- May 24, 2013
An impressive piece of work as always
Thanks for your support.My first reaction was an unabashedly impressed "Wow!"
Why not. I'll look into how I would implement that in a practical sense. It might save some space and make things more readable. That said, there wasn't much duplication of effort, as it was a question of copy, paste, change text.As to improvements, perhaps if several divisions have the same TO&E, then just showing the one with a list of the divisions so equipped would be better to minimize duplication of effort. Most clearly: Hungary Sector 1 has 7-8 divisions on both sides that all share the same TO&E graphic, probably best to "merge" them (as an example, see how I did the Italian and Japanese forces in the last TO&E update).
Breaking things into sections was one of the biggest takeaways from the previous round of feedback, I'm glad it has worked as intended.I, for one, like the new graphics. The 50-day total is just gorgeous, but the smaller maps are quite the improvement, I feel. Breaking the front into small sections makes it much easier to follow along as opposed to having 30 or so fights represented on one map.
It think this goes hand in hand with the question of adding more colour to the map, behind the arrows and symbols. It's a bit of a delicate balance to make sure the symbols & arrows don't become less readable, that the counters remain visible. I might do a test where I layer the terrain map and the country maps over each-other, and play with the transparency, letting more colour through for the areas taken/lost than for the rest.The graphics look pretty clean and crisp to me, though I'd like to see a little clearer expression of areas taken. The "frontline now vs frontline then" is simple enough, but is kind of drowned out by everything else going on. I'm not sure what the solution would be there. The casualty counts are fine graphics-wise, imo. As a point of discussion, I thought the old maps were a lot busier. The smaller size and clearer markings make it far easier to read and collate with the text.
That's how Eliseev said it went, and his crews backed him up. It may be an elaborate lie, but it sounded good, so why not include it. Why should we believe decadent Western Capitalists over the word of our own sailors? On another note, some particularly vicious looks would capsize any submarine.I am sure this is absolutely how the encounter went rather than, as the decadent Western capitalists would suggest, the Royal Navy telling our submarines to get out of the way because they were a liability and all our good naval officers have been purged. I am certain that our sub captains were not engaged in their usual struggle to stop the Leninets subs capsizing just because someone looked at it funny, but were actually contributing to the fight.
As Turkey was & is Russia's/the Soviet Union's main naval rival in the Black Sea, I'm sure that was entirely 'accidental', as you say.Random Soviet sub fact - the Soviet Black Sea submarine fleet 'accidentally' sunk more Turkish vessels than Axis merchants during WW2.
The situation remains fluid, I haven't decided who will come out on top, nor how. Your hope has been noted, no spoilers.I am, of course, rooting for him to triumph over Odinatsat. I am fully aware this is a doomed hope.
At this rate it looks unlikely that the Germans will reach any of the major cities of the Soviet Union proper. Some of those fortifications may well have been for nothing. And then, there are the secondary fronts we're planning to open. Both Norway, and the Balkans, are on the list. If the main front remains stable or positive, the timetable on those could be moved forwards.As to actual progress at the front, it is heartening to see our brave troops push the enemy back, even if only locally for now. Can't believe it's only been 50 days since the first shots were fired. Casualty counts still in our favour is also great to see. Our air force, in particular, has been working overtime from day 1. Shame we couldn't encircle and destroy those units in Lithuania, but giving them a trashing is still a point in our favour.
Yes, what are they doing? Spying on their comrades in arms, so rude. I'd wager there's at least one American general planning for the next great war, and we all know who that is.And who knows what those Americans are up to! Intrigue everywhere. Perhaps the Americans are already plotting the next world war?
It happens to the best of us.I guess I must have opened this and didn't wind up reading the update and thus missed the new graphics.
It is possible the pace of updates will increase slightly now.