BFM – The Lucky Approach.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Falcon 4.0, Latest

 

BFM or Basic Basic Fighter Maneuvers Is a fundamental skill that any fighter pilot should master. I enjoy it and often set up dogfights with various types of aircraft. In a one versus one scenario with a neureral setup IE: Head on against AI or a human component your fist move once into the merge is crucial. This is where the fight can be lost in a split second. In the video below however I give a classic example of good fortune on my behalf. Most of the time if I did something this stupid I would get my arse handed to me.

I’m off to read more “Fighter Combat” by L. Shaw.

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Command Ops 2 Tutorial.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Command Ops, Latest

 

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Command Ops 2 recently got the Greenlight for the Steam platform. Which is great news, hopefully bringing lots more players to this fantastic game.

This tutorial, no, this brilliant tutorial by a chap called Daz over at the Lock n Load and Matrix forums is a great way to show the new player a skilful approach to playing the game. Of course if you try to replicate what he has done you will probably have a different experience because the AI does not always do the same thing. This makes replay ability that much better.

If you are new or old to this game it is worth downloading just to see how this incredible document was put together.

Enjoy the game it is truly one of the greats.

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Tank Sims

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Latest

 

I have quite an array of Tank simulations on my computer. Over the last few months I have leaned more towards land and sea simulations as opposed to flight. The retro games are worth looking at. These sims/games were built for the PC only. I’m not bothered about stunning graphics and to be honest I never have been. If the game at some point puts a grin on my otherwise miserable face then it’s a keeper.

Recently I was browsing GOG and decided to download a few of the old games that run  well on Windows 10. That in itself is quite an achievement. I got Panzer Elite for a couple of quid. It’s a little gem which is still supported by mods to this day. You command a group of tanks while sill being the commander of your own tank. I’m still learning the concepts and controls. It’s stable and I am enjoying getting shot to bits while I navigate the coordination of my Platoon etc.

The other tank simulation I still play quite often include the following. I would  recommend any of these titles  if you have any interest in tank sims. None of these are games and all need  tactics and strategy to master. Which I haven’t yet.

In no particular order .

Steel Beasts Pro

Steel Armor Blaze Of War

Panzer Elite (no not the one your thinking of)

Steel Fury Kharkov 1942

M1 Tank Platoon 2

 

 

Hearts Of iron IV

Written by Phil on . Posted in Hearts Of Iron IV, Latest

 

I have been waiting to get this for a long time. So when the release day finally came, of course I couldn’t get it due a lack of funds because I’m taking my family on holiday to Greece this year.  So I found myself looking around for something to sell. The wife was strongly against selling the kids for some reason?

My mobile phone contract recently ended so I got a new phone contract which came with a new phone leaving me free to sell my old phone. This didn’t take long and a few days later I was pleased to get the game.

It’s great. Other people say they have dumbed it down a bit and to that I say good! Hearts of Iron 3 was a good game and still is but I ended up spending many hours just micro managing my Army’s into the correct structure to get the most powerful figures ready for battle only to get my ass whooped for not having the latest artillery or something. This and other aspects took away the fun of the game for me.

 

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Hearts of Iron 4 in my opinion have made this more user friendly without losing the complexity and reducing all the micro management. I can now think about the bigger picture which is what it’s all about, it’s called a grand strategy game for a reason and Paradox Interactive are to be congratulated for it.

The interface is lovely to look at and the atmosphere of the game is stunning. I am currently playing as Italy and have so far won the war against Ethiopia, declared war on Yugoslavia and mangled to beat them, annexed Albania giving me access to mass my forces on the border with Greece which I will attack as soon as some of my national focuses are aligned.

If you found HOI3 to much but still hanker for this grand strategy World War 2 stuff then I can honestly highly recommend it you will have a blast. That learning curve is still steep but that is the beauty of this title, it’s not a grind it’s a pleasure.

 

Flight Preperation

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, FSX, Latest

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All of the above programs are used before and during a typical flight I do in FSX. I realised this when I started organising my desktop in a more logical manner (I have nothing better to do) So this lead me on to see how long it takes before I even leave the virtual ground. It turns out in some cases over an hour! I suppose I enjoy the process of preparation as much I do the challenge of flying a big jet aircraft.

I always start with downloading the latest real world weather. From this most of the other programs rely heavily on that data to calculate fuel etc. I then calculate how much weight I will be carrying and then from there can start thinking about the route. I then get take off and landing performance data and then send all this to the air traffic control and navigation programs I use. Make a cup of tea and start cockpit preparation, load the FMC, taxi and take-off.

All this when I’m not organising my desktop.