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doug.d
11-16-2005, 11:23 PM
The Admiralty is perplexed. Reports were received of shells plunging out of the mist and straddling a Fiji cruiser moored in Scapa Flow. Several hits were reported causing serious damage and loss of life aboard the cruiser.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/Fijihit.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/fijihit1.jpg

Said an Admiralty spokesman: "We have no reports of enemy surface units in the area. Three of our destroyers engaged an enemy U-boat South West of Scapa Flow a few days earlier and were unfortunately sunk, but they reported the U-boat damaged, possibly sunk as well. We have made enquiries regarding the gunnery practice range to the East, in case some trigger happy, trainee merchant gunner had been firing in the wrong direction, but there was no activity on the range yesterday. We have no idea who fired the shells, estimated to be about 50 rounds of 3 to 4 inch caliber, high explosive. The Admiralty are very concerned and investigations are continuing."

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif He he he he... I cannot tell a lie, 'twas I! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/fijilightning.jpg

I was on my way to check for heavy units in Scapa Flow when I was forced to use up most of my torpedoes in a running battle with 3 destroyers. I decided to complete my mission anyway, just out of curiosity, and made my way to my favourite hidey-hole from which I always assess what units may be in Scapa, before expending huge energy and risking my boat and crew entering the harbour.

A cozy little place I call Doug's Cove, shielded against radar and other detection methods.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/fijimap.jpg

I surfaced and it being too misty for the "spotter plane", scanned the harbour and detected a V&W destroyer and this....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/fijisight.jpg

I locked the target and gave the WO instructions to open fire. He replied "At WHAT, Sir?!" Which came out like "Have you lost your marbles sir?" So, I shoved the gun crew aside and took over, maneuvering the boat to align the target with 0 degrees on the UZO and using the bow as a marker for direction, set the range and commenced firing. (Must talk to the BdU about putting a direction finder on the gunsight. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif)

I soon realised the futility, with the boat pitching and rolling in the heavy swell and the strong cross-wind, the shells were landing in a diameter of 2 to 3 cruiser lengths in any direction. I tried grounding the bow on the beach, but as a gun platform, the boat wasn't any steadier and the crew kept screaming about "taking damage". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Nevertheless, the few hits were enormously satisfying and the exercise gave the enemy something to ponder and they'll probably never figure out wtf was going on. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Chrystine
11-16-2005, 11:56 PM
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Awesome Doug€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

&nd you maintain your record & consistency for the most superb shots no-less.

The 1st shot of the Cruiser taking a hit is just spectacular€¦ Beautiful shot.
Your lightening shot now claims first-prize for the €˜type€ in my book. I thought it€d be a long while before anyone showed up with as-good or a better one than VikingGrandad€s he shared not long ago€¦ I€m infinitely less-surprised its you who managed it.

Kudos Doug! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BTW/ I actually did manage to go through all 500+ of my shots for my Liner sinking, and processed those I thought worth keeping for this or that reason.
Out of all of them, 81 wound up being processed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Now the challenge remaining is figuring out exactly which ones of those, and how few or many to Post, to make good on my promise made€¦
How many would you like to see? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Best, as always €"
~ C.

PS. ~
..Now this is what I call Blitzkrieg!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Doug_Dread/fijilightning.jpg

..Too cool . . .

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doug.d
11-17-2005, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by Chrystine:

Awesome Doug€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

&nd you maintain your record & consistency for the most superb shots no-less.

The 1st shot of the Cruiser taking a hit is just spectacular€¦ Beautiful shot.
Your lightening shot now claims first-prize for the €˜type€ in my book. I thought it€d be a long while before anyone showed up with as-good or a better one than VikingGrandad€s he shared not long ago€¦ I€m infinitely less-surprised its you who managed it.

Kudos Doug! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Thank you Tia, coming from you this is high praise indeed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I'm not a very patient person and for me, getting the hit and lightning shots was an exercise in extreme patience, taking a number of hours, but I kept going on a "try just once more" basis. Many were discarded as a better one was captured and I unfortunately missed capturing even better ones, which resulted in fuming and curse-filled smoke breaks. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif


BTW/ I actually did manage to go through all 500+ of my shots for my Liner sinking, and processed those I thought worth keeping for this or that reason.
Out of all of them, 81 wound up being processed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Now the challenge remaining is figuring out exactly which ones of those, and how few or many to Post, to make good on my promise made€¦
How many would you like to see? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Far be it for me to dictate to the "official SH3 photographer". If you like them, we'll like them, so post them. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I look forward to your liner thread. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
Best, Doug

Baldricks_Mate
11-17-2005, 12:53 AM
Herr Captain, you have been awarded the Iron Cross First Class with Crossed Swords for your daring raid. The Admiral wishes to convey his admiration for your lateral but unorthodox tactic. Another raid is now planned but next time you will be accompanied by The Bismark!

Congratulations!

doug.d
11-17-2005, 04:41 AM
Originally posted by Baldricks_Mate:
Herr Captain, you have been awarded the Iron Cross First Class with Crossed Swords for your daring raid. The Admiral wishes to convey his admiration for your lateral but unorthodox tactic. Another raid is now planned but next time you will be accompanied by The Bismark!

