Radio Commander

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

I came across this game on Steam a few days ago and thought it looks interesting. A new approach to command. Is it just cosmetic or is this a game with some depth?

Of course I don’t know as it hasn’t been released yet. This is what It’s all about.

In Radio Commander you are playing as an American military commander serving in US Army during the Vietnam War. You will be carrying heavy burden as your mission is to coordinate military operations taking place between 1965 and 1967. But this is not just another RTS, in which you are an invisible being hovering over the battlefield. In Radio Commander situation reports are given to you in form of dramatic radio statements sent by troops fighting on the ground. And your only accessory is a strategic map, on which you can place tags and notes. Will you be smart, fast and cold-blooded enough to carry the responsibility and save your men?

The Fighter Pilot Podcast – YouTube

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A few weeks back I mentioned the Fighter Pilot Podcast and gave links etc. Well they now have a superb YouTube channel that really is worth checking out. One of the highlights for me was Vincent Aiello, callsign “Jell-O” who talks in detail about an F/A-18 Super Hornet daytime carrier landing. The video is a famous YouTube video and he goes into detail about what is going on within the cockpit.

The test of the channel is growing into a fantastic place to go and already littered with great content.

Armoured Brigade

Written by Phil on . Posted in Armoured Brigade, Battle, Latest

The cold war era for me is the most fascinating and interesting period of time for all war-games and simulations. Armoured Brigade  is a real-time tactical war game set during this period. You take command of the equipment from this era  in large and detailed maps in those European theatres.

I spent a large part of my childhood in the 80’s in West Germany on an RAF fighter squadron base (Laarbruch) and this was where the roots of my fascination with the Cold War were formulated. To be able to pick parts of a map where I lived to have these engagements is the reason why I now have this in my library. I really hope they make a campaign for the game because that will certainly be the icing on the cake.




Combat Missions Shock Force 2

Written by Phil on . Posted in Combat Missions

I missed out on the first Shock Force because funds were low and in the end I got the Battle for Normandy version. The need to get the modern equipment version has always been there.

A generous demo version was released recently and I got a chance to have a crack at the scenarios. I am really pleased with it. I’m getting the British Forces version at the end of November when I get paid.

Terrain Following Radar

Written by Phil on . Posted in Falcon 4.0

Flying at low level, at speed to avoid the threats from an integrated missile defence system is hard work and demands quite a focused approach to say the least. With the help of a bit of TFR or Terrain Following Radar this task becomes a bit less stressful.


Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night

This device allowed fighter jets — first F-15s and F-16s and later F-14 Tomcats — to see in abject darkness and adverse weather conditions by transforming heat patterns outside the aircraft into vivid, glow-in-the-dark displays on cockpit monitors.

The system’s special Terrain-Following Radar (TFR) then scanned the topography of its surrounding area, plotting a course that allowed jets to streak at low altitudes in speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour, rendering them nearly invisible to enemy radar. In addition to day/night imagery, the system allowed pilots to pinpoint targets and cue the delivery of precision guided weapons.

The system used in BMS 4.33 is comprehensive and at first can seem a bit intimidating to anyone not familiar with a bit more complexity than what is usually on offer in flight simulations. However after a bit of reading and the odd tutorial here and there it’s a great bit of kit to use and a lot of fun.