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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 1:49:48 AM   
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Regardless of how you analyze it, the end results do not match reality. Aircraft should be able to inflict losses when they strike and at the moment, they cannot (and they take ridiculous losses in the process). This should be especially true for 'Mobile' units. Perhaps when everyone is dug in and fortified and dispersed, airstrikes can be less effective, but not inflicting casualties on units in mobile mode just seems wrong.

SOMEWHERE in there is a problem whether it be the data or the formulae used to calculate the effects.

The problem for aircraft is that - currently - low altitude AAA fire is too strong, and that is causing the air units to suffer heavy losses, which then causes them to break off the attacks. This will be fixed in the next patch.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:13:55 AM   
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Yes, in the course of my testing I'm losing 100s of A-10s to pure units of a few hundred T-55s!

Are you saying that the damage aircraft inflict as a result of reduced AA will dramatically increase as a result? If so, that might be all that is necessary.

In any case, I'll ask the obvious question...any ETA on that patch? :)

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:19:28 AM   
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I have yet to try any pure air bombardments, other than airfield attacks, which BTW seem pretty effective.

However, I have run quite a number of pure artillery bombardments, and they are definitely worth doing in the right circumstances. In one case I was destroying a reported 4% of the (dense and mobile) enemy units in a hex each turn. That's not to mention the reduced readiness the bombarded units undoubtedly suffered. The stated attack/defence values on the enemy counters dropped big time. OK, this was with a lot of 7.2in howitzers and 155mm guns, but still. It seems OK to me.

The only problem has been that my arty units are permanently at 1% supply ...

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:20:37 AM   
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Surely one factor with air attacks is that enemy Air Superiority aircraft are causing most of your plane losses? To my mind it would help here if the combat dialog reported how many planes were lost in air-air and how many from ground fire.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:42:09 AM   
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But it sure cant in the game. So you are saying that game postulates that airpower between equal opponents will be ineffective? Thats a pretty big supposition.


Actually it postulates it will be about as effective as it has been in previous conflicts.

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Kosovo was not a general war. There were not massed formations moving to the attack. There were no concentrations of vehicles at crossroads or crossing points etc etc.


Quite. So just like when you make a pure air bombardment.

Try air attacks in support of a ground assault- like in the situation you describe. Works fabulously.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:42:54 AM   
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This is showing exactly the problem! Look at the aggregate damage. A far higher proportion of the 10 rifle units is destroyed than the 100 rifle units. Almost 3 to 1! Why would that be the case?


Presumably the gunners know which part of the hex those 100 men are in.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:44:42 AM   
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Maybe the WW2 planes weren't that effective, but the last example I had in play was laughable : I had some 60+ Mosquitos, Typhoons and Marauders bomb a panzer unit with 2 dozens (total) of StuGs and StuH in the "2 weeks in Normandy" scenario turn 1. There was absolutely no Luftwaffe planes nor AA units.
What were the results ? Guess what ... there was *1* panzer destroyed for ... 18 planes shot down !!!!
It's totally ludicrous, that kind of results had absolutely no chance of realistically happen, please fix it yesterday !!!



Lessee 4% * 60 = 2.4 hits. Of course, your Marauders and Mosquitoes probably don't have rockets so their to hit chance would be less. Then there's the fact they'd be under fire, unlike in the test...

Yeah, sounds about right. TOAW's great.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:48:23 AM   
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Regardless of how you analyze it, the end results do not match reality. Aircraft should be able to inflict losses when they strike


But not many. See the example of the test run from 1944. See the abysmal results posted from the Kosovo conflict (a classic case of "pure bombardment".

See also the First Gulf War. I recall hearing a remark from the commander of an Iraqi tank battalion. In weeks of air bombardment, he lost about ten tanks. The rest of his battalion was wiped out in ten minutes when the coalition ground forces showed up.

Airpower is a wonderful thing- when used in conjunction with ground forces.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:49:15 AM   
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Are you saying that the damage aircraft inflict as a result of reduced AA will dramatically increase as a result? If so, that might be all that is necessary.

How dramatic it will be will be dependent on many factors, including - not the least - on your definition of "dramatic"...

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In any case, I'll ask the obvious question...any ETA on that patch? :)

It'll definitely be on a Tuesday, or perhaps sooner...

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:49:44 AM   
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Yes, in the course of my testing I'm losing 100s of A-10s to pure units of a few hundred T-55s!


Note that for a modern scenario you need to set the Force Precision Guided Weapons level. This is a multiplier for the strength of aircraft using PGMs.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:51:04 AM   
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I have yet to try any pure air bombardments, other than airfield attacks, which BTW seem pretty effective.


Airfield attacks are sucky- but historically they were mostly only used in situations of extreme air disparity, or at the beginning of a campaign when one air force was caught unawares (which would be modelled by a brief air shock penalty)

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 2:56:01 AM   
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Try air attacks in support of a ground assault- like in the situation you describe. Works fabulously.


Unfortunately, no they dont. I've just been doing some 'clinical' more in-depth testing and even when supporting a local ground attack, they are painfully ineffective and still suffer horrendous casualties.


