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Matrox
2007-08-09, 21:08
Just had a quick bash on a 24/7 basrah server and my god, did we find a new use for the merlin!

It all started when the round started. [R-Dev]Evilhomer jumped in the helo, and screamed me to jump in. I only had an engie kit, but as it was just us two in the squad there was no use dropping me off by my lonesome, so we came up with a new plan.

We decided that we really needed to get the bridges out of action, to hinder the movement of the civvies cars. So, I leaned out of the left position and guided homer over one of the bridges. I dropped the C4 out of the window, saw it smack onto the bridge, and blew it into tiny bits. What a feeling!

We did this to the other three bridges bar one, which we left open so we could funnel thier movements. This where the real excitement began. I dropped off and grabbed a heavy at kit. jumped back in the helo, charged to the bridge we left open.

We looked around for people when suddenly a motorbike came screaming along with a passenger on. The chase was on.

I spotted the bike and Homer span into action. He pulled up alongside the bike trying to match his speed as i directed him in the direction to go. I was leaning out of the left side when i took a shot at the bike, but missed. We carried on trying to chase the bike whilst i reloaded until we saw it was going along the main road. Homer circled quickly round the city and sped to the other side Sideways on to the road, he lowered me down. If I was that bike I would be bricking it. A merlin just flew out from behind some buildings, and there is a guy hanging out of the side with a heavy at pointing at my head. Was the most satisfying kill yet.

We then spent the rest of the round either dropping c4 ontop of vehicles/people from a great height, or hunting vehicles with heavy at. PR doesnt get better than that!

Who said the merlin is just a taxi?

lysander_atrull
2007-08-09, 21:13
done the c4 thing before - great for clearing rooftops !

also in extraction mode the little birds were perfect for laying smoke to cover the VIP car :)

just takes a little imagination kids..

eddie
2007-08-09, 21:17
My god, the DEVs are behind the public by about three months:p I've done it many times. The only AT shot someone's managed to make out of my Merlin was when we were looking for ammo caches over the village and some Toyota started firing on us, and then moving. Clever. Not. One L-AT fired, a quick 180 yaw and a second L-AT is popped off and strikes fear into those Insurgent scum.

gazzthompson
2007-08-09, 21:22
yea this rocks , i was cut to pieces by some 1 leaning out with a SAW

Eddiereyes909
2007-08-09, 21:32
Yep Same with Eddie, do it all the time.

Man the merlin is my favorite helicopter in PR

OiSkout
2007-08-09, 21:32
I need to find myself some new pilots.

eddie
2007-08-09, 21:36
As ya can see, I like to fly the Merlin:) I've had a few people shout at me over mic for flying too close to trees and buildings etc. They also don't seem to like me circling RPG gunners, who are just itching to hit me, but can't.

epoch
2007-08-09, 21:45
Yup excellent merlin flying Evilhomer.

The Battlerecorder demos from tonights rounds are at http://www.clanmkp.com/core/bf2demolist.html

The ones at the bottom are the latest, and the round start time is in the filename (probably out by an hour).

Dunehunter
2007-08-09, 21:46
Did something similar with a LB and 2 saws once...worked for a bit, before we got shot down >_<

Eddiereyes909
2007-08-09, 21:47
psh, Merlin pwns the LB

Expendable Grunt
2007-08-09, 22:03
Underused my left foot -- I normally use it for aircav and up-armed gunshipping.

What else is heavy AT on basrah for?

TF6049
2007-08-10, 03:03
Matrox;453682']Just had a quick bash on a 24/7 basrah server and my god, did we find a new use for the merlin!

It all started when the round started. [R-Dev]Evilhomer jumped in the helo, and screamed me to jump in. I only had an engie kit, but as it was just us two in the squad there was no use dropping me off by my lonesome, so we came up with a new plan.

We decided that we really needed to get the bridges out of action, to hinder the movement of the civvies cars. So, I leaned out of the left position and guided homer over one of the bridges. I dropped the C4 out of the window, saw it smack onto the bridge, and blew it into tiny bits. What a feeling!

