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DFLion
02-14-2007, 06:46 PM
I posted this 52 mission historical static campaign on Mission4Today.com yesterday, Wed 14th Feb.

This campaign historically follows the RAF career of the Free French Fighter pilot Pierre Clostermann, from November 1942 through to August 1945.

I hope this campaign, in its small way, pays tribute to the late Pierre Clostermann, who sadly passed away at his home in the Pyrenees last year, he was 85.

For all the static mission players, I am sure you will enjoy playing this campaign - I have provided lots of historical information for each mission to help with the immersion. Make sure you read the campaign notes which provide more important detail.

I would like to thank all the static game developers that gave me some good ideas and inspirations to create the various missions in this campaign. Also a big thankyou to all the skin creators featured in this campaign.
Finally, thankyou to Oleg and Ilya and their teams for providing the best flight sim on the market today. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

DFLion

Haigotron
02-14-2007, 07:04 PM
His book was awesome! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif and I am very happy that someone made a campaign based on his exploits! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif thanx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Haigotron
02-14-2007, 07:05 PM
Do you have a direct link to it?

Major_V
02-14-2007, 07:39 PM
Originally posted by Haigotron:
Do you have a direct link to it?

http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&get=1955

DFLion
02-14-2007, 07:43 PM
Thanks Haigotron, the direct link to Mission4Today.com is - http://mission4today.com/index.
(not sure how to activate this in this forum)
Use Google if this does not work.
DFLion

claypidgon
02-14-2007, 08:55 PM
Question on install..Where does the folder "Tempestpics" with 2 TGA files inside go?

DFLion
02-14-2007, 09:26 PM
Hi Claypidgon,
The tga files are for viewing only - they were 'print screened' during the game to provide a jpg pic for Mission4Today.com
DFLion

FlatSpinMan
02-14-2007, 09:40 PM
Just got it installed and am about to give it a go. I'm a bit **** in the Spit and Tempest but I'm a fan of the book and have long thought it would make an interesting campaign. Thanks for your hard work, DFLion. I see from your readme that you have a fairly ambitious line-up of future campaigns. Good luck with them, it'll be heaps of work but great if you can do them.

DFLion
02-14-2007, 10:44 PM
Hi FlatSpinMan,
Thanks for your comments. You will be pleased to know I have actually finished most of my new campaigns - I am now writing the text for them, which takes the extra time - I like getting the correct historical facts (lots of trips to the library)
DFLion

FlatSpinMan
02-14-2007, 11:34 PM
Wow! Almost completed?!You must have a LOT of free time, sir. Sounds good though - all to the benefit of me and the general IL2 public. Keep up your good work http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif.

I'm currently four or five missions into your campaign and am enjoying it. The training missions make it really good for new players, in fact they are really similar to Extreme_One and Poymondo's Battle Over Britain campaign which is the campaign I cut my IL2 teeth on. That helped me a lot with take-offs and landings especially as the QMB doesn't do them. I'll definitely recommend this campaign if I see newbs posting on line looking for good places to start learning. More experienced players might just skip through them but for me they were pretty handy as I tend to fly 109s and am not that good in a Spit. Come to think of it, I'm not that good in a 109 either http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

Anyway, I must congratulate you on absolutely freaking the $hit out of me in one escort mission. I was just doodling along on 4x speed then I heard over the radio "This is Red XXXX - I'm taking hits". I continued doodling along merrily thinking it must just be the Mustang escort some way up ahead. Next thing I know tracer is streaking past my cockpit and seconds later my elevator and rudder are disabled!! Excellent bounce by the boys from JG2!!!!! Getting hit from behind unexpectedly[insert gay joke of choice] happens so rarely in campaigns that it made me laugh at my noobishness. I was all set for a head-to-head merge as is standard but was very pleasantly surprised by what actually happened. I haven't checked the FMB but I suspect it was a nicely designed flight path for the AI. Good job.


I'll let you know how I go as I progress.
Cheers,
FlatSpinMan

wayno7777
02-15-2007, 12:33 AM
Nice review, FSM. I'll be d/l'ing in a minute. Thanks in advance to DFLion for good subject....

DFLion
02-15-2007, 12:58 AM
Hi again FlatSpinMan,
I really appreciate your comments now that you have got into the campaign. I knew I hadn't done some things to make it easier for the newbe's - I was so desperate to get it posted.
I will bring out an ammended version with your recommendations.

1. Tell the player which skin to select. I will amend the mission briefs with the correct skin for each mission. (you can now print out the campaign brief which lists the correct skin for each mission).

2.You are not 'nitpicking' on this point. It was always hard for me to define the line between a 'fictitious narrative' and picking up Pierre Clostermanns real diary extracts - so I decided to mix the both. I will have another look at this.

