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#4505119 - 01/27/20 05:12 AM VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread  
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Hello gents', after testing and tweaking FMs largely in quick combat mode, thought I'd jump into a campaign to see what the excitement is all about and the immersion is very impressive. Got stuck with a Morane Parasol in May of 1915, in rainy weather, for the first flight (RFC 1), but Ltn. Johnny Dobson managed to return in one piece. Flew from the airfields at Armentieres north of Passchendale and made the circuit back, but being young and brave flyers, we decided it was easier to do recon. spotting by flying on the German side of the lines. Thankfully none of our engines conked out (flight of three). Landing back at the 'drome was however hair-raising in the wet weather (one of our fellows sunk into the mud literally), as was wrestling the winds at higher alts. at times.

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#4505137 - 01/27/20 01:38 PM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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Just imagine being the guy that's got to stand up with the rain going down the back of his neck all flight... thumbsup

#4505149 - 01/27/20 03:31 PM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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Thanks VonS. All this time you haven't flown campaign ? Campaign is the most immersive part wink

Did you change the FM on the Morane? If so that tail in the ground could more easily happen. FM changes can affects contacts and balance and so on.

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#4505180 - 01/27/20 09:21 PM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Originally Posted by Rick_Rawlings
Just imagine being the guy that's got to stand up with the rain going down the back of his neck all flight... thumbsup


winkngrin Yes, even the thought of it makes me shudder.


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#4505181 - 01/27/20 09:34 PM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: Polovski]  
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Originally Posted by Polovski
Thanks VonS. All this time you haven't flown campaign ? Campaign is the most immersive part wink

Did you change the FM on the Morane? If so that tail in the ground could more easily happen. FM changes can affects contacts and balance and so on.


Have been all this time in a variety of quick combat scenarios - so I'm looking forward to more campaign flying. Not only is it immersive but addictive too. smash

Didn't touch the Morane Parasol FM so far...just getting the feel of it currently (I think it flies fine so I will likely not tinker with its FM on my install...fine enough for a Parasol at any rate).

I'm assuming that the excessive rain created muddy conditions at the edge of the 'drome and the poor fellow sunk in after he came to a rest.

I've opened another campaign now as well, with a German pilot, so I will perhaps run them in tandem and see what happens...both are set in 1915. I might occasionally post here of the exploits and will treat this as a "casual campaigns" thread - good for practice until I'm ready to join the big boys under the DiD thread.

Von S smile2

Further notes for those following these posts: mods. installed so far as I run these early campaigns are ----- rivers mod, inflight map mod, historical victory info. mod, and the following fm mods (Alb. D.1 field mod, Fokk. E.IIa mod, Nieup. 10, 11, and 16 mods) ----- also modified are the "threshold" values in the simulation.xml file, for individual fighter-on-fighter contact (fightThreshold="-2" and withdrawThreshold="-3") ----- will see how these more "stubborn" settings pan out ----- most other things are set to max. realism in the in-sim settings panels, with flight-congestion at medium, and no "coercing" of flight paths for higher frequency of contact.

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#4505186 - 01/27/20 10:09 PM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, I think you should join the DiD club now. Being called ‘big boys’ alone is good enough reason to join. biggrin


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#4505217 - 01/28/20 03:49 AM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: Fullofit]  
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Originally Posted by Fullofit
VonS, I think you should join the DiD club now. Being called ‘big boys’ alone is good enough reason to join. biggrin


Most tempting gents' and thanks for the kind invitation smile2 - I'll run a few more practice campaigns however to minimize chances of embarrassing myself in the DiD threads where the seasoned experts and hot-shot aces fly.

To continue with Ltn. Johnny Dobson's adventures....flight no. 2

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The next flight was again in poor weather. Fortunately the rain wasn't falling this time around, but the winds were rather nasty above about 1000 m alt., requiring constant correction with rudder to minimize slipping in these strange Parasols. The flight was a bit over half-an-hour in length - once again, being brave and occasionally foolhardy flyers - we chanced it (slightly) and didn't follow the flight plan exactly, but veered off several kilometers to the right, over the German side of the lines, towards Ledegem in Belgium. This allowed for better observation of the battle taking place below, and of troop positions.

Spotted was some solitary aircraft flying far below, at an altitude of no more than a couple of hundred meters - but I decided not to experiment and we continued the flight back uneventfully, doing a wide circle over Ypres - and then back to the closer (and smaller) of the two 'dromes near Armentieres. I was pleased to see that none of the other fellows would sink into the mud this time at the far end of the 'drome, it having dried somewhat overnight, most likely.

Another pleasant surprise was that on the next day I was promoted from Ltn. to Captain - for what reason precisely I did not inquire - perhaps for my tendency to fly further over the German lines than recommended by the flight plans ("forward action" as it's called at HQ).
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#4505361 - 01/29/20 02:18 AM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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Cap'n. Johnny Dobson's adventure no. 3....

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My first flight as Captain was a broad circuit from our northern-most aerodrome at Armentieres, down to Neuve Chapelle, and then back. We were a flight of two, and, the flight being mostly uneventful, except for the winds at higher alts., we decided (when coming back north) to veer several kilometers to the right, over the German side of the lines, for better spotting - and, feeling confident, we proceeded as far north as to take us parallel to Lille.

Close to the lines at Lille, we observed a battle taking place far below - and then decided to cut back across our lines, flying directly over Armentieres before landing at our 'drome. I at least landed at my aerodrome - the other Parasol for some reason decided to land instead at the 'drome slightly to the south of our smaller, more northern one - I would later learn that this was owing to the direction of the prevailing wind and the sometimes sloppy (and dangerous) nature of tight turns when executed in the Parasol. Felix Salmond, the pilot of the other Parasol, therefore considered it the safer option to land further downwind.
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#4505364 - 01/29/20 02:55 AM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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And here's the first flight for Oberleutnant Otto von Pranz, who hails from Tubingen, and is based at the 'drome north of Zerkegem, with "Bosta 2," flying the Fokker E.II(a) variant.

(Extra info.: for the next missions, Von S will tinker with down-tuning flight congestion from "medium" to "light" in the in-sim menu, and will turn on minimal "coercion" with enemy flight paths - to see if these will result in greater chance of contact with the enemy, and also to see if this will minimize a slight drop in frame rates noticed during the Otto von Pranz flight, after about half an hour - possibly owing to flak or flight congestion around Bethune? - although no craft were observed in the vicinity. Also to be tested will be a smaller floating point value in the terrain file under /shaders30 - will test at 128 and 256, current value being used there is 512; as well to be tested will be BuckeyeBob's clouds in PE - and Jara's Multimod will be set for "no aircraft explosions," "no flak on landed planes," "bombs to drop singly," and winds will be set at "vertical low," "horizontal moderate," and "turbulence low" - for further immersion.)

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Today's November flight was a lengthy one. I was rather surprised that our flight officer encouraged us (two Aviatiks were also to proceed) to fly all the way to the area around Bethune and the front lines there. I was somewhat apprehensive but was encouraged that, owing to my pre-war flight experience, I would do just fine - and besides, I was to fly the E.II variant of the Eindecker, nicely tuned-up by our field mechanic and occasional test pilot Kritter von Schnapps, affectionately known as Von S by those who have had the pleasure to fly his modified contraptions.

Starting the Eindecker was pesky business but it accelerated well and I was soon aloft - the overall theory was that I escort the two Aviatiks as far south as possible, although I was given freedom to roam silently and stealthily if the Aviatiks were faring well on their own. I decided to follow them down to about Aartrijke before bidding them farewell and cutting across the lines slightly north of Passchendale, then directly across Ypres, and floating further south - all this on their side of the lines (which was usually frowned upon) to be able to observe things more clearly.

I kept regular watch behind me, although at this alt. of about 2000 m I did not meet anyone. Solitary and singular was the entire flight. Eventually Bethune was spotted on the right side, and small skirmishes happening at the front lines there, on the left. Wrestling constantly with the winds in the slippery Eindecker, I only then noticed that my fuel was down to less than 60%. Erring on the side of caution, I cut across the lines, to land at a smaller aerodrome that was immediately north of Lens. The landing kept my hands full but I managed to taxi, still in one piece, towards a tent - and spun the engine down.

We telephoned my aerodrome at Zerkegen, and, to my relief, the flight officer recommended that I refuel and stay the night at Lens - since storms and even worse winds were building up north - it was already difficult to coax the Eindecker into any semblance of flight even in the somewhat decent weather conditions that had prevailed during my flight south. The two Aviatiks would complete their mission unmolested, I was assured, since they had by then attained the necessary altitude. I was encouraged by our globe-trotting flight officer, via telephone, to dine at Schmidt's in Lens - excellent sausages and sauerkraut there.
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#4505372 - 01/29/20 05:27 AM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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Mission no. 2 for Oberleutnant Otto von Pranz...

(Note: wind set to vertical and turbulence low, horizontal moderate - is working wonderfully for immersion - via Jara's MultiMod; floating point at a value of 128 seems okay for now but will test further in relation to frame rates; medium coercion settings for encounters with enemy flights are working very well, as evident in the report below.)

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On Nov. 5 I was to fly a long circuit once again, south of Ypres and back, largely on our side of the lines. Also flying today was an Aviatik and another Eindecker that we recently received. I ascended and accompanied the other Eindecker and Aviatik as far as Aartrijke. Seeing that they were doing well, I headed towards the lines, and slightly south, nearer to Passchendale, where I slightly crossed over the lines. I then continued heading south, expecting to make it at least to Ypres, when I noticed over the left wing, at a much lower alt., two Parasols heading towards our lines. I circled and began a descent gradually, making sure to remain either below and far behind the Parasols, or at least in front of them - knowing that this way I would be safe.

One Parasol eventually disengaged and headed back towards its aerodrome, while the other fellow and I intermittently exchanged fire, with me getting about 10 rounds into him, and he getting about 4 or 5 rounds into my engine. Hearing that my engine had developed trouble, I attempted another couple of maneuvers around the Parasol but considered it wise now to turn towards my lines and crossed over, with a thin stream of smoke following (that I had only then noticed). In the meantime the Parasol had also disappeared from the area. Throughout our brief skirmish, a battle was observed to be raging between the trenches below.

No sooner had I crossed over into our sector than my engine quit - and then passed several nervous minutes in which I tried to find a spot with no trees, in largely pock-marked ground from shelling - and in which to land. Surprisingly, the Eindecker behaves better if landing with engine off (or destroyed in my case) - than with futile attempts to control its nearly nonexistent throttle settings. I quickly rolled to a stop in a fairly flat area of ground. By evening I was back at the 'drome above Zerkegem, lucky to have come back in one piece - although it would take two days to repair the Eindecker, which had also been dismantled and returned to the aerodrome, by truck, the next morning. I would take these two days to write down some of my observations on the Eindecker's flight characteristics - and committing much of the info. to memory, in hopes of engaging in more successful skirmishes against the rather ominous Parasols in the future.
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#4505392 - 01/29/20 11:58 AM Re: VonS Tries His Hand at a WOFF Campaign [Re: VonS]  
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Fine stuff VonS, glad you are at long last discovering the allure of the campaigns. And you're ready now for DiD, my friend. You're concerned about embarrassing yourself? Bah! You couldn't possible embarrass yourself more than any of us already has, many times over. Just look at my man Captain Swanson, who got lost over the North Sea in a blizzard and has been a guest of the Dutch for the last month as a result. As for aces and hotshots, we're all just legends in our own minds. biggrin

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#4505476 - 01/29/20 10:01 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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It's an honor to have Lou, as the representative of the Gong Fairy, visiting this casual campaigns thread too - I thank you all for the words of encouragement and I promise to send an official application to the DiD Thread once I wind up these two campaigns I have going now. I also look forward to reading of Captain Swanson's further adventures - that flight in the blizzard is legendary. smile2

Oberleutnant Von Pranz's Eindecker will be ready soon for another flight - in the meantime I'll be testing further the floating point value to see how it affects fps/graphics. And perhaps a couple of practice quick combat missions are a good idea too - between Eindeckers and Parasols - to see what the Parasol's weak areas are. yep

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#4505626 - 01/31/20 05:34 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Von Pranz's Eindecker is ready for another flight and he hopes to roll it out of the hangar very soon.


In the meantime, a technical interlude below after further tinkering (hopefully the info. will be helpful to those trying to squeeze out maximal realism and graphics in WOFFue/pe).

In terms of graphics, was experimenting with patch pixel dim and float texture sizes and ratios - and I'm getting smoothest and best fps results by having the floating size slightly bigger than the pixel dim size (on the order of about 1.5 times bigger). Numbers that work well are as follows:


For excellent performance // excellent graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 650;

In terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="400" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">


For very good performance // fantastic graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 1050;

terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="700" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">


Other ratios and sizes tested either aren't worth repeating here or didn't give me great results.

Do not use float and pixel dim sizes above about 1150 for the entries above, otherwise horrible stuttering is present; values above about 1200-1250 often freeze/crash the sim. Also, float and pixel dim sizes below about 300 offer no benefits, performance or graphics-wise. Float size should be bigger than the pixel dim size for this visual "trick" to work well - also recommended is that these settings be used with the "slighty thinned out trees" compositescenerybudgets numbers available under my long "WOFF on a Mac" thread, as well as with the crisper "ring values" indicated there too, for the compositetexturebudgets file.

The level-4 "high quality" graphics patch by Panama Red also gives similar quality results and is worth a try if the recommendations included here don't work for you. Panama Red's patch eliminates blue triangles entirely - mine very rarely show blue triangles if flying at very low altitudes but I'm getting smooth frame rates with the settings tweaked to the info. indicated above.

Representative pic. included here (with float size of 650 and pixel dim of 400).

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In terms of overall realism, I'm very pleased with stock values in WOFF but further tweaks using Jara's excellent "MultiMod" are what I'm currently using, after a few days of testing, and I recommend them for those looking for very realistic flight settings (see included pic.). Observers are still excellent shots with the numbers I've selected but are not "sniper quality" to a kilometer out. You are still in for a world of hurt if you get too close, for example, to a Parasol. Further experimentation with winds has also resulted in the settings I have for what I think is "best realism" in the sim (vertical low, horizontal and turbulence moderate) - but feel free to experiment to get the results you like.

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Now to get ready again for some hardcore flying in the "casual campaigns."

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#4505719 - 01/31/20 08:17 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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For excellent performance // excellent graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 650;

In terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="400" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">


For very good performance // fantastic graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 1050;

terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="700" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">

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Hi VonS,

I'm enjoying these reports and the technical tweeks, quick question where do these values go? I looked in the config settings but couldnt see them. Am I missing something? I'd love to give them a go!

I'd love to see you in DiD campaign too ... and for your peace of mind I'm totally not a hot shot! The only thing I do well is mistakenly wind up the Gong Fairy!

Happy Flying!

Seb

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Hi VonS,

I'm enjoying these reports and the technical tweeks, quick question where do these values go? I looked in the config settings but couldnt see them. Am I missing something? I'd love to give them a go!

I'd love to see you in DiD campaign too ... and for your peace of mind I'm totally not a hot shot! The only thing I do well is mistakenly wind up the Gong Fairy!

Happy Flying!

Seb


Hi Seb,

You will find those files located in your c_drive/OBDSoftware/WOFF/OBDWW1 Over Flanders Fields directory. The compositetexturebudgets and compositescenerybudgets files are located in the "terrain" folder under that directory path. The other file, that contains the float texture size, is located in the "shaders30" folder, and is called "Terrain" (again to be found under the same directory path). I recommend making a backup of those three files (in stock format), and storing them somewhere safe, before attempting my recommended tweaks.

I'm in the meantime trying to decide whether or not to increase the "AI guns shooting range" value in JJJ's "MultiMod" to 300, and to drop rear gun accuracy by half a point to "4.5." Will test the values further to strike a good balance between good rear gunners but to avoid sniper accuracy, for variety and realism. The good thing about the MultiMod is that it follows averages that are already set up in WOFF - so tinkering with the values still leaves room for exceptional cases (of good or bad marksmanship).

Glad you're enjoying the casual campaigns reports - I hope to have a new one up soon, for Von Pranz's Eindecker.

Von S smile

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#4505732 - 01/31/20 10:35 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you VonS, that makes sense - I’ll give it a go!

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#4505757 - 02/01/20 04:29 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quick technical note that the MultiMod pic. in my earlier post above has now been updated to the latest settings I'm using - AI shooting range increased to a value of 300, and accuracy of gunners slightly detuned to a value of 4.5. Works very well now, with lots of variety, in quick combat tests. Also decreased collision range to 250, and increased my gun range to 250 (still at a disadvantage to the AI but more competitive and allows for the odd distance shot). Also increased engine start delay slightly to 10 secs., and increased slightly values for aircraft stress damage (stress damage tweaks simply change values in the simulation.xml file by the way, and don't do anything with aircraft xfm files).

Also, for those tinkering with my patch pixel dim and floating size values mentioned above, I recommend trying out the following two tweaks as well (on my rig I've managed to squeeze out a bit more fps this way, also smoothness and graphics sharpness).

Tweaks have been temporarily deleted from this particular post since I've managed to get rid of blue triangles entirely but applying several of my modifications to the level-4 Panama Red video tweak - still tinkering with some settings to see how frame rates are holding up, and also to see if I can squeeze out crisper graphics in low-alt. flights. Will most likely post the modified tweaks via a dropbox link once I've sorted this out - might as well nip it in the bud now since I'm already working on it. Von Pranz has by the way flown his third mission - stay tuned for the excitement. smile

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#4505835 - 02/01/20 08:25 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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I am looking forward to both the missions and the modding smile

#4505865 - 02/02/20 06:01 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Good news - my previous tweaks, located under the "WOFF on a Mac" thread, and the files originally done by Panama Red (for the level-4, highest quality video tweak for WOFF) - have been successfully combined. You will find the package in zipped form, available at the following link:

VonS GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF, version 1.4

The file is JSGME ready. Simply unzip the file, and then place the folder called "01_VonS_MaxFPSnGraphicsGPUtuner_ver1.1.1" inside your MODS folder for WOFF. Load up with JSGME and go fly. The second folder, which is optional, is called "02_VonS_4RingDimPatchForGPUtuner_ver1.2" and should be installed after, not before, the "01" patch is applied - the "02" folder should also be placed in the MODS folder for WOFF. Same install instructions apply to the optional "03_VonS_RingDimExtravaganzaForGPUtuner_ver1.3" folder - it should be installed over the main ver. 1.1.1 patch, not before. Identical install instructions apply to the optional "04_VonS_CrisperTextureBudgetsForGPUtuner_ver1.4" folder, although it's simplest to apply the "04" folder last, after the other patches are in place.

(Also, if you are interested in running HarryH's "no cloud popping" mod., I recommend installing it first via JSGME, and then installing my WOFF GPU Tuner Patch over it - this will replace HarryH's preload.xml file with my own slightly modified one. At any rate, there are no incompatibilities between the two mods.)


Some features of the tweaks:

- no blue triangles
- maximum fps possible extracted from your GPU (see info. in representative pics. below) through tweaks of the compositetexturebudgets, compositescenerybudgets, and Terrain file
- graphics maintained at very high quality
- fps seem smooth with hardly any micro-stuttering
- patch pixel dim and floating size numbers applied as per my earlier posts in this thread (650 float size, 400 patch pixel dim)
- tweaks are about 20% lighter on GPU usage than the level-4 Panama Red video tweak files (higher number in the info. box in the top left corner of the pics. below, for "gpu," indicates less gpu usage - lower numbers indicate higher gpu usage)
- tree congestion has been slightly thinned out in this patch (by about 10-15%) from stock (should work well with the relevant European geography often flown over in WOFF)

Additions to ver. 1.1.1:

- includes an extended preload.xml file based on the one provided by HarryH for his no-cloud-popping mod. for WOFF (helps to preload various cirrus, cumulus, cumulonimbus clouds, etc., prior to flight - for smoother fps and less cloud popping)
- includes a modified shaders.xml file that has had several "lighting" and "specular" entries enabled, that were turned off, in the stock shaders file (helps to improve green color of the grass and to lighten the atmosphere overall - especially for those who don't like to tinker with SweetFX/ReShade or can't get those two to work in WOFFpe)
- includes my d3d8.ini files, for the main WOFF folder, and also for WOFFScenery (should help to squeeze out some more fps while maintaining high quality graphics)
- if you prefer using the settings in your own d3d8 files instead, simply remove the d3d8 file from the main WOFF folder included with this GPU Tuner Patch, and also the entire WOFFScenery folder that is included, before placing the "01_VonS_MaxFPSnGraphicsGPUtuner_ver1.1.1" folder inside your MODS folder and enabling with JSGME
- I recommend, however, if using your own settings in the two d3d8.ini files, to change the "terrain patch pixel dim" size in both of them from the stock value of 256 to 100 (this works well with the floating point size and patch pixel size values included in the other files in my GPU Tuner Patch, to maintain best smoothness of frame rates)
- max. fps top out at around 170-180, with clear blue skies, and this patch installed

Additions to ver. 1.2:

- ver. 1.2 is the addon patch called "02_VonS_4RingDimPatchForGPUtuner_ver1.2"
- this patch is an alternative tweak of the compositescenerybudgets file that removes even more unnecessary "ring dim" values from the five "budget" levels that are present, giving a consistent "4 rings" per budget level, and also slightly increasing the minimal quality of graphics in the outer rings, as compensation, which should give slightly less fuzzy graphics to distant terrains when viewed from high altitudes, without any performance hit on fps
- the addon patch also maintains smooth graphics, decently high fps, and no blue triangles are present
- if you are happy with the main GPU Tuner Patch (ver. 1.1.1), there is no need to install the "4RingDim" patch (but I encourage you to try both and pick the one that best suits your rig, and keep in mind that the addon ver. 1.2 patch requires the main ver. 1.1.1 patch to be installed already)
- max. fps top out at around 220-235, with clear blue skies, and this patch installed

Additions to ver. 1.3:

- ver. 1.3 is the alternative addon patch called "03_VonS_RingDimExtravaganzaForGPUtuner_ver1.3"
- this patch is another, alternative tweak of the compositescenerybudgets file that includes several more "ring dim" entries per the five "budget" levels that are present, giving 5, 6 and sometimes 7 ring entries, thereby making overall graphics quality slightly "crisper," especially at lower alts.
- maintained in this patch too are smooth graphics, decently high fps, and no blue triangles are present
- this patch, like the ver. 1.2 patch, is optional (but I encourage you to try this one out on your installs too, and to pick the one that best suits your rig, and keep in mind again that the addon ver. 1.3 patch requires the main ver. 1.1.1 patch to be installed already)
- max. fps top out at around 185-195, with clear blue skies, and this patch installed

Additions to ver. 1.4:

- ver. 1.4 contains an alternative compositetexturebudgets file that further improves crispness of far textures at high alts.
- this patch, like the ver. 1.2 and 1.3 patches, is optional, and may be installed over ver. 1.1.1, 1.2, or 1.3, if you like
- max. fps with the optional ver. 1.4 patch applied drop by about a value of 10-15, on average, when compared with the other three patches

NOTE: for comparison, the Panama Red highest-quality, level-4 compositescenerybudgets file tops out at around 160 fps, if run with the rest of my tweaks (patch pixel dim size, floating size, etc.) that are included with the GPU Tuner Patch

Happy flying,
Von S smile

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#4505867 - 02/02/20 07:26 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 3 for Oberleutnant Otto von Pranz

(note: this mission was flown before the fps/video tweaks indicated above were fully applied)

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Nov. 7 was a fine day for a reconnaissance flight, or so said our commanding officer, a jovial fellow but sometimes predisposed to misinterpretation of the weather. Today I was to be flying with a new man, Friedrich Seelig, originally from Bavaria, and also with one of our "resident" Aviatiks - more resident than aloft since it acquired the odd habit of frequently requiring fixes to its engine, and has been known sometimes to stay for days on end at our 'drome here at Ghistelles, undergoing repairs.

We were soon under way in what seemed favorable conditions, although the winds were stronger above about 1000 m alt. and required constant correction with warping or rudder, or both, on the Eindecker, to maintain direction. Seelig was in the other Eindecker that we had recently received - I indicated, while still on the ground, that we follow the Aviatik as far south as Aartrijke, and then to make our way towards the lines, slightly north of Passchendale - to go over the lines there, flying a direct path south and above Ypres, in the spirit of good reconnoitering.

The winds seemed more manageable south of Ypres so we continued our flight unimpeded, passing an area of some battles that were roaring and thundering far below, roughly parallel to Ledegem. Slightly south of Messines we did a wide turn towards our side of the lines, emerged on our side, and then proceeded slightly north again to follow the zig-zag pattern of the trenches. Not more than a few minutes into this return pattern of the flight - first spotted was our Aviatik, crossing towards the enemy lines, and entering a cloud that was hovering a couple of kilometers in front of us. No more than half-a-kilometer behind the Aviatik, and slightly below, possibly headed back towards their lines - were next seen two lumbering enemy types (I would later ascertain that they were some kind of "gunbuses," as called by the English).

It was likely that these characters had not seen the Aviatik since they were not ascending towards it - what was more important was that they had not seen us. Quickly I ran over, in my mind, some of the advice given the previous day by Von Schnapps our test pilot and resident mechanic, regarding the second production series Eindecker: "Avoid diving at speeds higher than about 220 kph. Also take advantage of the now highly-strung wires for more sensitivity of wing warping. And please do use the few extra horses I have managed to wrangle from the Oberursel. You may easily outdistance yourself from opponents, not necessarily on the level, but certainly in a climb maintained at about 105 kph, giving you a healthy ascension rate of three meters per second or so. This should certainly upset those lethargic Nieuport two-seaters and silly one-seater conversions that we have had the pleasure of capturing at times."

Other advice, and which I wrote down in my notebook over the last two days, I would now have no time to contemplate. Instead, I gave the signal to Seelig and we proceeded to attack, making a wide left turn towards the two craft and following them back over their lines. Owing to a change in the winds, however, we began to drop further and further behind. One of the fellows was faster but lower, and disappeared into cloud cover, never to be seen again by us. The other craft was somewhat closer and, in a futile attempt to deliver damage to it, I intermittently let off some rounds. A few of these rounds seemed to have accomplished their task for a few small bursts of smoke were observed in the vicinity of the straggler, and we then began to shorten the distance between ourselves. Seelig kept to my left and slightly above me, while I floated to the right of this craft and then kicked my rudder to point my nose in the direction of his fuselage - more of a tub really that held the pilot and observer. I raked the length of the tub with 20 or 30 rounds. No sooner was this completed than the craft pointed its nose towards the earth and hurtled into a field below, to break up and burn. Only now did I notice that we were northwest of Armentieres, fairly deep over the enemy's sector.

