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#4526568 - 06/21/20 06:28 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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@Becker,

Pleased to hear that the "lite" tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 water map is working well - I'm also quite happy with the overall fps, with the tweak installed. Couple of representative pics. below from mission no. 14. Lakes and rivers seen slightly on the other side of the lines, around Ypres. Wonderful for even more immersion.

Now I have to write up report no. 14 - Von Kiener was denied leave, horrible snobbery up at HQ, perhaps better luck next time. He did receive a third Pour le Merite, however, for mission no. 14 - probably more recording errors up at HQ - I'm sure that the C.O. will have something to say about it smile2 in the write-up. Then it's time for some Johnny Dobson adventures - I miss flying the Bristol Scout. The Eindecker (E.II), while more capable than the lethargic E.I or the E.III (with the longer wingspan), is still a handful and tiring to fly against Nieups.

Happy flying,
Von S

Lite Tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 Water Map
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And Other View with Kiener and Hutzenlaub
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#4526870 - 06/22/20 11:25 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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@All,

One more followup regarding Xjouve's water map ver. 1.1 - with the patch loaded via JSGME, you may notice some graphical oddities around the Dover cliffs (see pic. for reference, below). Doesn't matter if the full water map or my "lite" tweak is installed - the only way to avoid the oddity is by not running the ver. 1.1 water patch if you are flying around Dover. Otherwise the water map is fine for continental Europe and inland U.K. from what I've been able to test. (Have not bothered checking with the sub-theater ver. 2.0 water maps since those take a bite out of my fps so I don't run them.)

Happy flying with and without water maps,
Von S smile2

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#4527535 - 06/26/20 07:07 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Casual campaigns rolling well...brief updates...novel-in-progress up to about 250 pages now, soon to switch over to the RFC 1 adventures again, but was tempted to try out a French career too in the meantime - with Esc. N 49, summer of '17. Full write-up for that first mission below, for my regular readers reading - will think about expanding on this pilot and perhaps integrating it into the novel, as well. All of the standard mods. installed for the French campaign too, as per my other campaigns, including of course Xjouve's nice water mod. (with the "lite" tweak applied). No trouble with fps and smooth-running.

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

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Mission No. 1 for Ltn. Chaps "Saulnier" Bouffant

I, Chaps "Saulnier" Bouffant - of no relation to the Monsieur Saulnier of Morane-Saulnier Aeroplanes, hail from a reputable family, with my mother Irish and father French. Dadda is much older than mother who was a societal belle in her best years and still has much of her beauty preserved, and he is owner of a fabrique de moutarde that is located not too far south of Rheims, where I was born. Our premises are often in competition with those better-known producers of moutarde, and that are present, in Dijon. I have had the pleasure of helping out, on several occasions, in our fabrique. I myself am a civil engineer by profession, an only child, and believe in the benefits of regular exercise on the bicycle. Mother is a self-styled Theosophist and once studied under a student of Madame Blavatsky of New York. Father walks with a cane, out of no specific necessity but, rather, because it is now deemed fashionable - although of a shorter length than sported by dandies at the opening of the previous century, and in order not to embarrass us too directly.

With my own technical skills and dexterity, I have managed to improve efficiency of production of our moutarde. I also considered it wholesome to volunteer my duties for the glory of France. I was, however, occupied with my work well into the period of the war and only in the middle of 1916 managed, with the help of relations in higher quarters and my handsome knowledge of what aeroplane fitters do, to procure for myself a role as Sous-Lieutenant in the French Air Service, with my air certificate being awarded slightly before then. I trained on a Bleriot Type XI with a 45 hp Anzani engine - which I found most meddlesome, through no fault of the Bleriot itself, but instead owing to the fact that two other fellows who were at flight school with me at the same time were offered upgraded Type XIs with seven-cylinder Gnome rotaries installed. I therefore literally fell behind while in training, with my more miserable climb rate, and only barely managed to pass 1000 metres of altitude. My companions, with the advantage of another half kilometre of height, would often laugh at me from above.

