Exactly how does turning up the combat detail help me see results more clearly from my opponents attacks?
You'll see it on your turn though? And so can judge whether or not flak is, in your opinion and perception, as effective as it should be and provide you with data to make a reasoned argument if it is not as effective as you feel it should be. And yeah, it's time consuming and an absolute ballache to do. A few people have requested a way to export out the combat results at max detail to make it easier so here's hoping that the devs will consider giving us the tools to make it much easier and less time consuming just to gather the data. (Here's one I posted, so yeah, I know it's a real ballache and trying to pin something down to make a fair argument based on data... heh... http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/fb.asp?m=2817501 ).
Look I'm not trying to be a hard-ass. This topic is up because it looks like a problem. If the game is going to get better, should we not put our 2cents in and see if these results are normal or abnormal, compared to others playing the same game, in the blizzard or not.
My point is that it's impossible to make a case for whether it's a problem or not without looking at what's going on. The air model is very like that of WitP and it's very possible that non-immediate losses (ie the plane doesn't explode in a flaming fireball and crash land next to the AA gun) are reflected by damage results during the combat resolution and then in increased ops losses or damaged planes needing repair and so unavailable again that turn. So while your AA gunners are not getting Iron Crosses, they may still be having an impact. The more immediate impact of AA is that, in this game, it can force planes to either be limited in what they drop or cause them not to have drop at all. How do your results compare for that? The data just isn't there to say whether anything is abnormal or not. For what very little it's worth, I strongly suspect that flak losses are understated within the game currently in terms of percentage of losses to sorties but that's likely to be a result of historical data being used which tends to understate the impact of flak. Demonstrating that is another thing altogether heh.