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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 6:29:30 PM   
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That can be tricky. Usually, the "Unload" followed by "Do Not Unload" doesn't work. The TF keeps loading despite those efforts. What I have to do is to click on the "Adjust Load Troops Only" or "Adjust Load Troops" and manually click on the green "Loading" text beside the unit. That and only that actually stops the loading. This is a tricky matter that really messed me up until I figured out how to handle it.


Odd? It always works for me.

But as long as your TF eventually does what you tell it to do instead of spinning in port forever...

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 7:07:45 PM   
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Eric has lost a lot of Judys lately. I bet he can produce lots of aircraft but the pilot experience levels are dropping from all the losses.

I wonder if his strategy to prevent auto-victory has been to fly off most of the KB aircraft and take the carriers to park somewhere they will not likely be molested. Carriers are worth a lot of points but the aircraft might give as much as they lose in a battle. Not risking the carriers would be a good move if he can shift the aircraft around his land bases wherever needed.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 7:29:21 PM   
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That can be tricky. Usually, the "Unload" followed by "Do Not Unload" doesn't work. The TF keeps loading despite those efforts. What I have to do is to click on the "Adjust Load Troops Only" or "Adjust Load Troops" and manually click on the green "Loading" text beside the unit. That and only that actually stops the loading. This is a tricky matter that really messed me up until I figured out how to handle it.


Odd? It always works for me.

But as long as your TF eventually does what you tell it to do instead of spinning in port forever...



My particular problem was that I was loading very large Amphibious TFs with w alot of over capacity at a level 5 port (Argrihan was increased to level 5 by AndyMac for the Ironman scenario).

I have always been under the impression that Amphib TFs will load a minimum of combat loaded supply regardless if I try setting it to Do Not Load Supply.

In most cases one probabaly wants as much supply as possible loaded with troops attacking a hostile shore.

CR appears to be loading for Transport to a new locale where I presume he will then reload as Amphibious for the intended targets.



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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 7:37:49 PM   
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I always though that Amphib tf's set to "do not load" will load at least three days supply.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 7:54:50 PM   
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Eric has lost a lot of Judys lately. I bet he can produce lots of aircraft but the pilot experience levels are dropping from all the losses.

I wonder if his strategy to prevent auto-victory has been to fly off most of the KB aircraft and take the carriers to park somewhere they will not likely be molested. Carriers are worth a lot of points but the aircraft might give as much as they lose in a battle. Not risking the carriers would be a good move if he can shift the aircraft around his land bases wherever needed.


I did that. Hiding the CVs works pretty well.


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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/5/2018 8:25:43 PM   
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quote:

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Eric has lost a lot of Judys lately. I bet he can produce lots of aircraft but the pilot experience levels are dropping from all the losses.

I wonder if his strategy to prevent auto-victory has been to fly off most of the KB aircraft and take the carriers to park somewhere they will not likely be molested. Carriers are worth a lot of points but the aircraft might give as much as they lose in a battle. Not risking the carriers would be a good move if he can shift the aircraft around his land bases wherever needed.


That depends. Japan gets a lot of dedicated late-war training squadrons, which means you can massively bulk out the pool of trained pilots. There's no replacing the high EXP pilots IMO, the life of an IJN dive-bomber pilot is just too short and fraught with danger for that.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/6/2018 4:05:22 AM   
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How well are the CV at Cam Rahn Bay hidden, are they still in range of a B29 strike from, say, Rangoon??

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/6/2018 12:48:54 PM   
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There's some guesswork involved in things like this, plus dice, and the possibility that a player goofs, but knowing my opponent, I'd guess that he'd leave his carriers exposed only if he wanted me to see them and attack. He'd then arrange to have a nice welcoming committee. I'd lose 30 B-29s only to learn that his carriers had departed and three one-point MSWs remained in port.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/6/2018 6:34:43 PM   
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"Always with them negative vibes"

You may find half a a dozen CV & sink them all for no losses.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/6/2018 7:10:32 PM   
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Yeah, I know. It's hard to know when to take chances and when not to. Some players are inclined to do so; others not to do so. I fall towards the latter end of the scale.

I think my style of plays serves me well, at least from the standpoint of being able to carry the war deep in enemy territory. But I do miss opportunities, and sometimes fate or luck or dice or weather smile and present gifts where none might otherwise be given.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/6/2018 7:18:48 PM   
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NoPac: Kinda quiet, as I'm busy shuffling assets around in preparation for the invasions of Onnekotan and Shikotan, in the next week or two. Behind the scenes, a vast army is prepping for something bigger. Prep is largely from the 40s to the 70s, so another four weeks should do it.






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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/7/2018 3:02:45 AM   
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I always though that Amphib tf's set to "do not load" will load at least three days supply.


Yes, it is this. Amphibs will load that minimum amount of supply, which I also think is 3 days' worth.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/7/2018 8:16:26 PM   
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NoPac: Unintentional House Rule violation on my part - I meant to order a nighttime Manpower raid but got in a hurry and ordered a nighttime airfield raid. As I'd have guessed it didn't accomplish much and cost me the same amount of aircraft. Arg.