Promptly I swung my Eindecker towards our lines and began a gradual ascent towards safer altitudes, and to avoid the flak that was now occasionally active, most likely once they had seen what we had done to one of their aeroplanes. We passed back over our lines close to Messines, turned northwards, and continued the now uneventful flight home to our aerodrome above Zerkegem. I came in first and rolled to a stop next to an empty hangar. Next to arrive, of all surprises, was our Aviatik that dropped down nearby and parked itself at the edge of our 'drome, soon to be followed by Seelig - thus completing our rather lengthy expedition.

The next day my claim for the lumbering British type was confirmed - I was to learn that it was a Farman Experimental no. 2.
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Von S smile

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#4505928 - 02/02/20 10:35 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hey VonS,

Great work, I'm checking it out right now!

Many Thanks

Andy

#4505936 - 02/02/20 11:15 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: SebToombs]  
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Originally Posted by SebToombs
Hey VonS,

Great work, I'm checking it out right now!

Many Thanks

Andy


Hi Seb,

Hope the tweaks prove useful - they work well on my pair of AMD cards. I'm assuming they should work well for nVidia cards too. (If necessary I might do a few more tweaks in the future to the pixel dim patch and floating sizes, and call it a "version 2" patch - but for now I'll leave the tweaks as is.)

In the meantime, I will fly the next two to three missions on the RFC side, to revisit Cap'n. Johnny Dobson and his Morane Parasols. No sense in pushing Von Pranz's luck too much after his first victory over the gunbus, far behind enemy lines.

Von S smile


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#4506066 - 02/04/20 03:02 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 4 for Cap'n. Johnny Dobson and his Parasols.

(Note: healthy frame rates maintained with tweaks applied from my previous patch posted above - might also tinker with some settings in the AMD control panel too and will post any tips in the future should any further, good discoveries emerge.)

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Our latest mission was to be a bombing run, with the Parasol carrying a few 20 kg combustibles, but owing to the worsening weather I and the boys decided on an arty spotting flight instead. It would have been foolhardy to attempt taking bombs up in these windy conditions, and in crates that could barely climb with pilot and observer on board. As well, wired to us last night from HQ was that at least one of our Parasols do a brief patrol of the area around Menen, further into the enemy's territory - to investigate a factory and bridges in that area, in the spirit of "forward action." Speculation was that this served as an aircraft factory, churning out on occasion German imitations of the Parasol, and also some other ungainly variants, with double and triple tails, that we have heard rumors of but have so far not witnessed at the front lines. We drew straws and I was chosen for the flight - my observer was not too keen on this outcome, but I managed to relieve him of some of his apprehensions with a small shot of Scotch mixed with water.

A new fellow was to go aloft with us too, in the second Parasol. His name was Sanderson and he had studied classical languages at Eton before the war - a well-read chap, we noticed right away. There was a running joke this morning that, in case of engine or other trouble, we would send him behind enemy lines first since he possibly could converse in German, and other languages too.

Soon the banter was over, we were fitted up in our lambskin outer garments, with goggles, helmets, and scarves all done up fastidiously, and off we went. Sanderson and his observer ascended first into the cloudy skies, with us following about a kilometer behind. We escorted them a bit to the south of Bailleul, whereupon, as instructed, their Parasol did a wide climbing turn towards Ypres. We however proceeded on a steady southeasterly course towards the lines, passing them south of the river and then working our way northwards, on their side of the lines - at first encountering Lille on the right, and a battle raging below on the left, and that we spotted for a while, observing the location of the German batteries there. After a couple of circles in the vicinity we headed further northwards, at an altitude of about 1900 m, and eventually found ourselves close to Menen and the bridges and factory we were ordered to assess.

There was so much rapidly-moving cloud cover that nothing was visible however, and we had to descend below 1000 m, more clearly to locate the bridges and factory. We spent nearly 10 minutes doing this, with me ever-careful to idle the engine on the Parasol as best I could, during the long descent, so as not to give away our location to any German guns in the area. We finally managed to take some photographs of the objects and then, eagerly, I pointed the nose of the Parasol in the direction of our lines, and we began a gentle climb into low-hanging clouds that had approached us in the meantime, almost as if calling out to us that we come hide inside. The cloud cover proved beneficial for we remained unnoticed by the artillery below, also by Archie, allowing us safely to climb ever higher before passing onto our side of the lines, around Messines - where some of the worst winds hit us that I remember since arriving at the front in April.

It was not raining, but the winds were so fearsome, and coming at our Parasol from several directions, that we received a right proper thrashing, constantly bobbing up and down, sinking to the left and right - and with barely any directional control being mustered from the Parasol's rudder. It wasn't until we spotted Armentieres to our left, and when we got slightly higher still, that the winds abated somewhat. The turbulent bobbing was nonetheless still present even for the descent towards our smaller of the two 'dromes north of Armentieres - I barely managed to land our crate, blipping the engine like a madman before taxiing to a stop in front of some sheds. Sanderson could be heard buzzing farther behind, having come in by now from the area around Ypres, although we could not spot him owing to the low cloud cover. In the meantime, while unfastening our harnesses and helmets, we noticed a single Be.2 descending towards the 'drome slightly south of us - and painting a rather odd picture on this day - of man and aeroplane, solitary and small, against an endless gray sky.
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#4506071 - 02/04/20 06:02 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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"You went up in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia-ish

#4506142 - 02/04/20 05:33 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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"You went up in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia-ish


Thank you my friend for the words of encouragement. biggrin Flight no. 5 has been completed for RFC1. This time Cap'n. Dobson and company had to take up 20 kg bombs, no exceptions, as ordered by top brass - report will follow soon.

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#4506210 - 02/05/20 05:48 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 5 for Cap'n. Johnny Dobson & Company.

(Note: some tweaks to lighting and specular effects in the shader.xml file will be tested in mission no. 6, a file that's located in the main WOFF sim folder by the way; also tested will be a preload file tweaked by HarryH in one of the threads here a while back; and I will also include the relevant pixel patch dim value, of 400, in the d3d8 ini file under the main WOFF folder, and also the one located in WOFFScenery - should the tweaks work well I will include them in a ver. 1.1 upload of my "FPS and Graphics Tuner" located under the relevant post on page 1 of this thread.)

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For three days the rain fell heavily and incessantly. There would be no flying, the field next to our 'drome having gradually turned to mud, and so we wiled away the hours by listening to music, with such fresh tunes as "It's Poppy Time in Old Japan" blaring from the gramophone, or amusing ourselves with games of faro and whist. On the fourth day, the 21st of May, the sun broke through the low-hanging clouds, beckoning us to ascend and engage in some fine sporting action.

That same morning our C.O. was visiting, Sir Geoffrey Salmond, a distant relative of the Felix Salmond who occasionally went up in tandem with me in the Parasols. The senior Salmond was himself a pilot, having received his flight certificate before the war, and he fancied a flight or two with us. As Captain I suggested that he lead the way, but he would have none of it - ordering that I give the commands, with one stipulation - that it be a bombing mission, as recently urged by HQ.

With the necessary preparations done on our engines, all primed, pilots and observers fastened inside their nests, and everything checked doubly so by our riggers, we began to roll and build up speed, and ascended into the now more pleasant looking skies. The flight consisted of two Parasols, I and my observer in one, and the senior Salmond and his observer in the other - both Parasols were carrying four 20 kg bombs, which slowed down our rate of climb. Eventually, however, we managed to pass 1000 m alt. and proceeded southwards, to pass over the lines close to Neuve Chapelle, where the enemy batteries were located that we were to bomb.

We circled a few times to ascertain more clearly the position of the batteries, and I went in first, dropping the four bombs singly, soon to be followed by Salmond's Parasol, that also dropped its bombs singly. Detonations were heard soon after, below, but we considered it wise not to loiter and proceeded northeasterly, on the German side of the lines, towards the area between Loos and Lille, where we engaged in some further reconnoitering, and also spotted a single Be.2 as it was returning slowly towards our side of the lines. Not seeing any enemy aeroplanes in this sector either, I signalled to Salmond that we do a wide ascending turn and head towards our lines.

The journey back appeared to pass more quickly since we were no longer carrying the weight of four bombs - equivalent to having a third person on board. As we passed onto our side of the lines, and a bit south of the Lys, I noticed that my petrol was now below 50 percent. Acting prudently, I again signalled to the other Parasol - that it continue towards our 'drome above Armentieres - while I on the other hand idled my engine as best I could and began a slow descent towards one of our aerodromes that was just north of the river, and not too far from the town of Bailleul. The landing, save for some minor turbulence, went smoothly, and I soon telephoned our 'drome that we would refuel here. By evening we had as well returned and were greeted with good news - that five German positions had been either badly damaged or destroyed in our bombing raid.
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#4506309 - 02/05/20 09:17 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Enjoying this and tried your VonS GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF and found the objects in the scenery are very much improved. Before all the buildings were flickering - AA I guess.

Thank you !

I am using these settings here for my 1080ti

https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4430686/nvidia-settings

#4506348 - 02/06/20 01:51 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Evochron]  
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Originally Posted by Evochron
Enjoying this and tried your VonS GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF and found the objects in the scenery are very much improved. Before all the buildings were flickering - AA I guess.

Thank you !

I am using these settings here for my 1080ti

https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4430686/nvidia-settings


Pleased to read that the GPU Tuner is helping out with your graphics Evochron. I will be testing some more additions to the tuner in mission no. 6 for Cap'n. Dobson and will upload a revised version of the package if all goes well. For those running WOFF on AMD cards, and wondering what settings I use, I include the pic. below for reference (although the entries can also be found in text form under my long "WOFF on a Mac" thread).

Von S smile

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#4506375 - 02/06/20 05:06 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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I wonder if your GPU Tuner would work for WOTR?

I will be testing before and after tonight. Can't hurt with JGSME.

I think from the pics you aren't using the cloud mod? I mean the 2.0 here:
http://www.thatoneplease.co/skyWOFF.html

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#4506379 - 02/06/20 05:58 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Evochron]  
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Originally Posted by Evochron
I wonder if your GPU Tuner would work for WOTR?

I will be testing before and after tonight. Can't hurt with JGSME.

I think from the pics you aren't using the cloud mod? I mean the 2.0 here:
http://www.thatoneplease.co/skyWOFF.html


I think the GPU Tuner should work just fine in WOTR - I definitely recommend testing it out there too - might not give as much of an fps increase as in WOFF, but 10 or so extra fps is always worth it. The cloud mod I always used in ver. 4.18 of WOFFue was the "2.9.2" BuckeyeBob package - in fact I will be testing it in WOFFpe in the next couple of missions, to see how it handles. If it doesn't hurt fps too much or produce other oddities, I might run it regularly (again) in WOFFpe. The 2.0 "high res" clouds mod by 4L0M I've never run since I didn't want to experience an fps hit.

Mission no. 6 for Cap'n. Dobson now complete and will post soon - good results with the latest tweaks for the GPU tuner (I think that turning on some of the lighting and specular entries in the shaders.xml file has, overall, lightened up some of the ground terrain and I'm getting a stronger hint of green, very nice since I can no longer use SweetFX with WOFFpe, and that "ReShade" thing never worked for me - always CTDs) - so I will go ahead and post the revised GPU Tuner package soon.

Von S smile

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#4506380 - 02/06/20 06:20 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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I use Reshade and love it.

This might not be your case below as it might be crashing while flying.

Just in case you mean crashing at the beginning - I have to wait quite a while for all the effects to be applied at the beginning so it can look like its crashed at first. If I don't touch anything at all and just wait, no mouse, nothing then it resolves itself and works. If I touch the mouse then ctd for sure.

I use the cloud mod 2.0 because it looks great and if I choose vsync in nvidia I get 60fps which for me is wonderful. I have 4k non-gaming monitor at 60hz. I got it for the height of the physical screen beats my mth2go 3 screens I used to use without the edge distortion. I run it at 1920 and I am very happy with those settings.

I have 32gb of ram so I get some stutters in the first 10 seconds but after looking around with the trackir 2 or 3 times its all good, same as xplane when loading photo scenery.

However I have not tested with loads of aircraft in a furball.

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#4506382 - 02/06/20 07:56 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Evochron]  
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Originally Posted by Evochron
I use Reshade and love it.

This might not be your case below as it might be crashing while flying.

Just in case you mean crashing at the beginning - I have to wait quite a while for all the effects to be applied at the beginning so it can look like its crashed at first. If I don't touch anything at all and just wait, no mouse, nothing then it resolves itself and works. If I touch the mouse then ctd for sure.

I use the cloud mod 2.0 because it looks great and if I choose vsync in nvidia I get 60fps which for me is wonderful. I have 4k non-gaming monitor at 60hz. I got it for the height of the physical screen beats my mth2go 3 screens I used to use without the edge distortion. I run it at 1920 and I am very happy with those settings.

I have 32gb of ram so I get some stutters in the first 10 seconds but after looking around with the trackir 2 or 3 times its all good, same as xplane when loading photo scenery.

However I have not tested with loads of aircraft in a furball.


I unfortunately get the WOFF "dll" (driver) crash if I install ReShade - and then the loading screen hangs - but I will test it further in the future. It's possible that there are some tricks (or missing files) to get ReShade running properly - I will rummage around the internet to find more info. about it. I'm still using padlock and mouse views in my sims - will have to give trackIR a go sometimes.

Von S smile


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#4506383 - 02/06/20 08:07 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 6 for Captain Dobson.

(Note: a newer version of the "GPU Tuner Patch" is still being tested and more info. will follow - the latest tweaks, with more lighting and specular shader calls enabled in the shaders.xml file, also with the pixel dim size of 400 applied to the two relevant d3d8 ini files, have been used for mission no. 6, see pics. attached below for comparison; also, those who enjoy reading of Cap'n. Dobson's and Oberleutnant Von Pranz's exploits might want to check out several tales of immersion based in the middle eastern theater in the second half of 1918, that were posted under the "DiD Single Missions" thread, for the centenary end of WWI, under the FE2 section of CombatAce - available here: https://combatace.com/forums/topic/92423-did-style-single-missions-for-fe2/).

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Today's mission required that I and another Parasol, flown by Sergeant Stephen Rhodes, observe the German batteries and their dugouts close to the lines, and slightly south of Bethune and Lens. The ascent was uneventful, although slightly windy, and we plotted a course towards our target, making sure to climb above 1000 m alt. before we passed the Lys and slightly veered to the left of our original flight plan, taking us over enemy territory already near Neuve Chapelle. I was carrying less fuel so that I could more easily carry four 20 kg bombs, while Rhodes, at my suggestion, was not carrying any - and would thus be able to provide us with immediate cover in case of any unpleasant surprises.

I dropped two of the bombs, at a rather high alt. of 1700 m, already over the enemy positions below Neuve Chapelle, but there was too much mist present to ascertain precisely where the bombs fell. We then floated further south, while veering a bit more to the left, to take us over Lens, and also to the outskirts of Lens, where we spotted a small factory complex of some kind. We flew dangerously low and did a few circles above the factory, while taking photographs, but were struck in the wings several times by German rifle fire. I dropped our two remaining bombs in the vicinity of the factory and then immediately opened the Parasol's rotary to full power, and we dashed away as quickly as possible, further south towards the Vimy area to do some reconnoitering there, and also to harass a solitary German balloon (one of those sausage types) - that was in the vicinity. I did several circles above and around the balloon, but owing to low altitude turbulence and rifle fire from below, Henderson my observer was unable to do any serious damage to it - although he is convinced that several of his rounds entered the gasbag. His Lewis MG also jammed a few times, further slowing our unsuccessful attack on the balloon. Having spent all of our ammunition, we then had no choice but to do a wide turn and to ascend northwards again. During our balloon attack, Rhodes, in the other Parasol, had kept watch slightly above us.

For the return flight, we climbed rather higher, to about 2500 m alt., to avoid any lurking enemy aircraft, but made sure to stay on the German side of the lines, for better spotting of trench lines and arty positions. Eventually, while passing Neuve Chapelle, we turned slightly to the left and plotted our way, through the broken clouds and low-lying mist, towards one of our aerodromes slightly to the north of the River Lys, and that I had alighted upon after my previous mission. Once again my petrol was close to the 50% mark and so, being prudent, we set down here, as did Rhodes in the other Parasol.

The landing went well since there is a fairly large field at this aerodrome that is laid out in a sort of half-crescent shape. We telephoned our own small 'drome above Armentieres, but, the winds having picked up speed in the afternoon, we were advised to spend the night here - where we were served up some fine entertainment, first enjoying Charlie Chaplin's film The Champion and then a burlesque dance performance by Lady Harbury (who usually resides in Paris and has translated Proust's Remembrance of Things Past into English; she is also known for her double-jointedness).

For dinner there was goose pate and other hard-to-come-by specialities, to be washed down with sparkling red Gratien & Meyer champagne that one of the pilots here, an NCO, manages to supply occasionally as we were told, ferrying the bottles down from the Meyer facilities in the Loire Valley - of all things imaginable - by an inconspicuous Be.2.
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#4506396 - 02/06/20 10:25 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Now that is what I was missing from my sim setup, goose pate!!

When I installed Reshade I did not not do what it told me to. It told me to install something for directx8 and I ignored it - it works without that.

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#4506527 - 02/07/20 03:45 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Evochron]  
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Originally Posted by Evochron
Now that is what I was missing from my sim setup, goose pate!!

When I installed Reshade I did not not do what it told me to. It told me to install something for directx8 and I ignored it - it works without that.


Thank you for the tip regarding ReShade - I will try installing it that way (I would always check off dx9 upon installation - so it's possible that was causing problems for me).

Also, for those using my "GPU Tuner Patch" for WOFF, please see the relevant post (link included here https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....casual-campaigns-woff-thread#Post4505865) for the latest version, 1.1, of the patch. Additions to the latest ver. are outlined there. That will probably be the last/definitive version of the patch since it squeezes about as many fps out of WOFF, while maintaining high quality graphics, as possible. No sense in endlessly tinkering with the patch - hope it's of use to many WOFFers - it works wonders on my rig (and is worth a try in WOTR too). A big thanks to PanamaRed, Ankor, and all other tweakers who I may have forgotten to mention and who earlier contributed to the disappearance of blue triangles in WOFF, and also other pioneering work to improve FPS.

Next mission no. 7 for Cap'n. Dobson will follow in a day or two - with the latest GPU Tuner Patch applied - and will also test BuckeyeBob's ver. 2.9.x clouds in the flight (to see if it works well with the PE ed. of WOFF).

Von S smile


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#4506599 - 02/07/20 07:35 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Casual campaigns?
All of mine are deadly serious. Probably too much so!!
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#4506612 - 02/07/20 10:14 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: DukeIronHand]  
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Originally Posted by DukeIronHand
Casual campaigns?
All of mine are deadly serious. Probably too much so!!
smile


A good point, depends on how you look at it - I was thinking "casual" in the sense of medium settings for claims and promotions, and that I didn't necessarily start a career in training or strictly in two-seaters. So, more casual than the rigorous rules of the DiD threads - but, yes, outcomes of campaigns are still very serious and require lots of concentration when flying. I was thinking of maybe naming the thread "semi-regular" or "irregular" campaigns - but casual campaigns has a nicer ring to it.

I hope to have a new report, for mission no. 7, posted soon.

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#4506619 - 02/07/20 11:14 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hey VonS,

Great work, I'm checking it out right now!

Many Thanks

Andy


Hi Seb,

Hope the tweaks prove useful - they work well on my pair of AMD cards. I'm assuming they should work well for nVidia cards too. (If necessary I might do a few more tweaks in the future to the pixel dim patch and floating sizes, and call it a "version 2" patch - but for now I'll leave the tweaks as is.)

In the meantime, I will fly the next two to three missions on the RFC side, to revisit Cap'n. Johnny Dobson and his Morane Parasols. No sense in pushing Von Pranz's luck too much after his first victory over the gunbus, far behind enemy lines.

Von S smile


Hey VonS,

I've been using them now for five days, and the mod is brilliant. Your mod combined with NVIDIA profile inspector has the game running smoothly, beautifully and fast! with 8XAA

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This is my PC

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Thanks for all your hard work!

And I'm continuing to love Johnny Dobson's adventures!

Seb

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#4506634 - 02/08/20 04:03 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi Seb,

I'm glad to read that the GPU Tuner Patch is helpful - from what I've noticed on my rig, micro-stutters are also absent (haven't noticed any serious drops in fps, or pauses, with the latest ver. 1.1 tweaks either) - I recommend checking out the latest ver. 1.1 if you haven't had an opportunity to do so (link is located a couple of posts above).

I'm tempted to try out one more thing with the GPU Tuner Patch - and if necessary to release a ver. 1.2 eventually - I will try to attempt a few visual tricks so that terrain that is further away has exactly the same graphics quality as terrain immediately below/around the aircraft you are flying. While barely noticeable any more (with the ver. 1.0 and ver. 1.1 patches) - there is still a very, very perceptible transition from immediate terrain to terrain further away.

This is just the reality of the terrain generating engine - but I'll try a few more tweaks and will post results if I notice any changes. The theory is to have slightly higher-quality terrain patches showing up further away, which, visually, should end up looking the same quality as terrain in the immediate vicinity - that's the theory anyway. (Nit-picky, I know, but it's worth an experiment or two - will report back if successful.)

Von S smile


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#4506637 - 02/08/20 05:29 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you for the GPU tweaks, VonS. I'll certainly test them out, at least once I get a chance to actually do a little flying!

In regard to matching the graphics detail in the various "rings" I think you will find that the outer most ring is the most problematical. Trying to match the graphical detail in the outer ring with the inner rings will definitely result in the largest fps hit AND most likely an increase in stutters (the longer kind, not the micro-stutters that you also referred to). In my experience helping PR with the blue triangles mod, I noticed a fairly predictable stutter occuring when the terrain detail in the outer ring is updated, particularly when the terrain transitions from generic to detailed terrain. In fact, increasing the object density in the outer ring too much can bring the game to a crawl and even cause a game crash.

Of course, if you are referring to the inner and middle rings only, then this is not as big of a problem.

#4506640 - 02/08/20 08:12 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi BuckeyeBob,

Invaluable information - and thank you for letting me know about that.

I've just completed some tests with image quality increased (not density) for the outer rings and, while it doesn't really affect my fps by much - it does produce occasional and noticeable stuttering, especially when flying closer to ground level. Have also experimented with other tweaks to image quality and tile frequency/numbers in the compositescenery and compositetexturebudgets files but no noticeable improvements were seen. If anything, minor stuttering was re-introduced. I will therefore go back to my previous conclusion that ver. 1.1 of the GPU Tuner Patch will most likely be the final/definitive version of the patch - since it strikes the best balance between visual quality and smooth, high fps - and I'm glad to hear that it works well on nVidia cards too, not only on AMD.

Further combat missions coming up, and will also tinker with JJJ's mission editor and BuckeyeBob's clouds soon.

Von S smile

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#4506689 - 02/08/20 06:33 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi VonS,

I've Been Testing 1.1 patch this afternoon, it was very good! I was flying Verdun Feb 1917 on Heavy regional air activity and the frame rate was great and the stutters non-existent. Here are some screen shots ....

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Thank you for all your hard work!

Seb

#4506727 - 02/08/20 11:33 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi Seb,

Glad to read that ver. 1.1 of the GPU Tuner is working well too, excellent news and great screenshots.

Have now installed the BuckeyeBob clouds ver. 2.9.x so will go a' flying soon in mission no. 7 - and see how well they work in the PE ed. of WOFF. I've tinkered a bit with JJJ's nice mission editor too but will most likely not install it now (maybe later) - since I like the element of surprise in stock WOFF and not knowing what types of enemy aircraft, or how many, are around. Also, instead of changing mission waypoints, I usually just "veer off" a bit to where our brave flying gentlemen in the sim might want to go for better spotting, etc. I might on occasion use the "split" command to separate from my flight if necessary - haven't tried that one so far. JJJ's multimod is in the meantime working beautifully with the selections posted on the first page of this thread - I particularly like the winds set to moderate for horizontal and turbulence, and to low for vertical - still provides very realistic variety based on winds/cloud patterns. My compliments to OBD for managing to code real, changing weather patterns into the campaigns in WOFF - great stuff.

(Note: currently tinkering a bit more with the GPU Tuner Patch but hope to fly a new mission soon for Cap'n. Dobson.)

Von S smile

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#4506730 - 02/09/20 12:54 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS;

Nice to see another modder working on WOFF. Cudos Sir!

I just tried your patch flying out of Roucourt QC free flight (This area is very heavy with facilities so it generally has a big impact on FPS while loading). I compared the performance of your patch against "WOFF PE - (3) Scenery Improvement (High Quality) by Panama Red" and what I discovered is that Panama's mod gives me consistently higher FPS by a difference of 5 to 8. This test of course was a quick run. I haven't compared any other aspects.

Just thought I would report in on that for what it is worth.

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#4506731 - 02/09/20 01:15 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi Rob,

Thank you for the feedback - that would make sense generally that the PR level-3 mod has higher fps - what I've done in my mod is combined my tweaks from the WOFF on a Mac thread with the level-4, highest-quality PR patch for WOFF. The level-4 PR patch should give similar fps as my patch, with my patch probably using slightly less gpu resources - but I will still tinker further with the patch and will see if I can shave off some more gpu usage and increase the fps a bit more.

I have the strange feeling that there are still more things/mysteries to discover in the compositescenerybudgets and compositetexturebudgets files.

I'm testing the patch on Windows 10 (pro ed.) by the way - for those who are interested in the technicalities. Perhaps Windows 7 gives better fps with the PR patch instead of mine. Also it's possible that the fps vary depending on AMD, nVidia, as well as crossfire setups (if anyone is running multiple cards).

It's possible that my patch won't be a one-size-fits-all solution but if it's of help to anyone to give as smooth as possible an experience with flight in WOFF - all the better.

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#4506737 - 02/09/20 01:43 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS

Your comparison explanation sheds a new light on my experience.
I will tey comparion of your patch to level 4 of Panama's mods on my system to see what results I get.

Thanks for your response

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#4506761 - 02/09/20 07:40 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Ver. 1.2 - the definitively last version - of the GPU Tuner Patch, is now available under the post at the following link (https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....casual-campaigns-woff-thread#Post4505865).

Please see the relevant "Ver. 1.2" section there for more info. - in short, an alternative "addon patch" is now provided that strips away further unnecessary ring levels from the five budget entries in the compositescenerybudgets file, while slightly improving graphics at great distances - thus the name "4RingDim" since it gives four rings per budget level.

The main ver. 1.1 patch must be installed first, with the ver. 1.2 addon installed on top of ver. 1.1, via JSGME - for the latest patch to work. I encourage fellow WOFFers to try both patches and choose the one that suits your rig best. Representative pics. below - I'm sometimes getting over 220 fps with the "4RingDim" patch installed, with blue skies, while ver. 1.1 tops out at around 170-180 fps with blue skies. Low-level flight seems to give similar fps with both patches - no stutters, blue triangles, or other oddities observed from my end. (Representative pics. included below.)