We did this to the other three bridges bar one, which we left open so we could funnel thier movements. This where the real excitement began. I dropped off and grabbed a heavy at kit. jumped back in the helo, charged to the bridge we left open.

We looked around for people when suddenly a motorbike came screaming along with a passenger on. The chase was on.

I spotted the bike and Homer span into action. He pulled up alongside the bike trying to match his speed as i directed him in the direction to go. I was leaning out of the left side when i took a shot at the bike, but missed. We carried on trying to chase the bike whilst i reloaded until we saw it was going along the main road. Homer circled quickly round the city and sped to the other side Sideways on to the road, he lowered me down. If I was that bike I would be bricking it. A merlin just flew out from behind some buildings, and there is a guy hanging out of the side with a heavy at pointing at my head. Was the most satisfying kill yet.

We then spent the rest of the round either dropping c4 ontop of vehicles/people from a great height, or hunting vehicles with heavy at. PR doesnt get better than that!

Who said the merlin is just a taxi?

I did that with BH. Was firing H-AT from one in Jabal. Kudos to my pilot, CP20000

swiftdraw
2007-08-10, 05:06
I couldn't do that on Basrah, the Merlin lags to much for me to fly that low. Takes all I can do to land with out crashing! Goes to show the the Merlin is probably the most forgiving heli in PR since I've manage to run a successful taxi service with it even with the lag.

Outlawz7
2007-08-10, 09:46
Old ;)

I did that on Devfile, when it was still up, Medic and Rifleman on miniguns, a pilot and 2 SFs, including me in the BH.

Hover over the bridge, throw Slams down, gtfo :D

Alex6714
2007-08-10, 10:09
I really like the merlin, easy to fly.:-P I will have to try that one day! Although last time I was on Al basrah in the merlin, I got teamkilled for it with a 50 cal while trying to repair.:-(

Bonsai
2007-08-10, 10:55
Hehe! Airmining!
I hope we will get the claymores back sometimes? Had a lot of fun with them and a helicopter in GREY area during 0.5. :)

ZaZZo
2007-08-10, 21:20
Was that wiht me and Olsson? That was awsome even though the RPG's killed Homer through the windscreen.

Expendable Grunt
2007-08-11, 06:49
Speaking of MERLINS...next time I'm flying you grunts places, DO NOT OPEN MY F*CKING BACK HATCH.

A merlin can take 2 RPG hits before being taken down. With one hit, it's harder to fly but I can still do it.

IF YOU OPEN MY F*CKING HATCH ONE HIT SETS OFF ALL THE ALARMS AND I EVENTUALLY LOSE CONTROL.

/PSA

OldSchoolSoldier
2007-08-12, 08:50
The problem with the Merlin is that it is very large and fairly sluggish. It makes a prime target for any type of enemy high calibre fire. If you're going to be successful in the Merlin you need to fly close to the ground and have the ability to hover. The amount of people who are unable to hover, attempt to drop off passengers and then fly into them is damn frustrating :(

Little Bird on the other hand is ideal for most situations. The US can make great use of it on Qwai :)

Masaq
2007-08-12, 12:24
Also, some servers (I'm looking at you, TG) don't like people firing heavy ordinance from the back of choppers, claim it's unrealistic.

For me, until the game actually prevents you from firing a LAT or HAT from the side of a chopper - either by not letting you arm the weapon, or by killing everyone else inside the bird on launch - it's fair game.

Dunehunter, I think it was with me and a few iGi guys on Qwai that we were doing that in the LB... loaded up with HAT and some SAWs and went gunshipping, back in the Open Beta? Was hella fun :D

Darkpowder
2007-08-12, 12:34
Noone who is sane would deploy a heavy-at kit for PR on the British/USMC side in albasrah.

I don't care how good you are with it (and i say without modesty that i am good with it), you can never guarantee it won't fall into enemy hands. They have absolutley no armour to fire at, nothing that a light-at can't deal with. Sure its good for bunker busting, or clearing out "houses of pain" but its too much of a liability to take into close terrain which you should be doing on that map.

