GJ, it's great to see you focused on 1944 and in a position to have that luxury. Remember when you felt like things were spinning out of control so that your entire position was imperiled in mid '43? You've done great.
Brad is the kind of play that, if he sees a strong out crust, my elect to go deep at some point. If he does so, you'll be in a position of having many units forward threatened with isolation. That's just part of the game and something that many IJ players have to deal with. So, even as you work on your strong defensive positions, give some thought to how you would work to extricate important unit if Brad succeeds in such a move.
Thanks Dan! Always nice to see u around here :-)
Yes, i know, that's why i'm trying to think about my deep defences. Mariannas, mindanao and Thailand are the most risky places imho. Especially Thailand as far as i think. If i was him i'd go for thailand in order to make the whole japanese northwestern front crumble. It's not easy thou, cause you get just so many units and there are never enough of them to cover everything. It's a matter of balance anyway... I need to mantain my balance in my defences, both deep and at the very front.
And the tricky part - creating and shipping enough supplies/devices to keep all those units functioning! You have been walking the tightrope on the economy for a while now, mainly focussed on aircraft from your comments. Are supplies and oil still a headache for you? Any concerns about his sub campaign?
Nice question BB. Well, supplies are, overall, growing, even if slowly. The Empire has 2.6 millions of supplies all over the map (LCU included). 100 days ago they were 2.2 millions...so, not that bad. The ending campaign is China will help for sure but i already know that it will be tricky to keep all those units scattered around well supplied. Burma is a good example... that theatre alone, even if the fightings have been very few, needs 20k supplies monthly to be shipped there...
BTW, i'm doing my best to keep the whole map supplies.
His subs campaigns, so far, have been not very intense. We managed to always counter his moves, and, in the last months, the losses have been very low (never more than 1 transport per week) so far. In the next months things will be harder. His torps started to work and he is constantly changing his sub strategies. Lately it seems he's concentrating on hunting my warships instead of my merchants.
Oil is a constant problem. Levels keep on getting lower both in Japan and in the whole empire. There's nothing much i can do about oil. i'm short of 440 oil pumps every day, so it's easy to do the math...we're gonna be out of oil very soon.
Fuel is a bit better. We have now 3.5 millions fuel in the whole empire (ships included). 100 days ago they were 3.3...so it's still growing.
Japan still has 1.6 million fuel tons and we should reach 2.2 in the next 3 weeks (as soon as the mega convoy will arrive).
We're shutting down most of our Nav Shipyard in the next months. With the arrival of these 2 CVs and the Musashi (which should get online in 60 days), we'll be able to concentrate only on the DDs. This should allow to bank 5500 HI points each day. Total HI is at 1.4 millions and i'd like to get to 2.0 by the end of 1943
Arm points are at 102,000
Veh points at 25,000
Not bad i'd say.