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    Howler reacted to Jace11 in Converted QB Map from CMBS   
    One of my all time favorite maps is the CMBS Demo map from Black Sea with its rolling hills and detailed village. It features in at least two of the scenarios in that game.
    I have converted it to work in Red Thunder. This wasn't easy, I have tried a few times before and it would never load. This time I deleted all the buildings in CMBS and then manually replaced them all after getting it to load in CMRT. A few extra tweaks were needed but not much. Kudos to its original author. This is Map 260 from Black Sea, (basically the meeting engagement version of the CMBS Demo map). AI plans are rudimentary but functional. 
     

    Town-Hills Meet 260.zip
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    Howler reacted to Combatintman in [bug] US infantry don't know when (not) to use AT4?   
    Looking at the pams would not reveal the complete answer - any plan worth its salt will have a High Payoff Target List (HPTL) which will drive the overall targeting effort and may not be consistent with what an operator might consider 'normal' targeting priorities.  Personally, contrary to the OP, I don't think 250m is an excessive range for a hand-held anti-tank weapon such as the AT-4.  I recall when being taught the 84mm Carl Gustav that 300m was about the max that you should consider for a moving target engagement and 500m for a stationary target so the 250m range in the example sits well within those parameters.  Although the "Charlie-G" is a different weapon system to the AT-4, the rule holds true for pretty much all weapons of this type as greater distance reduces the likelihood of hitting the target.
    I also disagree with the view that Javelin should engage anything above 75m when the team also has AT4s.  Javelins should be sited and employed to engage at range because it allows you to knock lumps out of the enemy before they get close enough to cause you problems.  Of course it is often impossible to create those ideal conditions and Javelin, as with any weapon system in game, should be capable of being employed against any target that sits within its designed engagement envelope.
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    Howler got a reaction from Bartokomus in Largest Scenario   
    The bottlenecks are: a) CPU (single core speed); and 2) OpenGL. I noted load times in CMBN (oldest and slowest title) and using MSI Afterburner - looked at the CPU and GPU loads along with GPU MEM utilization both on the old and new systems. Can't find my notes from that time! 😞
    I was satisfied once I realized that no scenario was never going stress the GPU. I have what is now considered a rather pedestrian GTX 1660-6GB card.
    I'm a recent NVidia convert and can attest that they provide better support for OpenGL which always annoyed me about AMD. AMD has a knack for providing even worse drivers. Wonderful hardware but their drivers are near useless.
    Otherwise, any difference will be attributable to single core clock speed of the CPU.
    What are your system specs? I'm sure you can get a few others here to run comparables for you.
    Some numbers for you... There are other similar posts in the forums if you wish to search.
     
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    Howler reacted to akd in SPOTTING ISSUES   
    Target arcs only affect spotting in so much as they affect facing.  They are fire control orders.  A face command has the same effect on spotting.
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    Howler got a reaction from Probus in Largest Scenario   
    The bottlenecks are: a) CPU (single core speed); and 2) OpenGL. I noted load times in CMBN (oldest and slowest title) and using MSI Afterburner - looked at the CPU and GPU loads along with GPU MEM utilization both on the old and new systems. Can't find my notes from that time! 😞
    I was satisfied once I realized that no scenario was never going stress the GPU. I have what is now considered a rather pedestrian GTX 1660-6GB card.
    I'm a recent NVidia convert and can attest that they provide better support for OpenGL which always annoyed me about AMD. AMD has a knack for providing even worse drivers. Wonderful hardware but their drivers are near useless.
    Otherwise, any difference will be attributable to single core clock speed of the CPU.
    What are your system specs? I'm sure you can get a few others here to run comparables for you.
    Some numbers for you... There are other similar posts in the forums if you wish to search.
     
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    Howler got a reaction from Bud Backer in Updating CMFI (and other titles)   
    I'm sure I'm not only one to do this but I copy the S/N to a text file along with a short description. It not only serves as backup but also as a means to better describe the purchase (not using BFC product speak).
    Fortunately, and assuming all continues to go well - the future seems to be Steam which should gradually improve things over time as some of us convert over to it.
    While I don't see Steam as offering anything over the current process, most value the potential ease of use.
     
