01.02.2006 23:00 GMT
Greetings and welcome back to another news update for Forgotten Hope. Just a small one this week, but first we have some more news of further laurels for Forgotten Hope and Forgotten Hope 2, this time from ModDB.com. They have completed their end-of-the-year awards calculations, and awarded us two distinctions. First, Forgotten Hope 0.7 for Battlefield 1942 placed a respectable fourteenth out of all the mods considered for Mod of the Year for 2005. Even better, Forgotten Hope 2 for BF2 came in second in the competition for the Top Unreleased Mod for 2005!
Of course, Number One is more fun, but considering the tough competition, we feel pretty good about this news. Congratulations as well to the actual winners, and to all the other mods who got listed!
OK, enough with the self-congratulation. This week we are featuring some work that is mainly by Lobo, our Fearless Leader. Ever since Lobo foolishly accepted the thankless job of guiding the mod, much of his time has been taken up endless little details of coordinating the work of the other devs, communicating with potential recruits, helping other members of the team solve problems and so on. Fortunately, he still manages to find time to get actual modding done, and here are some of the results.
First up is the Fairey Swordfish Mk. I. The Swordfish was a torpedo bomber, used by the Royal Navy during World War II. Entering service in 1936, its served throughout the war, despite its old-fashioned biplane design. The Swordfish, or "Stringbag" as it came to be known by its crews, was slow and vulnerable to enemy fighters and flak. Even so, Swordfish scored many remarkable successes, taking part in the successful strike against the Italian fleet at Taranto, in 1940, participating in the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941, and playing an important role in the Battle for the Atlantic, as well as the struggle to control the Mediterranean supply lanes to North Africa.
The FH2 Fairey swordfish is based partly on the original FH swordfish, which was modeled and skinned by Lobo. He remodeled and reskinned it to bring it up to FH2 standards of detail and quality, and ctz contributed an all-new normal map.
Next up is a defensive bunker, of German design. The original model was by Lobo and is also of FH for BF1942 vintage. He remodeled it for FH2, and created an entirely new skin, based on textures provided by Rad.
That's all for today folks. We hope you enjoyed this update and we would like to invite you to visit our public forums to discuss this and other Forgotten Hope news. Hope to see you at the next update!