We know you are all waiting for the incoming Squad Battles 4.01 Upgrades. Not long now!
To ease the wait, we wanted to show you some of the new content that will come with each game and be available for free for anyone with a passing interest.
The idea of the Visual Order of Battle was conceived by Mike Avanzini while working on the first Panzer Battles title. So much effort had gone into building a detailed order of battle as well as the graphics to represent it, that we realised providing a visual representation would be cool. Subsequently all three Panzer Battles titles have included this feature. If interested here are the links to the documents for Panzer Battles Kursk, Normandy, and North Africa 1941.
These Visual Order of battles were created manually by cutting screen shots from in game and then creating pages and ultimately grouping them into a book. Laborious is an understatement!
Enter one of our WDS team members Carlos Anllo and his ‘hobby’ coding. Carlos built a program that would parse each Order of Battle, lay it out either horizontally or vertically and create a full-size chart for each. Suddenly instead of spending weeks creating a few example organisations, we could print all the order of battles and include them as references for the players.
Better still with two different graphics choices in game, Figures, and Heads, we could easily create schematics for each.
Below you can see the Winter War Getting Started scenario in Figures, followed by heads. All can be clicked for full size. Be warned some of these are huge pages!
Following are a few examples of other order of battles that are included in the different styles.
You can see and download the two Winter War Visual Order of Battles by clicking on the images below:
We hope that sharing these booklets will tide you over while we finalise our work and hopefully builds up the anticipation for release! As mentioned in our prior blog, Winter War is an underappreciated title and hopefully reviewing these documents will convince a few of you to have a closer look.
We will be back at release time!