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About Korona

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    Played Blitzkrieg 2: The Finest Hour
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  1. Yep, beta will be going up once maps are finalised
  2. Yeah Blitz gets the rough end of the priorities at least it's coming now :D
  3. It's me! http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-finest-hour/news/state-of-the-mod-2018 Gonna finish it this time, promises! (for what those are worth) If people want more info post questions and I'm happy to answer. Once we have a working build I'll offer it up for beta testers to give it a shot. Tons of work's gone into this and there's a lot more to do but this build should be pretty awesome :D
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    Anyone Interested In Testing A New Blitz 2?

    Hey man, good to see you're still about. Thanks for the offer. If you have the raw files, that would actually save a lot of time. Any idea if 3dsmax can import gmax files? IIRC it can't so I've got to figure out how to get the bulk of Blitz's models into max. Maybe importing the w3ds would work?
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    Anyone Interested In Testing A New Blitz 2?

    WoL should be fine, I don't know how the custom maps system works really, it might be okay with just the free version. I know that's their plan long-term. Anyway, progress vid! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbWrdQ_sIA
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    Anyone Interested In Testing A New Blitz 2?

    lol no-one checks here (myself included) that's why it's such a great selection method! only the truly mad will be picked! ATM you need Starcraft 2 to play, but eventually it will work through the free version. Also, is this your msn email?
  7. Hi everyone, long time no see. I've had a lot of ideas about a sequel to Blitz 2 for a pretty long time but recently I've been working on prototyping them in the SC2 engine. It's pretty amazing how much more powerful it is and it allows for a lot of cool ideas and gameplay that were never remotely possible in the original mod. I made a post over here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-finest-hour/ To give a bit more detail - the coding is going pretty well and I think I might have some viable code for prototyping in a few weeks. I'd be using SC2 units for now but we have a huge back-catalogue. I'll have to try and catch Phoib to discuss how we can make use of them but I think it'd be possible to bust the mod out fairly soon, at least by glacial DS standards. Anyone who's still mad enough to hang out here more than earns the right to have special access to this project. If anyone's interested post up a response and we can get some discussion going!
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    Funny Video Thread

    When the God Emperor dies http://biggs.cc/you-should-have-seen-them-when-they-lost-the I wonder how much of this is crocodile tears. It seems super-fake and over the top but then again this is Pyongyang which is only home to top government suckups so they may be genuinly sad that their sugar daddy has died. Also they're told he's the living god since birth so it's got to seem weird. Anyway, har har the bastard's dead. *gloat gloat gloat*.
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    Star Ruler

    looks super cool :)
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    The First Battle Of Smolensk

    Yeah you can maybe see the downgraded textures on the tanks. (They look great at full range still). This boosts performance massivly allowing us to have even more units on screen. I've also downsized the regular infantry skins to something sane given they are about half a pixel in game. TBH I think I could have made the skins 1x1 and still not have had an impact on graphics. Anyway although it makes the game feel a lot crisper it's probably the dullest of the changes. All new air systems and a revamped infantry system are some of the highlights but there's a whole ton of changes since 3.1 We're basically just tightening up everything to make it the most polished version of Blitz ever!
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    Funny Pics Thread 33 1/3

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    Trying To Hold Back The Tide

    Been busy doing some work on Blitz2 ( yeah :o ) I'll do the middle east and north africa campaigns in a quicker format in the next few days though.
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    Trying To Hold Back The Tide

