I have never played as the Japanese, so I can not comment on them. I have, however, been playing the Allies quite a bit, playing a few weeks here, seeing what works, what doesnt, starting over, and repeating. Trying to get a feel for the game, mostly. What I usually do is as follows:
-Get resupply TFs from SF moving to all bases with little to no supplies, especially around Australia, as the Japanese in every game I have played make moves on Rabaul/Guadalcanal quite fast.
-Get Troops and Air Units from SF moving to these bases you have supplied (Port Moresby, Port Darwin, ect...) These areas will be in desperate need quite fast for both.
-Instead of sending Enterprise and Lexington to retreat, I use them to try to defend Wake until I can get supplies to it. This has worked quite well with excellent results a few times, sinking some Japanese transports, and in one case, a DD and seriously damaging a CL. In one case, I lost use of the Lexington for a few months, took some serious damage from an air strike. (EDIT: See below)
-Start to move around troops in India to get into a Defensive position around Rangoon as fast as possible. Once Manila and Singapore falls, the Japanese seem to be hell bent on taking Rangoon with all the forces they had around these areas. At the sametime, I move my troops and air units all to Seorabaja (spelling?) and take up defensive positions there. This helps with delaying the Japanese in fully controlling this region. (Beware that once this region - Java area - falls, the Japanese are very aggressive toward the Port Darwin area and west of Australia they conduct Air Combat and Surface Combat raids on shipping)
-Retreat any and all Combat Vessels and other craft from Manila, Palembang, and Java area. Get them out, and FAST. The forces that sweep down on you there are WAY to overwhelming for you to even TRY to make a stand. Get them to either Columbo, via Seorabaja, or to Sydney to be ready for the inevitable raids that will take place around PM in a while.
-Phillipines: I would highly advise trying to defend Clark Field with all your troops instead of Manila. Clark Field can be retreated to Bataan if you get overwhelmed fast, and you can make another stand there. In Manila, the case is different. The Japanese will usually fully surrounf it leaving you with no retreat route. What this does is buys you more time where the Japanese will have to dig you out of 2 bases raher than 1.
-Alaska area: Get supplies and troops moving here soon. The Japanese will eventually makes moves in this area to attain Attu and a few of the other islands here. Be ready with some Air Units and some smaller ships, CA, CL, and DDs. (This is usually about 8+ months into the game, but it is better to be repared than trying to get troops there once they are already landed).
-Get the Yorktown, Hornet, and Wasp (once you recieve the latter ships) over to PM to add some extra air units and TFs to the area. This area will be CRAWLING with japanese ships once they start making moves here. If you have supplied this area properly, this will be a great hunting ground for your Subs and Air Units. Use Enterprise and Lexington to stand guard in the Midway/Wake area or as back up CVs if you happen to lose any early on (which will be devistating to you for quite a while if this happens).
-SUPPLY COLUMBO! This is a MUST if you decided to retreat the ships from Malasia to here! If you do not supply it, you will find yourself stuck and waiting for your supply TFs to trickle in prescious fuel and supplies while the Japanese run rampant around Rangoon with no TF support. Be warned, this area, once Singapore falls, will be extremely demanding on supplies and fuel. Your TFs will be under constant attack from the air and surface TFs if you decide to send TFs to help Rangoon. The Japanese throw an impressive amount of resources at this area at the sametime they are attacking PM area.
-Begin to upgrade bases around PM, to include PM itself. Upgrade Rangoon also and Alaska area. Midway and Wake will need them too, once all these bases have been supplied.
-Do NOT take supplies from Sydney to PM/Guadalcanal unless you have a lot of supplies coming from SF to Sydney. This base, like Columbo, will run dry extremely fast, and if you havent supplied it, PM will be the only base in this area with supplies and fuel, but will be utterly useless as a TF base, due to MASSIVE amounts of Air Units the AI will move into Rabaul and surrounding bases it takes. You have been warned.
There are other moves I tend to make for furture plans, as I remember them, I will post here. I hope this is what you were looking for. :)
EDIT NOTE: In my current scenario I am playing, using this tactic, I was able to attack the TF that usually tries to take Wake. I managed to sink 3 CLs, 5 DDs, and numerous transports. In doing so, I have drastically increased the odds of successfully maintaining control of Wake.
< Message edited by Remenents -- 9/21/2009 1:39:29 PM >
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