DOCUP -> European Pacific. Durnedwolf vs Me (8/28/2018 7:23:28 PM)
So its Dec 24th, 1941. I'm going to pick up here. I had typed out some highlights and I can't copy and paste them over.
First I want to thank some people for helping me with this fantasy mod. John 3rd, Nygiants, JWE and the Babes crew, Dali, Skylands, El Cid, JaunG, Durnedwolf, Traskott, and many others who I can't remember right now.
I will post some pics of the map with my thoughts. Comments welcomed
I hear people say its all about Logistics.
I would like to THANK the all the people who have helped me along the way. I wonít be able to remember and list all of you so Iím sorry if I left you off. Thank you to Koniu, John 3rd, NyGiants, JWE and the Da Babes team, JuanG, Skylands, Dali, El Cid, Traskott and others.
I started to tinker with the editor after my PBEM with Koniu ended. I found that it helped with my depression. The more I modded and researched the better I felt. So, the mod has gone multiple ways. I am now trying to test and see what I made. (A lot of errors) I play to have fun and relax. So, this mod is about having fun to me and a little bit of flavor. I want to make it a little harder in the beginning for the Axis and harder in the end for the Allies.
I will post the back story later. I have a problem putting my thoughts to paper, thatís the reason I hate putting out an AAR or the backstory. Yes, the back story still needs lots of work. One day I may finish it. If you have any question or suggestions ask me.
Durnedwolf answered my call for a PBEM opponent and thank you for that buddy. The game is currently Dec 24th, Santa did not bring me what I wanted for Christmas. (a sunk Japanese CV). I will try and give a summary of the past turns.
Dec 7th, Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. They damage 7 battleships a cruiser and some support ships but nothing is sunk here. Guam is the major base of the Far East. Now this is where Wolf gets some sinking action. CVE Kitty Hawk (Converted Omaha Cruiser) is sunk, a battleship, CB, and heavy cruiser are damaged. Bombings happen around the map at some of the usual places.
Dec 8th, Kota Bharu is invaded. I get lucky with a CL raid on Kota Bharu. Two old D class cruisers sneak in and hit an amphibious TF, we damage some ships. Danae ate a TT, but will fight again. I donít think anything sank from this action, but it felt good. I want to keep Wolf on his toes. Sweeps of Guam continue for another day odds are about even for both sides. I get lucky that he escorted bomber runs on both the port, naval attack, and air field. CB Guam and BB New Mexico get hit by two bombs each again today. Manila finds some P-36D (Philippines fighter) tangling with some Zeros and bombers. The bombers get through and sink several ships. I get lucky the Zero sweeps of Manila come after the escorted bombers. None of my fighters rise to meet the Zeros. ACEH (Part of Northern Sumatra gained its Independence from the Dutch with the help of the Italians) and Italian planes attack Dutch and British targets.
Makin, Battaan Islands are taken by amphib landings and Sorong was taken by airborne troops. I lost 3 Do-24s here. Mergui is also taken by paratroopers. I lose 20 DC-2s and 4 Hurricane Iís. Really not happy about this. War is hell. I also believe this is the nite that BB Haruna eats a TT from a B26D.
Dec 9th, As per the usual subs and mines take out ships running away from the Philippines. A CL lead SAG gets into the action off of Jolo by sinking some xAKLs. BB Luzon (Connecticut class BB) with the 3 Britsh destroyers attack Japanese ships at Vigan. They run into two CAís and 2 DDís. Thracian is sunk, Thanet is left on fire. One CA is on fire also. Luzon is later sunk by Bettyís later that day. Sweeps of Guam, Manila, Georgetown continue as does bombings of the same bases. Small fry sunk along with the naval attacks. Tarawa is taken.
Dec 10th, I know the game is borked. A RO boat sinks an HDML with a TT. Lucky shot. Lol MTBs fail to sink or even hit anything off of Vigan. I have been moving supply from Hong Kong to Kwangchowan. Some xAKLs are sunk by a CA SAG. I do a naval bombardment on Tinian results are pretty good for 2 cruisers. Almost 600 KIAs and a bunch a place damaged and destroyed. I slowly flew out parts of the units at Hong Kong. I plan on rebuilding them later. Typical bombings in China. I will have to set up some CAP traps. First ground attack at HK Japanese lose 10 times as many as we do. Aparri and Kota Bharu are captured.