For those who may end up reading these brief, autobiographical reflections in the future, embedded in my various flight reports, all that you should be aware of is that rotary engines rotate, and inline ones stay stationary during flight, or should stay stationary. That is the general idea. My favorite aircraft currently in our air service is the Spad 7, for I have low gastric tolerance for reverberating and rickety two-seaters, or the earlier and underpowered Nieuports that are thrown about as if leaves in an autumn rain. Serving briefly with the Third Escadrille very late last year, I there flew the 150 hp Spad 7 and managed to bag two Albatros fighters, but unfortunately neither claim was confirmed since both fell on their side of the lines. I am now with the 49th Escadrille, freshly posted after having been promoted to Lieutenant, and I am based in an often lonesome sector of the front, namely, the Alsace region. Our 'drome is very close to the sleepy town of Belfon, the mechanics are jovial fellows and are often in regular supply of wine and champagne, or at least hock and selzer pulled out from the fuselage of the rare German two-seater that is captured intact. Our local C.O., unaware of such activities, is a pleasant ignoramus.

This cloudy morning of the second of July, 1917, around eight o'clock, and with a steady southern wind blowing, our field was smothered by a flight of Albatros v-strutter types. There were at least six or seven of them encroaching, and roughly from the direction of Metzeral, which is northeast of us and immediately on the German side of the lines. The Albatroses had v-shaped white stripes painted on their top wings - that is all I remember clearly in terms of their appearance, for the mêlée that followed was hot-headed and troublesome. I and two other characters newly arrived at the 49th, Georges Bouyer and De Belleville, had been assigned the mediocre Nieuport 23 for our morning patrol along the lines. Fortunately, one of the Germans dropped down horribly low over us and peppered the strut assembly profusely on my N23 with his lead, to such an extent that half of the bottom wing rolled off onto the grass. Bouyer and Belleville, already with engines roaring, ascended into the fray. I was left a fool, in the now useless N23, when I noticed an unoccupied, yellowish Spad 7 in one of our hangars.* This was in turn rolled out and started, by the ever-obliging mechanics. I was told that it was an over-tuned one exceeding 200 hp, and that it was usually avoided by airmen as an unsafe and bucking mount since not in keeping with factory recommendations. On this occasion, there was no choice, and up I went in it, with it reminding me considerably of previous Spads I had enjoyed, but with more power, and behaving most tingly upon manipulation of the stick, if I may describe its characteristics in such a way and with apologies to the psychoanalyst Dr. Freud of Vienna whom mamma mentions sometimes. It wished to accelerate indeed. I used the aeroplane to advantage, flying it through its better side, and avoiding its vices: of stall, snap spin, unexpected yaw and other profundities.

The other two fellows were not doing too well in the N23s against the enemy v-strutters, but I latched onto one, and then another of these Albatroses, and drove both down. Each crashed in the woods surrounding our 'drome. In the meantime both of our Nieuports had also crash-landed, and I was left alone to dance with another two German machines. The other two or three enemies seemed to have dispersed while all of this was happening. One enemy craft popped a few holes in my tail but I went into some inverted dives and came out underneath, and much faster, than the German. I used the power of the Hisso to advantage and often engaged along the vertical, with the Albatros clumsily attempting to climb behind me. This was accomplished several times before I eventually came down hard and busted his engine. Off he then went into a sideslip and a satisfying crunch below. This left one more fellow, possibly an expert ace or seasoned veteran of some kind, for he had taken his ballet lessons carefully. This man performed all sorts of maneuvers around my less nimble mount, but I was not terribly concerned, and was, to be frank, somewhat bored with his distractions. Up I went into a loop, came down with precision, and let loose a brief volley in the area of the pilot's head and shoulders. He seemed to slump down into the cockpit and his mount embedded itself between two pine trees, and joined the tops of the trees together with its still intact tail - a most odd spectacle to behold.