Here is a very quick test scenario. I had to change the .zip extention to .txt to upload it so switch it back to .zip and then unzip it into your scenarios.

There are 2 units of a 1000 T55s opposed by 2 units of 500 M48s. Play hotseat, go to the 2nd player turn and launch an attack by one your M48s against an opposing T55 unit. You'll get mauled.

Now take the other unit of M48s and attack the remaining unit of T55s. Add in the 5 units of 100 A10s (500 total aircraft!). Now look at the results. Most likely, the M48s will still be wrecked (fine), but the A10s will lose around 100 and the total kills will probably be around 50 more than the first battle.

MEANING...that 500 A10s will tend to kill maybe 50 obsolete tanks while losing practically twice their number. That is complete nonsense however you wish to spin it. Note that there are no outside factors of air, or terrain or anything of the sort.

Also look at the readiness at the end...the A10s will have suffered greater readiness losses than the unit they attacked! And this is with no AA unit, no Fighter cover....nothing..just A10s and M48s vs T55s.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:00:10 AM   
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Unfortunately, no they dont. I've just been doing some 'clinical' more in-depth testing and even when supporting a local ground attack, they are painfully ineffective and still suffer horrendous casualties.


Well, see JAMiAM's remark for the horrendous casualties.

My experience of airpower is from COW, not TOAW III, so I've seen it work well enough for six years when AA was much weaker.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:05:53 AM   
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Surely one factor with air attacks is that enemy Air Superiority aircraft are causing most of your plane losses? To my mind it would help here if the combat dialog reported how many planes were lost in air-air and how many from ground fire.


No, not in my recent tests. There are no enemy air units, no enemy LR AA...no nothing....just A10s and T55s.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:08:56 AM   
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Lessee 4% * 60 = 2.4 hits. Of course, your Marauders and Mosquitoes probably don't have rockets so their to hit chance would be less. Then there's the fact they'd be under fire, unlike in the test...

Yeah, sounds about right. TOAW's great.


Look, no offense, but the blind faith and blind praise are a little silly. Using ONE study that was conducted during WW2 using weapons that were being pioneered at the time and pronouncing that the realistic norm is assinine.

I'm happy that you think that the system is flawless as it is. Enjoy it. But unfortunately, I think most would agree that the current air/bombardment system is missing something. Perhaps it is simply the over-effective AA. I dont know without access to all the nuts and bolts. But something SOMEWHERE is screwed up. If you want to accept that as the norm, that is your prerogative.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:11:12 AM   
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Note that the A-10 only has an anti-tank value of 7. Compare to 89 for the Apache. When the TOAW 3 Bio-editor comes along you can give the A-10 a higher AT value in your scenario.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:14:16 AM   
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A10s were just an example. I've seen similar (negligible) results from F-111s, SU-24s/SU-25s, F-15Es, etc etc etc. Regardless of the aircraft, the results are the same...very little loss inflicted.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:21:43 AM   
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Look, no offense, but the blind faith and blind praise are a little silly. Using ONE study that was conducted during WW2 using weapons that were being pioneered at the time and pronouncing that the realistic norm is assinine.


It's not blind faith. I've been playing the game quite a long time and find the impact of airpower in COW quite satisfactory. That this has been over-egged in TOAW III is really not very important, since Matrix is aware of the problem and it will be the first thing patched (see various remarks from Ralph and JAMiAM). The examples of the test in question (which would apply to pretty much all use of such AT rockets up until the advent of guided missiles) backs this up- as does the record in other conflicts, such as Kosovo.

I think there's a genuine real-world tendency to overrate airpower's ability to achieve things on its own.

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I'm happy that you think that the system is flawless as it is.


I don't think the system is flawless. I think this part of the system is pretty good.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:26:34 AM   
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A10s were just an example. I've seen similar (negligible) results from F-111s, SU-24s/SU-25s, F-15Es, etc etc etc. Regardless of the aircraft, the results are the same...very little loss inflicted.


I've been testing 100 A-10s directly attacking 100 T-72s with the tone downed AA. These results are unscientific, but losses for the T-72s are around 15% while for the A-10 they are around 2%. Seems pretty good. Try testing that with your version and see how much the stronger AA makes a difference.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:29:15 AM   
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How are you testing with the weaker AA? Is there another beta build out there somewhere?

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:34:28 AM   
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How are you testing with the weaker AA? Is there another beta build out there somewhere?


Yeah, I'm involved with TOAD Studios. I can post scientific results if you want of this test. Then you can compare it to your test results.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:38:19 AM   
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That this has been over-egged in TOAW III is really not very important, since Matrix is aware of the problem and it will be the first thing patched (see various remarks from Ralph and JAMiAM).


And how were they made aware of it? Probably by individuals posting and questioning the results. You appear to be happy with it the way it is and there is clearly a bug or something else affecting the results. So are you going to complain that it is too effective if/when that bug is fixed? It cant be fine now and fine when it is more effective....