    September 10th - October 6th They proved decisive and together with tanks moving up from the south the threats were all removed. Schweppenburg now had a clear run to Svedlovsk They proved decisive and together with tanks moving up from the south the threats were all removed. Schweppenburg now had a clear run to Svedlovsk which he would capture in 10 more days. In the south Baku fell too while Mountaineer divisions mopped up the Soviet stragglers in the Caucasus. In the West Rommel's advance had been exploited by more fast-moving divisions. Tens of thousands of extra troops were about two weeks away from the city but the Soviets had turned their capital into a fortress. This was the final objective, the last obstacle to total domination of the Soviet union. The fate of the Red Army would be decided in this city. Their defences were formidable. 60,000 Russians stood against 200,000 of the best troops Germany had, but the Panzers were useless for urban warfare. Furthermore the Russians had a level 5 defensive network, concrete bunkers, trenches and barricades created a network of kill zones and death traps for any aggressor. To make matters worse, winter was coming. If Rommel waited for reinforcements the weather would also stand against him and make the Russians that much harder to uproot. Confident in his superior numbers, he ordered his men into the city. The Russians held out bravely and for two days it seemed like the battle would end in stalemate, but eventually the Soviet morale broke. Disorganised and depleted they pulled out to the north to attempt a counter offensive. October 6th - November 15th All major strategic objectives achieved, the Germans consolidated their positions, clearing up Red Army remnants and fortifying their gains. The primary efforts would now be in the hands of diplomats as they negotiated a conclusion to the conflict with Stalin and his advisors. On November 15th they came back with terms: An immediate end to hostilities with a non-aggression pact for two years. All land West of the Urals to be ceded to the German Empire. All land East of Irkutsk to be ceded to Imperial Japan. Needless to say, these were generous terms which we accepted with much relish! It was only after the details were being concluded that certain bizarre quirks were discovered deep in the details of the agreement. The most troubling was the Finnish plan to revert the city of Leningrad to the status of a "free city". What this meant in real terms was a return of this major cultural and industrial centre to the hands of the Communists. Weirdly Germany was also given administrative control over large parts of Soviet-held Finland. Despite their plans for Leningrad, German diplomats immediately began returning this land to the Finns. There was no desire to rob the Finns of their homeland and they were perfectly capable of governing their own lands. In the east, the huge land-transfer to the Japanese meant a breathing space for them. It would take the Allies many months to reoccupy this vast wilderness and in the mean time the Japanese would be able to continue their resistance. Although still not in a position to threaten them directly, the Soviet corridoor into Iran opened up a route into the Arabian Peninsula for the Heer. This was excellent for two main reasons: Along with Baku, the Arabian oil fields would help our fuel problems immensely. Secondly it opened the door to three key strategic locations: The Suez Canal Gibraltar British India The first two are the gates to the Mediterranean sea. Taking them would cut off all the Allied shipping and troops deployed in the region. India was vital for the British war effort, and was itself a gateway to the far east and the beleaguered Japanese positions in Indochina. There was still a thin sliver of hope that we might link up with our ally before it was too late. Either way, the middle east would be our next target. Our troops would arrive there by the end of the year. Side Note: Ok so here I had basically beaten the scenario. I had most of mainland Europe either allied to me or under my direct control and the most powerful land army in the world. There was no real way for the Allies to beat me now. The worst I can do is end up with a stalemate. After this I turned my attention to dominating the world because it's fun but it won't be anything veteran HOI2 players haven't seen before. Shall I keep posting with this level of detail or describe the rest with broader strokes so I can catch up to my current save game faster?
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    Trying To Hold Back The Tide