Upon landing, I was irritated to learn that this last, and artistically positioned, claim was being rejected by our two-dimensional C.O. since, at that moment, apparently all hands on deck had been preoccupied and were not observing the show taking place above. The other three Albatroses were indeed confirmed. Belleville and Bouyer, miraculously, both survived crashing their mounts, with the former receiving a minor cut on his hand, and the latter severing a part of his whiskers on the edge of his wind screen. I commented that they would grow back more thickly than before, and that he would then be doubly pleased. These words for some reason were not appreciated, although I offered the suggestion with the greatest of optimism and was surprised by his tepid reaction. All of us were, to be sure, pleased to have gotten rid of the Nieuports - rather, to have had the Nieuports gotten rid of by the enemy flyers, for this, we hoped, meant that more Spads would be sent to us. Although the C.O.'s facial expressions, somehow reminiscent of those of a stray feline, did not inspire us with confidence as to the outcome of our hidden wishes. We then rested, partook of luncheon, and awaited our next flight with a perverse combination of joy and trepidation - and with Bouyer looking most amusing with his half-moustachio.
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Editor's note: It is surprising that Esc. N.49 was in possession of an engined-up Spad 7 at this point in time, during the summer of 1917.
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#4527755 - 06/28/20 03:21 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 2 for Ltn. Bouffant now flown - also I took a look at JJJ's wonderful Pilot Log Ed. in the meantime and was surprised to see (as on the pic. included below) - that Bouffant downed Blue Max ace Heinrich Gondermann/Gontermann on the 2nd of July - probably best known for meeting his demise (the real Gontermann) in Oct. of '17 while testing a Dr.1 (top wing fell off in maneuvers). I don't think I've ever seen a flight sim. that so closely interweaves history with the "open" possibilities of the sim world itself. The other fellow, from Jasta 35, who was sent down, is the semi-obscure Franz Anslinger, supposedly of three-victory fame. According to TheAerodrome, Anslinger brought down a Spad and Nieup in May of '17, then a Caudron (unconfirmed) in August. Gontermann on the other hand came back from leave before engaging in some balloon-busting in late June/mid July of '17. Sometimes there's nothing more yarn-friendly than history itself - nice work OBD - there's a really (strange/special) interplay between historical timelines and what we can do in this sim. with our flying "heroes." A few other screenies from Mission No. 2 included below as well - Xjouve's water patch really comes in handy for immersion in the Alsace region.

Happy flying all,
Von S smile2

Our new and heroic pilot in the Alsace region
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Thank you JJJ for allowing swapping in/out of plane types in the Mission Ed., before flight (back to patrolling in N23s for the 2nd mission)
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Sun glistening on the water makes one forget about the war
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The trio (Bouffant, Bouyer, and De Belleville) making a wide turn - fps are holding up well
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Breguets in the vicinity, while we pass in the background below
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The mountain lakes look particularly inviting
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And thank you to RJW and company for the populated airfields mods., as well as to JJJ for the historical aircraft addon for airfields
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#4528362 - 07/02/20 05:56 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 3 for Ltn. Bouffant now flown, with full report written up...thought I'd post a few more screenies of the latest happenings. Greatly (terrible) weather with the BB ver. 3.0 clouds - also getting good results even in mid-1917 with mission diameter/frequency set to "light" in the in-sim menu, and frequency of contact with enemy set to "medium." Only other changes are an increase of ground fire to 850 m alt, in JJJ's multi-mod (have been running it that way for the last couple of missions) - and rear-gunner accuracy is at a value of "5" instead of 4.5 previously (seems to give good variety that way but is still deadly on occasion).