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    Howler reacted to Bulletpoint in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    You had bad luck then. I find mortars extremely effective against infantry in bocage.
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    Howler reacted to Lucky_Strike in CMSF 2   
    Do you have ReShade installed? This can cause uncontrollable spinning. If you do then try Alt-E, might stop it. Even if you don’t have ReShade this might help.
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Are ATGs tougher than they used to be?   
    In Iron C2 is displayed differently depending on the turn phase you are in.  There is the Orders Phase and the Action/Playback Phase. 
    Skill level Iron gives a more detailed portrayal of a units C2 status during the action/playback phase in WEGO.
    The difference between Elite and Iron is when you are in action/playback phase and you have a friendly unit selected.  In this situation you can only see what the selected friendly unit is aware of to include other friendly units.  This aids in the understanding of C2 and how C2, or the lack of it, plays a role in how this unit may react to different situations.  When you unselect the unit all your units are again displayed along with what information you have on OpFor units.  When you are in orders phase and you select a friendly unit all other friendly units remained displayed, just like in Elite. 
    See below for a more detailed discussion. 
     
     
     
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    Howler got a reaction from Bubba883XL in Why is CMFB a separate title and not a CMBN module?   
    Wasn't CAS enhanced in this title also?
    And, tank riders FTW!!!
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    Howler got a reaction from John1966 in Are ATGs tougher than they used to be?   
    With 1-10k in ammo, no vehicle of mine travels anywhere without first firing a few rounds at every terrain feature or structure on it's path. I don't need contact markers and I'm sure you can find others like me who spend a lot of ammo firing at nothing!
    It's worthwhile for the times you discover that you aren't firing at nothing.
    It's not gamey and part of SOP by more players than just little old me... just saying.
    Feel free to be smug when such fire is harmless to your position but don't then shed tears when it isn't.
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    Howler reacted to Thewood1 in Are ATGs tougher than they used to be?   
    The "?" symbols are very inaccurate without solid spotting.  It is anything but gamey to shoot at them.
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    Howler reacted to Deeks in Shock Force 1 serial number for upgrade - question   
    I originally bought the Paradox boxed version of SF1. I sent helpdesk my info and they issued me a new base game key so I could purchase the upgrade.
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    Howler reacted to Ithikial_AU in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    I notice you are playing CMSF2 from the blue force side so I'd imagine the professional soldiers with high experience is partly causing this. Switch to WW2 titles or to the Syrians and you may experience something a touch different. It's also easier to spot things that are moving so the Syrians maybe spotting your troops as they move into position. You also become very easy to spot once your pixeltruppen start firing their weapons effectively sending giant "I am here" flares.
    Yes the recent patch did toughen up the morale of infantry in hard cover but that was after some horrible (IMO and I think many others) experiences of troops breaking far to easily and fleeing hard cover/good positions where running meant getting killed quicker. See my German "Fire and Rubble" Beta AAR thread over in the CMRT forum where I explain my experiences in more detail fighting in an urban environment.
    Tips and tricks:
    - High explosive is now incredibly important in dislodging an enemy from building (or at least doing it quicker).
    - Watch you ammo counts. Your troops will be expending a terrible lot of ammunition now in city fighting given the morale tweaks.
    - Keep in mind the calibre of your small arms. A .50 cal round can punch right through a building and out the other side. A 5.56 NATO probably doesn't get past the wall.
    - Earlier comments are right. If you target the enemy infantry directly your troops will only shoot when they have positive spots. Plot an area fire order and the troops will keep up the fire. Just because they will likely lose sight of the enemy in the occupied building doesn't mean they can't cause the enemy casualties if the enemy is still occupying the location the fire is heading towards.
    - If possible try to get into position first so your troops have more chance of spotting and shooting first.
    - The first few seconds of the engagement are critical. Try to overwhelm the enemy in the first few seconds of a firefight when they are unaware and still out of position/exposed in windows etc. Open fire with one team of a few rifles it alerts the enemy. Open with a whole platoon and there's a good 10 fold increase of bullets heading their way as they are exposed. My AAR has a good example of this where the Soviet slaughtered pretty much a full platoon and about 15 seconds as they were still setting up inside the building.
    - The hunt command is essential for entering pretty much any building in a modern title so your troops are guns up and ready to engage contact.
     