    July 22nd - August 15th Having crossed the Djnepper at Kiev, Manstien launched an attack towards Kharkov, retaking the city and pressing more armour along the flanks of Schweppenburg's advance, widening the coridoor and making it harder to cut off the rapidly moving spearhead. Schweppenburg had smashed the Soviet infantry division protecting Stalingrad and was already pressing on towards Tankograd. In the Caucasus Edmannsdorff was orderd to seize Baku. He would arrive in the oil centre a full month before Schweppenburg would arrive in the Urals and so had some time to elimiate any opposition. In the west the northern flank was pressing East across the entire front. The depleted Soviet divisions were much easier to defeat than just a few months before but the rough terrain was slowing progress. In the far east, Siam had been knocked out of the war. The weak-willed pacifists had been unwilling to see their country under British occupation and had betrayed their Japanese allies. The Siamese garrison in Shikoku had backstabbed the Japanese defenders, arresting them and putting them in POW camps. The whole island was now under Siamaese control. The remaining free Japanese divisions continued to wage a brutal guerilla war in the Jungles of Indochina but their situation was bleak. August 15th - 28th The capture of Stalingrad had been swift but more resistance was materialising and the mechanised infantry division Schweppenburg had left to garrison the city was pushed back by Soviet cavalry and infatnry divisions. If the city actually fell it would cut Schweppenburg's fuel lines and delay his push to the Urals. Fortunatly the open plains allowed for fast-moving German divisions to move into place to reinforce the area and Luftwaffe bombers landed in the city itself to bomb any Soviet troops that got too close. Having stablised Schweppenburg's northern flank and consolidated the area around Kharkov, Manstein launched attacks north to shorten the German lines and free more Schnell Korps for a push north. The country to the north of Kharkov was perfect tank country and was the perfect tank country. The opening allowed for a much more rapid push on Moscow than could be achieved by the Infantry footslogging from the West. Intelligence reports were confirming the huge losses the Red Army had sustained to this point. Their fighting strength was below 1/3rd of its May levels. The battle of Russia was entering its critical phase. The key question would be how much force they could free for a defence of Moscow. August 28th - September 10th The next fortnight saw steady gains, the shortening front had allowed for a major push on Moscow from the south. General Rommel's forces were the closest to the city and he expected to be at the gates of the Soviet capital by the end of the week. Further east the arrival of tactical bombers had stabilised the situation in Stalingrad and for Schweppenburg's advance units. More Soviet divisions had materialised to his north and so bombers were again deployed to bomb them into oblivion.
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    Trying To Hold Back The Tide