Happy flying all, and Happy Canada Day to fellow fliers celebrating north of the border, as well as a Happy 4th of July to fliers celebrating soon south of the border,
Von S smile2

Enemy flight with our small trio of Nieups. in the background
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View from the Nieup. office looks particularly scary, we did several wide turns around the Albs. since they were also trying to get behind us, but eventually cut across them
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Alb. rocket conversion
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So many 'crates near Belfon today, likely Flight A had returned before us
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Bouyer returned late but bagged a two-seater above the 'drome, "splendid" (the two-seater had no chance to drop anything and is off to self-detonate); there was another two-seater too, bagged by De Belleville in a Spad 180 hp this time
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Belleville's mount was holed somewhat by its opposing two-seater, with engine conked out eventually
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Note to self, do not turn back in a Spad with dead engine (Belleville survived miraculously, most likely forgot to harness himself in and was saved by the pine trees, well-flayed but nonetheless saved)
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Time for some rest, sun, and those reclining patio chairs do look inviting, perhaps a spot of lemonade or absinthe to calm the nerves, mais oui?
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#4528447 - 07/02/20 08:25 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Nice write-up, VonS! I appreciate all your work testing various versions of mods and such. Great work!

#4530553 - 07/19/20 06:10 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thanks BB for the kind words - glad the posts are helpful and enjoyable.

Mission No. 4 for Ltn. Chaps Bouffant and friends now flown - and what a hair-raising adventure this one turned out to be. Alsace isn't always a sleepy region in WOFF. Representative pics. below - in use are several mods. as indicated in my previous posts, including Xjouve's water mod. v. 1.1. (with my "lite" tweak applied). As well regularly used now is the Mission Ed. and MultiMod (by JJJ) - great stuff - allows for swapping and mixing of aircraft types to create a real motley crew as representative of many WW1 flights. FPS are holding up well with the WOFF GPU Tuner loaded. Now to write up mission no. 4 for my slowly-developing book - and then another couple of missions before circling back to the Johnny Dobson adventures.

Happy flying all,
Von S smile2

Ltn. Bouffant was surprised to find that on the 4th of July Friedrich Wendland went down, a 4-victory flier apparently, according to TheAerodrome (and with Jasta 35 in the middle of 1917)
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At times it appears as if Bouffant is flying with a vampire squadron, his fellows often crash and destroy their aircraft, but are in one piece and flying the next day - hopefully the good luck will last
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Mission No. 4 was to attack the German 'drome southeast of Mulhouse - but there was company present
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Quickly dispatched by the engined-up Spad 7, it was then on to the next target
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The boys made good work of a two-seater that flipped into a spin
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They also made quick work of this one that also had its tail chewed up, as Bouffant spotted while passing by
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Not forgetting the goal of the mission, Chaps Bouffant dove on the enemy's flight office to ventilate it, as well as damaging a two-seater that was being wheeled out of its hangar
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Another Albatros is soon spotted
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And is dismantled
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And is further dismantled
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Spotted also was a third Alby but Bouffant's ammo. ran out - although this fellow almost dug into the ground at one point (before escaping)
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Now unarmed, it was wise to escape in the speedy Spad
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Arnoux, the new fellow, was spotted far below on an isolated patch of grass, surrounded by woods, and on the German side of the lines! (possible damage to his fuel line)
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Running low on fuel, Bouffant dead-sticked it onto the 'drome near Fontaine, and rolled up to the canteen, just in time for breakfast
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#4530953 - 07/22/20 01:37 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Wonderful reports and screenshots, Von S, as per your usual. I know I've said this before, but I don't know how you manage all those pilots at once. And, while I don't wish any of them ill will really, if they did all happen to fly off to join the Choir Invisible you'd be freed up to join us over in the DiD Campaign. Just saying. biggrin


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#4531150 - 07/24/20 05:16 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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Originally Posted by RAF_Louvert
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Wonderful reports and screenshots, Von S, as per your usual. I know I've said this before, but I don't know how you manage all those pilots at once. And, while I don't wish any of them ill will really, if they did all happen to fly off to join the Choir Invisible you'd be freed up to join us over in the DiD Campaign. Just saying. biggrin


Lou

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Much appreciated Lou. The report write-ups are coming along well so far - novel is up to about 270 pp. in length. Will fly mission no. 5 and 6 for Chaps Bouffant soon - and then to come back to the Johnny Dobson RFC1 adventures. Once I've retired my trio of pilots I look forward to taking a spin in the DiD Campaigns. I'll do my best not to extend the novel much beyond 350 pp. or so - depends again on how long the pilots survive.

