Monday, 14 August 2017

Bayside Bashing


Of all the Japanese aircraft (thus far) in World of Warplanes, there is a very close tie between tier VI Kawasaki Ki-88 and tier VII Mitsubishi J4M Senden as my favorite planes.

Both aircraft share some of the same characteristics, like being armed with two smaller caliber machine guns and a big "bye bye" cannon. Although they are excellent climbers, both also suffer from weakly powered engines, the J4M Senden does get the edge with a longer boost duration going up, the Kawasaki Ki-88 feels better in a power dive.

I could come up with more comparisons and differences and there wouldn't really be any point to it. These are two totally different aircraft, they perform unique roles based on their strengths and weaknesses. One is a fighter, the other is designated as a Multirole.

However, the Senden does bring a flexibility factor to the battle that the Ki-88 seems to lack....

Sunday, 13 August 2017

ブームとズームの競争相手


When folks talk about Boom and Zoom fighters in World of Warplanes, the North American Mustang and/or Messerschmitt Bf 109 are the usual planes that tops most people's lists. These two deadly aerial rivals overshadow an unlikely contender from a nation not know to produce aircraft in the same vein.

However, when flown by players who are far better than yours truly, their performance and results can be downright staggering....

Friday, 11 August 2017

That Won't Buff Out


It has been quite some time since I last flew the Kyushu J7W1 Shinden and was somewhat surprised to see a rather large amount of banked experience when I took to the skies in it today. I had two choices, go for the mid-grade engine or the next set of weapons, over stock. After a few minutes of seriously considering the options, such as a slightly better damage output potential, at the expense of a greatly reduced firerate, I opted for the engine and hopped it was the better decision.

Up until a certain part of the following battle, things were looking pretty good and I felt assured the new engine had worked out just fine. Then, I touched wings with a teammate and what happened after that was more of a pleasant surprise than I expected....


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Cherry Blossom in the Wind


Although the Western World has been awake for a few hours now (those on the East Coast can add a few more to that), the quiet news of this being the 72nd Anniversary of the second and final nuclear bomb drop on Japan, namely Nagasaki, isn't making the rounds on the major media outlets (although the bombing happened on August the 9th, some new agencies reported a day later, much like I am doing here). In fact, I almost forgot about it myself, if it weren't for one of my "This Day in History" notifications I get.

I suppose this is as good as inspiration as any to return to Japanese aircraft, restart flying the Navy line and perhaps, take a look at the offerings from the Army branch.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Click, Click, Boom


With Operation Dynamo in World of Warplanes over, at least for me, I am kinda at an impasse on what to do next.

Despite playing just about all my British aircraft to complete the latest mission, I find myself either wanting to start on something new or revisit some old lines that have....stalled. Until I make up my mind on the next step forward, or receive a suggestion on the something that might pique my interest, I'll just pick aircraft randomly and post awesome or interesting battle videos with a few comments.

For this time around, I picked the tier IX Yak-19 Soviet Fighter and discovered I am more than just a little rusty when it comes to flying single engine jets....

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Reward Runthrough, Soviet LaGG-3-4


Despite just writing up an article about the tier IV LaGG-3-4 a few days ago, I decided to see if I could at least top that first battle with something producing better results. I believe I pulled it off....

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Reward Runthrough, Dunkirk Spitfire


Well, I earned it, might as well fly it!

Aesthetically, the Dunkirk Spitfire in World of Warplanes mirrors the real/movie version, albeit with a few emblem additions. The camouflage pattern and coloring are a near perfect match, but the game pilot is lacking the mask the live action actors wore.


Left, Stock Spitfire I. Center, Spitfire Ia. Right, fully upgraded Spitfire I.

As you can see by the numbers above, the Dunkirk Spitfire is a lot closer to it's kited out tech tree version in many areas, over the plain offering. However, numbers don't complete the true picture of how the plane would actually perform in battle conditions, that is up to the player to decide and control....


