Monday, April 30, 2012

FoW Air Squadron Part I

Vintage Wings of Canada
One of my favorite things about Version 3 is the use of only one aircraft instead of 3.  Now I could assemble and paint all the different variations of each aircraft.  So, yesterday, I pulled out all my aircraft, planned and built each one based on what I was going to do.

In the end I've come up with 15 aircraft I'm going to paint all at the same time.  I also decided I was going to dedicate these airplanes to our friend Todd Lemieux and Vintage Wings of Canada.

Here are the plans for my 15 aircraft.

British Aircarft
For the British I have 2 Hurricanes (a C & D), and a Typhoon.

Vintage Wings of Canada actually has a Hurricane IV so I am going to paint the IIc the same as it looks to have the same weapons.
Vintage Wings Hurricane MkIV
 Because I don't want another desert airplane I will probably paint the Hurricane IId this colour\

Hurricane IId
Then I'll paint the Typhoon the obvious choice.  Although i'm not too sure how hard those stripes are going to be.

Hawkers Typhoon

Soviet Aircarft
I will paint 2 Strumoviks.  I think this is just a beautiful aircraft.  Its just right up there with the Spitfire in terms of looks.  I'll paint one the 'regular' Eastern Front way.

The second one, I'm going to paint this really cool blue way.  I think this was flown by some famous Soviet Ace in Chine against know when the Soviets "didn't know" the war was over and kept on fighting the Japanese. 

For the last Hurricane I have, I may actually turn this into a Soviet aircraft.  I believe the hurricane was one of the very first Lend-Lease pieces of equipment the allies gave the soviets.  Can't use it in the game....yet.

Stuka JU-87
I have 6 Stuka's.  I scooped probably the last box of 3 around.  I have 3 already painted but decided I would repaint them.  They were OK, but I can do better.  I've learned a lot since painting these babies.

One of the painted ones I'm just going to add a winter wash.  Should be pretty easy.  I will also repaint a Stuka D, and paint up a Stuka G.  A 4th one I'm not sure yet.  I may paint one in Africa or Sicily colours.  I will leave one unpainted and maybe trade it or paint it later.   The Stuka D I'm thinking about trying in more of a panzer grey colour.  I can find a few pictures, but it could be that the colour is faded.

Winter Camo
Stuka G

Stuka D Grey?

Henschel HS-129 B
Did I mention that I love FoW is only using 1 aircraft now?  And it's mostly because of this one.  I can now have both the HS-129 B and the HS-129 B-3.  I will have one of each, and then the 3rd one I am painting a winter HS-129 B-3 for my Kampfgruppe Bäke.

This is the most common paint of a HS-129 B.  But I'm not sure if its correct.  I read "somewhere" that the propeller cones on the Eastern Front were blue because the Soviet Nose cones were red.  And I think the yellow tail stripe means Russian Front. 

I hope this next one exists.  I may actually paint one of them black like this.

And a Winterized one....looks more like a cow.

Italian Aircraft
I did say I would paint 5 Stuka's.  Well the 5th one will be an Italian Stuka for the Eastern Front.  Along with that I will paint 2 CR42 Falco's.  I will paint 1 CR42 for Africa/Sicily, and one for Greece or somewhere they wouldn't have desert camo.  I don't believe any were used on the Eastern Front except by the Hungarians, but i'll paint one that way anyway.   Apparently the Falco was the worlds last operational combat biplane.

Italian Stuka

CR42 Falco

other options

Maybe I bit off more then I can chew since I'm still painting Strelkovy and working on the tournament app, but we'll see.

Tournament App
Just a quick preview, here is something new I added to the app.  Country colour and unit designations on the matchup screen.  This was actually Joe Krones idea and I think it turned out awesome.  A tool time will also appear over each icon telling you exactly what company it is.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

FoW Tournament App Ready for Testing

Well after almost 4 months of development, I believe (and hope) this app is ready for testing.
I've even actually been able to start painting some Strelkovy.  Which really just makes me want to work on the app more...:)

Here is a document on how to use the app and what it can do so far.

If you wish to help test, join the FoW Canada Forum.

You'll find a FoW tournament app section where you can download the software.
I've also created  a section for tracking issues that you find.

Just remember this is not a finished product.  This is only the basics of what I have planned for it.  Once its totally stable and idiot...I mean User Proof...I will begin expanding and refining the app.

Remember, for those that have never been around the development world, I want you to break it.
The more you break it the better it will be in the end.

Note:  Once the app is installed, Vista and Win 7 users must either turn down their UAC or hold down 'Shift', Right click, and run as administrator.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Auckland Here I Come!

My app is  a huge hit with Battlefront

Battlefront has made it official. They like what I've done on this tournament app so much that they have offered me a job.

 I'll be moving to Auckland in September to be part of their development team.

Thank you Joe Krone for the opportunity to work on this project. 

The app is 100% working now, and I will be looking for some testers very soon.