I'm not too worried for Dobson in the Bristol Scout in the middle of '15, but Kiener's E.II is getting long in the tooth - especially once '16 rolls in - rate of climb is a bit better than on the early Nieups., but they're much better with maneuverability. Bouffant on the other hand is a real dark horse - depends really on what mount he flies - fairly safe when the Spad 7 is swapped in using JJJ's excellent mission ed. - but the N23 is riskier business. Will see if we can give the boys of Esc. 49 an in-field and "rare" 23bis upgrade. smile2

Juggling three pilots isn't too bad - since they all have their little quirks and characteristics - and the different sectors of the front tend to spin their own stories. The hardest part is switching between the various mounts once you get used to one type across several missions. Well, okay, you never really get used to the E.II but you learn to tolerate it.

Hope to fly missions more regularly as I push further with the book.

Happy flying all,
Von S


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#4534194 - 08/20/20 04:28 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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And, finally, had some time to "observe" Chaps Bouffant's mission no. 5. The Lieutenant had a kill stolen from under his nose by De Boutiny this time around, but all's well in the land of friendly competition. All returned in one piece, alighting at the 'drome next to Fontaine for breakfast and refreshment. The local "oxwelder" (at Belfon) had done wonders with the LeRhones on the N23s, in the meantime, giving them extra power. We also harassed an interesting German airfield on this mission that, possibly owing to the previously rainy weather, developed some flooding. Nice rivulet running through it. Full write-up complete and followed up with mission no. 6. Some screenies below, from no. 5.

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Bouffant thought he would be awarded for this one
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Lovely views of the flooded German 'drome
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#4534196 - 08/20/20 04:48 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission no. 6 now complete too (with full write-up to be included in the novel) - some patrolling behind and along the lines, as ordered by the C.O. - and ... it's back to the Johnny Dobson adventures, as the novel unfolds itself and edges towards the 300-page mark.

We did bag some Pyrrhic victories on this outing - and, no, Bouffant was not shot down by the two-seater. De Belleville decided to inspect his rudder a bit too closely in the fray - also something fell off of the two-seater and hit the rotary. Footage of debris not available owing to the rapid unfolding of events. It it's any consolation to my readers, De Belleville lost a wing in the tangled mess and went down too.

To be out-gunned or out-Boelcked, that is the question.

I suppose I could have cheated with the pilot backup and flew on, but the end was so dramatic and looked inevitable that it fits well with the weather, and the ongoing novel. Rejoice all, Dobson and Kiener are still on active duty.

Von S smile2

Two-seater with observer killed
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Other perspective on two-seater, river in background
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Chaps Bouffant, 7-victory Ace, we salute thee (6 missions total, one was a glitch - botched MissionEd settings - so had to roll to next mission)
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Last edited by VonS; 09/30/20 09:19 PM. Reason: Embedded pics. for atmosphere.

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#4535432 - 09/01/20 05:11 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Have managed to invent an interesting plot twist after Bouffant's "demise" - but will think about how to develop that further (perhaps a sequel of sorts - the plot twist has been written up at any rate as a full "mission report" and will be included in the novel).

In the meantime, the Johnny Dobson adventures are, after a long pause, again under way - mission no. 16, with Sgt. Rowena and Strugnell up in their Parasols to bomb the German 'drome at Houplin, and Dobson providing cover in his Bristol. Good weather prevailing at the end of May, 1915. We received an extra Parasol too - with Henderson about to return from leave in a couple of days, hopefully with some sorely needed BE.2c types. The Major managed to bag a couple of Aviatiks near Lille, and a balloon. Some damage inflicted on the enemy 'drome as well - and then back for breakfast.

