I just played the first mission from Sampson’s campaign remake (a specialty of his) of the ‘Taman Bridgehead’ campaign from the original IL-2 series. The recently released Scripted Campaign for IL-2: Battle of Kuban is worth checking out!
Over the Taman Bridgehead
In the late summer of 1943, German forces in the Kuban region had been pushed back into the Taman Peninsula. Blocked in by the Azov Sea in the north and the Black Sea in the south their only route of escape was the Kerch Strait. Alternatively units attempted to stem the tide against a growing offensive by Soviet troops.
This campaign currently features the Bf109G-4 and will also offer alternate versions later with the Bf109G-6 (Collector Plane) when it arrives. Sampson also says that a P-39L-1 version of the campaign could be offered too.
The first mission has a nice open ended feel to it where you’re given a battle area to patrol and how you approach that area is up to you. High or low, your exact entry into the space, and your whole flight plan is entirely you.
I’m not 100% sure yet but I think if I were to replay the mission and head to a different location I’d have a different experience.
So far there have been plenty of enemy aircraft and some friendlies flying around on different missions so the mission spaces feel far from empty.
I’ll report more as I play this campaign.
Feel like playing a Scripted Campaign over Kuban while you wait for 3.001 and the official release? This should definitely cure that need.