20.05.2012 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope 2.
It has been a few weeks since our last update, and to make up for that, we have an update that is jam packed full of new content. To kick things off, we have a render of a new type of grenade for the common US infantry soldier; the Mk. III A1 Offensive Hand Grenade!
The Mk. III was a concussion grenade, and was designed to incapacitate targets through the pressure and impulses produced when the grenade exploded. The weapon contained 8oz. of TNT and would often throw large fragments of the fuze assembly and surrounding material up to ranges 200m, despite the fact that the Mk. III was not a fragmentation grenade. The large explosions produced by this grenade made it not only successful against enemy soldiers, but also as an effective tool for blasting and demolition. The Offensive Mk. III A1 Hand Grenade was made by Herc and Toddel.
Up next we have a render of the first ever machine gun that was fired from an aircraft; the Lewis Aircraft Gun!
The Lewis gun in its aerial configuration was used extensively on British and French aircraft during the First World War. Its popularity came from being light-weight, air-cooled, and the fact that it could be fitted with 97-round drum magazines. By World War II however, the Lewis Gun was largely replaced on aircraft by the Vickers Gun, which could achieve twice the firing rate of the Lewis. However, the weapon was still used on some British and US Army aircraft, and in FH2, the Lewis Gun will be present on the back of the Hawker Hardy. The Lewis Aircraft Gun was made by Herc and exported by Kev4000.
Our next render is of a new aircraft for the American pilots serving in the harsh deserts of North Africa; the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Trop!
Although the Spitfire had already proved successful in the RAF, the Spitfire was used to equip the 4th, 31st, and 52nd fighter groups of the USAAF in the summer of 1942. The Spitfire Mk. Vb Trop was created by Rad, textured by Toddel and Herc, and exported by ctz.
Our last render for this week is of another RAF aircraft. It is the Hawker Hurricane Mk. I
In 1939, several changes were made to the design of the existing Hurricane. These included a new powerplant, the Merlin III, a new metal propeller, new radios, and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment. Additionally, the aircraft was armed with eight, closely grouped .303" machine guns which provided an excellent field of fire. During combat, it was discovered that the Hurricane's fuel tanks were vulnerable to machine gun fire from enemy bombers, which could then ignite the aircraft mid flight. However, despite this the Hurricane would go on to be extremely successful during the Battle of Britain and would ultimately down more aircraft than the Spitfire. The Hawker Hurricane Mk. I was made by Lobo and textured by Lobo and Herc.
Our winner for this week's screenshot competition is Kubador. You can view the winning submission here.
We are now accepting entries for the week of May 20th. If you think you have the best FH2 screenshot, post them here.
That's all for this week, but be sure to come back next week for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel channel, our public forums, and/or our Twitter and Facebook pages to discuss this update and other news.