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ArcherII #7701 Posted May 21 2017 - 15:20

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Yep....according to the email traffic, the book is on the way...

 

Sweet! :P

 

and.........

 

It has arrived!...looks good.  Somehow in the mix I did not realize there was a bonus code...so that worked too.



The_Chieftain #7702 Posted May 25 2017 - 17:39

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I asked for a comparison by anyone who has another Echo Point reprint over on Reddit.

 

"Well, I can vouch that the quality of the new Firepower is much better than my Sheridan copy. It feels like the difference between a textbook and a novel. If it takes longer to print but results in this kind of quality, I'm for it. However, hardcover editions are going to become plenty more expensive if it comes to printing something as thick as Sherman.

Also, the addendum is a really nice touch. I appreciate that over simply editing through Hunnicutt's original work."



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 25 2017 - 09:39, said:

I asked for a comparison by anyone who has another Echo Point reprint over on Reddit.

 

"Well, I can vouch that the quality of the new Firepower is much better than my Sheridan copy. It feels like the difference between a textbook and a novel. If it takes longer to print but results in this kind of quality, I'm for it. However, hardcover editions are going to become plenty more expensive if it comes to printing something as thick as Sherman.

Also, the addendum is a really nice touch. I appreciate that over simply editing through Hunnicutt's original work."

 

Yup, the quality is top notch. :P

 

Also, I have a question for you Chieftain, which I'm hopping you can answer.

 

One thing I've noticed in the game about tanks with oscillating turrets is that they all have only one turret option. Is there a reason for this? Theoretically, would it be possible for a tank like the T54E1 to have the T77 turret as a second option (seeing as they're both oscillating turrets)? Or even the T54E2 turret? Is it possible for a tank to have an oscillating turret as one option and a conventional turret as a second option, or is there a coding issue preventing this from happening?



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View PostThatTrafficCone, on May 25 2017 - 10:07, said:

 

Yup, the quality is top notch. :P

 

Also, I have a question for you Chieftain, which I'm hopping you can answer.

 

One thing I've noticed in the game about tanks with oscillating turrets is that they all have only one turret option. Is there a reason for this? Theoretically, would it be possible for a tank like the T54E1 to have the T77 turret as a second option (seeing as they're both oscillating turrets)? Or even the T54E2 turret? Is it possible for a tank to have an oscillating turret as one option and a conventional turret as a second option, or is there a coding issue preventing this from happening?

 

The likely reason for this is that in the game files the 'turret' of the oscillating turret is just the cradle and the 'gun' is both the gun and the rest of the turret superstructure. So to keep it simple they just limit autoloaders to a single turret.

 

Now there are tanks int he game which change turrets based on the gun that happens to be mounted (the WT Pz IV is one such tank, which has two different turret models depending on whether you have the 12,8cm or 15cm gun mounted), so theres no real reason to assume that theres any hard limitation but its rather a limitation of what the intention is for the tank (and the tanks that comprise its line).



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 25 2017 - 16:39, said:

I asked for a comparison by anyone who has another Echo Point reprint over on Reddit.

 

"Well, I can vouch that the quality of the new Firepower is much better than my Sheridan copy. It feels like the difference between a textbook and a novel. If it takes longer to print but results in this kind of quality, I'm for it. However, hardcover editions are going to become plenty more expensive if it comes to printing something as thick as Sherman.

Also, the addendum is a really nice touch. I appreciate that over simply editing through Hunnicutt's original work."

 

I generally agree.  The print quality doesn't seem to be quite as good as the original printing, but is markedly better than the standard Echo Point offerings.  The photos are much clearer in the new edition Firepower than the copies of Abrams and Patton, but the paper stock feels thinner and not as glossy than what I remember the original run books as having.  The addendum is nice, but I have to point out that section on the T29 (pg 186) cuts off mid-sentence with a new paragraph on Pg 188.  (Page 187 is a photo plate.)

 

"...The firepower of neither the 105 or 155mm achieved the desired 10" of penetration at 30 degrees at 4,000 yards, the armor was 'unquestionably less than that required of" and that's it. 

 

Douglas



The_Chieftain #7706 Posted Jun 06 2017 - 06:17

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On the off-chance anyone's in Pensacola, I'll be in McGuire's tomorrow about 7, I think.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jun 05 2017 - 23:17, said:

On the off-chance anyone's in Pensacola, I'll be in McGuire's tomorrow about 7, I think.

