[Michael U.... please don't look through this one!]
My arch enemy / good friend "Michael U" and I have been playing a trial game of WitP AE to get the kinks worked out before debating trying a full game together. I took Japan in the GC scenario (with reservations) and now it's Nov 1942.
I made my gambit for the island of GC itself, and after a slaughter unparalleled in recent decades, I was forced to pull back like whipped dog. Sure, troops are still on "Starvation Island", but there time in this world is being counted in days at this point.
Now I am in that point where I know the inevitable counterattack is going to begin. I have to sit back and take punches in the face until, what, April of 42 or something?
I wanted to start getting more and more troops to key places like Buna and Lae.
The last time I tried to get supplies there with transports (not APDs and DDs), I got a rude surprise from Port Morseby. Raid after raid came over, and in two days (we play two day turns), I had scores of damaged transports and oilers.
Having just lost ten to twelve transports along Iron Bottom Sound (and loads and loads of men), I flinch every time I think of Allied air power.
I just started loading a ten troop convoy with a full regiment (assault value at like 140) for Lae.
Should I even both trying to send them with Port M loaded to the gills?
I don't want another "Battle of the Bismark Sea" on my hands.
Still, if he skips Buna and goes straight for Lae, there isn't all that much to stop him from taking it. He might have a little McArthur in him with the cartwheels...... I feel I need to get something in there, and I've sent all my "Tokyo Express" abled troop to die miserably on GC...