06.02.2005 22:00 GMT
"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot, nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell." - by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
Welcome back for a news update that's nothing new at first glance but actually has much to offer on the second. The Sherman M4A1 saw extensive action with both American and British armoured forces. To show you how much effort is needed to add a new vehicle to the Mod we want to describe to you the many steps that were required to add the M4A1 to the Forgotten Hope arsenal.
First of all detailed information and diagrams about the vehicle have to be found. That's where Taranov, our researcher goes into action. With his info, a modeller gets to work - this time OMNI made the model. After every detail of the finished model was checked over by Taranov it went to Lude who finished the wheels and then gave it to Montoya (after another check) for setting up the animations and exporting the tracks.
At this point, McGibs went to work on the skins, which were in turn checked for historical accuracy. Finally the whole thing was handed over to to Major Hartmann who coded the vehicle and brought it ingame with the correct values, and voila, the Sherman M4A1 will be available within the next release of Forgotten Hope (and now BUG$ is presenting the finished vehicle in the news.)
But, as promised last week, this update is going to be a little bigger. We have another version of the M4 Sherman ready to see action. Taranov, OMNI, Lude, Montoya, McGibs and Hartmann were involved with creation of the Sherman M4A1 76 mm, an upgunned version of the M4A1 that was a more credible threat to the heavier German tanks.
Last but not least we have something that wasn't ready with the updates before: The loading screen of the map Battle of Foy made by ArminAce. And one bit of interesting info. The Forgotten Hope mini-mod Norwegian Resistance managed it to create a nice snow effect and allowed us to use it. So prepare for battling the weather as well as enemies in Foy.
We hope you enjoyed the news and got a better idea of the mod development process. Feel welcome to discuss this news in our public forums and be sure to give us a visit for the next news update from the Forgotten Hope Mod.