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Elf's After Action report - The Eagle's Nest

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Hi all,

 

    As you may have seen from my post history I am fully supporting The Eagle's Nest (TEN) by The Wet Bandits [TWB].  AbortedMan and Pand have done some amazing things, and they are only going to get better.  This post is to help others find their way to this server and provide some motherhood on some of the obstacles that I think everyone experiences right now in MP as a whole and may not realize are not unique to TEN.

 

    First I am not a member of TWB, but I fly there online exclusively because I am in the Western US and my ping is sub-100.  The server runs very smoothly for me and latency is low even when flying with/against some folks from Europe.

 

The mission we flew last night is a semi-historical Airlift / Medevac misson into Pitomnik.  The Russian Army is closing the pocket to the West so there are lots of ground targets to hit.  German objectives are:

 

1.  Stop the advance of the Northern and southern Pincers to Kumovka and Lyapichev, and thus the encirclement of 6th Army.

 

2.  Protect Pitomnik and the cirtical Medevac missions being flown there by KG 100.

 

3.  Attack the port facilities on the West bank of the Volga at Stalingrad

 

4.  Attack Airfield assets of the VVS

 

5.  Protect our Recon assets monitoring the Russian Army advance.

 

     Aircraft are set up with fixed loadouts to represent limited supply situation on the German side, but you can choose Aircraft based on mission, so for example a Stuka with 37mm cannon for tankbusting or bombs for traditional divebombing.  On our first Dawn Patrol we launched a small formation of Ju-87s with a mixed loadout to ward off the northern pincer headed for Kumovka.  The mission started off well with a nice tight formation of 5 Stukas all on TWB TS3 Comms.  Our Escort got a late start so we went in alone except for the cover of the dim sunrise.  Unfortunately just outside the Target Area I developed some engine trouble due to my inexperience with the Ju-87 so I had to force land just shy of enemy territory.  Even more fortunately, due to modern technology I was rapidly whisked back to Karpovka, and seeing as how our Escort was busy elsewhere I jumped into a BF-109 F-4.  The Ground crews were only able to give me 70% fuel due to the spartan conditions in the pocket, and I couldn't take any bombs since I/StG 1 had been given priority, So I had the armor plate removed and headed off to find the flight of now 4 Stukas hitting the Russian Army's Northern Pince.

 

     I picked up a wingman of opportunity who had just flown in from outside the pocket, and we headed off to Kumovka to escort our Schlachtgruppe back to Karpovka.  From the sounds of things over the Radio, enemy presence was light, but Our He-111 Recon in the area was under attack so we climbed to assist, knowing that if it went down, all the ground advances of the Russian's would go unreported, and that we could always dive down to assist I/StG 1 below.  It seems the VVS's 8 VA had gotten wind of our activity around Kumovka and were trying to take out the high level Recon He-111 reporting on their advance to Kumovka.  My wingman and I headed to confront a Zveno of Russkies in the area.  One in particular had glued himself to our Recon flight so we attended to him first.  The other three were last seen contrailing to the north.  We made quick work of a LaGG that had ventured into rarefied air to knock down our Heinkel above 5K.  Fortunately the Heinkel pilot was a Veteran, and though damaged, was able to stay on station to continue feeding the intelligence picture.  Meanwhile I/StG 1 was making progress blunting the Armored advance from the North, though not with out loss from the robust mobile AAA in the area.

 

    Once the Stukas were clear we returned to Karpovka and Pitomnik to pick up any VVS probes into our fragile pocket....

 

Motherhood:  I see a lot of people connecting to the server only to disconnect within a few seconds.  This could be a few different things, but for certain one is that MP servers can be a pain to join.  This is not unique to TEN.  My advice is to be patient and keep joining.  Eventually you'll get in.  Once in there are several bugs that make getting into an airplane challenging.  One is a greyed out start button.  The fix here is to click on the map to prompt the "Spectate" option, click "Spectate" and then re-select your Airfield and crate and the START button should be green.  Overall, be patient and persistent...you'll get in.

 

Once in it is ABSOLUTELY necessary to Join us on TS3.  These missions are pretty complex, with lots of objectives and random events that you need to understand to FULLY enjoy the Server.  TWBs TS3 server is www.80HD.net, type it into your address and connect.  There is no password.  There are multiple channels for different flights, but right now we just divide into German and Russian so we can all coordinate our efforts.  Introduce yourself and FEEL free to to ask questions.  Pand, Aborted man, Dillon, myself, really anyone on Comms are more than happy to help you out and even wing up and make you part of the team.  

 

More to follow...

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Hey Elf,

 

What times are you normally on?  I will try and make it one of these days. 

