From: Rio Grande do Sul
I found the later DLC much easier too, but mainly because the AI lack the ability to pull back units and don't have any algorithms to assess a situation. Especially defense missions where rivers pass close to victory hexes become prestige farming.
If the AI had just the capability to pull back reduced units and let a fresh take over... instead they just sit there. In defense mission I can abuse this by weakening enemy units to the point they no longer would dare to attack me, even if my protecting arty runs dry, or do much damage if I get suppressed. Thus reducing number of units capable to attack me in a turn. Unfortunately the AI also ignore the consequence of his own actions.
For example this mission where you have to relieve I think the Hungarian capital? There is a second Hungarian enclave in the south under attack by forces that completely outmatch them, including a KV-85.
This KV-85 alone would able to force his away across the river and crush the Hungarians thanks to his high initiative and ground defense.
What I did was to a rush strategic bomber down south and reduce the KV-85 supply levels. Then I placed an infantry unit next to it on the opposite side of the river.
The AI will see the infantry and if would attack inflict heavy damage, but take little or even non in return. However the AI don't see it will end up on a river hex, run out of fuel in the process and spent it last ammo round on the attack. Yet it will go for a cheap attack nonetheless. Next turn I replace the infantry unit with a fresh one. Thus flanking the KV-85, that now sits on a river hex with no fuel and ammo, with two units. A moment ago this KV was the biggest danger to my Hungarian forces, now it's part of my defenses.
It's sad because the DLC Scenarios are so damn good. In fact the DLC scenarios are what make the game so appealing to me. You can witness an evolution in design and ideas with each new DLC as scenarios become better and better, with DLC 42-43 West being my favorite from all released yet. Though AC coming second. How many scenarios are there in all DLC's counted together ninety, hundred? I don't know but a lot. You would think the designers would eventually become weary of the same old, same old but instead they continuously find new creative ways to surprise me.
I can only imagine what the look on my face was, when I saw in DLC '42-'43 West that the Italian units in Sicily are being temporary attached to your core across several scenarios as long you pull them out again before the scenario ends. Or what about this kamikaze destroyer in the first scenario or this submarine deploying special forces in an other. Priceless! The scenario designer(s) are certainly worth in gold. Tip of the hat to all of them.
< Message edited by Dragoon -- 2/6/2013 1:23:55 AM >