From: Denver Colorado
Andy and Pax -
Spent Thursday and Friday editing and setting up; gave a LOT to the Japanese, even added some ships (pure fantasy but lots of fun). Edited and evened out Japanese Air production, with increased production.
Didn't look much at the Allies, just enlarged the at start air pools (which were large to begin with) just to make it tough.
Turned off the Dec 7th Surprise; did not change the Kota or PI invasion TF's but added some heavy cover.
Hit "end turn" and...
Got hammered Big Time - ship losses and heavy air losses; more than one month's production. Did one more repeat turn with changes, but accidentally left surprise off again - more of the same.
Third time around, with surprise "on", did much better, closer to the norm, but the Hurricane IIb Trops at Hong Kong chewed on my beautiful pre production Tojo's and the accompanying strike up. The Nates were Capping Canton.
CV TF3 unescorted Kates hit Cagayan to hammer the B-17 D's - at least that was the plan, till the Fighter Boys showed up and ruined the show.
My favorite part however, were B-17's visiting Babeldoab. The Naval Base Force had Type 2 Radar (yet another "gift"), my gallant and willing Claudes were waiting and did some damage and disruption. The best message was "fighter can not catch bombers!", or words to that effect.
So, despite making it through a repeat turn without catastrophic losses (due to "surprise ON" and better planning), it is very clear to me that the ground forces assigned to the PI and Malaya (standard game) are completely inadequate. Not to mention that my beloved Air will be going to take losses against well trained Allied air. My forces have a healthy respect for what the Allied Air Boys can do...
I am going to continue to march, but know that there will be many more surprises awaiting His Majesties' Representatives. I will eventually restart, edit and assign whole division(s) - to either Malaya or the PI. Don't have enough experience to know if I can go straight for the DEI and skip (but suppress)the PI of Malaya.
Gents, I am always ready to listen to your ideas...
You get Five Gold Stars for this scenario. While my preference is Babes, you have provided a scenario that allows me to play as the Japanese against the AI. After years of playing both sides (by preference - I learned a LOT), it is a joy to play just the IJN. I am very much impressed with and appreciative of your efforts, Sir.
Well, its 32 minutes after midnight, time to rest and think about what has to change, and how I am going to do it.
Absolutely Awesome Stuff, Gents!
A Much Chastened Mac
< Message edited by Mac Linehan -- 7/6/2013 5:17:29 PM >