Oddly enough I set up DOSbox on my new laptop on the weekend to give this a run.. I had intentions of using the Grigsby 1.1x22 exe (Japan oil stuff works) with the Matrix data files but would need to significantly edit the Matrix base map locations (and not sure some hardwired stuff would still work) so gave up and just played it. Using the Grigsby exe means some utilities like pacpaths (shows the sea lanes) and noendwar (gets rid of the negotiated peace message) would work again, but the matrix map is better.
1 - P38 or P47 (US/CW) wing, because it has a range of 4, and B25-26/Beaufighter wing, with an experience of 80+, set to NI, so it drops 2000lb bombs/CW torpedos on the KB, KB2 and mini KB TFs. P47s are better than P38s because fighter bombers will drop 500lbers on the ships if no CAP is left... but 4 (any?) fighters on CAP will cause P47s to jettison their bomb load and fight a2a so this is not crucial.
2. F4U and SBD wings that join in the attack at 2-3 hexes range after the first raid damages the carriers' fighter wings and eats the OPs distributed to the TF from Combined Fleet HQ; as stated by CH they are easier to activate supply wise.
3. In a game against the IJN AI, as an experiment occupy the coast of New Guinea all the way up to Sarmi and build up the bases, then fill them with high experience aircraft that trained up bombing depots and land units in the Solomons chain, and some B24/PBY to give them big air zones. Combined Fleet will try and suppress the air zones, sailing its carriers to sit about 2-3 hexes from target where about 3 of your bases can hit the KBs in waves. Generally the result is they lose one of each 4 CVs, one ends up in Osaka on 80 damage, one gets 20-40 and one is OK but it permanently FUBARs their air groups so when they come back the F6Fs completely smear them.
Random editing notes:
The Beaufighter should arrive earlier. Late 42, but in small numbers at first, i.e. don't build it in US factories to be fair about it.
The Mosquito should have the same bomb load as the Vengeance, Corsair, etc, i.e. 20. While it could carry 4000lb in bomber mode the weapons/fuel fit of the composite model in the game is a sort of hybrid cross between the BVI and Australian built FB40, and with the high cannon values the bomb load of about 2000lb is right. The range however is not - give it a 6, less than a max fuel/limited load fit which it willuse to bomb depots etc at a 9 extended range.
The Vengeance should have a range of 3, or maybe 2 with the current bomb load.
The RN ordered, but never got F4U4s. They used various earlier marks with clipped wing tips (to fit in their vertically challenged hanger spaces) and did so earlier than the arrival of the F4U4. Edit them on board in middish 1943. However, some of the RN carriers (at least the Indomitable/Implacables) had problems with hangering the F4U - this is a long and complicated topic but go in and edit them so they have 3 squadrons (you'll have to sacrifice a couple of VFMNs), one each F6F or Seafire, one Firefly, one TBF. Note that this will over fill their capacity so they won't all fly at once... alternately put F6Fs/TBFs on one, and Firefly/TBFs on another and always use them in the same TF to get the right effect.
Can someone remind me, is there some random Japanese ground unit that turns up in the central US or somewhere late in the game, or did that get fixed?
< Message edited by Ian R -- 2/22/2012 11:28:47 PM >
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