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Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 2 months ago #1

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Greetings all…

Well it’s all gone a bit quiet on the ACW front…….Not!!! Fantastic to see a lot of new maps and sprites appearing or in progress…So here is my modest attempt the download is at the bottom of this post.

Clash of the Titans – Grant’s Overland Campaign



Its March 1864 and Gettysburg is but a distant memory….. In Richmond the Confederacy led by President Jefferson Davis reels from news of disaster after disaster in the west but are buoyed by better news from the eastern front thanks mainly to the remarkable leadership of General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia who are still managing to frustrate all who are sent against them. Meanwhile in Washington, things are no better for President Abraham Lincoln. Anti-war copperhead support is now growing and with only a few months before he has to go to the ballot box he now has to do what no president has ever done before…. Fight an increasingly bloody war and at the same time win a national election. It’s an election that even Lincoln now thinks he can’t win and he tells his cabinet that they now have to win the war before the democrats come to power.

However, in the west there is better news. Fresh from his victories at Vicksburg and then Chattanooga which culminated in the rout of Confederates at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant is now seen as the military hero of the Union cause. A desperate Lincoln who has been following Grant since Belmont in 1861 finally wins cabinet approval to bring him to the east. Once in Washington Grant sets to work on his strategy and Lincoln promotes Grant to full Lieutenant General of all Federal Forces. Although Lincoln and secretary of war Stanton have full confidence in Grant the same cannot be said for Maj. Gen. George E. Meade the current commander of The Army of the Potomac their confidence here is rapidly on the wane as since his famous victory at Gettysburg Meade has only led his army in two rather minor campaigns - Mine Run and Bristoe Station, both of which strategically amounted to nothing. Grant decides to take the measure of Meade and his army for himself and rather than the new commander of chief staying in Washington he will follow the Army of the Potomac on campaign.



In Virginia Lee also has concerns, his “old Warhorse” James Longstreet with his First Corps is still yet to return from assignment in the west and rumours abound that his East Tennessee campaign has been anything but a great success. Resource of men and supplies are also dwindling and he desperately sends letters daily to Jefferson Davis asking for assistance. But Lee’s main concern is with his two remaining senior commanders – Richard S. Ewell’s (2nd Corps) performance at Gettysburg was lacklustre and he appears to have lost his early-war aggressiveness and Ambrose Powell Hill (Third Corps) whilst a superb divisional commander was also disappointing at Gettysburg and more recently completely reckless at Bristoe Station losing 1,200 of his best men, men Lee is discovering he cannot readily replace. At the beginning of May Lee begins to receive reports that his old adversaries in the Army of the Potomac are on the move again.

Lee naturally assumes that the cautious Meade is making a move towards Richmond but Lee is actually mistaken, in fact Grant’s objective is not the Confederate capital as others before him had obsessed, his objective is Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. On May 4th 1864, the Army of the Potomac 120,000 strong crosses the Rapidan River converging on a small tavern in a place called “The Wilderness” it’s an area well known to the union army’s veterans as this dense forbidding woodland was part of the same area where the battle of Chancellorsville had been fought the previous year. Grant had no intention fighting here instead he wants to move quickly so that they can find good open ground where their superior numbers and artillery will count. But the determined westerner is about to learn a very hard lesson about fighting in the East and his teacher for this lesson will be Robert E. Lee, the dye was cast and the two leading Generals of the war are about to meet in combat for the very first time…………





This OOB pack Includes all the major battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna and Cold Harbor in some cases I have split down the OOBs so they are more manageable……

The Wilderness east wing 5th May
The Wilderness west wing 5th May
The Wilderness east wing 6th May
The Wilderness west wing 6th May
Spotsylvania – Brock Road 7th May
Spotsylvania – Todd’s Tavern 8th May
Spotsylvania – Laurel Hill 8/9th May
Spotsylvania – Laurel Hill 10th May
Spotsylvania – Upton’s Assault 10th May
Yellow Tavern - 11th May
Spotsylvania – The Muleshoe 12th May
Spotsylvania – Warrens Probe 12th May
Spotsylvania – Harris Farm 19th May
North Anna – Jericho Mills
North Anna – Chesterfield Bridge
Cold Harbor - Haws Shop
Cold Harbor – Bethesda Church
Cold Harbor – Totopotomoy Creek
Cold Harbor – June 1st
Cold Harbor – June 3rd – Left Flank
Cold Harbour – June 3rd Right Flank
Cold Harbor - Trevilian Station

For details of this campaign please watch this fantastic overview from the Civil War Trust……



The mod also includes Reb Buglers excellent Bugle and Flag mods and the infantry mod so no additional mods need to be added or activated – my thanks for all the modders out there Reb Bugler, Crikey, Pom, Mark T, Martin, Davinci, Garnier, Gunship24 ….the list goes on! …..

