ORIGINAL: castor troy
12 Divisions? Where do you think he could take them from? This sounds like Hitler in April 45 when he was talking about divisions that didn't even exist.
They are playing Scenario 2; IJA gets alot more divisions in Scenario 2 in the first few months. All those Guards Infantry Divisions, the Guard Tank Div, and lots of other smaller units. I think it's realistic, but a little late in other respects if he's going to start something new.
I have played scen 2 and while there is more stuff around, it doesn't make the Japanese a Red Army. One could be afraid of 12 divisions if there would not have been that invasion in the North and the invasion of India (and even then, transporting 12 divisions plus support is quite a task). I have faced an all out invasion of Southern Australia just before the Japanese ran out of their amphib bonus and I trashed it, this was when the IJ player vanished without giving a reason at all (well, the reason was obvious ). This was a scen 2 PBEM and my opponent didn't go for India or anything else but the SRA first so that was surely more than PjH could even think about bringing to Australia or where ever else.
Much of the threat and fear of the Japanese post the first four or five months is more coming from the Allied players' minds than from what the Japanese actually got on hand IMO and - please noone take this as offense - this AAR is a good example for it. I know scen 2, I have played PjH back in the WITP days and I can sure tell you, the first thing I would do is to sink one of his CV TFs and everyone can do the same. Go combine your carriers, show up next to one of those 250 ac CV TFs and boom. Pretty much ends any IJ big style invasion dreams instantly. Nothing worse than splitting KB while thinking one could wreck havoc all around the place just to find out KB gets sunk in two independent attacks on those 1/2 KB task forces.
In the example of Canoerebel, I would have never ever split my carriers at all as this just gives the Japanese the chance to what they have actually done which now seems to cause all that panic (still it seems). By June 42 KB has lost much of it's starting magic and with a little LBA it most often turns out to become a massacre, just one example is my ongoing game vs Cuttlefish when he has lost 4 carriers plus 4 BB against my carriers and some LBA for no loss (not even a single hit) on my ships. And Cuttlefish wasn't operating as small carrier TFs as PjH is doing it and this could be punished easily as a combined USN/RN carrier force is superior to the TF that just bombed PH again.
Split your IJ carriers and give the Allied player the chance to sink your Nippon carriers. Of course, if the Allied player also splits his carriers, then thinking about taking on the IJ carriers is mood because 1:1 the IJN still rules while 2 or 3 USN carriers can't even stand Japanese LBA and so you again end up in a situation where the Japanese wreck havoc and spread panic within the Allied high command when having one single powerful carrier task force is all the Allied need to really hurt the Japanese and pretty much all you have to do is hurt them once, which of course can also lead to the well known PBEM vanishing syndrome of your opponent.
< Message edited by castor troy -- 9/28/2012 3:19:50 PM >