The Dunkirk Spitfire's main strengths lie in it's spectacular maneuverability and unique pilot. I have never flown a plane like this ingame before and saying I was just impressed would be a serious understatement. With proper situational awareness and familiarity with the environment on a given map, this aircraft should be able to get itself out of most hazardous situations, if the player recognizes the danger and acts accordingly.

There is a downside to the Dunkirk Spitfire, the firepower. I am very familiar with the hitting power and heat cycle of the .303 machine guns from other British aircraft and the Ia brings a bit of disappointment to the battle with below average damage output potential. British guns are very much like paper shredders, picking apart whatever they are aimed at. But this, felt like I was shooting rubber bullets and just getting lucky by hitting the thin spots on enemy aircraft. This is my first impression and subject to change with further, future use.

Overall, is it worth it? The mission, by all means yes. Broken into three parts, Operation Dynamo could by accomplished by playing a few hours a day. Mind you that would have to be every day at a decent pace (I don't recommend sitting down and binge gaming until each part was completed. Take breaks, go for short walks, visit real people, etc).

Is it worth buying? Yes and no. If you are a serious collector or you won't have the time to complete the missions (because real life happens), then sure, go for it. For me, the price point (despite all the extras you get with it) seems a bit high for just this one aircraft (the better value is to buy the combo package and putting the Dunkirk 109 in the hangar too).

Although I have only taken to the air once in the Dunkirk Spitfire, I think I might have just found a new regular favorite.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Indomitable


For the final part of Operation Dynamo, I wanted to it to end with a big bang. 

I have been rather reluctant to fly my top tiered British aircraft, the tier IX Gloster P.228 in the past, for a few reasons. Despite having a very strong resemblance to the Gloster Meteor (in fact, the P.228 is a two seater Meteor for all intents and purposes, just a little more grown up and put on a few extra pounds), it doesn't fly like it.

While having a fantastic climb and dive rate, strong boost characteristics and decent firepower, the maneuverability of this aircraft falls very short, as compared to say, the Germans. Evasive turns haven't been a successful option in the past and when I need to spool up the engines for a fast get away, more often than not, I discover I have already overheated them.

Then, there's the price one pays to fly in the top tiers. Granted, if I produce average or better battle results and stay alive, the rewards can be quite lucrative. A defeat and death hurts not only the pride but the bank takes a serious hit as well.

Nevertheless, I was willing to take a chance on myself and this plane in combat for a grand finale.... 

 
I bet nobody saw that coming.

Claiming my results from that performance was achieved solely through skill would be nothing more than a self-delusional, patronizing statement, at best. I know I got lucky, no denying that, but I will accept whatever help, be it from ingame Allies, oblivious enemies or some unexplainable, outside force that many refuse to acknowledge exists.

After one more battle for the final victory required....


....I could claim my prize.

Despite the fact I was able to make the time to start, participate and complete the Dunkirk Spitfire Ia, I am glad I didn't try to push too hard and attempt the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 as well. With the surprise and short window of opportunity LaGG-3-4 event, I would have been greatly disappointed to have to abandon one task to complete another, or push myself beyond my leisure limits and time available for all three aircraft. Besides, I have never been a big fan of marathons and avoiding any chance of putting a certain sour taste in my mouth, the better.

I set out with a goal and I achieved it.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Halfway Hurricane


Hawker Hurricane. Fjords. The halfway point of Part 3 for Operation Dynamo in World of Warplanes. 

This was the battle....

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Let's Just Call This Epic


If there was ever a video I wanted to make using World of Warplanes, this is it.

This presentation is a culmination of my current skill level of editing, timing and free camera directing. Despite being self taught and enduring a learning curve equal to some of the aircraft within the game, this short movie is as close to the final production that I had originally envisioned. The music is from the World of Warplanes Soundtrack and since YouTube has gone a little bit copyright infringement happy, the score comes close enough to enhance the situation audibly, as it was visually directed, without the fear of negative repercussions.

Thank you to Claudio67 for supplying his skill, permission and replay, without them, this wouldn't have been possible.

I Spy


As of right now, there are only eight days available to collect 30,000 combat experience and one victory to seal the deal on the Dunkirk Spitfire Ia in World of Warplanes.