Also features

  • New splash and loading screens.
  • I have also for the first time added new portraits down to Brigade level (some of those pictures took some research and finding!)
  • A subtle Unit flag mod that adds a bit of realism to the artillery and wagon trains.
  • 2 Bonus OOB's - Battle of Cloyd's Mountain, West Virginia and Battle of New Market, Virginia.


Plus You may notice a few other tweaks and additions

As before my sincere gratitude to all the skilled modders out there for their assistance that continue to ensure that SOWG is the best Civil war game out there.

IMPORTANT - Please ensure that you disable other mods before activating this mod - likewise deactivate this mod when using others as clashes may occur.

There are no maps included by there are plenty to go at on the forum now!

I’m working on a few other projects 1/Early western campaign – up to and including Perryville 2/ Franklin-Nashville and researching a Mexican-American War Mod - Then I hope to start looking at Petersburg, the 1864 Valley campaign and Appomattox but hope you enjoy this in the meantime…

Regards 
Zeke

DOWNLOAD LINK below
www.mediafire.com/?05nc7aa919tkwxr

+++Update++++ as per error reported a couple of days ago ........only use this update if you experience overly large officer sprites........

As a quick fix please find the below link this should remove the sprite causing the "giant effect"

1/ Open your copy of SOWG
2/ Click on Mods
3/ Open The Overland Campaign 1864 -OOB Pack
4/ Open Logistics
5/ Drop in the below file in - It will ask if you want to overwrite existing file click yes

www.mediafire.com/file/17v3vww30xrwuiu/unitglobal.csv
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 1 month, 4 weeks ago #2

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Thanks Zeke.

Any suggestions on maps.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 1 month, 4 weeks ago #3

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Yes sorry conjotter I should have given some recommendations -

The Wilderness - SOWG Chancellorsville add on map - as the battle was fought in the same area as the 1863 battle. if you don't have this try the Random Wilderness Maps by Garnier (link below) I would use the Hunt them down mode for the first day and play as the Unions feeling out where the confederates are. On the second day have the confederate on the defensive holding two/three positions - If you get the Union on the run though look at a counter offensive.....Lee did!

Spotsylvania
I would use the Random Wilderness Maps for Laurel Hill firstly Hunt them down mode and then with the Union on the attack. For the Spotsylvania assaults RebBuglers Lynchburg map is excellent have the confederates on the defensive holding three or more positions.

North Anna
- SOWG Brandy station add on or Mark T's Map Pack play with the confederates on the defensive holding a couple of points but launch an attack if you get the opportunity this would be historically accurate

Cold Harbour - Well Mark T has done us a big favour and released a cold harbor map here the confederates need to be fully on the defensive holding three or four points - the exception would be the Bethesda Church and Totopotomoy Creek OOB here the confederates should be doing the attacking!

The maps can be found here

www.norbsoftdev.net/forum/modifications/23871-released-mod-threads

Have fun

Zeke

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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 1 month, 4 weeks ago #4

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any problems or errors please let me know and I will amend asap

regards

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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #5

I just downloaded these OOBs, and must say I really enjoy having the Overland Campaign OOBs, which is something I have missed on SOW. When I activated the mod, however, the colonel figure for each regiment appears 3 times larger than all the other figures in game. Has anyone else had this issue? I had used other mods without having this issue, and have also turned off all other mods except for the map ones to make sure it wasn't some sort of issue cause by competing mods. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #6

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kewindahl145 wrote:
I just downloaded these OOBs, and must say I really enjoy having the Overland Campaign OOBs, which is something I have missed on SOW. When I activated the mod, however, the colonel figure for each regiment appears 3 times larger than all the other figures in game. Has anyone else had this issue? I had used other mods without having this issue, and have also turned off all other mods except for the map ones to make sure it wasn't some sort of issue cause by competing mods. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!


Well, it's titled "Clash of the Titans"

I was honored when Zeke included B&F with this mod, but now that it's an older version and folks are using the updated version problems were bound to arise...I'm pretty sure this is an example.

Unless Zeke removes B&F from this mod, which I recommend because of updates clashing, then I suggest removing all B&F files yourself.

Zeke,

I hope you see the issues with including other mods. Unless you keep this mod updated along with the updates of the included mods, problems will occur.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #7

Do you have any tips on how to suss out which files belong to B&F, or which need to be deleted/which need to be kept? Is there a file name or extension I should be looking for?

Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #8

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kewindahl145 wrote:
Do you have any tips on how to suss out which files belong to B&F, or which need to be deleted/which need to be kept? Is there a file name or extension I should be looking for?


