From: Hex 82,170
ORIGINAL: el cid again
What about ships that arrive at some forward base - on their date of commissioning? Japanese subs - which I reviewed in detail - and Allied transports - seem to appear just about anywhere - for example at Hanoi - which surely didn't build submarines - or at Kodiak - which surely did not build AKs.
What is the logic of that - or is it inherited from an earlier database?
There would be no difference for ships "appearing" at a base they were not built at. They still didn't have fuel appearing in their tanks from a magical source. They should also start empty. Alternatively, you could start them full, but reduce the at-start fuel reserve of the owning nation by the same amount.
If you prefer ships to be constructed on-map with full fuel tanks, I don't see any problem with that, as long as the at-start fuel level of the owning countries are reduced correspondingly. I just prefer to have them be launched empty, as they were in real life. The matching fuel reserve reductions, if anyone took the "launch them full" approach, are important - for example, from memory, the amount of magic fuel that the Japanese received in the original WitP scenarios amounted to about 600,000 points (tons). That is not a trivial bonus!
By the way, do you have any examples of reinforcement ships appearing in Kodiak or Hanoi?