    Hope that helps.
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    It sounds like it is probably working as intended.  If you are allowing your troops to "fire at will" or you are giving them a Target command (red line) on the OpFor teams what you are describing will happen.  For the reasons explained above.  Constant Area Fire is needed to suppress and maintain suppression.  I often Target the action spot in front of the building or target the building.  Don't target the OpFor teams (in this particular situation).
    Yes there are two general choices.  The first is lead broom from a distance until the building is brought down or the OpFor displace or die in place.  The second choice (when you don't have the ability for #1) is heavy suppression and close & hose.  Both options need constant Area Fire and will use up lots of ammo.  
    Nine turns is a long time to us players.  In pixeltroopen game time that is only nine minutes.  So it sounds like nine minutes of sporadic fire has been used.  Five minutes of constant fire with enough weapons will generally get the desired result.     
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    Howler reacted to IICptMillerII in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    In short, it is working as intended now. The TacAI used to be very prone to fleeing, even out of good cover. The player could essentially shoot the enemy off their position, which is not realistic at all. 
    Your two bullet points are correct. The only way to dislodge a determined enemy from a building is to either manually clear the building (costly, time consuming, dangerous, hard, etc...) or to level the building and kill the survivors. Urban warfare is extremely tough, extremely deadly, and there is no easy way of doing it. 
    Its also realistic for the enemy to be so survivable in urban environments despite your veteran marines with scoped rifles. Hitting anything in an urban environment is extremely difficult, despite the closer ranges. More cover and concealment, harder to spot man sized targets despite generally being closer, better and more plentiful cover... the list goes on. Again, the short of it is that urban warfare is really hard, for anyone. Doesn't matter how well you are trained or how sexy your equipment is, urban warfare is a great equalizer. 
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    Howler reacted to Bulletpoint in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    The trick is that you don't need to actually enter the occupied house. Just get your guys close enough that they will spot and shoot the enemies inside.
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    That does sound frustrating.  The below might be what is happening and how to get at the OpFor. 
    Area fire is needed for suppression.  If you Target an OpFor team, they'll duck. Then, with them out of LOS, your men will stop shooting, their morale will recover, they will pop up and shoot your guys, in turn your guys will shoot at them, they'll duck, recover, repeat.  Area target will keep the incoming fire at their location even when they are out of LOS.  This also gives you the option to move another team into grenade range while the OpFor team is suppressed.  
    Also It takes approximately 30 seconds for a Pinned unit to recover once fire stops being directed at them. 
    And Hand grenade range is 3 Action Spots but only 1 A/S for buildings (must be next to the building).
     
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    Howler reacted to Bulletpoint in Infantry in buildings just won't die.. (and now they won't run away either..)   
    The cover effect of buildings depends a lot on the distance, as well as the type of building etc. I don't think they are too strong. And I don't think they got stronger in the recent patch. It's just that troops won't readily run out of the building to get shot outside anymore. An improvement, I think.
    Instead of playing whack-a-mole, try suppressing them with one team, while you move another team closer.
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    Howler reacted to waffelmann in Fire and Rubble Update   
    First I want to say, that I have no problem to wait. I have enough other games to play and even in the combat mission games, which I own, is enough content for me to play for years.
     
    Then I will explain, why I didin't took it too serious (and like always I hope it will be understandable, because my english is reaaaaly bad😉)

    First I think that Steve said (in a interview?) that the module will be released this year.

    And then I had the impression that Elvis was a little nerved about the permanent questions about a release date. So he gave the people a date. For his peace.
    Additional he said that we should come back at the 7sth january and when it is not out then we will see then.
    (15th post Page 24 this thread, I don't know how to quote different posts)
     
    And I thought, that there would be an official release (real) date, it would not be buried in this thread.
    These were my thoughts.

    So I will be happy when it comes earlier, but I have no problem, when it comes at the 8th or when it comes later!

    Understandable?

