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Individual Mod Downloads for IL-2 1946 => Skins, Maps, Missions & Campaigns => PTO Maps => Topic started by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 08:05:25 AM

Title: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 08:05:25 AM
Here is a download link to a map of northern Formosa and a small part of the Chinese mainland. The distances between the two have been shortened to make flying times more reasonable for the game. I've been working on this map since quite a few years, but with a long hiatus until a while ago. I finished the missing items (I hope).

Download link
http://www.mediafire.com/file/7rcq0etxcufqavt/Formosa_China.rar/file


I don't have many screencaps yet. Making good ones is not just a click click operation. It takes a good scenario and some luck. In any case, here is a view of the ed_mpa to give and idea of the area in the map.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wTcrN291/19-11-2019-14-24-09.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZCnjtrBm)
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: bomberkiller on November 19, 2019, 09:09:58 AM
Will not run in my 4.10, too bad.

Best regards, Gerhard  :)
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 09:15:15 AM
Will not run in my 4.10, too bad.

Best regards, Gerhard  :)

That is odd because I made it in a 4.10 map maker. Could you describe the problem? Will the map load so you can see the ed_map? or can your install not save missions and fly?

Of it is the last, then it is a question of missing objects. You may have a number of objects not installed. Of you run the map actors through a static.ini checker, you will be able to find the missing objects. Then I can post a download with some luck.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: cbradbury on November 19, 2019, 09:16:09 AM
Working fine in BAT - thanks Agracier


(https://i.postimg.cc/4x5CXbVX/2019-11-19-16-10-54.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZWCscNwQ)



(https://i.postimg.cc/vZXKJ8wB/2019-11-19-16-10-43.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NK9bTcMq)



(https://i.postimg.cc/xjH403VB/2019-11-19-16-09-46.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fkzKCXLv)
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 09:23:58 AM
The irony of working in BAT. I simply can't get a BAT installation to work on my machine, tried at least 4 times already  ... ha ha
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: cgagan on November 19, 2019, 09:50:03 AM
Many thanks Agracier!!!! 8)
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: bomberkiller on November 19, 2019, 10:25:21 AM
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...or can your install not save missions and fly?

This one is correct, can not save and fly.

I just tried with the "universal_static.ini_checkerV1.3.exe" to find the missing files - no chance.

I got in the "static_ini_checker.ini" file no useful result(s).

Thank you for your work.

 ]cheers[

Gerhard
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 10:51:39 AM
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...or can your install not save missions and fly?

This one is correct, can not save and fly.

I just tried with the "universal_static.ini_checkerV1.3.exe" to find the missing files - no chance.

I got in the "static_ini_checker.ini" file no useful result(s).



Here is a link to the extra Objects I have installed over my 4.10. Maybe you can find whatever you are missing. The missing objects should be in one of these packs.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/3wt67t0zahtuxj0/My_Installed_Objects.rar/file

objects and wrecks and objects landing crafts and Donbass trees would be likely candidates.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on November 19, 2019, 11:12:10 AM
nice region to cover. Thanks
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Mission_bug on November 19, 2019, 11:57:13 AM
Great work, thank you very much, really appreciated. 8)


Wishing you all the very best, Pete. ;D
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Dimlee on November 19, 2019, 12:22:20 PM
Another "forgotten area' is covered by Agracier. Many thanks for your new contribution to Il-2 Universe!

And if BAT makers notice and will include this map in the next edition of the pack...

Just one thought. This map is downscaled 1:2 if I'm not mistaken. Is it more difficult to keep 1:1 for a mapmaker?
The area is just about 300 km across in real life so 1:1 game map could be playable as well, especially with fast-flying jets...
Hope I don't sound as ungrateful one... :-|
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 19, 2019, 12:30:52 PM
I started the map some 4 or 5 years ago and it was put on hold, along with all Il-2 activity until a while ago. So I really don't know anymore which scale I used, but I am pretty certain it is in the standard 1 pix=50 meters scale as are all the original Il-2 maps.

I did however reduce the ocean distance between Formosa and part of the mainland. There is lots of open water even now and otherwise it just makes maps larger and slower to load ...

Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Piotrek1 on November 19, 2019, 01:04:15 PM
Beautiful map 8), Thank you very much!
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: bomberkiller on November 20, 2019, 01:48:20 AM
Hello agracier,

Thank you so much!

Your "My Installed Objects.rar" did it!

Yippee...!

Your map looks so wonderful.

