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klower
09-15-2004, 08:08 PM
Gentlemen,
When flying online, I'm having a lot of trouble finding the ground targets. Because my air to air fighting skills are poor (lack of practice, two kids and all), I usually figure I can do my bit by attacking the ground objectives. Problem is, I can hardly ever find the darn things, especially little things like tanks, trucks and artillery. Is there some trick to it, like graphics settings or am I just an idiot?
Thanks
Klower

klower
09-15-2004, 08:08 PM
Gentlemen,
When flying online, I'm having a lot of trouble finding the ground targets. Because my air to air fighting skills are poor (lack of practice, two kids and all), I usually figure I can do my bit by attacking the ground objectives. Problem is, I can hardly ever find the darn things, especially little things like tanks, trucks and artillery. Is there some trick to it, like graphics settings or am I just an idiot?
Thanks
Klower

Old_Canuck
09-15-2004, 08:15 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by klower:
Gentlemen,
When flying online, I'm having a lot of trouble finding the ground targets. Because my air to air fighting skills are poor (lack of practice, two kids and all), I usually figure I can do my bit by attacking the ground objectives. Problem is, I can hardly ever find the darn things, especially little things like tanks, trucks and artillery. Is there some trick to it, like graphics settings or am I just an idiot?
Thanks
Klower<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Fly low until something shoots at you then put the kids on "pause" and use your zoom keys to get a telescopic view on your targets. Shoot ground targets, zoom to safety and unpause kids.

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WTE_Galway
09-15-2004, 08:18 PM
if padlock is enabled in the server you can padlock them

otherwise play with your graphics settings .. often lower resolutions are better than higher .. it depends on your system

Earwicker
09-15-2004, 08:42 PM
There are no ground targets. The original version of the game featured horse-drawn carriages for your strafing pleasure, however PETA deemed this offensive, so the horses were converted into parachutes, and the carriages into swasticas.

ELEM
09-16-2004, 01:54 AM
Tab through with F7.

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Tully__
09-16-2004, 01:58 AM
Graphics settings have a big impact. The best setting vary with video card and monitor, so expriment.

Also as mentioned above, "Padlock Ground" (F5 by default) is a great help if the No Padlock difficulty setting is turned off, as is "External Padlock Ground" (F7 by default) if the "No External Views" difficulty setting is turned off.

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Bearcat99
09-16-2004, 05:14 AM
I have a hard time spotting them too unless they are shooting at me and often its too late by then. I find that ground padlock is good.

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miss_behavin
09-19-2004, 07:29 AM
Hi, somebody already said try F7. That works for me, since I have a hard time seeing ground targets with the nekked eye. F7 will give you the direction of the target, just fly toward it, and the camera will stay on it so you can see it.

Chuck_Older
09-19-2004, 07:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WTE_Galway:
if padlock is enabled in the server you can padlock them
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

As a community, we really have to face the fact that Il-2:FB is not an online only game and some people have no idea what server settings are http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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PF_Coastie
09-19-2004, 09:45 AM
The biggest factor in spotting ground targets is Light. In early morning light, ground targets litterally glow.

If you are flying offline you can adjust the time of the missions for early morning. Depending on the map, I would say between 6am and 9am are the best times for spotting ground targets.

Mission builders could do the community a huge favor by making online missions in this time frame to assist the ground pounders. Unless of course you are really wanting them to have to work for the targets.

I have a pretty darn good system and there are a few tweaks that help in normal conditions but not completely. I have flown directly over tanks at very low altitude before without ever seeing them until they were pointed out by someone else.

Good luck!

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PF_Coastie
09-19-2004, 12:35 PM
One other thing.

Setting forest at highest setting helps also, but it will cost you some fps.

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SithSpeeder
09-19-2004, 04:04 PM
K--

Since you said 'online', my advice is as follows:
1. Read the briefing. Usually, it will tell you exactly what quadrant on the map the ground targets in, frequently even specifying what part of what quadrant.
2. Ask for specifics from those who are already on the server, say "I know ground targs are in K-4, but WHERE in K-4?" in the chat window. Usually they'll say "On the fork of the road" or "On the the SW edge of the forest". Worse comes to worse, follow a fellow ground pounder from your base into the target zone.
3. Set resolution to 800x600. No, it's not as pretty, but it definitely makes spotting targets easier.
4. Once you know where they are on the map, fly to that location (scanning the sky constantly), then make a low altitude, high speed pass where you think they are. Use your view keys to zoom in some. Having TrackIR helps because you can make small head movement changes to track the target and adjust your AC accordingly.

Hope that helps.

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