Mission now written up and will tread carefully as I approach the 300-350 page range of the novel, to see what happens with Dobson. Will also think about whether or not to let Dobson have the final word in the novel, and maybe a side-story for the duo of Hutzenlaub and Kiener up at Ghistelles, with Bosta2. Or perhaps to send Dobson on some well-deserved leave to ... Lady Harbury smile2 - if the WOFF campaign manager agrees with me - and to revisit our two Eindecker pilots instead. So many decisions, with each one altering the "tone" of the narrative. And there I was, thinking that writing was easy business.

Von S smile2

The mission begins, with relaxing water effects as the Major heads towards the lines
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An Aviatik encountered near the 'drome at Houplin
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Other perspective of the Aviatik
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The second Aviatik, that disappeared, is found again
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And this one's a flamer
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The return flight, with a lovely view of Lille
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V.C. for the Major
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#4536594 - 09/11/20 05:57 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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And the adventures keep unfolding - Mission No. 17 for Major Dobson & Company now complete, an early morning mission on the first of June - the Major spotted new and strange monoplanes at a German 'drome close to Loos, and attacked the one with a staff car parked close by.

Also attacked was another monoplane - reminiscent of the Morane Bullet - as well as a balloon - and finally a pair of Aviatiks attempting to harass Bailleul Asylum. Also did some spotting for troop and battery movement near the lines at Neuve Chapelle. Salmond Sr., the grand poo-bah himself, accompanied in a Parasol but several claims were denied the Major, much to the latter's frustration frown (the Major will have to try including multiple witnesses in his claim writeups in the future --- https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4444785/re-need-witness-box-for-each-kill#Post4444785). (Thank you ePower for refreshing that thread.)

Other things to report: fps are holding up well, although, in this sector, there is perhaps a 10 fps ave. drop, with the "lite" tweak of Xjouve's total water mod. (ver. 1.1) installed - more of an fps hit than up at Ghistelles or down in the Alsace region. Still, fps usually didn't drop below the low 50s or so - so it's fine overall (no stutters encountered and smooth fps) and I am running with the lite water mod. tweak constantly loaded, for immersion.

Now to write up the report fully and see what other trouble the Major can get himself into.

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

Strange new monoplanes encountered, June of 1915 (the Germans are always working on new technology)
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Loitered awhile to see what supplies the train was transporting
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Approaching the Aviatik stealthily
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The poor fellows, a horrible site to behold
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The other two-seater put up some good defensive maneuvers
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With their engine dead, they pleasantly tipped over onto their nose (pilot and observer survived and were taken prisoner)
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Last edited by VonS; 09/11/20 06:27 AM. Reason: Embedded pics. for atmosphere.

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#4538455 - 09/26/20 04:26 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Including multiple witnesses in the claims reports has proven successful (thanks once again ePower for refreshing that relevant thread). FPS are holding up well with the lite water tweak of xJouve's ver. 1.1. water map. Missions 18 and 19 now flown for Major Dobson, with a few more Aviatiks under the belt. Also a (slight) twist of plot for the Major and a revealing of the mystery of "Lady Harbury's Burlesque Studio," as well as of the origins of her name, etc., etc. Have left some aspects of the tale open for possible and future sequels - and more possible adventures come WOFF 2020/2021. Thus ends Part I of the novel at a length of 332 pages. Currently experimenting with fonts and other little bits to get the right look. Some panoramic and representative scenes below, from the last couple of missions. The Major also adds a Bar to his DSO, and a Bar to his V.C. (most rare) - on these latest escapades - and learns that he brought down Gustav Leffers's Aviatik.