Thus far, I have stuck to my own, self-imposed restriction on using nothing but British aircraft to complete the task as a whole (minus one battle test flight in the recently earned Soviet LaGG-3-4, but the results of that performance didn't count towards anything, since it was during the intermission between the Operation Dynamo events) and I have been having a blast doing this (no pun intended).

In fact, this battle is one of those very moments that make the game so enjoyable for me. It's not that I came out on the top of the list for damage, kills or even assists (which I didn't, only second overall), nor any medals or achievements of any kind. Plus, being at only 10% complete for Part 3 isn't much to cheer about either.

So what made this such a memorable sortie? Watch the video and come to your own conclusions (those who have read my interactions on the NA forums will spot it almost immediately)....

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Frustration in the First


Collecting the nineteen victories for the LaGG-3-4 is more of a time consuming venture than a test of skill or patience.

Granted, if a player is blessed with decent teams and MatchMaker is working in their favor, all the better and things can progress along very quickly. However, if the opposite happens, prepare for a much longer time to be spent in front of the monitor and controls.

While some in the World of Warplanes community may scoff at a lower tiered, premium aircraft as a reward, at least it's a tangible, attainable goal. For me, it will come in handy, since I don't have a whole lot of premium Soviet aircraft that aren't GA's (I haven't flown one of those in....over a year?) and earning one through a mission is a great way to save some real world money for a....more worthwhile purchase later on.

At any rate, after a loadout tweak or two, installing some equipment and putting my best pilot in, here's the first victory in my LaGG-3-4....

The First vesus The Best


The old saying goes, "It never rains, but it pours."

As of right now, there is a very brief intermission between the conclusion of Part 2 of Operation Dynamo and Part 3 in World of Warplanes. However, there is barely time to breathe, since WarGaming just launched their 19th Anniversary Special. Three intense days to complete the tasks to earn the premium Soviet LaGG-3-4, if you can. No doubt, there are some out there who already have it....

One good thing came about from all of this activity, I finally got one of my "dream matches." Although I have encountered the odd Chinese premium tier VIII Shenyang JL-1A-37, it was never on what I would consider to be equal footing. More often then not, it was flown by somebody who has studied the plane, inside and out, had the lightning quick ability to reaction and redirect the flow of a battle and was all around a superior player that I was. In other words, an unarmed and unarmored squire taking on a battle tested and hardened knight of the sky. Not difficult to guess that outcome.

Having said that, there is no disrespect generated and directed towards my opponent, the pilot/player of the Shenyang that I encountered during this particular battle. I pushed my Meteor F.I hard and way outside the envelope, but the Shenyang was beyond it's limits too, making this one of those sorties I live for.

Here is the captured action of the first premium jet versus what many consider to be the best premium jet....


Just in case you wanted to know, here is what the WarGaming 19th Anniversary decal looks like....

Monday, 31 July 2017

Six Final




Closing out Part Two of Operation Dynamo in World of Warplanes, here are the results of a quick, early morning, low tiered battle. Now, just waiting for Part Three and the finale....


 I see the upside to the 20,000 experience reward for completing this last round, a little bit closer to the Supermarine Attacker.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Six Five


With the amount of posts I have made recently involving the Supermarine Spitfire, no matter which variant, one could come to the conclusion I have developed an obsession with them.

Honestly, I haven't. Due to the limited choices in the British selection (namely the mid to higher tiers), Spitfires make the most sense for me to use (buying back the tier VI de Havilland Mosquito has been a reminder to why I walked away from British Heavies a long time ago).

Besides, I have wanted to see with serious interest if I could take a few from this iconic line of fighters and apply the lessons I have learned from the American Mustangs....


On a side note, I was able to capture and enlarge a scene from the current Dunkirk hangar, a Spitfire being pursued by a Bf 109....


Not quite the way I had hoped it would have turned out.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Six Four


For Victory number twenty-four, I queued up the tier VI Supermarine Spitfire V and got Lighthouse, the English Channel as imagined in World of Warplanes.

Here is how it all turned out....

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Six Three


I think the last time I attempted an Allied premium aircraft was the "Ghost in the Sky" mission from November 2015.