 

A lot of family lives down there if you see some guy with big muscles and a blue camaro that is my uncle lol

Edited by landedkiller, Jun 10 2017 - 06:02.


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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jun 06 2017 - 00:17, said:

On the off-chance anyone's in Pensacola, I'll be in McGuire's tomorrow about 7, I think.

 

Hey Chief, have you watched the new movie War Machine..? 

 

It's currently running on netflix right now, and if you haven't watched it yet, then I highly recommend seeing it.

 

 

It's both hilariously funny...:D  ...while being disturbingly 'spot on' at the same time...:amazed:

In any case, it's a must see.

~Cheers!

 



ArcherII #7709 Posted Jul 08 2017 - 00:21

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jun 06 2017 - 00:17, said:

On the off-chance anyone's in Pensacola, I'll be in McGuire's tomorrow about 7, I think.

 

Come to Tampa...take you to 4 Green Fields.  My treat.

The_Chieftain #7710 Posted Jul 24 2017 - 20:13

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For those wondering about the missing words on p186 of the Firepower reprint, the full sentence is

"the armor was “unquestionably less than that required of the heavy tank” and that the weight imposed significant limitations."



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Right. In an exercise of optimism over expectation, I have applied to apply to the Jedi Academy. If accepted in my application to apply, I travel to Fort Leavenworth in two weeks to learn how to apply (Army logic, don't lose too much sleep over it).

 

I have also ordered a new hat. The one I've been using for five years now has cracked in the sweatband and, frankly, has faded to a dark gray (Light gray in some places). I've decided to change style, as well, instead of a cattleman crown, I'm going C-Crown. Hopefully it works out (They do have a returns policy...)

 

Asked about the schedule for the next release of ITCH. I got this:

"We have two episodes almost ready, but your Russian voice was stuck in Prague with no passport"



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jul 31 2017 - 12:59, said:

Right. In an exercise of optimism over expectation, I have applied to apply to the Jedi Academy. If accepted in my application to apply, I travel to Fort Leavenworth in two weeks to learn how to apply (Army logic, don't lose too much sleep over it).

 

I have also ordered a new hat. The one I've been using for five years now has cracked in the sweatband and, frankly, has faded to a dark gray (Light gray in some places). I've decided to change style, as well, instead of a cattleman crown, I'm going C-Crown. Hopefully it works out (They do have a returns policy...)

 

Asked about the schedule for the next release of ITCH. I got this:

"We have two episodes almost ready, but your Russian voice was stuck in Prague with no passport"

 

I like the green crayons.

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I was relayed this question from WulfeHound via Discord: regarding the NYMAS talk you'll be giving on September 22nd, will you actually be there in person? He mentioned that the talk last month that everything was done via Skype and/or phone calls

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Jedi Academy....?  This is military slang for something? :) 

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View PostPrimarchRogalDorn, on Aug 02 2017 - 12:40, said:

 

 

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View PostFrozenKemp, on Aug 02 2017 - 09:43, said:

Jedi Academy....?  This is military slang for something? :) 

 

He mentioned Fort Leavenworth, so I'd guess the Command and General Staff College of the US Army. I have a buddy who took their distance-learning course a couple years ago while on various deployments.

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View PostPrimarchRogalDorn, on Aug 02 2017 - 17:40, said:

I was relayed this question from WulfeHound via Discord: regarding the NYMAS talk you'll be giving on September 22nd, will you actually be there in person? He mentioned that the talk last month that everything was done via Skype and/or phone calls

 

Not usually, they are as much as possible done in person. I will be there, and then in Connecticut the next day.

 

View PostFrozenKemp, on Aug 02 2017 - 17:43, said:

Jedi Academy....?  This is military slang for something? :) 

 

SAMS.



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 02 2017 - 21:55, said:

 

Not usually, they are as much as possible done in person. I will be there, and then in Connecticut the next day.

 

 

SAMS.

Are you going to create a discord like meathead has or just twitch stream occasionally?



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 02 2017 - 22:55, said:

 

Not usually, they are as much as possible done in person. I will be there, and then in Connecticut the next day.

 

 

SAMS.

 

Thanks, I'll tell him that

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 02 2017 - 22:55, said:

SAMS.

 

Huh, that'll be different! 

 

Hope you'll post a picture of the new hat when you get it :)  






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