Von S smile2

Leaving Bailleul Asylum for Mission No. 18
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Magnificent views with the German 'drome south of Loos visible in the background
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Action around Hazebroucke
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Salmond Sr. and Henderson returning from a spotting mission along the lines
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Approaching the lines near the Lys on Mission No. 19
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The occasional gunbus heading back
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Preparing to attack an Aviatik at one of the 'dromes further south and west of Loos (that often hosts experimental aircraft)
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Major Dobson passing the lines on the way back to Bailleul Asylum
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Last edited by VonS; 09/26/20 04:36 AM. Reason: Embedded representative pics.

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#4538457 - 09/26/20 04:43 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Tinkering currently with a proper look for the novel...will try out a few variations. Some representative pics. below. Pol - is it fine if I include about 7 or 8 pics. from the sim. within the novel - in relevant episodes? (I've included a nice copyright near the beginning of the book that attributes the pics. to OBD Software, by the way - but thought I'd ask just in case.) Will also see if I can find a more subtle, aged-paper background for the pages.

Von S smile2

Experimenting with front cover
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Experimental back cover with advert. for WOFF
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Zoomed view of page of novel with pic. embedded (one of the Bosta 2 episodes)
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Zoomed view of a section of text (again a Bosta 2 episode) - will possibly tinker with font choice further but I kind of like this one's semi-antiquated yet readable look
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Last edited by VonS; 09/26/20 04:47 AM. Reason: Embedded sample pics. of novel.

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#4538465 - 09/26/20 10:12 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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The novel should be great. I'll have to discuss with WM too regarding the images. Is the novel to be a commercial venture VonS?

Couple of points on the back cover it should be "Wings Over Flanders Fields" these days rather than just Over Flanders Fields, and to future proof it maybe don't mention the UE or PE.


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#4538483 - 09/26/20 01:52 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Looks to be a wonderful novel! I enjoy reading your adventures.

#4538498 - 09/26/20 06:53 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Polovski]  
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Originally Posted by Polovski
The novel should be great. I'll have to discuss with WM too regarding the images. Is the novel to be a commercial venture VonS?

Couple of points on the back cover it should be "Wings Over Flanders Fields" these days rather than just Over Flanders Fields, and to future proof it maybe don't mention the UE or PE.



Thanks Pol for the kind words - I will indeed change the info. to read "Wings Over Flanders Fields" and will remove any references to the UE/PE eds. In terms of the images, if WM thinks that 7-8 images are too much - an image on the front and back covers, at least, would be good even as an advert. for WOFF - but let me know either way what you and WM decide. If necessary I will of course remove all images from the book.

In terms of the commercial venture part: I would like to find either a decent publisher for the novel, or at least to go the e-Book route if no publisher is interested in taking up such an experimental/niche novel. I will have to check around first carefully, with various publishers, and will keep everyone posted - since some publishers are more reputable than others. If traditional publishers shun me away for such an eccentric offering - I will then go the eBook route with a very reasonable price, oh let's say the standard price for a paperback novel in the 1970s/1980s - what was it, no more than 10 dollars USD or even slightly less. Obviously, with standard publishers - as far as I know about the business of publishing - I won't be able to set the price then - this is why I will have to look more thoroughly into that world, since a small publisher that charges too much for a softcover variant of the book is just as bad as a big publisher that rejects the book outright. (Publishing would of course only go forward with permission of OBD Software.)

In the most optimistic scenario, the novel would receive enough visibility so that it attracts even more users to WOFF. I don't want to fantasize too much - but imagine the possibilities, both for the book and for OBD Software, if this was eventually picked up as a movie too - hopefully with no horrible CGI in it and reasonable acting skills.

(And thank you rtoolooze for the kind words as well.)

Von S smile2

Last edited by VonS; 09/30/20 02:37 AM. Reason: Added info.

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#4538503 - 09/26/20 07:52 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Good luck, VonS, great project!
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... if this was eventually picked up as a movie too - hopefully with no horrible CGI in it and reasonable acting skills.

Von S smile2

Just without Tom Cruise, pls biggrin

#4538511 - 09/26/20 10:04 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, wonderful writing Sir! Shoot, I’ll purchase either one.


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