Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
Hop To
Page 21 of 21 1 2 19 20 21
#4515878 - 04/11/20 09:29 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
I ask the Controller for a Vector to the nearest airfield. It turns out this is only twelve miles to my north, so that's where I go, throttling back and losing height steadily.

[Linked Image]

It's not long before a grass airfield looms into view up ahead. I'm not sure which station it is, but that hardly matters.

[Linked Image]

The airfield is on rising ground and I end up coming in rather low, looking around the windshield for a clearer view. I can make out patches of what looks like fresh earth from bomb craters on the landing ground, so I steer to the right, to avoid them.

[Linked Image]

Bumps-a-daisy! My Hurricane touches down rather hard, bounces once...

[Linked Image]

...then settles down more gently. During the roll-out, I can see that the station buildings badly need the services of a firm of glaziers, while the hangars could also use some attention from a roofing company.

[Linked Image]

I'm tempted to turn away and park at a dispersal area on the perimeter track. But I'm a visitor here and my kite also needs some attention. So, throttled back, I raise my flaps, start tapping my brakes gently, and taxi over to the hangars, trailing a cloud of thin smoke.

[Linked Image]

As it happened, that was the last action of the early afternoon. But Jerry wasn't finished with us yet. The day's most exciting encounter was yet to come!

Attached Files shot_106.jpgshot_107.jpgshot_108.jpgshot_109.jpgshot_110.jpgshot_111.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/11/20 09:35 PM.
Inline advert (2nd and 3rd post)

#4515996 - 04/12/20 03:03 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
Late afternoon, 21 August 1940

Not having any squadrons close enough, I miss a golden opportunity for a Stuka party when a force of dive-bombers slips across the Pas de Calais and clobbers the RDF station near Dover. However, the next raid - Hostile 651, sixty plus - is heading for targets further inland so I manage to get 74 Squadron's Spitfires down in time, from the relatively-undamaged base at Martlesham Heath.

[Linked Image]

By the time I've jumped into Green 1, flying ZP-K, our twelve Spits are diving towards the Huns, having obtained a slight height advantage for a change.

[Linked Image]

The raid is straight ahead, about thirty bombers in three of the now-familiar double wedges, with a cloud of escorts above.

[Linked Image]

The boss calls them in as I steer towards the fighters; my section is part of 'B' Flight and is generally the one tasked with holding off the escorts. As I watch, a bunch of them - 109s, I can now see - peels off towards us.

[Linked Image]

I swing around early to avoid a head-on pass and latch onto one the Huns, who is in a very fast left-hander. I gradually tighten my own turn and he begins to drop back into my line of sight. I find I'm turning inside him without undue difficulty.

[Linked Image]

I get hits with my first burst and the 109 levels his wings, shoves down his nose and drops like a stone. I'm reluctant to go down after him so early in the battle and soon lose sight of the 109 against the ground below. So maintaining my left-hand turn, I look for a fresh target.

[Linked Image]

One of the boys is calling for help on the R/T and sure enough, up ahead is a Spitfire being chased by a Messerschmitt. Frustration and anger mix when the Spit goes down before I can get into range! The Hun breaks rigth, unaware that revenge is rapidly coming to get him.

[Linked Image]

The 109 sees me coming, though, and breaks hard into a left-hand turn. Now I've got you! I turned inside your friend and now I'm going to turn inside you!

[Linked Image]

To my utter disgust, the 109 drops into a convenient bank of clouds and disappears from view, before I can get off so much as a single round. I hang about briefly in the hope he'll re-appear, but there's nothing doing.

[Linked Image]

Right, then, if it's not going to be you paying the price, it'll just have to be someone else!

...to be continued!

Attached Files 21 Aug 1651.jpgshot_112.jpgshot_113.jpgshot_114.jpgshot_115.jpgshot_116.jpgshot_117.jpgshot_118.jpgshot_119.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/12/20 03:11 PM.
#4516012 - 04/12/20 04:37 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
It proves harder than I was expecting to find a new victim. The raid seems also to have disappeared into the clouds; the dogfight likewise. Where is everybody? Darn and blast all these clouds! All I can see is some Ack Ack bursts, over to the right.

