 'choice' scenario, capturing OBJ Damascus. Was delayed due to stupid day job getting in the way of good fun. I was so computer-ed out by end of day I wasn't finishing the battle. So got a major V, taking OBJ in last minute. Had to rush and took 6 casualties right at the end, dang it. Good battle and I actually for once had a plan that worked well relative to enemy & terrain. So Her Majesty's military command and allies are so pleased they are rewarding me with brutal MOUT missions? ouch. First one looks tough -- "Aadra adversity". I would prefer something like
  5. I have nothing but fun with this campaign. Others disagree. I never even noticed the PLT HQs could or could not call in fire because I don't like using such lower level units to call for arty (delays & accuracy) when there's anyone higher available. And there was always someone higher available so was not an issue for me. Sounds like I am going to be using a lot of arty as I get into Damascus. Later, I hope I can get the contracts to rebuild what I destroy. That would be a really good end-to-end business -- get paid to destroy things and then paid to replace them.
  6. Good tip Heirloom, thanks. I'll try damascus path first, which sounds terrifying.
  7. Second try on the counterattack and I got another tactical V w the enemy surrendering w a lot of time left. So I'd say it's pretty well designed -- the enemy hit me hard even when I knew what was coming. Now onto the nasty-looking next battle. Looks like nice places for enemy to launch ambushes.
  8. Erwin, I realize my wording seemed snarky, actually did not mean it to come out that way-- shoulda put a smile emoji there or something. I am still having fun w the campaign. I hope I get new vehicles else my men are going to have to walk to Damascus. Those warriors would really benefit from an ATGM like bradleys or BMPs have. Even just one missile would be great.
  9. so this campaign is no good because it was too easy. And now it's not good because it's too hard? I actually have done the counterattack battle twice because I want to get better at how to run a defensive fight like this. It's hard to not lose warriors unless I forego the warrior firepower (meaning hide them entire battle. And it's hard to keep flanks safe because attacker uses multiple approaches. So it's a tough fight. I got tac V first try, probably not much better 2nd try which is nearly done. It's a very interesting tactical situation. It's more like the situation the Syrian infan
  10. losing 200K soldiers is easy in CM. just give me 400K and give the enemy artillery and spotters and I'll do my usual impetuous, ill-advised moves.
  11. oh, thanks, great tips! I am actually currently doing Captain Blood on Audible. that's a really well written, fun book
  12. Yeah, I am with you on that Aragorn2002. did you read his latest, set in middle ages? I thought it was quite good.
  13. nice! except I'd prefer ground action over air but I'll take it. And I'd probably take naval over air. I guess I'll be getting Apple TV for a spell once this comes out. I did free apple TV trial just see Greyhound, which was pretty good, I had read the book (The Good Shepard by CS Forestor). I've always thought they should do a series on allied pilots downed in France/Belgium trying to get to Spain or Switzerland w help of resistance. I've read multiple books on that subject incl excellent The Freedom Line. Would make a great series. Lots of heroes, villains, traitors, scheming and be
  14. Thanks for that, StieliAlpha. I didn't know there was a museum there, I gotta visit that someday. I read Ben Kane's historical fiction trilogy set on the Roman/Germanic frontier, was an enteraining & compelling look at that battle in the first book, Eagles at War. Aragorn2002 may be right that the Liberator might be BS. But I am so starved for military-historical shows I will certainly withhold judgement until I see it. I would much prefer another Band of Brothers type of series. And I don't care if it's US, German, Russian, Brit, whatever. Just make it good and make it look au
  15. that panther has the embarrassing "just been sherman-ed look". a dozen+ frontal hits, some probably damaging main gun.
  16. oh, cool, can't wait. Also Oct 23 on Netflix there's a movie about Romans in Teutoberg forest that might be good. SPOILER (romans lost, germans won)
  17. I suspect real life soldiers hate convoy missions also. I used the uncons to occupy the mosque to left of armored entry point. They had some cover & elevation and from there pressed out small groups to patrol my proposed path. I ended up being able to move my entire force mounted to within a block of the police station. I suppose just mostly luck that I decided on that route. The uncons have very little ammo and aren't much for fighting but they are excellent for getting bad guys to divulge location. I am not persuaded that there's some "politically correct" conspiracy to ma
  18. It's interesting that we have mixed experiences on what's easy & hard. The crazy city fight, Mission#8, went pretty smoothly for me, though I only got a minor V because I didn't destroy enough bad guys. I used the militia to screen a path for my reinforcements past the mosque along the left side relative to the incoming brit forces. No vehicle losses, very low dismount casualties. I, however, lost a scimitar & a warrior in the convoy battle whereas you breezed right through it.
  19. yeah, I agree w Erwin that difficulty is not too bad. Fun campaign, not super hard like some other campaigns -- although some WW2 campaigns are hard because they were failures in real life -- Pieper's real life mission was never gonna succeed and the campaign reflects why.
  20. I read that it has aluminum 'armor' + applique. So maybe the added protection helped. My warriors have been pretty vulnerable to RPGs and ATGMs if I am not careful. So it sounds similar to Bradley as a base unit, maybe difference is in the applique. I bet there are some folks on this forum that know exactly what's what on this.
  21. ooops posted that to wrong thread, very sorry to hijack
  22. I thought "Italy WW2, how can that be fun?" -- I was wrong, crazy good fun battles & gear & terrain I thought "Syria 2008, how can that be fun?" -- I was wrong, so much fun, currently doing Highland Games I thought "Russian front 1944 instead of 41-43, how can that be fun?" -- I was wrong, absolutely epic battles! T34-85 is such a good design compromise and what a difference maker on the battlefield. Yes, of course, panthers are better, but I get lots of T34s. Lots and lots. I am not the smartest person but I am seeing a pattern here
  23. Nope, my challengers are all safe. Those are some beautiful machines 🥰. Maybe if Brits drop tanks we can pick up challengers cheap on craigslist. Won't fit in garage but would look nice parked on the street. I am now on the mission w the road that curves around the big hill and I am ordered to set up a blocking position and clear a bunch of HQs & other military buildings. I did succeed in Mission #4. I think I got a tactical V. Mission 5 was an utter disaster 3 minutes in, so I restarted at different setup position. yes this is cheating, but it was such a ridiculous blund
  24. I am really impressed w the imagination & effort that went into this campaign. I am on battle #9 now. I'm doing pretty well but have lost some scimitars & warriors along the way, usually ~1 per battle. I am concerned this seemingly low attrition is more than I can afford, despite getting a victory every time.
  25. Nice towns. Shame if something were to happen to them...
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