Dec 11th and 12th I donít have the combat reports so I will skip to the 13th
Dec 13th, I lose 3 MTBs against a SAG at Vigan. Ternate is captured on the 11th or 12th. I bombed it with some Dutch bombers and do ok with it. Some PI Douglas A-33 hit a few Japanese transports. Typical bombings in China, Malaya, and the Philippines. Hong Kong is attacked again about even results. Miri is captured along with Tulagi. The force that captured Tulagi is the one slated for Wake Island. Is Wake safe?
Dec 14th, Le Glorieux hits an xAK with a TT outside of Cam Ranh Bay. Small SAG hits a TF off of KiraKira, sinking a few ships. Germans and Italians bomb targets in China. Yes, Germans and Italains. Wolf sneaks in an invasion TFs and lands troops at Boela. My bombers attack and sink a few ships. I also catech a small TF off of Shortlands with some bombers. I sink a few of the ships. Not a bad turn for me.
I am wondering why hes not moving faster with invasions. Iím beefing up the West Coast. Moving restricted LCUs to unprotected bases. I also wonder why he isnít sweeping more. I will have to get use to his play style. I tried to get my British CV and two CVEs to attack Wolfís 2 CVEs. My TFs fail to make the strike point due to a bad leader and refueling.
Dec 15th, CL Leander hits the remaining ships at Shortlands. I also get in a good lick at Ternate. CL De Ruyter and DDs hit a TF at Ternate sinking 6 ships. Sweeps resume over Guam. The odds are in my favor. Hong Kong is captured. I
Dec 16th, Japanese subs continue to sink ships around the map. AVD Preston lands two hits on RO-63. Several SSXís are sunk by mines at Guam. I do like this.
Dec 17th, I get a mid ocean intercept of a Transport TF off the Philippines. I damage a few ships. CAP trap over Manila nets me some Bettys. Wolf sets a CAP trap over Boela and damages several of my bombers. I bomb Miri the last 2 turns. Nates throw off the bombers aim some. I also sweep Miri with a squadron of Whirlwinds, results arenít bad. I catch some Nells at Manila and Rangoon.
Tandjoengbalai is captured.
Dec 18th, My bombers at Boela are intercepted by fighters from the 2 CVEs. I catch some more Nells in the Philippines. Wuchang falls.
Dec 19th, Guam is swept this time some Zeros show up. Its been awhile since the Zero has been over Guam. The first couple of days of the war had Zeros from one of the 3 CV TFs, the one that starts at Truk. I think that this is the day I lost a visual on all 3 big CV TFs. They had been in the Marshall Islands. I catch some Nates and Bombers in China with a CAP trap.
Wenchow is captured by Italian forces.
Dec 20th, Submarines have started dropping off supply to Guam. More sweeps of Guam. The Zeros does some damage and the He 100 holds it own. Oscars show up today and takes it on the chin by the battling Basterds of Guam. My fighters are hurting right now. If he keeps up I wonít have any fighters able to get into the air. I am planning a big night bombing mission against Saipanís air fields and port (100 ships shown in port).
Dec 21st, I send CL Concord with DDs to bombard Tinian and I get decent results. My bombers the 8 or so that flew hit nothing. Zeros sweep and find nothing. I stand down my fighters. The last turn Zeros sweep at their max altitude. Whirlwinds sweep Ternate and find a few Oscars and come home victorious. I catch some Nells on naval attack at Kuantan. I had moved up some CLs to raid up around Khota Bharu, but he spotted me. They will move back to Singapore.
Dec 22nd, I try again for a night attack on Saipan. A few more bombers fly but results are disappointing. Will try again later when we have better weather and moonlight. Zeros sweep and find that my P39s are flying at max altitude and they cut up the Zeros. Same bombing around China. Wolf has not moved down the Malaysian peninsula. I donít know why. Singapore hasnít been attacked yet either. HMMMM???
Dec 23rd, Thought I had an early Christmas present. SS Trout fires 6 TTs at CV Akagi one hit, but itís a dud. Zeros again sweep at max altitude and are ate up by the high flying P39s. He lost 19 to my 6. I catch some Nates and Annís in China.
Georgetown is lost.
Dec 24th, will be posted when I get the turn bac,
My thoughts so far are: Wolf is playing slow. I donít know how to take his play. I am use to having a player that moves fast and hard. I had an opponent for this mod for a few turns, he crushed Guamís AF on turn one along with Manilaís AF, and Singaporeís port. He also made 13 offensive amphib landings on turn one. Also put a German CAV into the Indian Ocean. I have had time to move Dutch forces around by air transport. I think Java is getting tougher each day he waits. Port Morsby is getting tougher. He hasnít attacked here either. I will try and post maps with some info soon.