Ominous-Spud

The Lord of the Nords joined

In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— "I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon. We wonder,—and some Hunter may express Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace, He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess What powerful but unrecorded race Once dwelt in that annihilated place

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Ominous-Spud @ My Cock

They have medical procedures for that sort of thing. Not that I would know, my ***** have always been massive.

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Ominous-Spud @ My Cock

To be honest, the picture was exactly what I expected.

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Ominous-Spud @ I could use some tea.

This movie was so damn good.

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Ominous-Spud @ A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 373rd Fighter Group.

This is one of your best ones imo. Contrast is really good.

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Ominous-Spud @ B-57B

OH NO MY EYES, MY EYES, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH...

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Ominous-Spud @ Clone Wars!?

Just please, for the love the industry, don't pre-order guys. We all want SW to do well, but the only way we can achieve that is by demonstrating it with our wallets. A bad game will still sell well if everyone pre-orders.

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Ominous-Spud @ Size comparison between a F-5 and F-313

Well. It's still alive, so that's something. Interesting looking craft, certainly the smallest we've seen in this tier so far.

What's with the downwards flaring of the wingtips?

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Ominous-Spud @ Ron Paul, on Syria and the chemical attacks.

I've actually written a fairly large few paragraphs addressing this issue somewhere else, because the 4D chess comments seem to be rife at the moment, if I may, I'll re-post it here.

The people buying into the 4D chess meme are generally people who support the man rather than the principles he stood for. Thinking that the God Emperor is playing some sort of 3475962D Jumanji is all well and good, until you consider things in realpolitik. The reality is that Trump's strike of 59 TLAMs was not only a physical action in diametric contrast to what was being said only days earlier (and hence foreign relations/credibility suicide), but also appeasement to the domestic elements, the chicken-hawks, the neo-cons etc. When Trump bemoaned the deaths of "beautiful babies" while his daughter tearfully pleaded for some sort of action against the ebil regime, he signaled that he was indeed capable of being swayed by both the media and the so-called "Deep State" elements. The MSM also learnt some valuable information: that playing the "muh Russia" card long enough and loud enough, will garner them results. Appeasement generally results in aggression, delaying the inevitable by appealing to the "swamp" only increases the fallout (excuse the pun) of later forced decisions. They're off his back for now, but directly after the strikes certain outlets were already talking about whether it was coordinated with the Russians. Stumping the Trump apparently only requires certain insinuations.

The launch of 59 cruise missiles was not decisive, it was erratic, and erratic behaviour in front of the Chinese is not particularly efficient at achieving respect, especially from such historically long-term players as they are.

The Nork situation is only a manifestation of the cooling of Sino-N.K. relations, which has been in progress since Kim Jong-il. Purges have systematically culled pro-Chinese assets in the higher echelons of Nork government, and Chinese sentiment has grown increasingly tired of this behaviour. This is detailed by the Witch herself in this 2016 Wikileaks release: Wikileaks.com
If there were to be a decapitation of Nork state then using Western forces to accomplish that goal, while preparing your own troops in a bid to partition the country once the deed is done (in the name of human rights, refugees, the beautiful babies etc.) is exactly the sort of response I would expect from a long-game adept China. That is of course if Trump actually goes through with it, which, given the history of the region, is highly unlikely.

Understanding the long-term is imperative to understanding the current state of geopolitics, and the reality is that the erratic actions of the US in the past few weeks have been short sighted approaches with very little “real” gain. Note the following was addressed to someone else The same applies to the usage of hardware in Syria, which while you knock the VKS deployment for an ineffective response, you do not stop to consider that there may have never even been a response, aside from passive measures in the form of EW. This is, in my opinion, more about preserving an element of enigma when it comes to Russian AD capabilities rather than using them in response to what was already a rather ineffectual and kneejerk action (although opinions seem to be divided on that, I maintain Al-Sharyat was hardly trashed, as sorties were flown the next day). Given the Russian UAV response I would assume the >>>few<<< Russian groudcrew that were actually still at Al-Sharyat had plenty of warning to keep clear of the AB until the grandiose US pigeon had finished ******** on the 4D chess board.
The last thing anyone at this point is, is baffled (this would include Uncle Vova, in my opinion, although I am biased). Slightly perturbed by the apparently irrational actions of a wild US, but still comfortably holding the cards, taking names and making gains.

TL;DR: The game goes on, still bound by the laws of the material world, and not exactly inter-dimensional as of yet. Kek.r.cx

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Ominous-Spud @ knight vs samurai

Commit Sudoku first.

