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  1. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    Updated to reflect confirmation of the FV432. Hey, it's Melbo! Nice to have you joining the thread. I agree that the light vehicles would not survive well in a direct confrontation against those other vehicles already included, but I feel that the British need some more nimble (and cheap) vehicles than whats on offer to help their mobility. At the very least, to offer squads a choice between armour/firepower and speed (such as the Americans have with their MRAP and Bradley). Equally, they would find them quite useful on those maps that limit the use of armoured vehicles, as their only alternative is the MAN lorry. Personally, I would have liked to use Jackals to help squads flank infantry positions in the hills or forests, find a vantage point and use their mounted weapons to support the rest of the squad from a distance as they advance on foot. As for the APC, I'm glad to see we'll be getting the Bulldog. I know it's another 'shitbox' so the nickname goes for the poor old MTLB (which I have a soft spot for, like most Cold War stuff) but, again, it's nice to have the option to respond to different situations. I must admit, I had completely forgotten about the Boxer though - I'm looking forward to hearing more about those as they come into service.
  2. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    I stand by my previous statement; cluttering this thread with loads of mismatching image files will just distract from the text of the thread itself and look messy. However, all that being said, it seems you're not the only person to ask for it so as a compromise I've added links after every entry which will send you to an image of the vehicle in question. It's tidier, convenient and hopefully that addresses any problems you might have regarding pictures.
  3. LSW is a marksman?!

    The idea behind the L86 LSW was part of an attempt at be able to make multiple types of weapons based on the same basic platform (the SA80), that being the assault rifle (L85), the support weapon (L86) and the carbine (L22). It was felt that the United Kingdom needed this as it hasn't had a proper section LMG support weapon since the Second World War Bren gun, which was STILL being used up to the 1980s. (They introduced the L7 GPMG in the 60s, but it was seen to be too heavy for section support and served largely as a Medium Machine Gun instead.) Like the Bren, the L86 had a 30 round magazine, medium rate of fire and was highly accurate, so on paper it seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, the lack of a changeable barrel made it pretty poor in a support role and the widespread use of assault rifles meant that 30 rounds was no longer particularly impressive for an LMG. Eventually, the British started buying the FN Minimi in 2004 and the LSW found its role as a support weapon pretty redundant. It was, however, quite accurate at range (even more than the L85) thanks to its extremely long barrel, and the L86 found life as a section marksman weapon while the MOD tried to find a more purpose-built replacement. The more reliable A2 variant actually made a fairly decent marksman weapon (considering it wasn't supposed to be one) until the MOD bought the L129A1 Sharpshooter in 2010 and slowly phased it in. In short: The LSW was only a support weapon until 2004, after which it was officially assigned to marksman duties. In both real life, and in gameplay terms, it is just an L85A2 with better accuracy at range, which is largely why it serves as a squad-level marksman kit. (It's worth mentioning as well that while it is the only squad-level marksman in the game so far, it is also the only marksman weapon that uses 5.56 rather than 7.62.)
  4. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    Hello chaps. With the British now out and having had a taste of both IFVs and how the British faction plays, I've updated the thread somewhat. I'm hoping this might fuel a good discussion on the future of British vehicles within the game! For a start, I feel that the British are lacking cheap and fast scout vehicle. So far, they have their transport lorry, and the powerful Warrior IFV, but they don't have any equivalent to the MRAP, technical, BRDM or BTR-80. This means the British are entirely reliant on the Warrior for mobile fire support and have nothing appropriate for fast reconnaissance. Therefore, I feel some priority should be given to either the Land Rover, the Jackal 2 or the Ridgeback as the next conventional vehicle in the game, (alongside perhaps a new IFV for the Russians).
  5. March 2018 Recap

    Chaps, have a look at the second Kamdesh Highlands video. I truly wasn't expecting this to happen, but it looks like the foregrip/bipod that is standard issue for the British Army L85A2 will have full functionality! I think this makes the British faction the only one so far with a bipod on their assault rifles (Though some classes like LAT probably won't have them.) which already sets them apart from the other conventional forces.
  6. May 2017 Monthly Recap

    I spy a British soldier in the top left of the second image!
  7. Russian names on Yehorivka