    Greetings, Alex
     
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    Howler reacted to akd in SPOTTING ISSUES   
    The scenario we've been discussing actually starts cool, but thermals are generally less efficient in daytime desert conditions.  That doesn't necessarily mean worse than day optics / NVGs and it depends on multiple factors.
    I'll repeat that individual anecdotes are almost entirely worthless for discussion of spotting in CM.  There are abstractions and spotting cycles for individual units that can lead to oddities like above, but they are unlikely to persist for long or be consistently repeatable.
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    Howler reacted to Bulletpoint in Artillery call on time plus delay?   
    https://combatmission.fandom.com/wiki/What_the_Germans_say
     
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Best way to get pixeltruppen to toss grenades at tanks/AFVs?   
    This is my experience also.  If not through the bocage they could throw over the bocage like they do with tall walls.
    Below, in italics, is a post by @RockinHarry that describes throwing grenades over a tall wall.  I paraphrased the post.  
    You can get frags thrown over a high wall by simple use of short range (~10m) area fire beyond a wall. You´ll either receive a blue or grey targeting line, indicating that as long as a unit has a weapon able to reach over a wall (grenades!) it will use them, although the unit can´t actually see the area beyond a wall. The targeting unit’s soldiers attempt to area fire with rifles and such, but can´t. The game mechanic cycles through available weapons until a grenade is selected and then thrown. That means you need to wait until the game picks a random grenade throw from the area target cycle.
    Below is the drill for "Fire in the Hole" (grenades over a tall wall).    
    1. Quick a team, with hand grenades, to an A/S along the wall opposite the OpFor.
    2. Highlight waypoint & give team a Target order over the wall.
    Notes: The AI will sometimes allow you to Target over the wall from 3 A/S (hand grenade range).  The most reliable location is next to the wall.  Smoke grenades can also be thrown over a wall.
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Best way to get pixeltruppen to toss grenades at tanks/AFVs?   
    Below, in italics, is a post by @YankeeDog that I have always found useful. 
    Infantry will not attempt to close assault vehicles from inside a building; you have to order them outside. Also, NEVER give infantry a TARGET order if you want them to close assault a vehicle or bunker. The TARGET order tells a unit to use whatever weapons it has against the target, regardless of effectiveness. This can be useful, e.g., when you want a unit to shoot small arms at a tank from one direction to distract it, while another unit assaults the tank from a different direction. But the close assaulting unit should be left to make its own targeting decisions. Possibly a short cover arc to prevent it from engaging other, more distant enemy, but nothing more than this. Generally speaking, as long as an infantry unit is in good order and has hand grenades, it will use them on any armor or bunker that is in grenade range.
    Rule of thumb; a fire team must be outside a building to close assault.  However grenades and demo charges will get thrown from the upper floors on to open topped vehicles.  
    Below is my Grenade CQB vs Armor: 
    1. Use a fire team with a lot of hand grenades (typically an assault team).  The fewer grenades the AI has it seems more reluctant to use them.  
    2. Give fire team a 360oTarget Arc1 of 24 meters.
    3. Exit building.  (teams must be outside to close assault vehicle) 
    4. Fast fire team to within 2 A/S of the flank or rear of the tank.
    5. On their own the team will throw grenades.
    6. Prepare for the tank crew to dismount shooting.  (When they bail it will be like the OK Corral )  
    Notes: 1) An Armor Target Arc will not allow the fire team to fire on the bailed out tank crew.
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    Howler reacted to MOS:96B2P in Artillery control advice please?   
    You can Acquire ammo and/or Share ammo. 
    To Acquire ammo a team needs to be in a vehicle with ammo or in the same action spot of an ammo dump.  Acquire  allows for the taking of thousands of rounds and AT weapons.  The vehicle does not have to be in the same platoon as the Acquiring fire team.  
    Ammo sharing distance is two action spots (about 16 meters).  Ammo sharing only takes place within an organizational unit (whatever highlights when you click that unit is a more practical definition).  Basically ammo sharing is within the same platoon and within 16 meters.   Sharing is done in small amounts, about a magazine at a time as @Erwin said.   
    Probably the easiest way to observe ammo sharing is to move a mortar ammo bearer team (with mortar rounds) to within 16 meters of the mortar.  Then move the ammo bearers away.  In the user interface for the mortar you will see the number of mortar rounds available to the mortar team increase and decrease as the ammo bearers move in and out of ammo sharing range. 
    In some cases a vehicle parked next to a building can share ammo with a fire team inside the building.  For the fire team to Acquire ammo from that same vehicle they would need to enter the vehicle. 
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