Although the thread that recounted how I got the Vickers Venom and my first thoughts based on the performance during those initial battles is long since gone, I do get the impression the plane has been....positively adjusted along the way. Over this past while, I have noticed this aircraft is a lot more maneuverable then I remember and the firepower is definitely now up to "British Reliability" standards.

Low and behold, it just happened to be the plane I selected for Victory number eighteen, just I wouldn't live to see the end of the battle....

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Six Two


There wasn't any de Havilland Mosquitos on hand during the Battle of Dunkirk. In fact, they wouldn't see the Battle of Britain either, since the first flight of the prototype would take place in November of 1940.

However, I decided to buy back this star of both "633 Squadron" and "Mosquito Squadron" ("The Purple Plain" gets an honorable mention) to help with my progress through the Operation Dynamo event in World of Warplanes....

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Six One


For the "30 victories needed" portion of World of Warplane's Operation Dynamo, I have decided to do things a little on the random side.

Without rhyme or reason, I will pick any available British aircraft from my garage carousel and just fly and fight. Then, after every sixth win, I will make a video showcasing the performance and results. With the first and sixth victories out of the way, only four more videos to complete this short series (somebody will crack my little math code, I just know it)!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Pulling a Rabbit from Thin Air


Part Two for the Operation Dynamo event in World of Warplanes is underway and things have started off....in a very magical way.

I am almost at a total loss for words on how to even describe the results from what I just experienced, good thing I could just show it in a video....

Saturday, 22 July 2017

An Obstacle to a Kill


With the next chapter of Operation Dynamo about to begin very soon, I thought I would take out my tier VIII Supermarine Spitfire XIV for it's collection of the X3 Daily in the meantime. It has been somewhat difficult these past few days to find time to play more, between work, home life and a new phase in another project that just popped up. However, I am determined to try and complete these missions and put a premium Spitfire in my hangar.

I just hope this occurrence doesn't repeat itself in the upcoming attempt....

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Smashing Victory


Much to my own surprise, I don't have that many British premium aircraft in World of Warplanes.

After a quick review and remembrance, I bought one (the Miles M.20) and earned the other four (Gloster Meteor F.I., Vickers Venom, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Type 224). With the possibility of picking up another Supermarine offering, I decided to take a trip to the lower tiers with the first aircraft to unofficially carry the name Spitfire.


Built to meet the October 1931 Air Ministry specification F.7/30, the Type 224 first flew on February 1934. Originally built to replace the Gloster Gauntlet, the aircraft faced some pretty stiff design competition from Westland, Blackburn and Gloster themselves. 


Although the 224's fuselage design was based on the Schneider Trophy Supermarine S.6/6B floatplanes, the inverted gullwings proved to be unstable and the light weight evaporative cooling system for the Rolls-Royce Goshawk II engine failed to produce spectacular results. Because of these setbacks, the Gloster Gladiator would win the lucrative contract and became a legend in it's own right. The Type 224 would be seen for the last time by the public at Royal Air Force Display at Hendon in June 1934, then placed into storage at RAE Farnborough. In May 1937, this all all-metal monoplane would be taken away to Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham Heath, to be reduced to scrap, since it's new role as a gunnery target would have made quick work of the aluminum skin and airframe.

However, lessons learned form this sole prototype would become instrumental in the creation of the Supermarine Type 300, known the world over as the Spitfire.

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Short Rant and Observation


During this World of Warplanes Operation Dynamo event, I took a hard, long look at the British tree and realized just how incomplete it is.

Much like the Japanese line for the longest time, nothing much has been added to this, except for a few premium aircraft along the way and a minor shift in the early progression stages, then the Land of the Rising Sun finally received another, much needed line. Unlike Japan, the British selection hasn't been around for nearly as long, only introduced to the game shortly before the game went Live in November, 2013.

Even still, that's just about four years of....nothing. Sure, there have been rumors of stuff, but nothing really tangible came to pass (I came across a few pictures of WG/Persha staff visiting China when their server was launched a few years back, teasers of the Hawker Typhoon among others). I know I can't be the only one here, but it's long past due for some new aircraft to make an appearance for those who enjoy such assets from the Land of Tea and Crumpets.

