I got the KV-1S recently, and I love it. I don't even have the 122mm yet. A lot of people seem to prefer the mini-122, but personally, I can't stand it. Normally I like guns like that one, but in my experiance with this tank (as limited as that may still be) the second 76 is better. As for other upgrades, I have the tracks and radio. It's not quite the "barrel o' rape" that is the KV-1, but even without the large 122 it's still pretty good.
Also, I admit it. I misjugded the AMX 40. This tank is hilarious. Yes you're screwed whenever you're below the half-way point in the line-up, but above that, this tank just eats tier IIIs for dinner, with a side of baked Panzer IC (I've killed ICs in the 40 more times than another other specific tank). And bounces shells like nobody's buisness. All in all, yes, it's a fairly poor excuse for a tank. But I can't stop laughing whenever I play it (mine is fully upgraded).
Edit: Ninja'd by HalfBaked. I guess my dad might not be the only father in the clan. o.O
He meant Panzer705, Boba, not 109. Panzer705 is my dad. lol
He's actually really good at WoT (much better than me), and I think he's the only one in the clan that has a tier 8 yet.
Also, anyone interested in doing the Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Challenge should let me know. Boba, Wildghoster, and myself are probably going to be the main three for our team. Though there's still room for another three as reserves in case one or more of us can't make it. Even if you don't fight in the tournament, you still get gold if we win. So it's win-win for anyone in the team.
Recently I've been playing a lot of Crusader Kings II. I managed to snag it and all of its expansions/DLCs (minus its newest one, The Old Gods (and related Norse cosmetic stuff), which wasn't included) when the collection was 75% off on Steam awhile back. It's a lot like the Total War series, except you don't fight the battles, and you have to actually have a better reason than "fur teh lulz" to declare war on someone (as well as some other stuff of course, neither is any kind of copy of the other). With its latest DLC, The Old Gods, you can start from the mid-late-800s and play as Pagan characters (before you could only play as Christian (and Muslims with The Sword of Islam DLC) characters after 1066). You play more as a dynasty/house/family/whatever than as a country. One moment you can be the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, the next, you can be the Duke of some-random-place-you-never-even-heard-of. I suppose you could say it's a lot like A Game of Thrones. Lots of political intrigue stuff, but it still focuses a lot on conquest too. It's a great game in my opinion; though, as you may have guessed, the amount of DLCs is both good and bad. Good because you get more stuff, and bad because you have (well, you don't have to get it, but you know what I mean) to pay for something that almost feels like it should have been a part of the final game in the first place.
Also, the JFK assassination conspiracy-theory reference that sometimes appears when you succeed in a plot to kill an enemy is hilarious.
So anyways, I love it. The demo is free. If you're not sure about it, you can always try that first.
Edit: CKII and all of its associated DLCs (excluding the newest one, The Old Gods) are 50% off on Steam until the 24th!
I like your art dude, I never would have imagined Polish soldiers riding horses in World War II. Also, you got fuzzy lines syndrome. I advise running over your lines with a pencil or pen.
Thanks! Yep, cavalry was a sizable part of their army. Though they generally didn't participate in the kind of cavalry charges of old, instead being used as a kind of highly mobile (and effective) infantry.
And yeah, I'll try that trick in the future. I've still got a loooong way to go...
Now for something completely different.
Some Skaldik Poetry I did for a school assignment awhile back.
In the days long gone by, when the Viking raids were made, there was born Ragnar, son of Odin. The greatest of warriors.
A hero of the Norse was Ragnar. Wrecker of mead-benches, near and far, a bold gatherer of gold, scourge of France and England. This was no normal Northman. For a mighty man was Ragnar. Feared by his foes, and loved by his Thanes.
To say he had many adventures would be laughable, for many is too small a word for a man who was both King of the Swedes and the Danes. Who’s armies plundered from France to England.
Cunning were his tactics, supreme was his skill. Making the French cavalry run long to catch him as he sailed down the river. A chase they could never win. Along the shores he pillaged and plundered. Ravaged and ruined.
Whenever Odin’s-joy were to meet his foe in the midst of an iron-shower, the outcome would be certain. No foe could stand against him. Not Frenchman, not Angle, nor Saxon, nor even a snake. His thick briiches protected him. They kept him safe.
But alas! As but a mortal man, doomed to die, Ragnar’s life-force would not last forever. Odin would soon call him home. His ship destroyed, with he and his crew wrecked on the northern shores of England, the terror of Paris was taken by Ælla, ring-giver of the Northumbrians.