Too many files in the mix for me to know where to begin. Zeke will have to sort it out. I see by the screenshot that you're using the latest version of B&F. To use the oobs only in this mod you can copy them to the latest B&F version, OOBs folder. Downside is that the portraits Zeke added won't show up. I don't think their absence will cause a crash.

That's all I've got. If Zeke decides to remove B&F from this mod B&F should be compatible with it when prioritized above this mod in Modifications.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #9

I tried adding the OOBs to the B&F files, and took out the folder for the Overland mod, but it does cause a crash. After adding the OOBs, the first time it will let me get to the commander selection screen, but then crashes. Each time after that it crashes as soon as I click on the "sandbox" option. I took out these OOBs and just used B&F, and everything seems to launch alright again.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #10

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RebBugler wrote:
kewindahl145 wrote:
I just downloaded these OOBs, and must say I really enjoy having the Overland Campaign OOBs, which is something I have missed on SOW. When I activated the mod, however, the colonel figure for each regiment appears 3 times larger than all the other figures in game. Has anyone else had this issue? I had used other mods without having this issue, and have also turned off all other mods except for the map ones to make sure it wasn't some sort of issue cause by competing mods. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!


Well, it's titled "Clash of the Titans"

I was honored when Zeke included B&F with this mod, but now that it's an older version and folks are using the updated version problems were bound to arise...I'm pretty sure this is an example.

Unless Zeke removes B&F from this mod, which I recommend because of updates clashing, then I suggest removing all B&F files yourself.

Zeke,

I hope you see the issues with including other mods. Unless you keep this mod updated along with the updates of the included mods, problems will occur.


Hmmm I will have a look at this and see if I can't rectify the error - I've not seen this occur in testing.

kewindahl145 what map packs are you using? There may be a file here that is causing the issue.

regards

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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #11

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RebBugler wrote:

Too many files in the mix for me to know where to begin.


Reb - Whats new in the great State of Arkansas!

Wouldn't the problem be confined to either of these two files, "unitglobal, or unitmodel" - since they are the only files that calls the "Flag-Bearer" ?

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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 6 days ago #12

Aside from the SOW Gettysburg base, with all the updates, I have the Chancellorsville expansion installed. I had the Chickamauga and "Chancellorsville Extras" enabled the first go 'round, but have since disabled them and all other mods except the Overland one with the same result: regimental commanders 3 times larger than all other figures. I have also checked other game play options and other OOBs, this issue only pops up with the Overland OOBs.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 5 days ago #13

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kewindahl145 wrote:
Aside from the SOW Gettysburg base, with all the updates, I have the Chancellorsville expansion installed. I had the Chickamauga and "Chancellorsville Extras" enabled the first go 'round, but have since disabled them and all other mods except the Overland one with the same result: regimental commanders 3 times larger than all other figures. I have also checked other game play options and other OOBs, this issue only pops up with the Overland OOBs.


Okay thanks Kewindahl145 - I'll have a look at this today for you and see if I first replicate and then fix this issue for you .....thankyou for raising

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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 5 days ago #14

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kewindahl145 wrote:
Aside from the SOW Gettysburg base, with all the updates, I have the Chancellorsville expansion installed. I had the Chickamauga and "Chancellorsville Extras" enabled the first go 'round, but have since disabled them and all other mods except the Overland one with the same result: regimental commanders 3 times larger than all other figures. I have also checked other game play options and other OOBs, this issue only pops up with the Overland OOBs.


Well I have run this in my clean test version of SOWG with the above set up and not had the same issue it could be the Atlanta OOB pack causing a conflict as this is quite old now and due an update but looks like this isn't activated anyway.... The mods been downloaded now around 200 times anyone else seen this issue guys?

As a quick fix please find the below link this should remove the sprite causing the "giant effect"

1/ Open your copy of SOWG
2/ Click on Mods
3/ Open The Overland Campaign 1864 -OOB Pack
4/ Open Logistics
5/ Drop in the below file in - It will ask if you want to overwrite existing file click yes

www.mediafire.com/file/17v3vww30xrwuiu/unitglobal.csv

If the problem persists please let me know....Anyone else having the same issue please do the same as above this error may be due to the officer sprites not being packed (I don't have a packing tool to do this) I plan to set some time aside and redo my OOB packs with the latest versions.

Thankyou for you comments RebBugler and Davinci there are a lot of mods out there now so unfortunately clashes are inevitable we could probably do with a Master mod like the older TC2M had.
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Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 5 days ago #15

That file seems to fixed it up. Thanks very much!

Re: Grants Overland Campaign of 1864 3 weeks, 5 days ago #16

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kewindahl145 wrote:
That file seems to fixed it up. Thanks very much!


Excellent news enjoy ....and welcome to the SOW forum

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