[Linked Image]

Turning in that direction, I notice a ragged group of specks which look like fighters reforming. Messerschmitts, I'll wager!

[Linked Image]

Before I can get close, they disappear into the clouds, heading south, but this time I hold my course and go in after them. Coming out into clear skies on the other side, I notice at once a large formation of what can only be Huns heading south, a couple of whom are trailing smoke.

[Linked Image]

More Ack Ack fire draws my attention to the right. Barely visible well ahead of the bursts is a single, fast-moving speck. A 109 running for home, it can only be.

[Linked Image]

But I'm more interested in the formation of four 109s, above and to my right front. Homeward bound, they look ripe for a sneak attack from behind and below. So that's what I decide to do.

[Linked Image]

A quick check in the mirror reveals plenty of clouds but no Messerschmitts.

[Linked Image]

Once in range I pull up directly behind the right-hand Hun for an easy no-deflection shot. My first burst whacks straight into him and he flips over to the right.

[Linked Image]

I break right after him and watch from above. The 109 staggers, recovers, then flips into a wild spin, completely out of control.

[Linked Image]

Now, that's more like it!

...to be continued!

Attached Files shot_120.jpgshot_121.jpgshot_123.jpgshot_124.jpgshot_126.jpgshot_127.jpgshot_128.jpgshot_129.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/12/20 04:40 PM.
#4516053 - 04/12/20 08:38 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
Twisting around to clear my tail, I can't see the other three 109s. What I can see is the retreating raid, up ahead and still streaming back towards France.

[Linked Image]

I've still got plenty of juice in the tanks and at least some rounds for my eight machine guns, so after them I go. By this point, I can see that I'm crossing the Thames Estuary east of the Medway.

[Linked Image]

I've assumed the aircraft I'm chasing are bombers, but they're not. These Huns are the escorts - the Messerschmitt 109s of I Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52...

[Linked Image]

...lots of them...

[Linked Image]

...shepherding the two of their number who are keeping up, but trailing smoke.

[Linked Image]

Closing slowly from astern, the first hint I get is that these are fighters is that they're flying in groups of four aircraft, all very fighter-like. But of more immediate interest is a solitary straggler to the right, just outside the disc of my reflector sight.

Time to play 'Devil take the hindmost'.

[Linked Image]

The hindmost in question is this 109.

[Linked Image]

I catch him completely by surprise and my first, long burst sends him down in flames.

[Linked Image]

Wisely, the pilot bails out.

[Linked Image]

No doubt about him - that's one 'Destroyed', one 'Probably Destroyed', and one 'Damaged', all 109s. Quite the Messerschmitt killer today, I am.

But I'm not quite done yet.

...to be continued!

Attached Files shot_130.jpgshot_131.jpgshot_134.jpgshot_133.jpgshot_135.jpgshot_136.jpgshot_132.jpgshot_137.jpgshot_138.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/12/20 08:50 PM.
#4516058 - 04/12/20 09:22 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
For my next trick, I roll in behind another 109 who's straggling behind the main bunch.

[Linked Image]

This fellow isn't so easily shot down and racks his fighter into a tight turn to the left.

[Linked Image]

When he realises I'm out-turning him, he goes vertical...

[Linked Image]

...then levels out and turns hard right, leaving me wallowing down below.

[Linked Image]

After a few more twists and turns he goes down, and I lose sight of him. I'm quite glad to see the back of him, really. The way he was able to throw his kite around was beginning to scare me; he was clearly an above average pilot, very liable to get the better of me, given half a chance.

Looking around, I can no longer see the formation of Messerschmitts. But there is another solitary 109 up ahead. I approach him warily, in case it's my recent opponent.