Ragnar could no-longer escape the Norns, his doom was nigh. Ælla did not hesitate. He knew just what to do with this captive of his. Odin’s son. A pit was dug, to be a home for serpents, and the bone-house of Ragnar.
Into the jaws of the pit Ragnar was tossed, not even his thick trousers could save him now. Gone forever was the mighty man. Sacker of France, wrecker of England. To Valhalla he would go, as befits a valiant warrior like he. But before he left as he lay there in the pit, helpless against the many serpents, his death song he did speak. “...I laugh as I die.”
This is the Ragnar mentioned in the poem. Coincidentally, a few months after I made this, the History Channel aired a series featuring Ragnar Lodbrok as the main character.
Lately I've recently been looking into Skaldic Poetry in more detail, so I may try and either re-do this, or make another, improved, poem in the future.
A fictional Runestone modeled after real historical examples from the Dark Ages. The text (in Younger Futhark runes) (should) read; "Ulfr dedicated this stone in memory of his son Bjorn." "He died in the west." The object in the middle is Mjölnir, Thor's hammer.
Made on my iPad.
Halo Spartan bust.
(sorry for the bad photo quality)
A Polish cavalryman in 1939, during the beginning of WWII.
[A small historical note here; the Polish cavalry did not charge German tanks during the Second World War. See here.
But first, a note to n00bs: For your first few times playing in airsoft games, assuming there is some degree of "hardcoreness" there*, you're going to need an electric gun. Good ones may be a bit more expensive than springs (I got an AEG FAMAS for about $110 and I love it, though you can get cheaper guns), but they are well worth it. Without them, you will get pwned. Repeatedly. I also came across many scenes (Yes, I speak from personal experience, I had a spring L85A1 and I still like it, I just wish I had gotten an AEG first) where I could have scored multiple kills but only got one because I had to spend time pulling a handle back (which can be reasonably fast with some practice though). Though springs do have their uses, e.g. when your AEG ran our of power, or you need to use less BBs.
tl;dr... noobs should generally get an AEG first.
Anyways, onto the story: My team's task (2/3rds of a roughly two-dozen man team) was to secure a (currently neutral) bunker (wood, metal, about 3 feet high, and covered in camo netting) in the middle of a small forest while the other members of the team, in a "city" (think lots of wood) would grab an ammo can and run it to the bunker. All while the other team was trying to do it too. I won't go much into the first round, other than saying it was a complete massacre... The second round however, went much better. Having learned from our previous mistakes, we decided we needed to be a lot quicker. Myself, a friend, and two other guys volunteered to charge the bunker at full speed, guns blazing, while the rest attempted to cut off their spawn area (unlimited lives were in effect). Rest --------------> (enemy spawn) - Me & co. - - - --> [Bunker]
At the starting signal, we charged through the trees. We could see the bunker, and we were in luck, we were ahead of the enemy! Once we were in range, we opened-up on the enemies trying to go for the bunker. They all dropped to the ground (or took hits) as we opened fire, still sprinting to the bunker. It was almost like they hadn't noticed us... Once we had made it to the bunker, we dived into it. Once of our comrades was hit immediately, leaving us with just three in the bunker (we never saw him again), fortunately we all had automatic weapons though.
We held-out magnificently. The other team never came within several yards of the bunker before they were cut down. Other than the third guy being hit and coming back (me and my friend made it through unscathed) we received no reinforcements. So just when the third guy got hit a second time (We got flanked, by the flanker was quickly dispatched), leaving me and my friend all-alone, running low on ammo, and no help in site... We saw it! The ammo can and its bearer running to us! We cheered as he slid into the bunker with his precious cargo. We had won!
So yeah... it was cool. Probably doesn't sound near as cool as it felt though.
*Meaning, the place I go to is nearly all Marines who practice with the real deal on a regular basis. xP
Recently bought Red Orchestra 2 (Well, the collection. So RO1 also) during the Steam sale. So after a while of playing, I must agree with what Captain said earlier, it's a very intense game. Both of them really. Some people say the first one is more realistic. However, I think it's the second one that is more so. That's largely due to the updated graphics. Some of the added features (like the take-cover system) also add significantly, giving it a more "refined" look and feel in my opinion. RO1 also has a good Western-Front mod available through Steam (Darkest Hour). It also has Mare Nostrum (North Africa) but apparently nobody plays that one anymore. :/
So to sum it up: Good game, especially if you're looking for a WWII Eastern-Front shooter. Both multiplayer and singleplayer are good.