3. Totally agreed on this point - I will structure the download files for automatic download or get a 'click' download.

4.I always tryed to make each mission part of a 'bigger world' - in all the early missions you can 'flick' to other flights (allied and axis) and see what is happening over the whole battle area or just view the graphics(thanks Oleg)- with the 4.071m add on I tryed to add all the extra 'building bits'though time was the problem. I will go back and gradually amend and update every mission and post another version.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank Extreme_One and Poymondo's for their gunnery practice missions. I did copy and modify these missions because I thought, as you did, they are an excellent training start for all the games newbe's before they get into the real thing.

DFLion

FlatSpinMan
02-15-2007, 03:24 AM
Hi DFLion,
Don't forget I DID like the missions I played http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif. I edited my post above cos I think the feedback about briefing details and so on is more suited to a PM. I think the changes you make will make it even more accessible for newbies.

I totally understand what you mean about trying to add things at the last moment. For my last one I just gave up and left the objects at 4.05! After months working on it off and on I couldn't face the thought of going back yet AGAIN and RE-redoing the bases and so on. I just had to release the damn thing before I went crazy and deleted it from my HD http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

About the training missions, the ideas are so sensible that I used the same ideas in my Luftwaffe Pilot training missions in "Legion Kondor".

Anyway, I'll try another couple of missions this evening if I can. It's really nice to have a campaign that takes you from the vey beginning of a pilot's career as it gets you quite involved in his success.
I'll PM you if I have any more ideas.
Cheers,
FSM

Tooz_69GIAP
02-15-2007, 02:00 PM
I really enjoyed Clostermanns book. I have the edition published in 2004 or something, with the updated intro, etc, from Clostermann. Great reading.

I'm looking forward to playing in this campaign.

DFLion
02-16-2007, 11:27 PM
Hi Tooz_69GIAP,
How are you going with the 'Big Show' - Clostermanns first few missions over France are pretty tough - did you get through?
DFLion
PS I have posted another pic at Mission4Today.com which shows the preface for his original 'Big Show' book - you can enlarge this jpg and read Pierre's testaments

Huxley_S
02-16-2007, 11:45 PM
52 missions! That's huge!

I've been looking for a good campaign flying the Spitfire. I was thinking about making one myself but I couldn't find any inspiration for a setting or theme.

You've saved me the trouble! I'm downloading it right now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AWL_Spinner
02-17-2007, 02:22 AM
Heh, glad someone's done one of these. I started a Big Show campaign about two years ago, and had to abandon it about one year ago.

I'm just one of those people who endlessly tinkers with things and always feels that just.. one.. more.. change is what is required.

I'm not cut out to be a mission builder, it would have taken me either a) five years, or b) a period of unemployment to complete to my satisfaction http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Well done, look forward to seeing what you've done with some of the episodes I (almost) finished!

Regards, Spinner

Chris0382
02-17-2007, 08:18 AM
Tough missions. The Germans seem like expert flyers.

Any way to shorten the trip over the Drink. I usually put it on autopilot and take a break for the ride.

DFLion
02-17-2007, 04:21 PM
Hi Chris0382,
Only the first few missions use the Gulf of Finland map to simulate the Channel - so use autopilot and enjoy the view or speed up to 8X.

To survive those tough German Focke-Wulf pilots from JG2 and JG26,(there are a few ace pilots in there) try to stick with your No1 and other section members for mutual support. Also keep your altitude high if you can and conserve your ammo.
Hope this helps
DFLion

nsteense
02-19-2007, 05:54 AM
I'm now into my second mission going over the drink to fight some Jerries. Was I in for a surprise when flying the first mission!!! First of all, being number 4 in the flight meant I didn't had any input when sighting the enemy. Secondly, when the FW's were screaming down for the attack, our flight just keep flying straight without anybody reacting, with the result we were just sitting ducks... So after a couple of reruns of the mission, I finally managed to get back to base in one piece, and got the bombers back safely. And as luck would have it, I shot down 3 FWs and damaged a fourth one...

rcskypilot1953
02-19-2007, 09:24 PM
I just installed the missions now i dont know where they are at i tryed to find them can someone tell e where that are i insalled them in the main folder in 1946. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

FlatSpinMan
02-19-2007, 09:47 PM
Well it's hard to know exactly what you've done but judgfing from what you've written this might work.

First, if you look in your main IL2 folder you should see a folder labelled The Big Show. Open it and look inside it for a folder which is also called Big Show. Inside this one there should be 106 files - don't count them but just note if there are a lot. These files are the mission information. Go back and copy or cut the FOLDER they are in.