If i was SL or commander i would tell my team never to take heavy-AT. on that map.

Here's hoping for fully implemented massive backblast soon

Snake_doctor
2007-08-12, 16:58
yer i was on sever wen u guy was uesing the HAT out the back that was all so verry good play i think homer was flying u had the hat but u guys wher takeing loads out with the hat out the back wp

Outlawz7
2007-08-12, 18:05
My squad once killed an USMC squad of 4 on 0.5 Basrah, I checked the kits and one guy had Heavy AT...

Destroyed a fully operational tank and 2 Cobra's :D

Of course, my SL and squad didnt realize, what this means, so I got sniped and no one was there to pick up the kit or save it.

.:iGi:.BLACKWIRE
2007-08-12, 22:18
This one time when I was driving a jihad car towards the VC from the east, heading for the north entrace, I came across a parked merlin on the road with 4/5 brits getting in/out. It was my favourite jihad ever... :)

.:iGi:.BLACKWIRE
2007-08-12, 22:20
Darkpowder;456112']Noone who is sane would deploy a heavy-at kit for PR on the British/USMC side in albasrah.

I don't care how good you are with it (and i say without modesty that i am good with it), you can never guarantee it won't fall into enemy hands. They have absolutley no armour to fire at, nothing that a light-at can't deal with. Sure its good for bunker busting, or clearing out "houses of pain" but its too much of a liability to take into close terrain which you should be doing on that map.

If i was SL or commander i would tell my team never to take heavy-AT. on that map.

Here's hoping for fully implemented massive backblast soon

I disagree, if you have a well secured VC, it's good for defending against any jihad vechicles etc...

G.Drew
2007-08-12, 23:18
they need to mount an gun on the Merlin, ive seen in real-life that theres usually a GPMG mounted to the ramp at the rear

CmdUnknown
2007-08-13, 15:35
most underused because -> it's bugged!

I can't fly it because I get lags every few seconds in it.
btw - why have a big ass merlin on Operation Ghost Pain?! Give 'em brits the small MEC transport chopper :P

Emnyron
2007-08-15, 22:55
Its underused becuse it gets shot down faster than you can say, "You bloody bugger"

Berry[13thmeu]
2007-08-18, 08:42
Explosives + helo x poorly armed insurgents = entertainment!

Juba
2007-08-19, 12:02
Brits blowing the bridges on Basrah? Its normally Insurgents doing that.

Cp
2007-08-19, 16:19
Blowing the 3 bridges from the palace to the mainland means that the insurgents cant use any of the jihad vehicles from the palace, because the civilians have the same wrench as the crewman kit and cant repair bridges.

But I have seen brits blowing the bridges over the river to the airport to stop jihad vehicles getting to the airport but that will also keeps the warriors from getting to the city and thats just silly.

Masaq
2007-08-19, 17:19
Nowwww, that's interesting... didn't know they had the crewman wrench.

*NOW* I have a plan for every time I play Brits on that map.

S.P.C-[Reality]-
2007-08-26, 19:36
ive never done done, but it sounds cool. like hollywood movies hehe

-=TB=-Tobakfromcuba
2007-09-03, 06:27
i thought you have to use the shovels now for repairs
like all metal things need wrench, all other structures need shovel

Teek
2007-09-03, 21:28
i thought you have to use the shovels now for repairs
like all metal things need wrench, all other structures need shovel
nope, the shovels are for Sand structures.

Sadist_Cain
2007-12-03, 09:35
You can use the shovel to fix the citadel door on seven gates ;)

NickO
2007-12-03, 10:29
When myself and the rest of the CATA guys pub on Al Basrah we always go around HAT/C4ing out of the chopper.

Btw, Merlin + 2 Engineers repairing = Immortal.

Add the fact that the SL is the merlin pilot there is no need for landing.

DarkTalon
2007-12-05, 01:35
I made an alternate account for flying merlins, his name is mister merlin, i'm currently trying to convince my girlfriend to buy BF2 so misses merlin can play.