My next post will be a return to the campaigns - I promise not to tweak the GPU Tuner Patch anymore. biggrin

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#4506765 - 02/09/20 08:58 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS - Thank you for the GPU Turn Patches. I have started to use them and have found a great improvement in frame rates - Cheers

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#4506854 - 02/10/20 12:35 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thanks for your continued efforts, VonS. However, I am now a bit confused. Earlier, you posted this:

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For excellent performance // excellent graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 650;

In terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="400" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">


For very good performance // fantastic graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 1050;

terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="700" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">

Von S

Now, in your latest update, you have float fTextureSize = 650 and PatchPixelDim = "400". Do you still recommend using the higher values for "very good performance // fantastic graphics" (fTextureSize = 1050, PatchPixelDim="700"? Also, what is the approximate difference in frame rates/visual quality in the two versions? Thanks.

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Originally Posted by VonS

Please see the relevant "Ver. 1.2" section there for more info. - in short, an alternative "addon patch" is now provided that strips away further unnecessary ring levels from the five budget entries in the compositescenerybudgets file, while slightly improving graphics at great distances - thus the name "4RingDim" since it gives four rings per budget level.


Interesting approach here, VonS. With this version, it looks like you are removing the innermost ring. Usually, the innermost ring provides the highest visual quality for objects closet to your aircraft. It appears you have compensated for this by increasing the LOD value for the "256" ring to compensate for the lack of the "128" ring. Also, unless you are flying very close to the ground, most people will not notice the slight loss in visual quality between the 128 and 256 rings.

I might also suggest increasing the RingDim values for each ring ever so slightly. I don't think this will have much of an impact on fps, and should extend the distance for detailed objects slightly.

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One more question. Does your d3d8.dll conflict with Robert Wiggins' custom d3d8.dll mod?

#4506863 - 02/10/20 02:47 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
One more question. Does your d3d8.dll conflict with Robert Wiggins' custom d3d8.dll mod?


I recommend, as per my instructions under the "ver. 1.1" section of the post that contains a link to the GPU Tuner Patch - not installing my two d3d8.ini files if you prefer your own custom settings in those files and/or are using the Rob Wiggins d3d8 patch. I do however recommend changing the pixel dim size in both d3d8 files (the one in the main WOFF directory and the one in WOFFScenery), if you are using my GPU Tuner Patch - from the stock value of 256 to 100. (I might eventually experiment with different pixel dim sizes there - but for now a value of 100 works best, from what I've been able to test - for smooth fps and absence of stutters.) In fact I might just tinker with different dim sizes there tonight. biggrin Although I will try not to release a new ver. of the GPU Tuner Patch anytime soon - I think "ver. 1.2" is about as good as I can get it going. smile

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#4506864 - 02/10/20 02:52 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
Thanks for your continued efforts, VonS. However, I am now a bit confused. Earlier, you posted this:

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Originally Posted by VonS

For excellent performance // excellent graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 650;

In terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="400" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">


For very good performance // fantastic graphics, use ----->

In shaders30/terrain

const static float fTextureSize = 1050;

terrains/compositetexturebudgets

<Budgets PatchPixelDim="700" MinPatchDimUseThumb="4096">

Von S

Now, in your latest update, you have float fTextureSize = 650 and PatchPixelDim = "400". Do you still recommend using the higher values for "very good performance // fantastic graphics" (fTextureSize = 1050, PatchPixelDim="700"? Also, what is the approximate difference in frame rates/visual quality in the two versions? Thanks.


Only saw these posts now - nothing wrong with using values of 1050/700 either - visual quality may be ever-so-slightly better with those numbers but, from testing on my rig - it wasn't worth the tradeoff in lower fps (on the order of 20 fps lower, on average - at least on my rig). If you are running the float size at 1050 and pixel dim at 700, I recommend testing with a dim size, in the d3d8 ini files - of 175 (instead of the 100 implemented in the GPU Tuner Patch for the 650/400 values).

Von S smile


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#4506865 - 02/10/20 03:07 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Originally Posted by VonS

Please see the relevant "Ver. 1.2" section there for more info. - in short, an alternative "addon patch" is now provided that strips away further unnecessary ring levels from the five budget entries in the compositescenerybudgets file, while slightly improving graphics at great distances - thus the name "4RingDim" since it gives four rings per budget level.


Interesting approach here, VonS. With this version, it looks like you are removing the innermost ring. Usually, the innermost ring provides the highest visual quality for objects closet to your aircraft. It appears you have compensated for this by increasing the LOD value for the "256" ring to compensate for the lack of the "128" ring. Also, unless you are flying very close to the ground, most people will not notice the slight loss in visual quality between the 128 and 256 rings.

I might also suggest increasing the RingDim values for each ring ever so slightly. I don't think this will have much of an impact on fps, and should extend the distance for detailed objects slightly.


A great technical question and post - yes these are the most irritating parts of modding the "tuner patch" biggrin.

For example, here is budget five in the compositescenerybudgets file for the ver. 1.1 patch:

<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="10" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00006"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="11" LOD="30" MajorDensity="0.00009"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="20" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00018"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="20" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00021"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="15" LOD="110" MajorDensity="0.00024"/>

And here is the same budget for the "4RingDim" patch, as an example:

<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="10" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00006"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="11" LOD="30" MajorDensity="0.00009"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="20" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00018"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="18" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00021"/>

Stripped out in the "4RingDim" variant, is the fifth line at a quality/size of 128 (same process of stripping applied to the fourth budget too - then again, even the budgets in my ver. 1.1. patch have slightly less rings than the stock Panama Red level-4 no blue triangles tweak).

And I agree, tweaking the ringdim values, also the lod sizes, is pesky business. For example, in my "4RingDim" experiments, cutting the level-4 ringdim size in the example above, at 256 size, to a value of about 15-16, and reducing the lod from about 90 to 70, re-introduced very subtle stuttering on occasion - almost as if something was at times "choking off" the graphics rendering, so I upped the value to 18 for the ringdim, brought the lod back up to 90 - and, voila, smooth fps again, giving similar fps numbers as the compositescenerybudgets file in the ver. 1.1. patch.

I won't tinker too much with the compositescenerybudgets files anymore since they are very finicky and hard to get "just right" - but you are of course welcome to tinker with them further on your rig if you feel that more performance and/or better visuals can be extracted.

Ah yes, almost forgot - in terms of the compsitetexturebudgets file, all sorts of variants and experiments were tested, with different ringdim numbers and detailtilecount numbers for each of the budget levels - but, again, oftentimes, some stuttering would be reintroduced into the sim. Best seem to be the Panama Red stock ringdim numbers of 5/5/5/7/7 across the budget levels, although I've increased the detailtilecount number to a value of 6 across all five budget levels - with no serious impact on performance. Values of 7 and 8 are also okay, for all of the detailtilecount numbers in the budget levels - but they do shave off some fps, with no noticeable, real visual improvement.

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#4506866 - 02/10/20 03:09 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Beanie]  
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Originally Posted by Beanie
VonS - Thank you for the GPU Turn Patches. I have started to use them and have found a great improvement in frame rates - Cheers


Thank you Beanie - I'm pleased that the "real world" results of the GPU Tuner Patch are higher fps and smoother graphics/flight in WOFF - that's what it's all about.

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#4506903 - 02/10/20 01:18 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Originally Posted by VonS
Ver. 1.2 - the definitively last version - of the GPU Tuner Patch, is now available under the post at the following link (https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....casual-campaigns-woff-thread#Post4505865).

Please see the relevant "Ver. 1.2" section there for more info. - in short, an alternative "addon patch" is now provided that strips away further unnecessary ring levels from the five budget entries in the compositescenerybudgets file, while slightly improving graphics at great distances - thus the name "4RingDim" since it gives four rings per budget level.

The main ver. 1.1 patch must be installed first, with the ver. 1.2 addon installed on top of ver. 1.1, via JSGME - for the latest patch to work. I encourage fellow WOFFers to try both patches and choose the one that suits your rig best. Representative pics. below - I'm sometimes getting over 220 fps with the "4RingDim" patch installed, with blue skies, while ver. 1.1 tops out at around 170-180 fps with blue skies. Low-level flight seems to give similar fps with both patches - no stutters, blue triangles, or other oddities observed from my end. (Representative pics. included below.)

My next post will be a return to the campaigns - I promise not to tweak the GPU Tuner Patch anymore. biggrin

Von S


VonS I’m looking forward to trying out this add on later. So far your works has added smoothness and high FPS ... I’m now testing with very heavy regional activity and the frame rates are staying 100+ and no micro stutters or elastic banding. You can tweak this as much as you you like from my point of view, but I do want you to have fun flying as well.

The technical details mean very little to me so I am happy to ride on your coat tails!

Thank you again

#4506937 - 02/10/20 06:46 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Yes, indeed, altering the compositescenerybudget and compositetexturebudget files is a very tricky business, with lots of tinkering and testing and little change in performance, unless you manage to get things "just right."

I have noticed that my own personal compositescenerybudget/compositetexturebudget files extends the view distance for detailed objects further than your mod, with only a slight loss of performance. I noticed this in particular while flying at 10,000 ft. over London. With your version, I could not detect any detailed objects in front of my lower wing while I can with mine. I can post my values later if you are interested.

One more suggestion, if I may: consider changing all of your RingDim values to either all even or all odd numbers. I think I read somewhere that mixing even and odd RingDim values may lead to some unspecified problems. I think MajorMagee is the expert on this issue.

Thanks again for all of your hard work!

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Originally Posted by SebToombs

VonS I’m looking forward to trying out this add on later. So far your works has added smoothness and high FPS ... I’m now testing with very heavy regional activity and the frame rates are staying 100+ and no micro stutters or elastic banding. You can tweak this as much as you you like from my point of view, but I do want you to have fun flying as well.

The technical details mean very little to me so I am happy to ride on your coat tails!

Thank you again


Excellent news - I've flown missions no. 7 and 8 for Cap'n. Dobson and also experienced good, consistent fps - using the "4RingDim" patch in my case. Also pleased to have seen a smaller drop-off in fps towards the end of long missions (longer than an hr. in length) - as opposed to the ver. 1.1 patch - with fps remaining around 80 or so towards the end of a long mission, compared with around 55-60 fps with the ver. 1.1 patch.

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#4506953 - 02/10/20 09:03 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
Yes, indeed, altering the compositescenerybudget and compositetexturebudget files is a very tricky business, with lots of tinkering and testing and little change in performance, unless you manage to get things "just right."

I have noticed that my own personal compositescenerybudget/compositetexturebudget files extends the view distance for detailed objects further than your mod, with only a slight loss of performance. I noticed this in particular while flying at 10,000 ft. over London. With your version, I could not detect any detailed objects in front of my lower wing while I can with mine. I can post my values later if you are interested.

One more suggestion, if I may: consider changing all of your RingDim values to either all even or all odd numbers. I think I read somewhere that mixing even and odd RingDim values may lead to some unspecified problems. I think MajorMagee is the expert on this issue.

Thanks again for all of your hard work!


Thank you for the feedback - I will test out this theory of odd/even ringdim values to see/compare with my files - so far I haven't noticed any oddities or glitches with my ver. 1.1 patch, or the ver. 1.2 addon - but will be interested in testing wiith consistent dim numbers. Will also up the lod nos. to see if I can stretch out views of details. Will also pop in an extra ringdim line with a size of only 32 or 64 - to see if I can get low-alt. terrains looking super-crispy - although this may reintroduce blue triangles...will report if any great things are discovered.

(In terms of detailed objects being rarer at distances in my patch, that is probably the result of my "thinning out" trees/detail at distances, for slightly higher fps - rather than a direct result of ringdim values and lod sizes - a little trick I had to use on Intel Integrated Graphics chips, on my Mac Mini, to get more fps out of WOFF ue installed in WineSkin.)

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#4507005 - 02/11/20 04:02 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Please find included at the following link - https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....casual-campaigns-woff-thread#Post4505865 - ver. 1.3 of the GPU Tuner Patch. New info. included there for ver. 1.3, "RingDimExtravaganza" - also please check over the approximate top fps possible, with clear blue skies, indicated there (per version patch).

The ver. 1.3 addon includes several more ring dim entries per budget section in the compositescenerybudgets file. Personally I prefer ver. 1.2 for best fps - but I encourage you to try all three patches (the main one, and vers. 1.2 and 1.3) - and to use the one that works best on your rigs. Have also tested with "even only" and "odd only" ringdim values - but this reintroduced micro-stuttering on occasion so I will, at least in my patches, keep the varied mix of even/odd numbers that I have going - for smoothest fps possible.

Anyone is of course welcome to tinker further with the patches for their WOFF installs - your mileage may however vary with further and different tweaks beyond the three main patches that I've made available for download. That's it for the GPU Tuner Patch tweaks from my end. Campaign posts to follow soon.

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#4507013 - 02/11/20 05:31 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 7 for Cap'n. Dobson

(Note: "4RingDim" patch was used for missions no. 7 and 8; also installed now are the BuckEye Bob clouds (ver. 2.9.2), but without JJJ's Mission Editor; see post above this one for the latest ver. 1.3 addon to the GPU Tuner Patch.)

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Very early on the morning of the 22nd of May, having bade our fellow pilots and the C.O. farewell at the 'drome north of the Lys, and having thanked them for their hospitality, we flew our Parasols back to our own hangars. My Parasol had had its wings re-patched the night before, while we were having a splendid occasion in the mess, and we were now ready to ascend into the skies once again. Breakfast having been concluded quickly, I and Henderson my observer, Felix Salmond piloting the other Parasol, and a new fellow, Ltn. Strugnell, piloting the third one - made our way slowly but surely towards Ypres, in decent and calm weather.

On the southern outskirts of Ypres, around 1000 m alt., I received a squirt of hot oil from the LeRhone rotary, first across my wind screen and then onto my goggles and face. The sting of the boiling oil was not the worst of my troubles, for now I had to decide what to do, with the engine beginning to emit a grating, oscillating sound. Also, my rpms began to drop to 950, which was much too low to attempt continuing with the boys towards the front lines around Ypres. I therefore wagged my wings briefly, then signalled with a Verey pistol, and Salmond and Strugnell went ahead to complete the mission without us - to spot for enemy arty positions around Ledegem and then further south, running a course parallel to Lille.

I on the other hand began a wide turn below Ypres, dropped all four of my bombs onto an empty meadow, to jettison some ballast that way and coax my struggling engine to continue running - and the rest we left to fate - or at least that seemed to be the case judging from Henderson's morose expression. I pointed the Parasol's nose directly at our 'drome north of Armentieres and we clambered along, barely to make it onto our field, with the rotary now coughing and sputtering horribly. Granted, I touched down well enough; and Henderson, though nervous, was eventually relieved to find that we were in one piece.

Henderson's assumption, as to the problem at hand, was that our engine may have been damaged on our previous mission, by German rifle fire around the factory near Lens that we had photographed. This was likely, for our wings had also absorbed several rounds that day. My consolation was, however, that HQ found the photographs of the facility invaluable and suspected that this was most likely the hidden Pfalz factory they had been speculating upon recently, and not the one near Menen that we had earlier investigated.
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#4507014 - 02/11/20 05:39 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, you are a machine!

I wish I could explain the micro-stuttering issue that sometimes occurs with the RingDim values. Unfortunately, it may be one of those individual system type of things. I'll post my personal settings tomorrow for you to have a look at, but I completely understand if you want to get back to enjoying the game instead of constant testing and tweaking.

#4507016 - 02/11/20 05:51 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 8 for Cap'n. Dobson & Company

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Later that morning our now useless Parasol was being inspected by the fitters at our 'drome, but we had been given a new one, recently arrived, to go up on one of our (by now) standard, long reconnoitering flights around the German batteries south of Lens. We were accompanied by another Parasol, piloted by Sergeant Aldridge, a good fellow who was fond of practical jokes and was also a skilled fortepiano player.

We ascended, with the LeRhone on this Parasol ticking over much more nicely than on the other one we had to bring back, and, pleased with how the crate was behaving, we plotted a course to the left, veering towards the German side of the lines already near Neuve Chapelle. I was carrying four 20 kg bombs but did not release them over the enemy positions there; instead, I restrained myself, hoping to attack the Pfalz factory south of Lens. It was nonetheless already challenging to keep the Parasol aloft, with the extra weight, and also with some horribly strong winds that, for some reason, are rather frequent around the Neuve Chapelle sector. We were slowly being pushed by the wind directly over Lens, when I spotted two gray specks to the back of the Parasol, and heading towards our lines.

I dropped all four of my bombs over some of the enemy's sheds that I noticed in the vicinity, and I signalled to Aldridge that we begin a wide turn towards the two specks that were spotted. We cautiously made our way towards these machines, not to be noticed, the over-hanging clouds also aiding us in our maneuvers. Eventually we had identified them - as two Aviatiks, cream-coloured, possibly unarmed, although Henderson would tell me later that one German observer was waving a revolver of some kind, while the one in the other Aviatik had taken a few shots at us with a rifle. I was too busy maneuvering the Parasol to notice such details - but I positioned the crate in such a way, often diagonally approaching the two Aviatiks, that Henderson was in a location, however briefly, to discharge his Lewis MG at them. Several rounds were seen to enter the Aviatik with the rifle-armed observer, but the Lewis then jammed, and I had to make several circles before Henderson could fire again, this time from a greater distance at which we were not able to notice if any further damage was inflicted on the Aviatik. Aldridge flew above us, on my signal, to spot for any other German aircraft. With our ammunition eventually exhausted, we had no choice but to proceed with some arty and trench spotting directly above the front lines that were nearby - making for a rather grotesque scene - since the Aviatiks were directly below us, spotting as we were spotting, and turning as we were turning!

Truth be told, we were probably as irritating to the German flyers as they were to us, but neither party could do anything about it. I briefly contemplated how perhaps to bring one of the Aviatiks down by slowly pressing on its top wing with the Parasol's undercarriage - but the experiment seemed impractical and was quickly abandoned. Eventually the duo of Aviatiks turned back towards Lens and disappeared into the drizzly mist that had crept up in the meantime, while we proceeded back over our lines through increasing winds and heavier weather, and with my fuel dropping awfully close to the 50% mark again. I signalled to Aldridge, as we passed the Lys, that he fly back to our 'drome, while I and Henderson alighted at the base just north of the river, to refuel, to wile away a few hours until the clouds dissipate, and, above all - to see if Lady Harbury was still there, with her burlesque accoutrements.
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#4507018 - 02/11/20 06:01 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: BuckeyeBob]  
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeBob
VonS, you are a machine!

I wish I could explain the micro-stuttering issue that sometimes occurs with the RingDim values. Unfortunately, it may be one of those individual system type of things. I'll post my personal settings tomorrow for you to have a look at, but I completely understand if you want to get back to enjoying the game instead of constant testing and tweaking.


I'd be happy to look over your compositescenerybudgets file Bob - might help me out if I decide to do any future tweaking to the files.

Von S smile


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#4507076 - 02/11/20 04:42 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you so much for your GPU Tuner Patches! Most excellent and well done. smile
Although mileage is going to vary depending on operating system, CPU, graphics card, and driver here are some stats for my system that I calculated based upon as standardized bench marking I could do (though imprecise as there was no set "track" for testing - but these were formulated by 3 run averages of each condition in identical weather, identical enemies, doing basically the same thing each time over 3 min frap logs):

Comparison to PR v2 (Quality)

PR v3 (High): - 10.99% fps average
VonS v1.2: - 1.01% fps average
VonS v1.3: - 2.54% fps average

So for me, both VonS versions I tested (sorry, didn't do v1.1) were better than PR (High) and quite close to PR (Quality), while looking better overall. Also, imho, VonS v.1.3 looks the best compared to VonS v1.2 and is only a very minor sacrifice in fps (at least for me).



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#4507106 - 02/11/20 07:09 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Redwolf]  
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Originally Posted by Redwolf
Thank you so much for your GPU Tuner Patches! Most excellent and well done. smile
Although mileage is going to vary depending on operating system, CPU, graphics card, and driver here are some stats for my system that I calculated based upon as standardized bench marking I could do (though imprecise as there was no set "track" for testing - but these were formulated by 3 run averages of each condition in identical weather, identical enemies, doing basically the same thing each time over 3 min frap logs):

Comparison to PR v2 (Quality)

PR v3 (High): - 10.99% fps average
VonS v1.2: - 1.01% fps average
VonS v1.3: - 2.54% fps average

So for me, both VonS versions I tested (sorry, didn't do v1.1) were better than PR (High) and quite close to PR (Quality), while looking better overall. Also, imho, VonS v.1.3 looks the best compared to VonS v1.2 and is only a very minor sacrifice in fps (at least for me).



Thank you for the feedback - I'm very pleased that the GPU Tuner Patch is helping with fps/smoothness of flight, and other good things. As you've noticed, ver. 1.3 slightly improves graphics at great distances, and also - theoretically - should give slightly crisper ground textures at low-alts., since it introduces several extra "ringdim" levels - although it slightly reduces fps compared to ver. 1.2. Ver. 1.1, visual-quality-wise, is somewhere between vers. 1.2 and 1.3. Overall, my patches are slightly less-gpu intensive than the PR level-3 and level-4 (high and highest) quality patches - but, in general, good visuals have been maintained - with an absolute minimum, sometimes absence, of micro-stuttering.

Happy flying all,
Von S smile


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#4507231 - 02/13/20 04:54 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 9 for Cap'n. Dobson

(Note: the next 5-6 missions will follow Oberleutnant Von Pranz and his adventures in the Fokk. Eindecker E.IIa; will also run some future missions with ver. 1.3 of the GPU Tuner Patch, currently running ver. 1.2 and pleased with the fps and smoothness.)

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This day our C.O. Sir Geoffrey Salmond was again visiting and we were chosen to go up on a bombing run, on his orders - the elder Salmond had a penchant for such missions. We were to be a tandem of Parasols, I and Henderson my observer in one, and the senior Salmond with his observer in the other. Both of us were carrying four 20 kg bombs, which made our ascent somewhat sluggish. The weather was mixed, with heavy clouds occasionally, mist, and then windy spells too that cast a strangely appropriate atmosphere over the dreary, shell-marked landscape of the front lines.

We took our standard route, proceeding towards our goal south of the River Lys - the enemy batteries near Neuve Chapelle. We entered the German area at an altitude of about 1200 m, because to go any higher risked losing what little visibility we had. Also making things difficult was the turbulence over and above the front near the batteries. I signalled to the other Parasol and it went in, flying several strafing runs until all of its bombs were dropped. We did not loiter but proceeded further south, and towards Lens, beyond our original flightpath for today - Salmond would later comment that he was most pleased with our consistent tendency towards "forward action."

Spotted below the clouds eventually, and to our left, was the city of Lens - and I knew that the Pfalz factory was getting nearer. We skirted around Lens and towards the meadows immediately south, with the facilities we had chosen as our second target slowly coming into view. I made a gesture towards the other Parasol that it circle above us, should some lumbering German aeroplane chance by and get the drop on us. In the meantime, I tinkered with fuel and air flow to the LeRhone, to lean power to about four-fifths, and we began a gradual descent towards the buildings. I at first made a couple of higher passes, dropping one, then the other bomb, and then the last two in quick succession. Explosions were heard and seen immediately below, in the vicinity of the main facilities - most likely the wind had pushed the bombs slightly off course. Nonetheless, some damage was noted, with sheds and other smaller structures receiving the brunt of the damage.

Being now more maneuverable without the extra weight of the bombs, I made several tighter turns, followed by a few dangerously low passes around the factory, whereupon Henderson opened up with his Lewis MG that consistently rattled away at the windows of the building, and also at several aircraft components, such as tails, rudders, and other pieces, seen in the courtyard of the factory. All of our drums of ammo. were exhausted before I did a wider turn and began an ascent towards the lines south of Bethune, a path that took us over the enemy's positions in the vicinity.

To make ourselves useful on the return flight, we made some photographs of German trench lines and dugouts in this sector of the front, since no enemy aircraft were spotted that would cause us trouble. Also observed was a convoy of four lorries near the lines south of Bethune - but we were in no position to descend lower to investigate - which would mean losing valuable alt. that we had managed to gain, of about 1100 m, as we passed back over onto our side of the lines. The winds here picked up considerably, with worsening visibility and darker clouds encroaching, and my fuel dropping rather low again - so I gestured to the other Parasol that we make for the French aerodrome immediately south of Bethune. We alighted well enough, although exhausted after the rather prickly mission.

'Well done chaps!,' was Sir Geoffrey's reply once we had all unbuckled and clambered out of our cockpits. 'Fine, adventurous flight today,' he commented further. We were soon greeted by Captain Lefebve who was most pleased that the English had dropped in for a while. 'And wat may wee do for you mine frends?,' he asked, 'un peu...how you say in your language, refueling, and then, voila...upsy daisy?' 'Indeed, petrol for us mon capitaine!,' roared Henderson with his burly laughter, 'and then upsy daisy.'

'We will of course stay for lunch if the captain requests,' I interjected into the dialogue already underway. 'Mais oui, Capitaine Dobson, with pleasure,' he responded - 'you are already known at the front, and Lady Harbury has zed good tings about you.' 'What's this?,' asked Henderson. 'You just have to know how to wink knowingly at the ladies, Henderson,' was my reply, 'and further, it doesn't hurt to wear a proper belt and make sure you've got a nice pair of polished, red buckskin shoes on you at all times - I shall tell you about it in more discreet circumstances, but first it's more marksmanship practice for you when we get back to our aerodrome.' 'Well, bother blow,' was Henderson's response, which in turn received a robust guffaw from us all.

By evening we would be at our 'drome north of Armentieres and were greeted with wonderful news, that several enemy positions were hit by us at Neuve Chapelle, and that the Pfalz factory south of Lens had received noticeable damage - hopefully to be out of commission for some time. Also possible, I speculated more ominously, was that the Germans would now plan their revenge, but in what form precisely we could not know.
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#4507322 - 02/14/20 03:53 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quick interlude regarding the GPU Tuner Patch - while it works wonderfully with WOFFpe, I don't recommend using it with WOTR.

Have now tested all three of the vers. in WOTR, and, much like with the Panama Red level-3 and level-4 tweaks when tested in WOTR, I'm getting noticeably blurry textures in the distance, at high alts., with little to no benefit to the fps. Yes there are no blue triangles but, still, at this point I recommend either running WOTR stock, or, if you don't mind occasional blue triangles at low alts. - but would prefer all-round crisp textures, especially at alts., and an improvement by about 10-15 fps over stock ratings, implement the following tips ------>

1. use the budget numbers listed, in text, under my long WOFF on a Mac thread, for the compositescenerybudgets file in WOTR

2. use the ring numbers listed, in text, under my long WOFF on a Mac thread, for the compositetexturebudgets file in WOTR (the info. for the compositetexturebudgets file is located further below the info. regarding the compositescenerybudgets file there, in that long thread/post)

3. in the Terrain file, under /shaders30, set the floating point size to 512 (leave the patch pixel dim value at stock, 256, in the compositetexturebudgets file, and also leave at stock value in the two d3d8 ini files)

If I stumble onto a trick that eliminates blue triangles fully in WOTR, without giving me fuzzy textures in the distance, I'll post results under this "Casual Campaigns" thread. The trick lies somewhere in the compositetexturebudgets file since that is the one that eliminates blue triangles but brings in fuzzy distance textures unfortunately. The crisper the distance textures, the greater the risk of blue triangles at low alts. Fortunately the blue triangles are not seen regularly - but you do get more fps with the tips listed above.

