TIE Fighter tactics for Star Wars: Battlefront II

Some background on the Tie Fighter
The TIE Fighter is manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems. The TIE/LN's engine is one of the most precisely manufactured propulsion systems in the galaxy and, with no moving parts, it's also low-maintenance. The lack of combat shields, hyperdrive, and life-support systems,together with the advanced engine design, reduces the mass of the fighter and conferres exceptional speed and maneuverability. This also makes them both inexpensive and quick to replace. Primary armament is a pair of L-s1 laser cannons, coupled with a powerful sensor suite.

Tie Fighter Battlefront II

TIE Bomber tactics for Star Wars: Battlefront II

Some background on the Tie Bomber
The TIE/sa bomber is designed by Sienar Fleet Systems for use in the military of the Galactic Empire. As a light bomber, it's part of the TIE line of starfighters, distinguished by their twin ion engines and solar collector panels. The bomber measures 7.9 meters long, 10.6 meters wide, and 5.4 meters high and has a bluish gray paintscheme.

Tie Bomber Battlefront II

Follow the Chianti wine route trough Tuscany

In this article we follow the Chianti Wine Route or Chiantigiana (SR 222) throughout one of Italy's most beautiful and charming regions. The road swings through the Tuscan hills of the Chianti Classico wine region along thousands of hectares of vineyards, all of which produce the Chianti Classico DOCG (the highest classification for Chianti). We leave in Florence and drive along the many picturesque villages to Siena.

chianti wine route

Climbing Alpe d'Huez by bike

The climb to Alpe d'Huez is also called the Dutch mountain because of the number of Dutch stage victors in the Tour de France. This climb is famous and infamous. The Alp has been the scene of different tour stage finals. The climb is heavy, ascending ten kilometers with an average of 8,4%. But as it is often with infamous climbs, it's not as bad as many cyclists will make you believe. While ascending to alpe d'Huez it's possible to find a nice rhythm.

The campsite of la Cascade in the valley is seen by many as the start of the climb. Five hundred meters (0,3mi) after this popular campsite, the fireworks begins. The first three kilometers (2mi) are the heaviest of the whole climb. With percentages well over 10 percent you have to make sure you don't burn yourself completely. After this popping start it gets better, or let's say a little less steep.

Alpe d'Huez
Climbing Alpe d'Huez

Climbing Col du Galibier by bike

With over 1900 altimeters (6270ft) this monster climb is of the highest and also longest (31km or 19mi) cols in France. Like many cols, the Galibier can be climbed from both sides. But actually there's only one Galibier and that's the side from the Maurienne Valley, via the north side. In this route, you first have to defeat the Col du Télégraphe before continuing to the top of Galibier.

The Galibier is located on the border between northern Savoy and Southern Hautes Alpes (regions in France). Even the views are different on each side. On the Valloire side in Savoie there is a lot of greenery, with many pine trees and it is often cool and wet. The southern side is warmer, the grass is often dry and are larchs are filling the forests. The view from the top towards Oisans is stunningly beautiful. But also towards the north the view is never to forget with the giant Mont Blanc in the background.

Col du Galibier

La Marmotte Granfondo cycling tour

La Marmotte is seen internationally by many cyclists as the tour of tours. With about 5000 altimeters (16500 ft), this event is a big challenge and the sprawling climbs give the Marmotte a hero status. The route sequentially climbs the Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and ends at the summit of the infamous Alpe d'Huez. Due to its enormous popularity, enrolling on time is really a must as it is fully booked every year.

Marmotte height profile
La Marmotte height profile

Climbing Col du Glandon by bike

The Col du Glandon is one of the most famous climbs in the Alps. Any somewhat fanatic cyclist will have passed the Col du Glandon in his life at least a few times. Often this will be from Bourg d'Oisans and not from the heavier north side via La Chambre. This is the most popular side of the Glandon and is actually the climb of the Croix de la Fer starting from Barrage du Verney (the dam). The Tour de France regularly passes the Glandon and often the famous climbers reach the top first. Due to the limited space and the unfavorable location, there was never a stage finish on the Glandon.

Col du Glandon