Final Blitzkrieg

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Combat Missions

Combat Missions was one of those games that got me into all this tactics and strategy malarkey. Recently i downloaded the Final Blitzkrieg demo and it did not disappoint. So much so I am now saving up to buy the full game. 

The Battle Of The Bulge is the most interesting period of time of World War 2 for me. I think of the bitter cold the harsh and steep terrain the troops had to fight in and it sends shivers up my spine. 

A good ground appreciation is vital before you start making tactical decisions in this game. If you can control ground and in areas block enemy movement you can really have some great successes and it’s for this reason I particularly like this version of Combat Missions. The maps in some missions are open and undulating with plenty of woods for cover and buildings scattered about to add even more interest. All this with a few tanks and some infantry makes for some great battles. I find myself grinning from ear to ear at some points in battles. 

In one mission I was up against a Sherman tank at very close quarters against my Panther 2. Whoever could turn there turret first was in for the first vital shot. Through gritted teeth I’m saying “Come On!” “Come On!” We destroyed the Sherman and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Can’t wait to get stuck into the full game.

YouTube Channel

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles

I started my YouTube channel in conjunction with starting this blog thing. I mostly make tutorials and videos of more obscure games I enjoy playing. The tutorials I make are mainly for myself because I forget everything and drift in and out of playing so much that without them I would be lost. They seemed to have helped other people out to which I have to say is quite satisfying.

Anyway I am approaching my 1000th subscriber and hope to reach this number somewhere around Christmas time.  I don’t have adverts on my videos and never will. I get lots of “advice” from people on what I should be doing next with content etc. To be honest I only ever make videos when I really want too and don’t put any pressure on myself to pump a certain amount out to get the subs.  When you do that it feels like a job.

I still want the 1000 subscribers though. I can be a hypocrite I have no shame.

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WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs Tiger

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Latest

Another tank sim I had no idea existed until about an hour ago. This was released in 2008 and it’s made by the same guys who did Steel Fury Kharkov 1942. The lineage of these games can take you all the way through to Graviteam Tactics Mius Front. I’ve been having a blast commanding the Tiger against Soviet forces in the German campaign. Not as complicated as Steel Fury but tactics are still a must to get anywhere.

If you get your hands on it, you need to do a couple of things to get it running in Windows 10. Nothing complicated, just add  2 dll files to the game directory and run the exe in Win xp 2 mode. It runs really well on Windows 10 without any crashes and very good fps.

If you need any of these files I will be happy to send them on.

Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Latest

Today my wife ran her first full Marathon. 26.2 miles in the bag. This of course has nothing to do with one of the battles that took place during WW2 that literally changed the world and still has repercussions to this day. There is a tenuous link so please bare with me. I was in Chester today (the place of the marathon) and while my lovely wife was running in the sunshine I had a few hours to spare. I found myself in a second-hand bookshop and found this little book on sale for a couple of quid. It caught my eye because I have recently purchased Decisive Campaigns Operation Babarossa. This was recommended to me by a proper war gamer, Chris from The Sharp End Of Gaming (check out his great blog) many moons ago.

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I have gone through the 14 video tutorials and have worked my way tentatively around the UI. My forays into Hex gaming are not extensive and I dived into the deep end with Gary Grigsbys War In The East recently. I do enjoy them but I do find them hard.

The first thing I liked about Decisive Campaigns was the decision-making process. This aspect of the game gave me great pleasure. The reports after every turn press all my buttons. Data and lots of it. I suppose and this is just an initial thought is the skill to use this data to your advantage. The layout and the way this is all presented provides a wonderful experience to me the new player of these games.

I’m having a lot of fun playing this and find myself going back over the tutorials with enthusiasm I haven’t experienced in a long time since I started playing games like Command Ops. Different games I know but both providing many years of pleasure into the future.

This Operational Level warfare is fantastic.

 

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Pushing South

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest, Theatre Of War

Theatre Of War 2 – Battle For Caen

We continue South and in our next phase of the campaign. We have a multitude of objectives given to us to take on. So I break it down into phases and this being phase one.

This is an overview of my opening phase to take objective one. Like all my plans nothing fancy or complex. As always I made a video of the battle. In this we find one outstanding 88 gunner who deserves a medal for his incredible bravery.

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