19 January 2024

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

This week, we are excited to share with you Grinnelli Designs’ update for the DCS: F-100D Super Sabre. Please read the details below and check out the video here: F-100D Dev Log: The Road to Realism.

In the most recent DCS Open Beta update, you may have noticed some improvements to procedural grass diversity and shading across terrains such as DCS: The Channel and DCS: Syria. We are continuing to enhance the grass distribution across terrain tiles, and grass blades now bend to achieve a more natural look. This technology will be available in our Terrain Development Kit (TDK) offering our official third party maps the opportunity to enhance low level realism for their terrain maps too. 

If you are looking for a server to test your skills, then the Grayflag Death From Above PvE server is excellent! Brought to you by Graywo1f and Grimes, this persistent and busy server boasts the ability to save unit positions during server restarts. Join the Grayflag discord now.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics

F-100D Super Sabre

Development Report

F-100D Super Sabre

“Our dedicated team completed an extensive journey across Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana, meticulously scanning F-100 aircraft to guarantee the utmost quality and precision. With the infusion of these invaluable resources, our team is channelling creativity and expertise to bring the Super Sabre to life, ensuring every detail captures and preserves the essence of this iconic aircraft.”

– Grinnelli Designs

An exceptional experience took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where an immersive week unfolded due to a fuel valve failure with the last flying F-100. This unforeseen event offered a unique opportunity to engage in detailed aircraft maintenance, capturing essential sounds and aerial footage. These experiences, complemented by insights from veterans, will play a crucial role in shaping this highly realistic module.

The project is progressing steadily, focusing on the development of a comprehensive and accurate flight model for the Super Sabre. Through a combination of computational methods, real aerodynamic data, and wind tunnel tests, the team is meticulously refining the model to accurately replicate the intricate dynamics of the actual aircraft. This effort stands as a testament to the team's commitment to delivering a high-quality, authentic experience in the world of DCS. Please make sure you watch the F-100D Dev Log: The Road to Realism.


Development Progress

The Channel

In the above screenshot, you can see the results of improved procedural grass distribution across terrain tiles. Compared to other types of vegetation, such as shrubs or trees, grass has a more regular standard geometric structure; however, this benefit is outweighed by the huge quantity of distinct and subtle flora that may be found on even fairly small pieces of terrain.

In order to provide interactivity and stable frame rates on any but the smallest maps, the brute-force method of covering the entire landscape with individual grass blade models was impractical. Therefore, we continue to work on a more efficient approach to grass distribution, and we enhanced grass shading by using ambient occlusion. We also improved vegetation shading with the release of Screen Space Shadows (SSS). Furthermore we are working on new vegetation visual effects from explosions, gun fire, and aircraft.


PvE Server

F-14 Tomcat

Welcome to Grayflag Death From Above, a hardcore persistent multiplayer PvE multiplayer server. We encourage you to team up and liberate territories on one of four servers and conduct strikes on enemy SAMs, factories, bases, runways, and more! Be careful, some members can occasionally fight as REDFOR to keep you on your toes.

This server harbours enemy forces who will attempt to resupply and reinforce their positions and even launch counter offensives as you and your team attempt to push the front line and liberate areas. Your task is to set up ground units to liberate and capture objectives or defend with ground forces. Please note, the position of units will be saved when the server restarts and you will log straight back into this persistent battlefield. This server also features the Combined Arms module. Find out more on Grayflag discord!

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics