2013-08-24 Cold War RearmedĀ² British Para's and Dutch artic Royal Marines, [ADO] Vostok island (summer + winter) Zoom

Another cold war update, bringing new units from the Cold War Rearmed 2 (CWR2) add-on, and an Arma2 world with cold war atmosphere: Old Bear's [ADO] Vostok, in summer and winter variants.

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.

CWR2 Paras w M76 GRP helmets disembarking HC1 (Arma2)

CWR2 FV-101 Scorpions performing recce (Arma2)

CWR2 Dutch W-Coy Marine with UZI (Arma2)

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.

CWR2 Dutch Marine in cold weather outfit (Arma2)

CWR2 soviet BTRs moving along Vostok's scarce roads (Arma2)

CWR2 soviet infantry and BMPs (Arma2)

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.



2013-08-04 Arma2 (Winter) Schwemlitz Zoom

The Arma2 Schwemlitz map (one of my favorite maps) received a winter variant (Winter Schwemlitz). I've immediately generated the terrain database so the mission planner can generate missions for it. The screen shots below show the results, with a Swedish mechanized force in snow camo moving through.


You'll find Winter Schwemlitz, by Falcon & Lancer, here.

Railroad bridge near Hagen on Winter Schwemlitz (Arma2)

Swedish LvKv90 under fire (Arma2)

Su-34 Fullback operating above snow covered Schwemlitz (Arma2)

I've also updated the Arma3 unit database to reflect the latest additions to the Arma3 Beta: tracked armored vehicles. Please be aware that the Arma3 AI is still a work-in-progress: AI drivers struggle to properly drive the IFVs across hills.

Swedish infantry in snow camouflage in Schwemlitz's woods (Arma2)

Swedish mechanized Strf90D unit advancing (Arma2)

Arma3 beta's new BTR-K Kamyah's in position (Arma3)




2012-01-15 Cold Winter Wars with CWR2, Vilas' P85 (all for Arma2:CO) Zoom

This update has a 'winter' theme: it adds added a winter map (CWR2's Winter Kolguljev), it adds units in winter camouflage (also from Cold War Rearmed 2). In addition, this update adds scripts that that add snow, add breath plumes, and that change camo net patterns to 'snow', for a more immersive winter combat.

Aside from that, this update adds FRG (West-German cold war era) units and US Army cold war vehicles from Vilas' Project 85 mod.

Soviet Mi-24 Hind approach snow covered Kolguljev (Arma2)

Cold war US infantry in snow camo (Arma2)

P85's M577 mobile HQ passes by while snow flakes fall (Arma2)

The images (from PlannedAssault generated missions) in this news update show the CWR2 Soviet infantry, Soviet Spetsnaz and US Army infantry with in winter battle dress or coveralls. PlannedAssault's' database now also includes TOW launcher teams, mortar crews and howitzer crews in winter camouflage.


Since the previous update, PlannedAssault's missions order defending units to employ camo nets (provided HcPookie's camo net add-on is loaded). In the previous update, all defending units were configured with camo nets in matching size, style and camo pattern.

With this 'winter' update, I've added a map specific override that changes all camo net patterns to 'snow'. This 'snow' override is enabled on winter maps such as Winter Kolguljev.

The benefit of this 'snow' camo net override is that regular 'wood land' units are less conspicuous on winter maps, which makes it more attractive to combine snow and regular units on winter maps. See for yourself in the 'P85 M109A3 Palladin' screen shot.

Soviet motorized rifle infantry advancing in winter camouflage (Arma2)

P85 M109A3 Palladins firing from camouflaged positions (Arma2)

Cold weather breath plume from a US spotter (Arma2)

The addition of map specific scripts (such as snow, breath plumes, camo net pattern override) and mod specific scripts (camouflaged faces for some cold war era forces) reflects a recent improvement to PlannedAssault's design. I've transferred almost all scripts and script dependencies from the mission planner to the web UI and database. This makes it easier for me to introduce mod and map specific scripts, and to support mods that heavily rely on their own scripts.

For this update, I've had great fun adding CWR2's snow, breath plumes and snow camo nets. Let's see what opportunities come up.

P85 M151A2 MUTT with TOW launcher (Arma2)

Soviet Spetsnaz riding on top of BTR through the snow (Arma2)

P85 FRG Cold war era Fallschirmjaeger being inserted by UH-1Ds (Arma2)

Finally, I've begun adding units for Vilas' P85 add-on, starting with the cold war West-German forces and US vehicles, and according to historic TO&E. Vilas' add-on is pretty unique in covering the cold war era with such a wide variety in forces and vehicles. And with PlannedAssault it becomes real easy to create the large armor battles that never were.


Have fun!