    The Storm Breaks May 4th/5th - May 10th In the evening of May 4th the runways of Eastern Europe were a flurry of activity. Jet bomber after jet bomber needed to be prepped for takeoff while rows of Me262s and He162s were being idled to keep their engines at operating temperature. Late at night the first bombers screeched into the skies and headed east. Their targets were the road and rail intersections, command bunkers and supply dumps which allowed the vast Red Army to operate efficiently. A red glow on the horizon was casting a wan light on the pilots cockpits as the suns rays refracted in the atmosphere. They would hit their targets at sunrise. On the font lines over a million men were readying themselves to launch their attacks. The commanders of the three arms of the assault, Manstein, Model and Guderian were all playing their part, threading their newly formed "Schnell Korps" through the massed lines of infantry. Their target was the much contested village of Stryj, or rather to pierce multiple holes in the Soviet defences around the town. The huge weight of firepower was so overwhelming that the Russians stood little chance. Tanks and APCs moved swiftly over the sun baked planes and the mechanised formations arriving over the next few days rapidly reformed and pressed on into Lvov. This opened a hole in the Soviet lines. Infantry in Przemysl pressed north into Zamosc as the vast formations in Stryj and Lvov. sliced into the Russian flank. This widened the breach and helped protect Manstein's spearhead from being cut off by a Soviet counter-attack. Manstein then pressed on into Stanisławów, aiming for the Black Sea coast to cut off the Russian salient into Romania. May 10th - June 5th Sensing the trap, the Soviets counter-attacked into Lvov forcing Guderian to pull back to Zamosc and leaving Stryj open to further assaults. This would open a coridoor for their troops and prevent the closing of the pocket. To prevent this Manstein ordered some of the troops in his spearhead and the holding force in Bacau to counter-attack into Iasi. This was supported by massed air-power and forced the Reds south into Ismail. The race was on to reach Chesnev. Fortunatly Manstein had kept the fastest troops pressing south and the Reds were horribly out of position. Some slipped through to the east but as Manstein's forces reached the coast, most were still very much on the wrong side of the line. The troops blocking the Red buildup in Romania launched new offensives into the isolated Soviet forces. Caught without supplies their resolve crumbled and they were captured en-masse. Many more deserted and fled. Mopping up complete Manstein ordered the troops in Romania to be brought to the front lines with maximum speed. The pace of action slowed as both sides licked their wounds and regrouped. The troops in Romania would arrive on the front lines around the middle of June. Kaltenbruner's intelligence reports suggested the Red army had shrunk by some 74 infantry divisions and 9 tank divisions. It was impossible to calculate exact losses but based on reports from the frontlines it seemed like a sound estimate and a good number of tank divisions had certainly been captured. It seems like Romania had indeed been the planned focus for their summer offensive. Manstein's plan had been launched just in time! To the north the loss of Stryj was concerning but the Reds were out of position to really exploit the breach. If they pushed deeper into Poland or Hungary Guderian and Model's powerful formations to their north would counter-attack and cut them off. Since they would be moving east soon, the local infantry commanders took advantage of the situation to launch attacks across the Vistula into Lublin with the huge amount of armour on their flank in support. This would hopefully force the Soviets in Warsaw to pull back and with the Bug between them and the Russians the position was relatively defensible. Naturally, the paultry Red Army defence was no match for such a vast force but the move would keep the Soviets wrong footed. June 5th - July 2nd The Red Army was reeling. The recapture of Eastern Romania removed the threat to Romanain oil fields and had dealt a huge blow to Red Army numbers. The chances of pulling off another encirclement seemed more remote. However it was not really necessary. The German army had local superiourity in the Ukraine and Manstein wanted to demonstrate that. Guderian and Model were ordered onto the offensive, striking along the edge of the Romanian salient, defeating the out-of-position Red Army in a series of brutal one-sided engagements. Soviet reinforcements continued to flood south but were not in time to organise into the deadly massed formations that could offer a significant opposition. As the panzers raced towards Kiev and Odessa Manstien was able to offer supporting attacks in the Red Army flanks from his position in Beltsy. The shot shows just how battered the Red Army had become fighting in these types of battles. The fast German units had performed many encirclements and often simple attrition had taken a horrible toll on the Red formations. Many were operating at sub-50% strength, and their fighting capability was diminished greatly from what it had been just a month ago. Even with their vast manpower reserves and industrial output they simply couldn't replace men at this rate. In the north the movement of Guderian and Model had left the troops in Lublin isolated. Soviet commanders saw the weakness and they were pulled back across the Vistula at the first sign of significant resistance. This action was actually reasonably positive. If Soviet troops were launching attacks in the north they couldn't be harrassing our attacks in the south! An attack into Suwalki met with similar resistance but the Soviets still had over a million men tied up in this unimportant sector, even as Panzer divisions were pressing towards Kiev! July 2nd - July 22nd As Stavka began pulling more men south the infantry in the North could begin their campaign to cross the Forests and Swams of northern Russia and the Baltic states. Field Marshal von Brauchitsch was able to launch an offensive into Brest Litovsk, capturing the fortress from the Red Army and giving the northern flank a solid anchor point. His men were exhausted after the endeavour but supporting attacks were launched along the front, recapturing Warsaw and Memel and driving the Reds back. In the south the battered Red Army was reeling from another three weeks of constant pressure. Some formations were so depleted they were on the verge of total annihilation! By mid-month the town of Kiev had fallen to General Model and General Guderian pressed his forces north to the edge of the marshes, securing the northern flank of what had become a rather extended salient! In time infantry advances would relieve this pressure and allow the mechanised formations to resume their press north but the front line was very much in flux. As ever, it was deemed prudent to preserve the strength of formations whenever possible and retreat in the face of solid Red Army resistance. In the South the tattered remains of Red Army forces were no match for the German formations. Lead spearheads finally broke through their lines and the door was opened to the key strategic objectives far to the east! General Geyr von Schweppenburg was given the order to make for the production hub of Svedlovsk in the Ural Mountains. His route would go via the "fateful city" of Stalingrad. At maximum speed he would reach his distination by mid October. Manstein ordered his other formations in the South to assist Schweppenburg's drive at all costs. This set the tempo for the second half of the operation. It was a tight schedule. Breaking through the Soviet lines had taken the best part of three months. If they couldn't reach the Urals before winter the fast moving mechanised formations would bog down on mud and snow. The commanders had a major dilemma. Schweppenburg had to be escorted to his destination at all costs. However the army had two other major objectives. Somewhere between two and three million Russians currently stood between them and Moscow, and far to the south the oil hub of Baku lay across the inhospitable Caucasus mountain range. Next episode: Barbarossa Part 2 - Will we reach Svedlovsk before winter? Can the Caucasus be crossed in time? How will we cross the huge expanse of forest and marshland to reach Moscow before winter??!