Hope to have a mission up for Oberleutnant Von Pranz in a few days.

Happy flying,
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#4507752 - 02/18/20 05:38 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Did some more tinkering, this time for WOTR, and I think I've managed to come up with a few tweaks that I'm happy with for WOTR. Fuzzy/blurry distance graphics at higher alts. have been eliminated, no blue triangles are present at low alts., and the tweaks give a slight increase over stock fps in WOTR (although not as great a difference as fps improvements in WOFFpe). Those who enjoy running my GPU Tuner Patch for WOFFpe, and also have a copy of WOTR, might want to check out the patch and install instructions at the link here:

https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4507751/gpu-tuner-patch-for-wotr

The trick to getting rid of fuzzy distance textures at higher alts. in WOTR is to include the following two entries, under the rings sections, in the compositetexturebudgets file:

<Ring PatchWorldDim="16384" ... MinMaskRadius="53248"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="8192" ... MinMaskRadius="40960"/>

The trick for getting rid of blue triangles at low alts. in WOTR is, in the same file, to avoid including the following two entries at the bottom of the rings sections:

<Ring PatchWorldDim="64" ...>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="32" ...>

Further, "minmaskradius" nos. for the 128 and 64 "patchworlddim" levels, at stock values of 768 and 384, seem to cause trouble (better is a value of 256 "minmaskradius" for 128 "patchworlddim," etc.).

Hope to get back to flying casual campaigns in WOFFpe very soon. The Eindecker E.IIa awaits!

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#4507932 - 02/19/20 11:18 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 4 for Oberleutnant Otto Von Pranz

(note: ver. 1.2 of the GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF was run for this mission; also installed are BB's clouds (ver. 2.9.x); as well, the latest ver. 2.1 of JJJ's MultiMod is being used)

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This early morning of Nov. 8, around 7:00 am, while still half-asleep, I was instructed by our C.O. to go up on a wide-circling patrol that would take me and another pilot, Oskar Krebs, down to our batteries near Ledegem, then further south towards our positions around the River Lys, and back again to our 'drome here at Ghistelles above Zerkegem. The winds were terrible, however, already at this early hour, and the clouds were looking even worse, large, and foreboding, although with a few small breaks of brilliant sun coming through.

Krebs and I quickly ran up our rotaries, with the few extra horses that Von Schnapps our test pilot had wrangled out of the engines on our E.II variant of the Eindeckers making it impossible to lean them any lower than about two-thirds open. This we had to tolerate for extra power and maneuverability. Also accompanying us, or rather, to be followed by us, was our resident Aviatik - surprisingly in an air-worthy state today.

And off we went, careening across the meadows around our 'drome first, and allowing the Aviatik to gain alt. and speed. Krebs proceeded to follow the two-seater slightly south, towards Aartrijke, while I, seeing that the weather was becoming even more unmanageable, coaxed my crate into some semblance of direction and headed towards the lines west of us and slightly south of the batteries running parallel to Zerkegem.

I eventually spotted Krebs following me, in the far distance, but I was already at the rather high alt. of about 2500 m while passing over the lines - and we lost sight of one another. The clouds were becoming even more congested here and darker, close to Diksmuide, and so I considered it now futile to attempt waiting for Krebs since we would not be able to reform our tandem flight - and, furthermore, it was outrageously difficult to battle the winds at the 3000 m alt. mark where I now found myself by the time Ypres came into view on my right, through a few cracks in the clouds. I was now a solitary Eindecker pilot - in the worst weather imaginable - and on the enemy's side of the lines. There was no choice but to be carried along by the winds, further south, and hopefully towards tamer weather.

Some reconnoitering was attempted near the enemy's entrenchments southeast of Ypres, but the visibility was next to zero on the front today, even at the slightly lower alt. of about 1500 m to which I had descended by now, hoping for greater opportunity to spot for enemy positions. The winds were not much better at this lower alt. and so I considered it not wise to stay in the vicinity of the lines for too long - but instead plotted further south, and slightly west, towards Armentieres. There, on the eastern edge of the town, I noticed a single observation balloon hovering in the wind and seemingly aloof to the fact that a war was going on.

I at first checked all directions around my Eindecker to ascertain the situation and, seeing that no English aircraft were about - I leaned power to four-fifths and took aim at the gasbag - approaching in as controlled a fashion as possible, given the turbulence, and taking brief shots at it of about 10 to 20 rounds. Two such passes were made, with brief volleys fired. On the third and last pass, I opened the Oberursel fully, took careful aim, and, when rather close to the bag, sprayed it with about 100 rounds from the Spandau while using rudder to sideslip away and above it. Even before having passed the balloon fully, a great plume of dark smoke and fiery debris lifted above and in front of my aeroplane, with the acridity and heat biting into my nose as I pulled my crate into a steepening climb. Turning back, I could see the gasbag now enveloped in flame and smoke, and descending towards one of the fields around Armentieres.

I passed onto our side of the lines around our batteries next to the Lys, turned slightly northwards, and proceeded towards Menen, since the clouds were now once again becoming congested and my fuel was dropping below 50%. Somehow in the mist I managed to spot a small 'drome full of Aviatiks, north of Menen, and alighted there. My claim for the balloon was filed and reported by telephone back to Ghistelles. In the meantime some local riggers and I looked over a few bullet holes that the Eindecker's wings had acquired during the balloon attack; their assumption was that the repairs could be completed by next morning. Later in the afternoon, a phone call came through from my C.O. 'Pranz, is that you?,' he asked. 'Yes, sir; and has the claim been received? Here it is dreadfully windy again,' was my initial response. 'Pleased to hear that it is windy - here it is even worse. This means no return flight until tomorrow; stay put and I recommend dining at Kotzendorf's in Menen - excellent veal slices there and superb dark beer. Please avoid becoming tipsy, though. Your balloon claim has been received - and was rejected, since no witnesses! Next time bag something closer to our side of the lines.'

'But, surely the explosion and fire were spotted by some of our batteries near the river?,' I drearily responded. 'Pranz, rest assured that I am confident in the accuracy of your claim, but such is love, conflict and bureaucracy as our poets are fond of saying - and, besides, I have better news than balloon-busting. You have been promoted to Hauptmann for your energetic contributions and daring flights in support of the fatherland. I expect you here by noon tomorrow. Good evening!'

This unexpected news sat well with me, and was a comforting thought. It is true that I would regret for several days the loss of the balloon claim - but I looked forward to my new rank, and even more so to the veal cutlets and dark beer at Kotzendorf's.
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#4508157 - 02/23/20 05:15 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hello fellow WOFF flyers,

The latest ver. 1.4 of the GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF is now available under the following post:

https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....casual-campaigns-woff-thread#Post4505865

Ver. 1.4 includes an improved compositetexturebudgets file that further improves far textures at high alts., although with a slight fps drop (see the instructions/info. under the relevant post). It is an optional patch that goes on top of any of the other three patches. Also modified is the base patch, now at ver. 1.1.1 - the base patch includes an improved preload.xml file (more extensive than the previous preload file).

Hope to fly mission no. 5 for Hauptmann Von Pranz soon. smile

Happy flying,
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#4508375 - 02/25/20 06:35 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 5 for Hauptmann Von Pranz

(note: ver. 1.2 of the GPU Tuner Patch loaded, also BB's clouds ver. 2.9.x, and JJJ's MultiMod ver. 2.1)

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Our often-animated C.O., it seemed, had acquired the habit of sending us on morning missions, and 7 am on Nov. 10 was no exception. The day before I had returned to Ghistelles as expected, before noon, but rains and winds forbade any flying. The weather now seemed better, when viewed from below - but from above would prove worse. Today's flight was to be a tandem patrol, again with Oskar Krebs, who on our previous flight became lost in congested clouds. I was more interested, today, in doing some work on my Eindecker with Von Schnapps, since we had previously debated the merits of the current Garuda propeller that was installed - and whether or not it would be of benefit to move to one of the lovely, curved propellers being produced by Integral-Propeller-Werke. I had also entertained the idea of repainting my aeroplane, but our speculations were unfortunately cut short by the mission at hand, to do a wide, circling patrol down to the area around Ledegem and one of our observation balloons there.

I suggested to Krebs, as our engines were being primed by the fitters, that we proceed towards the front instead, enter the enemy's side of the lines around Diksmuide, and then fly south - to swing back over our lines and head that way towards our balloon above Ledegem. The idea was received well and soon we were ascending, but with the weather most strange. There was low-hanging fog everywhere, in a sort of quilt-work pattern, with constant, moderately heavy winds being encountered the higher we climbed. We were at nearly 2300 m alt. by the time we floated above Passchendale, and wrestling with the wind required constant attention at the controls. Here we did some reconnoitering, or at least attempted to do so, flying several wide circles - whereupon I spotted, through a crack in the clouds and fog, and below my right wing, two Nieuport types likely heading back after a mission over our side of the lines. I signalled to Krebs and we dove at four-fifths power to get behind the Franks. They however spotted us coming at them and a wild tussle then erupted, in the horribly obscure weather conditions. Krebs attacked a cream-colored Nieuport while I latched on to a green fellow and managed to get a few short bursts into him. This was, however, cut short since I had to maneuver wildly to get out of the way of the other aeroplane that was sometimes firing at me from behind.

We all eventually spiralled down to lower altitudes in an attempt to get a bead on each other, and, while I then saw the cream-colored Nieuport on Krebs' tail, firing intermittently - I was unable to help - since I still had my hands full with the green fellow who was proving to be relentless. It was rather turbulent at these lower altitudes and my opponent was unable to catch me in his sights properly - though, I had the same problem while attempting to get him in my sights. We danced some more around one another, with me demonstrating various ballet skills in the wiry E.II so as to avoid the green Nieuport, and also taking advantage of my better climb rate. Soon the other fellow broke off the scrap and headed for his aerodrome - likely out of ammunition by that point. For good measure, I fired several volleys at him as he left, but with inconclusive results. There was no way of catching him since, on the level, he was faster by several km/h. In the meantime, both Krebs and the other aeroplane had disappeared, most likely disoriented by the fog, I speculated.

And so I proceeded further south towards Ypres, assuming that Krebs, if in the vicinity, would eventually catch up with me. There was no sense in my loitering further in the region of Passchendale, as a solitary flyer. My next goal would be observation of Ypres, if possible through the fog, and also of enemy positions along the lines close by. Through gaps in the mist I eventually spotted an English balloon over the western side of Ypres, cut power down to two-thirds, and proceeded to do two short strafing runs, over and around the gasbag. The rather nasty turbulence in the area had in the meantime pushed me slightly off course and over some artillery, since I could hear rifle fire below. I then opened to full throttle, ascended slightly in a wide turn and came down directly at the balloon, firing two bursts of about 50 rounds each - a gesture that was greeted by a large explosion and fiery remnants of the balloon then descending at an alarming rate. I soon left the area and crossed the lines north of our own batteries that were parallel to Ledegem.

Here I remembered our balloon and circled several times, looking left, right, above and below - with no evidence as to the balloon's whereabouts. This was odd, I thought, but there was no time for further assessment since my fuel was now at 40%. I flew further east and north, slightly above the trees to avoid the low-lying fog that was pressing upon me, and alighted at the 'drome next to Sint-Eloois-Winkel. Our aerodrome at Ghistelles was then wired my location, and also my claim for the balloon. Several nervous hours passed by; my Eindecker was inspected and a few bullet holes were discovered in the left wing. Two days it would take to repair the beast, said some of the local riggers. But how would I fly back to Ghistelles, I asked myself?

In the meantime the phone rang, with my C.O. at the other end, telling me that even more fog was rolling in and that I wait until the next morning to fly back, repairs or no repairs. 'But where is Krebs, and of the balloon?,' I asked. 'Ah Krebs, never came back, did you see him go down Pranz?,' commented the C.O. 'No, I assume he became lost in the fog - there was no fire or crash heard in the vicinity,' were the only words that came to my mind. 'Precisely!, and that is what we will assume too, lost in combat, perhaps brought down in a fight by that Nieuport, maybe taken prisoner, most likely - I will for now list him as missing in action. It will take about three days for a replacement pilot to be sent to us. Oh, almost forgot, congratulations on the downing of that balloon Pranz! - this one has been confirmed.' 'But how confirmed?,' I asked confusedly. 'By Krebs, you fool!,' was the C.O.'s response - 'it's entirely possible that he saw the fireworks, but we'll say no more about it.' 'I do have one more thing to report, sir,' I interjected - 'our balloon, perhaps some of those Nieuports got to it.' 'Hardly the case,' replied the C.O., 'these contraptions are often winched down and deflated in bad weather - think no more of it. Instead, see if that Eindecker of yours can be patched already today. I expect you back tomorrow - no fine dining for you tonight but instead go to bed early - good day!'

I took advantage of the C.O.'s suggestions and decided to turn in earlier that evening. A light rain had by then begun to fall with a rhythmic, tapping sound that was mother nature's elixir for a good rest. My initial idea was to sleep in a makeshift bed in the hangar, two chairs brought together under one of the wings of the Eindecker, a blanket as cover, and I still in my flight gear - since the conditions at this 'drome were rather spartan and I was willing to improvise. But I was instead offered a small, somewhat cozy room off to the side of the aerodrome, really more of a shed that, if it wasn't for the war, would look quite picturesque. It contained a small bed of straw, a bookshelf with some faded technical magazines, and a nightstand that hosted two items - an oil lamp of no particular importance, and a slip of brown paper with text typed on it, and that one of the local pilots drew my attention to before leaving. I turned over the paper. It was a note wired from Ghistelles a couple of hours earlier - my C.O. congratulating me - that I was to receive the Iron Cross 2nd Class for today's mission. Most pleasant I thought, as I dozed off, but in my head I saw instead images of the cream-colored and green Nieuports - and, most of all, wondered what had become of Krebs.
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#4508397 - 02/25/20 01:41 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Great story! I have to say that first picture looks pretty cold and lonely!

#4508404 - 02/25/20 02:35 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Well told story. It sucked me right in after the opening lines.

#4508443 - 02/25/20 06:38 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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@RR and Carrick,

Much appreciated gents' - didn't think these stories were as well-read as they are. WOFF is one of the most "yarn friendly" biggrin sims I've ever had the pleasure of flying, well done OBD. Will tinker with repainting Von Pranz's E.IIa before taking it up on the next mission. yep

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#4508455 - 02/25/20 07:52 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Great stuff VonS,I'm really enjoying reading your stories pal.

Also a big thank you for your GPU tuner patches..I use both the WOFF and WOTR versions thumbsup


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#4508875 - 02/29/20 04:29 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Adger]  
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Great stuff VonS,I'm really enjoying reading your stories pal.

Also a big thank you for your GPU tuner patches..I use both the WOFF and WOTR versions thumbsup


Thank you Adger, and glad to hear that the Tuner Patches are working well for you.

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#4508876 - 02/29/20 04:32 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 6 for Hauptmann Otto Von Pranz

(note: ver. 1.2 of the GPU Tuner Patch for WOFF installed; also BB's clouds ver. 2.9.2; JJJ's MultiMod ver. 2.1; "aircraft stress damage" settings are at default in the MultiMod when flying my modded FMs, as for the E.IIa - they are set slightly higher when flying the stock FMs such as the M.S. Parasol types)

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The next day consisted of a short hop back to my 'drome at Ghistelles, but then, as if on schedule, obscure weather rolled in again, accompanied by a light drizzle, and our flights were cancelled for the rest of the afternoon and evening - time which I spent, together with one of the riggers, repainting my Eindecker in bolder colors, in one of the hangars. Our C.O. was in the meantime in Zerkegem, looking over some surplus rotaries that for some odd reason had not been shipped directly to Ghistelles - and he would return by the 13th. This left me and another Hauptmann in charge of operations for the morning of the 12th, our basic idea being that we were to do a morning patrol down to our batteries paralleling Ledegem, and then to proceed back towards our aerodrome. Two Eindeckers were to take part in the escapade, while our Aviatik was to patrol the lines and drop some bombs on the English positions southwest of Ledegem. We urged caution that the Aviatik not venture too far onto the enemy's side of the lines since it sometimes suffered from engine trouble, and that it maintain a healthy altitude to avoid flak and the occasionally precise groundfire present in that sector.

This other Hauptmann, Eberhard Kiener, was a man who looked older than his years - a good flyer whom I would sometimes see going about the 'drome, but as a somewhat silent type. He sported a scar across the right side of his chin, a badge of bravery he boasted, and that he had acquired in one of his many duels while a university student in Heidelberg, before the war. Such duels were all the fashion when I was a child, although I was somewhat skeptical of their purpose and preferred to preserve my boyish looks and to keep my symmetrical moustache intact, observations which Kiener found amusing, if not downright bizarre, for some reason. There was still no word of Krebs' whereabouts, while the replacement pilot was not due for another two days. Soon, our Oberursels were humming away consistently and we ascended into the skies. There was still some lingering fog about, not having fully dissipated from the day before - and, at higher altitudes, it made for an interesting picture, with the morning sun being mirrored by bands of silver vapor that were hovering across the trellis-work of the fog itself. Such images of light, reflection, and strands of vapor became especially apparent around Diksmuide, where we entered onto the enemy's side of the lines, and at an altitude of about 2300 m.

But this was no time for meditation on aesthetics, for bombardments were heard raging far below along the lines, reminding me, as I coaxed the Eindecker along in the strong winds, of our national poet Goethe's motto of Sturm und Drang, when he himself was a fiery youth. Kiener followed slightly above and to my left, and soon we spotted a new British balloon hovering above the western outskirts of Ypres - they had let up a fresh one, it was now evident, since I had knocked down one close to that location but two days earlier! I cut throttle to four-fifths and began a gradual descent, to repeat the example of the previous day, and so that Kiener could observe the techniques involved in balloon bursting - for he had little experience in deflating such contraptions.

I made a short first pass on the gasbag, firing about 20 rounds into it, and also surveying the area for any enemy aeroplanes, before making a wide turn and a second dive on the balloon - this time lighting it up with about 50 rounds. It began nicely to roast, with a dark plume of smoke building above it, soon to be followed by a crunching sound as it exploded, deflated, and dropped to the field below. Kiener wagged his wings in approval and we proceeded further south, slightly gaining alt. in the process. About 10 minutes later, I signalled, and we proceeded further westwards, having now located another enemy balloon north of Armentieres, and west of Messines. The same tactic was applied, with engine at four-fifths power, my aim careful and centered on the gasbag, and then the gradual, tension-filled dive. This time I fired a few short rounds somewhat earlier, and then a longer volley, of about 50 rounds, very close to the target - so that it erupted in flames on my first pass and began its descent towards the meadows below. At this point we met with some flak, one or two bursts popping up in the vicinity of our Eindeckers - and so we made a run for it, at full throttle to pass over our lines south of the batteries nearby, and then to turn north, in a wide circle, gaining much-needed altitude as we did so.

Here, south of Ypres, we spotted our Aviatik at work some 500 m. below us, and directly over the trenches, while, above us - what should be passing back over their lines but two of those lumbering gunbuses such as I had encountered on a previous flight. I pointed my nose upwards, signalled to Kiener, and up we went, with our confident climb rate bringing us shortly in proximity of the gunbuses and at an alt. of about 2000 m. One of the fellows who was further in front was faster and eventually slipped away from us, in a shallow dive - while the other character was left alone. We approached stealthily from the back, and I fired first, emptying about 20 to 30 rounds into the Englishman's engine and also into the tub-shaped cockpit. I then did a low swing to the left, underneath the fellow, but here the oscillating titty-twat-twat sound of his observer's gun opened up and five or six holes magically appeared in my left wing. Fortunately I had now climbed away and was above, and behind, the gunbus. This offered me a good position from which to observe Kiener's hunting talents - he now came in very close, as I had, and pounced on his victim - letting off a good volley of about 50 rounds into the engine and tub. In a matter of seconds this large crate was then seen to enter a simultaneous dive and sideslip to the south, to embed itself in a cloud of dirt far below, in the vicinity of the trench lines.

Both of us were by now low on fuel, around 40%, and there was no more time to look for other enemy craft or balloons - so we turned sprightly in the direction of our lines and headed towards a small 'drome that was slightly north of Menen, to alight there, to refuel, and also to wire our claims to Ghistelles. I put in claims for the two balloons, and encouraged Kiener to do the same for the gunbus. It took several hours for the Unteroffizier we had left in charge in the C.O.'s office to reply, but eventually a call came in - confirming my two claims for the balloon, since verified by Kiener, but rejecting his claim for the gunbus. I asked why - the reply given was that, since both of us had fired into it, there was no possibility of determining from whom the lethal shots were delivered, and that, besides, since the craft was likely and utterly destroyed in the crash, on their side of the lines - the whole point was rendered moot. We grudgingly put down the telephone's receiver and I consoled Kiener briefly with reference to our immediate situation. The local riggers estimated that it would require the rest of the day to patch the wings on both our aeroplanes - since Kiener's too received some holes from the pesky gunbus. Also, the winds had picked up again, and at lower altitudes. This meant that our return to Ghistelles would have to wait until tomorrow.

After some cleaning up, to remove our flying jackets and whale oil from our faces, we borrowed a motorcar that was not getting any use at this little 'drome and rolled into Menen in style, by the early evening - temporarily to forget about this war. And, perhaps, also to meet with the lovely Marie Siegelinde Seubert who, we were told by one of the fitters, is currently making a film in the town, to be called Master Caligula's Easy Chair - and that will possibly be followed by a more entertaining and explicit sequel in the years to come, should this newly contrived style of expressionist cinematoscopy become popular.
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#4508944 - 02/29/20 08:01 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hi VonS,
I've been playing with all the tuners 1.1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and they are superb! Thank you so much for your great work!

Seb

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Originally Posted by SebToombs
Hi VonS,
I've been playing with all the tuners 1.1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and they are superb! Thank you so much for your great work!

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Pleased to hear that all the various patches of the GPU Tuner are working well Seb - I'm currently running ver. 1.1.1. with the 1.2 "4ringdim" addon applied, and fps hardly ever drop below about 100, especially at higher alts. Will try out the other two patches (ver. 1.3 and 1.4) eventually in the campaigns.

I hope Von Pranz's C.O. likes the new paint job on the Eindecker when he gets back to Ghistelles - otherwise I have a more toned-down skin in store for him that he'll probably appreciate. biggrin Hope to fly mission no. 7 soon.

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#4509016 - 03/01/20 04:02 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, ripping stories Sir! You really should join us in the DID Campaign.


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#4509072 - 03/01/20 10:43 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted by MFair
VonS, ripping stories Sir! You really should join us in the DID Campaign.


Only saw this post now...thank you for the kind words MFair. I promise to send an official application to the wind and flight gods over on the DiD Thread as soon as I wrap up with the two casual campaigns I have going now - would be a shame to cut short v. Pranz's and Cap'n. Dobson's adventures. WOFF sure is a yarn-friendly sim - I'm having as much fun writing the reports as I am flying.

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#4509083 - 03/02/20 12:30 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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It’s a hoot! My first pilot lasted 6 months.....in a Morane for Pete’s sake. Now I am on my 7th pilot. WOFF can be a cruel mistress! Look forward to you joining Sir!


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#4509284 - 03/03/20 05:24 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 7 for Hauptmann Otto v. Pranz, as Mission No. 2 for Hauptmann Eberhard Kiener

(note: all settings as for mission no. 6, with the only addition being the ver. 1.4 patch applied over ver. 1.2 of the GPU Tuner for WOFF - did not notice any significant fps hit when 1.4 is applied directly over 1.2, might be a slight hit if applied over 1.3 since 1.3 contains more "ringdims" than 1.2 - will try out that combo. in future missions, but pleased with the current combo. of 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 - very smooth fps and flying)

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'And what kind of nonsense is this, enemy biplanes out of nowhere! - most strange that they never attack when I am here?,' asked the C.O. irritatingly. He was back from Zerkegem this afternoon of the 13th of Nov., having procured one Oberursel that was finally transported by truck to Ghistelles. The other two rotaries were found faulty and sent back to the factory, with replacements ordered that were to be shipped directly to the 'drome next time, no exceptions.

Hutzenlaub, the replacement pilot for Krebs and who arrived late last night, stood firmly and saluted - 'may I explain, sir?' 'Please do,' was the C.O.'s muted response. 'You see, we were to do a quick patrol at 8:30 in the morning, and, while our engines were being primed, there was a buzzing heard over head.' Hauptmann Keiner here interjected: 'In short, we were jumped by three Nieuports, sir, while the Aviatik was making a run to ascend. If we didn't get them, they surely would have brought the Aviatik down. Unteroffizier Hutzenlaub managed to bring down one of those rascals, while I brought down the other one - but a control cable snapped on my Eindecker, in the violent maneuvers, and I made a forced landing nearby. One of the Nieuports is still there behind that tree, with its tail up. The other disintegrated on impact and burned awhile. The third gave us the slip and disappeared somehow, possibly had a better-tuned rotary.'

'Indeed, a confirmed victory for each of you, gentlemen,' responded the C.O., 'including two honor goblets for your endeavors. And how did it feel, Kiener, your first real combat with another one-seater?' 'Well, sir,' Kiener here thought how to phrase his response - 'much like duelling in Heidelberg during my student days, but with a lot more wind and noise.' This received a loud laugh from one of the riggers who had been in the vicinity, outside the C.O.'s office. Kiener smirked, for he was never the most creative with his words, but he was pleased with himself and rightly so, having bagged a more maneuverable Nieuport; although, Von Schnapps had improved, as much as possible, the wing warping on the E.IIa variants that were slowly increasing in numbers here at Ghistelles.

'And now, to other important matters, concerning Hauptmann v. Pranz and Leutnant Seelig,' commented the C.O. 'For earlier this morning, I see that there are entries in the log-book, a flight around 7 a.m., with v. Pranz and Seelig going about their routine long circuit to the batteries at Ledegem and back, with you accompanying, Keiner?' 'Yes, sir, that is correct,' Keiner responded - 'but, you know how v. Pranz has a tendency to veer initially from the prescribed course - well, he and Seelig first attacked the balloon south of Niewpoort, and made a fireball of it - I was at a higher alt. and observing, as signalled by v. Pranz. Soon after, they were attacked by two Nieuports that, judging from their maneuvering, were likely in the hands of skilled flyers. A wild kurvenkampf then erupted, with Seelig flying wonderfully and getting some shots into one of the Nieuports, a green one, that then managed to escape. In the meantime, he was attacked from the back and came down, on fire.'

