11.04.2006 03:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to the latest update of Forgotten Hope. A few people that only care about FH2 news have been impatient with so much attention being paid to the upcoming Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack for Battlefield 1942(tm) in recent news, so this update is just about Forgotten Hope 2 for Battlefield 2(tm), and there are a number of new items to show off. We will return to the Fan Mappack in a future update, but not until we are ready to announce a mappack release date.
The first item for this week's news is the freshly completed Vickers Mark VIB, which was modeled and skinned by Montoya. This vehicle has been completely rebuilt and reskinned for FH2, and preserves Montoya's tradition of making strangely beautiful models of very ugly tanks.
The first Mark VI's were introduced in 1935 and intended mainly for use as a reconnissance vehicle, and were not designed to engage enemy tanks. As such, it was equipped with twin Vickers machine guns--0.50 and 0.303 inch(12.7 mm-and 7.92 mm)--and only lightly armoured, having only 14 mm at its thickest points, on the hull and turret front. The Mark VI B, which featured better engine cooling than earlier versions, played a major role in most theatres throughout the early war, including France and Egypt. It was fast, and fairly reliable, but suffered from poor off-road performance, and was eventually superseded in the reconnaisance role by wheeled vehicles.
The second item for today is a wind-driven water pumping station modeled and skinned by ctz. Stations like these, found moving precious water resources in the arid North African landscape, also make a great platform for snipers and artillery spotters.
The last of today's goodies are the first ingame screens of FH2's M4A1 Sherman. When the first Sherman's arrived in Egypt in 1942, they provided badly need 75 mm punch in a more flexible package than the clumsier Grants. Kudos are deserved by Omni for modeling and skinning this beast and to ctz for bringing it ingame.
That's all for today, but be sure to come back again next week for another Forgotten Hope update. Until then, we invite you to visit our public forums to discuss this update or other news.