I accept your opinion and am glad you voice how you feel. This scenario is not a 'fun' meeting engagement. This is an infantry defense against a Soviet Helicopter Regiment. As such, it is very different from the other scenarios. I have made a couple of tweaks to it but the basic scenario is the same. As NATO you get hammered in the opening phases of this battle. No way around it.
I understand very much the line between game and sim. The 1989 scenarios that came with this game are of my making. I'm the one that chose how to use the engine. What to highlight, when and where. I tried to give you as many scenarios and campaigns as time would allow. I only have so many different pieces of equipment to use in the scenarios. That means that they situations have to be as different as I can make them. Overall, I didn't put enough Hinds in the scenarios. The Soviets had A LOT of helicopters!!
I put just enough in the scenarios for you to get the taste of what they would have been like and to have to 'deal' with the threat.
However, in Dawns First Light you get the real deal. Well, you get half the real deal. A real Soviet Attack Helicopter Regiment would have twice as many helicopters as is in this scenario. At one point I had them in the scenario. As you might imagine, it was a tough place to be. So, I'm actually the only one that's faced the full regiment at this time. Until such time as one of you makes a scenario with them in it. I toned them down because they were too smothering.
As I said before, not every scenario is for everybody. This is not my favorite scenario either. It is one I learned a lot about how it may have felt to be under the Hind's guns and have little to say about it. For that I found the scenario interesting.
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