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Ominous-Spud @ US Strikes Syria

Well... given the time it took to get the invasion force ready for Iraq, I doubt the ability of the US in deploying 150,000 troops overnight. However, if this does indeed materialize, then the Russians will withdraw the light footprint they have into their main bastions in Tartus, Hmeimim and Latakia... the US wouldn't dare hit the Russians directly... but it would be the start of a full-blown proxy war with the US facing all manner of threats, threats they have not faced in any conflict post-90's thus far. This will lead to large scale casualties, and the complete breakdown of any support at home. I think the world would be horrified.

I can't accurately say what the Russian response would be... but attempts to keep the conflict from conflagrating would be their priority, likely to a fault.

Any of this extends beyond my comprehension, and I could only analyse it as it happened. I never imagined this would be even a remote possibility, and I am still stunned by recent events.

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Ominous-Spud @ US Strikes Syria

I would like to believe this was the case. Truly.

The Pentagon has claimed only two missiles missed, however current footage seems to indicate ~23 missiles hit Al-Sharyat.

The biggest issues I have with the theory that this was coordinated with the Russians in some way is that (A.) the Russians have emphatically denied any coordination (and have suspended Flight Security Memorandum) and (B.) Syrians were killed [or maybe they weren't?! Inception music intensifies].

As for Trump, I want to see this as a political maneuver on the 4D chessboard, but his decision has only demonstrated that he has buckled to the warhawks (who were taking to the airwaves in unadulterated joy at the footage of US missiles leaving the DDGs in the Med) to alleviate the pressure on him to prove that he isn't a part of "Muh Russia!1!". Sadly, this has already fallen apart as he has promised more action in the future and called for a joint coalition. Not only this, but the Deep State isn't buying it, with CNN already asking why "Teh Russians didn't shoot down teh missiles? He must be Putin puppet". Succumbing to pressure has displayed the weakness of his administration which, let's admit it, is in complete disarray and is full of every piece of Globalist/Neo-con **** you can think of.

As demonstration of strength to the Chinese, again, I would like to believe it could be this simple. But this is the Chinese we're talking about. Launching 59 BGM-170s in a sudden and erratic display of aggression does not garner respect, it's like losing an argument so resorting to physical violence. It's a sign of weakness, not of strength, and no one sees that sort of thing clearer than the Chinese.

In conclusion Trump, and trust me, I want to see this another way, I really do, has lost:

- To the Neo-cons, by buckling to their calls for physical action against Syria

- To the media, as they prove, yet again, that their lying, conniving, voice makes a difference in regards to the US' foreign policy.

- To his support base on the homefront, as they feel betrayed by his direct aggression against a state that is a key factor in the defeat of ISIS.

- To Russia, who again, have been handed the ball, and in which they will not respond in similar fashion, garnering yet more popular support worldwide, and will take this event as an excuse to simply bolster Syrian AD.

- To China, who probably now view Trump as untrustworthy, if not a complete idiot, who can not control his own home.

For crying out loud, Hillary Rodham Clinton came crawling back out of her hole to give a few cheers...

Things are terribly, terribly wrong in the WH. I know this may sound pessimistic, but this is not a win for Trump, no matter which way I look at it.

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Ominous-Spud @ US Strikes Syria

Now the dust has settled we have some interesting results.

23 of the 59 TLAMs actually got to their target (or so Ru MoD claims, feels like only credible source for me atm). That's 61% of missiles fired some how being lost in neverland. Also, Russian UAVs on station as missiles hit the base, so very good intel on what was happening for Russian side, to have UAVs on station and observing means they knew exactly what was happening as it happened.

Several possible reasons for this ranging from low quality batch of missiles (not likely, decline in manufacturing quality is possible, but this level of failure would be an alarming development for the USN, and serious questions would be asked), to Russian EW having a field day (Russian techies maybe picking through some Tomahawk airframes as we speak), or they physically shot down via Syrian AD, such as AAA or S-200 that were in vicinity (maybe Pantsir-S1 that Syrian AD has had for awhile? Usually thought to be stationed in Damascus protecting capital), easy enough given the nature of subsonic cruise missiles, especially if they had direct line with VKS radar data.

- Russian AD did not go active, no S-300 nor S-400, nor Tor nor Buk-M2 nor Pantsir-S2. I assume this is strategic, primarily do with not unveiling capabilities, in the same way they have ignored all actions that have targeted Syrian forces in Syria so far. I imagine they will only act if VKS is DIRECTLY threatened.

- Russians have gone into overdrive, officially are going to kit Syria with far more comprehensive AD network now (Israel is probably ******). Russian choppers apparently swarming Al-Sharyat as well.

