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In summer 1940 the Battle of France was fought. British, belgian, dutch and french troops were defeated by the "Sichelschnitt", a surprising move invented by General von Manstein.

In his book "Verlorene Siege" wrote v.Manstein, that his Divison got the order as part of the 9th Armee to take part in the invasion of England in an area between Bexhill and Eastbourn, Beachy Head. Close to Hastings, the last battlefield where a invasion of the islands was succesfully.

Manstein wrote, that the german leadership had, after the surprisingly fast victory over France, had no plan how to continuing the war. So it came to a delay till the decision was made to try the "Operation Seelöwe" and as preludium the Air Battle of Britain.

Manstein said, that if the decison to engage England would have made one or two weeks after the victory over France, german landing forces would have landed on Englands beaches around August 15th 1940. Mansteins idea to fight England was a surprise attack with no previous Air Battle. All should end in a major Battle, The Luftwaffe, Heer and Kriegsmarine should attack at the same time. For Manstein the british ground forces were the minor problem. They lost nearly all heavy weapons in Dunekirk, so that the Royal Army would have been no real danger. Dangerous could become the Air Force and the Royal Navy. But Manstein wrote, that the Royal Navy would come to late to prevent the landing of the first german wave. The Royal Navy would try to stop the second and all other landing waves. At this time it would be the job of the Luftwaffe to sink the british ships and the job of the Royal Air Force to protect the british ships.

In the last weeks i have started to rework the tileset of my very old Battle of Britain terrain and soon i will start to rebuild the target areas, so that we have the chance to fight a "Operation Seelöwe" style battle in SF2.

Here some screenshots while WIP.

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New farmtiles, but still old airfield tile.

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New airfield tile.

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A mixture between old and new coast tiles.

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View from high altitutes.

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Test of a London tile. Buckingam palace is not yet on correct place.

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Gepard, don't forget I did a rebuild of your terrain in 2013. If not too much is changed, you might be able to copy/paste many of my target area. Certaintly, there's a bunch of ground & terrain objects you can use! Please feel free to do so!! :good:

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SitRep:

First test of a tile for the Port of Dover. The colors does not fit perfectly, the cranes, ballons and buidlings are at the wrong position. Its WIP.

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Some road tiles are made now. (He-100D shot down Hurricane near Manston.)

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The area south of Manston Airbase

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When i started the project of reworking BoB terrain i simply underestimated how many rivers there are in France. Each single Rivertile has to place by hand. Oh my!

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Progress with the terrain is slower than expected. I have to change the tileset from bmp to jpg because the fps rate became to low..

 

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Full squadron take off from airfield everywhere in northern France.

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What do you think. Which tile is better for representing London? The grey one or the more red one?

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I'd go with the grayer one (just personal preference)

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Just trying to implement an idea

London Cityport (experimental tiles, not finished)

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Looks Pretty nice Michael! :good:

Any Chance later for a modern Version of that Terrain?

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12 hours ago, Soulfreak said:

Looks Pretty nice Michael! :good:

Any Chance later for a modern Version of that Terrain?

Ein Schritt nach dem anderen.

Step by step.

As usual in the last years i think a terrain would be an easy and fast job. Could be finished for X-mas

And then it becomes bigger and bigger.  And then comes in my mind: "X-mas okay! But which year?"

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1 hour ago, Gepard said:

As usual in the last years i think a terrain would be an easy and fast job. Could be finished for X-mas

And then it becomes bigger and bigger.  And then comes in my mind: "X-mas okay! But which year?"

So true; I find myself in the same situation when it comes to terrains.

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I played with the settings in the data.ini and now i have the better looking water, which we know from SF2.

Screenshots: Two FW-187 get "dry feets" while closing to Manston AB.

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Since my older tiles for the London City Port not really fit into the terrain tileset i decided to restart and make them new. The screenshots show the WIP.

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The runway is still to overpaint and some other things are to do, but i think, i'm on a better way.

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Some progress with London tiles.

View from Towerbridge to London Cityport:

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View from Parliament to Towerbridge

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London Docks (between Towerbridge and Cityport)

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From Battersea Park to London City Port, the tiles are layed out.

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21 kilometers of photorealistic tiling in 1024x1024 pixel tiles.

Only one negative aspect. It cant made with TGA files, because one single tile would have a size of 4097 kb. In jpeg a tile has the size of 250 - 350 kb.

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