Now go back to your main IL2 folder and find
a folder named Missions. Click it to get to Campaigns, and then GB (ie Great Britain) and then paste the folder there. It should work.

The campaign also uses some user made skins/paintschemes for the aircraft. They are not necessary but make it look much better and more realistic.

You will find these in the first folder named the Big Show under the subfolder Paintschemes. Inside you'll find numerous folders that are labelled after the aircraft.

You need to paste these skins into the correct plane's folder in your main IL2 folder. You can find these by going to your main IL2 folder, clicking on Paintschemes> Skins>aircraft you need.

DFLion
02-20-2007, 12:18 AM
Thanks for your help with rcskypilot1953, FlatSpinMan . This confirms an automated download is really required. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

For your info, I have launched the campaign on some of the French sites (France-simulation-magazine.com and Check-Six!)and there has been a wonderful response. The French flight sim community have been very helpful - Pierre Clostermann is certainly one of there big heros - I am getting some very nostalgic feedback.

I am still very interested to see how you are travelling with the missions and would be interested in your feedback.
Regards,
DFLion

FlatSpinMan
02-20-2007, 12:38 AM
Glad to hear that it's getting a good response. Nice to know that your work is appreciated, isn't it? Makes all the efffort seem more worthwhile.

The download thing is actually quite simple to structure. Just make sure that the folders containing missions and paintschemes are labelled as in the game.

I copied the file structure from Ice_fire's Storm Clouds campaign. The key thing is to have it organised much as IL 2 is. ie into Missions, Painstshemes and Videos (although in this case you included them in main Big Show folder).

96th_Nightshifter
02-20-2007, 06:08 PM
Thanks for your time spent making this Campaign; I have read the book 3 times and am looking forward to playing through this http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


EDIT: Just noticed one of my skins is in the pack, never saw one being used for a campaign before ty http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

96th_Nightshifter
02-22-2007, 09:56 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Bump for this campaign, about 8 missions in and highly enjoying it (reading the book again too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )

DFLion
02-23-2007, 05:04 AM
Thanks 96th_Nightshifter, appreciate your comments.
'The Big Show' is so superbly written by Pierre Clostermann that if you are interested in WWII history in the Air (as we all are in IL2), it is just about compulsory reading.
I am very happy to be using one of your skins - thankyou.
Keep me posted how you are going with the campaign, I am very interested in the feedback.
DFLion http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

nsteense
03-06-2007, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by DFLion:
Thanks 96th_Nightshifter, appreciate your comments.
'The Big Show' is so superbly written by Pierre Clostermann that if you are interested in WWII history in the Air (as we all are in IL2), it is just about compulsory reading.
I am very happy to be using one of your skins - thankyou.
Keep me posted how you are going with the campaign, I am very interested in the feedback.
DFLion http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
DFlion,
I'm currently into my 29th mission, and I'm still enjoying it very much, although I wished I started the campaign in a higher rank. I'm still flying wingman...
But one question regarding mission 27, where you have to defend some targets on the ground against about 12 JU88s. One time the Ju88's were shot down before they even had the chance to release their bombs. Thinking the job was done, I flew back to base, reached the primary target, and landed. But when I ended the mission, I couldn't go on with the campaign. I had to relfy it again.
Can you tell me what the objectives are in that mission?

DFLion
03-06-2007, 11:06 PM
Hi nsteense,
Firstly, thankyou for your feedback, I am glad you are enjoying the campaign.
I created Mission 27 as a 'fictitional add-in'(with the help of another campaign creator). Pierre Clostermann and Jacques Remlinger were given the honour to be the first French pilots to land in France. They landed on B8 first which is described in the previous mission. After their first night in France they returned to England because the AVG's (advanced landing grounds)were still under fire by German 88mm artillery.
In this mission, you take-off from B8 and you land back at B11, there main operating strip(which has the 'recon' symbol in the Normandy map). What I did during this mission, was cut out their return to England.
So you need to land back at B11 to move on through the campaign.
Hope this helps you?
DFLion

nsteense
03-07-2007, 05:32 AM
Originally posted by DFLion:
Hi nsteense,
Hope this helps you?
DFLion
Yep, it does.
Thanks!

nsteense
03-20-2007, 03:23 PM
I've just finished the campaign. I reached the rank of group captain, and the DSO. I shot down 44 airplanes and had a 69 ground kills. Point score was just over 11000 and managed to destroy 29 airplanes in the process.
Overall an excellent and challenging campaign! Just a few remarks though. In one of the later missions you're talking about the brief encounter with the Do335 in the mission description. Unfortunately, the dornier flies in the mission preceeding the one where you announce the encouter.
And secondly, at some point you're referring to the death of Nowotny, when the mission decription says march or something. It actually happened in November.