- A total of 9 Su-22s/MiG-23s hit... negligible damage to runway, apparently sorties were conducted from same AB today by SyAAF. Some saying intel was good enough to move aircraft in time, ones hit may have been junk/spares. Village hit just South of the base is what allegedly killed 9 civvies. Syrian personnel who were killed maybe to slow on retreat?

- Still unknown if Russian personnel were actually at Al-Sharyat at the time, if so, unlikely any were killed given apparent Early Warning Systems being, well, early.

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Ominous-Spud @ US Strikes Syria

I must admit, this chemical weapons scenario blew up bigger and faster than I thought it would. And now we're here... I keep thinking it's impossible to get closer to midnight, yet we still do.

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Ominous-Spud @ US Strikes Syria

I am at a loss for words.

Understanding both the implications and the thinking behind this strategy is beyond me at this point.
This action, to me, is nothing short of an erratic, knee-jerk reaction to a war-crime that has not been verified and was likely carried out by opposition forces, forces that were likely in league with the US through both funding and weapons.

Even if, in the bizarre and logically impossible situation that the chemical attack was carried out by Government warplanes, this response would be incredibly dangerous, if not completely unwarranted. But the fact that the real story is likely completely contrary to the mainstream narrative means that the Trump administration is happy to carry out military action against targets that are protected and allied with a nuclear capable superpower on complete hearsay.

Trump, if this is appeasement to the deep state, well, they know exactly how to manipulate you then. This was a weak, pathetic, and politically-inept decision. The Trump supporters who can not see this event for what it is, need to reevaluate their positions.

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Ominous-Spud @ Star Wars Space Battle

Given the misery that was Battlefront, I don't think anyone has lost interest in a potentially good Star Wars game.

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Ominous-Spud @ Is NATO needed anymore?

Late reply because of study hijacking my life.

I certainly don't expect to see a utopia emerge once the US jumps off its podium, but at least a much more open discussion on solving international issues. In my ideal world everyone would stay home for awhile, see where things settle. Don't get me wrong, definitely keep supporting Iraq and Syria against ISIS, but keep the footprint light. ISIS is essentially finished at this point anyway, and I feel like the US finally has at least a semblance of a plan for their own way forward (in this case using SDF to carve out a pro-West section of Syria...) which is better than throwing weapons and money at jihadis. It's still not pretty, and the Russia-coalition would kind of just prefer it if they left Syria and focused on Iraq, as they feel they have got it covered. Also, you have Erdogan who is clearly insane, but Russia seems to have enough testicle twisting power that he only oversteps sometimes.

I agree with your Donald analyse. We'll see what he can do, at the very least America's now turned a page, where that goes, well, it's probably two options of ugly and really ugly. Things have got to get worse before they get better.

NATO needs to go so as to allow Europe to decide its own defense strategy. Where people get this wild idea that a return to individualist sovereignty will result in Europe promptly going back to invading one another I don't know, but shows just how little faith they have in themselves. Pretty sad really.

As for your final point, perhaps if the powers genuinely pursue this multi-polar idea, there'll be more time to consider the current issues of government and the inherent structural problems of our "democracies" and republics. Of course, this is very much a reason as to why the powers exist in a state of constant antagonism, as it allows the people to busy themselves thinking about just how bad those bad-guys over there are, instead of focusing on making their own nation a better place. Lead by example, not by force.

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Ominous-Spud @ Iranian karrar main battle tank officially enter mass production

I think half the problem is that the old generation are moving on into irl stuff... and there is no new generation to take up the modding torch to keep these places humming. *Nostalgia intensifies*
ModDB is kind of that backwater pub, the one you went to when you were younger, and as the years have passed new bars/clubs/pubs have opened, and ye' old pub has been getting progressively emptier, but you don't really notice until the moments when you turn to your mates to say something and realize there's no one there. Now we last few are like those old guys in the Muppets...

.... Karrar looks promising tbqh fam. Nice ERA coverage, probably have some decent electro-optical protection as well given performance of Syrian Sarab series.

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Ominous-Spud @ Is NATO needed anymore?

I don't think ANYONE is following their path to be honest... with the exception of Brussels/Berlin, but the EU is more "cute" at this point than anything else. Depending on the results of the French elections the European pursuit of a neoliberalist/cosmopolitan union could be over either very quickly, or just quickly. Hopefully a return to a classical realist thinking will ensue, based on the 1930's propositions from H. Carr, Morgenthau etc.

As for NATO. A large proportion of Europe's equipment is in a dismal state, and the wanton expenditure on gargantuan joint-projects has taken its toll. In World War II, powers struggled with assembling machinery from multiple factories, now NATO struggles with coordinating any form of standardized equipment to meet the needs of 28 individual members.
Obsessions with "high-tech" and tunnel visioned pursuits of unproven stratagems to employ on battlefields with "full-spectrum" ALS "dominance" while exorbitantly paid CO's sit in their air-conditioned containers surrounded by 28-inch 4k monitors playing war in some second-now-third-world country, has successfully neutered any future ability to conduct warfare against their neighbor... That is their purpose after all.

