Battle of Waterloo Google Map and some Video from 11/20/16

Turn on topographical too!

Some 360 images converted to video. Pause to look in detail:

 

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Battle for Normandy Operation Totalize

Please free free to grab this file, check my work and let me know if it is close to accurate [ you need the scenario book !!:)]. I am unclear on exact config of the map. But will check it against the expansion map physically shortly.  This Vassal file is for the opening of Operation Totalize scenario 13.0.

 

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Red Winter Campaign, Turns 1-2

EDIT: Note and a major update. Now that we have finished this game I want to share some thoughts that occured going into the game and the outcomes from it over a series of posts that cover our campaign play. So coming back to this opening set of moves please see comments in italics as an update and focus on strategy in the game play.

After having so much fun with the smaller scenario we turned right around, swapped sides and went for the campaign!
Because… THAT IS HOW IT IS DONE people.
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Knowing Steve a little allows me to make broad guesses about his strategy and likely approach to a given set of choices. When presented with the unexpected he will often revert to defensive play until he identifies where the real threat is. 

The Soviets have simple victory conditions – kill more Finns, take VP locations [The Hotel, bridges, village and if massively successful capture the Finnish Supply Source on the West edge of the map for an Auto Victory.] Those of you who have played and / or know the history understand the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the harsh conditions it was fought it. The Soviet player must achieve a lot to win big, given his numerical and firepower advantages.

To that end we could say that there are two Points of Gravity or Weakness for the Finns. 1st the  Supply source, without it the Finns are degraded and bad things happen i.e. they lose. The second is more subtle. Morale, if the Finns are battered enough the game can be ostensibly considered over [a personal morale check fail when faced with a VP count that is unrecoverable]. The Soviet forces while large are not inexhaustible and are not sufficient to really pound the Finns without a cost [ i.e. bringing tanks in costs VP’s.]

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New Patch on Flashpoint Campaigns

With the advent of the new patch for FP : Red Storm. Lots of good improvements.

My most recent PBEM and a solo effort however still struck challenges. It seems LOS is still an issue in some specific circumstances and the AI can be inordinately stubborn at times.

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surely no LOS here….

Similarly the AI will stubbornly refuse to advance when 1 HQ step is left for a close assault.

They rather sit in stand off mode and fire away….15-20 times until it is killed.. how is the 1 vehicle so freaking hard to kill? In the meantime of course the enemy is stealing a march to the VP location. So… why doesnt the unit advance to close and melee? Why doesnt the enemy break off contact and run? Conversely when I order a unit into a suicide task it runs away…LOL…sigh.

Now despite all that there are many improvements. Arty is seemingly less deadly [thank God] to tanks and the game play feels a lot smoother. Some of the insane errors with LOS and AI  are much much better.

On a side note I was wondering about some of the control boxes in the UI. Enlarging the ones that take you into the game in dialog boxes and being able to scroll more easily in boxes when selecting game files would be a nice touch too. On Target Simulations has a facebook page,  and games are available on Steam. We can hope for a sale come Cyber Monday? Who knows. Worth getting for the WWIII boom boom on your PC.

Red Winter on Vassal Turn 11-12 , 5/5

Home Stretch! The Soviets are on a roll.  With the Island and Hotel secure the impetus is upon the Finns to regain some point or kill something.
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By placing the Soviets out of Supply this creates problems as previously mention but also costs VP’s.

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