I guess it is 'outwith the doctrine design', Jo, though that's not much to do with the ship pictures - I guess it's Alex's custom WW2 scenarios that can't work in a historically accurate fashion (gunnery ranges too short etc) - Kirk's files just add nice images to these custom scenarios. I found them fun and interesting to play through even though there are meant to be problems with the engine handling this kind of ship accurately. Seeing Kirk's pics of Hood and Bismark certainly makes me wish the devs were going to do a WW2 iteration next (whereas, in fact, I think the intention is to do something from the inter-war years).
I created several custom scenarios which are historically accurate in my opinion. There are battle of Lemnos and some encounters for the Baltic sea in the pack. Such as battle at Moon island, its evacuation (hypothetical), and the greatest battle ever fought in Finland Gulf in 1919. All of it more or less balanced (of course excepting Moon sound) and must be compatible with SAI v1.64. Actually I was trying to test AI abilities on battles in limited area. It seems in most cases worked fine.
Just played through the Bismark battle on easy. Major brit victory. The Hood did rather better than in real life.....
The Bismark suffered devastating fire from Hood, resulting in a flash fire. The Prince Eugen then ran. I think the course of the war will now be different....
For those of you waiting for Hood to blow up, be advised. The shot that, in real life killed her, is what we called in the military "a golden BB". Yes, Holland set the conditions up by his faulty maneuvers, as did the Admiralty who built her, but the shot was a one in a million. In all the games over the years, that depicted that encounter, I've never had Hood actually blow up.
This reminds me of when I played the Denmark Strait scenario in Fighting Steel years ago. I had the Prince of Wales blow up early in the battle, leaving the poor Hood to slug it out with the German ships alone (she survived, but was badly damaged).
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Post by vonfriedman on Jun 12, 2015 1:32:08 GMT -5
I wish someone would tell me how to do for adding the picture with reference to a custom built ship created by DesignShip2. I created several .bmp files by changing the size, but my picture does not appear in the "status" of the ship. Thanks in advance.
Another Punta Stilo.rar (9.62 KB) Seventy five years ago, on July 9th 1940 a battle was fought between the Regia Marina and the British Mediterranean Fleet. The British call it the Action Off Calabria, the Italians the Battle of Punta Stilo. It was a brief and inconclusive clash. The result was disappointing especially for the Italians, who had fought at a relatively short distance from their air and naval bases. The absence of the two brand new battleships Littorio and Vittorio Veneto, which remained in Taranto harbour, sparked much discussion. It was said that their preparation was incomplete. According to various sources, however, the admiral that commanded these battleships was ready to take to the sea. In this SAI scenario, based on a hypothetical second Italo-Turkish War in 1920, that battle is simulated again. The Turkish squadron is composed of the two dreadnoughts ordered in the UK (one was completed as HMS Erin) and a third supposedly bought in Germany. The Italians have Cesare and Cavour, as at Punta Stilo, and it is also possible that one or two new battleships, Caracciolo and Colonna, sail from Taranto to intervene in the battle. These fast battleships, armed with 15 in. guns, were planned but not completed during the First World War. The air power can be overlooked, as the Italian air force bombed impartially both friends and foes, with no major results, while the torpedo planes of HMS Eagle did not intervene in the action between battleships.