    The maps (so far) are all based on contemporary conflict zones; Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine. I think it's safe to say that these maps are meant to be set in Ukraine rather than Russia.
  8. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    You're absolutely correct; the first delivery of the Ajax comes in 2017, but for reasons that I'm not specifically aware (I had to google LRIP, but that seems to be a likely reason), they will not equipped by any particular unit until 2019, to then be put into active service the following year. I didn't want to clutter the thread with mismatching images and distract people from the text. If you really want me to, perhaps I can put links to other websites that have pictures of these vehicles.
  9. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    Hello chaps. Just bumping this post to say that the list has been updated to include vehicles based on those featured in the V9 vehicle preview. (This means nothing is featured that has more than a 30mm cannon.) I hope you find it interesting or, for those of you that don't know about British vehicles, informative!
  10. Announcement: Alpha 9 Features & Changelog

    I'm incredibly excited about this update - particularly in seeing how the new HABs and logistic mechanics will change the way we strategise. Of course, the vehicles themselves are great. Weirdly, it's the BDRM I'm most looking forward to - I like scout cars. Incidentally, I love this music. Is this part of Vol.2 of the Squad OST?
  11. Post Scriptum : The Bloody Seventh

    It's more common than you realise. In fact, you wouldn't believe how many franchises today are based on what were originally monetised standalone mods. Red Orchestra and Killing Floor were standalone games built off a mod for Unreal Tournament. Counter Strike, Day of Defeat and Team Fortress were all mods for the original Half Life. (The only reason why they seem official now is because they were bought and acquired by Valve after release.) I remember a classic game called Gunman Chronicles sold as a CD in game shops. That was a independently developed Half-Life mod. In fact, even as I type this more come to mind; Dayz (Arma2) and Black Mesa (HL2) - both very modern, paid, standalone games. Basically; to create a standalone game off the engine of an existing game and sell it as one has been common practice since the year 2000 and some incredible franchises have been born from it. In my mind, it's perfectly acceptable so long as the development costs reflect it.
  12. January 2017 Monthly Recap

    Can't bloody wait. Actually I was looking forward to the British most before I saw this, but I have to say, now it's the new vaulting system. It looks amazing!
  13. As someone mentioned before, the Militia and the Insurgents do not have their full array of equipment yet. There will be a variety of things that these two will use that the conventional forces cannot, either for doctrinal reasons or legal reasons. A couple of confirmed examples are the use of mines and IEDs. Mines will not be used by conventional forces because they are banned under international law, while IEDs, which are remote-detonated bombs, are a famous characteristic of insurgent groups, particularly Middle-Eastern fundamentalists and the Chechnians. These alone will provide Militia and Insurgents with some very unique ambush opportunities as well as cause conventional groups to have to be much more cautious, especially on roads. I'm sure we can expect more for the unconventional factions in the future that will expand on the asymmetrical 'milsim-ish' balance this game is going for. (P.S. Personally, I love playing the militia. There's a thrill to being the underdog, and flanking BTRs and Humvees with my soviet-era rocket launcher.)
  14. September 2016 Monthly Recap

    This is fantastic, chaps! One of the main reasons I love this game is because unlike many of the higher budget games out there, I know that everything I'm looking at while I'm playing, including the layout of maps (which never happens in any other game) is constantly being dramatically updated and expanded despite how much I enjoy this game so much already. So much to look forward to. Also, despite what some are saying, I find your attention to detail in making these models extremely impressive. Very much looking forward to seeing the British in the game, and that rocket SPG looks terrifying! (P.S. Samogon, you're striking me as either a juvenile or an imbecile.)
  15. Potential British Faction Vehicles

    Believe me, when we start to see proper AFVs in the game, you'd better believe that I'm going to write about our British ones! The only reason I don't really count the BTR-80 as a proper AFV is because it's a cold war relic based on an even older cold war relic (the BTR-60) and, unlike more modern AFVs, is highly lacking in modern AT armour. Though, according to the British Army Website, both the Land Rovers and the Bulldog are sticking around for the time being. Both of them have been through an upgrade (The RWMIK is now the RWMIK+, and the Bulldog was up-armoured). Apparently they wanted to keep the Bulldogs on as armoured transports so that they can free up the Warriors for armoured infantry combat roles. Our cold war vehicles are sticking around a little longer I think.
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