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Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 02:10 PM
I'm taking this very plodding and methodical, as it has been some time since I put to sea in SH3. To my shame I am finding myself having to pull out the keyboard reference card as I have forgotten so many of the commands. In order to refamiliarize myself with the game, and because I am a renown *****, I am putting myself throught the academy.

I'm already impressed and I haven't even started a real patrol yet. The textures are amazing; I'm pounding on the small tanker in the artillery exam and enjoying not just the steak, but the sizzle too. I can hear the flames crackling as the tanker is ablaze. The damage model is already noticeably different from the stock version, even though we are already familiar with that from the first GW. I love the added "shrapnel" as ships disintegrate in all directions. And the smoke, oh my! Can't wait to get stuck in on my first convoy.

Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 02:10 PM
I'm taking this very plodding and methodical, as it has been some time since I put to sea in SH3. To my shame I am finding myself having to pull out the keyboard reference card as I have forgotten so many of the commands. In order to refamiliarize myself with the game, and because I am a renown *****, I am putting myself throught the academy.

I'm already impressed and I haven't even started a real patrol yet. The textures are amazing; I'm pounding on the small tanker in the artillery exam and enjoying not just the steak, but the sizzle too. I can hear the flames crackling as the tanker is ablaze. The damage model is already noticeably different from the stock version, even though we are already familiar with that from the first GW. I love the added "shrapnel" as ships disintegrate in all directions. And the smoke, oh my! Can't wait to get stuck in on my first convoy.

Realjambo
12-13-2007, 02:39 PM
Good idea for a thread K61. I'll be following this one with great interest http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 03:55 PM
Wow, are the aircraft ever lethal! I didn't even survive the flak practice in the academy. I went in all smug and expectant of bagging a flock of flugzeugen and had my butt handed to me on a platter. Now, I've never been much good with the flak gun and delegate to a crew member, but in the old academy I could manage to knock down a few of those slow, lumbering Swordfish and the odd monoplane. These are supposed to be target drones but they come at you spitting death and destruction. After two tries I simply gave up and jumped straight into a career patrol. I'm not planning to duke it out with any planes I may encounter. I'd suggest anybody who is complacent about aircraft from previous experience is in for a rude awakening. "Tauchen! Tauchen!" from now on. Alaaaarrrrmmmmm!

JU88
12-13-2007, 06:18 PM
Watch out for the Whitleys, they start appear before radar warning is availiable (1940ish) and they are pretty savage! (compared to the weedy Ansons.) you wont see too many hurricanes now as they were never actually used for ASW, ansons/whitleys/hudsons/beauforts are more common in the early years.

Dont tangle with the late war RAF Liberator either -as they now shoot rockets.

Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 08:22 PM
The excitement has just increased. Out of Wilhelmshaven on my first patrol in U-48, a VIIB, assigned to patrol AM23. In the North Sea I ran an interception on a contact; the hunt was exciting but it turned out to be a German freighter. Rounding Scotland the weather turned filthy and remained so all the way to my patrol zone. I dove at night and ran submerged, both to escape the weather and use the hydrophones. With weather like that, I would hear them coming before I saw them. No contacts for several days and then the weather cleared. It is now dusk, fairly calm seas and my lookouts have just seen a warship running to the southeast as I am patrolling to the west.

I have turned onto a northerly heading, planning to approach closer and then dive. At the moment, I am running full speed surfaced to close the distance before I dive. Moving in, I see it is a British task force, consisting of a Southampton class cruiser out front, with two auxiliary cruisers, steaming one behind the other. If all goes well, I am planning to fire two G7A's at the leading cruiser and try to get a shot in on the other two. Who knows? If I am lucky, I might be the first Weddigen of WW2. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Was it Weddigen or Schwieger who sunk three cruisers in one attack in WW1? Can't recall off-hand.

Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 09:09 PM
Here's the situation thus far:

I fired a spread of two at the leading Southampton cruiser; the first missed just ahead of the bow but the second impacted about midships. Despite some lovely pyrotechics, she continues to steam at 10 knots, albeit listing about 10-15 degrees to starboard. It is getting darker, so I intend to let her pull off some distance, surface and use my now superior speed to do an end-around and get into firing position.

