Posts Tagged ‘The Flare Path’

The Flare Path: Forgotten Flying Machines

When it comes to flight sim flyables I’m not used to going without. When I stumble on an interesting aerodyne in a book, magazine, documentary, or museum, I know there’s a good chance that someone, somewhere, somewhen will have crafted a version of that aircraft for either Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane or IL-2. The vast majority of my aviation cravings can be satisfied in a matter of minutes thanks to sites like www.flightsim.com, www.x-plane.org, and www.mission4today.com. It’s very rare I encounter totally unsimmed sky steeds such as the unfortunate outcasts highlighted below.

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The Flare Path: Topical Titbits

Q’s tail is a trip hazard. V and J often fall over in high winds. B lacks dignity*. Rain tends to collect in M and U… Many letters of the alphabet have inherent flaws but here at The Flare Path we treat all 26 with equal respect when we’re compiling one of our breathtakingly superficial alphabetical sim and wargaming news round-ups.

* It’s easily transformed into a cartoon bum.

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The Flare Path: Welcomes Combative Commenters

Hefty, persuasive, and reeking of spruce-scented Eau de Ardennes, the new Bulge-themed Combat Mission unquestionably deserves a Flare Path After Action Report. The trouble is, after seven days of snowy slaughter, fraught forest probes and costly cottage clearing, I’m now in no fit state to shepherd Shermans or put plucky pixeltruppen in harm’s way. Worn to a frazzle by delicate tactical decision-making and teeth-rattling mortar stonks, I’ve totally exhausted my capacity for command. There is a battle yarn waiting below the break, but to unspool it I’m going to need your help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Flare Path Screening Room

For the last couple of weeks the Flare Path Reading Room has sounded more like a shipyard than a library. The ‘KEEP MUM’ and ‘SHUT YOUR CAKEHOLE’ signs have had no effect whatsoever on the hammer swingers and drill wielders next-door. This morning, thank goodness, silence returned. The adjoining and fully soundproofed Flare Path Screening Room is complete!

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The Flare Path: Sitting Bull, Hovering Hind

Last year’s most thought-provoking and conscience-chafing wargaming decision involved Nazi party membership. This year’s involves opening fire on a Native American village presumably full of women and children as well as warriors. Desperate Glory: Last Stand at the Little Bighorn is the latest piece of historical hexiana from Jeff Lapkoff aka Digital Gameworks. Fond of modelling asymmetrical aggro and seldom-gamed scraps, Jeff’s new design encourages wargamers to examine the electrifying events of June 25-26, 1876 through various interpretative lenses and – happily for anyone unwilling to role-play the flaxen-haired architect of the Battle of Washita River – from both Seventh Cavalry and Sioux/Cheyenne perspectives.

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The Flare Path: Black Berets, Red Bearskins

Horsa gliders slithering to a halt outside Hougoumont’s gates. StuGs burning merrily in the sandpit at La Haye Sainte. Arnhem Bridge littered with the corpses of cuirassiers and their mounts… Anyone with any sense will skim-read today’s Flare Path. The berm separating the Assault on Arnhem words from the Victory and Glory: Napoleon ones is very low. With luck you’ll fail to notice it and depart convinced that someone has finally produced that era-splicing Universal Military Simulator sequel you hallucinated in a hospital recovery room in 2006.

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The Flare Path: Topical Titbits

Nice try Shambler Soft. No doubt you thought naming your new Boer War wargame ‘Aasvogels Overhead’ would guarantee you the top spot in this week’s alphabetised news round-up. You hadn’t banked on Happy Hermit christening their new F-111 flight sim ‘Aardvark Attack’ yesterday morning.

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