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2013-07-04 ArmA 3 Beta support Zoom

The Arma3 beta released in the previous week introduced armored personnel carriers, gunships and a third 'independent' Green Army force. I've updated the unit database accordingly.

Green Army Strider (Fennek) MRAPS vehicle (Arma3)

An OPFOR Cajman gunship (Arma3)

OPFOR Marid APCs watching over the airport (Arma3)

The 'independent' Green Army force can either be chosen as a BLUFOR force, a OPFOR force or both.

(For those of you editing generated missions, please remember that the Green Army units in generated missions are set to be WEST or EAST, not RESISTANCE, which might fool the built-in mission editor. The missions execute fine though.)

OPFOR infantry mounting APCs (Arma3)

OPFOR Marid APC engaging threats (Arma3)

Green Army crew near damaged Striders (Arma3)

Enjoy,

 

William

2013-06-18 Medics, ambulances, wounded state and first-aid for Arma2*, Iron Front:1944 Zoom

More diversity and chaos in the missions you can build here at PlannedAssault! New is the option to enable injuries, dragging and first-aid in your missions for Arma2 and Iron Front:1944.

To enable this option, on the "Add-ons" tab of your mission, just scroll down to the 'Logic/systems add-ons' and tick either the Arma2:CO First Aid module, or DAP's AI First Aid Support module. Continue to build your mission as usual, perhaps throwing in an additional 'ambulance' unit...

UK cold war soldier dragging crew member (Arma2)

US Army medic and M1133 Stryker MEV (Arma2)

Bundeswehr M113 ambulances hurrying to provide assistance (Arma2)

Arma2, from its launch, features three modules that together add a 'wounded' state, enable dragging of wounded soldiers, enable requests for assistance from ambulances and add first-aid actions. These modules (or their Arma2 community-made alternative: DAP's First Aid Support module) aren't perfect, but they add a whole new feel to battles.

PlannedAssault will take care of the placing the necessary modules in your mission, and synchronizing all relevant units to these modules.

 

Be warned though that the first-aid behavior resulting from Arma2's modules has some rough edges. Medics seemingly only heal their squad members, and occasionally prefer to fight distant threats instead of offering casualty care to nearby friendlies.

I haven't found the time to check out (and make provisions for) ACE2's first-aid system.

Bundeswehr M113 ambulance disembarking (Arma2)

US Army medic providing first aid (Arma2)

Bundeswehr sanitaeter having just disembarked (Arma2)

Since Iron Front:1944 is built on Arma2, it offers the same first-aid capabilities. So I have added the ambulances for the Red Army, Wehrmacht and US Army, and assigned additional medics (or Sanitaeter) to these ambulances.

 

To prevent ambulances from being the first unit to arrive in a FUP (form-up position), I've added delays (wait tasks) for ambulance units, based on their travel time compared to the travel time of combat units. This is something to keep in mind when playing a mission as medic or ambulance driver.

Wounded Wehrmacht soldiers waiting for a Sanitaeter (Arma2)

Wehrmacht Opel Blitz Sanka (IF44)

Wehrmacht sanitaeter providing first aid (IF44)

Having now had the opportunity to play missions from a medic, Sanitaeter or combat life saver perspective, I should have added support for first-aid sooner. Anyway, here it is.

 

Enjoy,

 

William

 

p.s. I've updated the Arma3 unit database to the lastest alpha, now including sniper units and more cargo space in the MH-9 BLUFOR helicopter.

2013-05-21 Something different: Foliage Camouflage System add-on Zoom

Here is a spin-off of from my work on the PlannedAssault mission generator: the Foliage Camouflage System for Arma2. It's a simple module which I've created to attach foliage to tanks, cars and guns to camouflage them with twigs and leaves. The Foliage Camouflage System brings a NATO practice to the Arma2 series of games. The add-on comes with a 13 page manual.

Foliage camouflaged Bradley engaging (Arma2)

CWR2 British infantry and camouflaged FV432 APC (Arma2)

Camouflaged Marder IFVs near Schwemlitz (Arma2)

FV721 Fox recce troop camouflaged with foliage (Arma2)

Foliage as seen on FLIR (Arma2)

Camouflaged Bundeswehr armored column (Arma2)

If you have installed the module and want to use it in the mission, select the 'Foliage Camouflage System' from the 'Logic/systems add-ons' on the 'Add-ons' tab when creating your mission.

 

William

2013-05-12 Cold War unit database reinforced Zoom

With the Arma2 community continuing to deliver great cold war add-ons, here is another update of the add-on database. New in the air are SCAJolly's RAF Phantom FGR-2 in various (squadron) liveries and Foxtrop's Argentine FMA Skyhawk A4B / A4C's.

Cold war RAF Phantom FGR-2 from 43Sqn over Schwemlitz (Arma2)

British paras with their maroon berets from the CWR2 BAF add-on (Arma2)

BAOR's CRV(W) FV721 Fox platoon (Arma2)

On the ground, we have Trouble's CRV(W) FV721 Fox recce vehicles and para and marine berets for the Cold War Rearmed² - British Armed Forces Expansion, by CWR² Team.

 

With a little bit of scripting, the CWR² BAF add-on allows you to recreate the 29Cdo RAR batteries from the Falklands campaign. PlannedAssault has these units ready to use in its unit database, handling all the configuration and scripting for you.

29Cdo RAR battery firing, with CWR2 BAF marines (Arma2)

Cold war Royal Marines advancing (Arma2)

FMA Skyhawk A4-C (Arma2)

Enjoy,

 

William