'Who attacked him?,' asked the C.O. 'The other Nieuport, a cream-colored one,' responded Kiener - 'v. Pranz then engaged this fellow and a lengthy battle followed, with Pranz managing, amazingly, to outmaneuver the Nieuport, to riddle him with several shots, and the Nieuport then crash-landed into some trees, losing a wing in the process.' 'Excellent!,' responded the C.O. - 'that cream-colored fellow, as you call him, is the Britisher Roderic Dallas, a notable flyer and most meddlesome for our Aviatiks. It is even possible that Krebs was brought down by him - and what then transpired, Kiener?'

Kiener now more slowly responded to the query - 'well, as we were then heading further south, and towards our lines again, v. Pranz attacked another balloon near Diksmuide - he was doing well enough, but, as he was in a climbing turn to come back at it - some flak came horribly close to him, possibly severing his control wires, for the right wing was seen to dip, and a part of it came off. I noticed him using full opposite rudder to deflect this sudden deficiency but it was of no use - he sideslipped into the ground close to the balloon, with only the fuselage remaining intact in a ball of debris and dirt.'

'Uh, most nasty,' here commented Hutzenlaub, 'no way to survive something like that, sir.'

'That will be all gentlemen! - and hopefully, now that I am back, the war will return to a more peaceful tempo.' Here the C.O. lit his pipe and dismissed the flyers, and pondered, morosely, over v. Pranz's and Seelig's fates. The whims of war, fame and a roll of the dice - thought the C.O. to himself. If only Pranz had followed the prescribed route more stringently this time, thereby minimizing his exposure to enemy flak. If only - but, here the C.O. smiled - at least v. Pranz experienced a stellar rise in his short time at Ghistelles and would be remembered in the annals of Bosta 2 history - as the only pilot here who became an ace while he fell, to be awarded victories five and six posthumously.

Satisfied with these mathematical ideas that are in the spirit of good bookkeeping, the C.O. then thought about lunch, and also about v. Pranz's parti-colored Eindecker that was still in its hangar, having finally had its wings repaired.

It would henceforth be Kiener's mount - and may it serve him well.
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#4509292 - 03/03/20 10:51 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Another brave pilot pays the ultimate price. RIP


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#4509342 - 03/03/20 07:23 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: MFair]  
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Originally Posted by MFair
Another brave pilot pays the ultimate price. RIP


Yes indeed, OBD gives real simulation in spades - still can't decide what was scarier, the wing falling off on v. Pranz's Eindecker, or the scramble mission for Kiener when the 'drome was jumped by three Nieups. smile2

Might squeeze out a few more missions with Pranz's alter ego Kiener - before going back to the Johnny Dobson adventures. (Note to self, use RJW's pilot backup utility in the future to avoid death by lucky flak. yep )

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#4509350 - 03/03/20 07:57 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, it may be lucky but it did happen as I am sure you know. In all of my years of flying WOFF I think I have had one or two deaths. One in particular, flying one second, gone the next. At least I think it was flak. As you say, simulation in spades.


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#4509479 - 03/04/20 06:09 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Flak, being hit midair by an artillery shell, ones own ammunition cooking off in front of you, road accidents, Spanish flu. There were all kinds of ways of meeting ones end
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#4509489 - 03/04/20 07:04 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quite right, including aircraft tripping up on a pothole on landing killed some too.. lots of weird ways to die wink
There was one story - I can't remember all the details but someone was killed looking down the wrong end of his Vickers as the prop was turned to find a round popped out the front of the gun and killed him.


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#4509493 - 03/04/20 07:11 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you for the comments and feedback gents'. Yes indeed, all sorts of random risks.

@Pol, I think that story is located somewhere late in Cecil Lewis' Sagittarius Rising...can't remember the exact details now, late in the war, with the fellow who rolled over his Camel on landing, then checked the Vickers from the wrong end while his riggers and fitters were fiddling with the cockpit, and one of the Vickers went off.

All of this random weirdness is wonderfully modelled in WOFF. Well done OBD.

(Third mission for Hauptmann Kiener now flown...willl post details soon.) smile

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That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


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#4509527 - 03/04/20 11:26 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Polovski]  
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Originally Posted by Polovski
That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


Yes, that was the "ham-fisted new fellow" who did a couple of dives in the Se5 and tore the wings off, crashed and exploded, after behaving himself well during formation flying. Take note fellow WOFFers - it's possible to pull the wings off of the Scout Experimental too. smile The problem isn't so much the speed of the dive, but the lack of a smooth exit from dives.

Other good reads for those looking over the casual campaigns thread....Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee (I'm currently reading that one). Also fondly remembered is Eastern Nights and Flights by Alan Bott (for those who like the exotic theaters such as the middle eastern front in WWI).

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#4509553 - 03/05/20 05:02 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 3 for Hauptmann Kiener

(note: GPU Tuner Patch 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 combo. in place; also BB's optional clouds ver 2.9.2 being used and they work fine in the platinum ed. of WOFF, have spotted no problems so far; as well used is JJJ's Multimod ver. 2.1)

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The morning of the 14th of Nov. opened with flurries in the forecast and low, foreboding clouds hovering around the 'drome at Ghistelles. Nonetheless, Kiener was unfazed by the weather, ruminating that it might actually be an advantage, acting as a cover for his lengthy patrol mission today, together with Unteroffizier Hutzenlaub, to spot for enemy positions as far south as the batteries parallel to Lille. Also flying today, providing that their engines would behave, were the two resident Aviatiks; they would drop bombs on the enemy's positions, first near Ledegem and then further south.

Kiener was most pleased to see his multi-colored Eindecker ready for use, the engine primed, and the control cables checked, with one of the riggers looking over the tailskid and wheels. 'We'll all be spotted by enemy aeroplanes with you, sir, in that colorful getup,' commented Hutzenlaub. But the Hauptmann was not concerned and remained silent, instead considering the similarities between the colors and some of the outfits often worn during his days of rigorous duelling as a student in Heidelberg. V. Pranz had made an excellent choice, he thought, with the color combinations; the late Pranz had also been a good mentor to him on their previous couple of flights, and Kiener had in detail remembered several of those suggestions offered for an effective patrol, and that he now briefly shared with the Unteroffizier.

'Stay approximately one kilometer behind me, directly behind, and slightly above, Hutzenlaub, and do not approach closer unless I am jumped by someone, but still make sure to remain above the fray,' he commented. 'Yes sir, and what about the balloons?,' was the Unteroffizier's naive question. 'Those, leave to me for now, and observe carefully, as I had observed Hauptmann v. Pranz's well-measured flights - you will notice how, with a good aim and no theatrics, things will usually unfold in your favor, should you decide on some balloon bursting in the future.'

The Aviatiks had by now ascended slightly above the 'drome; and soon the two Eindeckers were aloft as well, with their Oberursels rotating consistently, and with the good rate of climb taking the monoplanes up ever higher. It was, however, not practical to go above 1600 m alt. or so, since the heavy clouds were immediately above, and Kiener certainly did not want to lose the young Unteroffizier in the clouds. They, in this manner, proceeded slightly southwest and towards the lines at Diksmuide, to pass onto the enemy's side of the trenches. Here, Kiener pointed the nose of his crate in the direction of a balloon that was in the vicinity of Passchendale, cut power to about four-fifths, and began a steady and long descent, glancing back briefly to make sure that Hutzenlaub was following. Soon the balloon was in his sights, followed by a brief volley of shots and then profuse smoke, and an explosion. Kiener at that moment remembered the balloon further north of Diksmuide and v. Pranz's anticlimactic end there on the 13th. 'Under no circumstances maneuver around the balloons,' he thought to himself, 'but keep the nose steady, a gradual ascent away, full throttle - with a brief glance back to affirm that the balloon is indeed on fire.' Satisfied as to the results, they floated further down towards Ypres, when another balloon came into view on the western outskirts of the town. And again a careful aim was provided, the hunter's instinct alive, with an unswerving descent on the part of the Eindecker, a quick rattle of the Spandau - and another balloon hissing out flames and smoke, to be complemented by a roaring explosion.

With two balloons now down, Kiener briefly contemplated the possibilities - to swing gradually back across the lines south of Ypres, or to keep trodding the current path, further down towards Messines and Armentieres, for, after all, the course was still parallel to where the two Aviatiks were to patrol the enemy's batteries. The latter choice was made quickly, for Kiener was a brave fellow, a solid marksman, and the weather, still grey and miserable, was nicely cloaking his and the Unteroffizier's movements. 'As long as it did not begin to snow, there was no reason to retreat behind the lines,' he thought. No sooner was the choice made, then a balloon west of Messines was located, hovering and bobbing slightly in the mist below. A quick glance back, again, to verify Hutzenlaub's location, and also to make certain that no Franks or British airmen were in the vicinity - and then the gradual descent towards the target, the engine working steadily, Kiener's eyes fixed on the Spandau's sights - to be followed by the robust rattle when the trigger was pulled, rat-a-tat, tat, and a nice, thin stream of vapor and black smoke now emanating from the top of the stricken balloon. Kiener now passed over it, the ascent steady, unwavering, with no unnecessary risks being taken, and then the glance back - the balloon now emitting a stronger fire, and then a small explosion this time, after which the remnants of the gasbag fluttered down onto the meadows below. 'One more stop on our way south,' now thought Kiener; 'hopefully my steady aim will hold, for, even with this obscure weather, there is strangely an absence of strong winds, and of turbulence, at these lower altitudes,' he appended.

As they flew further south, Armentieres came into view. And behind Armentieres, on its eastern outskirts, a balloon was waiting. The two airmen now knew that they were not too far from the River Lys, and that, on the other side of the Lys, all that remained was to turn their noses to the left and proceed towards their lines, a journey that should be fairly short, and hopefully uneventful. The one problem was that the winds now had picked up, and, while Kiener was doing his best to keep the Eindecker steady in its dive towards the balloon, the Spandau's sights would, for a moment, nicely frame it, and, at another moment, they would be either to the left or right of the balloon. Kiener clenched his teeth, cut power slightly, and sent some shots in the direction of the balloon - and then some more. Having now passed over it, he glanced back briefly, only to find that the gasbag was still intact! 'Horrible,' he now contemplated in his head the possibilites: 'to get out of here as soon as possible, to try another run, or two.' 'Let us go for more!,' he now shouted out load even though the Unteroffizier was unable to hear him over the noise of the rotaries and the speed at which they were flying. And now a quick turn was made, this time with full rudder - and then a quick pounce onto the balloon, with another volley of shots sent in its direction - and now the ascent away, with Kiener's head turned back - and again, no result. The turbulence was picking up and throwing his aim off, but Kiener remained collected and methodical - now a third, wide, ascending climb was finally undertaken, the kind that had done in v. Pranz near Diksmuide. Some rifles were then heard below, with a few bullets cracking and whizzing through Kiener's left wing. But the Eindecker, still in control, now had the balloon in its sights a third time; the trigger was now depressed more thoroughly, and at least 50 or 60 rounds went cleanly through the balloon. It was now pouring out black smoke as Kiener glanced back a third time - and, very soon, the culminating, luxurious explosion was both seen and heard. 'That is four balloons down,' now thought Kiener, 'but enough of this, the winds are no longer working in my favor.' He then signalled to Hutzenlaub, and they were soon over their side of the lines, slightly south of the batteries close to Lille, and, with their fuel now low, attempting to move north-eastwards towards the small 'drome for Aviatiks, north of Menen. The wind was, however, not working in their favor anymore, even though there was a crack or two in the clouds at this stage of their flight - with the sun at times, very gently, sending its rays through and onto the moist fields below.

Kiener and Hutzenlaub now flew on closer together, with the Unteroffizier slightly above and to the left of the Hauptmann. With the aerodrome at Menen eventually in sight, Kiener signalled, and the other flyer plotted on slowly, to do a gradual, upwind landing at the further end of the field. The Hauptmann instead made a wide circle around the 'drome, dropped the throttle as much as possible, to about two-thirds power, and then, with irregular cutting of the fuel flow to the rotary instead of riskily blipping the engine, he managed to coax it into a fairly controllable glide, downwind, towards one of the empty hangars - to plop down gently before the Unteroffizier had even arrived. The Hauptmann opened the throttle a few times and was soon next to the hangar, with the fuel now off and the propeller idly spinning for a while longer. 'Four balloons!,' he thought to himself while still unfastening the harness, and while observing Hutzenlaub's landing that he thought a bit messy but sufficient, considering that the Unteroffizier had brief difficulty levelling out before he turned off his engine and rolled to a stop.

Shortly thereafter, both men were in the 'drome's makeshift office, with the four claims for the balloons being wired to Ghistelles, and also their approximate locations. After that it would be time soon for lunch, a quick and spicy goulash that one of the improvisario cooks had managed to create for the local officers - but that turned out quite appetizing, thought Kiener. Some idle talk was exchanged amongst the officers at the table, ranging from the awful weather that had prevented the local Aviatiks from doing any flying today, to the current state of military affairs, also with some discussion of Immelmann and Wintgens thrown in for good measure, since both were now rising stars among the young German pilots. Here, Kiener again thought of v. Pranz, who, equally so, had he not been unlucky with the balloon at Diksmuide, might now have eclipsed the tallies of these other heroic fellows. Such sombre pondering was then cut short by a phone call from Ghistelles.

'Kiener, is that you?,' was the C.O.'s question. 'Yes, sir, it's me, and Hutzenlaub is in one piece too,' responded the Hauptmann. 'Most pleasing, and, furthermore, all four of your claims have been confirmed!, not only by Hutzenlaub but also by some of our men at the batteries parallel to Ypres and Messines - with today's weather, your burning balloons featured as four torches going off in succession, and lighting up the immediate horizon - we thank you for the fireworks, and for your bravery. It is obvious that v. Pranz had taught you well - the Iron Cross 2nd Class awaits you upon your return, and my greetings to the Unteroffizier as well.' The C.O., in his usual style, was most animated while explaining all of this over the telephone - although his gesticulations could not be seen by the two pilots. Kiener further explained that both of the Eindeckers received several holes in their wings, some at Ypres, more during their attack on the balloon east of Armentieres, and that it would take until next evening for the repairs to be completed. The C.O., surprisingly, received this information in a calm manner, suggesting that they do their best to fly back by noon on the 16th, since it would not be practical that they return by train, and then to have the repaired Eindeckers also crated and returned by train. The C.O. was most fond of such comparisons and minute details, and spent another minute or two, before putting down the receiver, discussing the goings-on at Ghistelles, that one pilot had returned from leave, and that it was possible that another, replacement pilot would arrive over the next few days as well - Seelig's replacement.

Later in the afternoon Kiener suggested to Hutzenlaub that they drive into town, to see if Marie Siegelinde Seubert was still there, since he remembered the previous excursion with v. Pranz into Menen. 'And what shall we talk about with Ms. Seubert?,' asked Hutzenlaub. 'Oh, various things,' responded Kiener - 'she is a walking encyclopedia and most talented.' Kiener was also thinking of how to share the news of v. Pranz's fate with Ms. Seubert, and if this was appropriate at all to mention. Perhaps they would instead talk about the movie she is involved in, and Kiener hoped that he would be able to give some suggestions regarding its title, since Master Caligula's Easy Chair would never sit well with his friends the Heidelberg duellists. It sounded much too obtuse and artistic for those naturally talented with competitive skills.
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#4509690 - 03/06/20 09:23 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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That's the one VonS. He also talked about one poor sod who did aerobatics over the airfield until his wings broke off..


Yes, that was the "ham-fisted new fellow" who did a couple of dives in the Se5 and tore the wings off, crashed and exploded, after behaving himself well during formation flying. Take note fellow WOFFers - it's possible to pull the wings off of the Scout Experimental too. smile The problem isn't so much the speed of the dive, but the lack of a smooth exit from dives.

Other good reads for those looking over the casual campaigns thread....Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee (I'm currently reading that one). Also fondly remembered is Eastern Nights and Flights by Alan Bott (for those who like the exotic theaters such as the middle eastern front in WWI).

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And there’s this from the most excellent website that gives a day to day report from the air war ...

https://airwar19141918.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/2-march-1917-loop-of-death/

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Absolutely brilliant story telling and writing VonS! I love how you write and the Pictures are superb! Keep going...


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#4509803 - 03/06/20 10:05 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you for that excellent link Seb, a great find! - have bookmarked it now.

Glad you're enjoying the reports in the casual campaigns thread - will find some time to fly mission no. 4 for Hauptmann Kiener soon, then perhaps four or five missions for the RFC, for variety.

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#4509845 - 03/07/20 06:15 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 4 for Hauptmann Kiener

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It rained heavily for three days, beginning on the afternoon of the 16th and continuing so until the evening of the 18th of Nov., which was most unpleasant for Hauptmann Kiener. He preferred to keep active and to maintain best efficiency in the air, both while maneuvering his Eindecker and when looking through the sights of the Spandau. But what was one to do. He dabbled in a few card games with the men, to make merry as best they could in the weather, and also he looked over some of the technical journals that had arrived, to keep abreast of any possible aeroplanes or developments that the French and British might throw at them.

On the morning of the 19th it was finally viable to undertake a long reconnoitering flight down to the enemy positions south of Neuve Chapelle. The general idea was to keep escort to the resident Aviatiks, while they made their bombing runs. But, it was not to be - Kiener, and Hutzenlaub, who had been promoted to Leutnant in the meantime - were jumped by a green Nieuport while they were approaching the area near Diksmuide, still on their side of the lines. They flew fairly high, at around 2100 m alt., but the Nieuport almost magically presented itself, between Kiener and the Leutnant who was flying further back.

In a matter of seconds several bullets cracked through Kiener's fuel tank, and he began to smell gasoline vapor. Knowing what this meant, he immediately switched off the engine and went into a steep, spiralling dive, with his opponent still cracking at him with his M.G. Fortunately, by the time Kiener landed, Hutzenlaub had taken over and the Hauptmann could do nothing but observe the grim entertainment. 'Well done, Leutnant,' he thought to himself - 'I see that you have studied well and taken my directions seriously.' And the evidence was plentiful indeed. Hutzenlaub danced effectively around the pesky green fellow, turning around him, outturning him, also outmaneuvering him entirely, and getting some shots into the fellow to boot.

Here, however, his Spandau jammed and he began an ascent, at around 100 km/h, towards the 'drome at Ghistelles, waving to Kiener as he passed by. 'Yes, continue exactly at that angle,' muttered Kiener to himself, for, as Von Schnapps had suggested many times, this was the best speed to keep for maximal rate of climb. Soon, the stubborn Nieuport, although attempting to follow, fell further and further back, eventually to do a wide turn and head towards its own lines.

In a few hours Kiener and the now dismantled Eindecker would both be transported by truck back to Ghistelles. 'Hopefully I will have more success tomorrow,' he said to the C.O. and Hutzenlaub that evening, but said no more. And there was no need to be verbose - for he was lucky that only his fuel tank had been destroyed.
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#4509854 - 03/07/20 08:18 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 5 for Hauptmann Kiener

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'Today on the 20th of Nov. I was scrambled, in the morning, to intercept two Nieuports that had dropped down to Ghistelles to visit us, unannounced. I took up one of the extra Eindeckers that had arrived yesterday, since mine was still having repairs done to the fuel tank, while Hutzenlaub went up in the other monoplane. We noticed, once in the air, two of those English gunbuses at a great height, and that had dropped three or four bombs on the middle of our field, also next to one of the officers' quarters - but we considered it impractical to pursue them. We did, however, attack the two Nieuports, both cream-colored. I did not fire any shots into my opponent for he was maneuvering effectively - but so was I, and we made several tight circles around one another. This fellow then tried to enter a spiralling and tight dive, to fly underneath me, but clipped some trees and crashed, to break up and burn.

The other rascal was being dealt with by Hutzenlaub, but at times the Leutnant was seen to struggle. I observed the situation briefly and then went in, slipping by quickly and firing only a few rounds into this other Nieuport, which then fell into a wild spin and crashed and disintegrated immediately below. Hutzenlaub and I then did a flight at approximately 2200 m alt. to the batteries between Diksmuide and Niewpoort, to make sure that no other enemy aeroplanes were operating in the area, and returned to Ghistelles. I made two claims upon landing, for both Nieuports; the one that crashed on its own was immediately rejected, although I maintain that my maneuvering caused him to crash. The other fellow, for some odd reason only understandable to our C.O., has been filed as a pending claim. What will come of that I do not know.'

And so read Kiener's flight report for that day, with the statement, 'What will come of that I do not know,' being excised by the C.O. later in the afternoon, who suggested to him that such superfluous information does not contribute to the dignity of the flight reports, nor to the overall morale of the squadron. 'Do learn some tact from the late v. Pranz, Kiener,' was the C.O.'s comment, 'although I can understand your frustration regarding the claim that is pending.' Kiener thanked the C.O. for the advice, although he found the situation strangely amusing since most of the fitters and riggers had also seen the Nieuport spiralling down to a fiery crash - the one that he was most pleased to have brought down, with only seven, tightly-placed shots.
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#4509855 - 03/07/20 08:32 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 6 for Hauptmann Kiener

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The morning of the 21st was again marked by some rather horrible weather, strong winds gusting, and low, dark clouds suffocating the landscape. The Hauptmann did not mind the clouds, but the winds, he knew, would be difficult to tolerate in the nimble Eindecker. His multi-colored one was still being repaired, and so he again took up one of the unpainted monoplanes. Hutzenlaub was to accompany. And the two resident Aviatiks would also be going up. It was to be standard fare that day - a bombing and spotting mission around the batteries parallel to Ledegem. Or, at least, that was the initial, promising idea.

No sooner had all four ascended and made a wide turn around the 'drome at Ghistelles than the Leutnant, waving to Kiener, was seen to descend with his Eindecker, towards one of the less cluttered fields below. Hutzenlaub's Oberursel was sputtering, and soon ground to a halt; fortunately, the landing was uneventful and Kiener did a couple of circles around the area, saluted, and was off to escort the Aviatiks that had both now gained considerable altitude, leaving Kiener slightly below and about a kilometer behind.

The trio proceeded this way south, to the area roughly parallel with Passchendale, when the Hauptmann spotted a solitary Nieuport drop down from the many clouds, and begin rattling away with its Lewis M.G. at the Aviatiks. Kiener was still too far behind to interfere. 'I do hope that the observers have good aims today,' he thought to himself, and was not disappointed. Return fire from the Aviatiks was heard, with the Nieuport attempting a few more attacks - before sliding away towards the right, in the direction of the lines. Kiener now followed, with good tactics, not to be spotted, and with a stable aim and patience. About 50 meters from the Nieuport, and slightly below, and nearing the lines by that point - he pressed the trigger on the control stick - to be met with silence. 'Impossible!, not now,' he groaned. Out came the miniature hammer that was stowed in the cockpit, with several hits on the Spandau, and again the trigger was depressed - and nothing. 'It is useless,' thought Kiener, 'but while I am here, let us get a good look at this fool.' And so he did, even daring to fly right next to him and raise an arm, which was also greeted with a wave from the Nieuport before the other pilot finally crossed over the lines.

'Most likely out of ammunition or another unreliable M.G.,' thought Kiener; and he then did a wide, ascending turn to head for the 'drome at Sint-Eloois-Winkle - since the winds were again unbearable, tossing the Eindecker about, and it would be too risky to attempt returning to Ghistelles now. It seemed as if it was about to rain, and then the Hauptmann began hearing a grating sound emanating from the Oberursel, with the reverberations becoming stronger and stronger. 'This is madness!,' was his next thought - 'at this rate I will be vibrated to pieces and so too will the propeller.' He immediately switched off the magnetos and closed the fuel valve to the engine. The grating disappeared, the Eindecker was still gliding, and in the fog below a field opened up, as if to greet the Hauptmann. He rolled uneventfully to a stop underneath a German observation balloon, and conveniently next to a small dwelling that housed both the balloon's maintenance crew and some telephones.

Ghistelles was rung up to indicate his whereabouts; also contacted was the closer 'drome at Sint-Eloois, which would send a fitter over later in the afternoon to repair the Oberursel. Although, with the ever-worsening weather, the Hauptmann was compelled to stay the night here. Everyone turned in early that evening - with the wind now howling outside the door of the house, and thumping repetitively at the window panes. These repetitions, however, soothed Kiener; and he was soon fast asleep.
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More wonderful write-ups and stories VonS, most enjoyable. And some stellar screenshots as well. Also, that farmhouse in the picture above, I swear I've force landed next to it myself on more than one occasion. smile2

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More wonderful write-ups and stories VonS, most enjoyable. And some stellar screenshots as well. Also, that farmhouse in the picture above, I swear I've force landed next to it myself on more than one occasion. smile2


Much appreciated Lou - I'm glad everyone's enjoying the reports. WOFF is excellent for immersion.

Yes, that farmhouse is not too far from Passchendaele and close to one of the main roads. A convenient place to land in case of engine trouble - also easy to locate because of the Drachen balloon that's there.

Mission No. 7 for Hauptmann Kiener now flown and boy was it a long and exciting one biggrin - write up to follow eventually, Hutzenlaub has been captured by the British among other things (is somewhere close to no man's land). Have to develop a side-story for him. After that it's back to the Johnny Dobson adventures - the Parasol will be a more relaxing break from the Eindeckers (it's getting a little too hot for comfort in the Eindeckers as we approach the end of 1915 - then again they were never great fighters to begin with, the first "Fokker Scourge" being, partly, over-hyped - although B.E.2b and B.E.2c pilots might disagree with me smile ).

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The C.O. was again in an agitated state, after the tumultous events of the last several days, and he suggested a long bombing run on the enemy's aerodrome southwest of Bailleul for the morning of the 22nd of Nov. Aviatiks of Bosta 1 would be dropping bombs on the 'drome known as La Gorgue, as would the two resident Aviatiks from Ghistelles. The idea was that Kiener and Hutzenlaub accompany Bosta 2's Aviatiks to the destination, and to loiter about for some time until all German two-seaters had vacated the area. The suggestion seemed reasonable enough, although Hauptmann Kiener was somewhat hesitant to get into the now finally repaired, colorful Eindecker that had once belonged to v. Pranz. For assurance, he inspected it as it was being rolled out of its hangar, with the morning sun glistening on its wings, and with some riggers doubly checking that all the control wires were tight and the wing-warping assembly in order.

'Looking pensive, sir?,' was Hutzenlaub's question, as he emerged from the other side of the hangar to give his own monoplane a look-over before they ascended. 'Indeed,' the Hauptmann commented - 'today we must break the string of bad luck that has plagued us for the last several days, and to keep in one piece.' 'Aye, that I can agree with,' reflected the Leutnant, without indicating whether he meant the bad luck or that they keep in one piece. In the meantime, they had done up their gear, and also packed tightly a couple of flasks that would be of benefit on the lengthy flight. 'Two flasks?,' asked Kiener. 'Something I learnt a while back on those nasty, long reconnoitering flights, Herr Hauptmann, when I was with Bosta 1,' responded Hutzenlaub - 'one flask of water for standard procedure, the other filled either with cognac or schnapps, for emergency procedure.' 'Most interesting,' was the Hauptmann's response - 'my second flask will in that case include an elixir of bitter, to settle the stomach and sooth the nerves, although, if you follow standard procedure and fly slightly above me, and about half-a-kilometer back, Leutnant, I am sure that I will not experience any indigestion; and now, if you please.'

