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..yes I wrote I wouldn't do one. But since Geezer is back and we'll get a Bleriot XI shortly (just kidding) I decided to go back into business. All the aces will be there no matter if it's historical correct or not: Arigi, Barracchini, Scaroni, Baracca, Fulvio Ruffo di Calabria, Brumowski.

If you've a wish, e.g. a special ace that should be included, I'll do the skin and adapt the campaign

 

rgds

gt

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Excellent news Gterl!

May I make a plea for the (admittedly ahistorical) inclusion of the fictional Linienschiffsleutnant Otto Ritter von Prohaska? 

Yes yes I know this would be equivalent to including Biggles in a Western Front campaign*, but by coincidence I'm currently re-reading "The Two-Headed Eagle" by John Biggins. This is a fictional account of the adventures and misadventures of said Otto Prohaska, an Austro-Czech naval officer attached to the KuK Fliegertruppe on the Isonzo Front in 1916. Clearly grounded upon solid research into the period, it gives a dramatized but authentic picture of the Hapsburg Empire in its waning days. It is very far from dry though, with moments of high farce and moments of deep tragedy, all narrated by the protagonist with a stong sense of irony. It is the third of four novels in the Prohaska series, all very highly recommended!

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*and why not? Biggles was quite “real” to generations of British schoolboys, inspiring many** to careers in the RAF.

**Including this one.

 

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As for Bleriot XI’s, we have one (original, from 1909) at Old Rhinebeck where I have the great good fortune to serve as volunteer groundcrew during the summer airshows. (Depending on the weather) it still gets daylight under the wheels at every Saturday show.

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5 hours ago, Mike Dora said:

Excellent news Gterl!

May I make a plea for the (admittedly ahistorical) inclusion of the fictional Linienschiffsleutnant Otto Ritter von Prohaska? 

Yes yes I know this would be equivalent to including Biggles in a Western Front campaign*, but by coincidence I'm currently re-reading "The Two-Headed Eagle" by John Biggins. This is a fictional account of the adventures and misadventures of said Otto Prohaska, an Austro-Czech naval officer attached to the KuK Fliegertruppe on the Isonzo Front in 1916. Clearly grounded upon solid research into the period, it gives a dramatized but authentic picture of the Hapsburg Empire in its waning days. It is very far from dry though, with moments of high farce and moments of deep tragedy, all narrated by the protagonist with a stong sense of irony. It is the third of four novels in the Prohaska series, all very highly recommended!

Mike -

Many thanks for the recommendation - the book is available on Amazon.  I've just started it but am enjoying it immensely. :biggrin:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OR1Q4O/ref=pe_385040_118058080_TE_M1DP

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46 minutes ago, gterl said:

What type of aircraft does Otto fly?

So far (I’m at page 128 of 359, it’s now August 1916) he’s been on a Hansa-Brandenburg CI and a Lloyd CII of Flik 19F, based at Caprovizza near Haidenschaft at the east end of the Vippaco Valley.

Although a qualified pilot from before the War (see Biggins’ “The Emporer’s Coloured Coat”, the second in the Prohaska series), he initially at least flies as an officer-observer. I suspect though that he’ll end up flying a Lohner type L.

Mike

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Otto von Prohaska is now a pride member of Flik 51 'Kärnten' Squadron flying a Phoenix D.IIa with his personal marking ...LOL in other words he's now part of the campaign.

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Prohaska is right in the middle of it ..flying with his personal coat of arms :biggrin:

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On 12.01.2019 at 12:14 PM, Mike Dora said:

This is a fictional account of the adventures and misadventures of said Otto Prohaska, an Austro-Czech naval officer attached to the KuK Fliegertruppe on the Isonzo Front in 1916.

It may well be that the author of the book chose the pilot's name not by chance. The fact is that the Procházka or Stary Procházka (the Old Walker in the sense of 'incapable womanizer') is a disgraceful nickname the Czechs gave to the decrepit Kaiser Franz Joseph I.

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7 hours ago, Mike Dora said:

Nice! What did you give Otto as his coat of arms?

fantasy..something I googled 'prohaska coat of arms', or similar, can't remember

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further tests with 'wet' terrain..Isonzo and waterfilled shell holes

working on V 2.0 and campaign

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and 'wet' fields

 

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Both you and Stephen1918 are to be commended for your excellent work! :biggrin:

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To whomever still reads this..

..just wanted to let you know I'm still refining the Caporetto terrain. It came to my attention (books, pictures from the period, etc.) that the carst region is to greenish. At the time, e.g. start of 20th century it was more barren than today. Comparing to the Google satelitte imagery of today it must have looked differently at the time. More rocks, less scrub, bushes and trees. One of the major hazards were rock splinters thrown up by explosions and not the actual shrapnels, e.g. piece of metals. Trenches had to be build with rocks and digging was not done with shovels but with pickaxes and pneumatic drills / jackhammers.

As a consequence I'm in the process of repainting / recoloring all tiles connected to this area.

Why I'm doing this and why do I care? Another question (usually asked by my missus). Well the answer is rather complex and it's definitely not related primarely on the technical challenge. I know it's just a game and even an old one. The game-engine has it's limitations and the representation of the reality is definitely limited. However I like to push the boundaries on one hand and on the other hand I think all those poor souls who fought there deserve it. My family lost two members on this front. One on the plains of the Carst in front of the Fajiti Hrib hill and one on the Pasubio mountain (RIP).

Hope you'll enjoy the upcoming (again) reworked and enhanced terrain

Kind regards

gt

 

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