 

Capt.Stubing

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We're on every evening starting around 4pm PST. It's a nightly ritual to hang around and try to get the server seeded enough to get more people to join. 

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I had to leave early that night.  Sad to see I missed some good action, especially with Stukas.

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AbortedMan, me, and [TWB]ducs have been working hard to design a series of missions which:

 

1. Incorporate a historical mission basis. This includes modeling, within reason, the events of the Battle of Stalingrad in regards to creating realistic objectives, flightpaths, battle events, and limitations

 

2. Are interesting, dynamic scenarios which depict realistic pressures on pilots of both sides for assuring victory -- and making sure missions are both asymmetrical in design (as befits a defender/attacker scenario) and equally fun to play from both sides

 

3. Create a sense of realism and immersion that is based on a dynamic sense of change, tension, and teamwork that can only be found in a multiplayer venue

 

We are zeroing in on the final version, but even now the mission we have available is one of the most dynamic and interesting on the list. Come in, keep the Stalingrad Pocket open for the Germans (or close it against the invaders!) and have some fun! 

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Hey Elf,

 

What times are you normally on?  I will try and make it one of these days. 

 

Capt.Stubing

 

 

Hey Stubes!,

    How was Chino?  Wish I could have made it this year...

 

I am on most evenings, but when server traffic is low we usually end up going to the duel server and working BFM.  I will try to be on later tonight to see if we can spark some activity.  If TWB coordinate to be in force and BSS shows up again (as they did Saturday) we'll have a core of around 12-15.  then casual foot traffic will plus us up to around 20.  If we got max effort out of everyone that would be great.  I usually post an "Eagles Nest is hot post"  which hopefully prompts people to check it out.  I'll do the same tonight, as long as Bearcat doesn't immediately move the post to another sub forum....

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TEN is the only mp server I fly on, the ping for me is in the 50-40's, all the pilots I have run into have been really nice and helpful, even on the enemy side. I enjoy flying on the server even when its not populated with very many people, I like to take that time to familiarize myself with the map and practice my gunnery.

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TEN is the only mp server I fly on, the ping for me is in the 50-40's, all the pilots I have run into have been really nice and helpful, even on the enemy side. I enjoy flying on the server even when its not populated with very many people, I like to take that time to familiarize myself with the map and practice my gunnery.

 

I do the same thing Jade.  When I want to practice takeoffs and landings in Attack aircraft it's a great place to start, because there is a ground war going on all the time and you can attack targets without setting up a quick mission.

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Great to see some US servers running. Most of the time I have to connect to servers in the old continent.

 

I'd love to join one of these days for some sorties.

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Had a blast earlier. Thanks.

 

Oh, and if anyone is wondering what Aborted Man looks like. Here he is:

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Hey Stubes!,

    How was Chino?  Wish I could have made it this year...

 

I am on most evenings, but when server traffic is low we usually end up going to the duel server and working BFM.  I will try to be on later tonight to see if we can spark some activity.  If TWB coordinate to be in force and BSS shows up again (as they did Saturday) we'll have a core of around 12-15.  then casual foot traffic will plus us up to around 20.  If we got max effort out of everyone that would be great.  I usually post an "Eagles Nest is hot post"  which hopefully prompts people to check it out.  I'll do the same tonight, as long as Bearcat doesn't immediately move the post to another sub forum....

I ended up going to just the Saturday Show which I normally go to both.  Chino was great this year as usual.  It has to be one of the best in the nation for WWII aircraft.  I will take a look for you guys this evening.  I've been playing since the new patch and looks as though the FW got some love which it needed.  I've been talking with a lot of retired IL2 regulars to get them going again.  Most of my former squad mates have the game but don't play because they were waiting for it to flesh out a bit more before taking the plunge. 

 

Talk to you soon

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Oh, and if anyone is wondering what Aborted Man looks like. Here he is:

 

 

Awesome hahaha!

 

I snapped this one of Venturi after the post-op constructive criticism brief:

 

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Had a blast earlier. Thanks.

 

Oh, and if anyone is wondering what Aborted Man looks like. Here he is:

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Damn that's a handsome gunner! This was right before I got my face pushed in by a 20mm round. At least I took one of the huns with me before I literally bit the bullet.

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Damn that's a handsome gunner! This was right before I got my face pushed in by a 20mm round. At least I took one of the huns with me before I literally bit the bullet.

 

are you sure that was your face that got pushed in?

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Looks good. When I have some time to get online this will be my server. Keep up the good work!

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are you sure that was your face that got pushed in?

Damn it Elf...you just made that encounter 10x more painful.

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Awesome hahaha!

