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  1. Sometimes I encounter invulnerable AI T34s in the Troop targets. I can fire at almost pointblank range at the rear, turret ring, engine grating etc. with my PzIV with no effect. One of them then slowly turned its turret and shot ME. I have been asked to raise this as a server issue, even though it would be surprising if you set the vulnerability of each AI tank separately.

     

    I also encountered invulnerable T34s in the new depot type.

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  2. While playing on the Finnish server I occasionally encounter invincible non-player T34s. I couldn't penetrate them with anything from a PzIII, even firing from point blank range at the rear, engine grating, or turret ring. OK I thought, maybe this is historical. But I sometimes encounter the same thing in a PzIV. I even took along some APDS and it still has no effect, even at the rear at near point blank range.


  3. 5 hours ago, LLv34_Temuri said:

    Shitty weather tends to drive players away.

    I'll second that. It's hard enough to navigate sometimes without being unable to see the ground. And you know that the AI gunners will be able to see you perfectly. 

    On 11/16/2020 at 4:24 PM, 69th_Mobile_BBQ said:

     

     

    On second thought....     Tanks can go to temporary airfields and spawn camp as much as they can get away with, with no AI ground defense.  Tank spawn camping from the air (or ground for that matter) is now protected by invincible AI ground defense. 

     

    What exactly was the purpose of certain Finn server community members ripping me a new butthole a little over a month ago about complaining of temp airfield spawn camping by tanks?  

    Ha ha, I think I was logged on when that happened. Tanks did overrun airfields, in 1944 the Russian T34s would find German planes still taking off. All the opposition have to do is call in friendly planes to destroy the tank and the tank player then has a loooong drive from the nearest tank spawn to return there.

     

    On the subject of airfields, airfield suppression was a feature of both the Battle of Britain and the early stages of Barbarossa. Airfield AA should not be invincible but should start to respawn once no enemy tanks or planes are within a certain radius. It should be possible to temporarily reduce an airfield's capability by attacking it. Tank spawns are a different matter, they are abstractions and allowing them to be camped is unrealistic. Ideally the capacity of a tank spawn would be related to the health of the railway station or port where they would be shipped in.

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  4. 4 hours ago, LLv34_Temuri said:

    Some changes:
    - Tankspawns should no longer be in the middle of the front troops and artillery. Therefore, tankspawns are no longer valid targets. Their AAA is set to invulnerable, and the heavy AAA will engage also ground targets within around 1500 m radius.

    Is 1500m a bit excessive? I can see you driving down a road minding your own business when you are killed by invulnerable guns almost a mile away that you probably can't even see.


  5. Now you mention it, I did notice with the Sherman that if you use gun sight view with your gunner then switch to commander, the commander comes up holding the AA mg and has to drop it to use the binos. This isn't right, the gun sight status should be separately stored for each crew position. I assume that with a multiplayer tank the commander isn't prevented from using the binos while the gunner has the gun sight, which suggests that gun sight status is currently stored per player. As it would have to be, I suppose, as it would be stored locally rather than on the server.

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  6. My experience, also from the Finnish server, is that you should try to avoid targets next to an enemy tank spawn because their players see the attack icon flashing on their map and can simply spawn and attack you. If they win you have a long drive to get back, if you win they simply respawn. Flat maps where targets are surrounded by trees are difficult because the foliage is set to block your commander's LOS (not sure why we can't use the SU-122) and the boxes of the treetrunks sometimes block your shots while providing no such impediment to AI fire at you. If you can do it, getting next to the enemy positions and using them to block AI fire is good. Best is undulating terrain which can be used for masking: you slide round the side of the hills to engage part of the enemy position rather than mounting the hill to go hull down against all of it.  I'm not sure that the T34 gunner/commander is a big disadvantage for a single player tank because you can go from unbuttoned commander view to buttoned at the gunsight with one key press. There is however the annoying gunner/commander killed result which seems to happen with almost any hit; a major improvement would be to allow other 'crew members' to substitute at lesser efficiency.

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  7. 3 hours ago, LLv34_Temuri said:

    Sooo, how many T-34s do you need to kill a Tiger or a Panther? We can get the value from there :P

    This is actually a controversial topic, one argument being that on an open plain the Tiger could shoot a number of T34s due to superior gun and optics, but in an urban environment the advantage is a lot less. What we want is German players considering taking PzIVs, the workhorse of the German army, and Russians feeling that the points haul from killing a Tiger is worth the effort. Some people say that the Panther was at least equivalent to the Tiger as its gun had more armour penetration, its sloped front armour was better than the non-sloped Tiger armour, and of course it was faster. So I'm going to say at least 2.5 as the multiplier. Unfortunately the change that would make more difference is to increase the supply cost so that if the Germans keep taking Tigers they run out of tanks quickly and need a paradrop (imagine Tigers being paradropped).