First, there's the Hawker line. Sure, one lonely Hurricane is in the game, available at limited times/special circumstances and sporting a very bad reputation for being a not-so-good purchase. However, there were many other Hurricane variants built and other Hawker aircraft too, from the Hart and Fury, the Typhoon and Tempest, right up to the Hunter. Then, there is the one off aircraft the could fit in as premiums, like the 1927 Harrier, P.V.3/P.V.4, the Hotspur and the Tornado (a parallel prototype to the Typhoon), just to name a few.

Gloster, Avro, Vickers, Bristol, Fairey, Handley Page, and Armstrong-Whitworth (not meant to be a conclusive list) all produced aircraft that helped with the British war effort, sadly not represented in this game with very visible numbers.

At any rate, rant over, I just hope, in the not-so-far-distant-future, some more important, iconic and beloved aircraft from the "island that stood alone" make an appearance in World of Warplanes.


Something I noticed from the Dunkirk....hangar....a newspaper on the ground, just below the left wing root....


 It turns out the be a copy of the May 31st, 1940 Daily Express!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Making Ace in a Spitfire


For me, one of the goals for achievement while flying a Fighter, Heavy Fighter or Multirole planes is "Making Ace," collecting that token that shows I had a hand at taking out five enemy aircraft in a battle.

Some appear to pull this feat off with little to no effort, others, like myself, have to either plan everything out and hope it all falls into place, recognize and take advantage of a situation as it unfolds or bank on extraordinary circumstances that wouldn't be possible under normal conditions. Especially with the recent server connection and network issues.

Watch for yourself and tell which one of the above happened here....

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Pardon the Interruption


I was going to name this "When Gremlins Strike" but went with another title. Watch this World of Warplanes video and see why I should have went with the first one....


The Mark V Hero


"People say that after the Battle of Trafalgar, England was safe from invasion for ever. But if it wasn’t for the Spitfire, we would have been invaded in 1940."

As much as I wanted the first win in this Operation Dynamo event to be claimed in the Hawker Hurricane, the victory I wanted to close out the first leg of this journey was to be with a Supermarine Spitfire. This had been my plan all along and it went off without a hitch, it was the in-between stuff I had to figure out on the fly.


In another town, just up the road from where I am, there is a place called the Spitfire Lounge and Grill. I have never eaten there, nor taken part in other activities attached to the establishment, but the fact they put a plane on the roof, yeah, I just had to add this to something....somewhere. Granted, it's not a real airplane, it is a very faithful, full-size replica that captures it's very essence and sparks the imagination.

To a reality just out of reach, to a plane I will never really fly, here's to you Spitfire....

Friday, 14 July 2017

A Dingo in Echidna's Clothing


Call it fortunate timing, but I have the house all to myself.

With the family gone for the whole weekend (starting with today), I decided to pull a marathon in World of Warplanes in an attempt to finish the first phase of the Operation Dynamo event. After running through the selection of British aircraft in my hangar (and another deciding factor of network reliability), the tier III Wirraway proved to be the most effective at collecting most of the 50 kills required.

It wasn't so much a matter of skill as it was a matter of numbers.

Let me explain here. At the mid to higher tiers, aircraft hitpoints (depending on class) increase exponentially. Some would be quick to point out that potential damage output does as well. I would agree with them. However, when with these two factors came into play, an unforeseen obstacle reared it's head....

LAG!!!

There were sporadic connection issues with the main server tonight that made firing large caliber cannons and landing successful shots an effort in frustration, target tracking was like watching ballet that started and stopped whenever it wanted and my aircraft were concrete blocks that were somehow flying, but not very well. Mid to high tier dogfighting wasn't going to cut it for me, I just couldn't make it work under those conditions.

