Mius Front Artillery

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Took me ages to figure out. I bet there was a really easy explanation somewhere. Anyway I put together a quick video showing how to deploy off map artillery in Graviteam Tactics Mius Front. There are some differences from GTOS and I think they have done a great job with it. The map is huge and it opens up so much more tactical elements. In this game you don’t micro manage you plan and execute and get your ass whooped 🙂


In at the deep end – Gary Grigsby’s War In The East.

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A sale on Steam including Don to the Danube and Lost Battles DLC all for 33 quid was an offer I couldn’t refuse. This title has been on my wishlist for many months but the high price was to much for me.


I’m going to approach this long term. Just reading through the manual and my mind is blown at the scale of this game. However small steps at a time and I think I will finally get my head round this. I’m reading Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad at the moment and I am already seeing the depth of historical accuracy this simulation offers of that part of the war. Of course I am no expert I am an amateur looking in and trying to get tips from the experts. I have found some helpful videos on YouTube and the tutorial is guiding me through some tricky concepts.


This is a big project for me and that’s exactly how I am approaching it. I know this is ambitious but eventually I want to tackle the whole campaign. In a way it’s like starting a 10 thousand piece jigsaw puzzle. It’s not going to be finished over night but you will enjoy the long process of putting it all together.

I hope!


Steel Fury – Kharkov 1942

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Based on real-life events that took place from May 12 to 28, 1942, which engaged the Red Army in the fight of their lives. During a vicious German counterattack that began on May 17, 1942, three Soviet Armies were surrounded and were forced to fighting in what has become known as the “meat grinder.” Through the monstrous roar of tanks and military vehicles, and the blaring sounds of war, you take command of various types of tanks. I have this game modded with the winter mod which really adds to the submersion of the eastern front.

I have made a quick video introduction to this really good sim.

steel fury intro


Making Videos

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I haven’t made a video for my YouTube channel for ages through shear laziness. That has all changed with the start of a GTOS campaign play through. I usually get my butt wooped in this game so it should provide some sort of entertainment.

I am no strategist or master tactician enjoy!


To Hex Or Not To Hex

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When I first started this blog I wanted to find complex, strategy and tactical games to get into. Over the last couple of years I have certainly found a few. Inevitably hex games came to the fore and I have always turned them down. Why? Because I felt they were more mathematical rolls of the dice and they felt too much like an old fashioned board game. I know historically that’s where these types of games come from and that there is a direct linage to those games. In my ignorance I didn’t know that until I started reading up about them to find out what the appeal was.

I always enjoy reading AAR’s from various blogs I read and enjoy the obvious enthusiasm that people have for them and I suppose in a way I’m a little jealous of that. One other thing that seems to always come up is that a lot of the people who play these games are very much into history and are obviously fascinated and have a great knowledge of military history in particular. That is of course just an observation and it also put me on the path to reading some really great books on the subject.

So where does that leave me and my endeavor to really find a good game? Well I have started by getting Unity of Command as a starting point. I have to admit I’m finding it difficult because I simply don’t get the mechanics of it all but I do enjoy this process. I want to dive in at the deep end and get Gary Grigsbys War in the Est but the price tag is killing that idea for the moment. I have watched a few tutorials and some game play videos and really like the huge scale of it all. I know I won’t be able to cope but I would love to spend some time trying.