     

    While we're at it, what is the rationale for excluding the other vehicles? The Russian assault guns aren't really the counterparts of the Panther and Tiger, but it would be fun to lob a 152mm round into the German troops and see what happened. As for the Ferdinand, the biggest problem is that its vulnerability to infantry isn't ,accounted for because there IS no infantry. And it was relatively rare.


  8. 14 hours ago, LLv34_Temuri said:

     

    I agree that some kind of special handling should be there for the sea battles. Need to think. Any ideas?

    The biggest problem IMO is that it results in map rotation. You log on and use <tl to see there are four hours left and then ten minutes later the map rotation message pops up. When everybody is killing the ships, what I see as a player is the scenario repeatedly ending just as I have completed a 30 minute journey to get to a target. I think there should be a minimum duration of at least two hours before the map rotates.

     

    An incentive to protect the ships could be provided by reducing supply if they are sunk, that is what they are doing after all.

     

    On another topic it would be good to move the tank spawns a bit further from the troops and artillery, the current gameplay is that you have a  fifteen minute drive to reach the enemy targets and then an opponent can see the map icon, spawn there immediately, and engage you. If he loses he can just respawn until he 'gets lucky'.

    36 minutes ago, LLv34_Temuri said:

    The consensus among the red side has been that even in limited numbers Tigers and Panthers are OP and shouldn't be available at all.

    Could Tigers and Panthers be worth a shedload of points if killed, or count as more than one tank against the spawn point capacity? 


  9. As others have said, the current campaign has reached a tedious phase. It has separated into Land (Sector 1) and Sea (Sector 2), and despite my pleas my fellow Russian players just go obsessively after the ships. This has no effect on the victory conditions, which are in Sector 1, but just cause the scenario to keep rotating after only 90 minutes or so while moving the Russian and German ships closer to German airfields and further from ours.  There is no airfield that can be captured by offensives in Sector 2.  


  10. Thanks for your advice. I don't recall it being always like this, I'm sure that at one time you had to have the engine stopped and possibly the driver's hatch open in order to get the graphic. At least if other people are seeing it I don't have to do a re-install. I thought there might be a 'how-to' thread somewhere recommending saving key-binding files and such-like first.

     

    Other tank players I asked weren't seeing it but perhaps it is my style of play, I go around with the commander's hatch open whereas some like to be permanently in the gun view.


  11. Recently I have found that when I hit Return to open Comms, I get the Repair Graphic as well. This locks the controls which means I run into things while sending messages. There seems no way of getting out of this via key binding. Is this likely to be a corruption of my install, and if so are there any threads you guys know of with less painful ways to delete/re-install?


  12. After many hours I have finally lost patience with having the landing gear collapse when I lock the tail wheel, and have assigned the tail wheel lock to something other than <Shift> G. 😉

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  13. It's true that I never touch the trim wheels. I tend to fly bombers so I don't need the last degree of performance. But I'm not too slow or touching the stick, I've removed my hand from the stick to look at map view etc.. I use a Microsoft SW FF so perhaps the force feedback is moving it.


  14. On 7/12/2020 at 7:56 PM, stupor-mundi said:

     

    I don't think I'll be spending my time trying to learn every meme that ever existed.

    In case the meaning of that expression is, roughly, that the various online games/sims all follow the same conventions, so that having spent a ton of time on one equals the next one, I don't quite agree. While the problem of TK is a fundamental one that all of them have, the mechanisms each game/sim has to deal with that issue may be quite different.

    I don't know what the relevant conventions regarding this are, in other current generation flight/tank sims, and neither do I care. I don't think people in IL-2 are keen on just adopting the conventions from other games.

     

     

    Hey stupor, I supported you. The other guys do have a point though in that if you are lurking near their tank spawn or artillery you need to warn people, as I do when I fly one of those 'Russian' Ju52s. If I'm dodging the AA to drop a load of PTABs on a group of vehicles I wouldn't expect to have to check each one to see if a friendly had sneaked in.


  15. I'd like to lobby for a 'When I say autolevel, I mean autolevel' button. Some planes drop out of autolevel too easily, notably the IL2. You go to look at the map and return 0.5 seconds before you're a lawn-dart. In some bombers it is possible to force it into autolevel by going into bombsight view.

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