From: LI, NY
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
Been looking at stuff accumulating in Japan, mainly ground units. Nothing major, but I may as well move them to some locations where they can die gloriously for the Emperor.
Also been looking at all the AA that's all over Japan. Time to start thinking about where to place them. I finally looked at the AA stats to see what they're good for.
Type - Effect - Ceiling
20mm - 15 - 6,200 - pretty much worthless, glad there's only 3 of them right now.
75mm - 15 - 25k - not much better, but at least they have some range.
88mm - 20 - 31k - not bad and there's a fair amount of this stuff. Some of it upgrades to the 120mm......in 11 months.
10cm - 34 - 31k - the best there is right now. I count just over 100 tubes right now.
120mm - 45 - 39.37k - can't wait to get these guys!
To be honest, I'm not sure if they really matter. Anyone who's played late game care to chime in? Aside from the 20mm garbage, I count ~350 tubes total. I know we can't cover everything, but how many bases should have some? 3 or 4? What do you guys think?
OK, here I go tilting at windmills again. Notice the bolded caption above. Actually the time to thinking about where to place that AAA was day one. Wasn't here back then to say anything, but now since you asked.
Again I go against the grain here. All discussions have been simply one dimensional IMO to this point. All that AAA in the HI is simply eating rice, drinking Saki, and playing 'GO'. They sit there through '42, '43, and do nothing. They really shouldn't be needed in the HI 'til sometime in '44, if things go as they should.
So much if it could be moved forward. How much and how you use it is up to the player. As for me I put a bunch at my prime targets. Palembang, Magwe, Rangoon, Medan, to name some (at least the ones I can spell). The rest along with theater assets go to other key bases.
Here's my take. Yeah, they'll suck supply, although I've not noticed an inordinately large supply usage. On the other hand they'll damage a good number of bombers, and some of those damaged planes will become op losses. They'll even shoot some down. I generally have 36-48, 75mm and above at each location. Heck with theater assets I can get 100 into Rabaul by mid '43. In addition these guns tend to also cause missed drops, which equals little or no base damage, little or no supply hits, and little or no A/C destroyed on the ground. Add to that the fact that my opponent may decide to increase his bombing altitude, which again will increase inaccuracy, and I like the results so far.
BTW 2pts/destroyed HB is added to my score. Yes, I believe in keeping score. It is a measure on winning the game within the parameters thereof.
Another plus is that these are usually high SR aircraft doing base bombing. More damage to the plane, equals more time in the hanger, equals less frequent raids. So maybe the benefits outweigh the costs. Never tried to do the math. Even though I was generally good in math I didn't really like it that much.
To all this those AAA guys are gaining experience. We all know where that may come in handy.
So here's a bunch to chew on from the 'other side' of the coin. Consider it as you may.
The above is only an opinion and does not necessarily represent the stations' management. YMMV.
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