Further still, industrial sabotage from the US is all too common throughout NATO's history, as the US weapons export arm wipes out any potential competition to their lucrative market. From the FN-FAL, to the Eurofighter, to Airbus just recently selling off their (rather successful) electronics division to a US state-holder for no apparent reason.

For all intents and purposes NATO is completely obsolete, and it became so on the heels of 1991, where all future military operations should have been under the auspices of the UNSC (they could of at least tried committing to the cosmopolitan utopia that they preach so readily). Russia essentially tried implementing this idea with its request to join NATO, which of course would have mooted the point of NATO. It was snubbed as we all know.

Trump was ignorant on the NATO issue, as he apparently was on many of the affairs of the Deep State. It is beneficial that NATO exists, and beneficial that they contribute so little, for it isn't their security cooperation that matters, but the European Military Industrial Complex, which, in the name of Pax Americana, must not be allowed to innovate or gain competency that may threaten US arms market dominance, or, US foreign policy concerning Europe. After all, Europe NEEDS the US to protect it from those commie bastards in the East, who may pounce on poor unsuspecting Europe at any moment and steal their women and rape their horses.

Imagine if Europe gained parity with Russia, or worse, the US, all by itself? Oh, now that's a route about as dark and treacherous for US hegemony as a Eurasian silk road.

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Ominous-Spud @ MiG-21

The flying dart. Very cool!

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Ominous-Spud @ Ominous-Spud

So Givi is dead now as well...
RIP

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Ominous-Spud @ T-90 mobility killed outside Aleppo

Extinguishers I do cover most of the internals, and maybe some of the external surfaces such as engine bay etc. but the issue was the RWS burning off and throwing 12.7mm into the internals, that takes a manual extinguisher.

I don't know how may times an internal extinguisher can fire either, my guess is that it ran out of Freon long before the RWS cooked off completely. I suppose it traveled through the electrics from there...

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Ominous-Spud @ T-90 mobility killed outside Aleppo

The hatches may be open because they abandoned the tank. But who knows, it's possible they were driving around with them open.

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Ominous-Spud @ T-90 mobility killed outside Aleppo

Kornet is correct. Similar flag to Hezzies. Iranian Paramilitary Brigade: Jihadintel.meforum.org

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Ominous-Spud @ T-90 mobility killed outside Aleppo

What ****** me off is the T-90 carried them hard... the "mobility kill" was the driver being injured, it's quite likely the tank was still drivable.

And how about stop deactivating Shtora... it's there to save your bacon. Tiger forces swear by it, claiming it has decoyed sometimes multiple ATGM shots in one battle.

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Ominous-Spud @ More TSK Leo losses

If there's one thing this conflict and the Ukraine Civil War has taught me; it's to not underestimate ex-USSR ATGMs. However, you raise an interesting point, what we're witnessing is where the rubber meets the road in terms of weapons and their advertising vs. reality.

Leopards 2s are good tanks, Leo2A4s should be great tanks, but I do believe what we're witnessing now is the cold hard reality of composite armor vs. anti-tank weaponry of the late 20th century. Times have changed, the Russians learnt that lesson bitterly in Chechnya, Israel (sort of learned, at least led to Trophy) in the Golan Heights.

What these situations demonstrate is that inert armor is quite possibly outdated. Active and reactive multi-layered protection is the way forward.

This image: Moddb.com
That's the hull stowage being blown sky high, either direct penetration through the front glacis (~600 RHAe KE according to some) or from the side, just above and behind the front drive wheel (still well armored by composites). That's essentially straight through the toughest part of the tank, aside from the turret face.

This aside, it's the same old story as seen in Chechnya 1, Saddam's Iraq, early Syria days, the list goes on. When you do not adequately support your armor with air support, fire support, and infantry support, and perhaps most importantly, do not support it with adequate situational awareness, it's going to get mauled and mauled bad.

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Ominous-Spud @ More TSK Leo losses

Konkurs and ***** presumably, that's what has been seen in the majority of the videos around Al-Bab lately.

The only other possibilities would be Kornet or TOW, but Kornet is a silver bullet in this conflict, not many of them are easily accessible now and most of the TOW stocks are believed to be destroyed or captured, particularly with Aleppo liberation.

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Ominous-Spud @ Ukrainian "T-Rex"

Not to be that obligatory jump in and bash Ukraine guy... But if this comes even remotely close to reality I will eat my hat.

As for being an answer to the T-14...

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