Remembering the last time I suffered through this, I had fired up the German Me 329 and "mowed the lawn." But, there were two things I had to consider. One, I had restricted myself to completing Operation Dynamo using nothing but British (Commonwealth) aircraft. Two, I had to shoot down planes, not attack ground targets, for this to count. I needed a low tiered plane that could shoot fast, remove enemies from the sky quickly, take a few hits and be comfortable/familiar enough should the dreaded lag strike that I could actually increase my own chances for survival.

Since there was only one plane for the job, I stripped it down and went off....


The lag was tolerable enough to complete the task and I rolled the dice, one last time, the final hurdle of collecting a win to seal the deal.

Who can guess what I used to pull that one off? The article and video of that, tomorrow.

The Other Dunkirk Defender


“If the present rate of wastage continues for another fortnight, we shall not have a single Hurricane left in France or in this country.”

Most people, when asked about a famous British aircraft of World War II, almost immediately remember the Supermarine Spitfire. This plane, from the original prototype to the final variant, has achieved a mythological status in modern times.

However, the Hawker Hurricane, despite making up the bulk of Royal Air Force Fighter Command's strength and entire squadrons of these aircraft deployed overseas at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, has become merely a footnote in history. Even in World of Warplanes, there are four Spitfire marks (plus a German captured version), but only one Hurricane.

Although the Mark IID never flew over the skies of Dunkirk, I was determined to collect my first win in this forgotten hero....


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Operation Dynamo


Dunkirk, the upcoming epic from Christopher Nolan, is one of those movies I have been waiting for with baited breath.

When I was much younger, I hung out and listened to a small group of veterans recount their version of events that took place on that beach during those perilous times. One of them even claimed to be a pilot, helping to providing air cover for the evacuation. 

Was it true or fantasy? I will never know for sure, since all of them have been gone many years now, but the stories they told....


With World of Warplanes launching their Operation Dynamo event, I took a look at the requirements and made my decision on a course of action. I am not exactly sure just how much gametime I will have available over the next while, so I have settled on attempting one of the two aircraft that can be earned during this special.


It may or may not come as a shock to some, but the Spitfire is the prize I will try my very best to attain. Of all the propeller powered fighters of World War II, the Supermarine Spitfire is my second favorite choice that actually saw service (the Hawker Hurricane beats it out for the top spot in my books). Every chance I have to see one (or a faithful replica) in the real world, let alone touch one, I make the time for it to happen.

So, with this opportunity to earn a mid-tier premium version of this iconic aircraft, I will give it my best shot to put one in my hangar.

Tally Ho!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Dry Tea


Although I acquired the Spitfire XIV in World of Warplanes quite some time ago, I haven't flown it with any serious focus or intent since. Partially inspired by the upcoming Dunkirk event, I have decided to run out the rest of the month in this iconic, British aircraft.

And just like the last series, my journey through the Mustang H, this scourge of the Luftwaffe brings a new learning curve for strengths and shortcomings....

Monday, 10 July 2017

Spit Fire Indeed


After taking a few days break from World of Warplanes and reading over some posts and replies to others having a similar connection problem, I have tried the "bypass Wargaming.net Game Center client" solution and took to the skies in the tier VIII Supermarine Spitfire XIV. After flying the Mustang H this past while and other Boom and Zoom aircraft for even longer, this aircraft brings a much different feel than what I have just started to get used to. And, those slow British 20 mm cannons....

Friday, 7 July 2017

In der Zwischenzeit


Another round of ugh....

In my fantasy life, I would have been a stellar fighter pilot, with nerves of steel and reflexes of lighting, dropping enemy aircraft from the skies through my eagle eyed perception of the aerial battlefield. In reality, if I lived in those times, I might have been lucky enough to pass the medical to be a gunner or bombardier on a much larger aircraft, being a pilot or copilot on one of those might have pushed things to the extreme.

Since World of Warplanes Update 1.9.11, reality has seriously encroached into my fantasy world. I am not blaming all of my newfound problems on this patch, but it's more than a coincidence I am experiencing certain issues that were nonexistent just a few days ago. Unlike many threads and posts that have brought up similar situations in the past (mostly poorly worded complaints), I have decided to take another approach (as opposed to submitting tickets to Support and, well, most of us know how the rest of that story goes).