 ]cheers[

Gerhard
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: milvipes on November 20, 2019, 10:03:40 PM
Beautiful!
Been working on a version of Formosa map myself; it's nearly impossible to include anything other than the island itself. So much so that I'm limiting my map to northern Philippines/southern Taiwan (home to the well-known Tainan & Takao Ku).
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 21, 2019, 02:36:03 AM
Beautiful!
Been working on a version of Formosa map myself; it's nearly impossible to include anything other than the island itself. So much so that I'm limiting my map to northern Philippines/southern Taiwan (home to the well-known Tainan & Takao Ku).

Large maps take so long to finish. I think I've given up on large area maps. Focusing on a small area, or an island group makes it easier to pay more detail to map features.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: dsawan on November 21, 2019, 03:24:32 AM
nice. Any quickmissions to play around with?
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 21, 2019, 03:47:21 AM
nice. Any quickmissions to play around with?

That's a specialty I leave to others more competent in making missions.

For myself, I usually just take several planes from a specific era - say 1937-1940 and from the opposing sides, Japan and Kuomintang, have them start somewhere near each other with crossing flight-paths and then just see where the action takes you. The AI will take over anyway once aircraft are within a certain distance and then who knows what will happen. This works very well for dog-fighting in any case.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Nowekat on November 25, 2019, 12:50:57 PM
A really nice map. The textures are great and the settlements are looking fine. Seems that small but densly populated villages look the best. But i wonder, how did you spread them over the map?
Do you plan to add some roads? If not i'd like to try it, of course the curvy version.

Novekat
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 25, 2019, 12:57:19 PM
A really nice map. The textures are great and the settlements are looking fine. Seems that small but densly populated villages look the best. But i wonder, how did you spread them over the map?
Do you plan to add some roads? If not i'd like to try it, of course the curvy version.

Novekat

I started the maps some 5 years or so ago, so honestly I don't remember how I spread the villages out. I followed the location of some of the existing major towns, but the others were done somewhat randomly I think.

At the time I started it, I didn't care for the zig-zag roads generated by the game. So I left them out altogether. So, if you know how to use the roadbuilder tool (I haven't figured it out yet) please go ahead and make roads. I would be very happy to see them added by someone who knows how the tool works.

Besides, once i post a map, anyone may do whatever they wish with it. It's all good.

So yes, by all means, go ahead.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Nowekat on November 27, 2019, 12:46:19 PM
Thank you. I will start soon, but this map may take its time.
I had hoped the tool would be easy to use, if not, just ask.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on November 27, 2019, 12:52:51 PM
Thank you. I will start soon, but this map may take its time.
I had hoped the tool would be easy to use, if not, just ask.

It probably is not difficult to use but the first times take a bit of time ...
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: MarvinT on November 27, 2019, 10:36:34 PM
 Happy holiday. Very nice map. It loaded up without the objects pack. I will still add the objects pack as a subsection, in case any of the new objects are needed. Thank you for your time and work.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Mixx on November 28, 2019, 04:21:30 PM
Great work Agracier. Beautifull textures for China. Airfields are really nice made. Well done  map_t
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: SAS~Poltava on December 01, 2019, 11:25:08 AM
Agracier,

very nice to see you back again, giving us maps of less often covered regions. There is a distinct lack of map of China (except for the ones YOU made) so this one is MOST welcome. I will see if I can make some Sino-Japanese War missions for it, when I get around to it. MANY, MANY THANKS!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: agracier on December 01, 2019, 03:43:39 PM
Agracier,

very nice to see you back again, giving us maps of less often covered regions. There is a distinct lack of map of China (except for the ones YOU made) so this one is MOST welcome. I will see if I can make some Sino-Japanese War missions for it, when I get around to it. MANY, MANY THANKS!  ;D ;D ;D

I've always thought there was a dearth of such maps as well, for Sino-Japanese war scenarios. But I was first wary of trying to do such densely populated areas, of creating too large an actors file that compromised loading time or flying over certain dense areas. But I guess this works fairly well enough.

I have a few more China maps in the works. I started them years ago but only now finished them recently. I'll finish the last touches and post those too ...
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Hubberranz on January 05, 2020, 11:38:08 AM
(https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/1c3f/zdfzsnzrcf04toh7g.jpg) (http://www.mediafire.com/view/zdfzsnzrcf04toh)
Before.

Airfields actors ( ...revises ways and adds the parking spaces on the existing 4x airfields ):   http://www.mediafire.com/file/mo1hjepc1dy4rtc/China_Formosa_AirfieldsActorsV1.1.7z/file
updated to v1.1

(https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/6316/rzwwl8vpk6uzxlg7g.jpg) (http://www.mediafire.com/view/rzwwl8vpk6uzxlg)
After.
Title: Re: Formosa-China Map
Post by: Hubberranz on January 05, 2020, 11:51:05 AM
.. map worked immediately in my 412.2  5.3 heavily modded. Thank you for the wonderfull new version!

... in 410, I needed to add wrecks: https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,32845.0.html