Congratulations!
Salute http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Ratek
11-17-2005, 05:53 AM
To: doug.d
From: BdU

"We are impressed with your raid, you will recieve the gunnerybadge in gold with oak leaves and diamonds upon return."

How did you manage to get the camera close to the cruiser before the shots hit? I can just about never manage that.

The_Silent_O
11-17-2005, 06:16 AM
I found it! Indeed, Doug's Cove! (aka Kirkwall)


http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=kirkwall&daddr=Stromness

According to Google Earth...Only a 2.5 mile distance from where Doug was firing to where the Fiji was berthed!

Great shooting, next time deploy the covert Artillery Forward Observer with radio to spot your rounds...As long as he doesn't get sidetracked in a pub in Kirkwall.

Dominicrigg
11-17-2005, 07:02 AM
Originally posted by Ratek:
To: doug.d
From: BdU

"We are impressed with your raid, you will recieve the gunnerybadge in gold with oak leaves and diamonds upon return."

How did you manage to get the camera close to the cruiser before the shots hit? I can just about never manage that.

Fire the gun, press F12? for outside view. Press - key on the number pad to pause the game. Fly the camera to the target. Then unpause the game.

You can get some great shots if you use the pause once you are outside the boat, and also you can move the camera about as much as you like.

Nice photo of the lightning. I tried for 10 mins once to get lightning but gave up after a while as my reactions were not quick enough lol. I should have tried the spam screenshot method using fraps but couldnt be arsed to exit game and start fraps!

Ratek
11-17-2005, 10:26 AM
DUH!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Pause... silly me.

TheRealWulfmann
11-17-2005, 10:42 AM
Well, if they are serving Orkney Dark ale in the pub no real German would pass that up. That would please even a Bavarian!

Although you could get a seamn from Koln to do it as the swill they call Bier in that city is disgusting!!

Chrystine, Milate stellenika?

Wulfmann

Kaleun1961
11-17-2005, 10:51 AM
An even quicker way to get the camera to the target is to press F12, then the > key until the target ship appears. Then you can freely move the camera around the target.

I once used this procedure when shelling a T3 from 4000 metres. I would fire the deck gun, press F12, then the > key twice, which gave me the view of the target ship. A couple of seconds later I could hear the shell coming in and landing on or near the tanker.

As for the reality of this action, I say...... no comment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

This was a really funny tale, revealing the ingeniously twisted mind of our intrepid Kaleun.

Chrystine
11-17-2005, 11:17 AM
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Hi Wulfmann,

Sorry, lost on me €" what is €˜Milate stellenika?€

Best,
~ C.

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doug.d
11-17-2005, 01:49 PM
Originally posted by Ratek:
DUH!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Pause... silly me.
LOL Oprah 'lightbulb' moment hey Ratek? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Actually, because of the 10km range and therefore high trajectory of the shells, it is possible to race under them to the target and be there when they arrive. Not much time to position the cam though.

The same range and trajectory allowed me to reload and fire up to 4 shells (dependant on the rate of rise and fall of my aiming point i.e. the bow in the waves, sometimes quick, sometimes slow), then pause and go to the target, position the cam, unpause and catch all 4 arriving. Of course, all 4 would miss the cruiser, so start again, and again, and again..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif


Great shooting, next time deploy the covert Artillery Forward Observer with radio to spot your rounds...As long as he doesn't get sidetracked in a pub in Kirkwall.
Tried that, never saw him again, now I know why!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


An even quicker way to get the camera to the target is to press F12, then the > key until the target ship appears. Then you can freely move the camera around the target.
F12 is not needed. ',' & '.' cycle backward or forward through all ships and planes in visual range. My Fiji wasn't in visual range, so this method didn't work and also the gun crew couldn't 'see' it.


As for the reality of this action, I say...... no comment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Drat, can't find the right smiley for this.... wasn't there one with a middle finger extended?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


This was a really funny tale, revealing the ingeniously twisted mind of our intrepid Kaleun.
That's better. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Except for the part about "twisted". http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Ratek
11-17-2005, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by doug.d:
LOL Oprah 'lightbulb' moment hey Ratek? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

You bet! Now I wish there was a smiley where it ran around in circles.

paulhager
11-17-2005, 07:08 PM
Un-friggin'-believable screen shots. Or, as we say in the Kriegsmarine, "Unglaublich!"

larrypenner67
11-17-2005, 09:28 PM
Scapa flow is too far north.. BRRRRRRR..

doug.d
11-17-2005, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by paulhager:
Un-friggin'-believable screen shots. Or, as we say in the Kriegsmarine, "Unglaublich!"
Salute, Paul. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

TheRealWulfmann
11-18-2005, 11:00 AM
Originally posted by Chrystine:Hi Wulfmann,
Sorry, lost on me €" what is €˜Milate stellenika?€
Best,~ C.*
Then that would be a "no"

Ich habe, Sprechen Sie Griechisch, gefragt

Wulfmann

(If by chance as a Kaluen you do not speak German (Mein Gott!!) either, I was asking if you spoke Greek because of the Greek flag you added to your Sig)

Chrystine
11-18-2005, 02:17 PM
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Ahhh...