But overall http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DFLion
04-05-2007, 02:18 AM
Hi nsteense,
Firstly apologies for not getting back to you sooner on your last post - somehow I missed it. I have been getting a lot of good responses from the French guys and have been busy talking to them - Kalaluth has very kindly translated the whole campaign into French for me, which was a fantastic effort on his part.
I am so pleased to see you score 11000 points during the campaign and rise to the rank of Group Captain - obviously you have really enjoyed the challenge.
On the Do335 encounter, I will have another look at this mission and see what has gone wrong. Also the Walter Nowotny date mix up. There certainly seems to be some controversy on who actually shot him down, flying his Me262 on that fateful day. Apart from all the politics, he seems to be a pilot fully respected by sides.
I will bring out a revised version of the campaign shortly with some suggested changes - including yours.
For your information, I am puting the finishing touches on my next campaign 'I flew for the Fuhrer' featuring the WWII career of Heinze Knoke. Even though I don't agree with some of the things he said in his book - his memoirs are a good representation of a German fighter pilot and his experiences during WWII. This is a 42 mission campaign covering, the Western front, Russia, Norway and the Western front again leading to the collapse of Germany.
DFLion

J.M.LLOYD
04-05-2007, 02:56 AM
I have downloaded your Bigshow mission,can you tell me DFLion what path I should take to load the mission files onto 46 [hard drive]..Cheers

DFLion
04-05-2007, 06:11 PM
Hi J.M.LLOYD,
The 'TheBigShow' mission folder has to be manually downloaded. After downloading it to a temporary folder, just copy and paste it to your Mission\Campaign\GB folder. Aircraft skins also need to be 'cut and pasted' into their respective aircraft folders - ie PaintSchemes\Skins\SpitfireMkIXc etc.
I apologise for this, in my hurry to post the campaign I did not automate the download files to automatically go into their respective folders.
With the introduction of the 1946 add-on, the download path has also slightly changed.
My current path is the original one -
C:\Program Files\Ubi Soft\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\Missions\Campaign\GB\TheBigShow
Hope this helps - let me know.
DFLion

DFLion
04-12-2007, 11:05 PM
I have just released a revised version of 'The Big Show' (Ver.107) incorporating some minor changes and an easier 'Click' auto download.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
DFLion

killerfolk
04-13-2007, 03:16 AM
hey im pretty new here, what version of il2 is this download for? (by version i mean 1946, FB etc)Sounds like a really good campain.
Thanks

Edit. Sorry, i just checked on the site and found out what versions it's for.

DmdSeeker
04-15-2007, 05:34 AM
Really enjoying this campaign.

I particularly like the way you add a "what really happend on this day" foot note to the briefings.

DFLion
04-15-2007, 07:34 PM
Hi DmdSeeker,
I am glad to hear you are really enjoying 'The Big Show'. Pierre Clostermann had a great skill of 'painting a picture in words' which always gave me a feeling that I was right their with him.
His book is undoubtedly one of best accounts ever written by a WWII fighter pilot and I was very happy to be able to transcribe this into a IL-2 Campaign with the help of Oleg and Ilya's fantastic flight simulator.
DFLion

nsteense
04-23-2007, 03:36 AM
Originally posted by DFLion:
Hi nsteense,
Firstly apologies for not getting back to you sooner on your last post - somehow I missed it. I have been getting a lot of good responses from the French guys and have been busy talking to them - Kalaluth has very kindly translated the whole campaign into French for me, which was a fantastic effort on his part.
I am so pleased to see you score 11000 points during the campaign and rise to the rank of Group Captain - obviously you have really enjoyed the challenge.
On the Do335 encounter, I will have another look at this mission and see what has gone wrong. Also the Walter Nowotny date mix up. There certainly seems to be some controversy on who actually shot him down, flying his Me262 on that fateful day. Apart from all the politics, he seems to be a pilot fully respected by sides.
I will bring out a revised version of the campaign shortly with some suggested changes - including yours.
For your information, I am puting the finishing touches on my next campaign 'I flew for the Fuhrer' featuring the WWII career of Heinze Knoke. Even though I don't agree with some of the things he said in his book - his memoirs are a good representation of a German fighter pilot and his experiences during WWII. This is a 42 mission campaign covering, the Western front, Russia, Norway and the Western front again leading to the collapse of Germany.
DFLion

DFlion,
no worries about the delayed response; I was away anyway!
It's true it's a bit mixed up who shot down Nowotny, but you're right saying he was a respected adversary.
I'll be looking forward to the new campaign. If the Big show campaign is a showpiece of your campaign building, it is going something to watch out for!