Their Oberursels had by then been primed, the signal given, and the chalks removed, with both monoplanes ascending quickly into the fresh, late November air, to follow briefly the two Aviatiks that, with their slower speed, had been given a head-start. Observing that all was well, with no enemy aeroplanes in the vicinity - Kiener motioned with his wings and he and the Leutnant proceeded to gain alt., with their noses pointed in the direction of Diksmuide. For the last several days the Hauptmann had been thinking of the malevolent balloon there that had marked v. Pranz's demise, and he was interested in paying the gasbag a visit. 'Today is a fine, sunny time for gasbag bursting,' he thought to himself, while the Eindecker continued to carry him ever higher. They passed the lines slightly north of Diksmuide at an alt. of about 2000 m, scanning the skies to the left and right, back, and above, to make certain that no English or French machines were preparing to give them the jump. With things looking serene and still sleepy at this early hour of the morning, Kiener thinned out the rotary to four-fifths power and began a steady descent, with the balloon already in his sights. One or two glances back were given to make sure that Hutzenlaub was following - and then the chatter of the Spandau, a quick and noisy form of communication, to be followed by a stream of smoke rising from the stricken gasbag. No sooner had the Hauptmann passed over the balloon than an immense detonation was heard that slightly threw the Eindecker upwards - but with Kiener, most joyous, still in control of the aeroplane.

Composure maintained, and the target destroyed, Kiener signalled that they continue onwards, towards their destination - while simultaneously gaining much-needed altitude. Soon they were at 1500 m, when another balloon came into view - hovering over the meadows, and located roughly between Diksmuide and Ypres. The same procedure was now followed, even more quickly than with the gasbag above Diksmuide. A steady dive, the engine this time at two-thirds power, the Hauptmann carefully keeping the sights as stable as possible, and then a goodly series of rounds being sent in this balloon's direction - to be followed by hissing, steam, black smoke and the satisfying explosion. 'My wonder, they certainly put these gasbags up rather quickly after I down them!,' thought the Hauptmann at this point, but more flying awaited. They continued further south, now veering slightly to the east, for both flyers knew that here, most likely, another gasbag would be waiting - and indeed it was, floating rather naively above the western outskirts of Ypres. Kiener here decided to dive at full throttle, coming awfully close to 200 km/h, but the Spandau's sights were still held steadily over the balloon. It was best here, thought Kiener, to swoop in and be done with it as soon as possible, for there were stronger concentrations of rifle and artillery around this pesky bag of hydrogen. And so it was: a quick swoop downwards, as that of an eagle accelerating towards its prey, and then several percussive pops of the Spandau - to be greeted with flames, and a lovely, lingering explosion that put a smile on Kiener's face once he glanced back to admire the results of his handiwork.

Soon after, as they were gaining alt. between Ypres and Messines, Hutzenlaub gestured towards another balloon located not too far from Messines - but Kiener signalled in the negative, since this would now mean a loss of much-needed altitude that would be of great benefit as they passed over and above the two British 'dromes located west of Armentieres, and that were already known by the Germans for their collection of Morane Parasols. In fact, as early as the spring of 1915, a certain Capt. Dobson from one of those 'dromes was responsible for afflicting noticeable damage to the Pfalz factory south of Lens. The name was of course not known to the German military since the English top brass preferred to keep their pilots veiled perpetually with a curtain of modesty, but the exploits certainly were making the rounds - and word of this had eventually reached Bosta 2 as well. Kiener, though brave, was no fool, and decided that unnecessary risk was now uncalled for. And so he and Hutzenlaub thus proceeded, at the now safe altitude of 2400 m, towards their destination that was not too far further south of Bailleul and the Imperial Forest immediately below Bailleul.

'What a lovely and clear morning,' here Kiener again pondered - 'if it wasn't for the war, some leasurely flying would be most welcome.' And, indeed, the sun's rays were now higher up in the east, presenting a scene worthy of the Kodak & Eastman Company, even more so once the two Aviatiks from Bosta 1 entered the picture frame, to do a wide turn towards the south, while edging closer to La Gorgue. Here Hutzenlaub wagged his wings again; but, Kiener, first observing the skies, could not understand what was being signalled - there were no enemy aircraft in the vicinity. Granted, he did spot a solitary gunbus floating above one of the 'dromes near Armentieres, but it was more than a thousand meters below, and of no concern. Soon, a whizzing sound was heard as the Bosta 1 Aviatiks began dropping bombs over their target, to do several more wide turns and to repeat the process. They then pointed again northwards and slowly disappeared, but in the meantime their own Aviatiks, from Bosta 2, had arrived, also to drop their luggage on La Gorgue, and then to proceed merrily northward, slightly below the two Eindeckers that were still doing wide, patrolling circles in the area.

'It is about time now that we head back as well,' here thought Kiener, and motioned to the Leutnant. The signal was followed by a wide, descending turn towards Armentieres, with the duo dropping down to about 2000 m alt., and purposefully so - for the Hauptmann was most curious, with his remaining rounds, to try for the problematic gasbag that was located on the eastern side of the town. Unexpectedly, however, and while they were descending rapidly - Hutzenlaub levelled out - and instead did a wide turn again, to head towards the River Lys and the front lines between Neuve Chapelle and Loos. 'What insolence!,' Kiener roared over the sound of his Oberursel, 'can it be that Hutzenlaub has gone mad?' - what could be the matter he thought. The Hauptmann's Eindecker here entered a steep, spiralling dive towards Hutzenlaub, maintaining a precarious angle for Kiener better to observe the situation - and, now it was evident - that Hutzenlaub's Oberursel had ground to a halt, with the monoplane now gliding towards the lines. 'I will leave you here awhile my friend,' now thought the Hauptmann - 'proceed at that exact angle,' he further ruminated, and now motioned with his hands, while holding the control stick between his knees; 'proceed exactly like so.' This was greeted by a nod from the Leutnant, but Kiener had already entered a dive, to attack the balloon below. And a troublesome attack it was, two times hampered by turbulence that threw the Hauptmann's aim off. Only on the third attempt was the gasbag on fire and deflating at a satisfyingly rapid rate, to sink onto the grass near the outskirts of Armentieres. 'Dreadful winds, they are always here around this balloon!,' uttered Kiener - 'but where is the Leutnant?'

The Eindecker here entered an ascent, at full throttle, and was soon near the Lys, with Hutzenlaub's Eindecker spotted below, no more than 100 meters above the ground by this point, and gliding directly above the river, in the vicinity of two bridges. Kiener remained slightly above, to hear occasional rifle fire that was taking shots at Hutzenlaub. Miraculously, the Leutnant did not crash but proceeded to glide, finally alighting about 50 meters south of the river and along the trench lines, to come to a stop near a rather large, carbonized-looking tree that had seen better days. Kiener leaned his engine and dove in, doing a slow flyby to inspect - and to be greeted with a wave from Hutzenlaub. Here again, rifle shots were heard and the Hauptmann opened the throttle fully, realizing that it was best not to advertize Hutzenlaub's location to the entire line of trenches in the vicinity. With less than 20% fuel remaining, and only 60 rounds in the Spandau, Kiener flew on towards a small 'drome near Lens, and that v. Pranz had told him of many missions ago. But, already in visual distance of the 'drome, two specks were now spotted to his left, near the outer disk of the sun's rays. These specks then became larger, and soon the grunting of their LeRhone rotaries was unmistakable - two beige Parasols, British, were returning to the 'dromes near Armentieres! And soon a waltz erupted, with Kiener pulling up underneath the two Parasols to assess the situation further, the two Parasols then dancing around him, with each letting off a few rounds from their guns, and then coming back together again, only to repeat the process a couple of more times. Here, Kiener danced some more around them - 'but enough of this early morning prancing,' he thought. Kiener picked out the one that was slightly lagging behind, came up again, a bit below and to the right of him, and emptied first 20 or so rounds into the fuselage, and then the remaining 30 or 40 rounds into the Parasol's rotary. A few puffs of smoke then emerged from under the cowling, and the propeller spun to a stop. The observer was nonetheless a stubborn fellow and kept cracking with his Lewis M.G. at Kiener, even while the Parasol was descending. Kiener circled a few times until the Parasol finally alighted, near the lines where Hutzenlaub was last seen, but on the German side, with the pilot and observer captured soon afterwards. The other Parasol had by now gained noticeable height and was already on the other side of the river; and, besides, Kiener's Spandau was now empty.

Less than 10 minutes later Kiener's Eindecker was in front of one of the empty hangars at the 'drome north of Lens, with five claims being wired to Ghistelles, for four balloons and a British Parasol. Also wired was Hutzenlaub's approximate location. Soon, the C.O. was already on the phone, chronically animated, to congratulate Kiener that all five claims had been verified, even by German batteries in the relevant sectors. 'Yes, that is all good and well, and I am most appreciative, delighted really, sir, but how to get to Hutzenlaub - and his Eindecker, it is still intact, possibly to fall into the enemy's hands?' - Kiener asked with a worried tone. 'Yes, the Eindecker is no laughing matter - that is a problem - perhaps he will manage to destroy it somehow, Kiener; from your description of the location, it is likely that he is on the British side of the lines, although awfully close to no man's land - no way of telling what will happen now. Go have supper later at Schmidt's in Lens, v. Pranz may have told you about it,' responded the C.O. 'Yes, excellent sausages and sauerkraut,' was Kiener's rather irritated response. 'Ah!, so you know about it, wonderful,' replied the C.O. - 'now good day to you and let me know if any news of Hutzenlaub comes through; I expect you back on the 24th, if you need a day for repairs on the Eindecker.'

While this was transpiring at the 'drome north of Lens, Hutzenlaub dreaded the strangest of predicaments that he had ever fallen into. The River Lys was visible, and its two bridges, behind the tail of his Eindecker. In front of the nose, and the tree that was masking the aeroplane, was a stretch of uninhabitable mud and depressions, about 30 meters wide, and ending with the German dugouts on the other side. Immediately behind him were the enemy's dugouts, some 15 to 20 meters removed. This was no good at all he thought. He had already gathered his kit, made sure that both of his flasks were intact, and was now resting, and trying to be as still as possible, in a depression in the ground next to the tree, and underneath one of the monoplane's wings. 'If only I can hold out here for a while, and then somehow to withdraw into another of the many indentations in no man's land, there to await nightfall - it may then be possible to get back to my side of the lines.'

Other thoughts also flowed rapidly through his mind now, some of elation at having managed to bring the Eindecker down onto the only flat spot of earth in the vicinity, and some of dread - as to the consequences, either of being captured, to survive the rest of the war in imprisonment, for who can know how long it will last - or, to squeeze into no man's land and be pulverized by artillery fire later in the day. He thought back to his school days and boyhood tricks, some of which might prove helpful now - at any rate, at least to help pass the time. The flask with cognac was also beneficial, with not too much of it to be enjoyed, but only a small portion, to harden the nerves, to strengthen the perspective, and also to help Hutzenlaub to hear, in his head, the many pleasant Kaiser Marsches that he enjoyed listening to, and as played by various military bands, when he was still a young and curious student in Baden-Baden.

His greatest worry was that there was no way of setting the Eindecker on fire - to make sure that it did not fall into the enemy's hands, to be dismantled, inspected, also to have the interruptor gear studied. This would not do - and would be a shambles if it became known. He devised soon after a perverse plan, to make his presence known, with the whistling of some of the tunes he remembered as a boy, and thus to draw the enemy batteries' attention to his location. But he would only do this later in the day. Contemplating these possibilities, and others, the hours went by, with only occasional sniper fire heard, a ricochet or two in the vicinity, one or two plucks at the wings of the monoplane - but that was all.

Soon, it was twilight, and the outrageous plan was in effect. A few loud whistles and ditties were uttered by the Leutnant, with Hutzenlaub already crawling away into no man's land through a space where no barbed wire was present. He was slowly and stealthily crawling on all fours, already all muddied and filthy, but this was also serving as fine camouflage. It was not possible for him to estimate precise locations since he was deep in mud by that point, and still moving forward, when several loud detonations were heard emanating from the back, to be followed by a singular image, of the Eindecker's shattered propeller falling in Hutzenlaub's vicinity. He then remained motionless, for several minutes, while the detonations continued - in total he counted six or seven large eruptions, and then silence again, to be broken by some occasional rifle fire, sometimes close by, other times heard from a distance. He resumed his crawling, stopping only when he found himself in one of the larger depressions, about a meter in depth, and that allowed for him to remain unnoticed until nightfall. It would be entirely reckless now to pop out his head and verify destruction of the Eindecker, and so he kept still - assuming, and hoping, that the splintered propeller that fell nearby was evidence enough of the enemy's foolish battery - that had pounded hard what should have been considered a valuable military trophy.

Another couple of artillery barrages took place as night fell, but then all was relatively quiet, except for the intermittent pow-pow-whiz sound of a stray shell. Here, Hutzenlaub thought of some of his relatives, and their stories from his youth, of how two fellows from his family had worked as hired guns for Wells Fargo in the America of the 1850s, before returning to Baden-Baden prior to the Civil War erupting there. 'Pow-pow' went a stray artillery shell again, with Hutzenlaub imitating the sound and imagining himself as a pistolero from another century and involved in other distant skirmishes. But soon he came to his senses, took a swig of cold water from the other flask, and resumed his slow and steady crawl - to emerge, or rather, fall into, one of the German trenches. 'Hallo, und was ist das?,' grunted out one of the voices in the trench. 'A fellow soldier and an airman, Leutnant Hutzenlaub,' was the response. This was followed by a chorus of loud laughter - 'and if this is the condition of our airmen,' said one of the soldiers, 'we are certainly in good hands.' More grunts and laughter followed, with a drink of schnapps then passed around to soften the jabs, and to cap off both the Leutnant's dexterity and originality of escape.

The next day was, in a way, anticlimactic almost. Hutzenlaub had been transported to the 'drome near Lens during the cover of the previous night, stories of adventure had been exchanged, and Kiener then realized why the Leutnant had a few times responded strangely to signals given during the flight on the morning of the 22nd. His fuel tank had received some minor damage from ground fire during one of the balloon attacks, and the gasoline had disappeared half an hour earlier than would otherwise have been the case. 'But enough of these anxious and morbid tales of escape,' eventually commented Kiener - 'tonight we dine at Schmidt's in style, and tomorrow we return to Ghistelles, I in my repaired Eindecker and you in another one that we shall kindly borrow from the 'drome here.' 'But why the supper and celebration?,' asked the Leutnant - 'granted, you are now a grosse Kanonen with your 10 victories, surpassing both Immelmann's and Boelcke's scores; however, there seems to be other information you are withholding, as you typically do.'

Here, Kiener merely smiled; he would reveal all at Schmidt's, namely, that the C.O. had wired him again on the 23rd, the slip of paper indicating that he was being promoted to Rittmeister upon his return to Ghistelles, and that he would be the very first of German flyers to be awarded the coveted Pour le Mérite. It would be given to him by the Kaiser, personally - at a later date. Kiener hoped that the medal would eventually become known as Der blaue Eberhard.
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#4510703 - 03/13/20 03:52 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 10 for Cap'n. Dobson & Company

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After a late breakfast today, of brown beans and soft boiled eggs, we were instructed via telephone, by our ever-austere C.O., Sir Salmond, Sr., to undertake a spotting mission of enemy troop positions and batteries further north, towards and slightly below Diksmuide. To fly with me, as ordered, was another Parasol, and to be manned by Ltn. Strugnell. My observer, as usual, would be Henderson. For good measure, we each also took up four 20 kg bombs - in case favorable situations emerged that would offer us a chance to give a good pounding to the enemy.

What was not working in our favor, at all, this day of the 23rd of May, were the clouds and winds - with horribly obscure conditions, as well as low-lying fog, and occasional wind gusts that were most difficult to surmount in our Parasols. We ascended sprightly enough, but, turning towards the lines, it became an exercise of coordination and dexterity to maneuver our crates into any semblance of flight. These Morane Parasols, with their high-mounted wings, function sometimes as umbrellas if the winds pick up, and we several times were subject to extreme tossings, back and forth, until the winds slackened to offer temporary respite from such ordeals. Henderson frequently grimaced during such turbulent moments - and in one instance, while we were passing onto the German side of the lines, near the batteries south of Ypres - a robust gust of wind threw us into a stall and flat spin. Fortunately, I was already well-attuned to the Parasol's peculiarities and immediately went into a nose-down position, with liberal application of rudder opposite to the spin, to straighten out, and without losing too much altitude - to emerge in one piece at approximately 1100 m.

We here did several wide circles above the German batteries in the area, and also observed a large battle taking place below, of operatic, Wagnerian proportions. Fortunately, the low fog, hovering in the vicinity, spared us the brunt of flak bursts and rifle fire from the trenches below. I here signalled to Strugnell, in the other aeroplane, that he drop at least one or two bombs on enemy positions he considered worthy of targetting, and, from a slightly higher alt., I observed the attacks. Several runs were made, and a total of three bombs dropped. Considering this adequate, I gave the signal again and our duo of Parasols proceeded further north, towards the area around Passchendale. Immediately southwest of the town, we spotted one of those German observation sausages and I indicated to Ltn. Strugnell, ever keen on taking out a gasbag, that he attack it when feasible. His observer, an excellent shot, soon riddled the balloon with their Lewis M.G., and three plumes of smoke were then seen emerging from its top - soon to be followed by an explosion, and the debris sinking beneath the sea of fog below.

We then proceeded northwesterly to an area close to the lines, where I dropped all four of my bombs near a delapidated German factory that likely served as a storage site for their munitions. No sooner had I dropped the bombs than the ensuing explosions were spotted by one of our own guns across the lines, that then opened up and hit the factory several times, whereupon it was transformed into smoldering ruin. Here, I decided that it was practical to harrass one of the other enemy balloons that was not too far from the lines, and so, the signal was given, and both I and Strugnell dove at the balloon several times. Henderson got several shots into it, as did Strugnell's observer, but neither of them was successful in bringing this other balloon down. The winds were again picking up, and noticeably so, to toss us around once again, and I here considered it appropriate that we slowly turn back towards our 'drome north of Armentieres. No sooner had I given the signal to Strugnell that he return to the aerodrome, than my Parasol was hit several times, through the fuselage and rotary, by shots from below - Henderson estimated that at least five or six rifles had opened up at us. The more immediate problem was that our LeRhone now ground to a halt, with the petrol tank holed as well, and with wounds having been inflicted on both Henderson and myself. I could feel a burning and pricking sensation, which indicated to me that my nether regions had received some lead - whereas, in Henderson's case, there was a bullet wound in his flying gear close to his right shoulder.

In this dire situation, I did my best to give the crate a solid dead-stick landing, although, with the engine now of no use, we were wildly being tossed about by the winds that were even worse at these low altitudes. I headed directly for the lines, gliding at no more than 200 m alt., and hearing more rifle shots directed towards us. Somehow, we remained intact and I plopped the Parasol down, whereupon it soon came to a stop. We were about three kilometers from the lines, and on the German side. 'Horrors!,' uttered Henderson, 'let's make a run Cap.'n towards some of those buildings that are immediately behind us, and endeavor to remain invisible until the evening.' The advice was quickly accepted, and we huddled behind some walls that were not too far back from the Parasol. Fortunately, we did not have to wait for the night, but, very thick fog having rolled in by the late afternoon, we made a run for it through no man's land, gingerly avoiding the barbed wire, and were after one hour or so on our side of the lines. Soon a lorry was made available and we were, by the evening, after several more hours marked by a very bumpy ride, at our 'drome near Armentieres.

Our wounds proved less serious than they looked; and, Henderson was promised a 48 hrs. pass to Paris, in two days' time, once his shoulder wound had closed up a bit. I was on the other hand offered no such pass. Instead, I was rung up later in the night by our C.O. again, with Salmond Sr. blaring over the phone lines that, in the future, I was to do no such reckless things as attack German gasbags or order others to attack these things. I was to limit myself and my flights strictly to bombing of enemy batteries, factories, and attacks on enemy aircraft only if they were obstructing us in our missions. This was made very clear, with Salmond suggesting that 'it just won't do' what transpired today, and that, even worse, the Germans had dismantled our Parasol and sent it to one of their 'dromes for inspection. I lamented this and mentioned that our matches were wet - although we did attempt to light it. But my remonstrations were useless, and I tactfully apologized for the mishap.

On a more positive note, Salmond was pleased that several enemy positions close to Ypres had been hit by our bombs, and also that the factory further north, near the lines, had been destroyed. I thanked him for this before he hung up the receiver. And, truth be told, I was more impressed to hear, from Ltn. Strugnell, that word had gotten around of my and Henderson's great escape - that word had spread to other quarters too. Of all things, even Lady Harbury was to visit me on the 'morrow since she adored 'war heroes.' Exhausted from the day's endeavors, I then fell into a deep sleep, to dream of the elegant lady's visit the next day, and a very pleasant dream it turned out to be - in which she was most attentive to my groin wound.
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#4512790 - 03/26/20 02:56 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 11 for Cap'n. Johnny Dobson & Company

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It was a pleasant couple of days, as if time was now standing still, the minutes having been elongated after our escapade of the 23rd - with Lady Harbury indeed visiting - and spending several lovely hours with me and the boys, discussing various burlesque shows and pantomimes that she would often perform in Paris, and that had caught the attention of myriads of journals and reviews. She urged me to visit her voluptuous residence, as soon as possible; although, I jokingly suggested that if our C.O. remained as strict as we had already become accustomed to - I would sooner join her after the war. 'War or no war, my brave Captain - I await you in my studio, and please, do call me Clarissa.' Such were her affectionate and parting words, uttered in a soothing manner and penetrating all of my fibers, for she had a fine mezzo-soprano voice that was like balm upon the ears.

Henderson was in the meantime on his two days' pass, in Paris, hopefully to forget about our hair-raising incident in which we had barely evaded capture - his shoulder wound was healing nicely, the local 'doc told us - although my damaged nether regions were proving more troublesome, not in and of themselves, the wound itself being not that serious - but it was dreadful to sit down in one spot for any period of time longer than about half of one hour. 'And, tell me good 'doc Brown,' I asked - 'how exactly am I to carry out our longer reconnoitering flights with this pesky wound? - be aware that we don't fly with upholstered furniture in our Parasols.' 'But have no fear, Captain,' was his overly confident response. 'You see, I recently wrote a voluminous research paper, in octavo size, outlining the benefits of light anesthetising injections to such wounds, which, if all was well and the wound kept clean, would hasten the process of recovery, also pleasantly numbing any unbecoming sensations emanating from around or within the wound. Consider, for example, the variety of injections I can administer in the field hospital not too far from the 'drome here: injections ranging from chloroform and diethyl ether to C.E. mixture, and also, what I personally recommend, A.C.E. mixture.'

'Bloody hell, 'doc!,' roared the young Ltn. Richard Rapheal who was nearby, and who would be my replacement observer until Henderson returned - 'give us all an injection of that A.C.E. mixture then - and we'll give the Germans a right proper thrashing, to be awarded five kills each, to boot.' Here we all broke into a rowdy laugh, although the tepid 'doc responded merely with a smirk, explaining that the mixture consisted of alcohol, chloroform, and ether - and was the latest in anesthetising in all reputable medical institutions. 'Very well,' I responded, 'give me a shot of that for a day or two and, hopefully, I'll be able to sit out our longer flights.'

And the injections were none too soon, for already, very early on the 26th of May, we were urged by HQ into a bombing mission relatively deep on the enemy's side of the lines - we were to do a run at one of the enemy's 'dromes located north of Sint-Eloois-Winckle, since our intuitive C.O., Salmond Sr., had concluded that this was likely the home of several Aviatiks that would often be seen harrassing our observation balloons, and aeroplanes, while the latter were off on reconnoitering flights. It was not yet 5:30 in the morning when we were roused from sleep and told to 'step lively,' by one of the night orderlies. I had barely a few minutes to splash some cold water onto my face from the basin in the corner of our room, and was simultaneously dressing and running towards the flight office, first to assemble the men, and then to retire, very briefly, to the mess - for an improvised breakfast of hot tea and a few salty biscuits. Proper nourishment would have to wait until we returned. 'You think we'll be back around 8, Cap'n.?,' was Rapheal's question, a query that helped to awaken me more thoroughly than the tea did. 'Why, I suppose so, even earlier, if we don't loiter for too long over our targets, which I don't recommend in any circumstance' - this was the only response I could muster so early in the morning.

Soon after we were already ascending into the fine spring air, a tandem of Parasols, the other piloted by Ltn. Strugnell, and with each of us carrying four 20 kg bombs. We proceeded, on my orders, directly towards the lines, and briefly to irritate some of the German batteries southeast of Ypres. The weather was beautiful, with hardly a cloud in the expansive sky, and with only a light southwesterly wind that was manageable even in our Parasols. Noticed around the lines below were a few explosions, but, for the most part, the entire trellis-work of trenches still seemed largely asleep at this early hour of the morning. I signalled to Strugnell and he went in first, dropping two of his bombs on some of the enemy's dugouts in the vicinity. I then followed and did the same, dropping two of my bombs. We here circled a couple of times, jotting down coordinates for some of the enemy's positions - and then we proceeded further east, and agonizingly deep into unknown territory. We however knew approximately where the 'drome, our main target, would be located, and so we took advantage of the fairly lengthy flight to gain as much alt. as possible. By the time the enemy 'drome became visible, we were near 2000 m alt., and did several circles above the enemy's tents - to make sure that we were not being followed by any enemy aeroplanes.

Realizing that all was clear, I signalled once again and Ltn. Strugnell entered a shallow dive, descending to about 1500 m alt., whereupon he dropped his remaining two bombs - and that exploded near one of the aeroplanes parked far below. I then entered a shallow dive as well, dropped my remaining bombs, and observed two explosions soon after, in proximity of some back-buildings and sheds located slightly to the east of the aerodrome. At this point, I spotted a convoy of 10 lorries on one of the roads not too far from the German 'drome - my observer had also noticed this and signalled in the affirmative that he was keen to try out the Lewis M.G.

Strugnell, in the other Parasol, noted our change of direction and also followed. I idled the LeRhone and we headed for the smaller of the two convoys below, with six lorries further behind, and four clumped together, in front. I dove several times, with Strugnell keeping watch from above, and with Rapheal, an excellent shot, getting several hits on the first and second lorries, with smoke and debris noticed thereafter. We then did a wide, ascending turn, and Rapheal emptied the Lewis' drum into the remaining six lorries. 'This would do,' I here thought - and, with our ammo. exhausted, we now turned back for our own 'drome above Armentieres. The sky was still clear, wonderfully sunny, with a representatively spring morning developing. And, not being pestered by any of the enemy's ground fire - and as well with hardly any flak in this sector - we concentrated on getting back in one piece, soundly, and also as assured by the well-timed purring of our rotary engines.