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I think there's a genuine real-world tendency to overrate airpower's ability to achieve things on its own.


I would agree. I'm not looking for Tom Clancy style slaughter-fests. But the current results leave little room for why airpower was ever developed as a weapon. They trade horribly with land units. Until that bug IS fixed, I consider it a severe flaw in the system and one that obviously made it this far through testing.

Also note that even in 'close support', the results were pathetic. So its not just airpower on its own, its in its dedicated role and it is STILL ineffective.

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I don't think the system is flawless. I think this part of the system is pretty good.


So then as I said above, be prepared to be unhappy if/when its fixed...

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 3:39:31 AM   
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Yeah, I'm involved with TOAD Studios. I can post scientific results if you want of this test. Then you can compare it to your test results.


Please do. In fact, if you have the test scen you are running (and it works on the older version), please post it up and I'll run it with your parameters and give you the results for comparison.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 4:05:30 AM   
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And how were they made aware of it? Probably by individuals posting and questioning the results. You appear to be happy with it the way it is and there is clearly a bug or something else affecting the results. So are you going to complain that it is too effective if/when that bug is fixed? It cant be fine now and fine when it is more effective....


I'm playing COW (because I supposedly have a copy of TOAW III coming in the post at some point). Since those responsible for patches had already indicated they were going to reduce the effectiveness of AA before you started the thread, I take the way things work in COW to be a close approximation to how things will work in TOAW III when it's patched.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 4:21:05 AM   
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only two side notes to say about aircraft, a-20 havoc aircraft in a WW2 scenario, with some modding works very well, even with powerfull Anti-Air units, i had in my testing some combat results that i must say displeased me, but the other way than this topic, sometimes, some combats, with engaged ground units only give ground casualties for the side with lesser air support involved, and very very high casualties in exchange of a bunch of aircraft, i think is a hard work to set aircraft to be effective as pure aircraft bombardment and avoid to make this aircraft very much powerfull for ground support missions, as well for modern warfare scenarios, if you make powerfull a-10, with anti-armor at 7, think what powerfull can be the apaches with anti-armor at 60 or more, at said in this topic, my point of view is that with some modding and some events, scenarios will work very well with actual given system.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 4:26:59 AM   
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The CD should be coming soon, sorry about the delays.

AA will be ramped up quite a bit from what it is in COW, but not as much as the current executable.



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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 5:34:14 AM   
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Just on air losses: never really looked closely into it, but I get the impression that a comparatively high percentage of losses go the replacement pool - "temporarily u/s" rather than "destroyed" - which would make sense.

One peeve: most level bombers have 0 AT strength, which I think is dubious. Carpet bombing tanks with B17s wouldn't destroy a whole lot of them permanently, but it should take a bunch out of action for a while - and you would expect to see some small percentage permanently destroyed.

And actually, isn't that pretty much the same as you'd realistically expect from mid-20th century fighter bomber strikes?

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 6:27:13 AM   
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Just on air losses: never really looked closely into it, but I get the impression that a comparatively high percentage of losses go the replacement pool - "temporarily u/s" rather than "destroyed" - which would make sense.

That's correct and the proportion is equal to the air unit's proficiency, which means that in many cases, a very high percentage of the disabled results are merely temporarily unusable.

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One peeve: most level bombers have 0 AT strength, which I think is dubious. Carpet bombing tanks with B17s wouldn't destroy a whole lot of them permanently, but it should take a bunch out of action for a while - and you would expect to see some small percentage permanently destroyed.

And actually, isn't that pretty much the same as you'd realistically expect from mid-20th century fighter bomber strikes?

There actually is a possibility of 0 AT strength equipment, like artillery and level bombers, taking out armored targets. It requires that the total bombardment factors results in at least 10% specific attrition against the hex, before any armored targets are hit. This is because 10% of the AP strength applies against armored targets, and 10% of 10% attrition results in a 1% specific attrition against armored targets. This type of "pseudo" anti-armor combat works differently though than the normal "chance to hit - chance of penetration" type of anti-armor combat. It takes basically the same form as anti-personnel combat, as all "hits" are considered lethal, and the hits are generated not by specific fired shots at the target, but by an attritional algorithm.

In many scenarios this effect doesn't really manifest itself too well, since the attrition divider, hex-scale and unit densities may yield low specific attritions in combats. In other scenarios, it may manifest itself, but the effect is masked by the high attrition that is otherwise occurring due to the same factors as above, but in opposite proportions. In a clumsy analogy, in one case, you can't see the trees, for the forest, and in the other, you can't see the forest, for the trees.

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 7:17:37 AM   
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Yeah, I'm involved with TOAD Studios. I can post scientific results if you want of this test. Then you can compare it to your test results.


Please do. In fact, if you have the test scen you are running (and it works on the older version), please post it up and I'll run it with your parameters and give you the results for comparison.


Here are the test results, save file, and scenario file:

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RE: Why is bombardment so weak? - 6/30/2006 7:30:21 AM   
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Would you settle for The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet?


Only in conjunction with large quantities of vodka.

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