I am open to suggestions from you, the playerbase, on what the problem could be and how to go about trying to fix it (if that is at all possible). Now, before some of you start throwing out some wild and technical ideas/solutions, take a second and consider this. Pretend for a moment that I have never seen a computer before. Seriously. Explain what you think the problem could be and offer up a step by step solution to test that theory as if I have awoke from a coma from the 1940's. Sometimes, a great idea is lost in all the technobabble and can make a situation worse.

In the meantime, I have just about given up on flying anything that requires altitude, speed and accuracy against moving targets. The fluctuating ping and packet loss made the first three battles for today a chore in futility. So, instead of stewing in the less than ideal situation, I went back to my roots in Planes, a class of aircraft I have more confidence in flying in these odd times....


Pretty boring, compared to usual high flying action, huh?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ready, Set, Miss!


Normally, I try my very best to have a positive outlook when it comes to World of Warplanes, despite some interesting occurrences over the years.

With Update 1.9.11 being released today, I obviously couldn't play a single battle until the client version matched the server version. The Update came in very slowly through Wargaming.net Game Center client and seemed to be of equal snail pace to install. After watching the paint dry and grass grow, I was finally ready to go.

In keeping with the upcoming Dunkirk theme, I picked a plane I haven't flown in a very long time, the tier VIII Supermarine Spitfire XIV. Without going into specific details, three disasters in a row. The plane felt very nose heavy and aiming the 20 mm cannons felt impossible. I decided after the last defeat to restart my system, thinking there was a problem on my end.

Restart: Check. Clear WOWP Cache: Check. All programs running the latest version: Check. No background programs running: Check. Bandwidth available: Optimal. All indicators are in the green.

After all of that was done and rechecked for redundancy sake, I picked the premium tier V Vickers Venom for the test flight....

Monday, 3 July 2017

For Those Who Don't Believe In Luck....


There are countless recorded situations where certain actions and/or outcomes are unexplainable. 

Throughout real life history, a strange combination of people, places, things and timing have occurred and later become the stuff of legends, or myths, depending on your perspective. With the advent of social media and more people capturing unbelievable moments from our own modern times, only reinforces there is more going on than what we believe we are in control of.

Same thing is true in video games, like World of Warplanes. Despite being nothing more than a collection of calculations, brought to life to our senses through audio and visual output, there is the often denied luck factor from certain players. Some have discovered these subtle to hidden variables and achieved great success "cracking the code," with a few openly sharing their findings. Others have falsely claimed it was their pure skill alone that pulled off impossible actions and outcomes, usually caught after the fact when questioned on how they did what they did.

As for me, I have no problem allowing Lady Luck to enter my cockpit and take over the controls, leaving me almost speechless....

Saturday, 1 July 2017

May I Be Of Assistance?


Ever have one of those battles in World of Warplanes where almost everything was going right for you, except that one crucial thing?

For some, it was a matter of not climbing up high enough at the start, for others, they forgot to load bombs onto their Attack Aircraft. For me, the tier VII Focke-Wulf Fw 190-D I used for this sortie was armed with the most frustrating "allergic to kill" ammunition....

150 and still going strong!


To those of you who were born and still live north of the 49th parallel, or moved on to other lands around the world, Happy Canada Day!

Friday, 30 June 2017

An Ostrich in an Eagle Fight


In World of Warplanes, there has been no other plane I have struggled with and produced such an array of mixed results as the tier VII XP-75 Eagle.

I have described this aircraft in the past as the Mustang's "overweight and much slower cousin" and I still stick by those words (okay, might not be an exact quote, but the essence remains intact).
However, I have decided to see if I can work with this, if I can.

With my recent adventures above tier VIII in jet Fighters not quite being the fun experience I remember, I have made the move to dial things down and spend some time with this American Heavy Fighter. I haven't abandoned my higher ambitions, just on hold for a while. One of the main reasons for doing this is the mindset of visiting some challenging and frustrating aircraft, in an attempt to add to the skillset moving forward. And, the Eagle is just such an example.

In fact, the first battle out shows how I recreated some of my old mistakes early on, before I woke up to help finish things off....