The lines were passed at an alt. of about 1200 m, and soon we were descending towards our 'drome. I first dropped in, and rolled nicely to my hangar. Ltn. Strugnell's Parasol followed soon after. Several minutes later we had already removed our flight gear and were waiting to be served a more thorough breakfast, with the cool spring air of the higher altitudes having opened our appetites. The rest of the day proved uneventful, with Salmond Sr. wiring in information that some of the German batteries south of Ypres had been damaged in our bombing run, and that there was also minor damage reported to the enemy 'drome further behind the lines. I was pleased enough with these details but did not dwell too much on them. Rapheal and Strugnell decided on an afternoon swim at a nearby pond since it became blisteringly hot later in the day. I, on the other hand, and as ordered by the 'doc previously - was not to get my wound wet - so I took the opportunity to lay out some flight plans for our next sortie, and also engaged in some comforting speculations as I intermittently dozed off in a rocking chair that had been placed in the sun next to our mess. The choice of topic for my daydreaming came easily enough - it would be Clarissa's tantalizing invitation to her studio.
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#4512839 - 03/26/20 01:21 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS, I just caught up on your pair of pilots and it was some very enjoyable reading. “Der blaue Eberhard”, that one made me laugh out loud. And to Captain Dobson’s dreams of the elegant lady attending to his wounded nether region, I’m thinking that scenario has been played out more than once in certain short films featuring “bow-chick-a-bow-bow” musical scores. Great screenies by the way.

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#4512883 - 03/26/20 05:35 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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Originally Posted by RAF_Louvert
VonS, I just caught up on your pair of pilots and it was some very enjoyable reading. “Der blaue Eberhard”, that one made me laugh out loud. And to Captain Dobson’s dreams of the elegant lady attending to his wounded nether region, I’m thinking that scenario has been played out more than once in certain short films featuring “bow-chick-a-bow-bow” musical scores. Great screenies by the way


Glad these casual campaign tales are enjoyable. Lady Harbury is somewhat avant-garde so I look forward to introducing her further in some future escapades for Cap'n. Dobson. And indeed, Kiener managed to outdo Immelmann and Boelcke biggrin with his score of 10, already by Nov. of 1915 - thus the parallel history being developed there with the Blue Max medal. I might return to Kiener's adventures after a few more flights for the RFC.

If anything disastrous happens to Dobson and Kiener, I will then "formally" apply to join the real men in the DiD thread. cowboy

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#4513146 - 03/28/20 07:36 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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And the plot thickens for Cap'n. Dobson & Company...was tweaking the FM today for the Bristol Scout (the stock version is largely the "Type B" performance-wise)...to end up with the common production variant "Type C." Then I began wondering...how it sure would be good to give the good Captain one of these...for Eindecker hunting...the Parasols largely being limited to recon. and bombing.

So I go into the WOFF campaign menu, click to see the duty roster and aircraft types available...and May 27th of 1915 rolls in - and then this pleasant surprise pops up on screen smile. Hope to fly mission no. 12 soon.

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#4514433 - 04/03/20 06:06 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 12 for Major Dobson & Company

(note: BB's clouds ver. 3 installed, "full weather" package; ver. 2.1 of JJJ's MultiMod in use; combo. 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 of the WOFF GPU Tuner patch active)

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The morning of the 27th of May was marked by various excitements, the first being that I was again roused from sleep very early, around 4:30 am, by one of our noisy orderlies. Still in a half-slumber and barely having enough time to dress into uniform, I was soon greeted by Sir Salmond Sr., who was giving us a look-over this day (a habit of his on occasion, to surprise us with such unannounced visits). I now envied Henderson whose leave had been extended from his initial 48 hrs.' pass to Paris, but we all held ourselves well enough, I thought, giving a positive overall impression of a well-functioning and disciplined 'drome - and in the anticipatory atmosphere I was as well informed that I had been promoted to Major.

This information came rather unexpectedly; I enquired as to why this was - with Salmond Sr. laughing off my comment and referencing the bombing of the German 'drome, the previous day, and well over enemy territory. Also cited was one of my previous escapades, with Salmond himself, and in which we afflicted the Pfalz factory south of Lens with considerable damage. 'Forward action and consistently so, as recommended!,' were Salmond's own words, which rang rather pleasantly in my ears this early in the morning. 'You will also find that a new aeroplane has been delivered, Major - and please do try your best not to wreck it - there is only a limited number of these Bristol Scouts, Type C, I think that is what they call them, but we hope that HQ will see value in them shortly. There is after all only so much that can be done with a Parasol, and we would much prefer to bring the fight closer to the enemy.' With these words Salmond was off to inspect our other 'drome in the vicinity of Armentieres, promising to visit again, and unexpectedly.

And, truth be told, my new 'crate was a thing of beauty indeed, with tight linen, the smell of lacquer still present, and a fresh coat of paint visible, to protect from the elements. According to reports, she was fast and with a good rate of climb, also easier to control than the sometimes cumbersome, sometimes wild, and idiosyncratic, Parasol. I engaged in some brief inspection, with my fitter and rigger, to see that all was sound - and then it was off to the mess for a spot of tea and biscuits before ascending into the fragrant morning air. Today I was to accompany Sgt. Aldridge and his observer, in their Parasol, to the German batteries north of Vimy, and I was assigned to loiter there briefly while the Parasol noted positions of the enemy's dugouts and direction of fall of shot. All seemed simple enough, and the flight began rather well, with my Scout climbing beautifully and displaying no noticeable difficulty in control. It was a much sportier bird than the Parasol and I frequently found myself flying at four-fifths throttle, so that Aldridge would not fall too far behind, or below.

A touch north of the River Lys, however, and at an alt. of about 1500 m, the Sgt. fired a yellow Verey light, to inform me of trouble with his LeRhone. I circled for a while in the vicinity, with Aldridge again signalling that he would remain in the area for some time, to ascertain further the condition of the rotary - before deciding on a more direct course of action. This appeared sufficient enough for me and I kindly waived them off - proceeding further south on what had by now become a lone flight - although, I must admit, I was not terribly concerned with the solitary nature of the mission from this point on, considering that the Bristol was proving an absolute joy to fly. I floated south and entered onto the German side of the lines slightly east of Neuve-Chapelle, to head towards the enemy's batteries that were below. Already I was near 2000 m alt., with the still, morning air providing for a comfortable flight. Although there were scattered clouds, hardly any winds were felt or noticed, and, with the sun glistening on the dew-covered meadows below - one could very easily begin to daydream.

I nonetheless remembered to crane my neck at regular intervals, to observe for enemy aeroplanes, but there was nothing to be seen for miles on end. Most likely the German flyers were still soundly asleep - I grudgingly thought - although the continuously well-tamed behavior of my Scout quickly extinguished any further, negative thoughts on my part and I focused on the area south of Lens, being aware, from previous flights to this sector, that it would often be populated by gasbags. I idled the rotary at about one-third power and descended quickly, testing the Scout's robustness and finding that it dove rather well, much more effectively and with greater stability than the Parasol. Soon, I was below the layer of scattered clouds and made my way cautiously even further south - whereupon was spotted a German balloon near Vimy and that looked like those white sausages the enemy is often fond of eating, with a plentiful supply of pickled cabbages. This would be an excellent test of the Scout, I here thought, for its armament was interestingly positioned, the Lewis M.G. jutting out slightly from the cockpit and to my left at 25 degrees or so, to clear the outer disc of the revolving propeller. Somewhat odd to aim, but I was ready for a challenge and found that with liberal application of rudder, and opposite aileron, one could give the enemy a good peppering from the M.G. In this way I attacked the balloon - with it lighting up rather quickly and smoking profusely, before deflating and sinking onto the pock-marked ground below.

Satisfied with this experiment, I immediately plotted for our lines and went over at an alt. of about 1500 m, and slightly northeast of Arras. Soon I entered a gradual, descending turn to the right and alighted, about 15 minutes later, at a small aerodrome, full of RFC Parasols, and slightly south and to the west of Mont-St-Eloi. It had proven wise to land here for I was somewhat short on petrol after the lengthy flight south, and, while the Bristol was being refueled and ogled by the local fitters - I wired in my balloon claim to Bailleul Asylum. The local C.O. here was currently on leave and was being replaced by a good-natured Ltn., Simonson, who invited me for a hearty and late breakfast in the mess. Kindly I obliged, for I had some time to spare before returning to our own 'drome, and, besides, Simonson was eager to discuss my initial impressions of the Scout Type C.

He had some brief experience in the Type B, earlier in the year, and remembered well its favorable characteristics - although he found the rudder somewhat sluggish and ineffective. 'The rudder is just fine now, Ltn., most sensitive,' I commented - 'the Type C is an improvement.' Several hours were in this way spent, discussing the Scout and Parasol, and comparing them to various other works of motoring and natural art, for Simonson was an amateur painter - and our topics ranged from sporting automobiles such as the Mercer Raceabout and thoroughbred race horses to the latest developments in aerofoil design, and how such improvements would hopefully push us ahead of our perpetually crafty and inventive enemy.
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#4514445 - 04/03/20 07:22 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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VonS - I am really enjoying the unfolding story. Keep up the excellent work. I look forward to more


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#4514453 - 04/03/20 07:57 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Great stuff VonS,keep up the great work pal


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#4514455 - 04/03/20 08:04 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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I'm also enjoying it, Thank you!

#4514469 - 04/03/20 08:46 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Nice story, VonS.

Hopefully, the weather will continue to cooperate, although I have a feeling that will not be the case!

#4514530 - 04/04/20 03:20 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Thank you everyone for the kind words - WOFF is wonderfully immersive and I look forward to more adventures with the Bristol Scout. Will be interesting to compare it with the Fokk. E.II flown by Kiener. Already it flies much more nicely. The Eindecker is always a handful - tweaked FM or not.

@ BB, considering the realism of your "full weather" clouds upgrade, I'm sure that I will be in rain, winds, and overcast skies very soon. Looking forward to the bad weather! biggrin

(I will include the FM tweak for the Bristol Scout Type C with a ver. 5.0 of the FM update pack, sometime in the coming months - no official release date yet since I want to comb over the Nieups. 17 and 24, and will visit the M-S and Pfalz Parasols too, since I will have more free time then.)

Hope to fly mission no. 13 for Major Dobson soon, then another couple of missions for the RFC before switching to Bosta 2 and the northernmost sector of the front.

An excellent sim for building a novel...providing these two campaigns last long enough - I'll then have to decide on a title that maintains the spirit of the 1910s as much as I've attempted to do with the diction in the reports. smile

Perhaps something like:

Master Caligula's Easy Chair: Tales of WW1 Aerial Heroes and Their Escapades for the Armchair Enthusiast

or

Lady Harbury's Burlesque Studio: Wild Days and Nights Above the Trenches of the Great War

Von S


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#4514550 - 04/04/20 09:25 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Excellent so far Von s, setting a standard I can only dream of! Very enjoyable thank you

#4515071 - 04/07/20 07:37 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Originally Posted by VonS
Mission No. 3 for Hauptmann Kiener

(note: GPU Tuner Patch 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 combo. in place; also BB's optional clouds ver 2.9.2 being used and they work fine in the platinum ed. of WOFF, have spotted no problems so far; as well used is JJJ's Multimod ver. 2.1)



Guys, do you know if BB's Optional Clouds Mod is compatible with Cloud Popping fix by HarryH?

Thanks.

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I'm afraid it is not compatible with VonS's GPU Tuner Mod as it also modifies preload.xml

Thanks.

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My mod and Harry's work just fine with each other, I'm not sure about Harry's and VonS's.

#4515145 - 04/07/20 04:15 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Dirk98]  
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Originally Posted by Dirk98
I'm afraid it is not compatible with VonS's GPU Tuner Mod as it also modifies preload.xml

Thanks.


For those using HarryH's cloud pop fix, I recommend loading it first via JSGME, and then loading my GPU Tuner patch for WOFF - this way you will get the benefits of the cloud pop mod and my tuner patch - since the preload.xml file that my patch loads works just fine with the cloud pop mod (it is just a minor expansion/modification of the preload file that comes with HarryH's fix). Simply override Harry's preload file with mine - and you should have no compatibility problems (don't forget to remove my mod first, then Harry's, when upgrading to newer ver. patches of WOFF).

Hope to fly mission no. 13 soon in the Scout Type C.

Von S smile

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#4515413 - 04/09/20 02:10 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Again thanks for your tweaks VonS they really are an excellent addition.
I was wondering if you could give me some advice? I noticed that you mentioned that you've put "tree congestion has been slightly thinned out in this patch (by about 10-15%) from stock"

If i wanted to add some extra trees (i know id lose some fps) then in what file would i add them? Also i use V1.1.1 v1.3 and v1.4 would i have to change a file in the latest JSGME setting (1.4)? Thanks in advance for any reply VonS
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#4515422 - 04/09/20 04:33 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Adger]  
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Originally Posted by Adger
Again thanks for your tweaks VonS they really are an excellent addition.
I was wondering if you could give me some advice? I noticed that you mentioned that you've put "tree congestion has been slightly thinned out in this patch (by about 10-15%) from stock"

If i wanted to add some extra trees (i know id lose some fps) then in what file would i add them? Also i use V1.1.1 v1.3 and v1.4 would i have to change a file in the latest JSGME setting (1.4)? Thanks in advance for any reply VonS
Cheers Adger


Glad the WOFF Tuner Patch is proving so helpful Adger. In terms of tree congestion, two ways to toggle that. The easy way is simply to increase forest/tree density in the main WOFF menu from medium to full - but I have no idea what kind of an impact that will have on fps - have always left that setting at medium.

The other, more subtle way is to tinker with the last numbers in the budget rings entries of the compositescenerybudgets file, located in the terrain folder, of my Tuner Patch. For example, since you are using ver. 1.3, that changes the compositescenery numbers already provided in ver. 1.1.1 that needs to be installed for the other addons to work - ver. 1.4, on the other hand, changes the compositetexturebudgets file provided in the main ver. 1.1.1 patch. So, in your case, the relevant entry from the ver. 1.3 compositescenerybudgets file (which is the one you want to tinker with) is as follows:

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<Budget Name="One">
<Rings AboveGroundLevel="0" MaxDistEyeInnerRing="0">
<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="10" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00001" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="17" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00004" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="15" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00011" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="11" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00013" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="12" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00015"/>
</Rings>
</Budget>
<Budget Name="Two">
<Rings AboveGroundLevel="0" MaxDistEyeInnerRing="0">
<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="11" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00002" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="17" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00005" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="14" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00013" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="11" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00015" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="11" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00017"/>
</Rings>
</Budget>
<Budget Name="Three">
<Rings AboveGroundLevel="0" MaxDistEyeInnerRing="0">
<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="11" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00003"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="13" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00008"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="20" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00011"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="13" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00015"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="11" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00018"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="64" RingDim="10" LOD="110" MajorDensity="0.00019"/>
</Rings>
</Budget>
<Budget Name="Four">
<Rings AboveGroundLevel="0" MaxDistEyeInnerRing="0">
<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="11" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00004"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="13" LOD="30" MajorDensity="0.00008"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="20" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00012"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="20" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00016"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="18" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00018"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="64" RingDim="13" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00020"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="32" RingDim="11" LOD="110" MajorDensity="0.00021"/>
</Rings>
</Budget>
<Budget Name="Five">
<Rings AboveGroundLevel="0" MaxDistEyeInnerRing="0">
<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="10" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00006"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="13" LOD="30" MajorDensity="0.00009"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="19" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00013"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="19" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00017"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="17" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00019"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="64" RingDim="11" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00021"/>
<Ring PatchWorldDim="32" RingDim="10" LOD="110" MajorDensity="0.00022"/>
</Rings>
</Budget>
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The density values in the various budget levels are already a bit more "congested" in ver. 1.3 than in the ver. 1.1.1 compositescenerybudgets file, and especially so when compared with the ver. 1.2 file - but if you want to tinker further, I recommend increasing each of the "majordensity" values by a number of about "0.00002" or "0.00003." This, for example, will give you majordensity numbers, for budget ring level one, of:

<Ring PatchWorldDim="2048" RingDim="10" LOD="17" MajorDensity="0.00003" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="1024" RingDim="17" LOD="50" MajorDensity="0.00006" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="512" RingDim="15" LOD="70" MajorDensity="0.00013" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="256" RingDim="11" LOD="90" MajorDensity="0.00015" />
<Ring PatchWorldDim="128" RingDim="12" LOD="100" MajorDensity="0.00017"/>

Take note however that such tweaks may result in a slight fps hit when compared with the unmodified, possible fps numbers for my patch. Also possible is that micro-stutters may be reintroduced. And, most of all, tree density may not so much be increased as the distance to which trees are seen - for noticeable increase in tree density, we have to toggle again the forest/tree congestion in the main WOFF menu to a higher setting (which I avoid tinkering with).

Anyway, hope you can get desired tree congestion/viewing distance with the tweaks suggested above. (I won't tinker anymore with the Tuner Patch myself since I don't want to reintroduce any oddities.)

Von S smile

NOTE: Don't forget to unload the Tuner Patch in JSGME before modifying the relevant compositescenerybudgets file, and before loading it up again.

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#4515447 - 04/09/20 11:19 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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As always a massive thanks VonS,I'm going to have a tinker about later cheers for your detailed explanation pal.


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#4515598 - 04/10/20 04:13 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 13 for Major Dobson & Company

(note: BB's ver. 3 clouds mod. activated, "full weather" variant; JJJ's MultiMod ver 2.1 in use; 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 WOFF GPU Tuner Patch combo. used; only change is horizontal winds being tested at full/default value, instead of moderate, in the Multimod; turbulence is still at moderate and vertical wind at low settings; max. fuel carried set to 80% in the sim. menu, to give about 2.5 hrs. max. flight in the Type C - will test OrbyxP's fuel consumption patch eventually)

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Early on the morning of the 28th I was to follow two of our Parasols down across the lines, to an enemy 'drome south of Loos. The plan was that the two Parasols, flown by Sgts. Aldridge and Rowena, bomb the aerodrome, or, at any rate, inflict as much damage on it as possible. The standard procedure followed, with us taking a spot of tea and aged cheese in the mess, and then up into the fairly calm skies, to see what we could do. The ascent was routine enough, with broken clouds present but the winds manageable. We then, very soon, spotted our own Archie fire opening up a few miles to the left of us, as we completed our ascending spiral around our little 'drome at Bailleul Asylum - the tandem of Parasols were then waived off by me, to proceed with their mission, while I decided to investigate further towards the lines, flying southwest towards Messines.

At an alt. of about 1500 m there became visible one of those lumbering German types, an Aviatik, that had most likely done a wide circle above Armentieres and was now heading back towards its own lines. I used the speed of my Bristol slowly to tighten the divide between us, and positioned myself closer to the tail end of the enemy aeroplane, so as to block the observer from taking shots at me. He managed to get off a few rounds from his rifle but I again maneuvered slightly to position myself further below - and then opened up with the Lewis M.G., with an initial burst of about 20 rounds, and then another burst of 20 rounds or so while the Aviatik was already engaged in a gradual turn to the right. The result was immediately evident, with his engine on fire and the propeller stopped - soon followed by a maddening and speedy dive towards the lines below, where the 'crate ended up embedded in the mud, and in a plume of smoke and debris.

I here considered it practical, since I was already almost over and onto the German side of the lines, to proceed towards the area directly north of Lille, where, through the breaks in cloud, there was spotted a solitary balloon, hovering rather languidly in the reserved wind. The LeRhone was then cut to one-thirds throttle, and I easily motioned the Type C into a wonderfully stable and straight dive, directly towards the gasbag. Slight right rudder and opposite aileron allowed me to sideslip nicely, and in the vicinity of the enemy's sausage, to pepper it with a healthy volley of lead from the Lewis. It began to steam and hiss and puff bizzarely, reminding me of those old spinsters in fairy tales who grow red with rage if a waltz is declined them by a potential suitor. Here the balloon now roared and erupted in flames, as if to affirm my association of ideas - the remaining debris, now on fire, sinking below.

Not wishing to expose myself to enemy rifle fire, I put the Bristol into a good climb and turned further southwest, slightly towards our lines. I was at an alt. of about 800 m when I had my top left wing pinged by a bullet that also made a ringing sound since it managed to sever one of the strengthening cables too - I now climbed more cautiosly, but, noticing that no seriously permanent damage had been inflicted upon the scout - I opened the rotary and made my escape, to follow the lines of trenches immediately south of the River Lys, and to do some spotting of enemy positions. The clouds were by now slightly more congested, although with the winds still behaving well, when I pointed the nose of the Type C more to the west, and closer to the German 'drome near Loos.

Here I am sure that I loitered for a good 10 mins., observing the enemy 'drome carefully, at an alt. of about 1700 m, before entering a dive at half-throttle towards another German balloon that was now visible, and located immediately south. I let off no more than about 10 or 15 rounds, but this gasbag erupted in a tremendous ball of fire, the likes of which I had never seen before. Fortunately, the Bristol remained undamaged and I ascended again to safer altitudes, and did a few more wide circles in the area - during which Aldridge's and Rowena's Parasols were spotted, emerging from between a break in two large clouds, and about 300 m above me. Soon, eight bombs in total were dropping on and around the German 'drome - during which I observed several small plumes of smoke below, next to some of the tents, and also further behind, towards sheds in the vicinity. All three of us then joined up, with Aldridge leading the way and I following slightly behind, and below, to make certain that no enemy aeroplanes would surprise us this early in the morning.

Comfortable in my sturdy Bristol, I dove more quickly once I spotted our 'drome and alighted rather close to one of our hangars, rolling to a stop. The Parasols were soon to follow my example, but with a more subtle dive, so as not to lose their only set of wings. It was still not 6:00 am when I mentioned my claims in the flight office, for the Aviatik near the lines, and the two German balloons. 'And don't forget to list us as witnesses, Major,' was Sgt. Aldridge's remark - he was already in the flight office too, and removing his flight gear. 'Indeed, and you mean to say that you spotted the balloon north of Lille as well, once it lit up, Sgt.?' - I queried. 'Why, yes, Major, we were close to the lines as well by then and proceeding southwards,' he responded. A robust breakfast followed, made complete with Mother Purdy's Orange Marmalade, and that Henderson had sent to us from Brighton, from which he was now enjoying a slightly extended leave, and to recuperate fully from his shoulder wound.

'Good thing that Ltn. Henderson is from Brighton, Major, otherwise we'd have to wait much longer for a normal supply of marmelade,' commented Sgt. Rowena. 'Yes, and his trip across the Channel was also favorable, with good weather prevailing,' I responded - 'hopefully, the return trip will be equally tame; I've also written to him that, if possible, he go up either to Farnborough or Hendon, to see if he can procure a couple of Be.2c types for us, since the 2b variant that our adjoining 'drome sometimes uses for spotting is a real clunker and horribly slow - and, besides, we could do with one or two extra two-seaters. I have found that the Parasols are rather tiring and pernicious to fly.' In this way I explained my reasoning to the Sgts., during our proper breakfast, and also informed them that a second Bristol Scout would arrive over the next day or two - an announcement that was received with great delight.

We were all to fly again, later in the day, and as we had planned out after breakfast - but the weather was now not cooperating as fully. More ominous-looking clouds had rolled in by the afternoon, although with slight breaks and favorable, soothing winds at times. Into one of these breaks Ltn. Aldridge and his observer ascended, to engage in some brief spotting of German batteries close to Messines. I, on the other hand, was rung up by our C.O., Salmond Sr., and told 'not to dare taking the Type C into the changing and worsening weather, or I would be the one worse for wear.' Fortunately, some mail came in for me around this time, and I was happy to see included in the small pile a perfumed letter from Lady Harbury.

She was planning a burlesque performance in Paris, at a date to be determined later, most likely either in June or July, and was informally, and already, inviting me. 'I do hope, however, Major, that you will do me the honor of visiting much earlier - for we have so many topics to touch upon. Most sincerely, Clarissa.' I read the letter again and again, and took in the pleasant nuance of the perfume as well, with its hint of myrrh, rosewood, something else too that I could not put my finger on. 'Most exotic, this ethereal woman,' I silently noted in my mind - 'I shall have to think up a bit of leave for myself, indubitably, but at a more opportune moment, perhaps once Henderson returns.'

With my rigger, I wiled away the remaining hrs. of the day, looking over the repairs on the wing of my Type C, and perusing the latest edition of Flight, ever on the lookout for the enemy's tricks and developments. But, as evening fell, the telephone in our flight office began ringing again, and the day closed with a mixed set of developments - and a steady curtain of rain falling. I was delighted that all four of my claims had been confirmed, which included the balloon near Vimy, of the mission of the 27th of May. We were all glum, however, including our cook (who is usually in high spirits) - to learn that Sgt. Aldridge's Parasol had crashed on our side of the lines, after being hit by enemy flak.

The explosion, we were informed, took place slightly below and to the back of the fuselage, with Aldridge's observer, Cptn. Dickbury, taking it in rather deep - wounded in both legs from the shrapnel, and Aldridge suffering a broken shoulder in the ensuing and semi-controlled crash. They had already been transported to a field hospital and would most certainly be out of action for quite some time, with the observer, depending on how his wounds healed, most likely to fly only a desk in the future. The Parasol was largely destroyed, with nothing of value to salvage and repair, save for the rudder - and that would be transported to our 'drome, by lorry, on the 29th.

This peculiarity was owing to our somewhat eccentric C.O., who firmly believed that, among other things, a surplus of rudder assemblies was the best way of winning an aerial war with the Germans.
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#4516133 - 04/13/20 05:08 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 14 for Major Dobson

(note: BB's ver. 3.0 clouds installed, "full weather" variant; JJJ's MultiMod ver. 2.1 in use; 1.4/1.2/1.1.1 WOFF GPU Tuner Patch combo. installed; wind settings in MultiMod being tested are currently at horizontal full, turbulence medium, vertical low; also in use now finally is JJJ's latest Mission Editor - with the weather setting tweaked to "manual/and apply settings," as per BB's cloud type loaded, to get full weather and wind effects - no other settings are being used in the Mission Ed.)

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On the morning of the 29th, around 7 am, we were rung up and it was urged, by our C.O., that we undertake a bombing run on some of the German batteries close to Neuve-Chapelle, also further south and parallel to Lens. I begrudgingly accepted the advice, although the weather was somewhat unstable after the rain of the night before, and I would have preferred that our men do a shorter, routine observation of the lines closer to our 'drome. A trio of Parasols was soon made ready, each one to carry four 20 kg bombs, and with their pilots to be Ltn. Knight, Sgt. Rowena, who went up with me the previous day, and a new fellow, Sgt. Thompson, who, though fresh from flight school and training, seemed a natural flyer. Thompson's observer was also a new character, an N.C.O. called George "Tweely" Johnson, who was rather keen to go on a mission and to try out the Lewis M.G. He was also most interested in becoming a flyer himself, but I suggested that he first remain, for a time, posted as observer, to improve his skill at marksmanship before we pondered over the question of his being enrolled for flight training. 'I can always use more airmen, Tweely,' was my response - 'but they are doubly valuable as skilled gunners.' I would, as per standard established procedure by now, keep company in my Bristol Scout, with freedom given to roam in case I observed any sporting action, as offered by the enemy.

