|2013-09-09||US Military Units from the '80s, '90s and early '00s, AH-64D block II (Arma2CO)|
With Delta Hawk's US Military Mod (80s, 90s), the Arma2 community is given the means to create virtually any US Army soldier or USMC marine for the 1985-2003 time frame. Fictitious battles in 1985 Germany or 1999 Kosovo, or historic battles in 1983 Grenada, 1989 Panama, 1991 Iraq, 2001 Afghanistan, or 2003 Iraq can be now be recreated as Arma2 missions.
The add-on comes with soldier, marines in 80 and 90 load bearing vests, with and without flak jackets, and in woodland and various desert camouflage uniforms, all modeled in great detail.
Based on these soldiers and configuration options, I have defined for PlannedAssault's unit database the fire teams, platoon HQs, TOW teams, Bradley dismount squads, mortar and howitzer crews, full size light infantry squads, etc. for the theaters listed above.
Additionally, I've combined empty Arma2 USMC vehicles and Arma2OA army vehicles with crews from the "US Military Mod (80s, 90s)" into vehicles manned by a crew matching the theater and era. See the 2003 USMC TOW HMMWV screen shot for an example. With these properly crewed motorized and mechanized units available here in PlannedAssault's editor, creating great missions for the '80s and '90s has become easier.
Also the "AH-64 Apache Longbow" add-on, by NodUnit and Franze, betters the BI original models with detail and configuration options. For their AH-64D block II Apache, I've made available "anti-tank", "covering" and "escort" variants, either normal or long-range (fuel tank), with the laser-guided or fire-and-forget Hellfire missiles.
|2013-08-24||Cold War Rearmed² British Para's and Dutch artic Royal Marines, [ADO] Vostok island (summer + winter)|
The new terrain for mission planning is from Vostok's largest island (Nikto Ostrov). This island is green and forested, with hills and sparse settlements: gulags, prisons, air strips, and military facilities reflecting their communist heritage.
Especially the winter variant is a beauty with snow presence varying with elevation.
The PlannedAssault unit database now covers the recent additions to the CWR2's British forces: Paras equipped with the M76 GRP helmet, the Scimitar and Scorpion recce vehicles, and the HC1 Chinook.
In addition, the Whiskey Company cold weather Dutch Royal Marines have been added for the CWR2's Dutch Marines.
The last part of this update is support for Rydygier's SmartCamera, to use when playing the mission as observer. This SmartCamera add-on is an automatic camera system which moves from unit to unit, preferring to display units in combat or on the move. If you choose to use this add-on for your observer mission, you'll be shown all sides of the combat scenario without having to control the camera.
The SmartCamera module reminds me of the 'battle scenes' feature in Killzone (PlayStation2), where you could see the AI fight each other from a game controlled camera.
|2013-05-12||Cold War unit database reinforced|
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.
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.
|2013-04-15||Getting better at generating missions, CWR2 beta units and Project 82 Pucara units|
"Cannot find maneuver space to execute a coordinated attack...". If PlannedAssault fails to generate a mission, it most frequently is for this "lack of maneuver space" reason. In case of eight 4-tank platoons being asked to attack through a single valley in Takistan, it's hard to blame the mission planner. However, in some other cases, the planner wasn't seeing all the options available.
I've just updated the planner behind PlannedAssault with a new set of algorithms to identify and select the most promising form-up positions and avenues of attack. The new approach takes into account more candidate form-up positions which also have higher quality. It balances multiple prongs in a joint attack better. This improvement applies to all supported games and simulators, from Arma1 to Arma3, Iron Front and any VBS.
And, most important, it is better at finding maneuver space. It is successful more often based on off-line runs against 100s of your missions.
In the first two images above, you'll get a glimpse of the new approach. The image on the left shows potential form-up positions for combat unit Hotel and its transport (not shown), along with course avenues-of-approach to the objective. The image in the center illustrates a sanity check performed when picking form-up positions for multiple units; when a combination of form-up positions leads to units crossing each other towards the form-up, this combination is rejected.
This update also brings a few new (Cold War era) units to the unit database. Ready for inclusion in your mission are new additions to the Cold War Rearmed 2 (CWR2) add-on: the M2A2 Bradley IFV, the OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter, and Warsaw Pact T-64 tanks and the BRDM-2 family of recon/HQ vehicles.
Also new is the Argentine FMA IA-58A Pucara by Foxtrot, which combines nicely with the CWR2 UK forces.