The two auxiliary cruisers are now berthed in Davy Jones's locker. I fired two torpedoes into the second cruiser; in spite of her zigzagging I was in close and gave it some lead, firing as it was pulling out of the turn. As soon as I fired, I made a full rudder turn at top speed in order to bring my stern tube to bear on the remaining auxiliary cruiser. I was successful at hitting her as well. I then commenced to turn and line up the previous auxiliary with my now-reloaded bow tube. Closing to just under 400 metres I was about to fire when I got the announcement, "She's going down.!" I love the uncertainty Grey Wolves brings to sinkings. Preparing then to line up the cruiser I had torpedoed with my stern tube, I was pleased to also see her going under.

It is now a matter of giving the Southampton some space so I can surface and pull around her. Not bad for my first patrol with a green crew. I am playing at almost 100%, still using auto-targeting. Yes, I am overdue to go full manual, but I want to learn the nuances of GWX2 before I do that.

Kaleun1961
12-13-2007, 09:43 PM
The plan worked out. I surfaced after she had pulled away a prudent distance, then ran on the surface to get ahead of her from the port side. For some time she zigzagged to the ESE but then figuring she was in the clear settled onto a steady course. This made my line up of the final shot that much easier, as I conducted a submerged approach, with two tubes ready to fire. One was all it needed. I am now moving off and plan to be in a different grid before the sunrise brings any aircraft to the sight of this sinking.

I took a series of screenshots and may post some if I get the time.

pmh273
12-14-2007, 02:34 AM
Great stuff, Kaleun9161!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks for the updates! I'm looking forward to GWX2 and a new computer to run it on!!! Maybe after Christmas I think!!

Can't wait to see your screen shots!

Cheers!

Kaleun1961
12-14-2007, 01:23 PM
I am now experiencing the thrill of my first GWX2 convoy hunt! After sinking those three cruisers, I left the area and moved off to the SSE to lower right corner of AM29, one of those zones where convoys funnel in towards the UK north of Ireland. After arriving in AM29, I used the navigator to plot a search pattern and set my cruising speed for 8 knots. After a short while, I received a report of a contact to the east of me and settled onto an intercept course. My lookouts spotted a warship, which upon closer examination revealed it to be a destroyer. As he was not moving on a regular course, I made a guess he was part of a convoy perimeter. Submerging, I moved into the hydrophone station and did a manual sweep and detected ships screws at various bearings, which meant only one thing, a convoy!

As the day is clear and seas calm, I submerged a prudent distance away and set a perpendicular course. The convoy is zigzagging slightly but on a base course to the ENE at 6 knots. I am approaching from the NW at silent running. The lead destroyer has been dropping depth charges about 2,000 metres to my rear. He may suspect I am about and is now sniffing where I was. Not too close to worry me, but close enough that slow and easy is the way to go. I am hoping to approach off the port beam and launch at some tankers in the middle column. It is a small convoy of about 20 ships, mostly freighters and a few tankers, which are my main prey. I have only steam torpedoes on board; as seas are calm they will be a dead giveaway should I fire them at an escort. They'd likely dodge and then come straight for me.

Kaleun1961
12-14-2007, 01:36 PM
Well, that didn't go well! After posting that I had no worries, the sniffing escort came up quickly from astern and caught me too shallow. I took damage and plunged into an irreversible dive, eventually imploding at 349 metres?!!!! I tried everything: blowing ballast, emergency reverse, repair crew to heavily damaged area.

Looks like I am going to have to rethink my game plan. Especially under calm conditions like I just had. I sunk three RN cruisers, but the RN got its revenge.

AtlantikEel
12-15-2007, 10:05 PM
Thanks for advance warning Kaleun1961.
I am also on my first GWX 2.0 patrol: VIIb U-55 out of Keil in September 1939, assigned to grid AM23!
(Floating drydock and barrage balloons in Keil harbor were a nice surprise!).
Just passing North of Scotland, September 7th (because after leaving the Keil Canal I first headed down to Hamburg for a look around).
Weather North of Scotland is lousy for me too. No visual contacts yet....hydrophone contacts all longrange so far.
Though I am tempted to find that same convoy, I think I may avoid AM29.

(Also, it took me three tries to pass the flak exam...with three dead gunners!)

Danlisa
12-16-2007, 03:58 AM
Anyone noticed the moving cranes yet?

Opps, have I said too much? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

JU88
12-16-2007, 04:00 AM
anyone been crazy enough to go and find the seaforts yet? You can find their where about on google - (might be mentioned in the manual too)