œ'λŽ µλά"'ƒ"α "λλην'ºά ºα' ´'α²άƒ"µ ºα' ³άˆ"µ αºŒμα λ'³Œ"µ¿.
..Θλλά "µμαν'ºά - αºŒμα λ'³Œ"µ¿'.

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TheRealWulfmann
11-18-2005, 09:24 PM
Kpio!

How did you get Greek lettering?
It is likely something simple that I just have yet to learn.

Yes, Dido for me

Lykosanthros

Chrystine
11-18-2005, 09:54 PM
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"ν"¿"¿'", µ¯μα' ...€µή"*αν¿" µºµ¯ν¿" ¿ µ¯μα' "λλην'ºά - "¿...λά"'ƒ"¿ν µν μ*µ', α€Œ *να μ'ƒŒ.

It€s been long tho€, since I€ve had any need for speaking Greek €" not since I moved (back) to the US now may years ago.

€œHow did you get Greek lettering?€

Hmmm€¦ I€m not even really sure€¦
I€ve always had it on my machine(s), tho€ it€s ever been little used. I used to have and need it for some record keeping and some small business matters.
I just typed it €" and there it was€¦
Even tho€ my phrasing might make a literate Greek shudder....

Greek font (if that€s what you mean?) €" should be easy enough to find somewhere on the .www

Best,
~ C.

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sharpy34
11-19-2005, 05:34 AM
œ€¿Ž να μ'λήƒ" "α µλλην'ºά
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Chrystine
11-19-2005, 08:22 AM
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ȁ'ƒ"¿"! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
œ€¿µ¯"µ µ€¯ƒη" να ´'α²άƒµ"µ "α α"α¯α "λλην'ºά?
"µν ²¿ή¸ηƒµ Œ"' μµλ*"ηƒα ºα' α"α¯¿" ºα' ƒ³"¿ν¿" ƒ...³"Œν"".
¿λ ƒºληŒ"!
"€'¸...μŽ Œ"' ¸α μ€¿¿ƒα να μ'λήƒ" €µ'ƒƒŒ"µ¿ - ºα' ºαλ"µα...
Θλλά "Žα µ¯μα' €αλα'Œ", ºα' ¯ƒ"" €µ'ƒƒŒ"µ¿" ηλ¯¸'¿" ºά¸µ ημ*α - ˆ"ƒ' η µλ€¯´α µλα""Žνµ"α'.
Θλλά η ¶"ή µ¯να' ´ƒº¿λη ¿€"ƒ´ή€¿"µ - να'..?
Κα"ά ƒ...ν*€µ'α ºάν¿...μµ α..."Œ €¿... µ¯να' ºαλ"µ¿ ƒµ μα" ºα' µλ€¯¶¿...μµ Œ"' α..."Œ µ¯να' αºµ"Œ.

Καλ¿¯ ƒµ²αƒμ¿¯,

~ C.

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sharpy34
11-19-2005, 09:31 AM
"µν μ€¿Ž να ´'α²άƒ" "α α"α¯α µλλην'ºά αº'²Ž" €¿... η ºαν¿ν'ºή
µλλην'ºή ³λŽƒƒα ή"αν ƒºληά αºµ"Œ!!

αλα'Œ ?? ²λαºŽ´µ" ?? ´µν μ€¿µ¯"µ να µ¯ƒ"µ ²λαºŽ´µ'" µάν "¿ €α'"ν¯´' ƒα" SH3!

doug.d
11-19-2005, 01:51 PM
If you people are going to hijack my thread, at least be polite enough to do it in english. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

sharpy34
11-19-2005, 02:01 PM
Origianaly posted by doug.d:
If you people are going to hijack my thread, at least be polite enough to do it in english. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Hehehe lol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif Sorry http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Chrystine
11-19-2005, 02:52 PM
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"..."α'ƒ"¯µ" Sharpy ... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

¥€¿¸*"" Œ"' "€αλα'Œƒ" µ¯να' ƒ"µ"'ºŒ" ...
α', ƒ...μ"*"νŽ, "α ƒ³"¿να µλλην'ºά €¿... µ¯να' αºµ"ά ƒºληŒ.

..Œƒ¿ν α"*¿ά "¿ άλλ¿ €ά³μα - ºαλά ..! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Yes, - sorry Doug€¦
It is quite rude. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif ..however unintentionally so€¦

We were merely discussing briefly, speaking and reading Greek €" and I asked Sharpy whether that includes also ancient Greek; we both seem in agreement, that modern Greek is challenge enough! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Je parle et lis grec - mais je suis beaucoup plus confortable avec l'anglais.
..But pour la folie plus-agréable - je choisis le français!

( €˜ I speak and read a little Greek - but I am much more comfortable with English.
..But for most-enjoyable insanity - I choose French!€ )

Best regards, as always -
~ C.

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