The winds picked up slightly by the time all four of us ascended, but the situation was still manageable. The Bristol retained good control in the sombre weather - although, I was sure, the Parasols would now be a handful to fly, for the other three fellows. I cut throttle to four-fifths power, so as to allow the Parasols to overtake me - and I followed them down, slightly, to below Armentieres - whereupon they were signalled to proceed with their bombing run, while I swung the scout's nose eastwards and passed over the lines immediately south of the River Lys. The idea was that I rejoin them around the German batteries closer to Lens - and that we then proceed back, en masse, to Bailleul Asylum, for I was certain that in the increasingly cloudy weather they would be well-hidden from any enemy aeroplanes, if there were any in the vicinity today. I also took advantage of the cloud cover, and chose, as my first target, a German observation balloon above Lille. I would thereby, by disrupting enemy balloons behind the lines, divert attention away from our Parasols that were moving south towards their destination around the enemy batteries. And besides, I would rather have any enemy aeroplanes try to chase me - for I could attempt to escape with my superior speed, and to engage at will - while the Parasols would have no choice but to defend themselves as best they could.

And so I proceeded forth, diving on the balloon above Lille, at about half-throttle, and doing a nice sideslip near it, peppering it handsomely with several rounds from my Lewis M.G. Soon it lit up, with its fragments scattering above the red-colored roofs of various houses below. I then made my way as quickly as possible to the German 'drome south of Loos, and that we had attacked the previous day. All was still quiet and sleepy at this 'drome, and I buzzed over it at an alt. of about 1000 m, doing a slight turn to the left, and a direct descent on the observation balloon there. A new one had already sprung up since our escapade of the day before, and now this one came crashing down in an inferno, too - with occasional rifle fire heard from below, but of no significance since I was again climbing steeply, and pointing the Bristol's nose further south - towards two other enemy 'dromes that were in the vicinity. I went dangerously low above the meadows, to remain out of sight for as long as possible, and flew over the westernmost of these two aerodromes, and at full throttle, emptying several rounds from the M.G. at a few of the German aeroplanes that were parked below. They appeared to be some experimental types, single-seaters, with equal span wings, two sets of them, and a fairly thin tail and rudder assembly. Never before had I seen such types and would report this to HQ upon arrival at Bailleul Asylum.

I did not remain to investigate more thoroughly but escaped in a wide, ascending turn to the left - which brought a third balloon directly into my sights. This one was soon on fire as well, and descending at a fine rate. Still at full throttle, and with the Bristol displaying wonderful flying characteristics even with the increasing winds, I continued directly towards Lens and dropped on a fourth observation balloon that was near the northern edge of the town. I passed this one at half-throttle, applying left rudder when necessary, and damaging it with several volleys from my M.G. before exiting the sector. Turning back, I could see that this balloon was on fire as well, emitting black smoke, but I did not bother to stay for the explosion.

Instead, I was already climbing steadily, soon to pass over the lines close to Lens, where several of the enemy's batteries, and our own, were located. I did remain on the German side of the lines for about 10 mins., however, flying through several ascending circles, to wait for the arrival of my trio of Parasols - but the clouds were quickly becoming heavier and even more congested. Not a single Parasol was spotted; but I still remained for several mins. in the vicinity - and, again, nothing. Realising that it was now most prudent to leave, I proceeded directly towards the lines and made my way at maddening speeds, of close to 180 kph in a gradual descent, towards the small French 'drome located slightly southwest of Bethune - and that I had visited several missions ago. Cap.'n Lefebve was on leave; but he had left the 'drome in the capable hands of Ltn. Fortenant, who cordially greeted me and suggested that I stay for some coffee and freshly baked Crêpes Suzette D'Au Revoir, as well as to discuss, briefly, the Bristol Scout Type C - since my crate was now ogled wherever it alighted. I promised to drop by for several hours on one of my future runs, but that now, owing to the continuously worsening weather, it was best that I refuel and return to our own 'drome as soon as possible.

An hour or so later I was back at Bailleul Asylum, as were the trio of Parasols. They had indeed become disoriented in the clouds - particularly the new fellow, Sgt. Thompson, but I was in a good mood and did not chastise them. Salmond Sr., on the other hand, was much more irritated and rang us up, suggesting that we do a 'jolly better job next time' with our bombing runs because only a few structures, of no significance really, were reported as having been hit near the German batteries further south. I somehow managed to calm him down, and the telephone conversation was not a prolonged one on this occasion.

'Soon it would be time for lunch and some reading of technical journals,' I thought to myself - but first to remove this flight gear, also the whale oil from my face, and to wire in my claims while still in the flight office, for four enemy gasbags. Also eagerly awaiting me was the latrine. The exhalation from natural oils of the LeRhone is good, I embarrassingly admitted to myself - at making a man most punctual, usually at the same hour, and every day. The more RPMs on the engine, and the greater the duration of such maximal RPMs, the thinner the vapor of oil being emitted, and in this manner the more regular you become - right proper and synchronized as a trench watch, by Tissot.
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#4517877 - 04/24/20 03:50 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 15 for Major Dobson & Company

(notes: additions for mission no. 15 include JJJ's realistically-populated airfields mod, with setting enabled only for "static aircraft" on fields, instead of all 'drome aircraft populated; as well included is the consolidated facilities mod by PR and RJW; also set is manual winds setting in Mission Ed., for BB's clouds ver. 3.0 full winds/clouds effects to work; further addition is Xjouve's max.-undulating terrains mod., ver. 1.0, with no noticeable drop in FPS and wonderful terrains; as always, GPU Tuner Patch enabled, as indicated in previous posts, etc.; will try out Xjouve's ver. 2.01 max.-undulating terrains mod. in future missions)

(Next several missions will shift to focus on Rittmeister Kiener's adventures up at Ghistelles.)

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Around two o'clock in the afternoon, of the 29th, while I was reading my technical journals after lunch, Salmond Sr. wired us with orders directly from HQ this time, and that I provide cover for one of our Parasols, to be flown by the seasoned Ltn. Strugnell - the goal being a bit of spotting of enemy troop positions south of Vimy, and along the lines there. Rowena, Knight, and the new fellow, Thompson, were at our other, adjoining 'drome in the meantime, after their morning outing - to engage in some bombing practice and in cooperation with the scarce supply of Be.2b types stationed there - which, hopefully, would be replaced soon by the newer Be.2c. I was also still awaiting a reply from Henderson, in Blighty - with regards to his attempt at procuring such two-seater types for us.

Our ascent, of the Bristol and Strugnell's Parasol, was uneventful enough, with my throttle cut to four-fifths power so that I would not overtake the Ltn. in his Parasol, and, with only light winds and some encroaching clouds accompanying us, nothing of any significance troubled us on this flight. The Bristol was again performing beautifully, with a strong and steady climb, and with me taking the opportunity to observe lovely, rolling hills slightly to the east of our 'drome - and that I had previously not had the pleasure of contemplating, since most of my flights had been taking place rather early in the mornings. These two undulating and symmetrical hills, I would learn later in the day from one of our fitters, were on the property of Monsieur Trouvers, a noted landscape architect and part-time hydrologist responsible for some irrigation system improvements, at the turn of the century, in the Netherlandish lowlands.

I soon signalled to Strugnell that he proceed on course, while I veered eastwards and passed over the lines slightly north of Neuve-Chapelle, dropping down stealthily at half-throttle and to harrass the westernmost German 'drome located above Lens - that I had flown over earlier in the day. To my surprise, the several, thin-tailed aeroplanes spotted previously were no longer present at the 'drome, but, instead, parked on its edge were two of those lumbering Aviatiks that occasionally come across to observe our batteries, sometimes venturing as far as Armentieres and our own aerodromes. I considered that now was an excellent situation presenting itself - to put this duo of crates out of commission - and so it was done. Multiple dives were made in the sturdy Bristol, with the Lewis M.G. cracking away and sending several volleys at the types. Intermittent return fire from a German M.G. was heard below, but I was not mindful of the sound and, after another few circles in the vicinity, I noticed clearly that the wings on both Aviatiks were seriously damaged, with entire ailerons and portions of the planes missing. 'What success!,' I here thought to myself - 'these fools will not be found aloft for quite some time, perhaps to be scrapped for spare parts entirely.'

I then pointed the nose of my Scout towards a newly-erected enemy gasbag south of the 'drome, and made sure to light it up rather well. I, however, did not stay to enjoy the fireworks but floated further south, over and above Lens, whereupon I dropped on another balloon, also a fresh one that had sprung up since this morning - and knocked this one down as well, before loitering in the vicinity for several minutes. Overheard then was a light buzzing above me, and what should emerge but Ltn. Strugnell's Parasol - to spot for enemy troops in the area of the lines south of Vimy, where I was soon as well located. I followed about 200 meters below, and slightly behind, making several detailed observations of the sky, to ascertain that no German aeroplanes were up this afternoon. And, eventually, the Parasol having completed its task - we joined up - flying back on roughly the same level, which I thought a wise choice, considering that the clouds were once again piling up at higher alts. above 1500 m and slightly reducing our visibility.

Once over the lines, I signalled the Ltn. again that he proceed directly for Bailleul Asylum, while I headed for one of our 'dromes immediately north of the Lys, and where I had the pleasure of alighting already on a few occasions. My petrol was running low and I was to refuel there. At the aerodrome, while waiting for the fitter and rigger to organize themselves, I spotted a hole in the fabric on my top wing, as well as another, smaller one on the left side of the fuselage, in front of the cockpit; it was concluded that the repairs could all be done in a couple of hours. 'That bullet hole there came rather close, eh, whad'ya think of that, Major?,' finally asked one of the riggers. 'Well, now that I think about it,' my response was uttered in a measured tone - 'I believe you are right, although I wasn't even aware of that hole while flying along.' 'And better for your wits that you weren't,' came the reply from this talkative and smart fellow, but I did not offer a comment in return. Also overheard above the 'drome, while these repairs were under way, was a grating and reverberating sound, as of a damaged engine, followed by a shrill whistling and then a muted crash, somewhere, further in the distance. 'An enemy's 'crate dropping, you reckon', Major?,' asked the rigger again. 'Could be anyone,' was my reply - 'one of theirs, maybe one of ours, no way of telling now since we spotted nothing, and strangely with no smoke or debris from the crash site either, but I will make enquires at Bailleul Asylum.'

By evening, with repairs on the Scout complete, I was back at our 'drome, to be greeted by Ltn. Strugnell who was loitering near the flight office, a pleasant sight and much to my relief. 'Glad it wasn't you Ltn. who went down a couple of hours earlier - did you hear it too?,' was my first question upon alighting. 'Certainly did, Major,' came the response - 'an Aviatik or Albatros of some kind, plugged nicely by Partridge & Leavington, signature piece really, and corkscrewed down in a ball of fire somewhere around Messines.' 'Well that explains why I didn't see anything either, and, pray tell, who or what is this mysterious duo of Partridge & Leavington?,' I queried.

'Why, those two fellows are Ltn. Partridge, don't know his first name, Sir, and Captain Rory Leavington, his observer and a crack shot if there ever was one; they fly over us sometimes, usually in the morning when you engage in your dawn runs - they are stationed at one of our 'dromes further north. Never met them personally, but they've been mentioned in the military despatches as early as December of 1914,' was Strugnell's lengthy response. 'Well, indeed - I'll have to start reading the despatches more thoroughly in the future,' I concluded, before proceeding to wire in my claims for the two balloons and also for my little experiment at the enemy 'drome, with its two demolished Aviatiks. Also submitted to HQ was my spotting of the several and original, double-winged aircraft earlier in the morning at the same German 'drome.*

Later in the day a telephone call was waiting for me in the flight office, with his eminence Salmond Sr. at the other end. One of my balloons from the morning flight was rejected, as were, oddly, the two balloons of the afternoon escapade - with more abundant cloud cover being mentioned as the culprit that made verification impossible - but the duo of stationary Aviatiks was granted, and our C.O. most pleased with my attack on the German 'drome. I now had a total of nine confirmed victories, and, as suggested by Salmond Sr., my afternoon flight would be cited soon in the despatches of The Gazette - 'worthy of a short citation at any rate, Dobson! - and you will be receiving the DSO for this,' Salmond added - 'I trust that it will be excellent motivation for more of your examples of forward action; now, do carry on and please do not wreck that Bristol. One more is due to arrive tomorrow at your aerodrome, and perhaps Henderson can fly it once he returns from leave.' Here the telephone call abruptly terminated.

Admittedly, I was rather surprised by the turn of events, especially considering that, with the DSO, I would soon have opportunity for some leave. A trip to Paris, perhaps; after all, it was the gentlemanly thing to do, and Lady Harbury would not have it otherwise. All sorts of ideas piled up in my head, ideas which I rounded out, before turning in for the night - by listening to a record on the phonograph, of a duet between Caruso and Geraldine Farrar, and by imagining, to the sound of their voices, the smell of Linden trees in a light spring rain.
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Editor's note:

* These aeroplanes that disappeared from the westernmost German aerodrome above Lens, by the afternoon of May the 29th, 1915, would prove to be prototypes for the Halberstadt D.I, itself a testbed for the better-known Halb. D.II of 1916.
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#4519095 - 05/02/20 01:39 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Much appreciated Adger - a bit busy with some modding currently but hope to get back to the casual campaigns eventually, or perhaps to do batches of several missions, and then to write up lengthier strings of reports ... perhaps in eBook format, will think about the endless possibilities - WOFF is a great novel generator.

Happy flying all,
Von S


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#4520793 - 05/13/20 08:44 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Brief updates to this thread - missions have again commenced, with mission no. 8 for Ritt. Kiener now flown - have also "translated" the mission postings so far available into a "B6" sized page format in OpenOffice - and it gives me a nice, healthy 145 pages or so - so I will continue flying and writing - will see if I can get to about 200 or 300 pages, providing that Dobson and Kiener survive - 1915 is becoming a busy year it seems the further it unfolds. Will decide eventually on what to do with the reports - currently editing the Dobson entries to reference feet and pounds instead of meters and kg. Maybe a nice, soft-cover book - or at any rate an eBook - perhaps an experimental novel, light on character development but big on flying and cameo appearances. And of course Lady Harbury. Will keep this thread fresh as best I can - WOFF sure is a hoot. In the meantime, here are a few new screenies from mission no. 8.

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

The Aviatik most ready for our spotting mission.
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The Aviatik in an even more ready state.
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Dropped down towards the Lys, with Hutzenlaub, before alighting.
[Linked Image]

'Drome above Menen provides excellent service, with the fitters already waiting for uninvited guests.
[Linked Image]

Pleased to see fitters, riggers, and other hands taking regular morning exercise at this 'drome (and there comes Hutzenlaub, to land).
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Attached Files aviatikready.jpgaviatikveryready.jpgtheriver.jpgmenendrome.jpgtakingexercise.jpg
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#4520798 - 05/13/20 09:36 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quality as always VonS, an Ebook of your work would imo be a fantastic idea.


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#4520814 - 05/14/20 02:40 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Yes, or even a soft cover. I definitely enjoy reading them!

#4520997 - 05/15/20 06:20 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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What mod is it that adds people to the airfields?

Thanks for great stories of your pilots!

#4521001 - 05/15/20 06:31 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: dawnpatrol]  
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Thanks gents' for the kind words regarding the casual campaigns tales.

@dawnpatrol, that would be the large, multi-part "consolidated custom facilities" mod. by Rob Wiggins and company, available on Sandbagger's site at the link below:

http://www.thatoneplease.co/airfieldsWOFF.html

I recommend going through the "Read Me" available there at the top of the page, first, since some of the parts are only for the UE ed. of WOFF, others for PE (also the order of installation is important).

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

Last edited by VonS; 05/15/20 06:38 PM. Reason: Added info.

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#4521341 - 05/18/20 06:07 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 9 now flown for Ritt. Kiener - largely a washout in bad weather but at least our Aviatiks stayed in one piece. Some gloomy pics. attached below. Tale already written up, and now it's on to mission No. 10 - will see how the next several missions pan out - perhaps to send Kiener on some well-deserved leave, if possible, and get back to the Johnny Dobson RFC1 adventures. Will make sure not to send both on leave at the same time. biggrin

Happy flying all,
Von S

Following our two Aviatiks down to Aartrijke, just in case their engines fail
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Resting and refuelling awhile at the 'drome above Sint-Eloois, before returning to Ghistelles
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Attached Files aviatiks.jpgaviatiks2.jpg
Last edited by VonS; 05/18/20 06:10 PM. Reason: Embedded a couple of pics. for atmosphere.

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#4521355 - 05/18/20 08:02 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Nice 'n moody those screen caps!

I just flew my first live Twitch TV mission. Back in my beloved Halberstadt smile You can catch a replay here if you're interested

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/624891133

Had to downscale to 720p but it looks pretty nice for all that. I'm really liking the combo of Xjouve's water mod and terrain mod, Bob's cloud mod and your very own scenery enhancement mod. They make for a great atmosphere I think. No EA encounters, but still fun for me smile

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#4521478 - 05/19/20 05:02 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: HarryH]  
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Originally Posted by HarryH
I'm really liking the combo of Xjouve's water mod and terrain mod, Bob's cloud mod and your very own scenery enhancement mod. They make for a great atmosphere I think. No EA encounters, but still fun for me smile


Great vid. Harry, had some opportunity to check it over today. I'm also impressed by Xjouve's developments, and BB's cloud mod. is a must-have for immersion. I might eventually switch to flying regularly with more of Xjouve's enhancements (the global layer file, sub-theater water maps, land cover mod CLC variant, also his in-flight maps, the older ver. ones that show balloon and 'drome locations with the modified frontlines) - but I'm currently waiting for more refinements to the water maps since they drop my fps noticeably, by about 50 or so.

I do however recommend his improved mesh/terrain maps as must-haves already - either the super high "ver. 1.0" or the max. detail "ver. 2.0" variant - no hit on fps and greatly improves the depth of the WOFF landscapes.

Happy flying,
Von S smile2


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#4521859 - 05/22/20 03:38 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 10 now flown for Ritt. Kiener and company. More Aviatiks dropping or disappearing on us in cloud cover. Tale now written up and on to the next mission. On a more positive note, Kiener bagged two more balloons this time, bringing his total to 13 - and a new medal, the Order of St. Heinrichs. Some representative pics. below.

Von S smile2

Patrolling behind Unteroffizier Berg's ill-fated Aviatik, near Ypres
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A real pounding taking place immediately north of the Lys
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Excellent service by fitters and riggers even at the 'drome immediately south of Sint-Eloois
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Ritt. Kiener's new pretty medal, Order of St. Heinrichs
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Attached Files illfatedbergflight.jpgpoundingabovethelys.jpgdromesouthofsinteloois.jpgnewaward.jpg
Last edited by VonS; 05/22/20 03:43 AM. Reason: Embedded pics. for atmosphere.

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#4522121 - 05/23/20 05:49 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: Evochron]  
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Originally Posted by Evochron
I think from the pics you aren't using the cloud mod? I mean the 2.0 here:
http://www.thatoneplease.co/skyWOFF.html


A long-delayed followup to this good post. Have now flown with the "4L0M" higher-resolution clouds loaded up - and I've had good results with the "ver. 2.0" pack that is included. The ver. 1.0 pack that gives 2048 x 2048 pixel clouds, gives an fps hit of about 10 or so on my rig. The ver. 2.0 pack that upgrades all clouds to 1024 x 1024 pixels (in stock install, there is a mix of 512 and 1024 sized clouds) - works just fine and I noticed no fps drop - so I will be flying with that pack regularly. Also works great in WOTR too, with no fps drop there either - but make sure to rename the main folder/directory if installing the patch via JSGME in WOTR.

EDIT: For those running the excellent Gecko patch for water texture quality, as per the relevant posts under the mods threads (the Xjouve ones regarding terrains) - I'm getting good results, with no fps drop, with the 2MB-sized textures (stock water texture is half a MB - but included in the pack are 1MB, 2MB, and 4MB sizes).

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

Last edited by VonS; 05/23/20 06:59 PM. Reason: Added info.

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#4524058 - 06/06/20 03:58 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quick update to the thread again...missions nos. 11 and 12 now flown for Ritt. Kiener. The late Nov. weather is becoming awful (thank you BB for the ver. 3.0 cloud mod biggrin ). Rain mixed with snow, also flying postponed for several days, until the 2nd of Dec. Of other interesting happenings - two pilots have returned from leave, Ghistelles has also received an extra Eindecker and Aviatik in the meantime. Hauptmann Hutzenlaub crash-landed on the 30th - and again managed to get back to our side of the lines. That man has all the luck.

Hardly any contact with enemy aircraft over the last few flights - except for harassing of enemy balloons. Kiener was also to be awarded a second Blue Max upon his 14th or 15th victory but this was cancelled at the last minute and he still has only one Blue Max - possibly an error at HQ with the double Pour le Merite fiasco.

Detailed reports now written up and the novel is progressing nicely...up to about 180 pages so far. Will fly another couple of missions for the Rittmeister before moving back to the Johnny Dobson adventures - perhaps a spot of leave for Kiener if he stays intact. Will load the excellent and big, global layer ver. 2.0 pack that Xjouve has created (see relevant thread under the mods section), for the next couple of flights, to see how it functions. Some gloomy and representative pics. below of the most recent flights - wonderful late Nov. rain and sleet. Nothing like catching a few of those ice pellets behind the neck, while flying at 10,000 feet, to wake one up in the morning.

Happy flying all,
Von S smile2

Coming around the gasbag above Ypres before deflating it from the side (for more target area)
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The 'drome north of St-Eloois is always a convenient spot to touch down when low on fuel
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There comes Hutzenlaub again, to land (he always flies with Kiener and has so far lasted considerably longer than the two fellows who flew with the late v. Pranz - Krebs and Seelig)
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Attached Files therain.jpgmorerain.jpghutzenlaub.jpg
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#4524066 - 06/06/20 04:50 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Dark and foreboding skies, indeed! The full version of my mod in effect!

Now, if only the brass hats had the sense not to send you up in that kind of weather!

#4524783 - 06/10/20 07:15 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Was tinkering a bit over the last few days with Xjouve's excellent, big "Global Layer Mod & Co" (available under the mods thread) - and then I also revisited the big, total water map (ver. 1.1) that Xjouve released previously.

If you would like to increase FPS noticeably using the total water map, do the following:

a) download the total water map package ver. 1.1 (from the relevant mods. thread)

b) extract package

c) go into the OBDWW1 Over Flanders Fields/terrains/cfs3hyp (zipped) folder

d) toggle the "size" column of the cfs3hyp window to display file sizes, ordered from largest to smallest size

e) select all files from the biggest sized one (about 1400 KB or so), all the way down to the ones that are slightly above 270 KB in size, and then delete all of those files

f) this will leave available only 270 KB and smaller-sized files that follow the template-name "hyp00000x00000.cel"

g) the result is that a few larger bodies of water will be removed everywhere, as well as the flooding saturation way up above around Niewpoort and west of Ghistelles will be reduced (ave. FPS should jump up by about 20 or so this way)

h) you will still be left with tributaries, streams, several rivers, etc., including the flooding up north but in reduced form - better than no water mod. at all and no big hit on FPS this way

i) sizes in KB referenced above are for the files in zipped form, in the zipped cfs3hyp folder (no need to unzip before deleting the files with the sizes mentioned above)

Representative pics. below. Hope to get back into flying (and writing) the casual campaigns soon.

Von S smile2

FPS maintained on approach to water concentrations
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Fairly stable FPS again as we pass the flooding close to the coast up north (flooded areas slightly less prominent using my tips included in this post)
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Some action around Niewpoort and the waterways but still no major drop in FPS
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Below we are in the area around Lens, Bethune, etc., the good thing about this "lite" tweak of Xjouve total water ver. 1.1 is that there is not too much intersecting between the stock River Lys and other rivers/tributaries (the "lite" tweak of the water map works fine both with Xjouve's Global Layer package and also with stock WOFF terrain - pic below is with stock terrain)
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Went for a drink and still fairly stable FPS maintained (even if FPS drop briefly with this "lite" tweak, they spool up again more quickly than if you install the full ver. of the 1.1 water map)
[Linked Image]

(Did not bother testing with the ver. 2.0 sub-theaters water maps since I find it more convenient now just to load my "lite" tweak of total water ver. 1.1. EDIT: have now tested the "lite" tweak as applied to the regional, ver. 2.0 water patches by Xjouve, and it doesn't improve FPS as much as when the tweak is applied to ver. 1.1 - if anything, most bodies of water disappear if the tweak is applied to ver. 2.0, with no benefit of higher fps. I therefore recommend applying the tweak only to ver. 1.1.)

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#4526256 - 06/19/20 04:29 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Quick update to this thread: As a follow-up to the post above, have run the "lite" tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 water mod. for Ritt. Kiener's mission no. 13, and fps hold up well, even in bad weather (heavy rain) - and with the added immersion of more water.

Representative pics. below, including a pretty new medal for Kiener that now allows for the "Ritter von" to be added to his name - certificate of nobility. smile2 A challenging mission against two Nieup. one-seaters, but eventually the Eindeckers got the upper hand. Missions continue to be written up - and the book is now up to about 220 pages in length - will continue with the writing since it's stimulating and the two alternating pilots are still alive, wherever the missions may land us (pun intended).

Stock terrains still being used, but with improved terrain bump map by Xjouve (ver. 2.0) and the "lite" tweak of the total water mod. Hope to switch over soon to the Johnny Dobson adventures, and will think about loading up the Global Mod. ver. 2.x then too - with the black and white ver. 3.1 map - once it becomes compatible with JJJ's historical crates-at-airfields mod. Great sim. as always and happy flying all.

Von S

View of water-filled indentations below, close to the lines as we head south not too far from Ypres
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Battling it out with two pesky Nieups. (type 10)
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One is a flamer, nice view of the water-clogged indentations below (using the "lite" tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 water mod patch)
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Other fellow about to go into a tree at his 'drome
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Order of Max Joseph, Bavarian award, and Kiener is now Rittmeister Eberhard Ritter von Kiener (a flashy title indeed, let's hope it doesn't go to his head)
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#4526509 - 06/20/20 06:55 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Hallo @VonS,

I have tested your idea to delete the bigger files 1400 - 270kb. Yes, it has functioned. FPS is higher and more stabil. I will keep it in memory for a good and easy FPS-solution.

Greetings!

#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,
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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!

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