[Linked Image]

I glance in the mirror as I close in, in case he's behind me instead. No - all clear back there.

[Linked Image]

My intended victim sees me coming - or gets a warning - and tips over into a right-hand turn.

[Linked Image]

What happened after that is all a bit hazy. I remember closing in and firing, and the Hun disappearing in a cloud of grey smoke. Next second, I was trapped in a Spitfire that was rolling rapidly and going down, unable to get out or even look around. A collision? An attack from an unseen foe? I'll never know!

Attached Files shot_139.jpgshot_140.jpgshot_141.jpgshot_142.jpgshot_143.jpgshot_144.jpgshot_145.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/12/20 09:24 PM.
#4516166 - 04/13/20 02:30 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 573
Fittop Online content
Member
Fittop  Online Content
Member

Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 573
US
33Lima, again, you got me on the edge of my seat.

#4516244 - 04/13/20 09:08 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
Glad you enjoyed it - I certainly did! The fight against that fellow in White 4 was a real white knuckle ride, which is why the screenshots petered out after he got above me - I was too busy trying not to get shot down!

The next combat flown was the last one of the day - report on that coming up soon.

[Linked Image]

Attached Files shot_147.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 04/13/20 09:09 PM.
#4538887 - 09/30/20 04:49 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 5,104
rwatson Offline
Hotshot
rwatson  Offline
Hotshot

Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 5,104
New Concord, Ohio
Enjoying reading the AAR reports 33 Lima ,,Found my old BOB II cd's..Are there any active sites for patches,mods or general guidance setting it up..I did a base install and it looks kind of raggedy..I liked using the strategic map to organize intercepts..But I want to try getting it to look a bit cleaner Thanks for any advice


Russ
Semper Fi
#4538937 - 09/30/20 09:21 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: rwatson]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
Originally Posted by rwatson
Enjoying reading the AAR reports 33 Lima ,,Found my old BOB II cd's..Are there any active sites for patches,mods or general guidance setting it up..I did a base install and it looks kind of raggedy..I liked using the strategic map to organize intercepts..But I want to try getting it to look a bit cleaner Thanks for any advice


The A2A BoB2 forums...

https://a2asimulations.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=42

...are the go-to place for advice, info and new stuff which is released from time to time - like Boreas's A and B pattern mirror-image fixed camo schemes for Hurris and Spits, and alternative 6-patch and 8-patch gunport mods for the Spit. These and other mods are just linked to from the posts which announce them in the 'subscriber modifications' thread in the BoB2 General Discussion forum. Unfortunately there is not a downloads page where everything is nicely organised, but there is really only one must have mod (well, one for Win 7 and another one for Win 10, more of which below). The other mods are generally cosmetic and nice to have, according to taste.

The big issue is getting the sim to run in Win 10 and if it does run, it will CTD when you exit a mission. This means that in single missions, there is no debrief. in campaign missions, the results your squadron achieved will not count, although when you re-start the sim and reload the last save, the wargame/map game can be picked up where you started (before jumping into the mission in 3d and left to resolve that encounter), leaving you to fly another mission when you choose.

It may be possible to get the CD version, or early BDG updates, to run in Win 10, without the CTD on quitting problem.

However, the 'must have' update for BoB2 is the latest BDG 2.13 which includes a lot of good stuff and has multiskin built in (individual aircraft and squadron markings for all planes). BDG 2.13 definitely has the Win 10 'CTD on quitting' problem and all tries at solving this have so far had only temporary success, with the problem quickly returning.

I run in Win 7 which I set up for dual boot just to get around this and play BoB2 fully updated and without the CTD hassle. Not for everyone though as Win 7 apparently just won't work with newer mobos, without some serious techy stuff (but is fine with my i3 and GTX580).

If you have Win 7, the thing to do is download BDG 2.13 from here: https://a2asimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=51298 Installation is simple, double click the .exe and choose any options presented as you go.

It comes with a very comprehensive manual which includes installation and is an update to the very good hardcopy one that came with the big box release of BoB2.

