Sunday, February 22, 2015

Armored Deja Vu - Steel Beasts ProPE - Battle Report

This is a Steel Beasts ProPE single player mission I edited to get some practice time with the Leopard 1A5

German armor surrounded by Soviets. It happened a thousand times in the previous World War. Brothers in arms are ready to break into the pocket. Some things do not change.

Monday, February 16, 2015

BB Wars (Airsoft) - No Such Thing as Too Many Toy Guns - Tippmann M4 Carbine Airsoft, First Impressions

In a previous post I mentioned this hobby of airsoft that kicks butt and wallets alike. I am glad that I can practice this thing with my son. That little guy can now mention every piece of a modern infantry man's kit by its real name. He also learns the value of cover, concealment, suppression and other essentials so lost in suburbia kids ... Like how to walk in rough terrain.

Arsenal of replica toys. Guns, from top to bottom: G&G CM16 Raider (M4 CQB replica), Echo1 Barret JP40 Rec7 (M16 RIS Sniper DMR Rifle replica), Tippmann M4 (M4 carbine replica), CYMA CQB M4 (M4 carbine replica). Other items shown: Condor CPC (plate carrier replica), replica fast helmet (right) and another helmet replica on the right.
We are upgrading our "arsenal" and we thought of getting one of those new M4 carbines from Tippmann. We didn't get disappointed.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Welcome to Ukraine - AAR Part 2 - Combat Mission Black Sea

The ebb and flow of combat is pretty much like pushing heavy furniture through a bare floor. You push really hard and nothing happens. A short time thereafter, the slightest touch will jolt the heaviest load with ease. Predicting when one of those jolts will happen and how much it will last is impossible. In such posture my Ukrainian forces find themselves: how long and how much of the enemy pushes can we sustain?

The ATGM team in our right flank gets greedy and takes aim at their third T-72 tank.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Welcome to Ukraine - AAR Part 1 - Combat Mission Black Sea

The drums of war never start in hushed tones. The birds of summer gone from the sounds of exploding ordnance and the roar of engines of fighting vehicles. The smell of crops blown away by cordite and dug-out dirt. The sights of disemboweled normalcy, cement and flesh alike in forced communion.

Just a couple of kilometers from the Maksimov-Novoazovs'k border control buildings, the Russians were forced out of the road to search for shortcuts within the country-side.

This is game play from the recently released Combat Mission Black Sea. In this solo scenario I am commanding a mix of Ukrainian forces (blue) of infantry (platoon) reinforced by ATGM launchers, a recoilless gun and 3 heavy mortars. The Russians (red) have fielded 4 T-72 tanks and two platoons of mechanized infantry.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tank-Infantry Teams - Steel Beasts ProPE

You can complain all day that the infantry is under-developed, but at the end of the day the war tales of tanks and dismounts working together in Steel Beasts are pretty much what a tanker should take home.

In this custom-made, single player scenario, I am in command of two platoons of Bradley IFVs and one section of M1A2 Abrams tanks (US Army). The objective is to secure the river crossings along a South Korean town. The ENY forces are a mix of dismounted and BMP infantry, a missile team and one or two tanks.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Command Modern Air/Naval Operations - Soviet Diesel Submarine vs NATO Convoy

I had this one stuffed in the hard drive for a year or so (!?). It is a simple scenario for you to practice submarine attacks against surface targets (playable only as the Soviets) and with some degree of randomization maintaining a high chance of a productive encounter.

Please grab the scenario from my support website at:

Just click on the link on the name of the file.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DCS Su-27 - The Ultimate Argument Campaign

This payware campaign is certainly well delivered. The voice overs, the virtual environment and the narrative is quite good.

The Ultimate Argument reminds me a lot about the missions of Flanker 2.5. The increased complexity and challenge at each mission, the sense of accomplishment whenever I complete one. It's all there again. For ten bucks, it's quite a bargain.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Battle Command - Clearing Salmunster is to Die For

Battle Command, the ultimate tactical combat simulation continues to be the treat of my gaming diet.

This weekend and for once I was happy with my level of interface skills. I modified the looks of my counters to my liking and was ready to roll the troops onto Salmunster. Tactical wisdom did not get a ride along with my vehicles ...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ArmA 3 - Fighting in Woods

So intense was my longing of real life hardware that I broke my rule of not patching. I installed Red Hammer Studios' Escalation and geez it was worth every megabit of it.

Armed with a virtual reality that has recovered a big chunk of reality, I went out to a wooded area in Altis to try out something I heard during the weekend at the airsoft field.

Combat Mission Red Thunder - The Tank Attacks at Top Speed

The title of this post is taken from paragraph 256, Part VIII of the Combat Regulations for the Tank and Mechanized Troops of the Red Army (1994). You can get a copy of the translated document from

Cavalry men riding a tank. That's 26 tons of steel and pun.
The scenario is from the plain vanilla version of the game. I think the name of the scenario is Baranovichi and there are some spoilers ahead.