 

I snapped this one of Venturi after the post-op constructive criticism brief:

 

 

 

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After Action Report Pt. II

 

    I always intended to tell the rest of the story, alas RL delays the telling...

 

    Following our successful attack on the northern Pincer and my early return to Karpovka, I jumped into an F-4 and picked up a wingman of opportunity.  We headed out for Kumovka to support the rest of the Stuka Strike.  Fortunately they had retired in a semi-orderly fashion and we took out the lone LaGG attempting to deprive us of our high recon.  By this time, most of the Schlactgruppe had returned on foot or by air to Karpovka themselves so we sallied forth in a Schwarm of Fighters, 3 109s and an FW, and went Frie Jagd, starting at Kumovka and retracing the likely path any VVS forces from 8 VA would take from their base Srednaya Ahktuba.  We deployed into a wide wall formation and headed East endeavoring to stay out of the contrails so as to remain invisible at range.  Our first contact came several minutes later as we passed two "bogies" headed in the opposite direction.  Since we were in the vicinity of Gumrak and Pitomnik, there was a 50/50 shot these were bandits, so being the far right fighter and the first to Tally-ho I called the bandits out and broke into them.  Fortunately they were friendlies.  The JG 3 volunteer force (operated by the boys from BSS, cheers Vidar!) tasked with keeping Pitomnik open while KG 100 flew in supplies and flew out wounded from Pitomnik.

 

    Settling down a bit from the excitement of possible action we resumed our easterly heading to try and pick up any trade we could over northern Stalingrad.  Unfortunately the Map ended and we had to wait for a new day...

 

    MOTHERHOOD:  One of the challenges to playing MP is the effect that a map roll has on everyone.  It is an unnatural break in the action, which even when programmed elegantly causes some population loss, as folks look at their watches, or give in to the looks of disdain they've recieved over the last hour from their wives, and disconnect.  What makes this experience worse in BoS is the need to actually RECONNECT to the server, yet another obstacle that makes calling it a night even more sensible.  Couple this with the aforementioned START button bug, and getting a good group to return for the next map is painful...

 

    My advice.  Be patient, be persistent, grab a drink and don't be the first person to disco and start the cascade of folks leaving a great MP experience.

 

    So, The map rolls and everyone makes a plan for the next map.  Another Stuka Mission is launched.  In the Meantime, I head out in the pre-dawn light to get a 109 over Pitomnik and report on any enemy activity.  After several mission with limited enemy activity punctuated by close calls and some bad luck (losing track of the Zveno of Russkies over Kumovka) I hit the mother load.  In the darkness over Stalingrad it was difficult to see below and above, but to my fortune I happened to catch sight of a small shape just below the horizon where the light from the rising sun is sufficient to silouette a Yak.  "Tally-Ho!, Single contact over middle Stalingrad"  I report over the radio (TS3), and I implore my fellow JG 3 pilots to hastened their take-offs and head my way.  "Tally 2!...no 4, holy shit, Tally 6..."  The 8 VA was out in force over stalingrad, and it was just me to keep them down until the cavalry arrived.

 

    I selected the highest Yak which seemed to be lazily turning back to the East and made my approach.  I knew I had him, and that being seen as one German amongst a flock of darkly silhouetted Russians would bode well for me until my tracers lashed out.  I first at range and for a half a second my prey didn't react then flopped wildly into a spilt S as my 20mm rounds connected.  Knowing I had 5 more Russkies below me I didn't pursue and hoped I'd dealt the coup de grace to this first Yak.  (After action reporting confirmed this Yak as a kill).  I turned my attention to the now buzzing tumult below me, looking to see if any of the remaining Bandits had climbed high enough to be a threat.  They hadn't, and what's more the darkness continued to be my shield.  Reports of immenint reinforcemnent emboldened me and I selected yet another target and made a pass, this time my quarry was alert and wisely dove to the deck in an attempt no doubt to drag me lower for his comrades...not yet.  Topping out now around 4 km I selected another target as I climbed in an extension, apexing just in time to see 3 109s coming to my aid slash through the hive of activity.  Something belched black smoke, and fell earthward "Horrido!" was the cry I heard.  The tide was turning rapidly, and the previously concentrated force of VVS Fighters was breaking up.  So much the better, Single combat favors the Luftwaffe.  Now with even odds we tore into the remaining enemy, only a matter of time now...

 

More to Follow...I'm off to check and see how the Eagle's Nest is doing this evening... 

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  The JG 3 volunteer force (operated by the boys from BSS, cheers Vidar!) tasked with keeping Pitomnik open while KG 100 flew in supplies and flew out wounded from Pitomnik.

 

 

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