With BDG 2.13 installed and running, the trick then is to set up the graphics (and other) settings to taste and get rid of the vanilla look. Basically I have everything maxed out except particle effects; 'Use desktop resolution' turned off; and the 2d and 3d resolutions set to my monitor's native (despite an exclamation mark showing against one of them in the drop-down).

I used the Nvidia driver to set AA and AF, but then added the settings here via Nvidia Inspector, which helps with distant terrain shimmer: https://a2asimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=68107

If you have Win 10 only, the best bet instead of BDG 2.13 seems to be this Win 10 mod/patch by Felizpe, which doesn't have the 2.13 features but has some neat ones of its own and should certainly produce a better game than vanilla: https://a2asimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=68917

Another must have in my view (with BDG2.13 anyway, not sure if needed with Felizpe's patch) is to edit External_View_Starting_Distance = 1.3 to get back the vanilla external view distance limit, so that the closest view distance is closer to the A/C (BDG 2.13 pushed the closest you could get way too far out, for me), as mentioned somewhere on this thread:

https://a2asimulations.com/forum/vi...&p=284900&hilit=distance#p284900

As the BDG 2.13 manual explains and as is discussed in that thread, the Notepad-editable bdg.txt file has many settings that you can't change via the options menu, like one to stop AI RAF fighters pursuing over France. Not sure if this file comes with Felizpe's patch.

Good hunting!

[Linked Image]

Attached Files shot_137.jpg
Last edited by 33lima; 09/30/20 09:25 PM.
#4538959 - 10/01/20 12:44 AM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 5,104
rwatson Offline
Hotshot
rwatson  Offline
Hotshot

Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 5,104
New Concord, Ohio
Thanks Lima I'm running Win 7 with a Nvidia Geforce 1050 TI Got the original CD release with the manual and I think somewhere there is a map and key card with it.I think the last time I installed it the sim looked fair but the patch screwed it up..I should have worked on the graphics menu..I'll give it a go tomorrow..i really liked this sim when I first got it..good post it pointed me in the right direction..thanks


Russ
Semper Fi
#4539957 - 10/08/20 04:23 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
SamJoDo Offline
Junior Member
SamJoDo  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Wish I never through my disk out. Love Cliffs of Dover but the AI and campaigns are hot garbage. Miss this sim!

#4539958 - 10/08/20 04:24 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
SamJoDo Offline
Junior Member
SamJoDo  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
Wish I never through my disk out. Love Cliffs of Dover but the AI and campaigns are hot garbage. Miss this sim!

#4539986 - 10/08/20 07:49 PM Re: BoB2 screenshots - the RAF campaign [Re: 33lima]  
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
33lima Offline
Member
33lima  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,887
Belfast, NI
Still available here, if you have Win 7 or if you have Win 10 and are ok with using Felizpe's patch and not having the latest BDG 2.13 update:

https://a2asimulations.com/product-category/standalone/

Page 21 of 21 1 2 19 20 21

Moderated by  RacerGT 

Quick Search
Recent Articles
Support SimHQ

If you shop on Amazon use this Amazon link to support SimHQ
.
Social


Recent Topics
Kung Fury
by Chucky. 11/26/20 08:12 PM
Need a laugh ?
by WangoTango. 11/26/20 07:02 PM
Fantasy NHL League
by WangoTango. 11/26/20 06:36 PM
Thanksgiving In America!
by Blade_Meister. 11/26/20 03:00 PM
Thanksgiving
by NoFlyBoy. 11/25/20 07:16 PM
Uh oh...
by Nixer. 11/24/20 09:12 PM
meaning of a deck of playing cards
by KraziKanuK. 11/24/20 03:27 PM
Criterion Collection BR/DVD sale
by Patrocles. 11/24/20 03:26 PM
Ex Nazi can be deported
by NoFlyBoy. 11/23/20 11:10 PM
Copyright 1997-2016, SimHQ Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0