22.04.2009 23:30 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we have a small announcement regarding our old forums, renders of the American machinegun and the German Panzer IV H, some screenshots taking during the betatesting of Lebisey and an advertisement from the German Forgotten Hope 2 community History is War. Before we carry on to any of this though, we would like to welcome our new modeller and skinner Herc!
It turned out after all that FileFront would stay online. Having already moved our forums and our website we decided that we will continue our 'official' forum at our current host Warumdarum.de. We have asked FileFront not to get rid of our forums though, but to keep it as an 'unofficial' forum. This simply means that you cannot count of developers visiting it and helping you with questions. We would, again, like to thank FileFront for the 5 years of hosting us and we are glad to see that it could be rescued.
Now then, on to the update. Our first item today is the American M1919A4 .30 caliber Machinegun, more commonly known as 'the 30-cal'. This one was made by Seth Soldier.
The M1919 .30 cal machinegun was the air-cooled counterpart of the M1917 water-cooled .30 cal machinegun. The original idea was to have a light machinegun that could quickly be repositioned if needed. Once in use it was found that the gun was too heavy for this and that it was too light for sustained fire. Since sustained fire was considered more important at the time, the gun was fitted with a heavier barrel and tripod. This setup is the same as used in our M1919A4. (Much later, in 1944, the need arose for a machinegun that could be easily repositioned and the 30 cal was given a lighter barrel and a bipod, resulting in the M1919A6. This gun however entered service after the Battle of Normandy, so it won't be in our next release.)
Up next is the Panzer IV Ausf. H. This tank was modeled and skinned by Toddel.
The Panzer IV Ausf. H was the most numerous of the Panzer IV versions, with as many as 3774 tanks produced. It entered production in April 1943 and continued to be made until replaced by the (nearly identical) Ausf. J. This Panzer IV Ausf. H is fitted with the side-skirts. Originally they were designed to stop the bullets from Soviet anti-tank rifles, but in Normandy they work against HEAT weapons with great effect. Any Bazooka or PIAT round will have to hit your tank in the front or in the rear, because your sides are fully protected.
Finally, we have some action screenshots of Mr Cheese's map Lebisey, taken during beta testing.
And at the end of today's update we have a short advertisement from the German Forgotten Hope 2 community 'History is War', who started their second campaign some days ago:
This is a German Forgotten Hope 2 community, which features an extremely detailed ranking system which is modeled on the real Royal Army and Wehrmacht. We try to re-enact the great battles of WW2 as interesting as possible with the aid of variable and challenging tasks in which the effort of every single soldier is significant. You even can create and play your own custom-kit and you will be able to gain lots of medals for different services. We already hold three FH2-servers, including our own TS-server. So, you are a ambitious FH2-player, interested in most possible realistic warfare, without getting a bullet in your chest? Then you are right here!
That's all for now, but be sure to come back next week for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel and our public forums to discuss this update and other news.