From: New Orleans
How do experienced players deploy the Luftwaffe, while maintaining a efficient aircraft repair cycle?
In another thread I came across a reference to airbase support level.
From the rule book it says when a airbase exceeds its maximum support level your chances or repairing damaged aircraft is greatly reduced. (7.2.1, 8.2, 11.2.4)
Reviewing my airbases on turn three I noticed one airbase that was far in excess of support with only two groups of JU88A, and then noticed that all my bases with JU 88A were over support level. Not surprisingly readiness levels were poor at those bases.
In trying to figure out just how to balance my deployment I ran some experiments using a new both human game, just moving planes around and cycling turns.
A German airbase has a maximum Support level of 250.
An empty airbase requires 18 support for the intrinsic AAA (leaving 232 for planes).
These are rough numbers of support required for 41 german per plane:
JU88A 4.5 support points, HE111 3.5, DO17 2.5, Stuka/FB/Tac 1.5, Fighter 1
So a 40 strength JU 88 group requires around 180 support (1 per base +AAA(18)=192) Leaving 58 points for other a/c. Stick in a wing of fighters and a 4 group of JU88a and your at 248 support required.
I thought I had a solution when I noticed that the Romanian bases had almost 500 support, but then discovered you can't cross base between nationalities.
I'm still evolving a concept of deployment, and wanted to know what others do.
"The support need of an air base unit is based on both the number and type of aircraft and anti-aircraft ground elements attached to that unit. If a HQ unit has fewer support squads than its „NEED‟ its leader will have their admin skill rating decreased when conducting admin checks."
Air base units consist of only two types of ground elements, support squad ground elements and anti-aircraft guns. Air base units will have a better chance of repairing damaged aircraft if they have more support squad ground elements assigned than their support need .
The Admin leader rating is used for...checking for repair of damaged aircraft...