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Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 21-07-2018, 14:07:58 »

Did they fashion an ad-hoc armored train by fixing S35's to some flatcars?

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 12-07-2018, 22:07:24 »

Gaming / Re: Battlefield V
« on: 27-06-2018, 23:06:45 »
I may absolutely loathe the direction of BFV, but I ain't gonna turn down an unsolicited free code to a closed alpha test!  :P

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 24-06-2018, 17:06:56 »
Something like this, is what I thought.

Because shouldn't the existing 155mm shaped charge shells already powerful enough to bust a tank? Looking at the Russian SU152 even a big HE shell should destroy any tank. Therefore, I was wondering, what such a shell is even for.

Why settle for one tank when you can blow up a whole column with one shot!  ;)

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 14-06-2018, 21:06:47 »

Gaming / Re: Battlefield V
« on: 09-06-2018, 20:06:21 »
New Multiplayer Trailer

I actually think I may skip this Battlefield like I did with BF4. It doesn't look very interesting to me...which is a shame because the scenes that featured just the planes looked amazing...if only it was a little more grounded in historical accuracy. :-\

Gaming / Re: Battlefield V
« on: 29-05-2018, 03:05:25 »
There is no problem of having female soldiers in Battlefield, but this game's historical setting and genre (first person shooter) does not lend itself well for the inclusion of playable female characters in combat roles unless you have a gamemode of partisans vs regular troops or have the faction specific Soviet women snipers/pilots.

The only reason I do not like their approach for this game is the fact that they have the resources and technology to make a great and authentic WW2 sandbox, but they choose to go the fantasy route with these character customization, mixed equipment, etc.  There is SO MUCH that you can mine from WW2 to make interesting and new experiences without having to resort to fantasy!

Also, I am all for equality, but how narcissistic do you have to be to be unable to play as a character that does not look like you or is the same gender as you?  So what if a female gamer can only play as male soldiers in a shooter based in a historical time period?  I have no problem getting into games that feature female protagonists as a male...fight the battle of inclusion and equality where it is appropriate.  There are plenty of modern-day and sci-fi genre games and shooters that are entirely appropriate to feature women, people of color, etc in a prominent way that is deserving of their inclusion!

What would have been an interesting approach for Battlefield V where they could have featured all of the things they wanted to was to make it a spiritual successor to DICE's first battlefield-like game, Codename Eagle.  That was like a steam-punk ww1/ww2 mix fantasy setting which would be entirely appropriate for them to include all the things that they showed in the first BFV trailer!

Gaming / Re: Battlefield V
« on: 27-05-2018, 16:05:07 »
Nobody talks about possible modding tools anymore eh? Love how Dice got away with it..

That is, for me, the biggest insult towards the community... People modded far more difficult games.

I think it is more to do with how they developed the Frostbite engine.  As far as I can recall, it utilizes a lot of third party plugins rather than being its own comprehensive engine.

Off-Topic / Re: Revolting Uniting
« on: 26-05-2018, 18:05:56 »
Did he really narrated those FH2 introduction tutorial videos?

I am going to miss him.

Where did you get that idea?

Maybe confusing 'Cynical Brit' nickname with 'British Soldier'?

Gaming / Re: Battlefield V
« on: 23-05-2018, 22:05:42 »
I will be buying it...

It looks like a lot of fun like BF1 was, but I will go with Post Scriptum or Hell Let Loose (and FH2  ;) ) for my authentic WW2 fix!

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 01-05-2018, 01:05:39 »
Huh, didn't know they lend-leased Shermans to the Soviets. Did the Soviets like the tank?

I knew they lend-leased Shermans, but I did not know they provided the 76mm version.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 28-04-2018, 17:04:46 »

This is a weird image to me.  Is this entirely legit or is it some kind of composite?  For some reason, the guy in the schwimmwagen looks like a doll figure.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 11-04-2018, 23:04:05 »

The Tirpitz pictured in Kåfjord with the smokescreen seen drifting across the water

Interesting finding about how the chemical smokescreen used to protect the Tirpitz left a mark on the environment!

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 29-03-2018, 15:03:31 »
Why are the photographs from SA-Kuva always such high-resolution?  Was Finnish camera technology vastly superior or were the army photographers just very well equipped?

I am interested in what model/type of camera was used to take those photographs.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 11-02-2018, 20:02:02 »
Was this during the Lapland War or did Finland actually operate some panzer ii's? I thought they only had sturmies and panzer iv's (though were those ever delivered?)

Without knowing the exact context of the picture, I can say that the germans had several types of tanks in lapland from the start of Barbarossa all the way until the end of the war, including Panzer II's. Finns did not have Panzer II's.

Photograph looks like it is from Continuation War since it is summer. Possibly 1941 when Barbarossa started?

Leopardi probably knows the caption.

OK, thanks! 

Another observation:  There doesn't look like there is any damage due to an explosion, so was the turret removed purposefully so as to keep the tank non operational? Did the soldiers who abandoned it not have explosives, so they somehow pulled the turret off (seems like that would be difficult)...though without proper equipment it would be impossible to put it back on in the field if it were captured. The guns have also been removed.

Alternatively, the Finns could have dislodged the turret and taken the weapons so as to keep it from falling back into German (or Russian) hands?

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