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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/8/2018 11:01:09 PM   
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NoPac: Daylight strat bombing mission with Mustang and Thunderbolt sweeps and escorts scores very well. Erik had decent CAP numbers but second tier aircraft and light AA. He'll likely have to adjust by adding better fighters and perhaps AA deep, especially his better bases.

I can maintain a decent strat bombing campaing now - half nighttime, half daytime if I'm good at picking the right targets. But I can't afford one of those raids in which is lose 50 B-29s, so I'll have to be careful and nurse my numbers.

The new B-29Bs are online now. They add further depth. They may go to NoPac or possibly to SEAC to deal with Singapore and Palembang.






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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/8/2018 11:08:04 PM   
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KB: Long-looked for in this area. Long-feared. Why is Erik showing it now?




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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/8/2018 11:16:37 PM   
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SEAC: This is the furthest afield I've seen KB since stepping in on March 1, 1944.





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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 2:52:08 AM   
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NoPac: All the noise was in the Andaman Sea region, but it meant very little in comparison to the (Paint. Drying.) logistical work done at Shikuka.




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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 5:10:57 AM   
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I suspect the IO incursion is a diversion (rhyme not intended) meant to draw some of your forces here so he can try to seize back Kushiro or just use his AF to devastate your airfields. He has to be frustrated by his inability to seriously dent your progress so far.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 7:35:56 AM   
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I think one could make a reasonable argument that you are the latter end of the scale! Haha

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 1:15:50 PM   
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"Several hundred elite Allied fighter squadrons staged forward to Toyohara"

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 1:25:42 PM   
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Zoiks! Imagine that, I made typo number 27,816 in this AAR: "Several hundred elite Allied fighter squadrons..." That could happen only in a Dan III Really, Really, Really Reluctant Admiral mod.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 2:02:13 PM   
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quote:

That could happen only in a Dan III Really, Really, Really Reluctant Admiral mod.


Yeah, if that doesn't make him reluctant, I don't know what would.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 3:35:38 PM   
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Zoiks! Imagine that, I made typo number 27,816 in this AAR: "Several hundred elite Allied fighter squadrons..." That could happen only in a Dan III Really, Really, Really Reluctant Admiral mod.


Pointing out those typos all the time is nitpicking for you, but do you really want us to praise every correctly typed phrase?

I think not!

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 3:51:30 PM   
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I catch most of my typos, but only after I make my posts. Unfortunately, about 60% of them are embedded in Paint illustrations, and Paint is an incredibly bad platform for editing. Incredibly. Bad. Platform.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 3:52:49 PM   
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And I love it when folks occasionally point out typos. I think there's wonderful irony that I make so many of them, when I make my living writing and editing.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 4:03:06 PM   
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Wasn't trying to be rude I just thought it was...overwhelming

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/11/2018 4:43:02 PM   
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Not rude at all. It came across as lighthearted humor perfectly time, place and presented.

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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/13/2018 2:33:20 PM   
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NoPac: After a brief lull, things are about to get busy up here again. The Allies have three major tasks to accomplish in the next two weeks - invasions of Onnekotan and Shikotan and retrieval of balance of big army at Kushiro. Then it will be time for The Next Next Big Thing.

After many months of campaigning basically non-stop, Death Star is in remarkable condition. None of this ships need time at the pier, except CV Victorious, which took one kamikaze hit and has 16 SYS damage.

This, to me, is the remarkable payoff for not using the Allied carriers at flank speed or anything close. By employing them in a tight perimeter, seldom moving more than three or four hexes in a turn, the carriers don't accumulate any damage whatsoever. I may be making much ado about something that all player's experience, but to me it has been a revelation in this game and my last, in which Allied carriers went to sea and remained there, essentially non-stop, for a year or more (in my game with John III, it was basically a year and a half).

There are times and places for flank speed runs, but being able to maintain the pace of operations at the heart of things, in Indian country, is of utmost importance to pursuing my plan.







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RE: Notes from a Small Island - 12/13/2018 10:29:40 PM   
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Since it appears that the KB is not around the Home Islands, you might want to try something a little risky. If you can determine where the naval search around the area is, send in a "radar warning" DD task force where they would be detected and a naval strike launched against them. Have the DS loaded with fighters and only a few ASW aircraft and have the DS 1 hex away but not in the detection range. Have the CAP with a range of 1, with the lower quality aircraft set low to shoot down any torpedo bombers. With or without high speed bombardment runs by 2 DD task forces against Sapporo/Buhiro, maybe with Battleships and cruisers against Buhiro. If you can trip a naval strike against the radar warning pickets, you might be able to gut the strike packages with relatively small loss and give your transport task forces some breathing time before his naval airstrike squadrons get rebuilt.

Remember, the mice play while the cat is away and the cows party until the farmer comes home.

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